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Review of Cafe Oggi

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Cafe Oggi
Ranked #29 of 137 Restaurants in McLean
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: CafeOggi, THE Italian restaurant in McLean, has infused since 1991, an authentic culture full of vibrant flavors and colorful sophistication into McLean by formulating ingenious variations of house concocted recipes
Washington, DC
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142 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Won't go back”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

I was alone, a woman, and you'd think I was invisible. No one would pay me any attention even with my efforts to get noticed. I don't think they wanted a single person, much less a woman alone, to dine. When my husband walked in to join me, I told him we weren't staying. When we dined with another couple earlier in the year, this wasn't an issue. Hmm.

Visited February 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Great Falls, Virginia
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373 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“A Most Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Previous reviews of Cafe Oggi ranged from enthusiastic to caustic. Based on a luncheon experience, I come down on the enthusiastic side. From the outside, the restaurant is "ho-hum." But inside is a different matter. The dining area is well-appointed, and the tables are spaced far apart--permitting normal conversation. The luncheon menu is short and consists mostly of conventional Italian dishes, The dishes,however, are well-prepared and well-presented. We found the service to be excellent--not obtrusive, but always aware of where we were in our dining. My only regret is that there was no house wine. The wine list was good, but overly pricey for a lunch. We would definitely try Cafe Oggi again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank realbigbear
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sherwood park, Alberta
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292 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Nice place to go after a hard day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

We went there after a very full day. The food was good, and the service was very attentive. It does take some time to get your food, which was ok as we were looking for a place to slow down.
The place was quite empty, so it was very quiet, and that was a nice treat.

The place is made for the old, continental, unhurried pace, where people linger over a long dinner. Plan accordingly.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank howho
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Virginia
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184 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Nice Italian in McLean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I've been eating at Cafe Oggi since it opened in 1991 and it's had its ups and downs -- but right now definitely is experiencing an "up." Black fettuccine with scallops in saffron sauce and grilled sea bass both were excellent on a recent evening (although next time I'll ask them to skip the tableside de-boning; it makes the fish go cold rapidly). The restaurant has a nice selection of over-priced Italian wines (by the bottle) as well as decent Italian wines by the glass. The bread was remarkably un-remarkable. All-in-all a good experience -- particularly that fettuccine.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank SROVirginia
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McLean, Virginia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disturbing music”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

I just had lunch here at noontime on a rainy Wednesday -- with only two other patrons. The serene white tablecloth setting and lack of chatter was most relaxing UNTIL they over-intensified the music to compensate for the perceived lack of animation. My crab and avocado salad was refreshing but the pasta and ham dish exceedingly creamy. The bread was without significant crust, all air on the inside and the olive oil tasteless. The service, however, was flawless.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LeeLeigh
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