Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 15 times today

Assaggi Osteria

4.3
1237 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(703) 918-0080
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Domenico Cornacchia
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Customized, themed events.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Holmes Place
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Parking is located to the side and to the rear of the building where we are located.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Bus line 23A or C (direction Langley) from Ballston Metro on the Orange line.
icon/ic_gift_cardCreated with Sketch.
Gift Card
Additional
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 1237 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service and food, and we loved the renovation! My wife especially enjoyed the zucchini blossoms, which she hadn't had in a long time. It was a wonderful place for "date night" with my wife.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 6 days ago

great to be back after the renovation. Food was excellent and enjoyed by all. Service was very tough getting started though. Glass of white wine took 20 minutes. Hopefully this is a correctable issue due to being crowded on a Saturday night, but we all sat there considering our dinner order only to be told we had been given the lunch menus. Seems like a little more order was necessary in service, at least on Saturday night.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

There’s entertainment most Thursday evenings that enhanced our enjoyment over dinner last night. Just the right live piano music together with the first of ideal weather put all the diners in a relaxed mood.

The staff is always gracious, and when your drink is brought to you the way you like it with only the need to confirm you desire it this time around, that raises the bar.
But it was the cuisine that was so, so fine this visit. Thursday here brings culinary offerings that should always be partaken. On special were appetizer oysters that were finely battered and lightly fried. They made me happy. Halibut with stone crab. I would have liked to see just one more stone crab claw, but in the end, no one was still hungry, with all plates clean.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very special staff make this place great.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Assaggi's is a great place to get well prepared Italian food in a casual yet elegant setting.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Specials menu does not distinguish between appetizers and entrees and prices were similar. Poorly explained. Portions were skimpy. Beautiful place, service was very good. The risotto was a disappointment, over cooked and watered down flavor. Would give it a second chance.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is easily the most authentic Italian restaurant (primarily northern Italian) in Northern Virginia and definitely comparable if not better than the well known and very expensive places in DC. The staff does everything it can to make your stay beyond memorable. We love coming here and look forward to our next visit, as well as the upcoming opening of their Neopolitan pizzeria shortly.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This restaurant used to be very good, one of our favorites. After experiencing staffing /management problems, it closed, got a facelift and reopened. We hoped it would be good again. Unfortunately, it isn’t. We waited for about 40 minutes for our entree to arrive after our salads. It was so bad, the maître d' came to our table twice to tell us our food would be right out. It didn’t come right out! The entree portions were rather small, especially considering the price. The food was mediocre and the service was quite poor. There were many busboys, a couple of waiters and the maître d', but the only service we received was from the busboys and a fleeting visit from the maître d'. We won’t be back. Absolutely not worth it!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Outstanding! Food was great and the service impeccable. New owner Ken was very nice as well. Look forward to coming back soon.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This was our third time over the last few years. Each time has been very good to outstanding. The Black Sea Bass was amazing. My wife had the Paccheri, which was excellent. We'll be back.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The restaurant hasn’t been the same since the renovation. The service is worse — everyone feels new and inexperienced. Also, recently, the food has changed for the worse.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Yesterday’s meal was for C-! Food was the worst part of our evening. Risotto was watery and not tasty, pasta was not al dente, it was simply not cooked like a cardboard.
Wine menu!!! There is nothing less than 60$ for a bottle of wine! Not going back, not recommending to anyone.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice as usual. Bit overpriced

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

I enjoyed a restaurant week special which was delicious. The burrata was exceptional. I ordered the veal saltimbocca and it seemed more like osso bucco to me. But it tasted good. They also did a very nice thing for my daughter. It was her 14th birthday and they brought her gelato with a sparkler in it. She loved it and it made the evening a bit more special for her.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

As always, our visit was most enjoyable. It was restaurant week, and we took advantage of the 3 course lunch menu. The burrata/beet salad was exceptional -- hoping it will be on the regular menu. the Italian coffee creme brulee was creative and tasty. The rainbow trout fillet was ok but not up to other items in flavor. The wait staff were lovely.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Have been a patron at this restaurant over the years. With the new re-opening I expected more. Perhaps that will come when the pizzeria opens. At lunch, the beet salad was very good. The soup of the day was bland and poorly seasoned. Both of our seafood dishes from the special luncheon menu were disappointing. The grilled seafood had an "off" taste and pasta with mussels and shrimp were over powered by a heavy smoky flavour. Service was unremarkable.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Not sure which was better the fabulous food or the spectacular service!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I have been to Assaggi many times and we will return many more. The food is always excellent and genuinely Italian. It is well laid out and decorated and we consider it the best Italian restaurant in the DC area.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had to come back! Once again, a wonderful night. The food was so great...authentic Italian. Refined service with a stunning decor...and food to enjoy! Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

We both had wonderful meals. I wanted to try every dish that I saw go by. Excellent service.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The updates look great and more edgy, although we loved the previous family, "italian" atmosphere. They removed their gnocchi which was one of the dishes we were hoping to have. No offense to the service which was great but we missed the older familiar waiters of before. Seems the servings are smaller and more expensive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and superb service.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Post concert dinner. Service was a little slow

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

glad this local spot has reopened following renovation. nice menu selection. attentive staff.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Another great experience at this restaurant, I've been coming here for 7 years now and have never had a single bad meal. Keep up the good work!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 10, 2017

We were disappointed in the menu since some entrees were not available. We ordered the wild halibut that was delicious but the portion was very small for the price. The dish had very little veggies and presentation was uninspiring. It looked like the food was thrown together.

The service was good and we were not rushed.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

very small portion, way over priced, Fish was two inches square

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The menu selections, service and presentation all excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Food at Assaggi was delicious. Francesco, our host, was one of the best and made the visit memorable. Paccheri was out of this world. I cannot wait to go back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Wonderful food & service!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 5, 2017

A very nice lunch with delicious food, attentive but discreet service, an uncrowded and unrushed feel with no difficulty carrying on a conversation, servings appropriate for lunch, but a bit pricey for a friends gathering for lunch.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
31