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Tesoro

4.2
304 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
“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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Tesoro offers a wide range of catering options and each is customized to meet your individual needs.
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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 304 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great, reliable restaurant

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was good. Service started out fine but fell off as things went along. Seemed server forgot us and we need to get the attention of another server.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

take pride in food and excellent attentive service

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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 !!

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4.0Dined 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 . 😁😁😁

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Terrible Service and Food. Never going back again.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Reasonably priced menu in a good location. The menu is varied from simple pasta dishes to more adventurous fish and meat dishes. Pasta selections were chosen by two or our three person group. The sauces were interesting and the amount of pasta large. The best of the three meals was a filet or fish. On this particular Wednesday night, the service was slow. I had to get up and visit the bar to coax the second round of drinks that we had ordered 10 minutes earlier.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was delicious and similar to what I've had in Europe. A great find.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Amazing food and even better service. Great prices for the area as well. My only complaint is that there were a few parties smoking while dining on the patio where we were sitting which was not ideal.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2017

It was amazing..great prices for the food.i am a chef and it makes me quite picky so I was very impressed.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Our mistake was to be there at the same time as a large group. it was evident that the restaursnt is not equipped to handle that many people at any one time. Not enough waiters, who tried to do their best, but were overwhelmed. Another example of poor preparation was that at some point another waiter asked us to empty our bread basket so that he could take it and use it for a different table!!!!! Pretty bad,no?
Will not be going back any time soon.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2017

innovative menu, great food. cute street patio. service OK

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2017

Been there before and liked it - food is familiar but not at all boring. Good ingredients and not stingy w/spices. One in our party had fried mozzarella sticks, which can be greasy, but these were terrific! Well-breaded and not a drop of extra oil. Penne Arrabiata was spicy and delicious; veal was tender; Pasta Fagioli (bean soup) is totally authentic and it's almost worth going for that alone. Staff is friendly and helpful but not overwhelming. It was too cold for the outdoor patio, but if you sit there, the Connecticut Ave. streetscape is very nice.

And just so you know - the Tesoro ownership is involved in an organization helping wounded veterans. They've been very committed and keep it up when lots of people have forgotten that vets need ongoing support. One reason we chose it was to patronize a restaurant that shows its values - and these are the best values.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Tesoro can be relied on for recognizable Italian-style food, easy for families and groups. While it may not be at the top of "foodie" lists like its across-the-street neighbor Sfoglina, it's perfectly acceptable and much less expensive.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2017

A local staple. Excellent friendly service! Recommend the seafood fettuccini. Prices are very reasonable.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2017

The food and service were great. We would go back again

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Our server was very friendly and accommodating. The food was good, classic Italian. Portions are huge.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Right down from our house and even if it wasn't, worth the drive to enjoy the home prepared meals. Food is always delicious and the specials are innovative and delicious. Always a pleaser for our out of town guests. Service is superb and the management always attentive.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2017

Have to say it wasn't as good as it has been in the past! But maybe just an off night.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Not sleek or modern, definitely a bit shabby... but we'll come back for the delicious bruschetta/foccacia alone and the food was solid. (E.g., Slightly overcooked but fresh paparadelle with fresh shellfish and fresh spicy tomato sauce. A splurge on a special that was worth the expense.) Seems to have a neighborhood crowd of varying ages, families, couples, groups of friends... We were glad to have stumbled upon it!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

What a wonderful surprise this restaurant was. We thought it would be a good place to have dinner, but it was a Great place.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

I hadn't been to Tesoro in a few years, and was happy to find the food is still good. My favorite dish, Tortellini Tri Colore, remains on the menu! The portions were quite large. Our server was wonderful - attentive, friendly, and unobtrusive.

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2016

The wait staff was excellent (Jovanna), the neighborhood gathering "vibe," and the generally friendly atmosphere a plus.
We started out w/decent drinks and appetizers (Italian mojito was pretty darn good), but the entrees were not to spec. The lamb chops were ok, but cooked a little too well for lamb. The quinoa side underneath was cold. It was purposely served cold, but didn't make sen Jovanna did get it heated up for us, but by then we were not all that wowed. The ravioli/pork loin dish was a little too sweet, and not all that sophisticated but ok. Would definitely come back for drinks and apps.

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1.0Dined on November 29, 2016

Never returning! Calamari soggy! Mozzarella sticks cold! Pasta over cooked & broken! chicken parma disgusting filled w/ fat & tough. Something has changed - even the plates which were smaller yet overly piled!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

It was my second visit and both the food and service were as good as the first time. A varied menu of Italian dishes.

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Mediocre on all fronts. I have been to Tesoro several times and had good meals. This was the exception. All 5 of us had bland pasta dishes.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Visited the area with a large group, and had a wonderful experience. Our servers were excellent and the food was amazing!! Will come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2016

Extremely friendly & courteous staff. Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

Ignazio and his staff make a great meal for a moderate price. It's definitely a one of a kind, Italian Kitchen. This is a great place to dine with family or friends.

Make sure you get the Tiramisu, which is the best I have ever had.

If you like Cognac, ask for the Vecchio Romagno. I like it with just a little ice.

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