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Osteria Morini DC

1551 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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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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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The catering menu is available on our website under the Menus tab.
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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
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 1551 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chris (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Enjoyed the the Morini Monday special.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago


Paul (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Second time back in four days. This time brought the rest of the family. Everyone enjoyed their meal. But I liked the special menu better on Valentines day. Dinner was still very good and I would highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I have been to Morini plenty of times but for V Day I made a reservation for my younger twin sisters who are teenagers and myself. I was a little concerned that they wouldn't be willing to try anything but they both loved the ravioli!!! Thanks for the great experience!!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food, great drink, beautiful views, great value. You can have a traditional multi-course Italian meal like I have at my in-laws if you want, or choose from a few courses.

vipJKJK (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Waitress was fine but manager tried to push us out the door. Delivered check unasked for before dessert was even on table. Plates not removed at same time for entrees as is appropriate.

Soldier1914 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food and service are absolutely amazing. I recommend having dessert too. Thet are decedent!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Pastas are yummy! Willing to accommodate various request!

4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines Day dinner with a 4 course price fix meal. The food was delicious and inventive with generous portions. Service was attentive and prompt as our waitress checked on us regularly even though it was a very busy night.

OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The prices here are simply criminal. You would expect Michelin-star quality food here for what you pay, and it doesn’t even come close. Little imagination in the food, a could-be-anywhere-in-the exurbs ambience - just the absolute worst example of price gouging in the city’s restaurant scene.

5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed myself; the wait staff was professional, attentive and friendly. The food was outstanding as well as the wine selections which went well with each meal. I enjoyed myself so much that I have told several of my friends that they must visit O.M. The scenery was beautiful and romantic; not to loud or dark. If one needs to utilize the restroom just know that it too was clean and easy to use, unlike some restaurant where you wish you never entered the restroom. Lastly, feel free to drive because parking was close and cheap. Park in Lot Q for only $2.00 an hour, you can't beat that in DC.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I don’t know what it is about Valentine’s Day that makes DC restaurants phone it in. What a missed opportunity to attract customers with such a crowded, subpar, grotesque excuse of a dining experience.

The prix fixed menu was bland, uninspired, and an overall waste of calories and time. The vellutata and the panna cotta dessert were the best items. The oysters were drenched in a butter sauce, which kills the flavor of the oyster, but fret not...they top it with cheap caviar to reinsert that lost brininess. What an amateur move from a well-established restaurant. And how can Osteria Morini serve a bland pasta?! The duck ragu barely had flavor and the uni cream sauce tasted like bechamel.

Now the service...horrible.

I was bumped all night long by the servers and busers without ever hearing an apology. Not even when they knocked my elbow as I was drinking my wine. How about an apology when when they knocked over the beer from the table right next to us? Nope. No one gets service on Valentine’s Day. Our server stepped on my foot every time she walked by our table. No exaggeration. No apology, she just kept shooting me a “move your foot” look. How about giving me my wine pairing with each course? Nope, we had to flag her down and remind her each time that we didn’t have our wine.

Osteria Morini used to be my solid go-to restaurant whenever we couldn’t decide where to go for dinner, and I recommended it to everyone. Now, I’m never going back.

StephanieM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent and our server was polite and professional. I recommend this restaurant especially since it is near the water.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall the experience was fine, especially the smooth, integrated way we were served by no fewer than 4 different staff, BUTwhat we'll remember is that we got tricked into paying an EXTRA $55 per person.
We had been there before and wanted to return for a simple meal, which we knew would be <$30 per person (not counting a drink). We checked out Morini's website and then booked through Open Table. But only when we arrived were we told that the ONLY option was the Valentine's Day prix-fixe for $85/person (not counting any drinks). There had been no info re that on Open Table. On the Morini site there was no mention that on V-Day that they were serving ONLY the prix-fixe, and NOT the normal menu.
Since it was V-Day we knew all the other restaurants would be booked and that they had us trapped. Just walking would mean a long, hungry trip back home to cook for ourselves. The whole thing was unethical and could have been avoided had they simply put a notice on their home page and their open table listing. It's a popular spot and I'm sure they would still have been fully booked.
PS - like most restaurants they use too much butter, cream, salt, etc as a short cut for too many dishes. Yeah, it tastes great, but they could cut it in half w/out sacrificing flavor.

vipSusan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Osteria Morini is our go-to place for a special occasion or date night. We love the location, the food, the wait staff especially Martin. However, out visit was a little disappointing. Our wait person was less then attentive; more interested in another group of four. Even though we expressed our desire to not be rushed we waited a considerable amount of time for a second round of cocktails. We were sorry we sat in her section knowing the other sections were being serviced by staff we were familiar with. What was to be a special occasion at Morini turned out to be a disappointment. Next time we'll steer in the direction of our tried and true servers.