Sette Osteria

4.4
941 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Sette is Italian for seven, the traditional "lucky" number. The restaurant design is comfortable with a traditional Italian tone, and with a great "feel and flow." Sette Osteria is a destination place for people as well as a place for people walking in the area to come in and enjoy.



Decor: Sette Osteria has an open kitchen and an action station viewable by guests. Pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven.



The best decor in a restaurant is people. Windows give guests a view of the active passing scenes on busy Connecticut Avenue and R Streets. And, people walking by are able to view a very inviting and appealing restaurant. The decor is soft and appealing but still carries a theme of sophisticated Italian culture and international buzz. Guests can view the young people going in and out of the chic clothing stores G-star and Emporium 2050.
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PB
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Longtime Favorite
We have been coming to Sette for years but haven't been for a while. We were reminded just how good it is. Three pizzas, a bottle of Sangiovese, and good friends made better by the relaxed atmosphere. We have to start going back!

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FS
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business lunch; my guest was late but staff was attentive throughout. Nice hot soup and pasta lunch on a cold day. During government shutdown; wasn't too busy. Probably different when the government is up and running.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for restaurant week - great choices - the food is always very good! Will definitely be coming back!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was attentive and impeccable without being overbearing. Prices were extremely reasonable. Will definatly return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall food was delicious and our party of 7 had a wonderful time. Various members had a part of their meal served 5+ minutes after others were served. This happened with each course of the meal. Even with that, we would go again. I’m guessing the kitchen is small? Better communication about delays would be appreciated. Did I mention how delicious everything was :)

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NV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant with good wine and pasta. The service is always friendly and efficient.

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SM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The small plates are a great value with good flavors

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BF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Annual tradition of dining at Sette on January 1. We've always been pleased with out experience, but this year the food was outstanding.

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d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have eaten at this restaurant numerous times since moving to the area in 2013; NY's Eve dinner was a huge
disappointment; not only did the waiter 'disappear' once he had taken our order (he did appear to give us a check); the dish ordered had enough spinach on it to feed a family of 4....the kitchen couldn't spare another vegetable for variety?
Additionally, one service person said she would bring us a dessert menu, instead we got the original waiter w/a check.... I guess we weren't necessary to their busy evening plans.
But not to worry - we WILL NOT be going back, there are NUMEROUS other Italian restaurants in the DuPont circle area that have the same quality (and better) food and service.

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L
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for Italian near Dupont circle.

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Christmas Eve dinner, the special menu was delicious

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r
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a fun family meal here between doing various Christmas activities- Botanical Gardens, Capital Christmas Tree, and Zoo Lights. The atmosphere is t great, but the food, service and location were perfect for our group of six.

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r
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've eaten at Sette Osteria many times, as a conveniently located, well staffed, savory destination for affordable Italian cuisine in the middle of the city. The wait staff are marvelously attentive, the food is delicious and the noise level not too loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The only draw back is that the space is tightly packed with chairs and tables, so it's snug, but not what I would call comfortable, unless you get a table on the edges of the room with a cushioned seat.

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c
Washington DC
424 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch. Pizza is one of DC Best!! Lunch was various pizza's and pastas! Staff is always on their game and always helpful.

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RH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in DC. Great atmosphere, whether seated at the bar for happy hour, outside during warm weather, or enjoying pizza and wine near the oven inside.

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OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice food. A bit on the expensive side. Ordered a drink but didn’t get it.

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Sette for our big company lunches a lot because they can accommodate groups easily and the menu is great. I love that they offer half size portions of their pastas. I got the one with smoked mozzarella, tomatoes and eggplant. Great bread baskets with warm foccacia and olive oil.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been here for brunch and dinner and I'm never disappointed. i do think it's a better dinner option versus brunch, but they have bottomless mimosas/bellinis/cider, so I'll return. Great option for Dupont versus some of the other spots nearby.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Yesterday the cannellonnis were over cook.
Good deserts

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SS
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food not memorable. Fish very small

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CP
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A good Saturday evening experience. We were greeted at the desk and led to a table for two on a lively Saturday night. We shared a bottle of a house red wine. The calamari and zucchini fritti were done to perfection: crisp and tender, with a good marinara sauce for dipping. We each had a pasta, the penne all' arrabiata and the capellini with tomato and basil. Pastas were both al dente and the sauces flavorful. The service was attentive throughout the meal. An Italian digestivo capped a delightful evening. Prices have edged up over the last months, but this is still a good value. A favorite place for good food, good service, and good value.

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LH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Host acted arrogant and seated his friends before he seated us even though we were there first AND we had reservations

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Service, food, overall environment - really outstanding!

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Cheese platter is very bland. Nothing exciting. I had a reservation but cancelled it to go somewhere where the food would be better. Too many restaurants in DC to choose from to go somewhere that is mediocre.

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CP
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good experience, on a cold, damp night. A table for four was waiting for us in the bustling dining room. Eventually, we learned that the fourth member of our party could not join us. We ordered a bottle of the house Primitivo (Italian relative of Zinfandel) in lieu of cocktails. A nice, bracing red. We shared three appetizers: the calamari and zucchini fritti, the bruschetta (3 slices, each with a different topping), and the arancini and crochette assortment. It was a nice, diverse set of flavors and textures, all prepared well. The calamari had a fine, crunchy breading, but were tender and not at all over-cooked and rubbery. For a main, two of us tried pasta (fettucine alfredo and tonarelli cacio e pepe) both of which were al dente and well sauced, full of flavor. Our third person had the sword fish special, which came nicely seared and accompanied with apt sides. At the end, one of us ordered the tiramisu, light and flavorful. The two others enjoyed a digestivo to cap the meal. All in all, a night of good food and service in an energetic atmosphere.

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NH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother was in town for a visit and I wanted to take him someplace special for us to catch up and celebrate his recent birthday. This was the perfect spot! The pasta was homemade, as were the sauces. Seafood was fresh too! Wine was great! Too full for dessert. Truth be told, this was my second time here in less than an week - came here the weekend before which is when I discovered it. Excellent service, good prices and great food!

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CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Never brought appetizer; brought a wrong meal and brought the same meat back just with a different side; slow to bring additional sauce requested; never apologized or acknowledged mistakes; there seem to be large language barriers; staff look unhappy.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was enjoyable, however, there was a mix up in the kitchen that allowed my friend with a severe gluten allergy to be served an entire bowl of glutenous pasta. This required that we leave our meal to go to the emergency room. The restaurant initially didn't understand this and wanted us to pay while we said we were on our way to the hospital. Luckily, after some convincing they were more understanding. While I understand that mistakes can happen, it was a fairly careless mistake that should never have happened and when someone describes their allergies they should taken seriously.

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place. It has an open atmosphere with lots of light, an outdoor area when the weather is nice, great food, great service, and the wine is a super value.

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L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had reservations and checked in on time with a surly, hassled hostess who wasn't ready to seat us yet. Our waiter was efficient but not particularly friendly. Hated the big screen tvs broadcasting CNN dominating the visual in the dining room. Food was good but nothing special. Too many other choices in DC to ever go back to this place.

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SL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We came two nights in a row. Delicious

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday dinner. Everything the server recommended we ordered (wine, entrees, dessert), all were delicious. Definitely recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Stopped in for the dessert one night. It was so good I returned for dinner the next day.
One of my new favorite spots in DC!

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m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Went there for brunch. We called and asked if they could put our two parties together multiple times and they said that was fine. When we got there they said the note on the reservation was that we asked to be seated outside - which was never mentioned. The food was not that good. It was a good deal for bottomless mimosas. Our waiter was really nice, but after a while, the people who were filling up the mimosas stopped really coming around, even though there was like no one else in the restaurant. That was why we were there - so we had to start going up to the bar and asking ourselves. They would tell us they'll come around to fill it up and take forever or forget to come. Overall would not recommend.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal. The food was very good, and the service was amazing. We missed our reservation by an hour and they were able to accommodate. We will be return customers.

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OM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great, traditional Italian food and wine. Super outdoor seating area. Consistently good service and very quality.

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L
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in DC for the weekend - and found this place to be a great value for brunch. The food was great and the staff really friendly.

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c
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A reliable neighborhood treasure, especially when the weather allows for outdoor seating- a great urban people-watching site. Food is consistently excellent, service firendly and efficient.

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SF
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pasta dishes were varied and delicious. It's hard to pass up homemade pasta and they did not disappoint. The wine list wasvaried

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