Sette Osteria - 14th St

4.4
380 reviews
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Sette is Italian for seven, the traditional "lucky" number. The restaurant design is comfortable with a traditional Italian tone, exposed bricks, and with a great " warm 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 pizza station viewable by guests.

The best decor in a restaurant is people. Windows give guests a view of the active passing scenes on busy 14th street. And, people walking by are able to view a very inviting and appealing restaurant. The decor is rustic and appealing but still carries a theme of sophisticated Italian culture and international buzz.
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CF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined at the P Street location and the food was excellent. The server was just fine, quite friendly and competent. Sadly it was a hot night and the air conditioning didn't work...but sitting outside was actually better than in as the inside is always DARK and WAY TOO NOISY. We love this place and have dined here before but would love if it they added something, fabric or anything, to soften the overwhelming noise.

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DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Would appreciate if the servers would make customers aware of items on the menu that are missing or that you don’t have. Save me the trouble of expecting to be able to order it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

There is no air conditioner.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful service and food is always outstanding. We love both locations in DC

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t
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melissa was a great server.
Seafood Linguini was to die for. Get it with the spicy sauce :)

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P
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Sette!

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K
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Dinner was great, however my only issue was I went during Happy Hour and was not given a Happy Hour menu. I asked our waiter about it and apparently it was only at the bar. I went a week earlier on the same day around the same time and was given the Happy Hour menu at a table so I was very confused on why there was a difference. Food was still amazing but it seemed odd to me that Happy Hour wasn't throughout the entire restaurant.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Worth noting that happy hour hours are extended at the bar only

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Manager was great! Food and service is always very good!

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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and food! Manager was amazing and was very accommodating

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I will be frank, the food was so bland. The tiramisu was the only good thing. This was the second and last time I went. This time we ordered the chicken Alfredo, fettuccine alla bolognese, and the lasagna. Last time we ordered the cannelloni di ricotta e spinach and tagliolini con pesto. Both times the food has been bland. It is sad to call it Italian cuisine. The Alfredo sauce was so gross. It was soupy. I’m convinced it came straight from a can. I’m mostly sad about the food. You shouldn’t have to salt/pepper/cheese your food down. Olive Garden would actually have been better. I’ll stick to acqua al 2 or Sfoglina. Ambiance doesn’t exist here. It is so loud. I’m sure because of the great late night happy hour deals. Our reservation was for 8:30. Service was painfully slow and mediocre. For three people the bill was only 125, including a 25%tip, so you get what you pay for. Won’t return.

Sette Osteria - 14th St
Responded on April 30, 2019

Dear guest, I'm honestly disappointed that you feel this way about us. Our pastas are normally very popular with our guests and especially the Italian ones... I want to assure you that our dishes are made fresh with quality ingredients and our Italians chefs are committed to excellence and consistency that explains our popularity... I sincerely hope you'll return so that we can find some options on our menu that leave you feeling truly impressed. All the best, Mehdi, GM

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The noise level was a bit much but we were able to sit on the patio which was perfect

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RB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was phenomenal and the food was delicious! Will definitely be back for brunch.

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GS
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delightful menu with a great selection of Italian favorites. Antipasti, Pastas as well as meat and fish selections. Everyone was happy with their choice and all the food was well prepared. Definitely worth a visit

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really nice Italian to suit all tastes. Situated in a great area

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for a party of 4 and after about 45mins of waiting for our food our waiter told us that the kithen was backed up but it should be out shortly - no problem, it was a brunch hour we can wait. Around the 1h15 mark, he came back up frustrated that our food wasn't out and expressed that he was going to speak with his manager about a comp. The manager never came to our table, never expressed any interest in making up for our experience. Around the 1h30 mark, I went down to the bar and spoke with our server and asked if it would just be better if we left since he still couldn't tell us when our food would be out. He went again to speak with the manager, who still didn't offer to come speak with us directly. It was unfortunate because the waiter was doing all he could, the manager should have actually done his job and taken care of our table and he chose not to.

Sette Osteria - 14th St
Responded on April 10, 2019

I'm beyond disappointed to hear about your most recent experience at our 14TH ST location, Morgan ! I'm sorry that you were not shown the kind of attentive, friendly service that you deserve. Thank you for following up with this honest review so that I can address this with the team. I know we can and will do better in the future. Please contact me at mzorgani@setteosteria All the very best, Mehdi, GM

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Do not come here with a big group. I reserved a group for 14 four days before and they did not have the staff to take care of us. It literally took us close to two hours to get our food and three hours to get our check. Don’t do it.

Sette Osteria - 14th St
Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you for stopping by ! I sure do wish we'd been able to make a better impression here, as I know that we're capable of more. I hope we get the chance to show you that sometime in the future to WOW you. Meanwhile, i d like to gather more details, please contact me at your convenience. Thank you -Mehdi, GM

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RE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quaint location with great, no frills Italian food. Perfect for group of 2-4.

Sette Osteria - 14th St
Responded on April 10, 2019

We truly appreciate the feedback, and we're excited you had such a wonderful time with us, Thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Mehdi, GM

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m
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Our food was good. Our service was awful. The maître d was unfriendly and snobbish. When we were seated, they were only able to provide us with one menu and promised to bring two more for our party of three. They never did. Not a big deal but the service just declined from there. We waited 30 minutes before anyone even took our drink order. Then our drinks sat empty for another 30 minutes before we finally chased down a server to order refills.

I brought friends here from out of town and was embarrassed and disappointed that this was their DC dining experience. I'll never go back. Too many interesting places on 14th Street to waist time at a place with bad service.

Sette Osteria - 14th St
Responded on April 10, 2019

Mary, I'm truly disappointed to hear about your most recent experience. Thats not the typical level of service we are committed to offer - Our guests deserve better, and I really do hope you'll come back so that we can deliver the same experience you are accustomed to. Meanwhile, can you please share with me more details so i can look into it right away - I appreciate your time and i really appreciate your support and business. Hope to hear from you, Mehdi, GM

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food and drinks. Service was ok but slow. And it was extremely loud, so we had to talk loudly to carry on a conversation. All in all a very good meal, but some shortcomings.

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AH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The chicken milanese was delicious and came in huge portions, but the pasta was average and a few of the pastas dishes lacked any significant flavor.

The ambiance was exceptionally loud but not in a busy or "energetic" way, but more in that the acoustics of the dining room are terrible and all of the voices echo off of the low ceiling extremely loudly. I definitely don't recommend if you're hoping to have conversation with your group - we decided to go elsewhere for dessert because we couldn't hear each other at all and were tired of trying to shout over the noise.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They tried to seat 6 of us at a four top booth in the middle of the walk thru at bar area and stuck a tiny table and chairs on the end.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service would def go back again.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time going here. First time we came for dinner and had pizza with beet salad. Everything was delicious. Second time was for brunch. Poached eggs were delicious, so was the Nutella flatbread (but I wish they had put more strawberries than bananas). Frittata was good too but the other two were much tastier. Service was excellent and everyone was super accommodating about me bringing a two month old baby. Next time I hope to try the pasta.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been for both happy hour and dinner. The food is delicious, the service attentive without being annoying, and affordable. This is my new neighborhood go-to in the neighborhood for Italian

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B
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious mushrooms & ravioli, salmon, and pasta with clams.
Reasonable price!
Great pre-theater dinner.

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i
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Over all very good. Salad and pizzas were very good so was desert. The second time we went to eat and the only real issue is the noise. Very hard to have a conversation.

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R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice space and good food and service. We had dinner before going to Studio Theater down the street. Great choice

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L
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is yummy but we didn't get seated for almost a half an hour after our reservation time, and it took around 45 minutes for our food to come out after we ordered. Service was terrible. While the waitress was kind, she never checked in on our table and we had to ask multiple people for the check, which eventually showed up. Ambiance is trendy and while I would recommend this as a great weeknight date spot, I won't be returning on the weekends. The restaurant was too loud and it was impossible to have a conversation.

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BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was decent. I didn’t enjoy the apple tart. It wasn’t warm and the taste and texture were disappointing. Overall, we had a good time.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice server

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LT
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Avoid the noisy trendy spots on 14Th and come here for home made pasta and great prices
And you can actually have a conversation here

Host is a REAL Italian - from Milano
Ciao !

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent! I would go back any time and recommend it to anyone.

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i
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good and fairly reasonably priced. The service was good. Our biggest issue was just the noise level we were hardly able to hear each other speak.

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was fabulous. The service was a little slow, but still did not detract enough to take away anything but five stars!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got there early, 6:15 and it was empty, everyone was extremely hospitable. Filled up by 7:15pm and still hospitable but loud. Food was delicious.

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LA
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a pre-theatre dinner there and the food was excellent. Unfortunately, things got crowded and after speedy service of our salads and entrees, dessert disappeared and we had to cancel them after waiting 40 minutes. The staff was very apologetic and I would certainly eat there again.

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Very noisy and our waitress was not attentive. Food is excellent, but there are many options with better service in the U Street area.

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NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Pasta was cooked perfectly and the service was prompt and unobtrusive.

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