Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
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2121 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Il Terrazzo Carmine, owned and operated by Carmine Smeraldo, is one of Seattle's true dining anomalies - a highly successful restaurant with unfailingly high standards and a loyal, sophisticated clientele. The cuisine has been acclaimed as Seattle's best by the media and more importantly, by local diners.
Il Terrazzo Carmine is located in historic Pioneer Square - nestled in an urban-renewed alley with entrances through the vintage lobby on First Avenue or through the delightful courtyard in the back. Since 1984, Carmine Smeraldo's classic Italian restaurant has been where the locals have chosen to return over and over again. From the Carpaccio Di Bue and Spaghettini Dell 'Ortolano for lunch to the Suprema Di Pollo Farcita and Zuppa Di Pesce for dinner you will know you have gone to a place where excellence is a way of life. Arguably the best Italian restaurant in Seattle, Il Terrazzo serves classical Italian cuisine with an atmosphere you may want to call home and never leave

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4.8
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4.8
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f
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved our Hostesses and food server as they were so friendly, real and so attentive. The food was good and I would go back and try other things. I loved the atmosphere and it make a fantastic celebration spot !
The tiramisu was incredible and I am craving to taste it again! Thank you for a delightful night!

J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorites. Bartender is great, quite enough for a conversation and the food was excellant😋😋😋

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic experience. From the moment you enter you receive excellent service. The layout of the restaurant feels busy but not over crowded. The food was spectacular, I highly recommend the pennette con salmone and to finish things off with the classic pistachio cannoli. Very pleased with the entire Italian adventure!

PG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive. My only hang up were the shoestring potatoes served with the bisteca meals. These are hard to scoop and eat as they simply fall off the fork. I tried to pour some of the sauce from the steak onto the shoestring potatoes hoping they would soften up for me to pick up with the fork but that did not work. My wife gave up after the third attempt at picking them up with a fork but eventually gave up and ignored the shoestring potatoes all together. I had the bisteca al Pepe verde and my wife had the bisteca alla harrelson arrabiatta. Both were delicious and made to our desired doneness. If they continue with shoestring potatoes I highly recommend you order a pasta or risotto dish to go with your main dish. Hopefully one day they will remove the shoestring potatoes in place of pasta or a different starch preparation such as mashed potatoes or a whole baked potato.

F
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carmines is a very romantic Italian restaurant. Formal, but not stuffy. Try the duck or venison ravioli. The prawn pasta is also delicious. Excellent wine and cocktail list

ES
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Seattle, our favorite! We go there for all special occasions and just because.

EG
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location and atmosphere. The food was delicious and they had a diverse menu offering. Best Italian food I have had since I was in Rome two years ago. Highly recommend.

HD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love Il Terrazzo Carmine, however, this last time I went things were just off. One of the soup appetizers came out cool and barely warm, the waiter kept forgetting small details such as an additional request for bread and we had to remind him to bring second glasses of wine we had ordered. Two of us ordered the gnocchi and mine arrived obviously over sauced, which was odd. The table next to us had crazy guests that were watching something on a phone at FULL VOLUME to the point where all of the other tables (including ours) were gawking in aww at how gauche, trashy, and simply rude it was. Servers heard and saw too but, disappointingly, none of them asked the table to quiet down. I understand customer service, and this place needs to tighten it up!

MB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You will always the best food and service in Seattle!

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Hostess took adorable pictures of us on the terrace

AC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , great service
We enjoyed a beautiful dinner with my family for my son’s birthday. Will definitely be back soon .

MI
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was exceptional and the service was top notch!

CL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had not been prepared for the restaurant to be tucked away in the back of a modern office building lobby. However, once entering the restaurant with its warm ambiance, Il Terrazzo delivered according to the reviews: lovely food and gracious service. Especially on a rainy night, jet-lagged, it was perfect for an important business dinner.

OT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding. Nothing more can be said.

David Celio

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals/ dining experiences I have ever had. The food, staff and atmosphere were all exceptional!

ES
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, our favorite restaurant in Seattle. We eat there often and everything on the menu is great.

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous service and quality food!

SS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding. Great food.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely birthday celebration dinner. They fully respected by beau's wish to not have any fuss, very kindly bringing an unlit candle in his dessert. The note on the table was nice. Only glitch is the wine bottle was whisked away once decanted and I would have liked to have read the bottle.

DW
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really good time on Saturday. Our waiter was awesome, and the food was fantastic! The pasta melts in your mouth! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Husband and wife date night! It was a wonderful experience! The staff was so thoughtful and personable. The food was outstanding! I had the raviolis stuffed with crab with a lobster sauce which I loved!! I would definitely recommend this for a special occasion!!

LS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful time as always...food was fantastic ...our server Eric was personable...food...so good!

l
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great server, delicious food in lovely setting! One of my favorite restaurants both Seattle and Bellevue.

SH
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! My favorite in Seattle. Food quality is always excellent, but the staff are what I appreciate the most, professional, personable, and always fun.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always the very best, culinary experience, and the service is impeccable

BH
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and attentive staff. The food was excellent.

G
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu and great atmosphere.Friendly and knowledgeable staff. I’ll be back!

JR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love the place and the staff and the manager Joel is excellent

T
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having lived in Seattle most of my life, I was unaware of this restaurant, largely because of never wanting to venture into Pioneer Square in the evening unless it was to attend a baseball game. But with the revitalization in the area, the removal of the Viaduct, and seeing the website for this restaurant, I decided it was worth trying. It was fantastic! Took me 35 years (the approximate age of this establishment) but I plan on going back as often as possible in the coming years. Thank you.

D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Italian food we have had in a while and Great service made this a perfect dining experience.

L
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always great in every catagory. Outstanding service and food

A
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date night away from the baby. Service was outstanding, very authentic. Definitely will make this a regular occasion

MM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always the highest quality of food, drink, and service, and one my most favorite in Seattle.

RM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience!

KG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've already recommended I'll Terrazzo Carmine to nearly everyone we've spoken with since our lovely dinner! Such a special evening!

CA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints.

A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Wife took me here for my birthday Dec. 30 2019.
We both have dined at many resturants all over the World and would place this restaurant at the top.
Everything could not have been better from our waiter , food quality and ambiance.
We would fly from SF to Seattle just to have dinner here.
A dinner out that we will never forget!
Thank you all for making it all so special.

K
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We returned again for our annual lunch date and we were, yet again, thrilled that we did. This wonderful restaurant maintains a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, the services is outstanding and the food consistently excellent. We started with the calamari (not breaded and in a very tasty puttanesca flavored sauce) that we thoroughly enjoyed. The crab and shrimp ravioli in lobster sauce was outstanding as was my husbands clam linguine. We will be back for our holiday date again next year!

MK
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fresh pasta, the wonderful sauces, the perfectly done clams, mussels and prawns, and the good natured and impeccable service make this place a really class act to enjoy again and again. The lobster sauce on the ravioli stuffed with crab and shrimp was, said my dining partner, to die for -- but she lived! We had a great time.