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Cesco Osteria

4.3
811 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
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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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Voted the MOST POPULAR restaurant in Maryland. Award-winning Chef Cesco Ricchi offers a 50-ft long buffet with raw bar, omelet bar, meats, seafood, salads, homemade pastas & desserts. Gorgeous outdoor patio. $49/adult; $15/child under 10 ++. Parking in bldg. Next to Bethesda Metro. Reserve now.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 811 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Dinner for four. The whole Mediterranean sea bass and the crab crusted rockfish were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent salads, excellent seafood, excellent wine, excellent dessert, and excellent service. A noteworthy evening out.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had a family birthday dinner. Nice experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Enjoyed our Easter Brunch/Lunch at Cesco Osteria on Sunday with family. All the food was authentic Italian, carefully prepared and delicious. Chef Ricchi was at the buffet table to answer questions, receive compliments and serve his clientele.

We will return for dinner and other events. I understand there will be a similar brunch for Mother's Day. Hint, hint!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed Easter brunch with our family. The chef prepared incredible varieties of delicious Italian specialties. Oysters on the half shell and jumbo shrip, wow what a treat. Homemade smoked salmon that was incredibly flavorful. So many great desserts to list. This our first time and wr can't wait to return to this gem.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was our first time visiting Cesco Osteria. We came for the Easter Brunch. Food and service were excellent. And no brown (burnt) eggs at the omelette station. Fluffy and perfect. Chef was fun and personable. We will definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

It was great

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The place is average / food the same as Facci - everything tasted the same - same sauce on the lamb, the same sauce on the filet, the same sauce on the rib - vegetables and mashed potatoes- all the same. The pasta, was cooked properly- the seafood ok- the pizza, below average. The wine slightly over priced. Overall average to below average. Nothing impressive.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We happened to be in the area . Searched in Open Table to see which Italian restaurant was nearby. Unfortunately, google map kept directing us to NIH. Called the restaurant to get better directions and the maître d was kind enough to stay on the phone and gave us clear directions, until we arrived at the restaurant. Once at the restaurant, we were met by a friendly staff and we quickly relaxed. The seafood angel hair pasta was delicious and so was the fried calamari. Split experience on the pizzas - one said good, the other said it was ok. Service was quick but not obtrusive. We will definitely come back to try the other dishes. Wonderful dining experience overall.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Cesco Osteria. The restaurant was busy but we could still converse at a normal level. Great cocktails, wonderful food, and attentive (but not intrusive) service. We'll definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The food was grand. Service was fantastic, there was a food allergy and was no problem

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Lovely and quiet dinner out in an inviting traditional setting.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We were two couples and each person ordered a different thing. We all thought our food was delicious. The atmosphere is very comfortable and not at all hectic, which is our preference.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were in town for a business meeting in Bethesda and wanted a place within walking distance from the hotel. We picked the resturant based on reviews on Trip Advisor and it looked good. The food and service was great. The price was consistent with other resturants in the area.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Great server. Osso Buco and risotto were much too salty for my taste. Tiramirsu was good. Not well frequented for a Saturday night. Maybe because it's on a pricey side if you order anything but pasta or pizza. Will it survive?

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Consistently great food and service. Ambiance is beautiful.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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 quiet, 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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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant was frightfully cold despite a small space heater.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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