Osteria da Nino

4.5
785 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are a locally owned restaurant that believes in the power of Italian Hospitality, Wine and Cooking to express our love of Italian Traditions and Culture. We make our own fresh pastas on a daily basis, and all of our ingredients are the freshest locally sourced around. We take great pride in our hand crafted menu inspired from all regions of Italy. Come join us for a bottle of Italian wine, and the most authentic Italian cuisine in the DMV.
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R
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a successor to one of our favorites, Curious Grape. Location is just outside the main street of restaurants and shops in Shirlington. Nice decor, kept the same bar area. I had veal, which was good but not exceptional. Very good service. Waiter asked us how we wanted our bill divided (three ways) which was much appreciated. I would go again.

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VR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A colleague suggested Osteria and I invited friends for brunch. We couldn't stop commenting on great food, good service and fair price points. We'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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ID
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian!!!

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Caesar salad was disgusting, ravioli was bland tasting, had to wait much too long for the salad (ordered 3 caesar). Overall, the food was not good, waitress had to tend the bar also. Drinks were hmmmmmmm.
Waitress was beautiful and she really tried. It was obvious this restaurant was not ready for a birthday party of eleven for lunch. I would not recommend Osteria, I should have chosen a much pricier upscale venue.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I thought everything was great at this restaurant, and the service was very good, but I rated service 4 stars because there was nowhere to complain about length of time for food arrival. Admittedly the restaurant had every table full, so it was a bit slammed throughout our time there.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Osteria da Nino, so it was a perfect choice for a birthday gathering. Eight of us were there. Two ordered the special pork chop stuffed with prosciutto, and one found it underdone and sent it back to the kitchen. It was returned promptly, fully cooked. Everyone else enjoyed the house-made pasta dishes, including the special lasagna, seafood and chicken. We cleaned our plates!

The noise level was moderately loud until the theatre crowd left at about 7:45. Thereafter, it was very moderate.

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PS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and copious, and the service was pleasant and prompt. My only caveat is that some balance is needed between the daylight that floods through the windows in front, and the diminishing light in the back of the restaurant. Perhaps slightly less translucent drapes in front, and slightly more illumination in the back, would be helpful -- depending on how sunny a day it is.

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LE
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lunch on a Saturday afternoon -- it was very quiet and we wondered whether the restaurant was as good as the reviews made it sound. Service was on the slow side, but we weren't in a rush so it wasn't a bother. The food was worth the wait! The four of us had different appetizers and entrees, all excellent. The one dessert - an almond olive oil cake with lemon - was fabulous. I would definitely go again.

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MD
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Osteria da Nino offers updated and classic versions of iconic Italian dishes. We enjoyed three-meat lasagne and porcini gnocchi, followed by a ricotta-pistachio layered cheesecake that I hope stays on the dessert menu.

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TF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious from the appetizers to the entrees to dessert. Food was fresh and full of taste. the service was excellent and the owner came to the table a few times. Great experience.

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both excellent. We had a 7pm reservation and were able to enjoy a relaxed meal over a couple hours. We never felt rushed by the wait staff and we were able to hear each other talking at the table, which can be rare in a Shirlington Village restaurant on a Saturday night.

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RB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Osteria da Nino and have been customers since it opened. Nino brings an old world charm to all his diners. He and his wife greet you personally, come by the table to see how everything is. Servers are well trained and very pleasant. Menu items are as described--no surprises. Would appreciate a list of daily specials as my hearing is not the best, and the servers' accents are not always easy to understand. But beside that, we always come back. We were delightfully surprised at how busy Saturday evening was. . .but a lot of hard work has gone into promoting the restaurant, and it deserves the customers. Best bet at getting a table: 1) Come early or late on weekends, 2) Make a reservation, or 3) Try a slower weekday for walk-in. Free parking in the office building garage is a bonus.

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L
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu with wonderfully prepared ingredients. Good wine selection. Some of the best home-made lasagna you will every have. Nino will often stop by your table to check on your satisfaction.

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h
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Once seated we waited about 10 minutes until anyone approached us. Once we had a waiter, he was attentive. Our food was mediocre, with the desserts being the best part. Had most of our meal not been covered by a gift card I would have been upset.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening and knowledgeable staff. Great that the owner is involved and visits with the guests.

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b
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and selection were very good. Service was pleasant efficient. Reservation was right on time.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible! The service was perfect! I will take my family and friends there!

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C
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic!! Very good value for the price!!

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d
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was friendly but very slow. Food was pretty average. Owner was very nice.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant for both dates and families. The ambiance is quiet, with tasteful Frank Sinatra and other crooners in the background. Prices are reasonable. The service is excellent. My husband was serenaded for his birthday. We plan to be regulars.

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KL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, ambiance and the incredibly personable owner.

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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation and got seated right away. The host tried to seat us in the room at the back of the restaurant where it appeared they typically put families with kids and it was slightly separate from the main dining room. We were a group of 3 adults. Once seated we were given our menus, received water and bread but then it seemed like we were forgotten. After waiting for quite awhile we had to flag someone down to place our order. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time. We all ordered pasta dishes and during our long wait we observed other tables who were offered grated cheese on the pasta. This never happened in our case. The waitress was generally rude as was the host. I’ve never given a negative review before but this place just wasn’t great and not worth the price. There are lots of other good choices in Shirlington Village.

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MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Osteria da Nino. The food was tasty, the service was friendly and prompt, and the prices are reasonable.

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MK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and the waiter was very helpful with suggesting food and drink pairings.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BD dinner for my husband! They sang and brought him a wonderful dessert!

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ME
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of those special 3-course menus, with plenty of choices. Everything was so good!

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MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really love this place. We went for Valentine's Day. They had live entertainment and a special menu. The foot was outstanding and the wine, as always, was amazing.

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KS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate from the Valentines Day pre-fix menu. All but the sheep’s ricotta cannoli were amazing. The latter was so-so at best. The price of the menu would be for special occasions only.

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PM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, inviting atmosphere. Service was excellent - just the right amount of trips to the table by our server. The food was delicious and well-presented. We did not feel rushed or pressured to hurry through our meal. We will be back!

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WG
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined on a Friday night. Pros: The octopus; the deviled eggs; the service; and the wine list (had the Russian River Pinot). Cons: the shrimp; the gluten-free pasta. Tip to management: you might want to try GF pasta that combines different grains; it can make a big difference.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Was a little underwhelmed with the food. The service was not as prompt as it could have been. For the value, there are plenty of other Italian options.

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TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for dinner prior to seeing a movie. The food was delicious, service was superb and ambiance was great. I will definitely be going back.

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T
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great value, quiet so you can actually talk, adequate space between tables, great service, lovely food. They make excellent risotto and I had the mushroom with truffle oil. Very rich and I had leftovers, too! Our new favorite place.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Italian, tucked away around the corner from the main Shirlington street. Well worth visiting.

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food with Sicilian influences. Excellent service. Great atmosphere.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always feel we are back in Italy when we done here. The staff is friendly, the food wonderful and, most importantly, the espresso is perfect.

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G
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was adequate but by no means genuine Italian. Carbonara sauce tasted like it was poured out of a jar. It wasn't very busy and service was slower than I would have expected.

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JR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Although the service was excellent both my dish and my friend's were mediocre at best. We could not detect Marsala in the chicken marsala, overall it was quite bland. Unfortunately my dish was quite bland as well, pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe was also disappointing. If these were Italian dishes in a run of the mill restaurant that did not specialize in Italian food, I would say it was just ok. In Arlington at Osteria is very disappointing. Once dish could be a fluke, or perhaps the customer not appreciating the dish and flavors, but two dishes that I see as bland is a confirmation that its just not good. Bottom line, I would not recommend the food in this restaurant.

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