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Cesco Osteria

4.2
796 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(301) 654-8333
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Francesco Ricchi
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Catering
Catering and private events available.

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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.
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Public transit
Metro Accessible, Red Line Bethesda Metro Center
Metro Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/rail/schedules.cfm
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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.
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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
What 796 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
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4.0
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vipFoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food here never disappoints. Great salads and great fish. Wonderful wine list and delicious desserts too. Carlos is always attentive and gracious and somehow remembers us every time we dine there no matter how long it has been. I don’t know why the restaurant seems to remain undiscovered in it’s ‘new’ location.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Consistently great food and service. Ambiance is beautiful.

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vipPickyDiner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We ran late and they were kind enough to hold our reservation (place was still pretty empty when we got there, but almost full by the time we left). Beautiful room and good service. Nice and quit, though probably less so when busy.
We split one appetizer and ordered two salads and two different pastas for main courses. All good, though the squid ink tagliatelle would’ve been better for a bit less cooking (more al dente). I hadn’t specified though, so couldn’t hold kitchen responsible for that. Coffee for me, gelato for hubby, didn’t order booze. Too much food for us,but it was all good.

Bill was just under $90 including tax, not bad. We have season tickets to Roundhouse theatre and will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Severely understaffed for Valentines day. waited too long between plates. food was great though.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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VeronicaM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipGlobalTourist10 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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vipDeb1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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ceebee (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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RithaR (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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ColleenS (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

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Kitty6521 (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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WorldFemme (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

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BobS (Baltimore)
4.0  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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vipAnne (Washington DC)
5.0  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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Jazz (Washington DC)
2.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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!

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vipFrequentpatron (Washington DC)
2.0  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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vipDevon (Washington DC)
5.0  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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vipPeterS (Washington DC)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant was frightfully cold despite a small space heater.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  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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vipl8dybug (Washington DC)
2.0  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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vipBethesdaresident (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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davina2 (Baltimore)
2.0  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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viplov2eat (Washington DC)
5.0  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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vipJudy (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

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