Tulio

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Authentic Cuisine, From Northern Italy to Seattle
Since its inception, Tulio has been a regular on restaurant awards lists, thanks in no small part to Chef Walter Pisano, whose cooking is inspired as much by his travels through the Old World as his Italian roots. Tulio’s dishes are simple yet sophisticated, combining rustic Italian preparations with local ingredients to create bold flavors and an unforgettable dining experience. Recognizing that our guests have different tastes and dining preferences, we proudly offer several gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes on each of our daily menus. If you have any food allergies or other special requests, please let us know.

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4.4
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4.4
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JW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I think there were many events going on so it took awhile to get our food. They addressed that by providing a second glass of wine on the house which was nice.

I think the kitchen was slammed. Food was fine, but I wouldn't say excellent.

MP
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful food, impeccable service, not trendy and that’s what I love about it... Seattle classic!

D
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great cocktails sweet potatoe gnocchi

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Made reservations for 8PM and had to wait 30 minutes to get seated. Waiter was not as attentive and we had to request different servers to

CS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

The food was good (not great), but the server was snooty and disinterested. Our biggest issue, however, was the "value" - drinks were ridiculously expensive (most cocktails and glasses of wine are $18 minimum) and the food is overpriced. We've had better overall experience for half to 2/3 the price. There are a lot of great restaurants in the Seattle area - we'll choose something else next time.

w
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Focaccia bread to start(ehhh-really prefer a nice crusty bread with my Italian meal)
Butter lettuce salad, very tasty and good, orriechetta was only ok-skimpy on the sausage and too much red sauce-very light on flavor. Roasted chicken w/ risotto was good but not outstanding. Service seemed rushed and very minimalistic. Had to ask to have shredded parm and ground pepper despite it being 2 table lengths away from my table at a wait station. Waiter seemed happy we weren’t getting dessert.
Would not go back. Everything was average except the ambiance which warm cozy.

m
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable evening-service and food were amazing!

JS
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent.

KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Lots of tables packed into a small area. My chair was bumped into every couple of minutes. The waiter was so busy we barely saw him. Risotto was not fully cooked and was like eating raw rice. Pretty disappointed for the price of the entree. The pumpkin soup was delish!

c
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Had not been here in years. Recalled it had grow staid. Decided to give it another chance. Offerings still painfully unimaginative. Most are the same old things at much higher prices. The ambiance and service are wonderful, but not backed up by interest food.

SW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cozy, comfortable example of a classic Italian restaurant. Great food, attentive service

DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We were sat at a table near the back, and near a staging table, despite notating that we were there for a special occasion - this made us feel particularly less important than other guests. One of our party ordered the linguine with clams, and while there were a lot of clams, and my guest was too kind at the time to say anything, she noted later to me that they had not been cleaned properly and were filled with grit. Our server asked if some of our party would like wine with dinner, and rather than provide a list, offered options, which happened to be among the most expensive glasses available. While the cost wasn't prohibitive, it was clear that this was done to intentionally charge us more, perhaps thinking that our entire group were tourists. My husband and I live locally, and have always recommended Tulio to visiting guests as well as to our friends in the city - we will no longer be doing so. As a side note, having an explanation on the bill regarding the 5% surcharge added to the total because you are now required to pay your employees a living wage is tacky and off-putting. Your prices are high enough that you can afford to pay your workers without adding on an additional charge, and if they are not, then you are within your rights to raise them higher, as your clientele are likely able to afford it.

VH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A little on the pricey side, but the food is consistently excellent and the ambience is charming. Located near the 5th Avenue Theater, it's a good fit for a pre-theater dinner.

SH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came into town for theater and to celebrate sisters70 birthday. Breakfast was great all around. Coffee service came often. We had a very enjoyable time conversing. Was not noisy.

1
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

We were a 2 top that arrived at 7:30 pm. There were several large groups in the restaurant when we arrived. Once seated, it took our waiter at 10+ minutes to greet us. We ordered drinks, 1st and second courses. While the pacing of the meal was fine, our first courses arrived before our drinks. Our entrees arrived and we had to request bread as it had never been delivered. During the span of our meal, we spoke to our server only a few times. While he apologized for the delays, we were left feeling like an afterthought and it negatively impacted our meal.

OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Service was very slow and remained spotty throughout the dinner; had to ask for almost everything as they were not offered by a waiter. The tables are quite close and tight.
Food was fine as usual but we were frustrated by mediocre service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

First and foremost the food has gone downhill since I last attended this facility. Price is extremely high for the service quality and care presented. We were left standing in the middle of the restaurant as they decided where to put us and second the wait staff was not on the ball at all. When you pay over 100 dollars for a plate of food you should never have to wait for anything, especially a drink and most defiantly should never have to ask about it. Which we did. We had waiters knock our expensive coats onto the floor and not pick them up. I have frequented this restaurant since it had opened. The precision of the service in the beginning was impeccable. When a restaurant looses sight of their responsibility to customers and takes on the behavior of “your privileged to get what we give you” they need to turn in their license to serve. If I am to give any advice to this restaurant it would be remember it’s the customer that you work for and apparently your head has gotten too big to remember that. This restaurant should be avoided.

P
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience1

We found Tulio a mixed bag. The noise level was so loud that it was impossible to hear each other without shouting. No matter how good the food, atmosphere, and service is, the noise was a deal breaker for us. For those who don't mind loud, the food is mostly excellent. We were disappointed with the butter lettuce salad finding the dressing too sweet. But the main dishes and desert -- black cod, roast chicken and hazelnut semifreddo were fabulous! The service was attentive but a bit overbearing at times. So I recommend Tulio to people who find loud places part of the fun.

s
Seattle
155 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great dinner at Tulio prior to a Seattle Symphony concert. The agnolotti was superb! The braised pork shank is always a great choice. The halibut was very well prepared. Service was efficient and friendly. The booths have limited legroom so get a table if possible.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything went very well. Enjoyed the evening immensely.

CS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I requested a table in a quiet place for conversation. We were seated at the front of the restaurant where everyone had to pass our table to get to their table. We were also next to a large table with a large group of people. We were unable to have any sort of conversation.

The portion size of my salad was good but the serving size of the risotto was very small.

Although this restaurant is very convenient to my place of work, I will be looking for another lunch spot in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food... very tasty

S
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Are loyal customers at Tulles when we visit Seattle (staying at the Vintage).
Food is always wonderful. Wish the noise level was much less!

b
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Step into Tulio’s and you are eased into a dining experience that is rare in Seattle-quiet ambiance, soft yet professional service, and food that tastes even better than its presentation. We were there for two hours and were never rushed. The chicken with lemon risotto was amazing, with a subtle zing of citrus in the risotto brightening the whole plate. The pork shank was crispy and falling off the bone. Swiss chard sautéed in the pork juices tasted fresh and earthy. Tulio’s never disappoints.

SU
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Sweet potato gnocchi was extremely tasty and great texture. Agnolotti too was super tasty. Risotto was not too great but no complaints.. I ordered a BURRATA which never arrived. As I was not charged for it, I did not question it further though.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic. I was lunching with a business client. We were there for quite awhile and never felt rushed or ignored.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome authentic restaurant. Food, ambiance, service was all top notch. I would visit again and highly recommend!

AT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite place for special occasions! Always order the roast chicken with a lemon risotto. Perfect every time
Service is tops

KK
Seattle
114 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner, which made my husband comment that we need to more often think about how much we like Tulio's when dining in downtown Seattle. Our meals (roast chicken with lemon risotto and duckling) were perfectly cooked and delicious, as were our starters (burrata watermelon salad and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus). If you aren't in a booth, seating can be tight, but it wasn't uncomfortable. Lovely evening.

GF
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were able to sneak in with last minute reservations and were very happy with our dinning experience. My daughter had the cavatelli with marinara sauce which was really very good! You know a restaurant is good which the simple things leave you very satisfied. I had the squid ink spaghetti with pork belly and targa which was amazing! My wife had the spaghetti with clams which was really good as well!

OT
Los Angeles
716 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

tasty, well done dishes with a creative flare. Nice cozy dining in old world elegance..

t
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The service tax of 5% is ridiculous

RS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

They changed their caesar salad to some other not so tasty salad. And the food wasn't all that good.

AB
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great evening with great food, relaxed but impeccable service. Everything was perfect and the burning spritzer was divine

KO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classic in every way - Service, food, ambiance.
Great for dates or casual dining.

RJ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

It was a busy Sunday night and all table were filled. Tulio is a very very consistent restaurant and this night was no exception. Martini's cold, appetizers were outstanding. The main courses were good, but just ok good, Linguine with clams and pasta & sausage. My 4 stars vs. 5 is for the main courses and the ambience. When the restaurant is full it's a very crowded space. The service staff are fighting to move between tables and this can be annoying at times. Waiter was excellent and experienced.

d
London
47 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Tulio. Superb food, highly skilled service, a beautiful room. You cannot go wrong here.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Agnolotti and cauliflower with breadcrumbs were superb, as worthy linguine with clams and asparagus with prosciutto. Always a nice peaceful atmosphere and a great service.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was decent food! Definitely not bad but not memorable! Great pricing , though!

DW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent mussels and service. Our entire party of 8 enjoyed their entrees. Would definitely recommend and will return when in Seattle again.