Tesoro

4.3
313 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
“An Italian Treasure” located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., provides the perfect setting for routine business lunches, holiday office parties, large family get-togethers or romantic dinners for two. Tesoro offers upscale traditional Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Owner/Chef Ignazio Bonanni has been offering a generous menu of Italian fare in the Washington, D.C. area for over 15 years. His passion for his Italian heritage combined with his emphasis on using only the finest ingredients results in only the most extraordinary dishes. A friendly, competent staff is always available to serve you whether in the dining room or at the well-stocked, comfortable bar. So, if it’s time to make reservations for that special occasion, to schedule your next business lunch or office party, or if you’re just in the mood for a spontaneous family dinner out, visit Tesoro. You will feel like it is your home away from home.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 363-6766
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignazio Bonanni
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Private party facilities
Tesoro welcomes the opportunity to host your next private event. On-site catering available Saturday or Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and off-site catering is always available.
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Private party contact
Ignazio Bonanni: (202) 363-6766
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Catering
Tesoro offers a wide range of catering options and each is customized to meet your individual needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Yuma St.
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Parking details
Convenient garage parking or street parking.
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Public transit
VanNess Metro Easy Access To Taxicabs Metro Bus
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 313 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

You can't beat the value: excellent, homemade Italian food for a very reasonable price. The ambiance is nothing to get excited about, but it's a great place to have a good conversation and chow down on good food.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic! There portions are very generous, you get definitely get your monies worth.

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific venue. Staff very friendly. Great Caesar salad.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Was our second time there and I believe it’s gone downhill. The space is very shabby, dark, and dingy and needs a cleaning and an overhaul badly. Service was fine, nothing special, nothing awful. The food was good enough, standard Italian-American fare, but it just felt flat. Being seated we had to look into the dirty kitchen was certainly no help. I would not go back again unless things changed considerably.

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was inedible. Salad dressing tasted like it was from a bottle. Sautéed spinach was clearly thawed frozen spinach. Nothing seemed homemade or authentic.

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NT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tesoro has great Italian food, great wine, fantastic deserts and espresso, a cozy and friendly atmosphere and is a great place to go with friends to have a good time.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! We had no dinner plans for my birthday, so I did a quick search in my phone and we decided on Italian. The food quality was great, tasty, and served warm! The house appetizer was delicious marinated tomatoes with warm crusted bread. I am drooling as I type! LoL The staff was welcoming and engaging. My husband told the waitress it was my bday and they brought out a delicious dessert with a candle. The extra special part of the night they sang the birthday song to me and used my first name! They obtained my name from my openview reservation. How cool was that!!! We will be back and I recommend this restaurant to all!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food I’ve ever had minus the food from Italy itself.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Tesoro was perfectly okay, though the service was a little odd. We were greeted indifferently and seemed to have three or four different waiters throughout our meal. The food was average or slightly below average Italian fare, and the dining room itself is a bit dingy. We recently moved to the neighborhood and wanted to give the place a try, but wouldn't come back.

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F
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, reliable restaurant

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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Service started out fine but fell off as things went along. Seemed server forgot us and we need to get the attention of another server.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a lovely time. The wait staff was excellent , the food delicious and we were encouraged to sit and chat for as long as we liked.It was a wonderful birthday celebration for my friend We hope to go back to Tesoro in the near future.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife and kids and had a fantastic time. The food was excellent (everything was delicious, and my son said he thought the calamari was the best he ever had) and the service friendly and prompt. Very reasonable prices, especially considering the quality of the food.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to Tesoro for lunch. We were greeted and seated by very courteous staff who helped us to our seats. The service was exceptional. Food served seemed to have been cooked after we ordered (steaming hot, which was most welcome). Throughout the meal the wait-staff continued to serve us most pleasantly. All tables were not taken. The ambiance was extremely appealing. We had a delightful time there. I've been to several restaurants in the DC area for many business lunches and special occasions and would rate this as the best!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

take pride in food and excellent attentive service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Tesoro! Food was amazing and will be definitely going back!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Tesoro is an excellent value and a neighborhood gem. The portions are ample and the staff friendly and helpful.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went for Christmas Eve dinner. Nice local place for a quick bite at the bar. But the restaurant needs a pick-me-up. Menus are old and cracking, walls need a paint job; the word "seedy" comes to mind. The food was lackluster. The pasta fagioli was the best item we ordered; very good. The fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad was lovely, but paired with tasteless "winter" tomatoes. The ravioli had unseasoned ground veal. The cream sauce lacked the creamy, buttery flavor we expected. A bit disappointing for a holiday night out.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hot and delicious. Fresh ingredients... pizza is awesome also the house bread.. service superb thank you for a great lunch Happy holidays !!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came in around 10 pm... the place was busy... that's a good sign. I ordered the Ragu vetelo with house made fettuccine it was delicious... my girl friend ordered the fettuccine Mediterrana... it screams seafood.. it was very tasty..termeso for dessert was house made too. Light and not to sweet... also house bread us out of this world . 😁😁😁

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C
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in the neighborhood and Tesoro was across the street. One half of the space is a bar and the main seating area is to the left of the entrance. This is a fairly small restaurant, similar to many on the upper west side of NY.
I ordered the Pollo Il Tesoro and my wife had the Polo alla Regina. As we just came from a art opening we did not have any of the appetizers and we are also attempting to lose weight. The Polo Il Tesoro came with pasta. The sauce for the chicken was also used on the pasta. The chicken was very tasty the by using the Il Tesoro sauce the pasta was not overpowered. My wife's chicken was served with spinach. Everything was done properly. When we are back in this area we will stop in again for dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

While the food was fairly good, the service was poor. I was quite disappointed with the overall experience.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible Service and Food. Never going back again.

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MD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tesoro is consistently good. The owner and the staff are welcoming and helpful. The chef doesn't mind creating something not on the menu (within reason if they have the ingredients). We love this place.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Generally, we really like this restaurant. However, on Sunday evening (Oct 22) it was a very different experience. We had made a reservation for 6:30. When we arrived we noticed that there were several tables set up for a large group. But the waiter said that the group would not arrive until 7:30. So we thought it would be OK. We sat down and the waiter recommended a bottle of wine. We thought it was the same one we had had on several previous occasions. It must have been a different year because to tell the truth it was horrible. The veal marsala that I ordered had very watery sauce. I had wanted a pasta with white sauce but the waiter said that the pasta would be in the sauce. Then the large group arrived at 7. There were only two servers working with quite a few tables. By the time we tried to pay our bill, we waited an eternity. We finally stood up and went to the credit card machine to pay the bill. We had a gift certificate. It took a while for the waiter to figure out how to use the gift card and charge the rest of the bill. What we are trying to say is that we don't understand why the system took our reservations when there were only two servers on staff and a large group expected. Also, if the recommended wine is a different year, then it should not be suggested. And when asking for pasta with white sauce, it should be allowed.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Loved the quality, homemade pastas and fresh ingredients. Produce from Italy and cheese from Wisconsin, Tesoro knows how to make it right. I made a reservation for 7 and the whole group loved it, from wine and appetizers to dessert. The staff was amazing; friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this place to everyone.

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RT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Reasonably priced menu in a good location. The menu is varied from simple pasta dishes to more adventurous fish and meat dishes. Pasta selections were chosen by two or our three person group. The sauces were interesting and the amount of pasta large. The best of the three meals was a filet or fish. On this particular Wednesday night, the service was slow. I had to get up and visit the bar to coax the second round of drinks that we had ordered 10 minutes earlier.

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AS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and similar to what I've had in Europe. A great find.

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B
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and even better service. Great prices for the area as well. My only complaint is that there were a few parties smoking while dining on the patio where we were sitting which was not ideal.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was amazing..great prices for the food.i am a chef and it makes me quite picky so I was very impressed.

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GF
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our mistake was to be there at the same time as a large group. it was evident that the restaursnt is not equipped to handle that many people at any one time. Not enough waiters, who tried to do their best, but were overwhelmed. Another example of poor preparation was that at some point another waiter asked us to empty our bread basket so that he could take it and use it for a different table!!!!! Pretty bad,no?
Will not be going back any time soon.

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J
Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

innovative menu, great food. cute street patio. service OK

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T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been there before and liked it - food is familiar but not at all boring. Good ingredients and not stingy w/spices. One in our party had fried mozzarella sticks, which can be greasy, but these were terrific! Well-breaded and not a drop of extra oil. Penne Arrabiata was spicy and delicious; veal was tender; Pasta Fagioli (bean soup) is totally authentic and it's almost worth going for that alone. Staff is friendly and helpful but not overwhelming. It was too cold for the outdoor patio, but if you sit there, the Connecticut Ave. streetscape is very nice.

And just so you know - the Tesoro ownership is involved in an organization helping wounded veterans. They've been very committed and keep it up when lots of people have forgotten that vets need ongoing support. One reason we chose it was to patronize a restaurant that shows its values - and these are the best values.

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A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tesoro can be relied on for recognizable Italian-style food, easy for families and groups. While it may not be at the top of "foodie" lists like its across-the-street neighbor Sfoglina, it's perfectly acceptable and much less expensive.

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P
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A local staple. Excellent friendly service! Recommend the seafood fettuccini. Prices are very reasonable.

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CS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. We would go back again

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our server was very friendly and accommodating. The food was good, classic Italian. Portions are huge.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Right down from our house and even if it wasn't, worth the drive to enjoy the home prepared meals. Food is always delicious and the specials are innovative and delicious. Always a pleaser for our out of town guests. Service is superb and the management always attentive.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Have to say it wasn't as good as it has been in the past! But maybe just an off night.

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h
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not sleek or modern, definitely a bit shabby... but we'll come back for the delicious bruschetta/foccacia alone and the food was solid. (E.g., Slightly overcooked but fresh paparadelle with fresh shellfish and fresh spicy tomato sauce. A splurge on a special that was worth the expense.) Seems to have a neighborhood crowd of varying ages, families, couples, groups of friends... We were glad to have stumbled upon it!

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