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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been 5 time in Washington DC as tourist and I always go back to this restaurant.

DP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a restaurant that we frequent. It's always comfortable and welcoming.

SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Friendly, attentive wait staff. Food was delicious. Fresh and tasty. Nino stopped by to check on us and was very customer-focused. Highly recommend.

ST
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Nino is a wonderful host. My steak was cooked perfectly and the pastas were al dente and well sauced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at this restaurant is delicious no matter what you are in the mood for. From the appetizers to the main course to their desserts, everything is great! I would highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

WT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another wonderful dinner and thank Nino and his staff for everything.

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant that is so authentic. Recently traveled to Italy and this restaurant was as good as any I visited on my trip.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our dinners were wonderful! Service a bit slow, but it was Saturday night.

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Owner and waiters are very welcoming. They applied a Signature Theater credit to our bill, which was a pleasant surprise! Food was on the oily side but otherwise an overall pleasant experience - would come back.

TD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food, wine and service!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The service took a little while to get us seated and to give us drinks. Our waitress did apologize, bit the restaurant was not that busy, so it was kinda strange. I always tip 20%, so if you give me horrible service, I will tip you, but I won't come back.

The food was very salty and it did not seem to reflect any specific part of Italy. We had the mussels and the tomato sauce was good, but the acidity did not pair well with the mussels. I also had the squid ink pasta, and felt it could have been done a bit better. Overall, it was decent, but not enough to return sadly. I wish it was cause there needs to be better Italian places.

DO
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business, friends, or a date lunch / dinner spot. Nice wine list and variety on the menu. Food is very fresh, staff is great, and you'll usually find the wonderful owner on site greeting the customers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

One thing, it was easy to book, and the restaurant owner called me the morning of to confirm everything. Nice conversation. However, the owner FAILED to mention that with a party as large as mine that we would have to do a max 4 CHECKS?!?! ...Despicable. He only mentioned the time of the event, the table set up, and parking. During dinner, my boyfriend spoke with the waitress who mentioned the billing policy....and she was nice enough to let us split it the way we could.... worked it out for our group. She was willing to help, and was nice and professional. However, the owner went back to my boyfriend and caused a fuss of it all. He was very unprofessional, and at this point I don’t think we will be coming back here in a large group if the restaurant OWNER...who claims to be in the business for over 30 years.....is not gonna be considerate enough to accommodate different group needs. Next time, mention in your policies about the billing policy......

The service was good thanks to our waitress, and the food was good.

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to Osteria da Nino before, though we do eat out often in Shirlington. We very much enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

j
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nino is a great host. Good and creative Italian cuisine Wonderful oysters and superb pork and fish. Very good and simple wine list

SK
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very relaxing lunch and the food was wonderful.

JV
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nino’s is simply the best Italian food in NOVA!!! Nino is a wonderful host who will make you feel at home from the moment you walk in the door!

KW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. Was in town for a visit and made a reservation. Hands-down, best food I’ve gotten in Arlington. 10/10 would recommend.

KM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One element I always appreciate about Osteria da Nino is the service. Whenever I visit, I feel like I get a nice relaxed meal, with courses served with appropriate timing, which I think is a lost art in so many popular restaurants. Nino walks around and chats with guests. He genuinely wants to share his passion for food and wine with others, and it shows. Being just around the corner from the "main strip" of Shirlington, I always feel like Osteria da Nino gets overlooked by many people. I encourage you to give it a try. I tend to go for their seafood specials, and they're delish -- pan seared scallops on the recent visit were cooked to perfection!

S
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lunch is a treat as not crowded and quiet. Owner meets and greets with real desire for you to enjoy your time. Had not been for a while, but will now as fine menu reasonably priced. Did not have wine, but nice list, and owner has frequent wine dinners.

PA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is top notch. Always a pleasure to dine here. Nino is a charming and friendly host.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service...will be back!

JV
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner following a funeral service. The staff was so kind and courteous to a big group that it was an enjoyable evening. The food was delicious and the recommended wine was delightful! Thank you!

NO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem in Shirlington. Our server, Holt, was top notch. Gave me samples of different wines to help me choose my glass. Octopus appetizer was perfectly tender and smoky, with yummy grilled tomatoes & peppers. Mediterranean Branzino crispy and cooked just right. Pot de chocolat dessert was chocolatey and rich. Will recommend to others and be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal with excellent service! One of my absolute favorite places!

z
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding, and never disappoints. Great gluten-free selections, as well. One of our favorite places to dine and hang out. :)

DS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. We went there during restaurant week not intentionally. The grilled octopus was excellent. I had the Osso Bucco which was outstanding. My son had the Fruiti de Mare and it was excellent as well. Also very nice wine list.

G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Osteria da Nino promotes its food as an innovative take on classic Italian dishes. Well, the dishes I sampled were basically a disappointing take on the those dishes. Too little sauce was served for a Brussel sprouts dish, and a Caesar salad lacked dressing and inspiration.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

This is a nice restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere and a welcoming host who makes you feel at home. The food is always very good as the owner is Sicilian and the food is genuine Italian cuisine. The waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, but the restaurant appears to be understaffed and the turnover of personnel seems to be high.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Osteria da Nino for restaurant week and it was delicious. It was worth the price but without restaurant week, it is very expensive. The food was exquisite and would have been worth the price.

LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the grilled octopus as appetizer and the Branzino as the main. Outstanding! Service was very good-not hovering over us but there when we needed. I’ll be back!

g
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice little find out of sight from the main street in Shirlington. Glad we found it. Food was not fabulous but it was good and we will be back.

S
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Reliably good food, but menu needs a refresh. The wine list is terrific. As a host, Nino is gregarious and takes joy in greeting diners. Wait staff need more training.

LA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic find and a very warm and welcoming staff! The owner is also very charming and a treat to meet. Food was delicious. We will go again.

OT
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been here several times and each time was delicious. Our friends and we picked Restaurant Week as a special time to get together, not far from home, and wonderful food. We shared appetizers of arancini (full of meat, not rice), meatballs, burrata salad and paid extra for the grilled octopus...which we all loved. Entree-wise we had the branzino over braised fennel, cavatappi with lamb ragu and linguini with clams. We shared tastes and loved every bite. For dessert we had chocolate mousse, tiramisu and chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The entire meal was filling for all of us, though servings did not allow any take homes (which is just fine). Excellent value but I have to say their regular prices are very fair. We will return.

There are about 5-6 free parking spaces across the street in the lot by the metro station. You have to look hard to see them.

BB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant if you like old-school Italian menu and hospitality.

e
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food in Shirlington. Pasta always a good choice

TA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, two daughters and I were looking for a place to eat before watching a show at the Kennedy Center. The owner greeted us at the front door which always starts the experience out right! Seeing our dress attire, he asked if we were going to a show. We told him we were and so he asked us when we needed to leave by and he had his staff accommodate our needs. The food was excellent, the atmosphere nice, and overall we had a great time. We tried two of the specials: the scallops and the veal... Yum!

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good drinks and brunch.

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