Assaggi

4.4
1422 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 1422 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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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
8 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
3 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
18 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
17 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
19 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
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Menú chooses needed

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EileenM
Washington DC
3 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
7 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
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Thank you!

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vipjohhnny1
Washington DC
55 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
2 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
8 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting outside. Great food and service!

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Slim2U
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nothing special. We arrived to an empty restaurant and requested to be seated in the adjoining pizza side and were denied.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious seafood and healthy entree and appetizers. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable wait staff. Good service. A great local restaurant.

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BuonaSera
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We are long-standing customers and have always enjoyed both food for being fairly authentic italian as well as chatting with the staff. We stopped going over a year ago as we found the quality of food had declined. Glad to say that the pasta dish was an improvement on the last one and the pizza is very good. If they extended their HH to 7pm we would definitely stop by again.

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vipCarloC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are exceptional!

Assaggi
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi CarloC Thanks . Looking forward to seeing you again soon

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vipVASFfan
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time at the restaurant, first time for my wife. From start to finish, the food was superior. My wife especially loved her scallops main course, and my veal marsala was excellent. We only split a gelato for dessert, but it was very good gelato. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant has an excellent wine list, though more diverse price points might be appreciated (for example, many of the Italian reds are $100 and above).

Assaggi
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are glad that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipd2eberle
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here several times over the past number of years, and we are never disappointed. The hand-made pasta is fantastic, and the sauces are incredible each and every time. Cannot recommend this locals place enough.

Assaggi
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are glad that you have been enjoying our hand made pastas for years.

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Sally
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I've had much better meals at this restaurant. It has gone down hill. I was very disappointed. Prices are quite high for the quality level of the food.

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vipPatv
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was friendly and professional. Pasta home made and very good. Seafood stew loaded with seafood.

Assaggi
Responded on February 27, 2020

Hi Patv, Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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vipWendyS
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go across the bridge to a McLean for Assaggi. Wish they were back in Bethesda. Fried artichokes and veal ravioli were superb!

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vipCaniche
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a friend for dinner there. Great meal - we each ordered the Branzino and then split an order of risotto. The food and service were terrific. Look forward to coming back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The hostess (a red haired 50 year old woman) provided service akin to a disgruntled teen working at Applebee’s. She started off our night so unpleasantly it was hard to come back from. We came on 2/14/20. Will not return. Terrible representation of the restaurant - she should absolutely be replaced. The pasta sauce lacked salt and the branzino was dry.

UPDATE:

I am following up my earlier review of this establishment. The manger Billy asked me to follow up on my comments about the subpar experience I had at the hand of their “seasoned” hostess via email. Upon explanation of my complaint he asked ME to be more understanding of what I perceived was rude and ageist behavior at the hands of their red haired 50+ yr old hostess as she has never had a complaint evidently. I can be understanding when people make HONEST mistakes but not when they are done in malice and are intentional in nature (I was not alone during this experience and my counterpart felt exactly the same way). Alas, I was then asked to REMOVE my review of my experience. My experience has further diminished upon further conversation with “management.” Poorly run establishment. A genuine apology would have sufficed.

Assaggi
Responded on March 1, 2020

--Take Time To be a Kind Human Being-- We are writing in response to your DISCRIMINATING review. No matter how old you are (FYI she is 36 not 50) or how you look,etc.. you are welcome at our restaurant. We can hardly adopt such a value without treating our staff in the same way, can we? Sooo sad you couldn't look past her appearance and her age. Before we kindly asked you if you could remove the review we asked you to tell us how we can make your next visit a memorable experience.

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RoyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wasn't familiar with the restaurant before but the food was excellent and the service fantastic.

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vipStephanieO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They didn’t have our reservation but seated us in the pizzeria section which was louder. The wait staff was great.

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JohnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seems like quality has declined, and prices increased. $45 for corkage is outrageous.

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vipMarcelL
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything from the service ( having to ask to order) to the bland taste of the arancini was disappointing. We won’t return due to the many other choices in the area.

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vipBignass
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

First time visit for us at Assaggi Osteria. The food was very good and we enjoyed it. The service on the other hand was rushed, impersonal and our server was plain rude. I cannot imagine ever returning to Assaggi Osteria to dine and spend close to $100 per person considering our disappointing experience at this restaurant.

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 4.4 stars by 1422 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.