Cesco Osteria

4.3
1158 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
CESCO OSTERIA is open for indoor and outdoor dining 12-9pm Mon-Fri, 5-9 Sat. Closed Sundays. Cesco Osteria combines unparalleled Tuscan-inspired cuisine from multi-award winning Chef Francesco Ricchi. CESCO offers casual and white tablecloth dining options as well as lounge-style seating, plus the spectacular Terrazzo CESCO for unique al fresco dining and libations.
For over 30 years Chef Ricchi has been dazzling guests with his Italian cuisine. He has earned dozens of awards including Best New Restaurant in the US; Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in North America; Best Italian Restaurant and Zagat Distinction.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1158 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charlotte75
New England
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met local friends here while visiting Bethesda. Sat outside and enjoyed wonderful wine & food on a beautiful June night.

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vipvalueman
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wild boar with fettuccine is EXCELLENT. Always get it. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Rude service , extremely insulting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was disappointing even though I gave them 20% tips. For such beautiful place you would want think better service. There were no menu for drink, nothing like bread you get before your food. The food I go was very small compare to the price of it. But it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a platter!

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AnnaR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was surprised at how pleasant the outdoor dining was. The restaurant, like so many others, is struggling to hire enough staff. Service was very pleasant if slow. The food took a long time to arrive but was hot and delicious when it arrived. I would definitely return.

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Marcus
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was slow and almost non existent. No wine knowledge from the server. Steak was supposed to be medium rare but was so charred I literally couldn’t eat it. Tried putting some tobasco on and it didn’t help. Worst 42$ steak I’ve ever bought. And I guess arugula is a side now a days, since that’s all the fish and the steak came with, not an arugula salad, just arugula on the plate.

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vipBKGilchrist
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Usually very good, for both for the food and service, the service was terrible last night, in addition, it was hot in the restaurant. They were obviously overbooked.

While our dinner took almost two hours, it got so warm, I lost my appetite.

The poor couple next to us, who was celebrating their anniversary waited over 30 minutes for their first drink. It was their first time there so my husband and I repeatedly told them to be patient and said it might be a good idea to order their dinner the same time the ordered their drinks. They eventually got their food as we were leaving, and it looked delicious, just as ours was.

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vipFoodMaven
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good but not special. The service was slow but that is because we’re short waitstaff everywhere in Bethesda. Not really sure I will go back. there’s nothing wrong, or bad. but I expect food I can’t make at home at that price point

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vipChristinaG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, good food. Great service. Will go back. Great for large parties

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LorenaA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to celebrate our daughter graduation and we had a good time, all the dishes we order were delicious amd the bread was warm and fresh.

Over all nice place for a cozy celebration

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Allison
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious. the vegetable soup /stew, the salad with blue cheese and roasted pear, the wine selection...and can we talk about the desert? Everyone I was with loved their food. Wonderful vegetarian options.

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CarlaL
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesco is where we celebrate all important dates in our lives!

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RobinB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, and the service was very good. This restaurant has a beautiful dining room with great ambiance. However, I did notice that a number of the light bulbs were not working, so that might be a task for the maintenance person at some point soon. This was our first visit and would recommend to others, we will be back again! Thanks for a nice evening.

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Anne
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've had food from Cesco Osteria three times in the month of May. Each time, the food was outstanding. The wine list is superb and the wait staff just great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta, excellent service!

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vipLauraS
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate at Cesco for the first time in over a year. We ate on the outside patio. The food was excellent, much better than it had been when we last ate there. Our server was attentive, wore a mask (as did other staff) while we were there, and made sure we felt welcome and comfortable. We will eat there again soon.

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steve
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample outdoor seating, very good food and nice sized portions.

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vipBKGilchrist
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go for any occasion. The food is always fabulous, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and Elaine always greets usby name and chats if she has time/or not if you just want to be together. Francesco is still behind the scenes always preparations and presenting delicious food!

There is a nice vibrant bar area, outside seating and capacity for event planning of all kinds.

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vipMichelleR
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cant wait to return and refreshing to see how knowledgeable in wines in food and kind our waiter Reynoldo was with us. Very happy with our first visit. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining experience was great

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vipJuliaG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had a nice Mother’s Day dinner in most ways, but food was mediocre.

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vipSynergy1
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a nice Mother’s Day Brunch there. Food was good and service was accommodating. Still would have liked some breakfast food options...

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AmanC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was very slow despite having a reservation in advance.

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viprobFT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately they were obviously understaffed and overwhelmed. It took 30 minutes to have a server even approach and at one hour we had a drink. Nothing else. After finding a manager it still was slow. The entrees were good. Just spending an hour and a half waiting for food and having no drinks etc. Manager did nothing for us too. Made it a pretty bad experience. Not sure I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It look forever to be served. The waiter wouldn’t stop by. The food was suspect. They seemed quite disorganized and/or understaffed. Would likely not return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was okay. Not great but some good and some average. Service uneven and not attentive. Waited 20 min to get check. No one asked how our dinner was or checked in after serving the meals. No asked about coffee or dessert.

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michaelw
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was fabulous and we will definitely go back. However, the room was packed, beyond what is acceptable for Covid. We accepted a table off in the corner but won’t go back until it’s possible to eat outdoors.

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vipLisaF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food as always was fantastic , they were very understaffed, and there is no way they were at 50% capacity! The dining room was packed. We never got our bread, clean silverware etc. Understaffed! The 3 waiters for the whole dining room were overwhelmed.

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BethesdaM1ke
Washington DC
167 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. The service was a bit slow due to less than full staffing. The staff was courteous and working very hard. We enjoyed our dinner very much and were pleased this very good restaurant was staying busy.

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vipC21998
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We made reservations for 5:30 pm the Sat. night before Mother's Day. Guillermo was our waiter. We came for the pasta which we had heard was excellent. The servings were plentiful and the pasta was delicious. The atmosphere was upscale and quiet. We'll definitely return.

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vipKarinaN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Our server was wonderful and the restaurant overall was nice. But the food was not tasty at all. We left most of it on the plate, it tasted like leftover food that was re-heated. And it was quite pricey. We will not be going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic 5 star.italian restaurant.

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astroguy
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Squash Ravioli was the best pasta dish I have ever tasted. Home made pasta made the difference. The Salmon was perfect. will go back soon. Moderate price if you do not buy wine

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We left after 45 minutes of no service at all. Someone at a table near us waited over 2 hours for entrees, and others waited 30 mins for menus

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vipjules
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Super busy and service was a bit slow but food was great!

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TMBC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

May 1st was my birthday and I wanted authentic Italian food. Our server was Guillermo, he was phenomenal. The food was delicious and the restaurant was very nice and comfy!!! Thank you for making my birthday a delicious and fun day!

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SR404
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, nice outdoor patio. Food and wine selections were good.

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vipESMWCL
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great to rediscover this lovely spacious restaurant after the long hiatus. The food is still excellent and their marvelous veteran waitstaff still attentive and friendly. The patio worked well and was comfortable but not as comfortable as inside (of course).

FAQs

Cesco Osteria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cesco Osteria also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 654-8333.

Cesco Osteria is rated 4.3 stars by 1158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.