For over 30 years Chef Ricchi has been dazzling guests with his Italian cuisine. He has earned dozens of awards including Best New Restaurant in the US; Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America; Best Italian Restaurant and Zagat Distinction.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
with shrimp, mussels, scallops, clams, squid & tomato in a white wine sauce
stuffed ravioli with Bolognese sauce
Fresh Fruit Pizza Torte
A sweet thin crust pizza with pastry cream and caramelized fruit topping
Mother's Day Menus & Specials
CESCO OSTERIA invites you to savor Chef Ricchi's award-winning cuisine on our lovely outdoor patio or indoors. Brunch favorites and lunch/dinner menu served 11am - 8pm. Parking in building. Bethesda Metro steps away. Casual elegance in the heart of Bethesda. Reservations suggested. 301-654-8333.
Cinghiale, ie wild boar was outstanding! Even better than last time !!!
Great Italian food, we will definitely return in the future!
The food was wonderful.... the entire experience was marvelous
food was delicious, especially crab cakes!! great service and nice outdoor seating!!
Great food and outdoor seating!
We are trying to support local during this pandemic. The location was bright and airy and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. The pasta “exploded” with freshness and the menu was fresh twists on old northern Italian classics. We understand they will have live music again soon and we look forward to returning.
Food was amazing. As were drinks and service. The social distancing and heating lamps were great too, and there was nice music. Can't wait to go back.
Food and service was wonderful so sad to see so few patrons at an exceptional restaurant
Took my lovely girlfriend here for a dinner for Valentine’s Day. They were extremely welcoming and the venue is so romantic and elegant inside. The food was really good, but I’ve had better at cheaper places. Considering it was Valentine’s Day and they had just opened up they had a fairly pricey limited menu, 75 per person 3 course meal. It would’ve definitely been a great deal had they had more variety. 2 options per course was not what most people would hope for. Regardless, the servers were great and wonderful! I had a gentleman named Raphael that showed us an alternative menu to the 75 per person 3 course meal. Food was lovely, props to the chef & the kitchen! 100% recommend for an inexpensive fancy dinner, the ambiance is just so high end.
The food and service was superior. The owner, Elaine even took the time to show us the different private and semi-private rooms available for our future parties. We highly recommend this place and we'll definitely go back.
I only had the waiter see my table 3 times during the two and half hours I stayed. Seemed forgotten for most of my dinner.
The restaurant is beautiful. The parking garage with inside restaurant access made this the perfect entrance on a cold day.
The menu choices were well thought out and the food was AMAZING! Service was good, the server was polite.
The bartender was awesome as well. I ordered a drink that wasn't on the menu and it was well made both times.
Overall, we had a great experience. Seating was a bit closer than I thought it would be in some spaces but the extremely tall ceiling allowed for great air flow!
I highly recommend for a nice date night or on those evenings where you want to dress cute and eat well!!
My daughter said it was very good.
Spacious outdoor seating!
Enjoyable evening at outdoor table for 4! Food was good and everyone wore a mask! Will definitely go back again!
Very attentive service in a beautiful dining room. The food is consistently excellent!
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!
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.
Service was uneven with one dish missed leaving 3 of us waiting. Our food was cold while the late plate was hot.
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
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.
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.
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.
As always superb service and food!
A lovely evening from start to finish!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service. Good physical distancing.
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
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!
Had a table outdoors. Food and service were terrific as always. Great restaurant.
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.
Delicious food, professional and very helpful service. We love this restaurant.
quiet, nice ambience. went for lunch and the prices were very reasonable especially for house made pasta.
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.
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!
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.
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 4.6 stars by 1107 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.