Sette Osteria

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$30 and under
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Italian
Sette is Italian for seven, the traditional "lucky" number. The restaurant design is comfortable with a traditional Italian tone, and with a great "feel and flow." Sette Osteria is a destination place for people as well as a place for people walking in the area to come in and enjoy.



Decor: Sette Osteria has an open kitchen and an action station viewable by guests. Pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven.



The best decor in a restaurant is people. Windows give guests a view of the active passing scenes on busy Connecticut Avenue and R Streets. And, people walking by are able to view a very inviting and appealing restaurant. The decor is soft and appealing but still carries a theme of sophisticated Italian culture and international buzz. Guests can view the young people going in and out of the chic clothing stores G-star and Emporium 2050.

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

OPEN 11:30AM-10PM - We will be offering our regular menu along with festive specials, Butternut squash soup, homemade pumpkin ravioli, stuffed turkey, lamb shank risotto, Osso Bucco all Milanese, Mediterranean Seabass and Granny Smith apple tart with vanilla gelato !!

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

OPEN 11:30AM-10PM We will be offering our regular menu along with festive specials, Butternut squash soup, creamy Burrata with homemade caponata, Lobster ravioli, Veal OssoBuco Saffron risotto, Sea scallops, Mediterranean Seabass, Chocolate Tartufo.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

OPEN 11:30AM-9PM - We will be offering our regular menu along with festive specials, Butternut squash soup, creamy Burrata with homemade caponata, Lobster ravioli, Veal OssoBuco Saffron risotto, Sea scallops, Mediterranean Seabass, Chocolate Tartufo.

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019

What 1037 People Are Saying
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LM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre. We were three. Ordered chicken parmigiana, lamb shank and fettuccine bolognese. Service very slow. We chose this restaurant Basel on previous reviews and were disappointed.

GW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really lovely little Italian restaurant with excellent food and nice outdoor seating. I dropped them a star though because it was very un-Italian of them to not offer complimentary bread; my Greek/Italian fiancé was very disappointed by that. To get a bread basket to eat with the olive oil at the table costs extra. He also didn't like that they gave him a full sized spoon for his capuccino instead of a proper sized demitasse spoon.

LK
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for Sunday brunch. Everything said their meal was great.

m
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 9 on a Thursday night. Excellent antipasto dishes served on platters, and main courses with ample servings and warm food upon delivery. The only thing that was not good was the Grappa we ordered. Old. Bad.

s
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pasta bland. Lacked seasoning. Bread ordinary. Deserts pedestrian. Whatever happened to the old Sette which I long for.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin is in town for work and staying at the Washington Hilton. We decided to meet for dinner near her hotel and chose Sette Osteria after reviewing the menu and reviews. We were greeted quickly and seated out on the patio. Our waters were kept full without us having to ask for refills, and our drinks came out relatively quickly. The atmosphere was a step up from casual, but it was still relaxed. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meals. We all got pasta. I would certainly come back if I'm ever in the area again.

S
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. No complaints. Services was very slow and not as attentive as I would have hoped. Cappucino was never delivered but still on bill. Complimentary parking is capped at 2 hours. We went nearly 2.5 hours as it sometimes was hard to find our waiter.

AX
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was slow and unfriendly. Redemption of Dining Table Reward Card was unsuccessful

FD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It pains me to type this review but Sette is not what it once was. Upon seating it literally took 15 minutes for the waiter to come and distribute menus. What followed was the serving of stale, yes stale, bread. After returning the stale bread, the manager told us that the bread was not stale but instead the hard Cristina’s and inedible center was the intended effect. Our pizza was mis-delivered to a table that did not order it slowing the delivering of our entrees.

The prices are simply not supportive of amateur night. Sette is no longer worth it. Messi, if you are reading this, you must fix this.

RH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Atmosphere urban without being to edgy. Service at just the right place. Would return in a flash if I lived in DC.

BK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food came out too fast. Salads has just been dropped and then pasta was out a minute after. Service was weak and seemed to be issue with other tables.

j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a dependable neighborhood restaurant for good Italian food at a reasonable price. Casual ambiance. WE come her often and it is our choice for a quiet Italian meal in the DuPont Circle neighborhood.

BM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and try to visit there at least once each time we are in DC. It is casual and the food is terrific.

M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

What a great authentic Italian restaurant! We lucked out with perfect weather for sitting on the patio. Our large party of 7 was very well attended by an older gentleman waiter. Each person commented that his/her dish was the best of that type they'd had in the U.S. I had the Penne Margarita - just delicious!!

Y
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had remembered loving this restaurant, but upon dining the other night, I wouldn't recommend it. The restaurant was fairly empty by the time we arrived, yet we were seated at a cramped table at the back of the place near the bar. The appetizer of tomato, avocado and burrata was fine but seemed like it had been prepared hours before, it wasn't particularly fresh. My ravioli (spinach and ricotta) was very bland, although my husband enjoyed his pasta with lobster. The wine and service were fine, but I will not be returning any time soon. I was disappointed.

KS
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The bread was stale and butter cold. Food was not very good. People were nice, but simply not worth it.

RM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit at Sette Osteria during a recent trip. The restaurant was more than considerate to rearrange our seating allowing us to enjoy the outdoor patio. When we travel to Washington DC the next time, we'll be sure to call them for another pleasant experience.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were much better than the main dishes. I received a cold piece of chicken that was not enjoyable and I left half of it in the plate. Pasta's were enjoyable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Al fresco dining in the vibrant DuPont Circle neighborhood was a very rewarding experience. Food was fantastic and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the finest sidewalk cafes in Paris. Relaxing and satisfying!

IP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter was very nice and helpful. Chicken on my son's gnocchi dish was a little dry but they removed it from the bill with no questions. The gnocchi and sauce were perfect. I had the scallop risotto with truffle oil and it was fabulous. Husband was very happy with the veal picatta. Tiramisu was wonderful.

BH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice Brunch place with decent coffee, nice bottomless mimosas, and we love that they offer gluten-free pasta, but PLEASE make your HOLLANDAISE sauce WITHOUT WHEAT FLOUR!! If you make it with only a little cornstarch to thicken it, you can offer it to us g-f people too! (my wife has celiac, and I'm gluten sensitive). We LOVE eggs benedict, but were unable to enjoy them here at Sette Osteria, because of the flour in the H sauce. Scion and other places manage to serve g-f H sauce that EVERYONE (except vegans, obviously) can enjoy. Also, please improve the coffee, as we expect more from such a nice brunch place! Thanks!

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We ordered ravioli, chicken tagine and a fish entree. Food was okay but there are better quality options for this price. Service was excellent

DG
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, we went back the next night. Would really recommend.

D
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Should've know better when the hostess tried to seat us at at a table in the blaring sun instead of any of the many empty shaded tables on the patio...food unimpressive, service barely acceptable, will not return.

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly and efficient; the food was tasty and plentiful; the afternoon was warm and bright, so we had an outside table, which was generally very pleasant. The only problem was that the folks at an adjacent table made a bit too much joyful noise, but that wasn't the restaurant's fault, and didn't last too long. One member of our party has difficulty in walking, so we were glad to have the valet parking access within a short distance of the restaurant door. The four of us in the party would enjoy returning to Sette Osteria.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I had probably been to this restaurant in about a decade until this visit. It used to be a very trendy, cool bistro-type restaurant. I noticed it had become comparatively seedy since my last visits. It definitely needs an update. My food was good but the ambiance was not befitting an authentic modern Italian restaurant, and not one in a very posh area of DC.

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, as always. Great sidewalk table.

Only problem, and it was major, the appetisers came out quick and the meals were out while we were halfway thru appetisers. We made them go back but we knew they were only warmed and brought out ten min later. And salads and a side came out after apps but before dinner which was against what we had requested. Almost ruined meal, and with no real apology or explanation. Believe me, I am not a complainer but this was ridiculous. Somehow we salvaged a nice dinner

RS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good, regular Italian comfort food. The service was excellent though. Very attentive and efficient wait staff.

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was excellent. Service was bizarre - untrained. The waiter and/or kitchen staff seemed unaware how to pace a meal. We ordered bread and a small pizza to start, salad as a first course and our main courses. Within 5 minutes our main courses were served, before the salads which were brought out a minute later. There literally was no place for all the plates. Generally at restaurants, starters come first, followed by the first course (salad) and then mains. Since all the food came at once, and we had our main courses already we asked to cancel the pizza and were told it was too late to cancel. We also said that we would like to enjoy our salads first before our mains. The waiter responded that she could put our food under the lamps in the kitchen while we ate our salads. Not exactly the response we wanted. In the end, the food was terrific but not sure we’ll go back because of the poorly trained staff.

f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, delicious home-made pastas, pizza, stromboli, salads... great place to take your family. Highly recommended!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch and unlimited mimosas to only find out they had run out of Champagne! Why advertise something you can’t offer.

B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in all respects, food quality, service, and location!

WV
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, served promptly. Homemade desserts. Seated at a bad table inside, though.

R
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice experience. All servers were attentive and friendly, from the hostess to the waiter and other attendants although the waiter seemed a bit inexperienced--didn't point out the specials menu or tell us what the fish du jour was, and wasn't very knowledgeable about the menu items when we asked questions. The ambience was pleasant but nothing to write home about and we sat on the patio which was nice but basically tables and chairs and umbrellas on the sidewalk. The food however was out of this world. I had the lentil soup and pan sauteed rockfish and my companion had the beet salad and a pasta dish, and we both loved our food which made up for any other shortcomings. This is not a 5-star restaurant by any stretch but it does offer a solid, pleasurable dining experience.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect evening to sit el fresco and enjoy delicious Italian appetizers, etc. Valuable extra is validated parking for two hours in the building's parking garage.
No reservations for outside seating, but the wait was not onerous.
Burrata atop avocado and tomatoes ramekin, plentiful prosciutto and mozzarella, Tuscan fries, grilled vegetables, eggplant parmesan, and grilled Brussels sprouts did the trick for a summertime meal for four.

MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners out we’ve had this year. Everything was amazing.

D
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food but server was not as attentive I would have liked. I would still go back.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fathers Day

SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette Osteria is the best! - especially the location on Connecticut and R!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

He staff is fantastic. We were there during a VERY busy Saturday. The were people everywhere and all the restaurants were very busy. The Staff took great care of us and we really enjoyed the food. The Shrimp Carbonara was excellent and the Linguine Seafood special was also delicious.

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