Osteria la Civetta

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Osteria la Civetta is a celebration of Italian Food, Wine and Hospitality, combined with fresh and local ingredients. The inspiration for La Civetta (the little Owl) comes from our own life experience at the tables of family, friends and Osterie of Emilia Romagna. Our cuisine is simple, honest and unpretentious; it is based on our heritage and implemented by fresh and locally sourced ingredients. La Civetta is the interpretation of our belief that one of the greatest sources of joy is what happens around a dinner table. Benvenuti e Buon Appetito!
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New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

60th birthday

CC
New England
44 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The new fall menu had many offerings we found appealing. As always, we had a lovely evening🥰

a
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is our fifth year here, and before tonight, have always looked forward to coming here as our carb loading meal before running in the cape cod half the next morning. Unfortunately, our meals
tonight left a lot to be desired. Although We were seated promptly in a very desirable location, after that not much more met our expectations. First, the bread they brought to the table was cold and stale. Then, our meat and cheese board, which was filled with 4 different cheese and 3 meats, were dropped off at our table with no information on what types they were, something that any high end restaurant we have been to in the past has always offered to identify. Our spinach and salad sides were good, but when our entrees of pastas came out, they were all lukewarm at best although the plates were hot, which made us all wonder how they could have prepared it like that, because clearly our pasta had been sitting for awhile.

And lastly, when I made this reservation in open table, I was asked if this was a special occasion, which I responded that it was a birthday. Either the restaurant doesn’t even read those special requests or chose to ignore them because nothing was even acknowledged.

I usually don’t even write reviews, and I should have just told our server, but after discussing our disappointment walking back to our motel, I felt that I need to express our feelings about our experience.

o
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best in falmouth ma.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

B
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were busy but ready for us when we arrived. Our meal was delivered in a timely way without feeling rushed. Our server checked in without hovering. Best of all the meal was delicious and beautifully presented. Highly recommend.

EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Falmouth! It feels like you are dining in a cozy home in Tuscany. Can't get any better!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Have eaten at this restaurant a few times; every experience was something to “write home about” with the exception of tonight. The waitress raved about the special lasagna with a bechamel sauce that people were calling ahead to reserve. We decided we had to try it since she made such a fuss about it! We also ordered the stuffed tomoato and the burrata salad.
Well the lasagna was such a disappointment... dry... actually burned on the top... noodles were chewy and there was no sauce to speak of let alone a creamy white bechamel sauce. Such a let down after our waitress made such a fuss! The burrata was delicious but the stuffed tomato was horrible... it was stuffed with a breadcrumb paste of some sort... tasted frozen... as did the lasagna. I really have to say we were so let down. The waitress was understanding and without too much conversation she wisked our main dish away and offered something else, but we opted to finish our wine and partake in a tirmisu which ended up being delicious, but in no way made up for our disappointing main course.

FA
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place when you want amazing Italian food in an environment where you feel like your in your grandmother’s kitchen. The fresh bread is served with the best olive oil, the pastas are all homemade, the wine list has some great offerings and the servers are always attentive and helpful. You are never rushed as you take the time to enjoy your meal and possibly splurge on a yummy dessert.

EF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, food was authenticity Italian. Waitress was so sweet and helpful. The food was amazing, we had the butternut squash tortelloni with sage and butter and it was perfect. Would highly recommend.

LR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and cozy neighborhood restaurant. Food was excellent as was the service

MP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The atmosphere felt like I was in a little restaurant in a small village in Italy. Will definitely return for another wonderful meal

FG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Growing up Italian in Boston was special for many reasons. My fondest memories of my mother and there were many, was Sunday dinners with homemade pasta. Other than making it myself, I have found my mom's "homemades" in Falmouth at Osteria. Other restaurants have good pasta but you have not had real Italian pasta until you have "homemade" pasta at Osteria. Whether your favorite is rigatoni, tagliatelli, tortellini, spaghetti or one of the other varieties, try some and dine at Osteria. They are not limited to pasta as their fish, chicken and meat dishes are delectable as well. However, if you have never had truly home made pasta you owe to your family and friends to experience Osteria la Civetta!!
ps. my grandmother born in Italy taught my mom!!

AN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like stepping into a neighborhood osteria in northern Italy. Authentic atmosphere; wonderful service and cuisine.

M
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Italian restaurant. Decor is warm and inviting and food was wonderful!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Falmouth and decided to come up for the weekend from ny. We were excited to return to your restaurant for dinner. We so enjoyed the pasta and a wonderful dessert.
As always, staff was warm and welcoming.
See you next summer.
Jean and Rich moccia

MB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Nicely laid out restaurant with good food but the serving staff need to remember the basics like smile and be courteous. Being presented with the bill halfway through eating our desserts did not impress me !

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was very good as usual. The service was the worst I have had.

CK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gathering of old friends. Wine selections and food outstanding. Bolognese the best.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience; great food and service.

LF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Cozy and not expensive for what you get.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here for the first time for our wedding anniversary. Both of us had excellent salad starters, and we both had entree specials. I had the pork terrine, and my husband had pasta with various shellfish in a light spicy sauce. They were both outstanding.
As the bottle of wine we wanted was unavailable that night, the staff spent time with us to find something suitable. The replacement selection was superb.
The ambiance was very nice, and the seating comfortable. The only complaint is that it was very dark. Could be a little bit brighter without losing the ambiance. We will absolutely be back.

JO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been here several times and food is always consistently good. This was a particularly busy night and service was slow but delicious food nevertheless..

B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this place is consistently excellent! The weekend special is Lasagna, which is out of this world. This place is much more like a restaurant you would find in Italy than a “spags and balls” place in the US.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The real deal Italian, always good.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding - perfectly attentive and knowledgable. The food, as ever, was superb. Have loved this place since the day it opened.

S
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding real Italian fare, well served and great value.

OT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at this restaurant! The food, wine and decor are all very authentic and reminded us of our time spent in Italy. Food and service were both excellent.

B
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is always a pleasure to visit this place! You feel like part of the family, and the food is incredibly good.

K
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, and the staff knew their wines. Very accommodating and had my window seat for our anniversary ready for us! Only negative was loud kids at the outside dining area could be heard inside which was distracting.

HH
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Homemade pasta is so authentic and absolutely fantastic. Great wine list too

RG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As before. Excellent Authentic Italian cuisine. Best restaurant in Falmouth. And one of the best in Cape Cod.

DG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed our anniversary celebration at Osteria la Civetta. The food was delicious, and the ambiance lovely. The one drawback was with the server, who though he took our orders was absolutely non personable. He did his job, but with no pleasant interaction. He presented us our check with our dessert course, then came back before we had finished (or even looked at the check) to try to close out the bill. There were empty tables and we had not taken an inordinate amount of time with our meal. It really did tarnish our celebration a bit and was not the usual experience that we have had there in the past.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Ambiance was good. Very disappointed in the food. I got the short rib which they cut into pieces and then cooked. It tasted like beef teriyaki from an Asian restaurant, and not in a good way. Meat was tough. My friend had the bolognese and it was not very flavorful. Would not go back.

FG
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Osteria is a bit of Italy in downtown Falmouth. For years I have made my own pasta from scratch. Rigatoni, spaghetti and gnocchi are my family's favorites. Thanks to Osteria a simple reservation through OpenTable and our family will dine on the best home made pasta in town. Their specials are outstanding. They do not try to offer 3 pages of items, rather they offer a well defined menu that satisfies everyone's taste. Prices are very reasonable for authentic Italian dining.

DP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good. Perfectly al dente home made pasta. Really nice wine list. The vanilla gelato with cherries was to die for. However, our server had no interest in us other than dropping off the meal.

RT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal and service...the seafood special was overpriced at $34!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely experience!
Cream of yellow pepper soup was divine!
Butternut squash tortelloni was scrumptious!
Decaf coffee was appreciatively rich and strong.
Definitely a memorable and delightful dinner!

P
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary with out best friends. The service was impeccable . Our waitress (Isla I think is her name) was top notch. The food and cocktails were amazing! Can't wait to go back.

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Osteria la Civetta was outstanding. I loathe noisy restaurants that blare music. This place not only serves delicious food, it also provides an atmosphere to enjoy it. Excellent service. Look forward to returning for another pleasurable dining experience.

PS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind service, great food and pleasant atmosphere.