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Ossobuco Ristorante

4.7
95 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
When you first enter Ossobuco you will be greeted by the fresh smells of our homemade Italian pasta sauces, Veal Ossobuco, and seafood. Our Staple (which is also our namesake) would be our four hour slow-cooked, melt in your mouth Veal Ossobuco. We strongly suggest that you try our mouth-watering chocolate mousse.

Our guests can look forward to a fine Italian dining experience as they imbibe in our vast array of Italian wines. We have indoor seating available, but if you would rather sit outside we are happy to accommodate you in our private enclosed back patio. Our two space heaters will keep you warm and cozy as you indulge in our freshly made Italian cuisine. We also offer a private upstairs dining room for our larger parties or special events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 95 people are saying
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overpriced for what we got, and a few other issues - cutlery wasn’t clean, wine was only so-so, food was good but again for the prices it wasn’t blowing us away. We used to love this place but seems to have gone downhill a

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vipAlexisJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightfully intimate with an excellent wine list and delicious food. Ossobuco never disappoints.

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audreys
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, this was a beautiful experience. Each member of the staff was warm, welcoming and engaging. Each dish showed immense care and surprisingly wonderful flavors. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable experience. And the ambience is simply delightful. I can’t wait to return again, and again.

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KeithH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Ossobuco has a local staff that's in the restaurant business for the right reason: because they want to serve guests good food and drinks in a nice atmosphere. Its nothing over-the-top or excessively fancy. Its just a great place to have a nice dinner, whether a romantic couple, a bunch of friends , or a family night out. Ossobuco's food has a homemade touch and taste yet elegantly served. We've always enjoyed their wine, never having a bad one. We need more restaurants like Ossobocuo. Give this place a try. All the options are excellent but not surprisingly their namesake dish "Ossobuco" is a namesake for a reason. It's just outstanding.

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NickJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent home made pastas! Very cool back patio :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing everything was amazing!

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Kevo
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Can be a bit loud due to the size of the space if other parties are loud. Overall it was great!

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PeterPi
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fresh ingredients. Not salty. One recommendation: get some kind of covering for your outdoor tables so people can eat al fresco without getting wet if it's raining or drizzly.

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Jkvioladc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner and loved the food start to finish. Lobster Risotto and carbonara. Sooo good!

JL
vipJenL
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with delicious food! I highly recommend this place to all for great service, food, and ambiance.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meals at Osso Buco. A warm gazpacho and rockfish filet were well prepared as was a mixed beet salad and a tagliatelle with duck. Mauricio, the owner, was gracious and engaging. We will be back!!!

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vipJustin
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, slow outdoor service.

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Kimberly
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I tried Ossobuco for the first time and we loved it! The food was amazing and the wine recommendations were great. Don’t even get me started on the tiramisu.. it just melts in your mouth. The outdoor patio is cute and romantic but Luis, our server, was kind enough to give us a tour of the indoor dining area and the backside patio. The back patio was beautiful! Will eat there next time for a cozy/romantic dinner. The owner was also so kind. I should also mention that the restaurant itself is spotless. The kitchen is visible and it looks impeccable. I hope more people get to experience Ossobuco. It feels like a hidden gem <3

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CandaceK
Fort Lauderdale
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff make you immediately feel at home when you step into the restaurant. You are never rushed to get out the door. The food is wonderful and there is a wide variety on the menu - and everythign comes out perfect!

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vipbelieve
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful, the food was perfection. They found out that it was my son's birthday and he got to chose a free desert. Will definitely be going back to this restaurant again.

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rosed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time here and once again it was amazing. This time I had the veal chop special and it was by far the best I've had. It should really be part of the regular menu. We also had the charcuterie plate and the banana ice cream for dessert. Both were delicious. The service is also delightful. Very professional without being overly attentive. It was also apparent they take covid practices seriously. It's a great place for families and large groups.

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Charmon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Definitely would recommend. The 4 star instead of 5 is not their fault. We were outside and even though they had mosquito repellent, which was thoughtful, the flies were a but much. If you dine indoors, you'll have a great experience. I would definitely return.

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vipGlobalFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really great to have a superb Italian restaurant back on 11th and Monroe St NW! We ate outside (with thanks for the available bug spray), but the interior is very nice and we look forward to sitting at that spectacular bar again. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and dinner was delicious. Good wine selections, many appetizer choices, and a much appreciated effort to provide great vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled on this neighborhood gem because we needed a dinner reservation on moving day. We will definitely be back when we visit our daughter. Food was amazing and the people were very welcoming and helpful.

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RussellL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the sautéed scallops and Caesar salad as starters. Both of us ordered the Veal Ossobucco for main course. The portion was enormous and the taste sublime. We are already planning a return trip. We snagged a table in the cute back courtyard and was happy to see their tables were filled - we had previously been concerned about the staying power of this gem that’s a bit off the beaten path. Service was attentive without being pushy and our waiter had a great wine suggestion to pair with our dinner. We are certain this will be one of our “go-to” restaurants for many years to come.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time dining at the restaurant and the experience did not disappoint. The staff is amazing! The food is delicious and thoughtful. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area.

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vipTdine
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although this was our first time dining at Ossobuco, it won't be our last. The decor, service and food makes this a neighborhood gem. At the suggestion of our amazing server, Raul, we started with a pasta sampler for appetizers. It included bolognese, carbonara and spinach tortellini. Then we had the ossobuco and seafood risotto. Everything was fresh and delicious! If you never tried this restaurant, you have to go immediately!

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vipTashkent
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and attentive service. Very good food that’s beautifully presented and good vale foe the
quality of ingredients and preparation. We look forward to returning.

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AlinaT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Everything is made from scratch and the pasta is AMAZING. Staff was super attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great back patio! Excellent service. The heirloom tomatoe special was not the best. They were not ripe and resembled beefsteak. The pesto in the salad helped a lot. Don’t call something heirloom when it’s clearly not.

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SapnaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis was a sweetheart! Pulling off an anniversary dinner with our 3 year old in tow and keeping us all happy was no easy feat!

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JoshuaT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outdoor dining was very comfortable. (Not covered, but in the evening it's in the shade.)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. We sat outside on the street side patio. Great place to people and dog watch. There are several restaurants ima row and then a dog park so there is a lot of activity. If you want something quieter request the back patio. The servers were very attentive and made some recommendations. They have a very nice cocktail menu.

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vipSally8
Baltimore
99 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find in Columbia Heights! Yummy fried calamari and Caesar salad for starters. Delicious fish (rockfish and salmon) and pasta dishes for main courses. A superior tiramisu for dessert. We ate outside on the street so had to contend with the occasional bus going by. Service was pleasant, attentive and efficient.

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SangeetaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent and great portions. This is a new restaurant and COVID has obviously hampered their ability to find good staff. While very attentive, sometimes too much, staff need to be trained about the food and wine. A Nobile Montepulciano D’Abruzzo for example is not a Vino Noble Montepulciano. Our waitress did not even know that Prosecco is a white bubbly!! But we will go back because the food is traditional and very very good!! We had octopus, Caesar salad, calamari , heirloom tomato salad, the Papardelle, Ossobuco and rockfish. All excellent!!

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BrendanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the Caesar salad and pasta dishes. Everything was fresh and service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal and great service. This is a hidden gem in Columbia Heights!

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DannyDC7
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, and great service! Will return again soon.

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vipgydc
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Service was excellent, thank you Gabriel. Food was delicious. Enjoyed immensely.

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KoryC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing! We dined here on a whim and really enjoyed it. The pasta was fresh and some of the best I've had outside of Italy. The outdoor setting was perfect. The street is not particularly busy other than others at Streeteries and it was really very nice. Bring bug spray for mosquitos if going in the summer.

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vipEmmaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy! Go in and support this local restaurant! All the food was delicious

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Feedmyface
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service!

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Lancastrian
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ossobuco, it’s been a great addition to DC dining. Food is excellent, service is thoughtful, atmosphere is quiet enough so that you can have a civilized conversation, and the ambiance is welcoming. We’ve eaten there three times and it’s always been a good experience. Columbia Heights is lucky to be able to brag about this place.

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CCCDD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!! The servers were incredible kind, friendly, and made the experience even better. Will come again! Also, most of the food is in house made.

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ChrisH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The noise level should be disregarded because we visited on July 4 and the neighborhood was celebrating which was nice

FAQs

Ossobuco Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 975-1694.

Ossobuco Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.