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Cesco Trattoria

4871 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
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Ranked #163 of 292 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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34 reviews from our community

61% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
11 reviews 11 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
1 review
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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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Norwich, Connecticut
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

Seated immediately. Food average and for price not that great. Service was poor, drink order missed and when waiter reminded took forever to get drink. slow to clear dishes etc from table. Before I would go back I will have to read many positive reviews.

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North Potomac, Maryland
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012 via mobile

This was by far the worst restaurant I have eaten at in the past few years. The waiter needed to be reminded of what and when to bring, the food was both undercooked and overcooked, and the meals came out at two separate times. Don't bother.

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