Firenze Ristorante Italiano
Firenze Ristorante Italiano in Bellevue, Washington specializes in serving traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers a cozy ambience with candlelit tables and soft opera music playing in the background.
Firenze Ristorante Italiano serves lunch and dinner and offers a variety of appetizers, salads, pasta, meats, seafood and vegetables on the menu. Entree selections at the restaurant include stuffed chicken breast, grilled quail, grilled lamb chops, spaghetti carbonara, ravioli aurora and tortellini alla panna. In addition to the food selection, Firenze Ristorante Italiano also offers an extensive selection of wine and champagne available by the glass, half bottle or full bottle.
I can honestly say it was the worst meal from salad to entree that I have ever experienced in a restaurant. The worst ever!!! I am baffled by the high rating. Must be a bunch of old farts that have no taste buds anymore. And the kicker.... it’s not that cheap!
Booked table for 5 but were asked to squeeze 5 on table for 4. Really loved food here. Owner is great guy. Had to wait extra 20 minutes to get check paid after giving waitress our credit cards. Food very good so will return.
All in our party thoroughly enjoyed the dinner at Firenze. The waitress was a real peach and made us smile. The food on offer for SRW was a good value and was very tasty. We all agreed we would go back again. The pizza coming out sure looked good.
started off poor, ended great. There was no host . We arrived 4 min early . We then waited a total of 18 min at front desk without acknowledgement. After the first 10 min, not seeing an employee in sight, we sought out the restroom. There was one table awaiting service. When we returned, a server then greeted the table of guests yet continued to ignore us for 8 minutes more. We located some menus and found the seattle restaurant week menu as well at the host stand. Had we been more familiar with the area, I’d have gone elsewhere at this point.
The waiter eventually seated us and left menus without the restaurant week offerings and took ours.. I asked for ours back stating that they had the restaurant week menu in them. He was surprised , “ oh, they were inside”? I felt that it was the intention to not advertise restaurant week or provide offerings unless specifically asked.
The restaurant filled up after that. We did wait for another table to be greeted, seated, and served drinks well before we were offered an order. We were never offered beverages or bread. Yet, from there , things are good. Friendly service, great food. Reasonable wait times. We had to ask for plates to share or appetizer.
They had only one visible front end employee. He worked hard and was friendly. Food was fabulous!
The menu had great selections but the words were small and in italics therefore hard to read in dim lighting's. Overall, I will highly recommend this place for wine selection and Italian food
Authentic Italian, good service & welcoming informative staff
Firenze is our neighborhood favorite. As always tonight the food was fabulous. But the service tonight was deplorable. We sat for almost half an hour before even getting menus, another 20 to order, and another 15 to get our drinks. I have never had an experience like this at Firenze. Staff just kept walking by our table.
Solid, traditional Italian restaurant. Good variety of pasta dishes and good wine list at reasonable prices.
Would be good for families.
Food was okay... it took 30 minutes to get our check though and they weren’t even busy. It’s almost like they wanted us to stay and spend more money because they walked by multiple times. Wouldn’t go back due to service and subpar food. Also ambiance was okay but definitely an older place
This is one of the of the nicest Italian places in our area. We discovered it after returning from The Italy and Florence itself and wanted Italian food that was authentic....we found it here. Wonderful family owned place with excellent food without driving into Seattle.
Ok ambiance inside and on the terrace for a strip shopping area. Tasty salads, pizzas and pastas. We enjoyed the prawns in red pepper wine sauce, salmon with lemon and capers and bone in pork chop Marsala. Good wine list, but server forgot our son’s ice tea. When we asked he was a bit brusque telling us they were brewing it. Could’ve told us that up front I felt. This was our second visit and we’ll probably return.
This restaurant is a neighborhood gem! Excellent food, celebrated a birthday with the excellent chicken Gorgonzola. Always a treat!
Sorry, but this is not 5 star Italian. Yes, the place is dated and in a strip mall - that's OK. Sure service was poor because they were understaffed and only had one server - things happen, I get it. But for me the reason I won't be going back is simply the food. While nothing was horrible, everything was mediocre at best. We had the meatball appetizer, Caesar salad, Gnocchi, and Linguine with clams. Nothing good there. Even the bread, which seems like it was homemade (thumbs up) was not great. Having dined at some fantastic Italian restaurants in Seattle - Pink Door, Carmine's, Barolo... this place doesn't come close.
We were treated to sparkling wine to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Firenze. Food was excellent, wine good and atmosphere very pleasant.
Dinner was wonderful and staff treated you as family. Will definitely return.
Always a good meal. Thank you!
Great food and good atmosphere!
We selected Firenze Ristorante because I had seen a group of happy customers enjoying a bottle of red wine on the outdoor patio. For some reason, I got the impression they were regulars. I made reservations for the following evening, but we decided to sit indoors, because the weather was a bit too warm outside. We were instantly greeted by a friendly face and were seated near a window, where the tables were already packed with people dining and laughing. My meal included an excellent salad with a mouth-watering balsamic reduction, baked salmon with a brown sauce and capers, and red Montepulciano wine. Everything was tasty, and the service was spot on. The ambiance included works of Italian art, both serious and whimsical. Prices were reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber.
Great (authentic) Italian food in a quiet bistro -- the service was delightful, the value was real. We'll be going back soon ... and often.
Wonderful food, pleasant, quiet atmosphere. We sat outside, it was a lovely evening. Staff was pleasant and efficient!
The food was out of this world!! My daughter ordered the beef tortellini and all of us decided it was the most delicious. That being said, all of the food was hot and yummy and you could tell that the chef put heart and soul into the recipes. The staff were attentive, very friendly and helpful. Our waitress was so nice and always smiling. She knew the menu by heart and was easily able to help me with my dietary restrictions. Easily the best italian food I’ve had in a while. And that’s a big endorsement, coming from an Italian!!
Will eat there again, over and over.
The food was EXCELLENT!!! The wine list was much better than expected for a smaller restaurant. The only reason this is not a five is it’s in a strip mall next to a theater. The food was very similar to meals we have eaten in Sienna and Florence. Go for the food and wine, you won’t be disappointed!!
Excellent service and cuisine, as always!
Firenze's was a fabulous find! Their service, wine, dinners did not disappoint. We will definitely recommend Firenze's as a great Italian restaurant. We will be back for sure.
Great food, super service. Will definitely go again
Truly delicious spaghetti bolognese.
I keep hoping our meal and experience here will be like it used to be. Last two times experiences are telling us to not return. Have dined here for over 20 years. This time we made a reservation. Seated in the dark side room. Ditzy female waitress who brought my husbands appetizer bowl of soup snd pasta at the same time. Duh. My carbonara and his bolognese were basically slopped on the plate. I wish it was like it used to be. The owner needs to be there to oversee quality control.
Really good food, authentic Italian flavor. I totally recommend this place, one hidden jewel!
Our waitress was really nice and checked in on as just the right amount of times. Definitely a place I would recommend to a friend.
I am not really sure why this restaurant has 5 stars. Its over priced, my food did not taste like 5 star food. Also, when you just walk in, it smells like an old place and not like pasta cooking place that you want to eat. Every dish is so expensive.
Charming authentic Italian cuisine with a lovely pair of owners that greet you at the door
Loved our waitress. Very attentive and friendly to our party of 8.
Terrible service. Double charged. Average Italian food for high prices. No children’s menu. Owner is a tyrant.
We chose this restaurant to celebrate a momentous occasion of graduation with family of 15. When we asked for kids menus, there was nothing available so my 3 year old (can’t eat pasta) suffered without eating. The server was overwhelmed as soon as the food came out wrong (per her mistake). Instead of apologizing it turned into fiasco with her huffing around angrily.
A member of our table had a fly in her food, and instead of quickly making it right the owner said it was impossible and the fly was “not a member of the staff”. There was no offer to remake the food, and we were still charged. He later yelled at us saying it wasn’t his fault, and he shouldn’t be held responsible.
Finally when we asked to separate our checks, she said it was too hard so we were forced to separate our own checks. We were charged extra for small sides. We ended up being double-charged for several items with a terrible misleading explanation.
We are never going back again. Try Tropea—you’ll get treated well with to die for homemade pasta.
We absolutely love Firenze and the entire team that work to make such a wonderful experience. We highly recommended Firenze!
My favorite Italian restaurant in western Washington. Small, intimate, friendly, outstanding food - reminds me of Italy.
Delicious food to celebrate a birthday!
The food at Firenze is consistently superb. The bistecca with gorgonzola featured as a special now and then is absolutely delicious and worth every penny. Service is consistently good as well. Waiter is there when you need him; otherwise not.
We love this place. The best hidden gem. Had our rehearsal dinner here! We love Salvatore!
The food, the staff and the environment are all spectacular. It's our favorite restaurant! We've been going there since the day it opened.
Not a large place, but worked well for our group of 12. Everyone was very happy with their food and wine. Service was generally good, though there were a few long delays between check-ins. We got there early so it wasn't crowded and we could talk easily.