Cesco Osteria

4.3
1098 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cesco osteria combines unparalleled Tuscan-inspired cuisine from multi-award winning Chef Francesco Ricchi with a sensory experience that includes live music, breathtaking lighting, and artisan cocktails in its contemporary Co2 lounge. CESCO osteria offers casual and white tablecloth dining options as well as lounge-style seating, plus the spectacular Terrazzo CESCO for unique al fresco dining and libations.
For over 20 years Chef Ricchi has been dazzling guests with his Italian cuisine. He's earned dozens of awards including Best New Restaurant in the US; Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America; Best Italian Restaurant and Zagat Distinction.
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vipGlennW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spacious outdoor seating!

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vipAtadgourmet
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening at outdoor table for 4! Food was good and everyone wore a mask! Will definitely go back again!

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vipDonnaA
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service in a beautiful dining room. The food is consistently excellent!

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vipZelda
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reza and the server took very good care of us. They also made certain we had a heater... that I requested. Food was yummy.!!
With so few people at the restaurant, I would think it would make sense to have a more limited menu. Hope you can survive the winter!

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vipSteve
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cesco Osteria is one of our favorite Bethesda spots. We live near by, and always feel welcome. The outdoor area is very convenient and now has heaters. There are limited seating indoors to comply with COVID-19 regulations. That being said the food is very good. We know most of the staff which consistently give us great service.

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vipJTDC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was uneven with one dish missed leaving 3 of us waiting. Our food was cold while the late plate was hot.

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Alioro
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent quality and abundant. Guillermo our server was great. Friendly and efficient. 5 star. We sat in the patio and socially distanced and truly felt safe at all times.
Will definitely return

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vipvalueman
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Cinghiale with fresh fettuccine, i.e. wild boar is EXCELLENT! I could eat it every day
Oh and don't forget to have it with a super Tuscan wine.
Mmmmmmmmmmm

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alil
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great service and food here. The pasta dishes are my favorite. Penne with eggplant. The opening bread. Everything was good. Great again. Never a long wait for food either.

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Safer
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did outdoor patio dining on a Friday night in October and it was very comfortable and we felt safe. We took advantage of the Savor Bethesda fixed price options. The house wine was good and well priced.

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vipPatrickM
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always superb service and food!

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vipDonnaA
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening from start to finish!

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vipJudy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and service impeccable! The staff is always so accommodating. Beautiful restaurant! Outdoor seating is fantastic as well. It’s my first choice always when dining out.

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viplke56
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a delicious meal and terrific service during Bethesda restaurant week. Sitting outside we chose the 3 course dinner of beet salad, mushroom pastry, 2 salmon entrees and desserts consisting of 3 flavors of gelato and a tiramisu. We'll return again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got together with visiting friends. Didn’t know about this place but it met all the criteria we had. Walking distance for our friends, choices for our two vegan diners, and outdoor dining for safety. It’s a beautiful place and my Filet Mignon was one of the best I’ve had in recent years. Everyone else loved the food. Also adjacent to a big parking garage. It will be in our rotation from now on.

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HortenseD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, I gave the food four stars because there seafood dishes barely had any shrimp, even though shrimp is the main ingredient. Meals were very good. Good wine list.

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FredB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Excellent service, attentive waiters. Great food. Only problem was no outdoor heating. This a must if the restaurant intends to keep outdoor dining as an option.

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vipBobby
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Good physical distancing.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We often eat at Cesco Osteria. During past months have eaten outside in their large patio. This is the first time we eat inside. Was very safe, we felt comfortable. The food is always very good and the service excellent. One of the best restaurants in Downtown Bethesda

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vipJamesO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back at Bethesda's best restaurant with superb outdoor seating, food, service, and ambience! The great staff was missed! What a treat to sit outside on Woodmont Avenue and watch the world go by. The best pasta outside of Italy. Love it. Fresh air, fantastic conversation .... it doesn't get any better than this. Bravo, Cesco, encore!

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vipgolfking
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a table outdoors. Food and service were terrific as always. Great restaurant.

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vipremop
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the restaurant was excellent but Open Table did not give us the 100 points for the reservation. Don't know if that is OT or the restaurant but we've asked open table to correct it and they have not.

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AlexanderR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, professional and very helpful service. We love this restaurant.

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CyrilleB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

quiet, nice ambience. went for lunch and the prices were very reasonable especially for house made pasta.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hate to give this secret gem such a high review for fear that it will become more ‘discovered’. The food and service is always fabulous here. We order the specials, the lemon pasta, the bolognese, the fish in parchment or encrusted in salt, the steak and the chops . It’s a family favorite and there is a killer wine list. We were there on half price wine Wednesday and that made it an extra special value.

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vipDHRockville
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The Octopus / Seafood salad appetizer was delicious and the table side served sea salt baked Branzino was mouth watering . First time dining at that restaurant and guaranteed to return in the near future. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience and it felt clean/sanitized. It would raining out so we dined in and the ambiance was cozy and the food was great.

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vipCescoOsteriaAug
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Apps: calamari and arancini balls arrived cool, took time to be corrected. Cocktails (incl. bramble) were great. Risotto of shank main course was a bit salty, plate was nicely hot. Steak and mashed potatoes were great. Service was good. 1st time only patrons in a huge restaurant. Would return.

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vipMarKev
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesco is a Bethesda gem. We should worry about all restaurants' survival during Time of Covid, but we should particularly support restaurants that have a history of being special because of the exceptional quality of their food and the quality of their service. Cesco infrequently gets sufficient praise. Our four dinners, served outside last night, met its usual standard of excellence. Fresh, interesting salads, grilled chicken, grilled vegies, homemade pastas with amazing sauces -- it was all wonderful. And the service (Raphael was our waitor) was exceptional. Chef Francesco Ricchi also made a much appreciated appearance. Cesco offers many outdoor tables for dining. We are not comfortable with indoor dining yet, but the spaciousness of Cesco's indoors should also make diners confortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went to this wonderful find for my birthday Thursday evening. The service was wonderful- our server had fabulous recommendations and we enjoyed every bite! We felt it was very clean and that the proper steps were being taken to ensure everyone’s safety. An easy 5 stars from us. We will be returning!

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vipvalueman
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cinghiale (wild boar) with fresh fettuccine !!!
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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vipLynnS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Constant favorite for years!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg! I cannot say enough about the food! My bf doesn’t eat Italian outside of Italy, and for the first time he didn’t complain!
Delicious and the service was also really good. I had left overs and have eaten them 2 days in a row and both times I have relived the deliciousness!

It’s a great date night spot!

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Ritu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Carbonara was awful. Separated and oily. Our waiter was great though he didn't take the item off of our bill.

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vipMarkK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Italian meal. Good wine, excellent antipasto followed by a perfectly grilled fish. Strawberry flower was refreshing as a dessert. Had a wonderful time with family and friends with Covid protections and social distancing. Great place!

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vipJudy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience, as always. Food, service and atmosphere cannot not be topped. Thank you Cesco Osteria for such a beautiful dining experience.

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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had made a reservation for the patio, but it was pouring rain when we arrived. So we were invited in to a cavernous empty dining room, with enormously high ceilings--totally alleviating my fears of indoor dining. (Another couple came toward the end of our meal and was seated 50 feet away.)

The pasta dishes we had were lovely. I ordered risotto with scallops--the scallops were soft nestled in the creamy rice, delicious. My husband had chicken-stuffed ravioli, which he said was wonderful. The salad of arugula and grilled radicchio, topped with a thin slice of parmigiano, was imaginative and very good.

We'll be back.

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Seth
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant was good. Excellent steak. No acknowledgement of our 15 year anniversary. However, we had a very pleasant time and the service was excellent.

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vipcindyc
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Rafale is a wonderful server. Made us feel both safe and attended to.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first venture eating outside in Bethesda. It could not have been better. We felt very safe and food was wonderful.

FAQs

Cesco Osteria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cesco Osteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 654-8333.

Cesco Osteria is rated 4.3 stars by 1098 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.