Sette Osteria - 14th St

4.3
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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, 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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great vibe and value for the price, and the food was also great. I would recommend this restaurant for brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The drinking limit is 2 hours. We were just a couple minutes over that and the server wouldn’t refill our drinks. Even thought it was a couple minutes over. The restaurant wasn’t even busy at the time. That is ridiculous and seems silly considering we drank very slowly. That is why we have 3 stars.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the experience was very good. Good portion and value.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was calm and enjoyable. 10/10 would eat here again!

a
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great! Our server was a little absent-minded and was having a hard time managing the requests for our large party. But the rest of the staff was phenomenal and very accommodating.

TM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very pleased with overall service & experience. The wait staff handled our large group very well.

LT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to go! The food was fantastic- especially the gnocchi! It was a quiet setting, with the exception of the group I was with. We loved every second of being there! Service was AMAZING.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Thought it was absolutely unnecessary to make me wait at the bar for my party to arrive in a completely empty restaurant at 11:30 am.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

When we split the bill, we all found our credit cards were actually charge the full bill amount. We’ve emailed them but have not heard back yet and it has now been a week.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed on the time it was supposed to be open.

VC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Fun environment with reasonably priced bottomless drinks. Food is OK but there is a brunch and a lunch menu which provide endless options. The service was really great and they were very accommodating. I would recommend this for a fun time but not necessarily for an amazing culinary experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience. Water guy was the fastest I’ve ever seen

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow but place was busy. Good and drinks were excellent. The bathrooms were not clean. Very disgusting that it could not be looked after and cleaned more often. Please do something about that since women and men share the restroom.

CJ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice room. Burrata was a bit rubbery. The amatriciana sauce tasted like spaghettios, a big letdown since we had not seen it on any menu outside of Rome. The chicken Milanese was dry and tasteless and served with tartar sauce. The entrees were brought to the table a few minutes after the pasta course was served, a real lapse in service. Veal piccata was fine. Too many deficiencies to give it a second try

RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Mediocre food, horrible service and deafening noise level.

LH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

While the service was really slow (even though they had plenty of staff and very few diners, the food was good and fairly priced.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Excellent food. Fun New Years Eve decorations.

JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Admittedly, we were there on Christmas, a tough night, but service was CRAZY slow. Food was so-so.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went in Christmas night. Had a wonderful Christmas meal. Lobster ravioli was cold for my daughter. Staff replaced it with a completely new dish of lobster ravioli nicely warmed. Service was very good. Overall very pleased with this restaurant

RW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Xmas meal, lovely service and good food. Enjoyed the Brussel sprouts.

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Great food, cozy spot, horrible service.

JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall the food quality was good with authentic Italian fare. Servers we accommodating. The dining tables and chairs could get an upgrade. A lot of wobbly furniture.

LJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I normally would not leave a review but this situation warrants it. The "Thanksgiving dinner" was HORRENDOUS. Please hire a real chef that knows how to prepare Thanksgiving dinner if you're going to offer such a thing. The sweet potato soup was terrible, and the spices used in the dinner were equally terrible. The desert "apple pie" seriously looked like a pile of cow manure and tasted equally lame. The price was also extremely high given the crappy food quality.

On the plus side the drinks were great and the atmosphere and staff were equally great. I'm sure your Italian food is just fine, but you're way out of your league offering this kind of Thanksgiving dinner.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a very nice time - not overly busy but still a very nice meal.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal and restaurant, noise level is really high

MT
New England
110 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Grilled calamari was excellent. quality of the food was very good.
Service was not very friendly, but attentive. But, it was a bad luck night apparently. water spilled because of an uneven table that rocked, so we asked for another table. no problem.
my guest ordered the eggplant. they kitchen sent lasagna. he sent it back and got the eggplant. (they did look alike) , but when it came the edges were hot and center was cold. they must have premade and reheated. we just didnt have luck here. but they were good to try to make it right. i have to rate this as we experienced it.
the only constructive criticism outside of this i would offer is regarding the Buratta. the dish was quite small for a dinner item and should be under appetizer. or side. for the size and price, it is not a meal... but it is VERY good. the bratta cheese is excellent, and balsamic reduction very good. perfect as a small side or salad type.

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service

TL
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

We were there during a slow time, so service was good. The food was good as well. Not the best Italian restaurant, but it was better than the national chains and we enjoyed our meal.

t
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sette is one of our go-to places on 14th Street. Food and service is good and eating out on the terrace is great when the weather is good. Great place to have a pre-theater dinner.

LM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Brunch was a great value — sparkling apple cider was a great fall brunch cocktail addition!

KB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and good food at fair price.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brought my family from out of town and it was delicious!

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow/nonexistent.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food, and a lovely atmosphere. What else could you ask for?

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Our server was exceptional. The first three bottles of wine we ordered they were out of. Not sure how an Italian restaurant is out of three different wines on a Saturday night early in the month. Again our waitress was very nice about it and saved what could have been three patrons walking out

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table and food and service

LC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta at a great price! The perfect setting for our ladies night

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

It was extremely hot inside, felt like no a/c on a 90° day. And food lacked seasoning/flavor.

J
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MY FAMILY AND I HAVE BEEN TO SETTE MANY TIMES AND WILL CERTAINLY BE BACK

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We were really disappointed. The waitress was incredibly inattentive and unfriendly and the food was quite bland and oily. Overall, a waste of an evening and $100 better spent elsewhere.

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