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Ossobuco Ristorante

4.7
52 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
When you first enter Ossobuco you will be greeted by the fresh smells of our homemade Italian pasta sauces, Veal Ossobuco, and seafood. Our Staple (which is also our namesake) would be our four hour slow-cooked, melt in your mouth Veal Ossobuco. We strongly suggest that you try our mouth-watering chocolate mousse.

Our guests can look forward to a fine Italian dining experience as they imbibe in our vast array of Italian wines. We have indoor seating available, but if you would rather sit outside we are happy to accommodate you in our private enclosed back patio. Our two space heaters will keep you warm and cozy as you indulge in our freshly made Italian cuisine. We also offer a private upstairs dining room for our larger parties or special events.

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
  • 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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 52 People Are Saying
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vipJN01
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place. Never had a bad meal here. The chef is amazing and very talented. Wow is just an understatement!

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RachelL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ossobucco is a welcome addition to the neighbhorhood. We went for our first post-vaccination indoor dining experience and it was great. Service was super. For was good, simple Italian. Portions were generous. Good date night place.

JK
JoanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. The server overheard that we were celebrating a special event and offered us a complimentary dessert. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We'll be going back again.

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MadisonC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midweek and early dinner. Server was super courteous and accommodating. Drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all amazing. Strongly recommend!

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Alisha
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Ossobuco Ristorante to celebrate my birthday. The service and food were outstanding. I definitely will be returning.

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Misty
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food! I dined outdoors with a group of 4, including a 3-year-old. Unfortunately their regular enclosed patio wasn't open, but they had set up comfortable tables outside the restaurant. The staff were very helpful about bringing a high chair and getting what we needed for the little one and were informative about the food. Service was attentive and quick, and we tried a variety of pasta and seafood dishes, the beet salad, and a couple desserts. The pastas are definitely a highlight and are made in house; the beet salad and desserts were also well-prepared and delicious. I think the salmon ordered by one member of our party was a little overcooked, so I would steer towards other options, but would definitely recommend a visit and hope to go back!

JA
vipJAWNPS
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back to the restaurant.

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NickJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Osso Buco was delicious. Great staff. Limited but very tasty menu

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MeredithH
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! Warm gazpacho soup and Grilled Rockfish were perfect. The food was incredible, the wait staff were helpful but not overbearing. Will absolutely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really good. Highly recommend this place. Visiting for a weekend and we really found a gem!

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vipBradleyS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and spectacular service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just moved to the neighborhood, so it was our first time visiting. The food and service were both fantastic. We sat outdoors on a perfect DC night. There was the right level of activity without it being overwhelming or infringing on your dining experience. I look forward to going back soon!

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ElisaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good wine, and excellent service! We enjoyed our dinner on the back patio and will definitely be back.

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DCJudy
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted by our evening at Ossobuco. We ate outside on the enclosed patio, where tables are appropriately distant & heaters could be turned on when the evening grew chilly.

Manager Luis & Gabriel, our server, were knowledgeable, skilled, efficient, & friendly without hovering. Luis provided detailed response when we asked about a dish. Food was very generously portioned & therefore easy to share at our table of four. Appetizers, mains, & desserts were all perfectly cooked & beautifully plated. The bread was crunchy & delicious, drizzled with olive oil. Wine choices were excellent.

We are so pleased that we live in Columbia Heights & can walk easily & often to this terrific Italian restaurant.

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Lancastrian
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine, great service, enjoyable all around.

MP
MyraP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here for a nice graduation dinner with my parents and it was well worth it! Complimentary prosecco and a "congratulations" plate of cheesecake which was amazing by the way. The food was great and the service was even better. I recommend!

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DCsbb
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious if slightly overpriced. Felt a bit ignored by the staff when we walked in. Took a while for someone to pay attention to us. After that waiter was lovely and really enjoyed our pasta dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder wonderful restaurant! So glad we found it. In a cute and quiet area and the food was AMAZING. Great service as well.

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MinT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great wine and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food!!

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MatthewW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local Italian restaurant. Good quality food at reasonable prices. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great addition to Columbia Heights.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had very poor service, we constantly had to ask for waters to be refilled. It felt like our sever had forgotten about us. Additionally, all of the food tasted bland and felt that it had been sitting under a heat lamp for an extended period of time. Truly a disappointing experience - will make sure not to recommend to friends.

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JordanT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a great dinner at Ossobuco. This was our first time dining here and the staff were all very pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious. I definitely recommend the Veal Ossobuco dish. It was the best ossobuco I have ever had. We will definitely be back soon.

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GarrettH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive, personal service. An expensive night, but worth it.

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NicolaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was great! The waitress was very attentive

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Tashkent
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ossobuco Restorante is a terrific neighborhood restaurant. This was my fourth visit since they opened late last year and have never been disappointed. All the dishes were expertly prepared. I especially liked the grilled octopus, fried calamari, and lobster risotto.

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DeborahM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Definitely recommend.

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vipGRman
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ossubuco does the pandemic right. Isolated and protected dining spaces inside with large and open spaces outside make a intimate inside dining area warm and wonderful. My wife and I have not gone out much and not to D.C. at all -- we live in Arlington. However, we have good friends in the District and this restaurant is nearby their home. 11th Street has become a dining venue to my surprise.
The staff knew our friends because they have dined their multiple times. I love linguini and clams and the taste was delicious and presentation artistic. I hope I am not over hyping this -- but I am originally from NY and the quality of the food and experience rivals my home -- just missing the shore. Desert cannot be missed -- I had tiramisu. Altogether a delightful experience with good friends after the isolation.

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Clare
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, small back patio but romantic and perfect for our anniversary celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quiet back patio was a delightful place to have dinner.

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brendang
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space with lots of outdoor seating. The staff was very attentive as well.

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Piscosour195
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best celebratory dinner thanks to the staff. Can’t wait to come back!

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Monet137
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome and the food and drinks were perfect! A must visit!! I will return.

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IHATETHISREVIEWPROCESS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience on the backyard patio. Authentic Italian and pasta cooked in house. We will be back!

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Bianca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday dinner last Friday and we had a wonderful meal. We shared several appetizers which were all delicious (beet salad, calamari, ceasar salad). We all tried different entrees and were all extremely happy with our meals -- the lobster risotto was delicious. Service was wonderful. After our meal, our server gave us a tour of the space which was much bigger than I realized -- in addition to their sidewalk/streetery seating and the main dining room, they have a second floor room and a really charming back patio I definitely want to try out next time I visit. Very pandemic friendly as well -- they had barriers set up between all of the indoor tables and there were not other tables anywhere near us.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere was great and the staff was helpful.

The octopus appetizers were over salted. It honestly gave me a slight headache. The rockfish dinner was delicious, but the quantity of food was the definition of slim and for the price of the plate and I think that's unfortunate. They need to add something more filling to the plate and not raise the price. I was hungry immediately after I left. I ordered wings (yeah) at Wonderland. The desserts looked good beware those were pricey too, we passed though, we were in a rush (wonderland can get packed and we wanted to avoid the wait). And the steak (again delicious) was $29 with no sides, so he also left hungry. I see this location as a for special occasions only. To be fair I should add the pasta dishes maybe more filling than the meat plate (including fish) options. One of the people at the table said the chicken dish was filling.

JF
vipJFK1
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the outdoor terrace. Awesome Calamari. Even better Tiramisu. Service was friendly and good, but absent for stretches.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is AMAZING!!! I have never eaten at an establishment more welcoming, clean and quaint such as this restaurant. I will definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a beautiful environment. The food was amazing, the drinks were amazing and the customer service was incomparable. My absolute favorite part of this place was the amazing aroma of the unique fire pit on the outside seating. Absolutely 10/10 visit!!

FAQs

Ossobuco Ristorante offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 975-1694.

Ossobuco Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 52 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.