Osteria da Nino
Always a fantastic meal with excellent service! One of my absolute favorite places!
Excellent meal. We went there during restaurant week not intentionally. The grilled octopus was excellent. I had the Osso Bucco which was outstanding. My son had the Fruiti de Mare and it was excellent as well. Also very nice wine list.
Osteria da Nino promotes its food as an innovative take on classic Italian dishes. Well, the dishes I sampled were basically a disappointing take on the those dishes. Too little sauce was served for a Brussel sprouts dish, and a Caesar salad lacked dressing and inspiration.
This is a nice restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere and a welcoming host who makes you feel at home. The food is always very good as the owner is Sicilian and the food is genuine Italian cuisine. The waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, but the restaurant appears to be understaffed and the turnover of personnel seems to be high.
I went to Osteria da Nino for restaurant week and it was delicious. It was worth the price but without restaurant week, it is very expensive. The food was exquisite and would have been worth the price.
Had the grilled octopus as appetizer and the Branzino as the main. Outstanding! Service was very good-not hovering over us but there when we needed. I’ll be back!
A nice little find out of sight from the main street in Shirlington. Glad we found it. Food was not fabulous but it was good and we will be back.
Reliably good food, but menu needs a refresh. The wine list is terrific. As a host, Nino is gregarious and takes joy in greeting diners. Wait staff need more training.
Fantastic find and a very warm and welcoming staff! The owner is also very charming and a treat to meet. Food was delicious. We will go again.
I have been here several times and each time was delicious. Our friends and we picked Restaurant Week as a special time to get together, not far from home, and wonderful food. We shared appetizers of arancini (full of meat, not rice), meatballs, burrata salad and paid extra for the grilled octopus...which we all loved. Entree-wise we had the branzino over braised fennel, cavatappi with lamb ragu and linguini with clams. We shared tastes and loved every bite. For dessert we had chocolate mousse, tiramisu and chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The entire meal was filling for all of us, though servings did not allow any take homes (which is just fine). Excellent value but I have to say their regular prices are very fair. We will return.
There are about 5-6 free parking spaces across the street in the lot by the metro station. You have to look hard to see them.
Great restaurant if you like old-school Italian menu and hospitality.
Great Italian food in Shirlington. Pasta always a good choice
My wife, two daughters and I were looking for a place to eat before watching a show at the Kennedy Center. The owner greeted us at the front door which always starts the experience out right! Seeing our dress attire, he asked if we were going to a show. We told him we were and so he asked us when we needed to leave by and he had his staff accommodate our needs. The food was excellent, the atmosphere nice, and overall we had a great time. We tried two of the specials: the scallops and the veal... Yum!
Good drinks and brunch.
My wife & I had dinner at Osteria da Nino last Saturday evening. We had reservations and were seated right away, at our request outside. Our server was exceptional, checking back frequently with us but was in no way intrusive. We each started with a limoncello martini that was extremely tasty. Bread came promptly with a delicious olive oil & pesto dipping sauce, we were brought a second basket without our asking. We each had a salad and entrée sharing a bottle of wine. Our entrees were delivered shortly after finishing the salads, allowing just the right amount of time to pass between courses. We finished the evening with olive oil cake, trio of wonderful gelatos and a decaf expresso & cappuccino. The food we had was delicious and the owner stopped by to chat a few times. We will certainly return.
We went here because of the high rating but we’re extremely disappointed. First we had a reservation, arrived on time at 8:45 pm and went to the host stand. We stood there for 5 minutes before the host even came over to acknowledge us. He appears to be the owner/manager. He apologized. We sat at table and it took 5 minutes for anybody to come to our table. Finally we were poured water and had to ask for menus! They brought the menus and then the tiniest 4 pieces of bread with pesto for our party of 4. Our order was taken. We ordered a Fritto Misto consisting of fried fennel, calamari, and shrimp. There was one shrimp, the fennel was like eating bamboo shoots and the fried coating was greasy and would fall off when u picked it up. Not even flavorful. Then we waited 45 minutes with nobody even giving us the status of our entrees. The restaurant was now 2/3 empty. I had to go after the manager to ask if our food was even coming. He said he was going to check on it. After another 5 minutes he told us a story that a grill in the kitchen was pushed off a table and some of the meal went on the floor. It was bizarre. He offered a glass of wine. It was now pushing 9:50 when our food arrived. My veal chop was bland. Our waitress told me it was a special and cost $25 when I ordered it. The bill charged $35. The branzino, meatballs and spaghetti, and eggplant were decent although the amount of eggplant was pathetic. We didn’t order dessert as it was pretty late at this point. The manager sent us a tiramisu. He apologized again and took 50% off the food portion of our meal, not the drinks. We eat out a lot and all kinds of places. This ranked near the bottom. What a disappointment. There are so many places to eat in Shirlington right next to this place. No reason to go to Osteria da nino! Mal !
I met a friend for lunch on a Thursday at Noon... so that explains why it was so quiet I guess, but the food was excellent and we had a wonderful 4 course meal in a relaxed and quiet environment. Highly recommend.
Had a business meeting at this restaurant last night. The owner was very welcome and staff very attentive. The selection of wine incredible, the food selection is what you would expect from a traditional Italian restaurant. The had the feature of the day - risotto shrimp with asparagus why delicious. The homemade warm bread was mouthwatering. My co-workers had a fish special and they loved this selection. I also had a tiramisu and enjoyed it very much. The owner would come back to the table and make light conversation he made you feel at home. I wish this restaurant had a better store front setting because it's off of a Main Street in Shirlington and doesn't get the proper exposure it should. The Resturant for a Tuesday night was almost full and the bar was as well. I know they're going to have a special wine tasting event in August and we may sign up for.
If your in for a traditional Italian meal give this restaurant a try!
The best Italian food in the DMV!
This place is always good. Both the food and the service are excellent. One of the servers even remembered my friend even though she hadn’t been there recently.
Our waiter was very helpful. He suggested a bottle of wine that went well with our food and the hot weather. We had scallops and salmon, and both were excellent. For appetizers we had tried oysters and brussels sprouts - both winners. The charming host stoped by to chat. It was a lovely meal.
Overall a great experience and value. Would have appreciated a more attentive waiter.
Main course was overcooked and portion was pretty small for an entree. It consisted of three overcooked, dried out shrimp on a miniscule bed of a grain and a few sprigs of greens. Bread was cold and not appealing.
Great authentic dishes from Compania, Italy. Service was great and the wine pairing along with the four course dinner was perfect! Trult a hidden gem just around the corner from Carlyle Restaurant in Shirlington!!!
Service was superb; drinks were excellent and reasonably priced; food was very good. Overall, a very good place to go.
Great place for the food and atmosphere. The service is consistently good and the food has many of the qualities of the food in southern Italy.
I rarely go to a restaurant and want to order everything on the menu. This was one of those rare cases. I went with the lamb ragu. My wife had the chicken Madeira. Recipes we're simple yet delicious! Will go back many more times!
Owner stated that it was not HIS place, it was everyones place and that he treats it like family. The only issue we had was with the waitor, he took an order wrong. Nino speaks with all his customers with respect and wants to make sure that everyone that comes in is happy and taken care of. I definitly recommand if you are planning a nice evening out, have time to sit and just be a family, and want great italian food.
*Warning - for those of you that want a quick in and out, this isn't the place for you. I read reviews saying service is slow.. its not. They allow you to take your time with the food you have, let things digest and enjoy the company of whoever you went with. When we left, we realised we were there for 2.5 hours.
One of the best dining experiences you can have in DC area. Cuisine is always creative, service is attentive and entertaining, restaurant is distinctive.
A crowded evening, resulting from a free wine tasting. Placed a drain on the wait staff, but they did a fine job for a table of 10. Food was, as always, very well done and presented nicely.
Lovely wine tasting before dinner. Followed by great food! Carpaccio and Carbonara were delicious.
Excellent! Great happy hour, great service, great dinner, great wine, great dessert.... just amazing!
Have eaten at this restaurant many times and loved it. Tonight, however, was not all that special...meat was really dry. Service was good though. Will go back and stick with the pasta instead of the chicken.
We were graciously greeted and immediately seated for a delicious meal of three different entrees — Veal Scallopini, Branzini, and Fettucini with clams. We had a couple of appetizers — Octopus and beet salad — and shared a dessert — a cake made with olive oil and served w/ lemon sorbet. Smiles all around. With two glasses of wine and a bottle of sparkling water, the tab came in at just under $150.00. Given the food quality and congenial staff, it was a great place for a birthday dinner.
Owner/manager gave us a ride to Signature Theatre because it was raining. Awesome!
Always treated like family, thank you so much for your patience and hospitality with us and our friends from Florida
Great place for a family reunion of loud Italians, especially Sicilian ones. Everything was spot on and we had a 3 hour lunch and made to feel welcome every minute.
We arrive for 745 reservation on Saturday night, took a while for the server to come over, we finally placed our order a little bit after eight. From what I thought a rather simple order one appetizer for set up and potatoes almost an hour later our food came with a variety ofExplanations why it was delayed. Not thrilled with this restaurant
Food was delicious and waiter was wonderful. Overall pleasurable dining experience.
Osteria da Nino is always a treat. The star of the show is Nino himself, a consummate host who treats everyone like family. The wine selection is great. For food, I recommend the specials if one interests you as they are always good. On the menu the squid ink pasta is awesome, as are the carbonara and the Bronzino. Anything w their meatballs and/or tomato sauce is worth ordering. Its a hidden treasure in Shirlington.