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Assaggi, McLean, VA

Assaggi

4.2
4.2
1424 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 918-0080

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Pescatore

  • Catering

    Customized. Send us your Request at https://www.assaggiosteria.com/catering/

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cross street

    Holmes Place

  • Parking details

    Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.

  • Public transit

    Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,424 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. J

    Jerry

    Baltimore

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I glanced at reviews before we went which said the restaurant was very good, the food was delicious, but the service could be brusque. They compared it to a typical Roman restaurant in Italy. This is all absolutely true. The food was very good, though quite expensive. However, I don’t believe the server smiled more than once even though we tried many times to get him to be pleasant. He was brusque, short with us, and certainly not Italian! If he was just a bit pleasant the evening would’ve been much more enjoyable. I would not return.
  2. s

    suzyhomemaker

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic! Only negative I can think of was only one salad choice, but it was a really good salad.
  3. AK

    AKR5360

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to place for great Italian food. Pastas are amazing. Service from Aleks is always very professional and courteous. Plus she knows her wine and makes very practical suggestions.
  4. CR

    CarolR

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    With the exception of a very bland risotto preparation the food quality was excellent. However, the portion sizes relative to the price of the dishes was very disappointing.
  5. DC

    DCTraveler

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Pasta dishes are amazing. A bit over priced, esp. the wines by glass.
  6. D

    Deborah

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent meal and service outstanding. Prices have risen for sure.
  7. BG

    BonGourmand

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Assaggi is sooo authentically (and quirkily) Italian, particularly with chef Francesco Pescatore at the helm. Authenticity in the creative, yet simple cuisine like its paper thin carpaccio, slices of proscuitto with roasted figs and parmigiano cheese panna cotta, and it signature veal chop. Add to that its menus governed by the seasons -- we had shaved white truffles that perfumed a perfectly "al dente" risotto. It's quirks? In Italy, its not uncommon for a single kitchen to serve both a formal restaurant and a more casual trattoria -- here its a restaurant and a pizzeria (which makes one of the finest pizzas in the mid-Atlantic with crust that crispy and dark on the outside and chewy on the inside). And one recent review mentioned another quirk -- Italians are seldom in a hurry to bring you a check allowing you amply time to sip your espresso or limoncello.
  8. S

    Suzette

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner but the music was a little loud
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fine dining experience. It is difficult to find a restaurant these days with ambiance, excellent service and fabulous food and wine. Assaggi is our go to when we want to have a “special” dinner!
  10. ML

    MandyL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in McLean!!!
  11. JL

    JjLt

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our first time here. The service was excellent. My wife and I were going to share a pasta and a main. They split them without us having to ask. The wine list is very interesting. Wines from Italy, California, France and more. We will definitely be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Assaggi.
  13. G

    Gigi

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The service was impeccable!! Our waitress new the menu and made wonderful suggestions. She made the entire experience fantastic!
  14. N

    Nola

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Great selection of entrees.
  15. TH

    THelmaD

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The service was very good and so was the food
  16. D

    David

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    I ordered the Ravioli with Egg Plant. It looked like it had been in the refrigerator. It was also cold, like it had not been microwaved long enough. I asked for them to heat it and I got a NEW plate, but it was the same 'microwaved' looking and tasting.
  17. GR

    GR8experience

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service!
  18. EM

    EvaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, nice outdoor dining in an area with very few options. Will add this to my local rotation for Italian.
  19. JB

    JenniferB

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. Food and service are both excellent, I just wish the portions were a little bigger. My daughter ordered a steak and it didn’t come with any sides at all.
  20. BH

    BillH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    have spent thousands here over the years (visiting) so thought it was a safe bet ... $900 for dinner for 6 ... AWFUL ... only thing worse that food was service ... apparently another state paying people not to work ... hope it returns to form but will need local friends to tell me so before I return
  21. c

    c3po

    Birmingham

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely; the truffle specials were amazing, the service never fails to impress. Altogether wonderful evening.
  22. C

    Cricket

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was fresh and delicious. Portions were modest, but ample for smaller appetites. The homemade pasta was divine. The beef tenderloin was fantastic. The service was a little slow to get started, but then was very attentive but not hovering. the main outdoor patio is covered, and very pleasant.
  23. HG

    HeatherG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at this restaurant, will definitely return. I had the potato gnocchi with short ribs which was delicious!
  24. s

    southernfoodies

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This meal was delicious! The margarita pizza with mushrooms was excellent. Scallops appetizer was good, A green salad ( not specified on menu) was fabulous with crisp whole baby Romain leaves, shaved carrot and a lovely drizzle of dressing. Friendly waiter as we sat in the alley outside, and enjoyed the falling rain with friends.
  25. LG

    LailaG

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service, great ambiance and delicious food
  26. JG

    JustGoodFood

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! Pizzas were amazing, halibut was amazing, sommelier made a great wine recommendation, and everyone had a wonderful time. Truly excellent experience.
  27. H

    Happyhappyjoyjoy

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience! Absolutely delicious! Sat outside on a beautiful evening, we live close enough to walk and love that we have this gem to come to!
  28. BJ

    BrettJ

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great menu, food and cocktails and exceptional service.
  29. B

    Braavosi

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this elegant little restaurant. The food and service is always impeccable.
  30. SB

    SueB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A friend and I made a Friday, 6pm reservation. It was out intent to do wine and appetizers. No appetizers appear on the menu now and a very limited amount of wines by the glass. It is evident this restaurant only wants to serve people who eat a complete dinner and a full bottle of wine. No bar menu either. We would have been happy to sit at the bar. No Happy Hour either.
  31. J

    Jason

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another incredible experience. Delightful service and remarkable cuisine. This place a gem.
  32. CM

    ChristianM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere. That’s all I want in a restaurant and Assaggi nailed all three, can’t wait to go back. Christian Mical
  33. CB

    CelesteB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and it was an enjoyable evening.
  34. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether you want a nice meal or just some pizza or a table that wants all of the above -this is the place... the pizza is incredible
  35. PH

    PaleoH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to get back there for a good meal and look forward to many more!
  36. s

    southernfoodies

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Celebrating our first outdoor meal in Va. with friends since the start of the Pandemic, we sat at outdoor table on Old Dominion. Our waitress was charming and efficiently brought dishes to our table. What a lovely meal! The cacio e pepe was very nice, as was the excellent linguine with crab special with nice wine selection- so glad we can frequent this place again!!
  37. CL

    CubaLibreDozo

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The service and food flavors were outstanding. Servers were attentive and worked as a team. Sitting outside, there is a lot of road noise so you do end up shouting to be heard at some points. The portion sizes are very small. We ended up being hungry an hour after eating - and that was with an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Price is high for portion size. We ended up spending $120 for two. The food was wonderful, just could have used more of it to feel like it was a better value.
  38. KR

    KarenR

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It's nice to see them busy again! I like their Italian wine list. The food was fine. My husband liked his beef tenderloin dish very much. My salmon was just ok, a bit overcooked. I had the carpaccio to start. The arugula was wilted in some places and it was more cheese and salad than carpaccio. The lemon tart with meringue was not so good. The crust was hard to break and there were just a few slivers of meringue. For the price they charge the quality of the food should be optimal.
  39. JH

    JamesH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the very best food in the DC area. A local gem!
  40. SB

    SBC1

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Always consistent and always good

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

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 4.2 stars by 1424 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Holmes Place

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.

  • Public transit

    Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Pescatore

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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