The restaurant is pretty and has a nice vibe. We were excited about having the pizza. It was horrible. So much cheese, couldn’t even taste the sauce, crust was okay. It was so salty. We couldn’t finish our pizzas. I would say I’m a pizza connoisseur. This was definitely not good pizza. The salad was okay; nothing to write home about. Overall, not a place would recommend or eat at again. Disappointed.
A great new find. Excellent space in the Glover Park Hotel. Wide ranging menu -- especially for a vegetarian. Will absolutely go back.
Worst and slowest service staff and kitchen I’ve seen in years. Brunch took 3 hrs and the place was empty. Would not recommend.
Dear Sara, I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience on Saturday. I'll be calling you shortly to hopefully sort out the details regarding your poor review. Our guests time is of the utmost importance to our team at Casolare and hate to hear that you felt we took too much of it. I hope to speak with you soon and thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Chris Van Jura General Manager Casolare Ristorante + Bar
Amazing food from the bread to the stakes the pasta and salad dressings everything is great try it for yourself hard to believe inside of a kimpton but beautiful enjoy great food thank you , cia1984
We were running late all day and had to show up late. The staff was very pleasant and undisturbed by our request. They let us straight in and promptly took our order. The host, server, and bar tender were very personable and welcoming. We stayed late and played cards against humanity and had the staff cracking up. Great place to eat with a great staff! Oh and the food was hot and tasty!
The Sunday brunch menu is very nice with lots of choices from a burger to jalapeno hash. The staff are really great--attentive and friendly. Casolare has been a great choice for us over the years for Happy Hours, birthdays, Mother's Day and other occasions.
Delicious food in a comfortable space with a great aesthetic. We really enjoyed our visit!
We love the food - there is always something interesting on the menu, but on this recent visit the service was pretty bad. It seemed as if no specific server was assigned out table - a number of people stopped by, but none of them seemed to know where we were in the meal. For instance, just as we had finished our appetizer, a waiter came, took our napkins and silverware, and asked us if we would like dessert.
The main waiter seemed to sense that we were being poorly served, and comped us a dessert, which was nice, but it would have been better if they had just gotten it right from the start.
They could use more servers to man the room.
Food was cold. Had to fill own water glass.
Whatever low class.
Went for a birthday brunch. Food was very good and service was good. Really enjoyed the starters also!
I have eaten twice at Casolare in the past three weeks and I already look forward to coming back again because the food is delicious and the restaurant is attractive. Also, you can hear yourselves talk! Complementary valet parking is a nice touch.
Food was salty
Ambiance is bland
Best part of our meal was the wine we brought and only had to pay a $25 corkage fee
Skip this place . . . there is far better Italian food in DC!
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
Great food! Excellent wine list. Very comfortable ambiance in the lobby of a unique hotel.
I had the most delicious house made mozzarella dish I have ever had! Everyone's food was very good, and the atmosphere was very pleasant and unrushed. Our server was not attentive, which was very frustrating. This may have been because he was attending a large party nearby. We will definitely give Casolare another chance. I hope the mozzarella starter will still be on the menu!
We scheduled a brunch reservation weeks in advance.
Excited for a delicious meal we arrived and proceeded to wait 10 minutes before we were even greeted by a host.
Then we sat down and never got menus, water or service until we went to find someone.
Basically the service was nonexistent.
The food was average at best, which I’m sure could have been better but the kitchen was short staffed as well
Overall a BAD experience and would certainly not be returning.
Amazing food and great atmosphere! Everything we ate was amazing!
The food is always consistent, exquisitely executed with such wonderful flavors. From my favorite Arugula salad, simple and fresh; perfect pasta dishes, and spectacular bread. We can never resist their Tiramisu, one of the best of any place we've been.
A little pricey but good food.
Would definitely come back
Firstly it was empty. Weird. When the food FINALLY ARRIVED, it was beyond salty. I’ve eaten many bagels in my day and this one was not edible. We were the only table in a giant dining room, which was a red flag. Really upset that we didn’t get up and leave when we saw this. Would never go back or ever ever ever recommend it.
As always, Casolare was excellent. Here’s an odd recommendation - have the polenta as a side dish. My husband ordered it, but I kept taking bites and, a la Goldilocks, I ate the whole thing! Dee-lish!
I was expecting to like this place more than I did, as friends had recommended it. Perhaps we made bad choices. My husband had chicken parmesan, which was a generous portion but that's the only positive thing we could say about it. In fact, it was dreadful: the chicken was dry and over breaded. The dish was drowning in mozzarella, and so bland he had to request parmesan to create some flavor. I had meatballs, which were very good, and eggplant parmesan, which was way too oily. Our two friends had pasta dishes (ragu and ravioli) and although they were happier with their dishes than my husband or I were, neither was thrilled. By the end of the evening, the restaurant was so loud we could not hear each other speak, even when we raised our voices. We will not be going back.
Great happy hour at the bar 3-7p. Good for a drink before dinner reservation.
Food is outstanding and very good value at Happy Hour.
Service is good .
The reubon was made with roast beef and it was obvious that it was not made with either corned beef or pastrami which is usual in an ‘old fashioned ruebon.’ I asked the staff about this and they insisted that the roast beef I was eating was corned beef. That was a lie. The pizza they served my wife was embarrassing. We have eaten here before and it was very good before. However, on this occasion the crust was extremely hard, cheese congealed and pizza was overall cold and terrible. We also ordered a bottle of sparkling wine which the server allowed to explode and put the exploding bottle in the middle of the table. The sparkling wine then proceeded to spill all over the table and us. The waiter then walked away and left us to clean up the mess he created. One person in our party also ordered coffee and milk which took over 20 minutes and several requests for us to receive.
My wife and I have been here for dinner several times and enjoyed the food and service. The staff at brunch seemed to be fairly incompetent at brunch. We are extremely unlikely to return.
Lovely restaurant, quiet and attractive, delicious food, excellent service!
I was surprised after reading the great reviews. Nothing spectacular on the food scale, of course, I was raised in an Italian home and lived in NYC for a long time. The apps were nice (eggplant and meatballs), but my giant chicken parm was near tasteless. Service was good. It was just a bit pricey for the quality of food.
Fantastic food for brunch with friends. I hate brunch and I loved going here.
We ended up eating in the bar. Seven days a week happy hour. Staff was fantastic--friendly, but not overly so, knowledgeable about the menu and willing to recommend. We had happy hour drinks and small plates--dont pass up the eggplant! And then desserts. Desserts overall were uninspiring but tasty. We wanted something chocolate and the only option was gelato sundae. Good but not great. Noise level was such that we could talk in a normal voice and perhaps slightly elevated as the bar filled up. Will definitely go back to try some of the entrees.
Casolare did not disappoint tonight! The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the drinks were tasty. I’m so happy that we gave it another chance because it more than met our expectations. It’s always nice to return and give a good restaurant the opportunity to redeem itself. Thanks for a delightful evening.
What a pleasant surprise! A true hidden gem! Loved the Mama Zeeca’s Eggplant! Arugula Salad was delish, and plentiful...enough for two people. Friendly and attentive service in a cozy atmosphere. My new spot for yummy comfort food!
Casolare has been among our area favorites for a number of years. When my father said he wanted to enjoy an Italian meal for his 90th birthday, my partner and I brought him here. He was duly impressed, which is saying something for a northern New Jersey-native who has enjoyed the NYC-area's robust Italian dining scene since the late-1940's. As always, the service was wonderful, with the manager and several staff members dropping by to say happy birthday. As always, we're looking forward to our next visit.
Our meal at Casolare was Sunday brunch for a family group of 7. The restaurant staff merits praise for patiently dealing with fluctuations in the number of expected diners during the reservation process; additionally, our server did a very good job handling our large group, in which several members made special requests. Perceptions of the food varied. I thought my bagel and whitefish salad platter and accompanying pastry basket, which I had greatly enjoyed during a prior visit, were again outstanding, and among the best Washington has to offer. Family members who ordered egg dishes were more sparing in their praise, however.
We were rushed continuously and never had water refilled
Lovely food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely return!
Quiet, hidden gem in a great location. Complimentary valet parking is the cherry on top!
For being a relatively slow night, the service was not great and the food was just ok. Have had a much better experience other times we've visited!
The pizza was delicious-thin crust and very tasty sauce. Hit the spot!
Everything about the experience was positive. The waitress was especially gracious helping us to decide on deserts etc. And the food was outstanding.