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 Emporium 2050.
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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

OPEN 11:30AM-10PM We will be offering our regular menu along with festive specials, Butternut squash soup, creamy Burrata with homemade caponata, Lobster ravioli, Veal OssoBuco Saffron risotto, Sea scallops, Mediterranean Seabass, Chocolate Tartufo.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

OPEN 11:30AM-9PM - We will be offering our regular menu along with festive specials, Butternut squash soup, creamy Burrata with homemade caponata, Lobster ravioli, Veal OssoBuco Saffron risotto, Sea scallops, Mediterranean Seabass, Chocolate Tartufo.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

REGULAR MENU WITH FESTIVE SPECIALS - TUNA CARPACCIO, LOBSTER RAVIOLI, VEAL RAVIOLI, LAMB CHOPS, OSSOBUCO RISOTTO, SCALLOPS, BRANZINO....PARTY FAVORS...ETC

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1051 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.0
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4.2
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

C
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Day after Thanksgiving with family

LK
San Francisco
1 review
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
1 review
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
10 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
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

D
Washington DC
7 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
4 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.

m
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 9 on a Thursday night. Excellent antipasto dishes served on platters, and main courses with ample servings and warm food upon delivery. The only thing that was not good was the Grappa we ordered. Old. Bad.

s
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pasta bland. Lacked seasoning. Bread ordinary. Deserts pedestrian. Whatever happened to the old Sette which I long for.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My cousin is in town for work and staying at the Washington Hilton. We decided to meet for dinner near her hotel and chose Sette Osteria after reviewing the menu and reviews. We were greeted quickly and seated out on the patio. Our waters were kept full without us having to ask for refills, and our drinks came out relatively quickly. The atmosphere was a step up from casual, but it was still relaxed. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meals. We all got pasta. I would certainly come back if I'm ever in the area again.

S
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was very good. No complaints. Services was very slow and not as attentive as I would have hoped. Cappucino was never delivered but still on bill. Complimentary parking is capped at 2 hours. We went nearly 2.5 hours as it sometimes was hard to find our waiter.

AX
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was slow and unfriendly. Redemption of Dining Table Reward Card was unsuccessful

FD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It pains me to type this review but Sette is not what it once was. Upon seating it literally took 15 minutes for the waiter to come and distribute menus. What followed was the serving of stale, yes stale, bread. After returning the stale bread, the manager told us that the bread was not stale but instead the hard Cristina’s and inedible center was the intended effect. Our pizza was mis-delivered to a table that did not order it slowing the delivering of our entrees.

The prices are simply not supportive of amateur night. Sette is no longer worth it. Messi, if you are reading this, you must fix this.

RH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Atmosphere urban without being to edgy. Service at just the right place. Would return in a flash if I lived in DC.

BK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food came out too fast. Salads has just been dropped and then pasta was out a minute after. Service was weak and seemed to be issue with other tables.

j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a dependable neighborhood restaurant for good Italian food at a reasonable price. Casual ambiance. WE come her often and it is our choice for a quiet Italian meal in the DuPont Circle neighborhood.

BM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and try to visit there at least once each time we are in DC. It is casual and the food is terrific.

M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What a great authentic Italian restaurant! We lucked out with perfect weather for sitting on the patio. Our large party of 7 was very well attended by an older gentleman waiter. Each person commented that his/her dish was the best of that type they'd had in the U.S. I had the Penne Margarita - just delicious!!

Y
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had remembered loving this restaurant, but upon dining the other night, I wouldn't recommend it. The restaurant was fairly empty by the time we arrived, yet we were seated at a cramped table at the back of the place near the bar. The appetizer of tomato, avocado and burrata was fine but seemed like it had been prepared hours before, it wasn't particularly fresh. My ravioli (spinach and ricotta) was very bland, although my husband enjoyed his pasta with lobster. The wine and service were fine, but I will not be returning any time soon. I was disappointed.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The bread was stale and butter cold. Food was not very good. People were nice, but simply not worth it.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit at Sette Osteria during a recent trip. The restaurant was more than considerate to rearrange our seating allowing us to enjoy the outdoor patio. When we travel to Washington DC the next time, we'll be sure to call them for another pleasant experience.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The appetizers were much better than the main dishes. I received a cold piece of chicken that was not enjoyable and I left half of it in the plate. Pasta's were enjoyable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Al fresco dining in the vibrant DuPont Circle neighborhood was a very rewarding experience. Food was fantastic and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the finest sidewalk cafes in Paris. Relaxing and satisfying!

IP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waiter was very nice and helpful. Chicken on my son's gnocchi dish was a little dry but they removed it from the bill with no questions. The gnocchi and sauce were perfect. I had the scallop risotto with truffle oil and it was fabulous. Husband was very happy with the veal picatta. Tiramisu was wonderful.

BH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice Brunch place with decent coffee, nice bottomless mimosas, and we love that they offer gluten-free pasta, but PLEASE make your HOLLANDAISE sauce WITHOUT WHEAT FLOUR!! If you make it with only a little cornstarch to thicken it, you can offer it to us g-f people too! (my wife has celiac, and I'm gluten sensitive). We LOVE eggs benedict, but were unable to enjoy them here at Sette Osteria, because of the flour in the H sauce. Scion and other places manage to serve g-f H sauce that EVERYONE (except vegans, obviously) can enjoy. Also, please improve the coffee, as we expect more from such a nice brunch place! Thanks!

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We ordered ravioli, chicken tagine and a fish entree. Food was okay but there are better quality options for this price. Service was excellent

DG
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, we went back the next night. Would really recommend.

D
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Should've know better when the hostess tried to seat us at at a table in the blaring sun instead of any of the many empty shaded tables on the patio...food unimpressive, service barely acceptable, will not return.

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and efficient; the food was tasty and plentiful; the afternoon was warm and bright, so we had an outside table, which was generally very pleasant. The only problem was that the folks at an adjacent table made a bit too much joyful noise, but that wasn't the restaurant's fault, and didn't last too long. One member of our party has difficulty in walking, so we were glad to have the valet parking access within a short distance of the restaurant door. The four of us in the party would enjoy returning to Sette Osteria.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I had probably been to this restaurant in about a decade until this visit. It used to be a very trendy, cool bistro-type restaurant. I noticed it had become comparatively seedy since my last visits. It definitely needs an update. My food was good but the ambiance was not befitting an authentic modern Italian restaurant, and not one in a very posh area of DC.

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