Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
1892 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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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Seattle
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my wife’s and my 29th anniversary and we went for special. And special was what we got. The Terazzo is very hard to find (bigger sign and street address, please!). But once we were in, stress vanished. The service was superb and the food excellent. Yes, the wine prices are too high; almost nothing under $50 - absurd. But everything else was delightful and delicious. Go ahead and splurge.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place for a first date. The service is fantastic and the food is phenomenal.

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k
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had to come right home and review this restaurant.
Christina our waitress was pleasant and attentive
My husband and I both had catch of the day;which was Halibut. It was served with black rice;grilled so outside was crisp but inside flaky. Best we’ve ever tasted! It’s a must go to while in Seattle. It’s tucked back behind the main building on 411 1st ave south but it’s it’s own little oasis.
We highly recommend it and we will definitely return
Next time we are in Seattle

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As with the many other meals we have enjoyed at Carmine’s, tonight’s was excellent, along with the service and atmosphere.

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Dallas
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great upscale Italian fine dining near Pioneer Square. Very competent kitchen and wait staff. Classy seating areas inside and outside. Had a good Brunello with my meal, after a tasty and refreshing Manhattan cocktail. Then veggie antipasto, followed by veal. Had cannoli for desert; a little dry but ok.

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GH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Il Terrazzo Carmine has long been our favorite restaurant in Seattle. If it were not, our experience on Thursday would make it so. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our party of six, service was warm and attentive, food was wonderful, as in our experience it has always been. My only regret is that I could not have managed two or three first dishes, and three or four others as a main course. And the ambience is deligtful, delightful. Grant Hildebrand

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AI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Okay place for business meetings, but I would not go there for the food only. The atmosphere is a bit dated in comparison to somewhere more modern e.g. Palomino, or Red Door. Pasta itself is not as good as Il Corvo though this is a totally different dining expreience.

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M
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably the best Italian restaurant in downtown Seattle. The food really is excellent. Great pastas, meats and seafood. Staff are professional and provide attentive service without interrupting conversations or leaving you feeling hurried. Some nice Italian wines that won’t break the bank.

Only knock on this place - and it’s a big one, but not in the owner’s control - are the street urchins and junkies that blight the surrounding blocks. I wouldn’t let my wife walk alone to/from this restaurant after dark.

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CC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my nephew there for birthday lunch. Absolutely delicious!! Lived my whole life in Seattle and can’t believe I missed this place. Service, ambiance and food some of the best I have ever had. Highly recommend and will definitely be back.

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GR
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Gave us an anniversary desert . Great fresh pasta.

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

Once again, we had a wonderful Dinner at Il Terrazzo. It is my parents' favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is always perfectly prepared and the ambiance is wonderful. We always have excellent service as well!

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

Meal and service were outstanding as usual. One of my all-time favorites.

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L
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is 1/2 mile from my home and is my favorite in the city. Go here all the time. Food, service and ambiance are always impeccable. Love this place

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b
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Paul, Ryan and the entire team at ITC alway deliver with excellence. Food is outstanding and service is friendly and professional. Best Italian restaurant in Seattle.

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BP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Out of town family visiting

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, friendly service. The food is always consistently good. Loved the antipasto.

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

Great Italian food and consistent attention to detail. All in a comfortable setting and not exorbitant prices. A favorite.

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MV
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful experience all around. Caring staff, excellent food and the outside terrace was the icing on the cake.

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R
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Il Terrazo continues to be one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Wonderful food and service. Highly recommended. Classy and comfortable.

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c
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Il Terrazzo remains one of the finest restaurants in Seattle. We have been going there for over 25 years and it is always wonderful. The service, ambience and food are all outstanding. It also is one of the few restaurants in Seattle where you can have a conversation without having to shout!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Pasta was delicious.

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R
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Joe W. Was outstanding!
Every detail was masterly executed and we appreciated his non intrusive care of us for the evening.
Food was delicious and as always of the highest standard
Rosemary Frerk.

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N
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated on time of the made reservation. The service was great and so was the food. Our party had four and everyone loved the food! we would go back!

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

Wonderful pasta, great ambiance. Will definitely go again. Service was perfect, I went for a business meal.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time with Brian as our waiter. So friendly, professional,funny and knowledgeable. A great time. Our go to spot when we are in town!

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KO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's simple. Il Terrazzo is the best Italian restaurant in Seattle. If you want an elegant lunch, it's the place to go. If you want a romantic dinner, it's the place to go. If you want a classy restaurant for an important business meeting, it's the place to go. In short, you can't go wrong by going to Il Terrazzo!

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R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved dining on the outdoor terrace, much less noise than inside. We had great food and a wonderful wait person.

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ES
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant for a special occasion, lunch, dinner or just anytime! The food is the best in Seattle.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had never been but recently dined here for our anniversary. We've been searching for that mind-blowing Italian restaurant for a long time and were hoping this would be it. There's a lot to like - great location in Pioneer Square, beautiful dining room, great service and a very pleasant ambiance. The food was good but fell slightly short of our expectations. Our waiter oversold my wife on the Wagyu Sirloin special and it was a disappointment. The lamb was extremely good. Overall the experience was good enough that we'd try it again but both of us were hoping for a little bit more. Hopefully it will live up to our full expectations next time.

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BA
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant, lovely setting with excellent food and service. Nice menu with reasonable prices. Pretty and charming inside with a peaceful patio with fireplace.

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food with a great staff. Definitely will return

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family get together.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful setting, excellent service

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RW
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was awesome and the specials all explained succulently. Good fast lunch service. Il Terrazzzo is one of my go to places for lunch and dinner. Love the white jackets and table cloths too.

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CR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous choice when want to celebrate something special. Exceptional ambiance, attentive professional service, interesting menu choices. I can’t wait to go again.

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KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a birthday and all the staff helped make it an excellent celebration

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t
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Maybe our favorite Seattle restaurant. We have been there at least 10 times over the last 20 years. Just seems to get better and better. Our meal this time was perfect and so was the service. Great variety on the menu, all the Italian classics plus many creative dishes.

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L
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite downtown restaurant. Always impeccable food and service.

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ST
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great for a special occasion. Prices on restaurant and open table sites less than actual.

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OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great in every respect. From the parking to the dessert there is a wonderful ambience to Il Terrazzo

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