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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

DINNER AND DANCING. Voted "Most Popular" restaurant in the DC area. Enjoy a romantic 3-course dinner $70/person ++ (plus reg menu 5-7:30). Special menu also served Feb. 16th/ 17th. Live music Feb 16 (only). Park in bldg. Next to Bethesda Metro. Outstanding wine list and service for over 20 yrs.

Cesco Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Casual (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Cozy (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant was frightfully cold despite a small space heater.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 25, 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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vip
 (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 17, 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 3, 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 23, 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 22, 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 11, 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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vip
 (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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·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perfectly adequate food, but not great. Service was inattentive and there was nothing particularly special about the restaurant. A comfortable staple.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent meal for two that exceeded my expectations. I'll definitely go again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Came here for their gelato and Tiramisu desserts.... delicious!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delightful evening. Attentive service. Every one enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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. .

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food and service excellent. Great place for for business lunch. Tables well spaced and noise level is low making it great for conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I was completely and pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the value for what was ordered as compared to all the best other italian restaurant in Dc

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Cesco always has very good daily specials, but Wednesday’s were excellent. The gazpacho was among the best I have ever had and the soft shelled crab with linguini was superb. All this was topped by a very good wine list (half priced on Wednesday’s).

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is authentic Italian cooking. It is laid back and the staff are wonderful. They have all been with the chef for many years. Eat there at least once a week and carryout too. If you like thin crust pizza- it is great. Love it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

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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