Sette Osteria

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1082 reviews
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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 Cove
Bottomless Weekend brunch $15 (2 hour) and daily Happy Hour.
Complimentary garage parking after 7pm.

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
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4.2
Ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGerard
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

Server couldn’t have cared less about me and my party. Food was very good as usual

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

For me, customer service is the most important thing anywhere. The food was "okay" but we were having a really good time until we asked the host to take a picture and she was super rude. She accused me and my friends of sharing a bottomless (which was not true and we had already paid the bill and everything) and made us show her our ID when we had finished our brunch. It was extremely rude the way she treated us. Definitely that was our last brunch in that restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food very good. Hostess was very rude. Someone else should be attending at front door.

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vipAlexM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The wait staff was not helpful to request to put a soccer game on the TV of the Spanish league even though they had confirmed prior that they were showing the match.

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RichardT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Not pretentious and location.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good hot tasty food. We enjoyed and plan to return.

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ChristaL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect family place. Something for everyone! Both my husbands and my fish entrees were delicious and my three kids loved the pizza!! Loud but perfect for kids! Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

The valentines menu was awful. However, their food is usually on point.

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Perfect place to take your friends to catch up, celebrations, anniversaries and date nights.

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John
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Staff was slow when we first sat down. They kept clearing our table without asking first.

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Tasi
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meet up with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. The staff was friendly, helpful and patient with us. We did more talking than looking at the menu. They helped us decide what we wanted and made our visit very special. Easy to get to on the Red Line. Centainly will be going back soon. Brunch selections were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Service was very good. Our drinks (bottomless) was refilled without asking. Ordered steak (medium) and eggs w/ bacon. Delicious and good serving portions. A little on the pricey side, but worth it.

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McSmigity
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Overall, our group had a pleasant experience at Sette Osteria. We went during Restaurant Week so it was bound to be crowded. My biggest grievance was that our waiter was not attentive to our table as a group. He would handle each person individually making the bottomless drinks difficult to keep "bottomless". For each refill, each individual person had to get his attention to get a refill. It was a little ridiculous and I think their staff can be trained better to avoid these unnecessary bottle necks in service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We love Sette Osteria. Have been several times now. The food is always outstanding, they do a great Aperol Spritz and the wine list is full of variety. I like sitting outside in warmer months - this weekend we were inside on a Saturday night at peak time and it was super noisy. Our table was tucked in next to the back end and as well as being a bit squeezed in had a lot of foot traffic carrying dishes in and out. Aside from that loved it and will definitely be back

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vipDCnative
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was friendly but not professional. Food was ok but not expertly prepared.

JC
vipJillC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We got there right as they were opening and the restaurant was chilly. I also accidentally went to the wrong location...I think the hostess let the other location know that I had gotten misdirected. The food was good but the ambiance could have been warmer.

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vipMichaelP
29 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Average in every way and a bit over priced. I had a veal dish and the veal was dry, even though it was served with a sauce.

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vipEmilyD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What can I say Sette Osteria never disappoints. Our food was fabulous and so was our service. I ordered the pumpkin ravioli and it was 10/10. SO YUMMY. My boyfriend ordered linguini and a meat sauce he was very pleased. The bread was great too. I can’t recommend Sette Osteria enough.

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LindsayK
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Quite disappointed by our time there. I made a reservation for a large party on Christmas--talked with them leading up to try to make sure I updated them whenever we had a change in our number, confirmed with them Christmas Eve. My party showed up on Christmas and were told by a very rude host that we didn't have a reservation. We saw our name on their list, pointed to it and said "that's our party" and they said "no, you don't have a reservation." Blatantly lying to our face even though we also had a confirmation number from OpenTable. I understand if you don't turn over tables in time--apologize and say there is going to be a wait. Don't lie to our faces that we didn't make a reservation.

They ended up seating us half an hour late at multiple tables where the hospitality did not get better. Those who ordered steaks were never given steak knives and had to use butter knives. They would leave bottles of wine unopened on our table without opening or pouring them--just dropping them off and leaving. Two of our tables received their apps before another of our tables had even ordered.

I understand it was a holiday but the overall experience was terrible and that's unfortunate because we were away from our families. They didn't even apologize or offer to comp us anything. Which you don't have to comp something, but apologizing and owning up to your own mistake is the bare minimum of what should be done. Will never be going there again.

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really like the vibe in this place and it is in a great location in DuPont Circle just off Connecticut Avenue. Bonus points for being open on Christmas Day. I had no intention of cooking.

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viplucretious
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

xmas day, so perhaps a bit short staffed + not really fair to ding them on service. maybe chef was out too, so not fair to ding them on food? location is nice, ambience nothing special. can't blame that on xmas. salad was good, chicken parm not so much and overpriced. wife liked her fish. we might give it another chance...

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vipMAKT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was terrific and the food excellent. The tiramisu with blueberry sauce was different but delicious!!

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vipclevelandparkguru
Washington DC
465 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great business lunch. Pizza was the choice for lunch and all truly enjoyed. Flavors of the pizza were very good. Best around. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Checked in, restaurant not particularly busy. Got a decent table. Service very spotty, not good at explaining menu at all. But food was good (not great). reasonable cost

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vipDebby1973
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice selection of pastas and pizzas, excellent salads. Really good, delicious food. Friendly service, convenient location.

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vipenjoygoodfood
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most beautiful servers I’ve seen in the United States in a really long time

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Larry
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good and reasonably priced. Parking was made easy with a parking garage right next to the restaurant. Our waiter could have been more attentive concerning drinks but ok. Bartender was so busy during happy hour that when we arrived, dishes from prior customers were not cleaned off the bar area at a timely manner. Had to sit with dirty dishes for a while while waiting for our table.

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SusanT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Branzino was fantastic. Noise level on weekends a little higher but not ear splitting.

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vipanumerix
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

To be fair, it was a very busy night and the restaurant was clearly short of staff. To be critical, service was nearly non-existent, food was delivered late and cold (in one case, not at all - with a promise of "maybe in 10 minutes" while everyone else tried to wait), and there was little concern from management. In fact, our waiter completely disappeared after he took our dinner order and we had to track down help. We have enjoyed this venue several times before but we were totally disappointed for our group that we took there with high expectations.

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CSDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

From the food to the service to the value, the experience was just all around bad. The food was bland and tasteless, unless you get something with truffle oil, then they use the whole bottle and the dish is $30. Jumbo tv screens give it a sports bar feel if that's what you're looking for in an Italian restaurant. Waiters were not attentive and difficult to locate when trying to get the check. Bemused as to how this place has a 4.4 rating.

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vipDeborahW
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

There weren’t many people there which was unusual. The food was OK

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Carol
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Day after Thanksgiving with family

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LillyK
San Francisco
2 reviews