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About Sette Osteria

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.

1666 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

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

Brunch: Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm

Dinner: Sun-Thur 4pm -10pm Fri & Sat 5pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
Connecticut avenue and R street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 483-3070

Website:
http://setteosteria.com/

Catering:
Contact the restaurant at 202-483-3070

Parking Details:
Nightly complimentary parking service after 7:00pm - Garage entrance on R street -

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.

Executive Chef:
Fabio Slavatore

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

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.

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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.

Sette Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
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Good for Groups (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
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Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Great for Brunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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Cozy (3)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2015

Went for brunch with a big group and the service was great. Just a little slow at so point but it was busy. The homemade pasta was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2014

Cannelloni was incredible, pizza was great, penne with sauce spicy and fantastic! Even the bread is unique and great! Everyone LOVED the food. Service could be slightly improved. Coffee drinkers want refills.......

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2014

My wife and I went to Osteria Sette for lunch on Christmas day. They were not serving brunch but we didn't really care as we wanted the full lunch menu.
I'm Italian and I've been now in the States for a little bit more than 2 years, still having vivid memories about the italian cusin flavours.
It wasn't my first time at Osteria Sette but, for some reason, I've never tryied anything else but the pizza before (which is extremely good).
This time I wanted to try something a bit more elaborated which will definitely require good italian cuisine knowledge. As appetizers we ordered the Calamarata and the Polipo Mediterraneo which delicate taste was, thank god, not covered with tons of unuseful spices.
As Entrees we ordered the Ravioli della Nonna and the Melanzane alla Parmigiana.
Once again, thanks to the parsimonious usage of spices, we were able to taste the sweetness of the squash, the parfumed sage and the salty parmigiano cheese.
The parmigiana was also made in the traditional way, fried sliced eggplants alternated to layers of mozzarella and tomato sauce(made the traditional way, passed tomatoes, onion, olive oil and salt "NO GARLIC".
To go with the entrees I had a glass of Primitivo (it come from, exactly, the same part of Italy) which I sipped gladly while tasting the parmigiana.
Although I, lately, prefer to grill the sliced eggplant rather than fry it (for an ealthier outcome) I really liked out compact the parmigiana was.
For desert, even if we were already stuffed, we ordered some tiramisu'. I didn't exactly look like an homemade tiramisu' but the mascarpone cream was superbly done and the ensemble was tasteful but not too sweet.
The service was great and punctual (the restaurant wasn't really crowded) and the host, Mr. Zorgani was very cordial and friendly.
I will soon go back to Osteria Sette to try some more dishes hoping to keep on getting the good vibes and delicate tastes I had this time around.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2014

Had a nice lunch w/a friend on Sat at 2 or 3. The restaurant only had one other table so it was quiet but I can see how it would be super busy at night. Enjoyed a glass of pinot grigio and was pleased with the selection of wine both red and white. Shared a grilled octopus salad and pizza with capers and sardines. The crust was nice and crispy. The complimentary bread was hot straight from the oven and delicious with olive oil. It was a chilly day so we asked to sit away from the door and were seated close to the pizza oven. That with a glass of wine and good conversation made it a tasty cozy lunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2014

Food was excellent and for a reasonable price. The service was amazing!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2014

Good food, every bite and dish was a gem. Great wine " they serve Simi cab by the glass for only $9/glass and many other good labels" and superb service. Welcoming and caring management.
No wonder the place is busy !
Really a great value for a perfect evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 14, 2014

Food was very good inventive. Great pizza. Great home made pasta. Bronzino good, calamari great. The staff very accommodating. Got us in and out in time for theater.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 7, 2014

We had a hideous experience at this restaurant. It was so loud and crowded that we could not hear those at our table and we were more than uncomfortable in the extremely tight space. Service was polite but completely overwhelmed. The manager asked all 7 of us to move over / relocate so another table could have more room. We had to use our appetizer plates for our entrees (we were eating family style) because clean plates weren't offered until about 10 minutes after we got our food and we practically had to beg for serving spoons. And the entrees came out before the starters were cleared away. The food was good but impossible to enjoy. I couldn't wait to leave.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Sette Osteria was a recommendation from a friend and what a great suggestion it was. We went on a Friday night with a group of 4 and had a wonderful meal and great service. The prices are excellent too! We will be returning :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 2, 2014

I am very picky with my food. I am Italian born and raised and I don't eat any Italian-American food. I've ordered a prosciutto and arucola pizza and it was wonderful! They even shaved some good Parmesan cheese on it. The wine selection was also good. I couldn't have had a better experience. I will definetly go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Great food for a good price! Good wine list and nice waitstaff

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2014

We came with a group and they accommodated us well. The food is excellent, highly recommend the Penne Russa. Pizzas are super thin with a great crust. Wine list had a lot if things that were different in terms of reds. Great evening out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2014

Took my girlfriend for dinner on a Friday night and it was LOUD. Food was great, but I was expecting a more intimate setting. Was recommended by a friend, but what he neglected to mention was this this is a bustling place. Food was really good, service was decent enough, but the environment threw me off a tad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2014

Nice location, good food. However service needs much improvement. Service was slow but restaurant was not packed at the time we were there. Server did not pay attention to the needs of the table and could have been more pleasant and proactive in his service. We don't want to be rushed but slowness for no reason is not acceptable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2014

The food was good. Desserts kind of disappointed. Place is nice for a casual dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2014

We enjoyed a delicious meal with our college freshman daughter we were visiting. Had a bit of a wait even though we had a reservation which was a bit disappointing. We would, however, dine there again. The food was delicious and it was a lovely evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Our family enjoyed delicious Italian food together. Ambiance was warm and welcoming. We enjoyed wonderful marghareta pizza, beet salad, Seabass, seafood and pasta! Everything we ate was yummy! Birthday celebration was a huge success!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2014

The food and service were both awesome. Our waiter was very attentive and kept us happy. We got chicken alfredo and a margarita pizza. The ingredients in the food were high quality, some of the tastiest grilled chicken I've ever had. It was a kind of noisy, but not loud enough that I couldn't keep my conversation going. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2014

The restaurant was packed - very good impression at the front door with a professional Maitre d' who made sure we had a good table and kept an eye on every table throughout the evening.
Amazing food "special risotto with lamb shank" was very tasty - great wine selection with good prices and of course very good service.
Will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2014

Great night with friends. Excellent wine and salads to start. Dinner was salmon, and pasta dishes for my friends was the pasta with sausage and the broccolini! excellent dish

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2014

Outstanding always there for us but also allowed us to have a private conversation with great food. I will go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2014

I recently made a reservation for 3, specifically requested outdoor seating. On my arrival the host said it would be a 20 minute wait for an outdoor table and that I should've known it was on a first come first serve basis. First of all, how the heck was I supposed to know that without it being stated anywhere in the restaurant disclosures or confirmation, and second, they obvious knew of my request well in advance so why didn't they call or simply accommodate me on a slower Tuesday evening. Not cool.

Furthermore, once we were seated we did not receive service of any sort for 15 minutes. In fact, once orders were placed we didn't see out waitress until we were requesting our bill-seemed as though she thought we hadn't even had our meals.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2014

We found Sette Osteria on Open Table when we were staying in Dupont Circle. We took a chance based on the great reviews and we were so happy we did. I had the pumpkin ravioli and couldn't stop saying how amazing it was. Simply delicious!! Everyone else was very happy with their entrees including chicken parm, spicy sausage with pasta and angel hair with garlic and chicken. The one complaint I would have is the bread. We were given toasted pita bread with oil. Not very appetizing at all. But we saved more room for dinner!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2014

The service was great from the moment we walked in door, and the bottle of wine we ordered was outstanding!

The food was ok. Our table order grilled calamari which was tough, the lasagne was ok and our friend really liked the veal and fries.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Sette does not ever adhere to the Open Table message. I eat here often I always write on the Open TAble reservation: Patio seating. Each time one has to argue about this---I asked for a table on the outdoor patio. You ought to address this concern with them,

The noise level is great on the patio and not so great inside. The food is good bistro food. The sevice is good and the atmosphere is pleasant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2014

Always a good choice in dining here. The food is amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2014

This placed wowed with everything you would want in a restaurant friendly knowledgeable staff, timely food even though it was very busy, great recommendations Pleasing atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2014

We had a wonderful evening sitting on the outside patio. It faces R street so the traffic noise was not too intrusive. Great service, good drinks and wine choices. Enough well prepared options on the menu to make everyone in our group happy. Very nice choice in Dupont for a pleasant dinner and drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2014

Came in for a Brithday gathering with just the girls. We had amazing service and the food was amazing as well!! Want to come back again and try Brunch

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2014

I hadn't been to Sette in several years and had enjoyed it last time. There were 3 of us dining, myself, my husband and 7 year old son. It was a busy Friday night, but we didn't have to wait too long. We sat inside. It was crowded and very loud. Difficult to hear over the noise. I think they were short staffed. We ordered right away, but waited quite awhile for our main courses. Water glasses were not refilled until we flagged the manager. My son's pasta from the children's menu was very spicy and he wouldn't eat it, so we asked the server if they could quickly make him a grilled cheese sandwich. She sneered at us, but took the order. 30 minutes later his sandwich arrived. We spoke to the manager and the spicy pasta was comped.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 5, 2014

Good service and decent Italian food for what is certainly a tourist trap. The complimentary parking after 7:00pm is an added bonus.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2014

Outstanding service, friendly atmosphere, wonderful food... A new favorite!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2014

early dinner with friends. started with awesome pizza. sauce, veggies great way to start with vino. dinner was salmon salad, seafood mix, swordfish. great place and enjoyed sitting outdoors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2014

We had an outstanding meal. My husband and I had the burrata salad special, which was delicious. Ditto for the short-rib ravioli special and the linguine with clams. Both the food and the service were wonderful. We will definitely return.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Good place after a long day of museums--including the Phillips Collection, which is right around the corner. Happy Hour at the bar was fabulous. Nice bartender and great selection of food at very good prices; beer choices somewhat limited. We could have eaten dinner at the bar and been satisfied. Moved to outdoor seating for the "real" dinner. It had been a rainy day and the outdoor seating was still very pleasant and quiet. Nice stemware and linens, varied menu, including a couple of vegan choices. Food OK, nothing memorable. Service very pleasant but hard to get a check. This is a moderately priced restaurant with locals enjoying a quiet dinner. Not dying to go back, but I wouldn't rule it out if I were in the area.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2014

3 people including and Italian from Brooklyn and a long islander - who all know good Italian had dinner. Won't go back unless it's for pizza. The pasta- all three mains- were awful. Service outside was spotty.
That being said nice al fresco dining location

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2014

The bread and salad were good and it was a great place for friends to get together and have a nice meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2014

I found Sette Osteria on a random search for DC's Summer Restaurant Week. And I am so thankful that I did! It is conveniently placed (very close to Dupont Metro), amazing food, great service, and perfect for outdoor dining (which is my favorite - especially on a perfect evening, like we had). I would highly recommend! Because it was Restaurant Week, the place was very busy and we did have to wait for food between courses... but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Portions are a very good size! And the regular menu is large.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2014

The inside dining area seemed much more energetic/lively and my party sat out on the patio. Was very peaceful and easy to have a conversation among all the hustle and bustle around us. Delicious charcuterie variety and the house made past was fantastic! Definitely going to visit again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2014

We ste outside on an unseasonably pleasant August evening. The food was good and fun. yhe pumpkin ravioli with sage butter was the best.

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