Sette Osteria

4.5
908 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 4pm

Brunch: Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm

Dinner: Sun-Thur 4pm -10pm Fri & Sat 4pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(202) 483-3070
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fabio Slavatore
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Catering
Contact the restaurant at 202-483-3070
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Connecticut avenue and R street
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Parking details
Nightly complimentary parking service after 7:00pm - Garage entrance on R street -
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Public transit
Red Line Dupont Circle stop; exit onto Q street (north end of station) and walk one block north on west side of Connecticut to Sette Osteria.
We are on the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue and R Street, two blocks north of Dupont Circle (formerly the location of the Janus movie theaters). Sette Osteria next to G-Star/ Emporium 2050.
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Special events & promotions
Let us assist you in arranging your next special event at Sette osteria. It will be our pleasure to help you coordinate all the essential elements of your event in order to ensure an unforgettable affair. Our General Manager Mehdi Zorgani will ensure that your experience is enjoyable and that the planning process is efficient.

Consider Sette osteria for all styles of events such as Birthday celebrations, corporate affairs, holiday receptions, product launches, Bar Mitzvahs, networking receptions and other special events. Our unique setting will allow us to accommodate any type of event from intimate dinner party of 2, up to large receptions of 150 guests.

Private dining and semi private dining available seven days a week brunch, lunch and dinner. Audio visual capabilities available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Let us assist you in arranging your next special event at Sette osteria. Our unique setting will allow us to accommodate any type of event from intimate dinner party of 2, up to large receptions of 125.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

WILL BE OPEN ON 11/21 & 11/22 FROM 12PM-9PM SERVING OUR REGULAR MENU ALONG WITH A FESTIVE HOLIDAY SPECIALS - SWEET POTATO SOUP - BURRATA - WOODFIRED OVEN ROASTED TURKEY - LAMB SHANK RISOTTO -HOMEMADE PUMPKIN RAVIOLI - GRILLED SALMON HUZELNUT CRUST....GLUTEN FREE AND VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE...ET

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 908 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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OT
Denver
1 review
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
22 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
63 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
37 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
36 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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DP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food. The servise was under the expectations. No reasons to go a second time here.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Nice outdoor patio area! Free garage parking which is great for DC!

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DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Loud and fun, good for a group. Wanted to sit outside but the tables were full. Good solid Italian and fair prices. Even took the kids on a Sat night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Good food, but service was very slow. Did not fit into 1 hr lunch.

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KE
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for the amazing meal and hospitality!! We were from out of town celebrating a birthday and you made it a great way to end our day in DC!!

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HC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday and it was just right! Delicious and we had a wonderful time!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was on point and the food was delicious. The Waiting staff were very gracious. We enjoyed our experience.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent lunch. Added (fabulous) steak to arugula/fennel salad. Very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service. So good, I went back for dinner. (It happened to be Restaurant Week!) The burrata appetizer was perfection on a plate, and the hazelnut-crusted salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service. This is a great place for lunch or brunch. Everything was tasty, but I wish they do not use that much oil. Next time I will ask to hold the oil on everything and bring on the side. This includes the bread. Outside of that, great food and staff. Free valet parking also.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Patio was great - manager great!! Food was amazing!! Only issue - our waitress was to fast in beginning wanting our food order at same time as drink order - and then we never saw her again - had to ask the manager to bring wine when dinner arrived - 1/2 way through the meal we finally received our wine - other than that it was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The calamari was excellent. The filet was good. My wife's past seafood was terrible she asked for some marina sauce to make it taste better..was told there would be an extra charge. Ludicrous . I said take it all back. They then had to make her another dish. Which was mediocre at best. A shame other food was good

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Went there with my family and my daughter got the kids pizza. Outstanding margherita style! I had the fettucini bolognese which was the best I've had. Was flavorful and a good amount. Wife had pasta with grilled chicken. The sauce on all three dishes were very good! Outstanding service on the nice patio made for a perfect meal.

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GS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were excited to try Aster reading reviews but were greatly disappointed, first by the service and then by the food. My wife likes only fruit and wine in Sangria and since there was not a description on the menu asked or waitress who said that was all there was and then we find out by asking someone else on the staff that it has brandy and pineapple juice. The buffala mozzarella was very tasty but the rest of the food was just ok

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MT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pizza and pasta! Am picky, so take my word for it. A friend who’s Italian says he takes his family there when they visit - that pretty much sums it up, no?

They could add a vegetarian or veg logo on dishes though. Always go back here when craving good pasta.

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had a different dish and all were delicious. Highly recommend for a well priced, good dinner. The service was equally as good.

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ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Normally I like Sette Osteria but we had a terrible experience with service. Waiter brought the salad my friend and I were sharing without extra plate (we used bread plates) AND brought my entree at the same time. I asked him to keep that warm and he took it back.
The second we were done with our salad, my pasta came back. No entree for my friend. We waited and waited -- 20 minutes as my pasta got cold. Asked the waiter to check on hers and he disappeared. Manager came by to see if everything was "great" and we told her... she took my pasta away for the second time as it was now cold.
She offered a free dessert but we said we didn't want dessert -- we just wanted our meal.
Finally our food arrived - together.
Then, when we were done, waiter slapped down an enormous piece of tiramisu "on the house" - along with our check. We each had a bite - but didn't want dessert at all, much less not getting a choice of dessert. No apologies - ever.
And no discount on the bill at all.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Outdoor seating is reason we went. Food ok. Inside noisy by typical pizzaria

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D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Quality meal. Delicious flavors. Able to accommodate for vegan diet. I’d gladly eat here again.

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DT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My friend and I had reservations for an early Friday evening dinner. My friend is in a wheelchair and they accommodated us very nicely and easily, which was a good plus. We shared a salad and we each had an entree, mine grilled swordfish and hers veal picatta. The salad came out without the extra plate we had asked for when ordering, although one was provided when we asked again for it. Then the entrees came out less than 5 minutes after the salad. When I said that was too quick, we wanted to enjoy our salad first, the waitress said, "but I have the entrees here," when she should have offered to take them back to the kitchen. We accepted them and put our salads off to afterwards. To her credit, the manager apologized and asked what she could do to make it up to us - we declined to ask for any kind of comp - and service for the remainder of our meal was excellent. My friend reported that the veal picatta was quite tasty, but very tough. My swordfish was properly cooked, but too salty. I will go back at least once sometime, as these problems may have been one-offs, and the ambiance is very pleasant. If I have a better experience the next time, I'll update the review.

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite of ours in theDupont Circle area. Great sangria & pizza!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty but there was a piece of Brillo pad in my pasta.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! It did not change my world, and was not something completely different from what I have had before, but it was delightful. We ate brunch outside, and the service was wonderful. Each of us did the bottomless brunch option. Many times when I have gone to bottomless brunch at other restaurants, they are extremely strict regarding the timing of when bottomless will end. I did not find this to be the case. Also, the server was very attentive with both food and drinks, without being pressuring! Often, at bottomless brunches, service noticeably starts to slow after a couple of refills or after you have been served your meals. It was a nice place to enjoy a nice, leisurely brunch with some good friends. There were also plenty of great options for vegetarians! The overall value was impressive.

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RH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the food and drink .. it was superb . I would definitely visit again .. The service and the staff were excellent .

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was okay. The lasagna was pretty good but at $19 it is expensive. We also had a half craft of red sangria which was pretty good. I wouldn’t go back but don’t regret going.

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BF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been to Sette many times. Food is always good as is the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect environment for a casual date night. The pasta is either made in-house or brought in fresh. We had the Cozze amd beef carpacio for an appetizer; perfect combination! The standard classic dishes are impressive amd thr specials all look delicious and well-made. We highly recommend sharing a half-liter carafe of the sangria or whole bottle of wine between 2-3 people. It will last you the entire meal if you savor it with the food. The tiramisu is to die for. Reasonably priced for anybody's budget amd the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu options.

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DS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sette has consistently good food as a neighborhood spot. And their service is usually very good. So definitely would recommend to

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NY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Server was excellent.
Front of the house was not friendly, nor apparently listened to me when I advised we had a reservation as they reported to Open Table that we never showed up. His response, when I said hello, gave him my name, spelled my last name and stated we had a reservation, was to only say, "There is a 20-30 minute wait for outside; we can seat you inside now." Gee. Ok. Thanks. Nice to see you, too. (We never requested outside.) We were promptly seated by the entrance to the kitchen. Waited quite a few minutes for server to appear, but once she was there, she was excellent throughout the evening, in every way.
My veal piccata entree and my companion's sardine appetizer were both excellent. My caesar salad and his carbonara were both under-seasoned, and forgettable. We had a nice bottle of wine and we enjoyed ourselves, so it was a nice evening, but I think I would try somewhere else next time.

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual sidewalk dinner. Delicious food and excellent service from Ms M.

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W
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, however we had just received our appetizer when the entree was brought out. They did take the entree away and as far as we are aware it was remade because both of us had ordered pasta and it was very fresh when it came out.
Would definitely go back again because it was overall a really good experience.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The place is large with indoor and outdoor seating. Staff rushing to and fro constantly. Were they understaffed? The most redeeming factor was that the food was excellent.

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DL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sette's Aperol spritz cocktails are JUST the thing for a hot summer night! I have been going here for years and can always count on Sette's tasty specials. The wine menu is very good and wait staff are personable and don't rush patrons through meals, which is nice.

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