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For 2
Tue, 2/20
9:30 PM
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Assaggi Osteria

1225 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Domenico Cornacchia, Executive Chef of Assaggi Osteria, taps into ages of ancestral Italian cooking each time he steps into his kitchen and brings a rich love of the cuisine that he so skillfully nurtured through the years. “Assaggi means tastings in Italian,” explains Domenico, “The concept of my menu is based on a variety of items that may be ordered in smaller portions.” Before deciding to pursue his dream of operating his own restaurant, Domenico was corporate executive chef and partner at Café Milano, for more than 15 years. His culinary umbrella also covered Café Milano’s two sister restaurants, Sette Bello in Clarendon, VA., and Sette Osteria in Dupont Circle.  For those who love Italian cuisine, Assaggi Osteria features homemade pasta’s, fresh seafood, veal and scrumptious beef. Assaggi Osteria sources whole fresh fish from worldwide sustainable sources,offering the finest bounty the sea has to offer. Produce is purchased from Amish farms and all desserts are homemade.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 918-0080
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Domenico Cornacchia
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Customized, themed events.
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Cross street
Holmes Place
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Parking details
Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.
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Public transit
Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Loggia, a semi private room can accommodate 10 to 30 people. The Wine Room, a private room can accommodate 20 to 40 people. All menus customized to meet our client"s' needs. The main dining room can accomodate 60 to 70 people comfortably. We have an extensive wine list.

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What 1225 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRose (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have dined here from time to time but this time, the food was especially good and the menu offered interesting options. We were surprised that a prix fixe menu was offered for Valentine's week, not just Valentine's Day, and it was a very good value. Everything, from soup to dessert, was delicious, and the petite filet was one of the best we've encountered. Cocktails are overpriced, at $15, but are tasty. Service was attentive. There was a large, noisy group having a great time, which was good to see, but which made it very difficult to have a conversation. It would have been better if they had been seated elsewhere than in the main dining room.

MadDog (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I had a delightful Valentine Day dinner here. They had a special four course Valentine Day menu for $55 per person and every course was delicious. The wine list is fairly extensive and reasonable. When they didn't have the wine on the list that I wanted, our waitress made two suggestions at a lower price. I chose one of them and it was superb. All in all it was a delightful evening with superb food, service and wine. We definitely will be coming back!

Bryce (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 6 days ago

Not impressed!! Overrated and overpriced for what they provide.

vipSoup (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and we had waited for over six months, as they were doing a renovation to the space. While the restaurant is in a rather non-descript brick building (with plenty of parking), once inside we were treated to a calm, beautifully decorated space. We were seated at a quiet table for two in a corner, which was wonderful, as about half an hour into our meal, a large group came in and so the decibel level increased dramatically. I had began my meal with a salad, followed by veal-stiffed ravioli. My husband had the blue crab crostini and then wild Alaskan salmon. We each had a dessert: lemon tart with fresh berries and a delicate apple cake with vanilla gelato. Our server, Giovanni , was attentive, friendly but not intrusive, and knew the menu and its preparation well. We would return here. One note of caution: the bill can run quite high if one is not careful, or if you need to watch your budget. They do have specials which are worth checking out.

Catcatcat (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was excellent. I thought the back ground music was ruining the good atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice as usual. Bit overpriced

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great meal. Recommend. Need to go back to hang at the bar (good for small crowd).

vipReid (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The garganelli with bolognese sauce was absolutely fantastic, will return again.

vipandreap (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We looked forward to returning to this restaurant after a long hiatus due to their remodeling. Sadly, we’ve now removed it from our list of old standbys. In the past, we would tarry over the menu because everything sounded so good. This time, it took ages to decide because few items enticed us. What we finally ordered was good, but not the special birthday celebration we’d hoped for. Also, inexplicably, our waiter addressed almost all of his comments, menu explanations and queries directly to my husband, as if I weren’t even there. Too bad for the waiter, since I was the one “treating” for this birthday dinner and, thus, deciding on the tip.

Stuart (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent place to take your wife, which is what I did.