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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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 and private events available.
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.
Metro Accessible, Red Line Bethesda Metro Center
Metro Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/rail/schedules.cfm
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Went for dinner with family, 3 of us ordered a fish special and one ordered pasta. They ran out of swordfish and offered to substitute cod for one dish. For my monkfish, none of the sides matched the menu description at all and the dish ate very salty. Trout was okay. I had a bite of the pasta and it was much better than any of our specials so if you visit for dinner, I would recommend getting a pasta entree.
I like to have lunch at Cesco Osteria because the tables are far enough apart to make it possible to have a quiet conversation or, if by oneself, enjoy reading a book and having a glass of wine until the food arrives. When th`e food does arrive, the dishes are consistently very good, both in the quality of the ingredients and the preparation. The service is very professional, One need merely look up to attract the attention of one's server. The list of wines by the glass is short, but well chosen and reasonably priced. .
I have been to Cesco Osteria several times and it has always been very good, with attentive service, excellent wines, and authentic Italian cuisine that one doesn't often find at many "Italian" restaurants. Having spent a good deal of time in Italy, the food here comes as close as I have found to traditional northern Italian cuisine. Although somewhat expensive, its prices are not outrageous by local standards, and the quality is generally excellent.
Excellent genuine Italian (Tuscan-style) food in an upscale (white table-cloth) atmosphere. Excellent wine list. Housemade pasta, seasonal ingredients. Excellent fresh fig, prosciutto and parmesan salad antipasto! I didn't have room for dessert but my friend raved about the profiteroles. Nearly empty on a weeknight for early dinner, which made conversation easy. There is an outside patio for dining and drinks that we did not available ourselves of, that seems a little more casual. This was perfect for a business meal, but would also serve for a special occasion meal (i.e. birthday or anniversary).
We took friends out to celebrate my very big number birthday. We were well taken care of tho I'd have appreciated more time between salad and entree. Everything very tasty. We cleaned our plates. The owner and his wife each paid a visit even though the place was full and there was a wedding event going on in the nearby private (but open) room. I went light on dessert and just ordered gelato. It turned out to be the best I've ever had. Go for it.
I've been here for a happy hour or two, and a private dinner party which was well executed. This was my first luncheon. The service was excellent, as always, but the food was somewhat disappointing. In particular, the seafood salad was drowning in a robust vinaigrette. A lighter coating of the dressing would have produced a more enjoyable dish. The focaccia accompanying the meal was flavorful and the cappuccino was one of the best. I would try it again, but order pasta or simply grilled fish.
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