Osteria Morini DC

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1882 reviews
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Osteria Morini pays homage to the casual and rustic cuisine and ambiance of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Osteria Morini is a casual Italian restaurant from Chef Michael White. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests, and at Osteria Morini, Chef White continues this tradition of hospitality, transforming his first Washington, D.C. restaurant into an authentic, old-world osteria with soulful food from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Thank you for celebrating Easter with us. Please note that we are serving a 3 course prix fixe family style menu for $65 per person (kids 10 and under $25). We will not be serving our regular a la carte menu all day. Cancellations need to be made 48 hours prior to avoid a cancellation fee.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Indifferent service for late lunch to celebrate birthday as noted on reservation. Served dry overdone partially burnt cutlet entree that should not have left kitchen! Other food good to excellent so would give them another chance.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. “A memorable meal”. Thank you to Franklin our server!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved it.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Everything was delicious - could not get enough of the bread. Amazing lunch.

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l
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food (especially the pasta) is always spot on and the service is excellent. The views and ambiance are bright but cozy.

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OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

In advance of a theater production performance we were attending, my friend and I decided to dine as first-timers to this establishment. Service was excellent with a sommelier who was must knowledgeable and made a fine red wine recommendation. The atmosphere was most attractive and there was good energy in the room. We found the menu limited for our palates; however, the rigatoni we both had was delicious although it could use a tad less salt. We would be willing to come back.

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LD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fabulous. Very accommodating when we were sat by the door and wanted another spot that was a little less drafty! Also appreciate their attention to detail with coming in for birthdays!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great. The only issue was the guests at our neighboring table who were very boisterous to the point of screaming as they spoke.

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BM
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The appetizer was fantastic! My entrée was prepared fairly well. My husband's porkchop was superb. Will return to enjoy the food and the scene. There was one mishap which was rapidly resolved by our very professional server, Franklin.
When we directed an employee to box our leftover, she placed a dirty dish on my remaining branzino. Franklin made sure that I received another fresh filet. Better yet...it was wood-grilled better than the original one which was a few degrees beyond carmelization.

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T
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always memorable and wonderful. Receptionist helped with birthday surprise plan, and waiter executed flawlessly. Food is exquisitely prepared and delicious- and service is outstanding.

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BH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff iOS always pleasant and efficient

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GI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 2

The restaurant is a real find and offers good value since there aren't may high end/quality Italian restaurants in the Washington, DC area with reasonable prices. The dinner special of $13 for any pasta dish on Monday evenings is worthy of a special visit. And it can be coupled with the happy hour held weekdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. My major criticism stems from waiters who are indifferent, not very personable, and who "disappear" for extended periods of time. Care should also be taken because certain pasta dishes -- eg. the ravioli -- are very undercooked, that is, too al dente.

The restaurant is within easy walking distance from the Navy Yard/Ballpark subway station on the Green Line -- 2 to 4 subway stops from downtown, the Mall, and Capital Hill. During warm weather, comfortable patio seating, overlooking the Washington, DC waterfront, adds to the dining experience.

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PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The appetizers were superb, however the wine we ordered was oxidized and the server responded that it wasn't and I obviously just didn't like it! The entrees arrived and the grilled chicken was so heavily brined that it was unpalatable. I was offered another which would take at least 20 minutes and of course was identically brined. I chose to order a cold appetizer so my wife would not be sitting there doing nothing while I awaited a replacement entree. The restaurant did nothing rectify or compensate for this.

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! You need to get the parmasean “gelato,” it was amazing! The homemade pastas were also delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Much too expensive for what you get - but great bread!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely date night at Morini. Everything was great and the food was amazing.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. My girlfriend and I were celebrating a late Valentine’s Day and it was the perfect setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was extremely salty. Poor execution for the price. Service and ambiance is great.

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KP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. The restaurant is beautiful and we will definitely be repeat customers!!

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening, better than summer when it’s a little loud.

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TX
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh pasta, what a great dinner. Will look to go back soon!

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B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day date with my husband. Love your restaurant but was slightly disappointed that there was a set menu & a regular menu was not available! Our waiter I’m sorry I forgot his name but has been our waiter several times was OUTSTANDING!!

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LA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had branzino, and it was tasty, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Dessert was the special, and it was chocolate mouse in a butter crust, with mint and pomegranate. The service was perfect, attentive when we needed it, but enough privacy that we could talk.

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R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I recommend Morini Mondays. Pasta is 13 bucks. A great deal. I recommend the Gnocchi.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good, fresh food. Somewhat overpriced by typical of restaurants in Navy Yard area. Good bar area and good, attentive staff.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service on a busy night!

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MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice service. Staff was good to honor a request for a window seat and a birthday candle for me and my niece

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful pasta dinner, both dishes were excellent and very flavorful! Enjoyed the evening and would absolutely go back.

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PK
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a real treat of a lunch at the DC Navy Yard, consider Osteria Morini. Great lunch specials with choices of fresh pastas and salads and sandwiches. Get the gnocchi! You won't be disappointed!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard about the “Morini Monday” deal from a co-worker which is $13 pasta all night. Definitely a great deal.

Came with two other friends and we didn’t eat lunch the day off. We ordered the meatballs and grilled octopus for apps. Both were super tasty.

For entrees we split four of the pasta dishes: Duck Ravioli, Beef Tagliatelle, Spinach Lasagna, and Truffle Gnocchi. All were really good but the Duck Ravioli and Lasagna were the best.

We split two desserts: the Pistachio Lemon Cake and Chocolate Lava Cake. Both equally as good as the dishes before them.

Server was very friendly as were the runners/bussers.

2 bottles of San Pellegrino, 2 apps, 4 pastas, and 2 desserts came to $148 before tip. Definitely a good deal for a night out for 3 friends.

We already plan to come back :)

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was surprised at how easy it was to get a table for Sunday brunch. The best thing I ordered was my appetizer-- a cheese-filled raviolo (?) with leeks. My wife's entree was pasta with mushroom sauce, also delicious.

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S
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely good times; awesome drinks, tasty food, excellent service - thanks Franklin!

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always.

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EW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Morini is located next to the water and is a newer development area in the District (Navy Yard). The ambience is very good and the food was superb. We went during restaurant week and had the fixed menu. Everything was exceptional, especially the sunchoke soup. The manager stopped by to greet us and check in on our experience. Service was excellent. Although we visited during the winter, we are anxious to try it in the summer and sit on the patio adjoining the waterfront.

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DK
Phoenix
104 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sitting at the waterview, and food is pretty good as Italian restaurant. The price is in the middle range. I would recommend the pork belly, short rib, black ink pasta, and mocha cake. The restaurant is in par with Siroc, Tosca, Floriana, and little better than RPM, Acqua Al, Bibiana.

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EM
New England
164 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were out for a walk and came upon the restaurant. It was so delicious- the pasta with sausage was great and the salad was fresh and delicious. I had such a nice glass of pinot noir. It was a very cold day and we greatly enjoyed our lunch.

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and staff. Very hospitable and welcoming. Food is solid and a great value. The restaurant menu week had a number of options and portion sizes were just right--not too small, not too big.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Squid ink pasta was mediocre at best and one of the mussels in it had gone bad!!

Bus lady kept interrupting meal while we were still clearly eating to ask if we were done. She did this 3 times, once with each course. We were 3 people, having a 3 course meal, and occupied the table less than 2 hours so it’s not like we were being slow or dragging things out.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went with a few friends for restaurant week. It’s a very sincere menu. The squid ink is everybody’s #1, outstanding! Gnocchi is very tasty too. We also loved the different cheese and spread we ordered from the normal menu. Beautifully presented too. The dessert Moca is my fav sweet so far. Ohhhh and I recommend the rum and hot chocolate cocktail if you want something comforting on a winter day. We all agree it will be our group’s new spot.

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J
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for Restaurant week - the meal was incredibly average-to-blech. I'm convinced that Restaurant weeks do not do any favors for restaurants. While the tables may be filled, if they're going to offer the dredges of their menu, it certainly doesn't lead to repeat business.

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