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Cesco Trattoria

4871 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
301-654-8333
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Ranked #160 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $28 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Norfolk Avenue
Transit: Convenient to Bethesda Metro station.
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English first
Houston, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

the food was really pretty good, and the service was fine-it is modern in a building so while handsome not much atmosphere, but my ravioli was delicious, but seriously over sauced. We ordered a cake which was supposed to have fudge sauce and whipped cream but a very dry torte came out in stead which was rather dry, but dinner... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

So we came on Mother's Day and sat outside. It wasn't busy or crowded. The food was excellent. The osso buco was vrey tasty and 3 different appetizers were right on. As was the grouper. Unfortuately, the service was frustratingly slow -- the waiter disappeared for long periods of time. I'd go back regularly if they can tweak that little... More

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va
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Attended a group function with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for a substantial number of people. The décor for the whole place was very stylish, the attendants at the function were extremely attentive, the hosting organization had a nice selection of drinks, and the appetizers were quite good, especially a nicely battered jumbo shrimp, an excellent bacon wrapped scallop on spinach... More

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Charlotte
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We were seated right away for dinner. Service was poor. We waited over an hour for them to bring our food. The quality was very mediocre and uninspired. My butternut squash ravioli was white in white sauce served in a white dish. Couldn't the chef have sprinkled some parsley or something with color on it? Wine was undrinkable. We had... More

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Bethesda, MD
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have had several occasions to visit Cesco since my last review. I am happy to report that it has improved. There are many good items on the menu. They offer host of good salads and desserts, although you should avoid anything with a tomato sauce. The wait staff is ill-trained, but always courteous. The noise level is suitable for... More

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Potomac, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

It is clear that the people running Cesco have no clue how to manage a restaurant. The last time we went to Cesco when it was at its previous location in Bethesda, we had a reservation and waited for 40 minutes for a table, finally gave up and went elsewhere. I thought in its new, roomier location the management might... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

New beautiful restaurant in the former McCormick seafood space. Absolutely gorgeous bar space. Large and beautiful. Food experience was delicious. Wait staff were lovely. A lovely experience. Probably won' t return unless a special or romantic occasion.

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Sarasota, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Having dined at Cesco at its former location, we knew that service could be spotty in the evening. But lunch is a different matter. The staff were attentive, anticipating our needs. The menu offered a variety of interesting dishes, including a create your own salad (the one from column A, two from column B type). We wished we could have... More

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Washington, DC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

I was sad when Cesco moved and disheartened to read all the bad reviews - Cesco had been one of "our" places and I loved it! I finally decided to try it for myself, with a friend. We had a very enjoyable meal. As for the food, it was delicious - I had special sweet potato soup and the tortelli... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Made a reservation for a family birthday (4 people) - had to beg for a decent table, was ignored by the staff (on a Sunday night when the restaurant was one-third full!) and had a meal that was barely adequate. THEN we got a nasty message from Open Table saying we had failed to make our reservation! My 18-year-old daughter... More

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