Assaggi

4.6
1438 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located in the heart of McLean Square, Assaggi is a Fine Dining destination with Modern Italian Cousin, with respect for tradition but implementing modern culinary techniques.
Adjacent to the Restaurant, Assaggi Pizzeria offers Neapolitan pizzas and small plates in a casual, modern setting. Both concepts offer a full bar with an extensive selection of imported Italian and International wines, as well as beer and craft cocktails.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1438 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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WilliamC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cuisine and wonderful service...as has been true for many years. The finest restaurant in McLean.

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vipJPAshburn
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great outside setting. Food was good, but wine list was way overpriced, compared to other Italian restaurants.

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vipSergioCapanna
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Pizza is superb, crunchy and not chewy, as Italian Pizza is supposed to be. Their Aperol Spritz is also at par with what you would have in a bar in Italy, which is not often the case in the US.

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vipjennifern
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience as always. Amazing staff. Thank you!

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HollyM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening! We enjoyed the food and outdoor space!

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vipMani
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Star service, professional staffs, and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding.

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vipAKR5360
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience as always. Took my sister and brother-in-law (their first visit). My sister had the pasta special with lobster; my wife had salmon; brother-in-law had pasta with bolognese and I had steak. Folks, this is seriously great food. Please go. They have a great outdoor dining area with propane heaters.

And as always, thank you to Milo Dusan!

Ananda Radhakrishnan

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vipAKR5360
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Assaggi for quite some time especially since our good friends Madge and Ken became co-owners. Now in the Covid era, they have a great heated outdoor dining area. They have also hired a newish chef who is great. The food is now stellar. Plus we always get great service from Aleksandra and Dhusan. We are going next Saturday and bringing my sister and brother in law for the first time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Veal ravioli were outstanding as well as the short ribs! Chocolate desert was excellent, it’s a shame I didn’t take a pic it had some kind of gold finish on top! With all this craziness going on, this is our safe spot to dine and just minutes from our home. We will be back

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vipItalianred
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I never like to leave a less than good review but in the spirit of being positive here is an honest suggestion. If a group or a family shows up and some in the group want to eat pizza why deny them the chance to eat in the formal restaurant? Our table of 2 adults and 2 children spent just short of $300 tonight - yet we were asked to sit in the pizza place and we were then allowed to order both pizza and items from the restaurant. I doubt we’ll ever go back which is a shame because we like to support local businesses and we were very regular customers before they closed and reopened with the attached pizza place. It would have been so easy to have sat us in the empty main restaurant.
The menu is relatively limited however that’s understandable given the impact that Covid has had on the volume of business.
I understand that they don’t want to turn their formal restaurant into a pizza parlor but surely they can make a judgment and be flexible.

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vipHeather
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 4:30 on a cold January 2021 Saturday to get out of the house. Despite no smoking signs and asking two staff people to enforce the no smoking rules, they let a man continue to smoke a cigar that was suffocatingly awful. So, we left and went someplace else that was great. My lungs felt the cigar for the next couple of hours unfortunately. Hope the rude cigar smoker tipped really well for his beer. It didn't compare to the tip I would have left today and on many other visits for our family at what was our favorite restaurant.

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vipVAred
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great evening "out" at Assaggi, outside on their interior patio. It was very warm with heaters and protected from wind so we were able to enjoy the delicious food without distraction. Their food is always outstanding...from the fresh endive salad to the amazing bronzino and fresh gnocci which tasted like pillows in my mouth. Every time I go I enjoy something new that is made with love and care. It really is a gem of a restaurant (their pizza is amazing too) and I will be back to enjoy the patio even on cold winter nights until this pandemic is over.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. Would go there again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall wonderful experience!
1 . Their pork belly app was very good, so tender and perfect for this weather. My wife had braised veal ravioli and she loved it. I ordered duck breast myself, it was perfectly cooked and seasoned, cause God knows wrongly done duck breast is like eating a shoe.

2. The only downside was the pricing for the value , but hey it’s McLean so we kind of expected that.
People kept going in and out picking up their pizza orders, we have to come back and dine in their pizzeria side , it seams more casual too!

3.Service professional and well polished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Previous experience very good but for this New Year’s Eve food and service were not satisfactory. Risotto was watery, undercooked and lacking any taste. While accommodating for our children with off menu pasta dishes, my son’s pasta was unevenly cooked and even crunchy. Ordered milk and never received it, much to my children’s disappointment. Empty water glasses/cups not filled. Expected better quality and service, especially considering limited number of tables. Disappointing all around.

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Jesica
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their covered outdoor seating was great! I wish they had more heaters per table available! Food was good as per usual.

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vipnancym
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Four family members went to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant is serene and lovely. The service attentive but not intrusive. Three of us had fish; one duck. The portions were modest but since we also shared appetizers, we were satisfied. The restaurant surprised us with a complementary tiramisu, which was a fine ending to a special evening

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vipGolnj
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience but a bit pricy

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vipMarkusG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Assaggi is always a great choice and has adapted well to COVID-19 conditions. Food is great, service is excellent. You have your choice ranging from a spectacular variety of pizzas to authentic Italian dishes made for a discerning palate with the best of ingredients--including delicacies such as truffles.

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vipBonGourmand
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Assaggi's new chef must be right out of Italy; evident from the warm crusty/gooey rustic bread and the apps: carpaccio and the prosciutto & roasted black figs. We must return for the spaghetti with white truffles that's prepared in a hollowed-out wheel of Parma-Reggiano cheese in the dining room.

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BClarkeVa
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our 32nd anniversary - we regularly go to Assaggi's for special occasions, and the level of the food and service justify waiting for these occasions. We also focus on the annual truffle season. We had white truffle last time, this time tried black truffle which was good, but not as good as white, so we'll go back to white next time.

Ate out front, which was comfortable (good weather and heater) and safe. They're doing a very good job, pandemic-considered.

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SandyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious upscale Italian dining in McLean. Service was excellent across the board from hostess to server to busser to management - best service we've had in recent memory. They pay attention to detail and it shows. Outdoor dining with heaters meant we were comfortable and socially distanced.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white truffle menu was exquisite and the last dish, the dessert, was divine. Try it! It is so unique and diverse - with gold leaf. I wish I had taken a picture too. Their new pastry chef is definitelly a keeper. To get this dessert you need to get the white truffle menu. For a Saturday night date night this is the best place to go. Romantic setting, great cuisine, wonderful staff and service.

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vipCrouton
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly beautiful place. The service and warmth impeccable. The food very delicious. Tried the linguine with truffle special. Truly amazing.

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CathyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation at Assagi Osteria to celebrate my 50th birthday and my son’s 12th birthday but we were seated outside of Assagi Pizza even though there were tables in the front.
The res snapper dish did not have that much flavor a was very small. The pasta dishes were much more flavorful.

There was a note on the reservation about celebrating birthday but the hostess or waiter did not acknowledge them.

I use to dine at Assagi several years ago and remembered the food to be better and portions larger.

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vipAKR5360
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-COVID-19, we would go to Assagi perhaps once a week. We have not been back until last Saturday for dinner and we are glad that we did. They have a great outdoor dining area and a new menu because of a new chef. We had tuna tartare, roasted vegetable, halibut and filet mignon and each item was excellent. So they have upped their game!!

One thing has not changed, the fabulous service from Alexandra, Lindsey, and Dushan. We’ll be back soon!

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Trudy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! They have a new chef so there were new items on the menu.

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vipAliP
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Menú chooses needed

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EileenM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Assaggi is a great neighborhood restaurant . The food, ambiance and warmth of welcome will keep me returning .

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EveningOutWithoutKids
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service competent, and atmosphere pleasant.

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vipPattyC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio. Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Thank you!

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vipjohhnny1
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside in good seating for the pandemic era. We had very good dishes of burrata, pasta with lobster and a wonderful halibut. Paired with a good Ramey chardonnay we had a nice evening. The service was a bit slow at first, but understandable in the covid era where everyone is stretched. We appreciate the effort and we are patient

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SpencerS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome - great food and service

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Chuck
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Expensive by local standards but well worth it for very good food, generous portions and excellent service

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SueB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to have drinks or dine at Assaggi Osteria. The staff is superb and the food is very good. Fish as well as traditional pastas are always offered. Their outdoor seating is covered and when it gets too warm, they have socially distanced tables inside for a lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our daughters birthday as this is her favorite resturant !!

Service is always perfect at Assagi’s !! The food is excellent as is the wine list

Ambiance was a little different as they could only have outside seating — although it was quite warm there was a nice breeze so that worked out OK

Between the four of us we had halibut , lamb chops, orecchiette, and taggitella — everyone loved everything !!

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Fern
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The lamb chops were mediocre at best. The tuna tartare was slightly above average The pasta , the calamari and the cheesecake were outstanding. Service was outstanding and the setting outside was perfect. Expensive, but I knew that going in.

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vipMarionM
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time eating out again after 10 weeks of lockdown. The terrace was very nice and the service was great. My only complaint was that everything seemed way overpriced (even for the area). The food itself was very good however. The wine was good but also overpriced.

FAQs

Assaggi does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Assaggi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 918-0080.

Assaggi is rated 4.6 stars by 1438 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.