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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vipAnne
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During this very difficult time I was very impressed with the sanitary steps they took to make us feel we were safe in their restaurant.

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MichaelP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience had personal touches from Nino, his family, and his staff, who seem like his extended family. Outstanding!

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TerriP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. The ambiance was also perfect.

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Sus3
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was okay. Service was good at first, but when we asked for the check, we waited for 30 minutes. No check. One of us had to chase down waitress to get check. I would not go back

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vipLoveNYC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

loved the Frutti Di Mare with the squid ink homemade pasta!!

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vipALT1
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our evening and food! The only issue was that as the restaurant became more crowded, the service fell off- we wanted to order coffee and dessert but after 10-15 minutes gave up just got our check. I think another server is needed, because ours was good just became too busy.

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murphnd
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osteria da Nino is a hidden gem. The service is friendly and efficient, and the owner Nino is a great host. The food is excellent -- their squid ink pastas are the best I've ever had in the DC area (highly recommend the regular seafood dish on the menu, but sometimes they have specials made with it also). They have a good wine list with several Italian varietals and appellations that are not easy to find locally, and Nino is very knowledgeable about wine (and appreciative of others who demonstrate an interest in Italian wine). They also have great happy hour oyster specials!

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KerT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious and authentic Italian food! Homemade pasta, tender veal, freshly filled cannoli with crisp shells.

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Jess
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Prices are a little high for what you get, but it tastes great!

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vipMichaelS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal at Osteria da Nino despite several missteps. We had passed by this place a 100, but always had out go-to place for Italian. One the 101th, we decided to give it a try and are glad we did. They were busy on our visit, but it was almost 15 mins before someone took our drink order after we sat down and then another 15 mins or so to take our appetizer & meal order. Once it emptied out a little the service got much better and was very pleasant. The calamari app and my cavietelli pasta w/lamb ragu were fantastistic, however my wife's veal was overdone and very dry. But the sauce and side that came with it were great and almost saved the dish. Overall we will absolutly try it again as the prices were reasonable and there were a lot of choices on the menu that we wanted to try

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious and fairly priced. The service was so-so. Glad we weren’t in a rush because it took a while to order etc. On the flip side, definitely didn’t feel like we were being rushed out and we enjoyed a longer dinner.

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vipMeem
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything great, but service can be slow. Seems like there is lots of turnover of wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ODN was delightful as always. The best service and hospitality in town!!!

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celebrating
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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
vipLanaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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Happytoeatout
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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GinaL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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Paul
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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Linda
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KaitlynD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day dinner done very well.

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KCC04
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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cpedone
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.

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Luvthehotpot
Washington DC
29 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.

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Pipp
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.

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vipMojave
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

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JulieR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BillW
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
158 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.

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vipViennaWeenee
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.

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Saul1234
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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JenniferL
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PaulW
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.

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BillS
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.

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vic1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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DinnerOut
Charleston
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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Osteria da Nino does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Osteria da Nino is rated 4.5 stars by 1019 OpenTable diners.

Osteria da Nino does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.osteriadaninova.com/.

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