Cantinetta

4.7
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698 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar. We emphasize in Tuscan culinary traditions and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

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Ring in the New Year with a 3 course Cantinetta feast! $95 prix fixe

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 698 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The single candle in middle of table in dark room is hard to see around. The constant changing of plates and changing silverware is disruptive. But the food and waitstaff and other ambiance is great.

S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best Italian food in the city at a really reasonable price. The staff is the best!

M
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Delicious food, we'll definitely be back.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have gone to this place for as long at it has been there. It was always a go-to neighborhood restaurant.
Alas, the times they are a changing (Dylan.) Menu items are up scale now, smaller sized and wine bottles are well... $60 was the cheapest red. Next tier was $80 and the next was … !! House red (in this- the land of fab red from Yakima) was neither local nor good.
Some unique items: small dessert beignets and fabulous hand made pasta, and home made bread.
Nice bar to eat alone at but noise is over the top; it has always been like that.
All-in all - from first cabin to average for prices.

MG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

My wife and I ordered the truffle vermicelli special at our server’s recommendation. Everything else she recommended was very good, but the vermicelli was bland and tasteless. Almost like something was left out. Our guest was pleased with her choice and we didn’t want to spoil the mood so we didn’t say anything at the time. Cantinetta is usually excellent but we were very disappointed with our meal. I just hope this was a one off experience and not a trend.

MC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Despite having a reservation, we still had to wait 15 min for our table. The food was cooked well but the flavors were very bland. Overpriced for the amount and quality of the food.

s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Will definitely return.

N
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There's everything in the world to adore about this neighborhood gem, from the superior service and thoughtful, delicious menu to the lovely space and delightful bar program. Love!

LG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service2Ambience5

I love this spot... but the food seems to be going downhill a bit. The vibe, the bar, the ambiance is awesome. The food has gotten increasingly heavy to the point of almost greasy... they definitely need some lighter menu options to balance out the heavy dishes.

AC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place. The ambiance is the best and you guys do a killer job!

J
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

VERY loud place! Cant hear across the table, sound levels well in the hearing damage range (80-90 dBA). Food good though! Needs better front of house management- weird poorly trained service and creepy mgt(?) guy lurking around. Front of house maybe not well set up for a busy night.

B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were there for restaurant week, so I didn't get a sense of affordability but it was some of the best Italian food I've had in Seattle. The panna cotta was transcendent.

J
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Cantinetta is one of our favorite restaurants and we dine there at least once a month. Having said that, our visit for for dinner during Restaurant Week was a bit disappointing. For $35 for 3 courses, I would have thought they could have come up with something more exciting than their regular papperdelle. The dessert was amazing

AM
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a short review. I am a vegetarian and every time I leave Cantinetta I tell them, "Your food is delicious." I just had the Ricotta Mezzaluna with Beets and Poppy Seeds, which sounds boring. I trust their cooking so got it and NOT BORING.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Way too loud in the restaurant. Couldn’t even hear people at my own table.

k
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Small but inventive menu

BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff, good food and a comfortable neighborhood spot that never fails to satisfy!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The food was honestly very bad. It’s hard to do pasta wrong. Especially if it’s an Italian restaurant. The pasta was doughy and the sauce was bland. We were a group of 10 and got a variety of dishes. Not one was worthy of the reviews I saw in OpenTable and Yelp while making the reservation. I came here for am my birthday dinner and did not enjoy the meal at all. Will not be returning here - and will encourage everyone to avoid.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wouldn’t mind having it a bit quieter as I often eat with people with hear aids but it’s so cozy and nice staff.

KH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great with enough creative seasonal inventions to keep it interesting.

s
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good, service was good but extremely loud. Very challenging to have a conversation. We were frustrated

SW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Italian cuisine and excellent service. We had our 34th wedding anniversary dinner here with our family and we had a great experience at Cantinetta.

R
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredibly delicate pasta, tremendous flavor, great wine pairing by our wait staff, and a very romantic environment with real lit candle sticks. Couldn’t have been better!

R
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was very good. Noise was reasonable, but could have been quieter. A typical problem in Seattle restaurants in general. Good value overall.

LD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Cantinetta provided a magical experience for dinner. The cocktails were wonderful, the atmosphere romantic, and the food sublime. I could eat the gnocchi everyday of my life. A great spot for a specialoccasion, or a lovely place for delicious, soulful italian anytime.

MP
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant I've experienced in awhile.
Thank you for helping us celebrate a special birthday.

SP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved the food. Outstanding housemate pasta. Good service. Lovely warm decor. Unbearably loud.

OW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Top notch service, excellent food. Go with the waitstaff’s recommendations. Will return.

CC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cantinetta never disappoints. It has the warm, friendly atmosphere of the little neighborhood restaurant but the quality of both food and service is superb! It feels much like we are lost in Florence or Siena enjoying a meal each time we dine here. We love it and can’t wait to return♥️

a
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cantinetta is a favorite of ours. Definitely a neighborhood gem. Always great food and great service.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Cantinetta was perfect! I would recommend to anyone.

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the cozy neighborhood feel of this restaurant. The staff is very warm and friendly. The food is authentic and fresh. We loved the tagliatelle which they make fresh in house every morning. You want to make a reservation ahead and f time and you won’t be disappointed.

OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Good food, decent service. Too loud from the bar, even at opposite side of restaurant.

K
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter’s 16 birthday and everything was spot on. From the atmosphere, to the food to the service. We had a fabulous dinner and will definitely return!

HE
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yum! Food was great. Service was great. We had the table at the back for six people and it was really lovely.

DZ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was quite good, service was marginal, noise level high but workable. Cantinetta is a pretty neighborhood restaurant that we’ve gone to periodically over the years because they really know how to cook pasta (along with everything else). We’d recommend it with caution due to service issues.

CL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice and intimate restaurant with fresh and seasonal selections that change constantly. Fun wine list to boot.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite spot to celebrate a special occasion. We love Cantinetta!

CP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food! Great atmosphere! Fantastic staff!! Love cantinetta to celebrate or enjoy a lovely dinner. Always a great menu. Desserts , appetizers and drinks are wonderful. Short menu equals quality delicious foods!!!

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our evening began a bit rocky. I made a reservati