Cesco Osteria

4.6
1107 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
CESCO OSTERIA is open for indoor and outdoor dining 12-9pm Mon-Fri, 5-9 Sat. Closed Sundays. Cesco Osteria combines unparalleled Tuscan-inspired cuisine from multi-award winning Chef Francesco Ricchi. CESCO 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 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

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.

What 1107 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipvalueman
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cinghiale, ie wild boar was outstanding! Even better than last time !!!

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vipChristineF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food, we will definitely return in the future!

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Uddin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful.... the entire experience was marvelous

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vipDeborahF
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, especially crab cakes!! great service and nice outdoor seating!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outdoor seating!

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Carlton
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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VeronicaF
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viplouiseb
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful so sad to see so few patrons at an exceptional restaurant

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SamM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJayC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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ShaunitaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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

My daughter said it was very good.

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vipGlennW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spacious outdoor seating!

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vipAtadgourmet
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
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
78 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
33 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
7 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
8 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
48 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
78 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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vipHortenseD
Washington DC
14 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
10 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
33 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
45 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
37 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
8 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.

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 4.6 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.