Assaggi Osteria

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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

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OT
Washington DC
23 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
8 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
5 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
1 review
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
86 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
7 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
241 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!

RF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Will not go again. Excellent food, but the sound level was so loud that I couldn't hear the person sitting next to me.

w
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely neighborhood gem, with wonderful food, and some of the best waitstaff in the area. Will go back

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was, as always, a perfect meal with service attuned to our every need. A delight. Thank you so much!

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wine. Denis our waiter was great.

W
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch, good service and just what I was looking for. The web description was very accurate.

b
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I believe I wrote this review more than once now. Assaggi Osteria is a fine Italian restaurant. The food was fine, the drinks were very good & the waiter was helpful. Nothing was exceptional.

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Main courses were fantastic, appetizers good but not great

F
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and service. One of McLean’s best and some of the best Italian in NoVa!

A
Washington DC
210 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First visit and all was wonderful! They split a very nice arugula salad for us, which was thankfully not overdressed, and then split cacio e pepe and veal Milanese for us in the kitchen as well. We wish more restaurants were willing to do that, since we like to share often. We also discovered a nice wine by the glass--a red blend from Sicily. The only mis-step was the bread--it was fabulous, but came much later than the salad. The cacio e pepe and veal Milanese were among the best we've ever had, both in the US and in Italy. The cacio e pepe could have use more pepper, but this is characteristic of the dish in the US. We were so glad a friend recommended this restaurant--we definitely will return to try other dishes.

B
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Honestly everything was just okay. We went on a weekday celebrating a birthday and were sat immediately. We hoped to grab a drink at the bar before our reservation but it was full, no big deal. The restaurant floor itself had maybe one or two other tables. I had high expectations for this place so maybe that’s why I was so disappointed. The caprese needed salt and had the smallest amount of chopped basil. The bolognese just tasted like everyday jar meat sauce, not up to par for being one of “the best” Italian restaurants in the area. (Try Alta Strada for bolognese). Although the paccheri pasta itself was prepared well. We also shared the Tuscan orecchiette with kale and sausage which was our preferred pasta of the two. The scallops in my entree were cooked perfectly and delicious although the mushroom risotto it came with was not good. I must’ve misread the menu because I never would have ordered it if I knew they paired scallops with so much cheese. Not very authentic and it had the texture of cold oatmeal. My partner ordered the steak and it was cooked to his requested temperature but was not memorable after that. For dessert we shared The tiramisu and pistachio gelato. The gelato was wonderful and worthy of coming back for but the tiramisu was flavorless, an immediate regret after the first bite.

Service was attentive, the server and backwaiters were very kind and always there if we needed something and offered a nice wine pairing. Did not see a manager working the floor but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one I guess. We often get the “young people with tattoos in the corner” treatment when we go out for a nice meal but the attitude faded after realizing we were spending $275 on dinner for two (apps, pastas, entrees, desserts, wine, after dinner drinks, etc). Although noted in the reservation, there was no mention of us celebrating a birthday.

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Pasta ok but small portions and overpriced. Bread was good but there are more reasonable restaurants with more varied menus and wines by the glass. This place needs a new menu and prices to survive.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat out on the patio, which was very pleasant, and the service and food were excellent!
Both my wife and I ordered pasta dishes, and clearly the pastas are freshly made, and the sauces had a lot of flavor.

LL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I arrived and there was no one to greet us, when a waiter saw us he escorted us to a table. Our waiter was very attentive and before long the bread, breadsticks and olive oil arrived. The bread had burn marks from a grill all over and a surprise to us because your bread is usually wonderful. I had to ask for another basket which was delivered quickly and was as expected.

The rest of the meal was delicious, as usual. Thank you, this was a belated birthday lunch for our friend.

Lena Lisker

n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was exceptional. It would be very nice if there were an affordable house wine option. Then, we could go more often!

n
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely renovation, quiet and private. This restaurant has always been special.

4
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I will give Assagi another try but this Mother's Day meal was mixed. The grilled calamari appetizer and the pasta half-portion 2nd course were outstanding; the grilled branzino over spinach was dry and needed something more. It was just not good and the portion was very small for all four of us. The service was outstanding--our waiter was terrific. But all in all, the main course was not good. The final bill was high, and they charged a $24 corkage fee--way too high and simply unreasonable in this day and age.

b
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food served in a lovely setting. Excellent wines to accompany the items on the menu