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$.
Geldig voor: 1 - 20 mensen
Begint op: 4 november 2018
Eindigt op: 5 november 2117
Beschikbaarheid: Daily 15:30-17:30
Food quality was average and preparation lacked any special seasoning that differentiated the item. Wine was $14.00 per glass from a bottle that would cost between $20-$25 per bottle.... way over priced. Cost of meal not proportional to the experience or taste expectation.
We had a great experience. The food and service were outstanding. The drinks and wine list were a little on the high side, but we were there on Monday night when bottles of wine are 50% off.
Our server was attentive, professional and very personable. I would definitely recommend Assaggi Osteria.
Went for a late lunch meeting, sat at an outside table. Split a salad and a pizza. Both were delicious. Sometimes the service was a little slow but it was an odd hour of the day. Would go back again.
We made a reservation, asking for an inside quiet table to celebrate our anniversary - the staff did not look at the reservation. . . asked if we wanted to sit outside, didn't give us a quiet table and no recognition of our special event. Noise from the bar was moderate to loud, partially because the music is loud and people had to talk over it. We were seated without a drink menu, it took about 10 minutes for our waiter to notice us, and then provide a drink menu. We ordered their drink off their specialty menu (both of us) and were later told they only had enough for one. So, we modified the order. Then they came back and said they didn't have enough to make the other one either. Not sure if they gave it away to someone else in the 3 minutes this took. We indicated we'd want wine with our dinner - dinner arrived and we had to ask for someone to come take our wine order. The Tiramisu was most definitely a frozen store bought brand - at an Italian, and bit pricey, restaurant.
On the evening we were there there was an unusually light crowd which made for a more than normal quiet atmosphere. I had a Jim Beam Manhatten on the Rocks; just right. My Wife and I both had an Arugla salad with Motza (sp?P) cheese. Excellent! For Entre, we both had Scallops over Risotto with mushroms. Also excellent. The service here is always accessable and timely, but could be more professional or formal to fit the prices, atmosphere and food offerings. We will return, although prices are at the upper limit for us; especially if it is noisy.
The quality has declined since the new owner took over. The service needs better training and a new chef is needed. A very loud party at the next table was an annoyance.
Excellent service, very good wine list, dining room is refined. Bar is fun and you can eat the full menu at the bar or outside. Food was very good, matched the best of Italy. Seafood is always cooked to perfection. The veal chops are wonderful.
Haven't visited for a while. Great to be back. Server was terrific, on top of everything.
Nice, crisp, Vermentino,
Chunky chilled Polpo salad
excellent pesto spaghetti with
a huge fillet of nicely done halibut with a charred skin
The food, hospitality, and atmosphere felt very authentic and was wonderful. The handmade pasta was delicious!. Fried artichoke appetizer was perfection, highly suggest it!
Just the best spot in McLean for a fabulous dinner. Have never had a bad meal there and Friday night's dinner was no exception. Pasta superb. Scallops superb. Desserts superb. We only gave three stars for service because it took a long time for our server to take our order. But once our food arrived we were thrilled!
Will not go again. Excellent food, but the sound level was so loud that I couldn't hear the person sitting next to me.
Lovely neighborhood gem, with wonderful food, and some of the best waitstaff in the area. Will go back
It was, as always, a perfect meal with service attuned to our every need. A delight. Thank you so much!
Fantastic food and wine. Denis our waiter was great.
Great lunch, good service and just what I was looking for. The web description was very accurate.
I believe I wrote this review more than once now. Assaggi Osteria is a fine Italian restaurant. The food was fine, the drinks were very good & the waiter was helpful. Nothing was exceptional.
Main courses were fantastic, appetizers good but not great
As always great food and service. One of McLean’s best and some of the best Italian in NoVa!
First visit and all was wonderful! They split a very nice arugula salad for us, which was thankfully not overdressed, and then split cacio e pepe and veal Milanese for us in the kitchen as well. We wish more restaurants were willing to do that, since we like to share often. We also discovered a nice wine by the glass--a red blend from Sicily. The only mis-step was the bread--it was fabulous, but came much later than the salad. The cacio e pepe and veal Milanese were among the best we've ever had, both in the US and in Italy. The cacio e pepe could have use more pepper, but this is characteristic of the dish in the US. We were so glad a friend recommended this restaurant--we definitely will return to try other dishes.
Honestly everything was just okay. We went on a weekday celebrating a birthday and were sat immediately. We hoped to grab a drink at the bar before our reservation but it was full, no big deal. The restaurant floor itself had maybe one or two other tables. I had high expectations for this place so maybe that’s why I was so disappointed. The caprese needed salt and had the smallest amount of chopped basil. The bolognese just tasted like everyday jar meat sauce, not up to par for being one of “the best” Italian restaurants in the area. (Try Alta Strada for bolognese). Although the paccheri pasta itself was prepared well. We also shared the Tuscan orecchiette with kale and sausage which was our preferred pasta of the two. The scallops in my entree were cooked perfectly and delicious although the mushroom risotto it came with was not good. I must’ve misread the menu because I never would have ordered it if I knew they paired scallops with so much cheese. Not very authentic and it had the texture of cold oatmeal. My partner ordered the steak and it was cooked to his requested temperature but was not memorable after that. For dessert we shared The tiramisu and pistachio gelato. The gelato was wonderful and worthy of coming back for but the tiramisu was flavorless, an immediate regret after the first bite.
Service was attentive, the server and backwaiters were very kind and always there if we needed something and offered a nice wine pairing. Did not see a manager working the floor but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one I guess. We often get the “young people with tattoos in the corner” treatment when we go out for a nice meal but the attitude faded after realizing we were spending $275 on dinner for two (apps, pastas, entrees, desserts, wine, after dinner drinks, etc). Although noted in the reservation, there was no mention of us celebrating a birthday.
Pasta ok but small portions and overpriced. Bread was good but there are more reasonable restaurants with more varied menus and wines by the glass. This place needs a new menu and prices to survive.
We sat out on the patio, which was very pleasant, and the service and food were excellent!
Both my wife and I ordered pasta dishes, and clearly the pastas are freshly made, and the sauces had a lot of flavor.
My friends and I arrived and there was no one to greet us, when a waiter saw us he escorted us to a table. Our waiter was very attentive and before long the bread, breadsticks and olive oil arrived. The bread had burn marks from a grill all over and a surprise to us because your bread is usually wonderful. I had to ask for another basket which was delivered quickly and was as expected.
The rest of the meal was delicious, as usual. Thank you, this was a belated birthday lunch for our friend.
The food and service was exceptional. It would be very nice if there were an affordable house wine option. Then, we could go more often!
Lovely renovation, quiet and private. This restaurant has always been special.
I will give Assagi another try but this Mother's Day meal was mixed. The grilled calamari appetizer and the pasta half-portion 2nd course were outstanding; the grilled branzino over spinach was dry and needed something more. It was just not good and the portion was very small for all four of us. The service was outstanding--our waiter was terrific. But all in all, the main course was not good. The final bill was high, and they charged a $24 corkage fee--way too high and simply unreasonable in this day and age.
Always superb food served in a lovely setting. Excellent wines to accompany the items on the menu
The black ink pasta and the scallops were better than expected, but the steak was not cooked to exact request. The service was uneven, but the waiter tried hard to make things right.
Beet salad is terrific! My husband had the calamari which he enjoyed very much.
For entrees, We had the seared scallops, and the cacio e pepe- both were very good!
We shared the gelato for dessert. Unfortunately there was no pistachio.
Our waiter was entertaining and very attentive.
We love having this restaurant in downtown McLean.
Only thing is that the waiter should have told us that the veal Melanesia’s was a 16 oz size so my husband and I would have gotten a pasta dish and one veal dish. Had to take half of it home. Also we had 8 pm reservations and you were already out of the scallops dish and Pinot Noir!
Assaggi Osteria is simply the best, as we had a wonderful evening over great food (always) and conversation with special friends (whom had never been to Assaggi Osteria) - thank you
Two Thumbs Up! Highly Highly Recommend It!
What a great meal - we loved it all!
The wait staff had great suggestions and was always on top of things from a service perspective - we never needed to ask for a refill of anything.
Appetizers: veal stuffed olives (different and delicious) and the calamari (tender and great smoky sauce) were fantastic!
Pasta - had the veal stuffed ravioli with mushrooms in a brown butter sauce - so rich tasting.
Main courses: We had the Veal - hug portion and delicious and pan fired Halibut - very tender/delicious red pepper sauce.
Dessert: Donuts - loved the chocolate sauce.
Phenomenal food, Phenomenal service
Change over in staff and they didn't skip a beat. All servers and management are outstanding, food great and well worth the visit. We frequent often and with the change over were concerned. No need to be concerned, just as good as ever. While a bit pricey the quality of the meal is worth the price.
Not worth my time to comment. Thanks but no thanks
My friends and i had an outstanding experience at Assaggi where I have eaten many times before. The food was very special this time and the whole dining experience was made even more perfect because of our waitress -- a lovely, charming, extremely helpful young woman. The only small problem was that because there were several large groups of diners and it was a weekend night, the noise level was louder than usual. Even this, could not diminish the lovely dinner we had.
We had a nice meal for our anniversary but I thought it was quite expensive overall.
This was our first visit to Assaggi since its remodeling and conversion into an osteria and pizzeria. We really enjoyed the old Osteria Assaggi; we were disappointed by the new iteration. First of all, the menu is now very limited--especially in the seafood area, which is the area we favor. Assaggi's soups were always outstanding but now there is no soup on the menu. We made our selections from the menu, but when the server came to take our order, we were told that the two appetizers and one of the main dishes we'd chosen from the menu were, in fact, no longer being served. The main dishes that we selected as compromise--a ravioli different from the one on the menu and lamb chops--were good. The bread is still very good (a new bread has been added to the basket). Our server was very gracious and said that the menu was in transition--hence the differences between what was listed and what was available. However, prices seemed a little steep for what we got.
We'd like to try the pizzeria on another occasion but are not likely to return to the osteria.