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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

LIVE MUSIC AND FINE DINING at Bethesda's MOST POPULAR RESTAURANT. Chef Cesco offers his award-winning menu 5-8pm; special 4-course menu 8pm-midnight $85/person ++. Champagne toast. Trio Caliente Band 9pm-1am. No cover charge. Park in building. We are next to Bethesda Metro. Reservations required.

Cesco Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Casual (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a great server, the food was very good, and it was nice to sit outdoors on a lovely, not too hot evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food and wine were excellent, absolutely no doubt about that.
Service was attentive and punctual; however, our waiter did not smile even once. I got the feeling he was going through a routine rather than realizing he had never seen us before and that we are not his routine.
The atmosphere was quiet, highly conducive to conversation which is what my friend and I were most interested in
The decor is formal and severe, chairs and table too dark, walls essentially devoid of color. The decor was my greatest shock on walking in. After all, this is an Italian restaurant. I expected something of the color and vitality of the Mediterranean, if not Italy itself.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I enjoy the menu selection and find the chef's preparation & presentation of food to be excellent at Cesco. The wait staff are very good. I have one wish and that is for Cesco to bring in some of the great wines of southern Italy.

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Cesco is our go-to restaurant in Bethesda. Good food, great service and an attractive atmosphere where you can actually carry on a conversation.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The waiter was poor with a slight attitude when we asked for an extra item (Ice with the wine because it was served since it was warm.) the appetizers were possibly reheated since they took 5 minutes to come out after we ordered. Furthermore the whole night was short with poor service.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Loved the squid ink noodles! It was a bit hot inside but it was really nice, the servers were also very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

My husband and I went for a date night. We used to go to the old Cesco's in Bethesda and haven't been to this 'new' one yet. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Carlos was still there. We were also shocked that it wasn't crowded for a Thursday night. The food was amazing and we will definitely come back with friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Very pleased with service. My entree was great, bisque was very good tasting too except it had small spaghetti in it, and not much lobster. Also felt the calamari was not made fresh. Great wine bottle deals. Overall is go back and recommend to others.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I enjoyed my osso buco. It's the best in the city. the portobello wrap starter is my favorite

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It was very good. We returned there last night as well and found it a good restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Have had dinner here several times. Food & service always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Had a great time highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Cesco is our favorite Bethesda fine-dining Italian restaurant. Great menu, excellent service, handsome setting. They also have a great happy-hour menu in the bar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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