Osteria da Nino

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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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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for a girls evening to catch up. Delicious food in a quiet space so we could actually hear each other. The pace was great, allowing us time to visit and serving great pasta and seafood.
We'll be back.

LM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The home made fettuccini looked like Asian noodles. The salmon was very dry even though I asked for medium rare.
Salad was swimming in dressing. I would not come back.

H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here once before. We enjoyed that there was easy parking across the street. We arrived early, around 5:30 PM with a reservation for 6 PM. There was no problem in getting seated and served. The waitress was very nice in taking our orders and explaining the menu and specials for the night.
The food was served nicely and tasted very fine including the fish.
Since we were there early, the noise level was low and did increase when a group came to the bar while waiting for their table, but otherwise we could speak at a comfortable level.
It was a fun night.

GL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2/15/2020- Outstanding meal - everything was spot on for this meal. Fresh, fresh, and delicious. Service was outstanding. I had the scallops they were so sweet and tasted like fresh ocean air! Calamari was perfect, not to heavily breaded, perfectly crisp and prepared. This was so good.

P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Nice looking place but food was nothing special. Cauliflower flan appetizer was good but entrees -- Veal scallopini and branzini -- were pretty tasteless. Service was slow, apparently due to staff shortages. At least it was not overpriced.

L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and nice quiet atmosphere. This was our first time there, and we will be back soon.

KD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine's day. They had a 3 course meal for $75 a person. I know stereotypically restaurants overcharge and under perform on Valentine's day but this was really bad. The first course I ordered was a salad. The portion was tiny very and no variety in the salad. Ordered lobster ravioli and again portion was extremely small and the ravioli tasted like they came out of a package from Trader Joe's. Actually Trader Joes has better lobster raviolis. For dessert I had a chocolate torte that tasted like it came from the pastry case at Starbucks. None of these items were worth anywhere near $25. $75 a persom was a total rip off for what we got.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day dinner done very well.

KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We knew going in on Valentine’s Day there was a limited

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess waitress and host (owner) made this THE best dining experience in Shirlington. Our Valentines dinner was exceptional!!! We will definitely return. The owner called me personally and walked me through the menu. I love it.

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner here at Osteria da Nino. Nino greeted us when we came in, it was very busy but we had a reservation. The server was very pleasant and made it a great evening. Food is always amazing, topped off with some wine and fresh bread. We cannot wait to go back.

L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Osteria da Nino will typically exceed your expectations. Varied menu and daily specials always hold epicurean delights, with a wine menu that will pair with every entree. Nino is always gracious and generally present to tend to your every need. A wonderful place to dine pre- and post-theatre.

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Both food and service were exemplary. Looking forward to our next visit.

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Another terrific experience. Nino is a gracious host, great food and ambiance. Perfect pre-theatre venue!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is amazing, amazing service and great food. Prices good too!

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday dinner- food was very good, the porchetta was amazing. Service started off slowly, as it took a while -20 minutes- to get a server to show up at the table, but a glance and shoulder shrug at the manager quickly remedied the delay. After that service was great. Worth going back to

OT
Washington DC
157 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Came early and had a drink at the bar. Service was very slow. Sat down and thing got better. Small wine list but very reasonable prices and nice selection. Appetizers were great. The octopus was excellent with great smoke flavor in the potatoes. The Brussels sprouts were fantastic. Pastas were great. Homemade. The porchetta was very good with great crunchy crust and tender inside. Over all great time and very reasonable. I definitely recommend and will try again.

VW
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We arrived at 6pm on a Saturday. All was quiet and the service was good. Then came the onslaught of large parties and other guests and the service went to hell. If you're going to the theater after a meal, start your meal at least two hours before showtime. This was the second time we have had slow service but we thought we'd give it a second chance. It's a shame that the decent food is marred by unacceptable service. Next time we won't opt for Italian food when eating in Shirlington; there are so many other choices with decent service.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well made cocktails, charming wait staff, delicious food, somewhat Old World ambiance

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent and service was good. We were there early, but by the time we left it was very noisy.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine before going to the Signature Theater.

PW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Largely ignored by our waiter. Hostess took care of us, taking initial order after apologizing for waiter had not greet us. After waiter eventually spoke with us, told us about the specials and took our order. We did not see him till we had completed our meal (food was brought out by bus staff) and asked him for the check.

No mention by the waiter that he had ignored us --

Food was good but not superior.

BS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the Washington/Northern Virginia area. The food is outstanding and authentic, with attention to detail, the wine list is thorough, and the drinks are made well. Service is attentive but not obtrusive, and the staff is knowledgeable about the food. My friends and I first met Nino in the late-1980s when he worked at other restaurants. His knowledge of Italian cuisine and customers' needs are obvious.

v
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner! Delicious and authentic lasagna! We'll go back!

DO
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Dinner on 1/20/20 was really basic and really disappointing. We received the smallest dinner portion I have ever been served in a restaurant. Do not go here hungry! The Chicken Marsala did not have a nice marsala sauce, and the chicken breast was so, so small and basic. It was served will literally two very small potato wedges and a few carrot slivers. I left hungry. Not impressed! Wine selection is great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and personal greeting! The wait staff was exceptionally nice and the courses were brought to the table in a personal and timely manner. The food was spectacular! We will definitely be returning!

d
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty brunch during Restaurant Week. Good and more than just a few choices. One dish was too salty and I was quickly given another choice no questions asked. Good and friendly service is appreciated.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant week and had the three course dinner. The brussel sprouts and caprese were both delicious first courses. I got the cavatelli carbonara, pasta was beautifully cooked and the sauce was scrumptious. My wife got the orrichiette dish which was light and also rather tasty. Cannoli and chocolate mousse were a wonderful way to end the meal. The ambiance was very nice and the restaurant was crowded which is always a good sign. Definitely going back for another meal soon!

RS
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Good food and good wine, Nice atmosphere and an escape from other loud Shirlington restaurants. Service needs improvement. Our wait staff was overwhelmed and could only get to us when they had time. Overall, a nice place to have dinner with friends.

B
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks who own or manage this restaurant are delightful. We highly recommend them. We love Italian food and the variety and preparation are terrific.

TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Osteria da Nino for at least 3 years. We enjoy the excellent food, the great service, and the family restaurant ambience when the owner is present.

BB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As close to authentic Italian food as I’ve ever found in the USA! (And I’ve lived in Italy.) I love this place, its food, and it’s quiet, welcoming ambience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was very ordinary — a real disappointment!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow at first. Waited close to 30 minutes before our server came

z
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Better than Olive Garden but only by small amount. The decor and location leave a lot to be desired. The redeeming quality is the service and the owner. In a small market town with no Italian food this place would be fine. With the amazing chefs in DC, the food really needs a refresh. I hope they get it right as I hate to see nice people fail in business. Wishing them the best of luck and if they change the chef, I would gladly try again.

R
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Shirlington. Fabulous Caesar salad, fried oysters, squid ink pasta, brussel sprouts, pasta with clams, bread with dipping sauce, & desserts.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly, this is a warm and inviting restaurant. From the moment you enter, your are greeted like family. All the servers are extremely knowledgeable and charming. Secondly, the food is out of this world... with new specials every day!! The chief is accommodating and will make your meal the way you desire. The owners, Nino and Jinder are front and center, making sure every bite is phenomenal. If you have not tried this restaurant, you are doing yourself a disservice. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in the DC, MD VA area!!!

BD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant for any location.. Extensive menu and a wonderful willingness to adapt any recipe to you dietary needs...vegan, vegetarian, etc.,

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and atmosphere. Will go back again. Great service. Thank you for making our Christmas eve very special.