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About Cesco Osteria

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.

7401 Woodmont Avenue @ 2 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
CESCO osteria:
Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Co2 Lounge:
Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to Midnight
Friday from 4 pm to 1 am
Saturday from 5:30 pm to 1 am
Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 654-8333

Website:
http://www.cesco-osteria.com/

Entertainment:
Co2 Lounge is an upscale theatrical nightspot featuring its own sizzling (literally) DJ booth with unparalleled surround sound and three live entertainment stages, a dramatically lit fashion runway, a unique teatro e galleria that will feature avant garde art and photography exhibits, film screenings and dancing, and elite culinary and beverage creations. A dramatic wall of glass opens onto an intimate outdoor terrazza framed by architectural trellises that double as art displays and 300 glittering overhead festival lights. Co2 Lounge will be the only multi-media, indoor/outdoor social, entertainment, cultural and dining venue of its kind yet in the region. This WiFi hotspot is poised to become “the” after-hours destination to "see and be seen", to imbibe from one of the most extensive mixology menus in the area, and to sample celebrity Chef Francesco Ricchi's award-winning fare.

Catering:
Catering and private events available.

Parking Details:
Beat Bethesda's parking shortage....and avoid the wind, rain, snow, heat!.
Take an elevator to Cesco's! Located directly underneath the restaurant, 400 parking spaces await our dining public. Take an immediate left off Woodmont Avenue onto North Lane. Our parking entrance is located 200 feet on the right. We are Bethesda's only restaurant...where parking is an interior elevator away! Dinner and event parking is $4.00.

Public Transit:
Metro Accessible, Red Line Bethesda Metro Center
Metro Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/rail/schedules.cfm

Executive Chef:
Francesco Ricchi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cesco Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Notable Wine List (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Romantic (10)
Authentic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
People Watching (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

They messed up our entrees three times on their shorter Valentines Day menu. They brought the wrong items out twice and on the third time brought a really raw steak (ordered medium). I would not recommend.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. Only drawback was one server kept bumping my dates chair when he walked through the dining area. We will revisit for certain.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

First visita table for four for Valentine's Day. Exceeded expectations in all respects. Serious Italian chef and fine dining with a great menu and wine list (some hidden bargains and Wednesday is half price wine night.) Very convenient to Metro and parking in building. Great service even though it was quite busy that night. The chef is from Firenze and the food shows it. Will return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines Day and the restaurant was full. Wonderful service and a lovely special Valentine's Day menu selection.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine's Day and very crowded. Food excellent as always but service was less than excellent. Lesson: avoid special occasions for the best experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

We went to Cesco for our Valentine's Day Dinner. We were really excited, as it was our first time here, however we weren't told (even when we called) about the Valentine's Day Special menu. I've heard so many good things about this place, but there was nothing vegetarian about that menu for dinner - minus ONE pasta. Needless to say, the food still tasted excellent but it was a little disappointing. The two ladies seated next to us felt the same way - that the choices were limited.

The wine list was terrific, the service was great, although our server was a bit rude.

I don't want to judge it based on just this visit, so we definitely plan to go again to try food of their normal menu and will update this review!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Went for Valentine’s Day Dinner. The food was overpriced and bland. There was little effort put into presentation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It's a good option and one of the few restaurants which are not loud.
The food was excellent. Clientele a little on the older side. Service excellent. Important, at least so far, a reservation was available. Restaurants where nothing is available between 5 and 9 pm are just out. It fits the sweet spot, where a few tables are still open, while most are filled. So the staff is not too stressed.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We use to live in Bethesda and we went to Cesco's at his previous location at least twice a month. We decided to check at out the new location and see if the chef/owner has maintained his delectable Tuscan creations for us to enjoy. Well, he did. AND, we even recognized some of the same Wait Staff who have always been super attentive without being disruptive.
The "amuse busche" -was a wonderful frittata and their home made focaccia bread, still remains one of our favorites. It was a great trip down memory lane for us and the completely filled restaurant on a very rainy night had the perfect buzz of noise. Great people watching too.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent seafood risotto and pasta. Good quality wines.
Salad was nice and crisp, except for the oil, which tasted dated (I was sad for the chef, because that ruined his/her great fennel salad.)
Waiter was a bit impatient.
Overall a very good restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Delightful ambiance for my son and I to have a dining experience of Tuscan cuisine. Waiter Joseph offered to fillet my Bronzini for me (excellent choice of fish). Wednesday was half-priced wine night so we enjoyed a cab-Syrah blend. Oysters on half-shell were excellent as well. Overall food , wine and service exceeded expectations... Bob Appetit
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Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Romantic, Business Meals, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We haven’t written a review for a long time — and that is a shame because we go to Cesco every week that we are in town. We love it. Cesco provides beautifully prepared dinners with fresh ingredients. Truly, everything is wonderful: appetizers, salads, soups, pasta, fish. The service is outstanding. Last week we went to a trendy, new Italian restaurant that specialized in homemade pastas, small dishes, and unusual ingredients. It was good, but not superb. Cesco offers better food with less pretense. It is one of the most under appreciated and exceptional restaurants in the DC area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I was hoping to make an impression on my date but the portion size for entrees appeared like an appetizer, and the waiter could not find the time of day to serve us. Extremely disappointed with this classy looking but fails-the-test date night restaurant.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great service and food!
We were seat just arriving. Water and bread were bring immediately.
Even the restaurant was full we receive attention and food was serve in reasonable time.
Service was very friendly as always!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was wonderful, extensive menu! Bar was quiet but the dining room had a great ambience and was full all night! Good service as well!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

As always to food was very good on this visit. However, we visited on a cold night and the restaurant was freezing cold. It was an unpleasant experience for which staff made no effort to correct nor apologize. Stay away in cold weather until their heating problem is corrected.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good foods, pizza, grilled shrimp pasta, veal piccata good but a bit salty, ravioli was delicious. tiramisu was very good. facility is Super convenient via Metro.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Delicious Italian/Continental food, excellent service, and a combination of high ceilings and well-spaced tables that makes friendly conversation private and easy. Not a place to go if you're worried about healthy food or losing weight, but worth it as an indulgence. Reasonably priced for what you get.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant was frightfully cold despite a small space heater.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great night lovely service but rocky start. Sat and waited 15-20 minutes - till so thirsty had to ask for water. Tons of staff standing doing not much holding water pitchers walking past. after that service was appropriate - attentive but not cloying. New Years Eve menu a decent price (considering comparable restaurants - always up charge but expectation was thus). Paid about $100 pp ($85 pp price fixe plus $15 additional pp for cocktail or wine). Coat check nice touch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food quantity was skimpy and average for the price, my husband and I both had appetizer and entre with half a bottle of wine but we felt half satisfied after our dinner. In most restaurant, we will not able to finish our entre after an appetizer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I was less than impressed with this restaurant. The food was mediocre. The service was mediocre. I expected more from a restaurant that opted to be open on Christmas Eve - and for the price. Our companions said they had similar experiences in the past. We won't likely return, unfortunately.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I'm always a little disappointed when I eat here. The food is good, but never great. The appetizer salad had almost no fennel and needed a little more dressing to make it flavorful. The potatoes and vegetables served with the fish were ordinary, at best. Carrots and broccoli aren't improved by being sauteed with a large quantity of minced garlic...they are still just carrots and broccoli. The restaurant is very attractive and the service was good. The wine list is extensive, but could use more choices for individual glasses.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

ORDERED LINGUINI WITH LOBSTER...GOT SPAGETTI WITH 3 MINISCULE PIECES OF LOBSTER.
halibut(fresh) was so over cooked my wife left 1/2 of it. FRESH HALIBUT SEASON IS APRIL THRO OCT?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My wife and I set up dinner for two other couples and ourselves. When we arrived we were greeted warmly and shown to our table, which was in a protected area of one of their beautifully appointed dining rooms. The menu is varied and extensive, as is the wine list. Our server allowed plenty of time for conversation between courses. All meals were prepared to our specific specifications and were delicious. I highly recommend Cesco Osteria.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cesco's doesn't disappoint. It was impressive that the lovely woman who greeted us had read my request for a quiet table and she gave us THE perfect table, intimate and quiet! THANK YOU! So many restaurants are so loud that no one can hear each other, but Cesco provides a great space for delicious food and great conversation! The wait staff were excellent. All the waiters were very attentive and so pleasant! We had a Chianti, which was very good, calimari, lasagna, wild boar ragu over wide noodles, liver and onions, and angel hair pasta in garlic sauce. Their baby fritatta is always delicious! No one had room for dessert, sadly! We'll be back again and again!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The service was amazing. Our waiter gave us suggestions & everthing was perfect. As well, very accommodating.

It’s been a long time that I’ve said “that was delicious” about a meal I’ve had out. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our custom made salads were delicious. The service was excellent, and best of all it was quiet, something that is rare these days in restaurants.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

service was slow...when informed our waiter was quick to reply but sometimes it looked like he had too many tables and we had to wait to get his attention

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Cesco has such fresh food, homemade pasta, and excellent service. They treat you like family and we're always glad we came.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service was sub par...Food was Ok but not anything special...

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Superb Italian food and generous portions at reasonable prices.

Extensive wine list, lot's of moderate priced wines to select from.

Excellent service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and very good food. Ambiance was great - we could hear one another talk!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This place is always amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Still the best osso buco in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, wine, and atmosphere, really enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is our second visit and it couldn’t have been better. From appetizers to desserts, everything was exceptional. Three of us ordered a variety of things and all were pure perfection. I ordered the seafood salad appetizer, the veal chop entree, and a chocolate meringue cake for dessert. The portions are generous and the flavors heavenly. GO!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The meal itself was fairly good - pasta dishes and calamari all got good reviews at our table, the seafood dishes not as much - and it was a great place to have a quiet lunch for a group, however the desserts weren't good at all and the coffee after lunch was mediocre. The service is always nice and the presentation of the food is great.

The ambiance is a bit stuffy/old school/formal, but for a hearty Italian restaurant it works.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great looking menu, and the dishes lived up to the descriptions. One pizza was enough for two. The appetizers were fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wow...excellent otp restaurant and worth the drive for anyone in town. Stick with the pastas and you must try the Veal Parm. Great spot for a date or even bring the kids. The place is loud enough but still comfortable. Great service and great food. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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