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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GG
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific evening!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and delicious food

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

80th birthday celebration that went very well

CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experiences at Osteria da Nino. I was happy to introduce others to this restaurant. They will be back!

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time here with family for dinner. Service was great, the wine and food were delicious, would highly recommend.

j
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant with excellent food. They have a full menu with lots of options. The veal dishes were prepared perfectly and the ravioli was really good too. We had the tiramisu and chocolate soufflé for dessert and they were both outstanding. Maria, out waitress, was friendly and attentive. We had a great evening!

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem in Shirlington. Nino makes you feel at home every visit.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Restaurant inviting but noisy--had to raise my voice to converse with partner. The caulifower soufflé's ordered was very good as was the dessert--canaloni. The main course of chicken was not tender and vegetables tasted like they had been cooked yesterday and reheated.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Running the Marine Corps Marathon and was looking for an affordable Italian dinner to carb up. This place is amazing. I will definitely be coming back next year.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday ! Great eve

C
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with some friends for my mom’s birthday. This is one of my favorite places and was as good as always. Great food, great wine, great service. It was a wonderful night!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The waiter need to be properly train on service to customers

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was awful and overpriced, I should have sent mine back. I ordered chicken piccata thinking it would be a sautéd cutlet. It turned out to be a roasted quarter chicken that was totally overcooked and dry as a bone. I’ve had frozen Lean Cuisine with more flavor. Our appetizer was over seasoned. My date couldn’t get the drink she wanted. But the bill was five star.

SK
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party o 5 with 3 birthday celebrations and we enjoyed every bit of it.

g
Northern MI
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the meal. Service was just right - friendly and attentive but not bothersome. We will visit again.

z
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food OUTSTANDING! Nino, keep on doing the fabulous job! :)

c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing food, wine and service!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
102 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JV
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JV
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!