Assaggi Osteria

4.5
1355 reviews
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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
236 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wine. Denis our waiter was great.

W
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

b
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Main courses were fantastic, appetizers good but not great

F
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

4
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
71 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The black ink pasta and the scallops were better than expected, but the steak was not cooked to exact request. The service was uneven, but the waiter tried hard to make things right.

s
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beet salad is terrific! My husband had the calamari which he enjoyed very much.
For entrees, We had the seared scallops, and the cacio e pepe- both were very good!
We shared the gelato for dessert. Unfortunately there was no pistachio.
Our waiter was entertaining and very attentive.
We love having this restaurant in downtown McLean.

BK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Only thing is that the waiter should have told us that the veal Melanesia’s was a 16 oz size so my husband and I would have gotten a pasta dish and one veal dish. Had to take half of it home. Also we had 8 pm reservations and you were already out of the scallops dish and Pinot Noir!

PH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Assaggi Osteria is simply the best, as we had a wonderful evening over great food (always) and conversation with special friends (whom had never been to Assaggi Osteria) - thank you

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two Thumbs Up! Highly Highly Recommend It!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal - we loved it all!

The wait staff had great suggestions and was always on top of things from a service perspective - we never needed to ask for a refill of anything.

Appetizers: veal stuffed olives (different and delicious) and the calamari (tender and great smoky sauce) were fantastic!

Pasta - had the veal stuffed ravioli with mushrooms in a brown butter sauce - so rich tasting.

Main courses: We had the Veal - hug portion and delicious and pan fired Halibut - very tender/delicious red pepper sauce.

Dessert: Donuts - loved the chocolate sauce.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, Phenomenal service

BT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Change over in staff and they didn't skip a beat. All servers and management are outstanding, food great and well worth the visit. We frequent often and with the change over were concerned. No need to be concerned, just as good as ever. While a bit pricey the quality of the meal is worth the price.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Not worth my time to comment. Thanks but no thanks

N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and i had an outstanding experience at Assaggi where I have eaten many times before. The food was very special this time and the whole dining experience was made even more perfect because of our waitress -- a lovely, charming, extremely helpful young woman. The only small problem was that because there were several large groups of diners and it was a weekend night, the noise level was louder than usual. Even this, could not diminish the lovely dinner we had.

BD
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a nice meal for our anniversary but I thought it was quite expensive overall.

SC
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Assaggi since its remodeling and conversion into an osteria and pizzeria. We really enjoyed the old Osteria Assaggi; we were disappointed by the new iteration. First of all, the menu is now very limited--especially in the seafood area, which is the area we favor. Assaggi's soups were always outstanding but now there is no soup on the menu. We made our selections from the menu, but when the server came to take our order, we were told that the two appetizers and one of the main dishes we'd chosen from the menu were, in fact, no longer being served. The main dishes that we selected as compromise--a ravioli different from the one on the menu and lamb chops--were good. The bread is still very good (a new bread has been added to the basket). Our server was very gracious and said that the menu was in transition--hence the differences between what was listed and what was available. However, prices seemed a little steep for what we got.

We'd like to try the pizzeria on another occasion but are not likely to return to the osteria.

AK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Great food and great service. I either get the Veal Milanese or the pasta with Bolognese. Pastas are made in house and are spectacular. Great selection of Italian wine.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience
Thank you Dusan

KO
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day dinner. We typically order the fresh pasta but we branched out. I had the lamb chops, which were the best I’ve ever had! My husband had the steak. He requested medium rare and it came out medium well. But he said it was delicious. It’s not a steak house. Service is always top notch and atmosphere is romantic.

RW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful Valentines’ Day dinner!

D
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, efficient and comfortable—great place for a good meal. Need some gluten free dessert but chef has some interesting flavor combinations. Thoroughly enjoyed.

s
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose to dine here for Valentine’s Day. We did not order the special menu, however, the items on the regular menu were outstanding. We shared the appetizer of trumpet mushrooms with foie gras and duck prosciutto rosettes on top with assorted tiny greens.
The Cacio e Pepe was deliciously tossed cheese and pepper bucatini, which we shared as a first course, and the veal Milanese followed with a nicely oil tossed arugula side. The veal breading was a little heavy, but deliciously flavorful. The pistachio, vanilla, and chocolate gelato were excellent.
It’s so nice to have this restaurant staple in McLean!

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great service. We really enjoyed the experience.

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