The Restaurant

Rated #1 Best New Restaurant!!

Osteria Elisir is the latest incarnation of Chef Enzo Fargione’s approach to dining in the
“Countryside of  Italy”
featuring the chef’s distinctive hands-on approach, personalized vision and interpretation of his acclaimed modern Italian cooking that earned him the 2008 Esquire Magazine:

“One of the best 4 chefs to watch in the USA”

Osteria Elisir offers unique and creative menus nightly highlighting Fargione’s creativity and constant search for taste, presentation and concept. The menu changes seasonally.

Located in the heart of Washington DC Penn Quarter Elisir is conveniently located at 427 11thstreet NW Washington, DC (between Pennsylvania Ave & E Street)

The design and decor is the fruit of collaboration with the renowned architectural firm Grupo 7 that created a first class restaurant with stylish contemporary, but elegant décor and with typical European flares. The Countryside decor adds comfort, warmth and a restaurant you can dine at with family, daily…but elegant enough for power meals and date night.

Osteria Elisir accommodates approximately 85 patrons in the dining area, 35 patrons at a bar, and 35 in its glass enclosed private room. The Restaurant showcases 3 glass fronted wine cellars, fine wood millwork, porcelain tile and carpet floors, pendant lighting and custom metal details…wine barrels, farming tools and charming country displays!

The partially open kitchen features a plating station and an observation deck, which monitors the work of Chef Fargione and feeds to nearby LCD monitors

The Restaurant is open 5 days a week for lunch and 6 days a week for dinner service. The wine list features extensive selections from Italy, California, South Africa and a few French and Virginia labels. A multiple wine pairing program is also available to accommodate any dinner menu selection.

Chef Enzo Fargione

Growing up in Torino, Italy, Chef Enzo learned to love cooking via his mother’s example at a very early age and has never stopped. At fourteen, he enrolled in The Professional Culinary Institute in Turin, Italy and finished at the top of his class. In 1986, after having worked in numerous restaurants, fate would play a hand in his future: though only seventeen, the Chef packed his bags and became the first head Chef at the Little Italy Gourmet in San Diego California. A few months later, he joined Galileo restaurant as head chef in Washington, DC. and ran a four star kitchen.Between then and now, Enzo has earned success and respect in the culinary world while working and owning numerous and successful Washington DC restaurants such as Donna Adele, the Radicchio restaurant chain, the acclaimed fine dining Barolo on Capitol Hill, the Italian tapas restaurant concept Atrium in West Palm Beach, Florida and working as Executive Chef/Consultant at Teatro Goldoni restaurant.Throughout the years he has earned two nominations for The Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington; won a few national awards and was recognized by magazines and newspapers across the country for the authenticity and for his approach to modern Italian cooking as well as his playful inventiveness.

With unflagging energy, Chef Fargione still finds time to teach cooking classes where he passes on his personalized vision of modern cooking as well as attending and supporting local charity events with his fellow chefs. Chef Enzo is an active and proud member of the James Beard Foundation where he regularly cooks and appears in its kitchen in New York City.

Private Dining

Let us customize the perfect private Lunch, Dinner or Cocktail reception for you and your guests. Osteria Elisir‘s private room offers a stylish, elegant and intimate ambiance with a seating capacity of up to 35 people, partially surrounded by the see through glass enclosed wine cellars.

Do you have a party up to 85 people? Inquire about our private settings in the main dining room. This is a vibrant and lively area in front of the kitchen “Observation Deck” and it offers the opportunity to watch the Chef and his crew at work while enjoying the stunning décor in perfect privacy.

Osteria Elisir has a special place for you no matter how small or large your event may be. An entire “Restaurant Buy Out” program is also available.

For more information or to inquire about availability please contact our Private Party Coordinator at 202-546-0088 or It’s our mission to create and offer the most memorable event customizing it to your individual needs and to your complete satisfaction.

Cooking Classes


Are You Ready To Get Your Hands Dirty?Join Chef Enzo Fargione for a series of interacting and fun cooking classes discovering the flavors, techniques and secrets of Italian cooking
Each class will focus on different subjects, recipes, regions and ingredientsCooking sessions will last about 3 to 4 hours and will include complimentary lunch, wine, refreshments, recipes and cooking aprons.

Any cooking level skill is welcome, we just want you to have great fun while
enjoying good company, good cooking and have a great meal with other passionate and enthusiastic food lovers.

All Classes are held in the kitchen of OSTERIA ELISIR on Saturday morning
$129.00 per person inclusive of food and wine but it excludes 10% sales tax and 15% service gratuities


Program and Guidelines

Join Chef Enzo Fargione for an unforgettable culinary experience in his kitchen at OSTERIA ELISIR. Chef Enzo has designed a series of hands on cooking classes for curious beginners, seasoned home cooks and enthusiastic food lovers.
Saturday morning classes are available for up to 16 people
Classes begin at 10 am sharp and will last approximately 3 to 4 hours
Please wear comfortable attire and shoes as students will partially stand and interact during class.

The cost is $129.00 per person inclusive of food and wine but it excludes 10% sales tax and 15% service gratuities.
All classes are held at OSTERIA ELISIR 427 11 Street NW Washington DC 20004


Reservations & Cancellation Policy

Request a copy of the class’s schedule and explore our detailed program for private cooking class parties at your home for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Please call our private event coordinators at Elisir Restaurant at 202-546-0088.
Payments are accepted by credit cards only and will be charged only once your reservation is final and fully confirmed. Payments by credit cards will incur a processing fee of 3%. Payment must be received 24 hours prior the class date and all cooking class reservations are final and cancellations are not permitted.
A minimum number of 8 attendees are required and any class might be cancelled at the sole discretion of Elisir Restaurant. In case of cancellation by Elisir Restaurant, an alternate future class will be offered instead.

Hours & Location

Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 11:00pm

Bar Happy Hour
Monday to Friday: 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Osteria Elisir is conveniently located at 427 11th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20004 in the Penn Quarter area between Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street. We are just one block away from the Ronald Reagan building and just a few blocks from the Capitol building. Osteria Elisir is just a short walk away from the National Theatre, the Warner Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre and only 4 blocks distanced from the White House.

We can be easily reached by Metro Rail by 3 convenient metro stations all located in less than half mile distance:

Federal Triangle
302 12th Street NW Washington DC 20004 About 2 minutes walk (0.4 miles)

Metro Center
607 13th Street NW Washington DC 20005 About 1 minute walk (0.2 miles)

Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20004 About 2 minutes walk (0.3 miles)

From Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
About 7 minutes by car (3.5 miles)

Go North on S Smith Blvd Take the exit toward GW Parkway North and merge onto George Washington Memorial Pkwy Merge onto I-395 N/US-1 N toward Washington (Crossing into District of Columbia). Keep left to take US-1 N via Exit 1 toward National Mall. Stay straight to go onto 14th Street NW. Turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Turn left onto 11th street NW. Elisir Restaurant is on the right.