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Cesco Osteria and Co2 Lounge

7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
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Ranked #61 of 292 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Metro Accessible, Red Line Bethesda Metro Center Metro Schedule: http://www.wmata.com/rail/schedules.cfm
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78% Recommend
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English first
washington dc
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We celebrated Valentine's Day with a dinner at Cesco. Upon arrival, we were not offered to check our coats and we walked to the table, asked one of the bussers if there was a coat check. She clearly did not speak English and we never got an answer so our coats hung on the back of our chairs throughout the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We went to Cesco for the second time, to celebrate our daughter's birthday. From the word go, service, food and overall dining experience were marginal. I initially wrote the following (brief) review for OpenTable, but they still have it as pending over a month later. So I have decided to post the original review here, with some additional explanation: "Spotty... More

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Clifton, VA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Let's start with the positives - the restaurant interior is absolutely gorgeous. It goes down fast from there. Despite the promise of a luxurious setting the service is poor and the meals barely mediocre. My octopus salad came with limp pieces of octopus hidden at the bottom of the plate topped with enough roughage to last a week. If I... More

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Bethesda, MD
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Went to dinner at Cesco for the first time since they moved to their new location on Woodmont Avenue some years ago. We had not been fans of the restaurant at its old location but were very pleasantly surprised by the experience last night. The room is attractive and cozy, and the three dishes we shared (pastry-wrapped Portobello mushroom, penne... More

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Upstate NY
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215 reviews 215 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

On a late-summery Friday evening we enjoyed a fine dinner outdoors at Cesco, and went away very happy. The place has a small terrace out front, laid out on a couple of levels to produce a variety of small spaces, which were being enjoyed by a youngish and enthusiastic clientele. The menu offers a number of tempting choices -- we... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

A very good meal in a nice setting. Service tends to be a bit slow but this is not a fast food restaurant. Four of us dined and coincidentally we all had seafood. No complaints as it was well prepared and presented. They bring a smaill appetizer prior to ordering (on the house0 along with a small bruschetta and some... More

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Chevy Chase, MD
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The food at Cesco is excellent. It does not push the bounds of any culinary envelope, but that is not what this place is about. Fine, simply prepared Tuscan fare that is delicious and well-presented with professional, attentive service. A quiet oasis of excellent dining among the Bethesda restauarants that try to out shout one another a few blocks away,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The atmosphere was very good but their service is horrible. No attention or not enough attention and very slow in exiting. Otherwise I would happily say excellent but every step was to slow and to be so close to Washington, DC and get SLOW service? What's wrong management? Now the food is another thing - EXCELLENT. Even the prices were... More

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McLean, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

It's not easy standing out among the other great eateries in such a small area in Bethesda, but Francesco Ricchi has done a marvelous job of mixing fantastic food with a warm and lively atmosphere to make it a stand-out destination for your palate. Upon entering, you're greeted to the sights of an open-air kitchen, a sleek-looking bar, and a... More

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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126 reviews 126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

The service is fine, the ambience is nice but when it comes down to it, you're here for the food and Cesco simply just don't deliver. We started with an delicious tomato focaccia however the panzanella salad we had we not in the traditional style as described and was overdressed. Seeing that the pasta was all fresh and homemade was... More

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