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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Come celebrate Thanksgiving from 3pm to 9pm with a special 3 course dinner $59 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under. Our regular menu will not be available.

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Osteria Morini DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (88)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Good for a Date (48)
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Scenic View (47)
Special Occasion (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Authentic (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Casual (33)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Fun (29)
Hot Spot (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Romantic (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Business Meals (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
People Watching (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Brunch (19)
Bar Seating (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Seasonal (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Cozy (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Always perfect

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

But for the hostess and host trying to seat us at two different tables that were so close to the next table that one would think it was a table for 4 instead of 2 all good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As others have stated, the food is fantastic. The service is what I would expect from a diner (no disrespect to diners! ) If our server had been smacking gum when she took our food order, it would completed the image. No welcome, no information on the menu, she just plopped in down asking, "What do you want? " She killed the ambiance of the meal.

Our starter was served promptly, but it took over 40 minutes to get our entree. When I inquired about the delay, the server gave us the eye roll and said she'd talk to the manager. She never came back except to give us the bill. Yes, the service is marginal, just as others have commented.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Too highly rated for plain food that is way overpriced. $90 for lunch w/o drinks. Food was so-so, not terrible, but not worth $25 for a bowl of pasta. Noise level was very high with only a few tables. One is paying for proximity to the ball park.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food, great service but too noisy! You need to yell to your table partner if you want to communicate. It was hard to understand what the waitress was saying because all the noise.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Scenic View, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food, friendly service and a casual environment. Had a client diner and we all came away full and happy. Wine selection was excellent, menu provided something for everybody. It's noisy, but not crazy loud. Outdoor seating options as well. I'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Was nice, but we felt rushed and the food was good, but not great.
Our server was attentive and efficient and took care of our order. We did not feel like we were his top priority and he was a bit short when we asked questions about the drinks and the food.
Our entire party agreed that we would not come back to this location nor recommend it to friends. It could have been a bad night, but the service should have been much better.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice looking place, in a nice location. I had reservations a week ahead of time for a date. When I arrived we were seated next to 2 small children in a relatively empty restaurant. Then the wait for drinks.

I ordered a medium rare steak that came pre-sliced and raw (cold and purple). They took it back and re-fired, bringing me a greasy mess. My date’s branzino looked as if it came out of a package, just my impression.

As my drink sat empty another server asked if I wanted another drink but couldn’t be bothered to get it. Just bad all around.

This place has the propensity to be a good spot if it were to be staffed with professionals and not people that are supposed to look like they are Italian. (All Mexicans). Bad service and bad food, another corporate waste of my time and money.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

One of our favorites - excellent service from all. Our server was very knowledgeable in all aspects of our dining experience and was extremely helpful in all our choices. Usually we are seated in the front part of the restaurant which is extremely noisy and somewhat uncomfortable but this time we were seated in the back room area which was outstanding from a noise comfort aspect....we will request this area in the future for sure. There was one glitch from our perspective - our appetizers were excellent but we felt some sort of bread, cracker, etc would have been appropriate to consume food which was very good but difficult - it was a combination of truffles, poached egg but otherwise the food was outstanding. ALL IN ALL HGHLy RECOMMEND.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Best pasta in town. A restaurant to be enjoyed beyond baseball season

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Our server was awesome. Perfect night out. Food and staff were excellent!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Steps away from the Anacostia Riverfront, Osteria serves a mouthwatering fare. The downside - indifferent service. The servers don't look like they want to be there, and their borderline surliness made us rush through our meal. The food is fantastic and do try to grab a table outside or near the window.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been to the restaurant a handful of times in the past and have always recommended it. This visit, however, greatly changed my opinion. The service was completely disappointing. Painfully slow and inattentive.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Consistently some of the best Italian cuisine in D.C.

We took a good friend for her birthday and on our way to the Nationals game last Friday. The food was excellent, as always and the service was perfect.

This is a great restaurant that always delivers great quality. They also have a great wine list including some fabulous reds by the glass.

We attend many Nats games and make this a part of the ritual - although we have also made the special trip to meet friends here because of the great setting and quality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We found this restaurant as we walked around the NEW Navy Yard. It is in a cute little setting with water view just beyond the walkway. We sat outside (in October!) and had a very nice meal. Their steak dish was delicious and pasta was very tasty. They have a good selection of cocktails, beer and wine.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Main course took too long and was luke warm when received at the table.

The 3-layer “chocolate cake was a 1.25 inch square of cake and candy icing accompanied by cookie and nut crumbs.

Of course the half size glasses of wine were overpriced at $60.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Finally - a quality restaurant that’s quiet enough to hold a meaningful conversation without loud senseless music or mindless sports bar background noise. Food was exceptional and service attentive but not overbearing. We’ll be back for sure!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent homemade pasta in Bolognese style. Third brunch visit, every one outstanding.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Loved the food. Waiter was excellent. Have eaten there several times and find something good each visit. This time it was the Branzino. However, this was the first time being there when a game was on and a crowd was watching in the bar area. The first time someone screamed I thought someone was being hurt. The noise became commonplace and made table conversation difficult. I usually don't go to sports bars, but I did that night and did not like it.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Sat us outside table was not stable and dishes slide off table. Took waitress 15 minutes to acknowledge us and then another ten to take our drink order. Had to ask for bread. Took additional 10 minutes to take good order. Asked if we could add some protein to the pasta dish for an uncharged and the server responded no. Dinner arrived on appetizer sized plates yet the cost of each dish was close to $30 each with no salad or sides.

Server seemed annoyed at everything we asked for. Asked her to split the check and that was a problem.

Will not return

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food! Great ambiance, Great service everyone was on time not pushy just a very cool place to go. Oh great wine selection easy convenient to walk to from the nationals stadium kitchen area is awesome to see we will be back. Italian favorites must have the cheesecake. Dessert portions are small so make sure you order your own.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fantastic birthday meal! The truffle ricotta ravioli was one of the best dishes I've ever had. Great location in Navy Yard located right in the heart of all the bars and restaurant. Beautiful restaurant right on the water, and plenty of places to go for a drink before or after your reservation- or the bar at the restaurant is really nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I have been meeting to try it for a while now. My family has been once and they had a good experience. We dined on a Saturday night and the place was full. Had a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. We decided on a table outside as the weather was beautiful. I usually enjoy an energetic bar scene but the eating area was just too noisy for a regular conversation. We finally sat outside. It was dark to a point where we needed our lights from cell phone to be able to read the menu. Even the waiter couldn't read the wine menu for recommendation. This is unacceptable. Situation still the same after my husband complained last time about how dark the area is. Appetizers, we chose 3, were delicious. My husband's rabbit pasta was yummy as well. I asked for the special of the day but they were out of it by 9:(. I had the ink pasta and I was disappointed, not a memorable dish. Combining outdoor dim experience and how expensive our meal was, I don't think we will go back again. I don't mind paying for a gourmet meal but this experience was not it! I't unfortunate as the place has a lot of potential. I guess I am one of the few who feels this way as the place was pretty full!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great place to eat, the food is excellent, authentic Italian, service very friendly and a beautiful place. You can never go wrong here, it is my third time and I keep telling friends to go and they also love it. The location is really good as well

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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