Osteria Morini DC

4.7
1814 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.
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-9pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 11am-2:30pm
Happy Hour at the bar: Monday through Friday 4pm-6:30pm
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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
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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please join us at Osteria Morini DC to celebrate Christmas Eve. We will be offering a three-course dinner at $65 per person or a four-course dinner at $85 per person
*Please note that our regular menu will not be available
We look forward to having you come in to celebrate with Osteria Morini!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please join us at Osteria Morini DC to celebrate New Year's Eve.
We will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu at $95 per person.
*Please note that our regular menu will not be available. We look forward to hosting you on this special evening.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1814 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Ordered food to go. Was only given half of our $100 dinner

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RH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

When we arrived, 5 workers were standing around the front not really working. Sat at the bar for a drink and it felt like I was inconveniencing the bartender by ordering a drink. When we got to the table, we let the server,Maya, know we would have three not four guest and she was clearly disturbed by that information. One of our guest was not that hungry and asked if she could have a child mac and cheese and Maya said, "No.". She then said we could have one but it would be at a full menu price. $20 for a bowl of mac and cheese! When our food came out, it was quite tasty but we never saw Maya again. She was hanging at the bar chilling with the bartender. When we left, the same five workers were hanging out at the counter. So many other choices of restaurants in the dc area where you feel welcomed.

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G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful combination of Italian warmth and cutting edge Waterfront ambiance. The homemade pastas are all terrific. Service was splendid, as was the view from the wall of windows looking out at the river. Casual but upscale atmosphere.

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DC
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lively atmosphere, and the food is delicious. We shared meatballs and cleaned the plate, and the seafood stew-soup was really outstanding. Pasta dishes were excellent. Chicken was probably the weakest entree but still tasty. Love the waterfront and convenient to walk to Arena Stage and the Wharf so this is a great choice for a fun evening out.

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OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our server, Maya, was terrific and we had a great conversation with Midal. Good wine and lovely white truffles.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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SS
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maybe the best ribeye steak I've ever had. Excellent wine selection.

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FF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent and creative. This was my third trip to the restaurant. I have dined at the bar and at a table. Both are delightful. The wine list has good choices and the server was helpful in selecting an appropriate wine. This place is now one of my favorites.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal....best food I have had in awhile in DC!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere

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SK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dining group got three homemade pasta dishes (one veggie and two meat), three vegetable side dishes, one dessert, and wine. Everything we ordered was delightful. The Riso dessert was one of the best and most decadent desserts I have ever had. Service was great. After one visit, this restaurant has risen to one of my favorite in DC. I can't wait to return!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cheese and meat board was a great start, the pastas were delicious, and dessert was a nice and light way to end the night. Service was also great, will definitely return.

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Osteria for a wonderful and memorable dinner last night! My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and the staff treated us like VIP. Gave us great recommendations, served us complimentary Prosecco, and served us a few additional drinks on the house.
The customer service there is like no other in the city which is why we keep coming back.

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MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it every time we go!

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CL
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food at Osteria Morini never fails to disappoint. A lot of sound and fury signifying not a good meal. And at these price points--a terrible value

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JD
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bargain with their 2- or 3-course lunch specia , and the choices on the menu were authentic and delicious. Give this place a try!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Well prepared and nicely presented. Service was also excellent with personal attention by both the bartender and the general manager. Ambiance was very pleasant and one could speak at a normal volume without problems.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous.

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RF
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Focaccia this side of the Atlantic :))
Lived in Italy for many years, this is authentic.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Bartender forgot about us. Dinner took forever.

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JD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was truly outstanding and our dinner was VERY tasty, great place on the newly developing SW Waterfront.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Great waitstaff!
We attentive and informative, knew when to intervene and knew when we needed something, our tip reflect this higher level of knowledge and patience.
Very good food!
Outdoor dining in a warmer time of year would be even better, the interior spaces were a bit too noisy.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Morini has been on my list to try, and my expectations were completely exceeded! It was my mom's birthday, which they acknowledged when we arrived and throughout the evening. The restaurant is gorgeous with waterfront location and nice outdoor seating with heaters. The waiter was very professional and gave us spectacular suggestions. EVERY BITE WAS DELICIOUS and beautifully presented. The uovo al tartufo appetizer with fonduta was creative, creamy and dreamy. The duck and veal chop were delicious, and the pasta with red sauce and fennel I ordered was perfect. I was sad that I let the birthday girl take home my leftovers...Creme Brulee was light as air and a perfect ending to the evening. "Alex C" was our server and really represented well-- obviously enjoying his job,knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the food, and very attentive. Will recommend and happily return!

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We joined a family member who lives in DC at his recommendation. I dad a wonderful Brandon filet, perfectly grilled and moist, my husband a veal filet, which he destroyed, and my cousin the duck breast. We selected an orangy Pinot Gris..with Obvioso, as part of its name. As our waitress assured us, it went nicely with everyone’s meal.
Despite the size of the restaurant, out table felt quiet and conversation was easy. Service was excellent. I’d happily recommend this restaurant to other diners.

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MD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff. Know their wine and pasta. Wine menu is pricey.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was okay, but not worth the price in my opinion. The cheese platter was really good. Our waitress was very rude to my boyfriend (his first language is spanish) and she was clearly getting impatient with his questions in trying to clarify the menu. Overall not bad, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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CD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing like Morini in NY. Decent water front location , but food was above average. Maybe Michael White has finally spread himself too thin.

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BB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had the Cappelletti and it was quite good, but it lists "proscuitto" in the description and there was barely one little scrap of meat in the dish, not even sure if I would consider it a garnish. Portion could be a bit bigger as I was still hungry when I got home. We shared the Cacio e Pepe salad and it was very good too. I asked for some Parmesan on my pasta and was a bit horrified when they brought me the dehydrated powder from a can, and not shaved Parmesan.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty, especially dessert! Need more veggie options.

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CL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

As a regular customer I was disappointed in the usually good service

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HP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Not expecting this review request. But will be honest. The pasta dish was not cooked enough! The pasta was tough! Not cooked enough. Should have not returned , but thought the first few bites were not what the test would be! Bottom line, the chef must make sure the past is not undercooked! I know, I should have returned the Dish after the second bite, but it never should have come to me like this. Not at these prices! Wine was overpriced! Not much you can do about taxes, but really , DC is pushing people to VA!

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L
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My granddaughter and I had a lovely time on the deck with Prosecco cheese bread and fun

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food served fresh - and warm - from the kitchen. Very pleasant view of the water and near a river walk by the Navy Yard. You'll like it.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are foodies and when I tell you that the capelletti pasta was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten, I am not exaggerating. The butter and truffle sauce was so decadent. My husband joked, "do you think we could get a couple of orders to go!" Definitely have to have that again and again!

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AS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was in D.C. for a few days and this came highly recommended. Being an outpost of a NY original we wanted to try, certainly didnt disappoint glad we can continue enjoying as we head back home to NY. Service, food, location all top notch. Had a wonderful evening!! Definitely recommend.

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ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Osteria Morini DC is a dining establishment that keeps you coming back for more! We've been to this restaurant at least five times; their meatballs are the real deal!

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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent however the service was a bit slow. Staff very nice but not that attentive to our needs. Did not check in with us as often as they should have. Didn't even realize that our food had been served by someone else because the server did not come by until after we were done eating and plates cleaned away.

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ND
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a first class establishment from fin start to finish. The waiting staff were prompt and attentive without being smothering. The sommelier was extremely helpful, and selected a an amazing bottle of wine for us. The food was top tier, and some of the best we’ve ever eaten. My sea bass was perfectly cooked, and my wife’s pork chop was expertly prepare. We order two sides (fried fingerling potatoes and arugula salad) both were perfect. Even the bread was memorable! The dining rooms was clean and modern, with clean lines and huge windows, but it still managed to come off as warm and cozy. We had a great time at O Morini’s and can’t wait to come back.

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