Sette Osteria

4.4
1214 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proposal dinner with friends & family. We sat outside and the staff was accommodating for our large group. Took good care of us, no complaints at all!

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RobinD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We usually love it here when we come down to visit our son but was a little annoyed we reserved a table outside and they assured us there was a canopy if it was raining. When we got there only 2 tables under the canopy were not soaked from all the leaks in the canopy. We managed to move our table in a way that minimized the rain leaks but during Covid, when you are booking outside, they should fix the canopy. We saw several disappointed people leave who didn’t want to eat inside, as we would have done. The food was good as always but service was sluggish

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TomM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great outdoor destination after so many months of isolation--I hope to be meeting friends here many more times in the near future.

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caroline
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was amazing, fast, and the outdoor seating was fun to be at

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vipchrisp
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Average Italian at best
Understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service very slow.

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AllyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is fresh and delicious! The location is great.

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Kate
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our food. The Ceasar salad was fresh and didn’t have too much dressing and the homemade pasta was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A longtime favorite, and the first meal out after more than a year. Outside tables were perfectly spaced, along with plenty of heaters for a somewhat chilly evening. It was good to be back.

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vippatricias
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice and safe place!

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dupontresident
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was fine, but disappointing experience overall. The salads and pizza were good but the pasta dishes fell flat. Service was friendly, but very slow to collect orders. Mediocre. However, I did enjoy the outdoor seating available and it has a great location.

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SandraR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Short staffed. The food was ok, a bit disappointed. Our waiter was nice though and went back to ask for my food that came out separately.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was far less than our expectation. We had to send something back as it was not as advertised on the menu. Didn’t think of it as a great brunch spot. Price was fair however. Outdoor setting was nothing to post a picture about. This experience would not warrant another reservation here or recommendation.

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JillianL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sette Osteria has excellent food, we ordered the gnocchi, margherita pizza, chicken parm sandwich, and breakfast burger which were all incredible. The gnocchi in particular is one of the best dishes at Sette and always the envy of other people at the table

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Service was kind of slow, but good.

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DonnieWorldwide
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reserved table outdoors, only to be told it would be an additional 50 minutes. Moments before, watched a group of 3 with no reservations being escorted to an outdoor table. Sat inside for 20 minutes with no wait service aside from table water. Decided to leave at that point.

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MyTastebudsDontLie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I usually love this place but the night we went they were horribly understaffed with waiters doing the work of the maitre’d. It took TWO HOURS for us to finally eat our food from reservation time. If they can’t handle the influx they have no business taking on reservations.

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Juan
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

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vipRichard
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years -- consistently great food and service!

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vipDiscerningPalette
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Understanding that restaurants are recovering from Covid . . Understaffed. Rude service - water basically “thrown” on the table. Long wait to order. “Scolded” for going to the bar to get beverages after waiting 10 minutes without being acknowledged. Mediocre food. Soggy Brussels sprouts and bland vodka sauce on pasta. Out of clams and mussels at 6:30 p.m. Disappointing. Happy Hour used to be great. They should stick to Happy Hour food.

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JaxL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

They were slammed with business - the food was mediocre and the service was TERRIBLE. It took forever to get drinks and food order place. The experience just took entirely too long. The server was nice - but seemed to keep forgetting we were his table.

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RobertB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Excellent food, but very distracting music. It was like being at a club! Why would anyone want to listen to that while trying to have a conversation over dinner?

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vipJackieQ
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome pizza! I also got the full branzino, which was delicious. Served with a side of roasted fennel (yum!). Their pastas are also delicious -- I have yet to have a bad pasta here. Nice place to come in the summer and have a glass of wine and some pasta on the patio. Great Happy Hour deals as well. Would recommend!

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Our experience overall was average at best. The restaurant's decor is quite run down and the food was disappointing. I would not recommend.

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KaleenaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The pumpkin ravioli was delicious. The bellini refreshing. I will be back.

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sariexmaria
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was raining hard that evening, so we were grateful that Sette Osteria had a nice big tent for us to sit under. The servers were really sweet and the food came out quite quickly. Would definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was awesome.

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vipRuthie
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I don’t know what all the good reviews are about. Neighborhood gem is laughable. This place was mediocre. We went for brunch and sat outdoors under a tarp on a concrete sidewalk with metal tables and chairs. Uncomfortable and ugly. Nothing like the pictures on the website. It was a bit chilly and the outdoor heaters were not on, but we noticed when we left that a couple tables had their heaters on. No one ever offered to turn ours on. My friend and I had crabcakes Benedict. She ordered hers with her eggs cooked over medium. They came out poached and she had to send them back. Mine were poached but overcooked; the yolk had almost no runniness to it. Additionally the crabcake had a lot of breadcrumbs added to it so it was a mushy mess. We ordered Bellini’s but no one offered a second round and our glasses sat empty through the entirety of our meal. Will never go here again.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sette has been a favorite for years, but we hadn't been there since Before-Covid (BC). Friends from Texas were visiting and we wanted to have a nice dinner, outdoors, with our group of 8. Sette let us reserve two tables for 4, and told me to make an online reservation for 6 and state in the notes that we would actually be a group of 8. We ate early, and they gave us our pick of tables and lit the heaters all around our two tables. Even the Texas visitors said it was warm enough to eat on Sette's patio, despite the chilly night (40ish degrees). The food was all delicious (calamari, cheese plate, pizza and various pastas) and stayed warm to the end of our meal. By the time we were done, several other groups had been seated, but nobody was within 15 feet of our tables. The service was excellent, and Sette did a great job of making the experience almost as good as BC. We'll be back soon.

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RubyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not really sure why there were such slim pickings on brunch reservations. We got a reservation for 10:30 because it was one of the only ones available, but when we got there the place was practically empty. That being said, their bottomless deal is great. I love that it's not just mimosas.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For appetisers, we picked Potatoes croquettes which I felt could have been done better as the cheese was still solid in the middle and one of the croquette was oddly shaped and burnt.
We ordered wood fired pizza for main course which was well done, unfortunately the toppings weren’t a good blend and was a let down. The chicken parmigiana dish was very authentic with a generous layer cheese and chicken , with the side of very butter broccoli rabe greens and inedible. Overall, I would only recommend this place if you are going for wood fired pizzas and desserts and/or drinks but definitely they could work on their appetisers and sides.

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vipDavidInDC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent service & happy hour prices as always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was really slow. It wasn’t our waitresses fault she was the only one serving about 15-20 tables and working super fast considering. Good drinks!

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our poor waiter was the only person working the patio, which was crowded due to nice weather, but he handled the stress beautifully.

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vipMackinaw
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Not rushed. Nice outdoor patio.

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vipElissaR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had great food and good wine. Service was a bit slow but I think they were pretty overwhelmed on a Tuesday night during COVID. It was the first nice day in a while and tons of people decided to go out to eat and they seemed to have very few staff since business has likely been pretty slow. Our server did great and generally kept drinks flowing. Everyone's dinner had good reviews. Would definitely go back.

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vipEmma
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! The service was very good too!

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BethH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the outdoor dining was safe

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian dishes and attentive service. Also, the propane heaters make the outdoor dining experience so much more comfortable. I’d recommend Sette Osteria to anyone looking for a tasty, laid back Italian dinner.

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You can order delivery directly from Sette Osteria using the Order Online button. Sette Osteria also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sette Osteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 483-3070.

Sette Osteria is rated 4.4 stars by 1214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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