Osteria Morini DC

4.7
1696 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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)
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Phone number
(202) 484-0660
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ben Pflaumer
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Catering
The catering menu is available on our website under the Menus tab.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd and 4th Streets Southeast
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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)
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Public transit
Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro on the Green Line
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Gift Card
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
What 1696 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff and manager were extremely kind and patient as I waited for my date partner to join me. She had never been to the area and got off the metro st the wrong stop. I was clueless to where she was and the talked to her directly and provided directions

Although I get fish 90% of the time when I eat out the waitress mentioned the pasta and boy and I ever grate she did. My partner and I split the fish and the pasta. The pasta was to die for. I could have eaten the entire bowl.

We agreed we want to return.

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MJ
Nashville
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing from the moment we walked through the door. They helped store our luggage (we ate before heading to the airport), the dining Ware was simple and beautiful. The food was delicious - I am so thankful for the lunch menu special! It was more than enough food! My coworker and I came on a recommendation from another coworker and it was spot on. It’s a definite must eat place if you’re in DC!

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Orange County
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love the NYC one. Been there tons of times. Best brunch in Manhattan. This one, which this was my second trip, is beautiful and welcoming. However, the food is just not as good as the NYC one. Salty and marginal. On the bright side, the service is wonderful. Loved our waiter. Fix the food.

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Denver
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome spot on the water. Make sure to ask for a table on the patio!

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RD
Washington DC
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The quality of Osteria Morini’s food has diminished significantly since last eating there a year ago. The roasted chicken use to be one of there signature dishes. The chicken this visit was charred. So bad and rubbery was the pork dish that it was returned.

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Charleston
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Decent food and beautiful location but overpriced.

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Chicago
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was pretty lackluster and not great. But the food was tasty!

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Not sure if it was because of the company or the food, but this sure was the best dinner I’ve had in 2018 :)

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came to dine prior to a Nats game. Described as “Romanesco” cuisine, the food was great and flavorful, but not intensely so. Service was attentive and thorough. Our waitress had a great knowledge of the menu and the components of the dishes we ordered as well as those we did not select. Enjoy!!

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VM
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been going off and on to the DC location since it opened. Was great to be back. Staff was all new to me but very attentive. Everyone left the restaurant very happy with food and service. Since I am back in any area looking forward to Ai Fiori again. What class.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pasta and dessert I’ve ever had! Service was a little slow but I’ll definitely be back for the food

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent house made pasta. Attentive service. Great experience! Recommended for any occasion.

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Richmond
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful waitress and delicious food and drinks!

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RR
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Osteria Morini is a great addition to the Southwest Waterfront scene. It serves creatively prepared Italian food, slightly overpriced but worth the expense, and offers an expansive wine list featuring reasonable markups. The service is first-class and the room is quite attractive, although noisy. We have been to O.M. before and will surely return.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our current favorite restaurant in D.C. for Italian food. We take our time and make sure to savor every course.

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JJ
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

It's one of my favorites for Italian food and I love the ambiance/sitting on the patio. All of the pastas are amazing, as are the meatball appetizer and sea bass entree. That being said, the service is terrible, every. single. time. I go back because I love the food and hope it will improve and that was not the case with our last meal. We constantly had to flag down someone to get more water, take our order, bread, etc. It was frustrating, we still had a nice evening and the food is great, just hope they can improve because it's not a cheap meal to have such poor service.

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SW
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing. Everything was amazing. The squid ink pasta with shrimp and scallops was flavorful and delicious. The tiramisu was good but the molten lava cake was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. The ambiance is perfect and the service is friendly. Book it now!!

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Omaha
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have visited the restaurant, and won’t be the last. The food and service were great.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Franklin was an awesome server!!!

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New York Area
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here 2 years ago for my mother's bday lunch. My brother couldn't get their fabulous burger out of his mind. Said best ever! Finally went again today. Burger still amazing! I had brunch frittata. Very tasty! Great use of ingredients. Exceptional cheese.

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KA
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Morini is always excellent. It’s our go-to.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places (if not my favorite) to eat in DC. Certainly the first place that comes to mind on a sunny day or a nice evening when I think of a place to take friends and business clients. Excellent food, excellent service and great ambiance in one of the best urban settings in DC. Even walking through the urban spaces developed by the river front to get to Osteria is a joy.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Morini but this visit stuck out because of great service. The food was delicious as always but our server was particularly attentive, very warm and never made us feel rushed despite being the last seating of the evening.

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Great cheese plate!

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RB
Indiana
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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LA
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day was a success

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CC
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed my brunch great food and the restaurant was very accommodating.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to special occasion restaurant. Our son requests every year for his birthday, if not for the Uovo appetizer, then for the squid ink pasta. Well, all the pastas have been wonderful, as well as any of the grilled meats. Service is always exemplary, e.g. we flagged it was a birthday and were given a perfect small panna cotta dessert.

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KC
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Loved the outdoor seating by the water.

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k
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for brunch and what a great decision! Delicious food. Great service, and I was able to sit outside.

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AR
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a dear friend from Japan with a hearing problem to dinner, and she loved the food. However, it was very noisy. The waitstaff and the hostess and manager were all very kind about allowing us to move out to the patio for dessert so we could escape the noise. We had a lovely time, as always.

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious as always - had burger for first time- while it was delicious, it was too salty

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M
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of my favorites in Dc. I came more than 6 times in the last 3 months I recommended to all my friends.

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c
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Grabbed dinner outside. Good food. Nice ambiance. A bit pricey.

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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food plus large portions. Service is good, waiters checking in regularly, filling glasses, bringing extra bread, etc. I'd certainly recommend going for brunch, as they have a wide array of options that allow for most dietary needs as well as any cravings one may have for pasta, fish, other meats, etc. Also, they make a very tasty Bloody Mary! Will be back with family and friends!

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best rigatoni around!!! Also, if you go for brunch the pancakes are to die for! We were really excited that their desserts didn’t contain nut ingredients and that we were able to enjoy dessert out for a change (great place for others with nut allergies)!! Everything is delicious and the staff is incredibly friendly!

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L
Portland
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible meal of blue crab & an amazing chocolate Carmel dessert.

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JS
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and quality!

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ricotta pancakes were absolutely delightful. We also had the romaine and fried capers salad, the prosciutto di parma, parmigiano and soppressata with grilled bread, tagliatelle, and lemon basil shortcake, mascarpone cream and strawberries and blueberry sorbet for dessert. All were excellent. Service was great. We will definitely return to dine here again.

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Houston
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was delicious!

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