Assaggi Osteria

4.2
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the heart of McLean Square, Assaggi Osteria is a neighborhood staple for upscale, regional Italian cuisine from executive chef Matteo Venini.

Adjacent to the refined osteria, Assaggi Pizzeria offers Neapolitan pizzas and small plates in a casual, modern setting. Both concepts offer a full bar with an extensive selection of Italian wines, as well as beer and cocktails.
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spuntino pomeridiano

Enjoy our Happy hour from 3.30 to 5.30 at the bar or patio.
glass of wine at 7$ and signature cocktails at 8$
Mini margherita pizza and other appetizers from 8$.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2018

Ends: November 5, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:30PM-5:30PM

What 1391 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

WS
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

C
Washington DC
16 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

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.

RB
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.

SO
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.

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

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

ML
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.

B
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.

KL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The veal-stuffed olives were delicious.

S
London
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was superior.

ED
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

My experience at this restaurant was not a good value. The food was ok but not good enough to make us want to return. The execution and flavor of the dishes was basic, not fine dining. Table service was adequate at an uncrowded time. Wine prices are exorbitant even for this area. The highlight of the evening was the courteous and pleasant hostess.

LD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I've been here several times and absolutely loved it. This time the service was not up to snuff.

LS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the first time we dined at Assaggi Osteria. We both had the Bronzini filet and a special caesar salad, which were excellent. A small glass of a 2012 Barolo was outstanding. The Tiramisu and the chocolate almond cake with gelato were excellent, as well. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the meal was and plan to return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat down......no waiter or any service for at least 5-7 minutes. The menu was not close to what it once was, and we just had to leave.

OT
Washington DC
245 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice spot for lunch. Outstanding starter soup and an excellent salad. Very fine quality food and superb service. Nice atmosphere -

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The aged NY steak was very dry and tough. Not worth the money.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were a party of 8. Forgot (or ran out of) one of the entrees. Pasta was no better than out of a box. Sauces were sticky and Iukewarm. Would not return.

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to share your visit with us. We apologize for the service as this is not the experience that we hope you have at our establishment. As you were informed from the server on that day the salmon meal was not cooked properly and therefore our chef decided to redo the dish for your satisfaction. Your guest received a complimentary pasta from the chef until his meal was completed. I assure you our food quality is A++.Please email us to make things right for you.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service are great. A little pricey so good for special occasions.

I would recommend this restaurant!

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hello, there Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review. We are looking forwarding to seeing you back soon to our establishment again.

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P
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meats and cheeses board was fantastic. Cacio e Pepe was delicious, I wish I took some pictures. I can’t wait to go back!

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hi Pauly Thanks for taking the time to share your visit with us and write such a kind review . Looking forward to seeing you again

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the food was well worth the wait!

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hi JoSyle Thanks for taking the time to share your visit with us. Looking forward to seeing you again

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time eating here. Went for the gnocchi that their menu on trip advisor had and happy hour drinks. Happy hour was only in bar and NO gnocchi on menu. Main restaurant was completely empty, but waiter sat us at 2 person table in corner. Food was ok and wine was very expensive. Will not come back. Go to Filamena's for the price.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very good. Service was a tad slow. Will always go back. Great bar and wine options. Thanks!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the service was excellent also

n
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience3

For me the menu was very limiting...my fault as I could have checked it out before going.
I don't eat tomatoes, I don't eat veal. Ordered the salmon. It looked like it was picked up at Giant and was totally over salted. The mashed potatoes also were over salted and seemed to be from a box.

The prices were too high for what we got, for example least expensive white wine $14.00 by glass

The server was polite but inattentive.

Noise level was okay, not great but okay

BK
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very limited menu. Bread nowhere as good as previous owners. Pricey My meal was lukewarm - ravioli. The branzini with just sautéed spinach was $51!!!!

This used to be a thriving restaurant, especially for the government crowd. On this Tuesday night it was practically empty of diners.

A vey disappointed experience. Probably will not be returning.

Waiter was efficient but not friendly or welcoming.

VP
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

the food was good, but the service was very poor as well as the ambiance.
the price was way too high considering the whole dinner experience.

M
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My first trip since the renovation/expansion. Food and service remains top notch. The array of choices and quality of food was perfect. Will certainly return.

b
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal as always. One of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia.

M
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food quality was average and preparation lacked any special seasoning that differentiated the item. Wine was $14.00 per glass from a bottle that would cost between $20-$25 per bottle.... way over priced. Cost of meal not proportional to the experience or taste expectation.

M
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience. The food and service were outstanding. The drinks and wine list were a little on the high side, but we were there on Monday night when bottles of wine are 50% off.

R
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive, professional and very personable. I would definitely recommend Assaggi Osteria.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for a late lunch meeting, sat at an outside table. Split a salad and a pizza. Both were delicious. Sometimes the service was a little slow but it was an odd hour of the day. Would go back again.

AF
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made a reservation, asking for an inside quiet table to celebrate our anniversary - the staff did not look at the reservation. . . asked if we wanted to sit outside, didn't give us a quiet table and no recognition of our special event. Noise from the bar was moderate to loud, partially because the music is loud and people had to talk over it. We were seated without a drink menu, it took about 10 minutes for our waiter to notice us, and then provide a drink menu. We ordered their drink off their specialty menu (both of us) and were later told they only had enough for one. So, we modified the order. Then they came back and said they didn't have enough to make the other one either. Not sure if they gave it away to someone else in the 3 minutes this took. We indicated we'd want wine with our dinner - dinner arrived and we had to ask for someone to come take our wine order. The Tiramisu was most definitely a frozen store bought brand - at an Italian, and bit pricey, restaurant.

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

On the evening we were there there was an unusually light crowd which made for a more than normal quiet atmosphere. I had a Jim Beam Manhatten on the Rocks; just right. My Wife and I both had an Arugla salad with Motza (sp?P) cheese. Excellent! For Entre, we both had Scallops over Risotto with mushroms. Also excellent. The service here is always accessable and timely, but could be more professional or formal to fit the prices, atmosphere and food offerings. We will return, although prices are at the upper limit for us; especially if it is noisy.

o
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The quality has declined since the new owner took over. The service needs better training and a new chef is needed. A very loud party at the next table was an annoyance.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, very good wine list, dining room is refined. Bar is fun and you can eat the full menu at the bar or outside. Food was very good, matched the best of Italy. Seafood is always cooked to perfection. The veal chops are wonderful.

D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't visited for a while. Great to be back. Server was terrific, on top of everything.
Nice, crisp, Vermentino,
Chunky chilled Polpo salad
Caprese
excellent pesto spaghetti with
a huge fillet of nicely done halibut with a charred skin
Excellent

CP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, hospitality, and atmosphere felt very authentic and was wonderful. The handmade pasta was delicious!. Fried artichoke appetizer was perfection, highly suggest it!

OT
Washington DC
245 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Just the best spot in McLean for a fabulous dinner. Have never had a bad meal there and Friday night's dinner was no exception. Pasta superb. Scallops superb. Desserts superb. We only gave three stars for service because it took a long time for our server to take our order. But once our food arrived we were thrilled!