Assaggi

4.5
1453 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 1453 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHappyhappyjoyjoy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
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!

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vipBrettJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great menu, food and cocktails and exceptional service.

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Braavosi
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SueB
Washington DC
3 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.

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vipJason
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChristianM
Washington DC
5 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

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vipCelesteB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and it was an enjoyable evening.

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KevinM
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

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PaleoH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to get back there for a good meal and look forward to many more!

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vipsouthernfoodies
Washington DC
28 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!!

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vipCubaLibreDozo
Washington DC
13 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.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
24 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.

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vipJamesH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSBC1
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always consistent and always good

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Ava33
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Aleksandra was wonderful and knowledgeable of the wines and menu.
I think the specials are really pricey. We were seated outside and one at our table was visibly cold. Only at the end of our meal did they turn on the outside heaters.

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vipbailey
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The four of us enjoyed the food and service very much. The one dish which disappointed our guest was the linguine with lobster (sauce was too sweet). Otherwise, the meal was lovely, and we had a leisurely time outside, warm and dry during the evening rain.

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vipbixie
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Excellent tuna tartare and very good veal chop (expensive! - but every veal chop is!!!) we sat on the covered concrete patio n back which had a large heater. So the "ambience" is not as nice as indoors but it is ok and the service is excellent.

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WilliamC
Washington DC
3 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
26 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
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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HollyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening! We enjoyed the food and outdoor space!

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vipMani
Washington DC
8 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
5 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
10 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
11 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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vipBClarkeVa
Washington DC
34 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.

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 4.5 stars by 1453 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.