IL BISTRO

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Picture a cozy restaurant nestled in a cavern in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imagine the freshest local ingredients, authentically prepared, an extensive wine list featuring the best of Italy, the Northwest and California and a classy candlelit bar specializing in hand-made cocktails, single-malt scotches, ports and grappas. Sound like a special evening? Visit Il Bistro and Spend a Night in Italy. For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare. Market fresh Meats, Seafood and Produce are always our priority. Please make a reservation to join us!
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience!

SH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had the best 10th wedding anniversary experience 🥂❤️

p
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We truly like this little bistro. Good staff and good food. Love the atmosphere.

KC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious. We visit I’ll Bistro every 6 months or so and it’s always very good but in the last couple years they have definitely raised their food game to another level. Also, Daniel makes the best Spanish Coffee in the city, hands down!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Food quality has gone way down! Salmon was over cooked and dry.
Risotto had to be sent back. Over cooked and gummy. Prawns were small and over cooked on the risotto.
The bolognese was watery, flavorless.
I don’t know who is doing the cooking these days but it was very disappointing. Won’t be back for food. Cocktails are a maybe.

F
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went on a date a few days ago and everything was perfect. Great place I would go back.

m
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was expertly prepared and obviously fresh. Service was slightly off but would not stop McGee from returning. Dining room was loud with roughly half of the tables empty.

RG
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it here. Great food and amazing service. On of our favorite places in seattle.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Was greeted by the maitre d’ telling my colleague she could not have her water bottle in view so she had to put it in a bag (hers was not big enough) or he “had to take it” WA State law.... or something -which could be true (as ridiculous as it sounds) but ...REALLY!? My business partner from Paris had to give up her water bottle because of some ridiculous “state law”! Good grief? Anyway... ambiance was cool other than that.. my gnocchi was WAY too oily ..couldn’t even finish the 6 they offered. Caprese was delish.. so at least it had that going for it!!!

MT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great Italian food. Pretty decent wine list...we had a fantastic Borolo.

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good had rack of lamb special. Service was decent. Waitress was nice and attentive. Door guy seemed kinda snooty must have been having a bad day. Place is a bit too dark had trouble reading the menu. Overall good experience would go again.

SN
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We have been to Il Bistro a few times now, and this was the first time where I wondered if I would return. I always liked the dark atmosphere; it makes it feel very romantic and candle-lit. But, our server seemed not super confident, maybe she was either inexperienced or new, my main dish was a little too salty and for the first time I noticed how 1980s the chairs looked. Also, we were celebrating our anniversary, and I mentioned this in the notes of my reservation, but it was not acknowledged, nor were we asked if we were celebrating anything that night, so that was a little disappointing.

I would still recommend if you've never been; it's a lovely place and the food is good, but I think I may be branching out in the future when looking for a romantic dinner out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Let me tell you about our experience with.. RANDY. Enough said. Anyone experience this guy?!! Why is this person ruining Il Bistros image? Never met a more pompous, arrogant human running front of the house. A beautiful evening out with my husband celebrating our wedding anniversary.. too much terrible detail to write.. but the great highlights..

* RANDY invaded our personal space to tell us “the answer is NO” you can’t sit at the other table.
* Our lovely server, Sophia, moved us to the desired table, and RANDY came over to interrupt our dinner and scold us.. "so did you just go ahead and seat yourself?! I just want you to know, when you come into this restaurant, you are a guest, not the boss”
* Bill was paid and delivered by.. RANDY, with the middle finger (flipped us off and told us to never to come back)!
*Thank RANDY on way out the door.. make Beauty and the Beast “be our guest” reference.. told “I’m the beast” (funny, he actually has the exact same haircut as the Beast) lol

Literally the most horrible experience (thanks RANDY) that we’ve encountered in our local and international culinary dining.

Side note, another couple that have been loyal patrons for 6 years were told to leave by, guess who, RANDY!!




this guy needs to leave!

DR
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most romantic, appealing and comfortable restaurant in Seattle. We had one of the best meals I have every had in Seattle. The calamari was perfect, Burrata and beet salad wonderful, and the buttery lemon gnocchi was amazing. I cannot recommend enough.

ES
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I had booked a birthday party celebration for three with a fourth party calling the restaurant to pick up part of the dinner tab. Fourth party was never charged, bill was split three-ways, and I was charged an additional $252. Have called the restaurant several times, finally left a message, but no one has returned my call. Very disappointed. Dinner experience was great, but how they handled the bill was poor.

n
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Starters and wine were great, but mains were terrible. Pasta lacked flavor and fish special was mushy with clumpy polenta.

S
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

16 people seated at a nearby table made the noise level intolerable for everyone else in the dining room.

The food and service were very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The bar is the best.

n
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Yes we love Il Bistro especially in the summer when you can sit outside and watch all the people and color of the market!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved IL bistro!!! We LOVE it!!!

s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great host, great server, great food, and great wine. Perfect date night.

Q
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Hard to find but worth the effort
We ate on outside deck and food and service were wonderful. My wife said her salmon was the best she ever has eaten. Cioppino was excellent as well.

a
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner! The ambiance was wonderful. Our server was professional and efficient. The food and wine were outstanding!

TL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Wait staff was friendly, but slower than I prefer. It was quiet enough that we could talk without yelling which was refreshingly unusual. All in all we enjoyed the evening, but probably won’t remember it in a week.

BD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic wine service and great service overall. The beet salad was amazing.

V
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best gnocchi. Fun atmosphere. Good for people watching sitting outside.

n
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Il Bistro never disappoints. Whether it is a cozy winter dinner inside or dining outside on a lovely summer evening, the food, service and ambience are impeccable. Il Bistro is a Seattle gem.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and quality

E
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff welcomed us and knew who we were before we introduced ourselves. The waiter recommended a special hors d'oeuvre that was delicious. The staff was attentive to details (waters, wine, bread...) throughout the meal.

JU
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had the risotto with chicken confit which was excellent! Loved the quiet, charming atmosphere and great service. Will definitely return on our next visit to Seattle.

I
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Love this place! We go for happy hour a lot here. It’s in a great spot and the food and drinks are delicious and well-priced. We had never eaten dinner there though. It was a pleasant surprise. The service was attentive but not intrusive. We went with old friends we hadn’t seen in years and so we were slow to order...too busy talking. The waiter was very patient. The food was delicious and the portions were just right. Will definitely go back.

RP
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Restaurant is quaint, clean and inviting. The staff was wonderful and attentive. Our table had the Salmon Special, The Gnocci, The Rigatoni and The Lasgana. Everyone was pleased EXCEPT for the Lasagna. Having been in Italy a few months ago and someone who makes a killer lasagna at home, this version disappointed. Didn't see where adding lamb to it enhanced it, the overall dish was clumsy and did not have the flavors I look forward to. HOWEVER, the Salmon and the Gnocci were excellent! Would I recommend IL Bistro, yes, have the Gnocci

MM
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Almost didn’t eat here fearing it was another “tourist trap” (Pike Place) restaurant. So glad I did. Great spot, very good food and attentive but not overbearing service. Rated it four stars overall instead of five only because the restrooms are not accessible.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Good food and the rose petals were well done. Seating was too small for a couple though, would love the same setup with a bigger seating for two.

B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere and service was quite wonderful, nothing to complain about in particular. The only reason I would not go back is the food, sub par which was unfortunate.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner - gave us a cozy circular booth, our server was great, the food was great, romantic ambiance. We enjoyed very much!

DE
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately the view was of a graffiti tagged wall. It was a little less than we expected. Service was good, but not wow great. The food however was phenomenal. Halibut so soft it melted in my mouth and the most exquisite fig and marscapone ravioli. It is pricey, but we very much enjoyed our dinner.

OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food (pasta) was great and the service was fantastic! We sat outside which gives you a great people watching experience when you want it, but still plenty of privacy. Great place!

KC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Il Bistro did not come through for us on the night we visited, despite Trip Advisor rating it one of the highest in the area. Perhaps it was an off night, but the food wasn’t seasoned well for multiple dishes (3 of the 5 we ordered). We left feeling as if we paid a lot for very little quality. I ate only half of the pasta dish that I ordered, underwhelmed. Service was excellent.

K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, traditional Italian fare. I wish the view was better. I’d go here again.

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