Bar Cantinetta

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247 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
We are an Italian restaurant and bar located in Seattle. We emphasize in traditional Tuscan culinary tradition and local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

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Happy Hour at Bar Cantinetta

From 5-6pm Tuesday-Sunday enjoy our special Happy Hour menu, including $11 pizzas, $20 bottles of wine, and more!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 10 October 2018

Ends: 11 October 2117

Availability: Sun 17:00-18:00
Tue-Sat 17:00-18:00

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Bar Cantinetta is a small, quiet Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill with homemade pasta, pizzas, and a lot of romantic feels.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had friend from out of town. He has a ton of dietary restrictions and it was still a beautiful meal

Fabulous food and beyond service


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CH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Bar Cantinetta for a date night and we’re seriously impressed. The ambience, food, and service were simply amazing. We will definitely be making this a regular spot!

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J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening enjoying the intimate setting. The starters were all delicious, especially the dates and beef carpaccio. The risotto was just like in Italy. And the tiramisu was a perfect ending to the meal. The cocktails and wine were also delicious. The service was attentive with great suggestions. We will definitely return.

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WF
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Getting popular for the outdoor dining.
Also, this leaves a lot of room for inside tables which are as good as ever.
Seems to be attracting even more of serious later diners.

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NB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has become one of my absolutely favorite places in the city. I love to sit at the bar and have a glass of wine and watch the food being made. Janine is a wonderful bartender, friendly and warm. I go to Cantinetta because the Bolognese is the best I have ever tasted. I think about it when I'm not there. And when I am there, and the dish is placed before me, with the wine ... ah. Life makes sense.

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was fabulous. Attentive, relaxed and obviously proud of where she worked. the atmosphere is lovely. The food was delish! We will definitely be back!

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R
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1. The food is excellent - we had the olives, burrata, and insalata mista to start, then Amatriciana (x2) and Bolognese for pasta courses, and then finished with the steak. All cooked perfectly and with amazing flavors and textures.
2. The service is always great and friendly. Hugo and Kate are bright, interested, and attentive, and they make excellent recommendations.
3. The price point, which for three with drinks, dinner mentioned above, and dessert was $210, is more than reasonable for the quality of the food and the service. I have not found this quality of authentic Italian in Seattle for less. To be fair, I haven't found this quality of authentic Italian in Seattle...but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

We love this place and it's a regular on our date night rotation! I'm just waiting for them to put the Carbonara on the menu again, as it's the best I've ever had outside of an amazing place just outside of Rome (sorry, that's a ridiculous statement...I know).

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DB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Overall, the experience was very good. The only real downside was that they ran out of pizza dough, which cut the menu by about half. Also, they ran out of mascarpone cheese, which was an element to the dessert we shared.
The food was delicious, though, and service was attentive.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Bar Cantinetta. It is our favorite spot in Madison Valley.

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SA
Denver
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and cozy space. Our server had a great knowledge of the wine they offered.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was a little warm inside, but other than that it was a great spot. The food is soooo good. Fried artichoke is a must

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WF
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For the first time, we dined al fresco.
It was quiet, private, warm, and very repeatable.

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JR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, but choices limited. Also pretty noisy. But, we'll be back. An excellent bistro style choice.

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Y
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for Another great dining experience at Bar Cantinetta! Diverse wine list. Burrata appetizer was delicious. The carpaccio was on the Very small portion size. Parpadelle and pizza were amazing. Tiramisu was on the large size and scrumptious.

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Z
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The food is great and definitely worth a visit. The ambiance,not so much. My friend and I spent the evening yelling at each other as the tables were very close (so close we even struck up a conversation with the neighboring table) and the restaurant very noisy.

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H
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Fresh homemade pasta cooked just the way I like it and perfectly seasoned.

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WF
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you go to be seen.
This may not be the likeliest place in town.
On the other hand, if you go to enjoy,
benefit from great food, be served by people who are interested,
and would like to be seen by special people
who you did not expect.
this is probably is a good choice.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Everything was great except one of the woman servers had very noisy shoes, it was super annoying she walked by behind us.

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RH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extremely charming neighborhood Italian gem. Keep in mind the space is very tight and seating is limited so reservations are a must.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love Bar Cantinetta! Chef Jaeger is amazing!
Carrie our server is so friendly & very attentive & fun! So enjoyed our evening ~

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BG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and charming romantic ambiance.

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LB
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Picked this place out while staying in Seattle for a long weekend. What a great find! Staff were kind and attentive, and the wine was excellent! even though they had to close early due to a mechanical issue we didn’t feel like they rushed us out - they wanted us to enjoy our meal to the fullest. We will be back for sure!

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and perfect specialty cocktails!
Fabulous food!

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NW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is excellent! I have never had a bad dish here. The Mista salad is a must have time. The crab risotto was perfectly flavored and fresh tasting. I had the steak, which my wife tried and said she loved, even though she doesn’t like steak. It was tender and perfectly salted. The atmosphere is warm and the service is knowledgeable and accommodating. We love this place.

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OT
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food is good, but not enough selection for those who like more veggies, fish and lighter choices. Service was friendly and accommodating, although very slow, perhaps due to under-staffing.

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We have been here a few times. This was our first bad experience. Food was good as usual, the bartender was great, as was the host, but our waitress was a confused basket case.

It wasn’t overly busy, and our order was simple and straightforward. The bartender did his best to make a bad situation acceptable for my wife’s birthday, and that was appreciated.

I’m hoping this was just a bad night and it was our turn to be the unlucky table. We love the food and we will be back.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommend it.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful tiny place with amazing food, ambience and drinks!! Definitely check it out.

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EA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and friendly service in a cozy neighborhood restaurant. The clams, stuffed dates and Caesar were crave-worthy. Good cocktails and wine by the glass.

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WF
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We tried sitting at the counter last night, watching the staff do magic.
We were astounded that the Chef and part owner,
personally new what we would likely order,
and how we wished it prepared.
We had never talked to him before.
These people really care.
They deliver.

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MW
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food, staff and drinks are always great. They were very accommodating with this reservation because my large party had to decrease in size.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love going here. The food is always amazing and the service is always great.

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h
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice food as well as great setting. The only complaint was the poor ventilation in the restaurant.
My clothes had to be aired out for 2 days in order to get the "food" smell out of them.

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CK
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Bar Cantinetta:)! Delicious salads, pizzas and wine. Great service as always!
Carrie is attentive and Kate treats us like family.

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S
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

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JD
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, cozy atmosphere & impressive service on a busy Friday night. Been a long time patron of the Wallingford location & this was my first visit to Bar Cantinetta. Charming & intimate- loved the vibe. Amazing gnocchi & bolognese, delicious butternut squash soup & amazing French bread. I’ll be back for sure!

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GR
Portland
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good meal and the ambience is great for a date.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Bar Cantinetta did not have a table for us. They said that Open Table reserves tables despite the fact that they are full. Very frustrating.

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N
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Recommend sitting at the counter. Chefs are friendly. Hugo, the bartender, makes a great drink.

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FE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We were looking forward to this spot, but the food quality was very mixed. Delicious beet salad and carrot salad, but flavorless gnocchi, room-temperature pasta with bland sauce, tough flank steak, and unimpressive tiramisu. We won’t return.

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