About Osteria Morini DC

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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.

301 Water Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday 5pm-9pm
Monday through Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm-10:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11am-2:30pm
Happy Hour at the bar: Monday through Friday 4pm-7pm
(20% off all beverages from behind the bar)

Cross Street:
3rd and 4th Streets Southeast

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 484-0660

Website:
http://www.osteriamorini.com/

Catering:
The catering menu is available on our website under the Menus tab.

Parking Details:
You may find our valet on Water Street in between Ice Cream Jubilee and Due South. It is $12 per car.

Lot Q is located on the corner of 4th Street and Water Street Southeast
($2/hour for up to 3 hours on non-game days)

Public Transit:
Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro on the Green Line

Executive Chef:
Ben Pflaumer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Osteria Morini DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (74)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Good for a Date (40)
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Special Occasion (36)
Scenic View (35)
Casual (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Authentic (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fun (25)
Business Meals (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Good for Groups (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
People Watching (19)
Great for Brunch (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Seasonal (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

This is my 2nd year participating in Morini Monday’s. The price has increased from $10 to $12 but the portions seem to have gotten a little bigger. Love Morini and I’ve already booked for the next couple of Monday’s.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The staff was pleasant and professional without being obtrusive. The manager was welcoming and helpful. The food was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Waitress and service crew are very professional. The food was great.

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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great location, great food, great atmosphere, great service! Will definitely return.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great meal with homemade feel in every dish. Top notch ingredients and great service make for a hit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good food. Cool restaurant. One hitch - we arrived for our 5:30 pre-theater reservation to a nearly empty restaurant and we offered what could only objectively be considered one of the worst tables in the house. It was a very small table directly in front of the door. When we asked for another table, the hostess seemed really put out. The exchange felt insulting. We won't be rushing back.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyed wonderful service, well prepared brunch(ricotta pancakes and brioche with salmon, poached egg & frisée), and delightful surroundings. Would definitely return when in DC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My favorite pasta noodle, pappardelle, is so light & paper thin here, really amazing. The servers are so accommadting and passionate also. Really love this delicious place!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Sunday evening dinner was a very pleasant experience. Service from our waitress was super. We particularly appreciated advice on wines offered, and opportunity to taste wines before we ordered. Special entrees -grilled veal chop and broiled banzini (served deboned) - were both delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for a birthday celebration and had a delicious meal. Service was excellent and the menu was inspired. This is proper Italian food with true European portions. The menu changes seasonally and the pasta dishes all stand-out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful food and meal. Truly enjoyed the evening. Service was great and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful evening. Great food and service. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Visited during Thanksgiving.
Although we were aware of the price, the food, the materials used and the taste didn’t really match the price. Quite expensive in our standards.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always good, and favorite Navy Yard spot, but they took it to another level for Thanksgiving - an absolutely superb family style meal. Really enjoyed!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We dis Thanksgiving dinner here and had the time of our lives! Great good from main courses to the sides and even desserts. They even had a specialty cocktail for the day that was absurdly good and quite seasonal. We've never had a bad meal at Morini's and love coming back again and again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We loved the pasta. Service was great—attentive but not suffocating. I would skip dessert next time, if only because the pasta is truly the star.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful food, great service and fabulous views

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious, chef created menu for brunch combined with excellent/top-notch service and a great water front location makes this an all around 5-star experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A four hour tour... We arrived for our reservation for 4 on time and were seated promptly. The restaurant was busy with a good vibe. We enjoyed great cocktails, then the long waits began. Long wait until appetizers arrived. Long wait for our pasta course. We had the sommelier help us with wine selection for out main course, but they brought it out with our pasta. We had another very long wait until the main course arrived. We finished the bottle of wine before our main course. Long evening, long waits, food was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing experience. This restaurant group is top notch. If you like delicious Italian food in a comfortable with an elevated atmosphere; try this place out! The server, manager and whole staff treated my father and I to an amazing experience. We had the fondue app, bucatini, crab ravioli, branzino and limoncello for dessert. Everything was superb. Can’t wait to come back !

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved our dinner at Osteria Morini! This restaurant was highly recommended by several DC friends, and it did not disappoint! The pasta is amazing and the wine was incredible. Will definitely be going back, especially for date nights and for when friends and family are in town!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our server Jamie was great!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Last nights dinner was certainly the most amazing dinner in a nearly a week of business travel in DC. Highly recommend it to anyone who can really appreciate food prepared with attention & quality ingredients. Best dinner I've had outside of Italy.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always perfect

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I have been to all of M. Whites restaurants : Had some expectations of what would be. Tatal disappointment . Food very uninteresting Poorly served Never Again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely order the burrata. Love this place. Been here twice and both times were great. The pasta is also amazing and the ambiance is lovely.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service, awesome view of the river too! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server accommodated special requests very amicably and capably, making it a lovely lunch. Would like more fish options on the menu.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome food. Pappardelle, squid ink pasta, and tortellini were spectacular (I tasted all three). Focaccia bread to start was very authentic Ligurian. Ambiance was perfect, with beautiful waterfront/boardwalk views. Navy Yard is spectacular.

Go there!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, People Watching, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and beautiful ambiance. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We are local (within blocks) of the restaurant and dine here as often as we can. We had very close friends driving in from out of town and they hit the dreaded beltway traffic. The hostess was extremely accommodating and flexible given the circumstances. Our waiter was on point throughout the entire meal. And, the food does not disappoint - duck breast, pork chop and tortelacci were the stars of the table. Always a great experience and we love that we are so close! Thanks!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I was looking for a place with a great view and tasty cuisine to see long-time friends. When making the reservation a week in advance I asked for a quiet table. We arrived & were offered a table squeezed near the kitchen! We declined that and were placed in a nicer location. Unfortunately, no matter where we might have been seated could have qualified as "quiet" except perhaps the tables outside. It was too chilly for that ! Service was great, the food authentic and tasty and decor charming. When I return I'll have different expectations for the noise level.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was great, but the portions were just way too small. I would go back, but for the price, I feel they could offer about 20% more food

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Still love the food but the restaurant was so loud it wasn’t enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I would recommend with reservation... Food was OK. I had the Branzino which was very nice but the Insalata Mista was strange and although I love hazelnuts, it was overloaded with nuts and dried cherries. Pastas were just ok. Service was decent. Extremely LOUD!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Osteria Morini lives up to its reputation for great food, service and ambiance. We were a group of six and had a wonderful dining experience. The lunch menu is particularly noteworthy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We went for lunch and sat outside on a warm October day. The management was very nice to two of my friends who wanted to eat fish. They served them the Branzino from the dinner menu with a huge complimentary salad.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, People Watching, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Four of had lunch and were all impressed with the 'authenticity' of the Italian cuisine. The "two-fer" and "three-fer" lunch specials are hard to pass up. Well worth a visit if you haven't been and you want an Italian-style meal. Bravo to Osteria Morini!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had 3 different pastas, and each was fabulous. I can't wait until we are back in DC. This restaurant will be one of our go to spots each visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We stumbled upon Osteria Morini after having a tasting at the District Winery across the way and were delighted! They have really succulent and savory options - such as their cheese plate, mushroom gnocchi special, and sliced filet mignon. Don’t forget to save room for dessert and espresso. Our server was really helpful w/ suggesting drink options so please ask for tips. We sat outdoors on their lovely patio and had an amazing view. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Tags: Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Spicy
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