IL BISTRO

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1772 reviews
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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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4.5
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4.5
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MarkT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love dinner downtown and this was no exception! Our table was ready timely, service was prompt and not assuming and the food was excellent. The location cannot be beat and the people watching is superb! Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

If you are looking for over priced, less then average food with a death metal style ambience and constantly getting badgered by the homeless, then this is the spot for you.

Let me explain. I picked the restaurant because it looked like a wonderful spot to take my wife for a nice romantic dinner while in Seattle. Couldn’t have been more disappointed. The service was “good-ish” and the food was mediocre at best. The weather was nice, so we chose outside seating which turned out to be a HUGE mistake. We were seated at a table next to some of the kitchen staff. They were loud and every other word was the “f” word...seriously, every other word. Shortly after we were seated, a street performer set up down the street a bit (100ft away), cranked up his amp and started playing death metal style music. It was so loud that I couldn’t hear my wife talking to me from across the table. It did however drowned out the loud swearing conversation from the kitchen staff table, which was good I guess 🤷‍♂️. My biggest issue was that management/staff allowed a never ending conveyor belt of homeless people to harass our table (and other people’s tables) to beg for money, cigarettes or whatever we were willing to give up.

All-in-all it was a bad experience.

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vipDanielC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! Romantic ambience, amazing food and service. It's our favorite place for a special evening.

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ChrisJ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I really enjoy this restaurant. I got the lasagna which is always huge and excellent. Great flavor. My companion got a great steak. Cooked perfectly. I love their atmosphere. It’s a great place.

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RicardoS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food! A little pricey but you're also paying for the experience. Service was great, my only petty criticism was the country music playing in the background. I feel like it'd be nicer to play jazz or something more appropriate for an Italian restaurant. Highly recommend.

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Sofia
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first night out since the partial opening and it was so wonderful to spend it at Il Bistro. As always, the service and food was excellent. The menu was limited, which was to be expected. Every precaution towards health and safety was very obviously there, and incredibly reassuring. This is our favorite spot in the city and, as always, it did not disappoint!

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patso
Houston
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Excellent, attentive service. Delicious food. Will be back!

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vipSophie
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server , Jackie was wonderful, very friendly and excellent server. Food was delicious! Love this place 🍷🍹🍽

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vipMarc
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Everything was great until we received burnt and luke warm lasagna. Disappointing after waiting 30 minutes for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was great and the 6 different meals we ordered were each incredibly good. Fantastic experience in an iconic Seattle restaurant. We’ll be back!

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IloG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little hidden away from the main part of Pike's Place but it is a gem worth finding! Food and Ambiance was great! Service was very nice. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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Jennifer
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It had been many years since I’d been to Il Bistro since I no longer live in Seattle but I found it to still be a delightfully cozy and delicious spot for a special meal. I had the steelhead trout special, simple preparation that let the fish flavor dominate. Served with a strongly flavored garlic & oil pasta that I loved. For dessert, Italian cheesecake that was creamy and rich, drizzled in lemon. My two wishes would be for better bread (warming it at a minimum would help) and to add decaf espresso so one could enjoy with dessert and still plan to sleep that night.

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LaurenK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant with attentive service, wonderful food and wine and very courteous in accommodating our schedule in order to make a concert. Will dine here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and equally great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience3

They were out of half their menu although due to busy previous two days but guests should have been notified about this before they were seated. Service and everything else was top though

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CarolR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Quiet, cozy, and warm - the perfect spot for a wet winter evening in Seattle. Our food was delicious, the scallops were outstanding.

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JayB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, excellent and friendly staff (special thanks to the sommelier), and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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KurtA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There for Valentine's day. Prix fixe courses were all imaginative and perfectly prepared. Live band as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The food was extremely overpriced, very underwhelming, late to arrive, and disappointing overall

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vipTucker
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Several courses were served cold, most notably the soup, pasta, and steak. Drink order was served incorrectly. Steak was mostly gristle

I returned here as it was the place where my wife and I had our first date...our marriage has flourished. Unfortunately,I can't say the same for what I thought would be a pleasant V Day experience

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vipMickMatt
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Il Bistro was as fun and enjoyable was ever. Took four guests from out of town on Saturday, I had mentioned in the reservation that it was a special dinner, and they gave us a lovely table. The atmosphere of Il Bistro is wonderfully old school swank, perfect lighting, and the staff is very personable and very well trained. The cocktail program is strong, everyone found a house cocktail worth trying, and the food was good, the appetizers being the strongest as we shared sautéed calamari, very tasty meatballs, bruschetta, and a terrific carpaccio. The bar also has a lovely selection of amaro's, and again, the staff really knows how to make sure you have a great evening. It is a genuinely nice experience in the heart of Pike's Place Market, and just steps to the Zig Zag for a nightcap afterward.

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Robertb
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were a little behind on getting our entrees to us. But they made up for it with the food be glorious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious !

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vipkerim
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Up there with top meal ever! Best calamari app, delicious salad and entrees were superb! Waitstaff was kind, professional, knowledgeable and capped off the amazing meal. Have been here a few times in past 25 years but they have really stepped it up!

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Samantha
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great!

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StephanieRose
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy Hour was well worth the value. Great atmosphere. Perfect location.

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SteveH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food, atmosphere, and service was exemplary. this is our favorite happy hour place as well. we bring friends and family to il bistro at every opportunity. THE BEST!!

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BHK1
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The atmosphere was charming. We had an excellent appetizer, which was followed by wonderful scallops and the other main dish was fine. Our complaint was that the food was not hot when it came out. Service was very good most of the time and the helpers were very attentive. The reason for a "good" rating was that there were a few times when our waitress was a little slower than we would have liked. Overall an enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was exceptional. The only thing better than the food was their service. Perfect spot for a date night!

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vipandymacnoon
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

The menu was limited when it came to vegetarian options, but the server and chef worked with us to meet the diverse dietary needs of a party of seven.

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PaulC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice dining experience in Seattle. Great wine and service. Recommended for anyone visiting the water front.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dinner we had in Seattle!

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StevenC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience was comfortably wonderful. The whole evening had a warmness about it.We were greeted upon entering with a welcoming smile. We were gracefully seated. The waitress was gracious and knowledgeable. Her overall service to us was excellent. We never felt hurried, nor did we ever feel neglected. She always smiled.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

New Years Eve

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vipPulk
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating a visit with a close friend

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Randy
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We highly recommend Il Bistro. Excellent service and good. We eat there every chance we get.

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StephenK
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Food was fine but the noise level was terrible and there seemed to be only one waitress for the entire restaurant and an overly energetic Asian busgirl!