Assaggi Osteria

4.3
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1397 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the heart of McLean Square, Assaggi Osteria is a neighborhood staple for upscale, regional Italian cuisine from executive chef Matteo Venini.

Adjacent to the refined osteria, Assaggi Pizzeria offers Neapolitan pizzas and small plates in a casual, modern setting. Both concepts offer a full bar with an extensive selection of Italian wines, as well as beer and cocktails.

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Enjoy our Happy hour from 3.30 to 5.30 at the bar or patio.
glass of wine at 7$ and signature cocktails at 8$
Mini margherita pizza and other appetizers from 8$.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious seafood and healthy entree and appetizers. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable wait staff. Good service. A great local restaurant.

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BuonaSera
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We are long-standing customers and have always enjoyed both food for being fairly authentic italian as well as chatting with the staff. We stopped going over a year ago as we found the quality of food had declined. Glad to say that the pasta dish was an improvement on the last one and the pizza is very good. If they extended their HH to 7pm we would definitely stop by again.

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CarloC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are exceptional!

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hi CarloC Thanks . Looking forward to seeing you again soon

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vipVASFfan
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time at the restaurant, first time for my wife. From start to finish, the food was superior. My wife especially loved her scallops main course, and my veal marsala was excellent. We only split a gelato for dessert, but it was very good gelato. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant has an excellent wine list, though more diverse price points might be appreciated (for example, many of the Italian reds are $100 and above).

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are glad that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipd2eberle
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here several times over the past number of years, and we are never disappointed. The hand-made pasta is fantastic, and the sauces are incredible each and every time. Cannot recommend this locals place enough.

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are glad that you have been enjoying our hand made pastas for years.

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Sally
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I've had much better meals at this restaurant. It has gone down hill. I was very disappointed. Prices are quite high for the quality level of the food.

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vipPatv
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was friendly and professional. Pasta home made and very good. Seafood stew loaded with seafood.

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 27 February 2020

Hi Patv, Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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vipWendyS
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go across the bridge to a McLean for Assaggi. Wish they were back in Bethesda. Fried artichokes and veal ravioli were superb!

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vipCaniche
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a friend for dinner there. Great meal - we each ordered the Branzino and then split an order of risotto. The food and service were terrific. Look forward to coming back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The hostess (a red haired 50 year old woman) provided service akin to a disgruntled teen working at Applebee’s. She started off our night so unpleasantly it was hard to come back from. We came on 2/14/20. Will not return. Terrible representation of the restaurant - she should absolutely be replaced. The pasta sauce lacked salt and the branzino was dry.

UPDATE:

I am following up my earlier review of this establishment. The manger Billy asked me to follow up on my comments about the subpar experience I had at the hand of their “seasoned” hostess via email. Upon explanation of my complaint he asked ME to be more understanding of what I perceived was rude and ageist behavior at the hands of their red haired 50+ yr old hostess as she has never had a complaint evidently. I can be understanding when people make HONEST mistakes but not when they are done in malice and are intentional in nature (I was not alone during this experience and my counterpart felt exactly the same way). Alas, I was then asked to REMOVE my review of my experience. My experience has further diminished upon further conversation with “management.” Poorly run establishment. A genuine apology would have sufficed.

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 1 March 2020

--Take Time To be a Kind Human Being-- We are writing in response to your DISCRIMINATING review. No matter how old you are (FYI she is 36 not 50) or how you look,etc.. you are welcome at our restaurant. We can hardly adopt such a value without treating our staff in the same way, can we? Sooo sad you couldn't look past her appearance and her age. Before we kindly asked you if you could remove the review we asked you to tell us how we can make your next visit a memorable experience.

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RoyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wasn't familiar with the restaurant before but the food was excellent and the service fantastic.

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vipStephanieO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They didn’t have our reservation but seated us in the pizzeria section which was louder. The wait staff was great.

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JohnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seems like quality has declined, and prices increased. $45 for corkage is outrageous.

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vipMarcelL
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything from the service ( having to ask to order) to the bland taste of the arancini was disappointing. We won’t return due to the many other choices in the area.

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vipBignass
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

First time visit for us at Assaggi Osteria. The food was very good and we enjoyed it. The service on the other hand was rushed, impersonal and our server was plain rude. I cannot imagine ever returning to Assaggi Osteria to dine and spend close to $100 per person considering our disappointing experience at this restaurant.

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KeithL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The veal-stuffed olives were delicious.

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vipSteakluvr
London
40 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was superior.

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ElaineD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

My experience at this restaurant was not a good value. The food was ok but not good enough to make us want to return. The execution and flavor of the dishes was basic, not fine dining. Table service was adequate at an uncrowded time. Wine prices are exorbitant even for this area. The highlight of the evening was the courteous and pleasant hostess.

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LoraD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I've been here several times and absolutely loved it. This time the service was not up to snuff.

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vipLouS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the first time we dined at Assaggi Osteria. We both had the Bronzini filet and a special caesar salad, which were excellent. A small glass of a 2012 Barolo was outstanding. The Tiramisu and the chocolate almond cake with gelato were excellent, as well. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the meal was and plan to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat down......no waiter or any service for at least 5-7 minutes. The menu was not close to what it once was, and we just had to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
247 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice spot for lunch. Outstanding starter soup and an excellent salad. Very fine quality food and superb service. Nice atmosphere -

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The aged NY steak was very dry and tough. Not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were a party of 8. Forgot (or ran out of) one of the entrees. Pasta was no better than out of a box. Sauces were sticky and Iukewarm. Would not return.

Assaggi Osteria
Responded on 23 November 2019

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to share your visit with us. We apologize for the service as this is not the experience that we hope you have at our establishment. As you were informed from the server on that day the salmon meal was not cooked properly and therefore our chef decided to redo the dish for your satisfaction. Your guest received a complimentary pasta from the chef until his meal was completed. I assure you our food quality is A++.Please email us to make things right for you.

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