IL BISTRO

4.5
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1716 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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and service extraordinary. I will come back again.

T
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was thoroughly enjoyable! I had the Caesar salad, one of THE BEST I’ve ever had anywhere. The mushroom gnocchi was just as amazing! It was a perfect evening with my daughter while she was visiting from Washington DC.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall, the experience/evening was awesome, and it started with Chris, the greeter/host whom exuded joy and pleasure as we entered iL Bistro. We were celebrating our anniversary and reserved the special package of rose pedals on the table and champagne. We enjoyed that setup, however, the corner you’re seated in is just a tad too dark, unlike other tables in the vicinity. The lamb and linguini dishes were good but lacked a little oomph, meaning somewhat ordinary, nothing special. Service was attentive in all aspects, yet was slow as previous visits had seen a faster clearing of used plates and silverware, not the case this visit. The recommended attire is business casual yet a good many patrons were truly below casual, suggesting that Il Bistro is not perceived as an establishment warranting business casual dress. The cheesecake was truly outstanding, light and fresh tasting, kind of wanted to order another. We closed the night at the bar, per a recommendation to try the Spanish Coffee, which included one heck of a show in making the drink, courtesy of Robby the bartender. So, with the few hiccups mentioned, I do recommend Il Bistro, but would love to see it get back to years ago 5 star service and more authentic tasting Italian dishes. Disclosure, lived in Sicily for 3 years.

m
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service were very good, however it was SO LOUD in there that we could barely have a conversation without shouting. HATE THAT!

MS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience, will be going back soon

d
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The steak entree for restaurant week was not up to this restaurant's usual standards. Everything else was excellent.

DL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was exquisite and charming. Our meals were delicious and full of flavor. I had the salmon, and it was very moist. My husband had the New York steak and said it was delicious. We will be back.

C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

service was a little slow and the waitress forgot to inform us they were running low on an item so when we went to order we had to switch as they had run out of a menu staple.

KD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The server was very competent and nice. The food was not up to the standard we are used to here. The fish was not as tasty, seemed to be a lack of sauce, and the gnocchi was dried out. The ambiance was great for the most part, but a little noisy.

KJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Homemade pasta, world class bar program and amazing hospitality. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Very nice ambiance, excellent service, but the food was just OK and the value was poor, especially for Restaurant Week.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was really good. It was a bit dark for my taste and I’m not somebody who usually minds a darker atmosphere.

BS
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant in the heart of pike place market. Great food, service and ambience. Highly recommend.

GP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time here. Everything was excellent and we’ll be back!

JI
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Butter tasted like it had been sitting open in the refrigerator. Bread stale otherwise main dishes were good..

RS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicous. I had some fantastic lasagna and my girlfriend had some delicious seafood linguine. Only complaint is that the food did take quite awhile to come out. Seemed to be more of an issue with the kitchen than the server though. Our server was friendly and made some great wine recommendations. I would definitely recommend this restaurant overall.

FK
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my boyfriend's 30th birthday here and had an amazing dinner. We ordered the lasagna and seafood linguine and were really happy with everything. I also added the romance package to make it extra special and it was ready for us when we arrived and worth a little extra.

p
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

attentive server and good food, not over the top but will return

h
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A nice Italian restaurant in the Market Place area. It is located on a down slope of Pike, around the corner from the Market Place. A little dim, so the menu takes some effort to read. Use your cell phone for light. The food is quite good and it is a restaurant that I would return to for a meal.

Service is good and friendly.

Well worth the time to eat here.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place and the wine steward suggested a good bottle of wine at a de ent price

DA
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was so good. I visited alone and ate lasagna and pasta. It was delicious and the service was good. The price is expensive. I have a suggestion for a friend.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience!

SH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we had the best 10th wedding anniversary experience 🥂❤️

p
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

KC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

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
38 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

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

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1Food5Service2Ambience5

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
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

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
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

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
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The bar is the best.

n
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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