Sette Osteria - 14th St

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401 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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BC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great! Food was delicious servers were awesome. It was just very hot inside due to the brick oven pizza they do have put door seating but it was a warm evening as well. So hot inside and hot outside. But I’d go back!

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PJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Phenomenal pasta and service at this great neighborhood place. The night we were there was unusually warm inside the restaurant, which our server explained was attributable to a recent change in the A/C system in the building lessening the cooling to the restaurant. We hope this gets resolved or supplemental AC units brought in.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was not bad, but service was abysmal. We were seated out on the back patio and our waitress seemed to have forgotten we were there. We sat for 25 minutes before someone brought us water and 45 minutes before receiving bread and our first drinks. The waitress and manager were not particularly nice or apologetic about the very lengthy delay.

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T
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was extremely warm for some reason. It made it very uncomfortable to enjoy your dinner.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was as cute as a button!! Pink bubbly was tasty. Carpaccio was delicious. Greek salad and two homemade pastas were excellent. Recommend

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on the patio. Food and drinks were delicious. Everything was great until we saw cockroaches on the ground. Granted, we were outside, but hopefully the restaurant does some bug control.

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FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Branzino and lamb shank were excellent. Service superb.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

1) There was too much noise, maybe something could be done about that; 2) There was no AC (or at least couldn’t perceive it), the restaurant was too hot

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh pasta and lovely service.

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Pretty sure our server was hungover. The raspy voice, confusion, and overall stench of alcohol gave it away. The food was good, but service was horrendous. We watched our server go into the bathroom, change, and leave, all the the while, waiting for our check. We had to go to the bar to get it, which took another 15 mins. Very disappointed in the service and will most likely not be back. Better service with equivalent food or better in the DC area.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was good but it was so noisy one could not hear the person sitting across from you. Parking also a hassle, staff did not know of any garages nearby to park.
I don’t think I will go back
Sandra M

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RC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I ordered a pizza that I was surprised to find didn’t have cheese on it. It was delicious but I was a little disappointed when it came out.

I’m not sure if the menu explicitly said it had cheese but I’d say cheese would be assumed in what a pizza is and it should say if it DOESN’T have cheese...

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CC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening sitting outside at Sette Osteria. The service was attentive and friendly, and the food was delicious! Perfect evening!

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette Osteria is consistently wonderful--the food, the service, and the space itself which makes you feel a part of the vibrant 14th Street community.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best brunch places in the city. I've only been to this location and have no other reason to visit the other; between the amazingly pleasant waitresses, marvelous food and bottomless that includes several choices for a great price, what else could you ask for?

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BK
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was a good option after the parade. I had been here once before and just had pizza and salad. The food is here solid. I certainly wouldn't make a destination however if I'm in the area, and other places are crowded I know this place is here and I can get a decent meal.

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K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was pride, so it was very hot inside and hectic. I didn’t eat much, but what I had was very good. They ran out of all sparkling wine and all draft beer, but like I said, it was not a normal day. We will definitely be back on a normal evening to check it out again.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Hostess was very accommodating. The food was very good and the service was outstanding.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to our large party, even when we had one more than our reservation. He also showed up 30 minutes early and they still seated us. Large selection on the menu – very accommodating to our large party, even when we had one more than our reservation. He also showed up 30 minutes early and they still seated us. Large selection on the menu – Everyone was very pleased with their meal. Very friendly wait staff, and super fast getting her food

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t
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the soft-shell crab, which is hard to find. It came with fresh arugula. Very tasty. Service was outstanding, and the ambiance was very nice (eating outdoors).

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CF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

There is no air conditioner.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
44 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
27 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
13 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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A
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

THE place we go when we crave a good pizza or other Italian food (without a twist, just delicious Italian food). It never disappoints!

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