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Party Size
For 2
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Tesoro.
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Booked 2 times today


302 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (5)
  • Good for Groups (4)
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“An Italian Treasure” located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., provides the perfect setting for routine business lunches, holiday office parties, large family get-togethers or romantic dinners for two. Tesoro offers upscale traditional Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Owner/Chef Ignazio Bonanni has been offering a generous menu of Italian fare in the Washington, D.C. area for over 15 years. His passion for his Italian heritage combined with his emphasis on using only the finest ingredients results in only the most extraordinary dishes. A friendly, competent staff is always available to serve you whether in the dining room or at the well-stocked, comfortable bar. So, if it’s time to make reservations for that special occasion, to schedule your next business lunch or office party, or if you’re just in the mood for a spontaneous family dinner out, visit Tesoro. You will feel like it is your home away from home.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 363-6766
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignazio Bonanni
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Private party facilities
Tesoro welcomes the opportunity to host your next private event. On-site catering available Saturday or Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and off-site catering is always available.
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Private party contact
Ignazio Bonanni: (202) 363-6766
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Tesoro offers a wide range of catering options and each is customized to meet your individual needs.
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Cross street
Yuma St.
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Parking details
Convenient garage parking or street parking.
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Public transit
VanNess Metro Easy Access To Taxicabs Metro Bus
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 302 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

My friend and I had a lovely time. The wait staff was excellent , the food delicious and we were encouraged to sit and chat for as long as we liked.It was a wonderful birthday celebration for my friend We hope to go back to Tesoro in the near future.

Paul (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went with my wife and kids and had a fantastic time. The food was excellent (everything was delicious, and my son said he thought the calamari was the best he ever had) and the service friendly and prompt. Very reasonable prices, especially considering the quality of the food.

amwashingtonDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

My friend and I went to Tesoro for lunch. We were greeted and seated by very courteous staff who helped us to our seats. The service was exceptional. Food served seemed to have been cooked after we ordered (steaming hot, which was most welcome). Throughout the meal the wait-staff continued to serve us most pleasantly. All tables were not taken. The ambiance was extremely appealing. We had a delightful time there. I've been to several restaurants in the DC area for many business lunches and special occasions and would rate this as the best!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

take pride in food and excellent attentive service

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Loved Tesoro! Food was amazing and will be definitely going back!

vipJohn (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Tesoro is an excellent value and a neighborhood gem. The portions are ample and the staff friendly and helpful.

dc4diningout (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve dinner. Nice local place for a quick bite at the bar. But the restaurant needs a pick-me-up. Menus are old and cracking, walls need a paint job; the word "seedy" comes to mind. The food was lackluster. The pasta fagioli was the best item we ordered; very good. The fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad was lovely, but paired with tasteless "winter" tomatoes. The ravioli had unseasoned ground veal. The cream sauce lacked the creamy, buttery flavor we expected. A bit disappointing for a holiday night out.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Hot and delicious. Fresh ingredients... pizza is awesome also the house bread.. service superb thank you for a great lunch Happy holidays !!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

We came in around 10 pm... the place was busy... that's a good sign. I ordered the Ragu vetelo with house made fettuccine it was delicious... my girl friend ordered the fettuccine Mediterrana... it screams seafood.. it was very tasty..termeso for dessert was house made too. Light and not to sweet... also house bread us out of this world . 😁😁😁

vipChucko (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

We were in the neighborhood and Tesoro was across the street. One half of the space is a bar and the main seating area is to the left of the entrance. This is a fairly small restaurant, similar to many on the upper west side of NY.
I ordered the Pollo Il Tesoro and my wife had the Polo alla Regina. As we just came from a art opening we did not have any of the appetizers and we are also attempting to lose weight. The Polo Il Tesoro came with pasta. The sauce for the chicken was also used on the pasta. The chicken was very tasty the by using the Il Tesoro sauce the pasta was not overpowered. My wife's chicken was served with spinach. Everything was done properly. When we are back in this area we will stop in again for dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

While the food was fairly good, the service was poor. I was quite disappointed with the overall experience.

Elizabeth (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Terrible Service and Food. Never going back again.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Tesoro is consistently good. The owner and the staff are welcoming and helpful. The chef doesn't mind creating something not on the menu (within reason if they have the ingredients). We love this place.

misrepresented (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Generally, we really like this restaurant. However, on Sunday evening (Oct 22) it was a very different experience. We had made a reservation for 6:30. When we arrived we noticed that there were several tables set up for a large group. But the waiter said that the group would not arrive until 7:30. So we thought it would be OK. We sat down and the waiter recommended a bottle of wine. We thought it was the same one we had had on several previous occasions. It must have been a different year because to tell the truth it was horrible. The veal marsala that I ordered had very watery sauce. I had wanted a pasta with white sauce but the waiter said that the pasta would be in the sauce. Then the large group arrived at 7. There were only two servers working with quite a few tables. By the time we tried to pay our bill, we waited an eternity. We finally stood up and went to the credit card machine to pay the bill. We had a gift certificate. It took a while for the waiter to figure out how to use the gift card and charge the rest of the bill. What we are trying to say is that we don't understand why the system took our reservations when there were only two servers on staff and a large group expected. Also, if the recommended wine is a different year, then it should not be suggested. And when asking for pasta with white sauce, it should be allowed.

Chris (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing restaurant. Loved the quality, homemade pastas and fresh ingredients. Produce from Italy and cheese from Wisconsin, Tesoro knows how to make it right. I made a reservation for 7 and the whole group loved it, from wine and appetizers to dessert. The staff was amazing; friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this place to everyone.