Sette Osteria

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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 Cove
Bottomless Weekend brunch $15 (2 hour) and daily Happy Hour.
Complimentary garage parking after 7pm.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The valentines menu was awful. However, their food is usually on point.

EW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Perfect place to take your friends to catch up, celebrations, anniversaries and date nights.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Staff was slow when we first sat down. They kept clearing our table without asking first.

T
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meet up with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. The staff was friendly, helpful and patient with us. We did more talking than looking at the menu. They helped us decide what we wanted and made our visit very special. Easy to get to on the Red Line. Centainly will be going back soon. Brunch selections were awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Service was very good. Our drinks (bottomless) was refilled without asking. Ordered steak (medium) and eggs w/ bacon. Delicious and good serving portions. A little on the pricey side, but worth it.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall, our group had a pleasant experience at Sette Osteria. We went during Restaurant Week so it was bound to be crowded. My biggest grievance was that our waiter was not attentive to our table as a group. He would handle each person individually making the bottomless drinks difficult to keep "bottomless". For each refill, each individual person had to get his attention to get a refill. It was a little ridiculous and I think their staff can be trained better to avoid these unnecessary bottle necks in service.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Sette Osteria. Have been several times now. The food is always outstanding, they do a great Aperol Spritz and the wine list is full of variety. I like sitting outside in warmer months - this weekend we were inside on a Saturday night at peak time and it was super noisy. Our table was tucked in next to the back end and as well as being a bit squeezed in had a lot of foot traffic carrying dishes in and out. Aside from that loved it and will definitely be back

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was friendly but not professional. Food was ok but not expertly prepared.

JC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We got there right as they were opening and the restaurant was chilly. I also accidentally went to the wrong location...I think the hostess let the other location know that I had gotten misdirected. The food was good but the ambiance could have been warmer.

MP
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average in every way and a bit over priced. I had a veal dish and the veal was dry, even though it was served with a sauce.

ED
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say Sette Osteria never disappoints. Our food was fabulous and so was our service. I ordered the pumpkin ravioli and it was 10/10. SO YUMMY. My boyfriend ordered linguini and a meat sauce he was very pleased. The bread was great too. I can’t recommend Sette Osteria enough.

LK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Quite disappointed by our time there. I made a reservation for a large party on Christmas--talked with them leading up to try to make sure I updated them whenever we had a change in our number, confirmed with them Christmas Eve. My party showed up on Christmas and were told by a very rude host that we didn't have a reservation. We saw our name on their list, pointed to it and said "that's our party" and they said "no, you don't have a reservation." Blatantly lying to our face even though we also had a confirmation number from OpenTable. I understand if you don't turn over tables in time--apologize and say there is going to be a wait. Don't lie to our faces that we didn't make a reservation.

They ended up seating us half an hour late at multiple tables where the hospitality did not get better. Those who ordered steaks were never given steak knives and had to use butter knives. They would leave bottles of wine unopened on our table without opening or pouring them--just dropping them off and leaving. Two of our tables received their apps before another of our tables had even ordered.

I understand it was a holiday but the overall experience was terrible and that's unfortunate because we were away from our families. They didn't even apologize or offer to comp us anything. Which you don't have to comp something, but apologizing and owning up to your own mistake is the bare minimum of what should be done. Will never be going there again.

MP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really like the vibe in this place and it is in a great location in DuPont Circle just off Connecticut Avenue. Bonus points for being open on Christmas Day. I had no intention of cooking.

l
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

xmas day, so perhaps a bit short staffed + not really fair to ding them on service. maybe chef was out too, so not fair to ding them on food? location is nice, ambience nothing special. can't blame that on xmas. salad was good, chicken parm not so much and overpriced. wife liked her fish. we might give it another chance...

MA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was terrific and the food excellent. The tiramisu with blueberry sauce was different but delicious!!

c
Washington DC
462 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great business lunch. Pizza was the choice for lunch and all truly enjoyed. Flavors of the pizza were very good. Best around. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Checked in, restaurant not particularly busy. Got a decent table. Service very spotty, not good at explaining menu at all. But food was good (not great). reasonable cost

D
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice selection of pastas and pizzas, excellent salads. Really good, delicious food. Friendly service, convenient location.

e
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beautiful servers I’ve seen in the United States in a really long time

L
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good and reasonably priced. Parking was made easy with a parking garage right next to the restaurant. Our waiter could have been more attentive concerning drinks but ok. Bartender was so busy during happy hour that when we arrived, dishes from prior customers were not cleaned off the bar area at a timely manner. Had to sit with dirty dishes for a while while waiting for our table.

ST
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branzino was fantastic. Noise level on weekends a little higher but not ear splitting.

a
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

To be fair, it was a very busy night and the restaurant was clearly short of staff. To be critical, service was nearly non-existent, food was delivered late and cold (in one case, not at all - with a promise of "maybe in 10 minutes" while everyone else tried to wait), and there was little concern from management. In fact, our waiter completely disappeared after he took our dinner order and we had to track down help. We have enjoyed this venue several times before but we were totally disappointed for our group that we took there with high expectations.

CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

From the food to the service to the value, the experience was just all around bad. The food was bland and tasteless, unless you get something with truffle oil, then they use the whole bottle and the dish is $30. Jumbo tv screens give it a sports bar feel if that's what you're looking for in an Italian restaurant. Waiters were not attentive and difficult to locate when trying to get the check. Bemused as to how this place has a 4.4 rating.

DW
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There weren’t many people there which was unusual. The food was OK

C
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Day after Thanksgiving with family

LK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I gave specific notes on our reservation, stating the number of people we have, that we are celebrating a birthday and that we have a baby. When we walked in, the table was not set for the correct number of people, they did not have a high chair per my request and they did nothing for my mothers birthday, even though we did order multiple desserts. Our server was nice but gave no introduction and we had to ask for more menus. Overall it was fine and the food was good, but due to the service and lack of care in delivery of service, I would not recommend this restaurant.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There were four of us and we ordered many different things. Every dish and drink was outstanding.

FB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service and I will definitely be coming back in the near future. I will recommend this to my friends and family and I will visit there with them!

MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was good, but the service was disappointing. Once we were seated we sat for over 20 minutes before our waiter came to the table. It then took about 15 minutes to get my food after the rest of the table had gotten it already. As it turns out, my plate was sitting ready to be served but was not brought to table. There were 6 other groups in the restaurant so it was not busy at all.

IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Lowkey dog food

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a very convenient place to take a client from a conference at the Washington Hilton. We had a very good meal, an excellent moderately priced bottle of wine, and very good service. The pasta dishes were very tasty and the portions ample. Our only complaint was the broccoli rabe which didn’t taste that great. The atmosphere was lively and casual which was a good fit for the purpose of our meal. We were too full to have dessert so can’t speak to that element of the menu.

s
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were rushed through our meal and never got a second glass of wine we ordered.
The food was good but the rush didn’t make it a very nice dining experience

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got bottomless mimosas, great deal, our server was amazing!

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was average.

CO
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still fantastic food!!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place. Server was great. Our lunches very fine. Wow, the ice cream!

AP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food and a lovely place to meet sit outside and enjoy DC, but the service was poor. We had to work to get a waiter’s attention to order and to get our bill, but the food made it worth it. I would go there again.

LM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was mediocre. We were three. Ordered chicken parmigiana, lamb shank and fettuccine bolognese. Service very slow. We chose this restaurant Basel on previous reviews and were disappointed.

GW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really lovely little Italian restaurant with excellent food and nice outdoor seating. I dropped them a star though because it was very un-Italian of them to not offer complimentary bread; my Greek/Italian fiancé was very disappointed by that. To get a bread basket to eat with the olive oil at the table costs extra. He also didn't like that they gave him a full sized spoon for his capuccino instead of a proper sized demitasse spoon.

LK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for Sunday brunch. Everything said their meal was great.

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