Vito's Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
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266 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Vito’s is an iconic 21 and over restaurant and lounge located on First Hill. Opened in 1953, it has a history rich in cocktail culture, organized crime and east coast, family style Italian food. In April of 2010, Jeff Scott and Greg Lundgren purchased this Seattle institution and began a major restoration of the space. Their goal is to return Vito’s to the glamor and style of the 1950s, respect its colorful past and set the course for a 21st-century resurrection. Over the years the club has fallen into disrepair and poor alterations. They have replaced the dance floor with a performance space centered around a grand piano, with lounge singers, jazz trios and Lynchian curiosities that will dazzle and entertain into the early morning.
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MG
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great restaurant, a throw back to the Golden age of Italian dining. Felt just like I was in the mafia. Can't believe I've lived in Seattle since 1998 and am trying this place for the first time just now!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Very noisy. Good live jazz but it couldn’t compete with the loud crowd which was disappointing.

M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Met Brother from Sacramento

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

The food is nothing to get excited about, but the drinks, music and ambiance make it a perfect evening.

KB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the dark, swanky, but casual vibe.
Great food and they don’t gouge you on the price. Highly recommend.

GE
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really impressed with the service and accommodations made for our reservation. Really impressed and grateful, thank you for an awesome date night out! We will be back with more friends!

CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Vitos! Such a great place to take friends, enjoy music and great food. Stephanie always takes such amazing care of us. Great wine, amazing (proper!) martinis and their lasagna is one of my favorite dishes ever.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

I honestly hate to disparage someone’s business.... But this place is pathetic. Old, tired, dingy and terrible uninspiring food. Why keep it open? Obviously the owner doesn’t care about this restaurant.
CALL GORDON RAMSAY...!
Entertainment is really good but there were more “bar flies” than eating customers. Very sad.
Fix it or close it...! Sorry to say.

JL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

How about your rename your 'noise level' meters from 'energetic' to 'NEEDS SOUND DAMPENING SO I CAN HEAR THE DAMN BAND". Sure. Vitos is a classic.. Food was fab.. Drinks are fab. Service was top notch.

But if you're going to have live musicians trying to play jazz where people are supposed to be listening, then do SOMETHING about treating the ceiling, or booking band events separately.. Otherwise just use prerecorded music.. it's an insult to musicians.

TH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, a great experience. I was part of the Vito’s crowd back in the 1980s and had not been back since. Lots of remodeling since then, but all to the good. More open. Loved seeing the pictures of the people I remember, including Vito, still up on the walls. What I ordered was awesome, however my wife was a little disappointed in hers, as it was supposed to have crab in itand we sure didn’t see any.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic!

J
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vito’s is a gem! It is an awesome throwback to the 50’s with its dark atmosphere, engaging patio player and wonderful martinis and pasta. We had a memorable night and would definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place for dinner with friends or a date spot. Definitely more of a date spot later in the evening when they start to play live music. The drinks were okay but just not our style. Opting for the wine is a safe bet.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic find in Capitol Hill. Food is great, music is great, and service was fantastic. Go and eat there you will not regret it

CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE Vito’s!

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Boise
10 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Fun atmosphere. Great service. Fantastic spot!!

DK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good time!

CB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything is great about this restaurant except the piano is just loud enough that it's difficult for a party of four to have any sort of a conversation. Great food. Excellent value.

SS
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Vito's never disappoint. Great food and amazing service

OT
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian food and unique ambience. Would be wonderful on a cool rainy day or anytime your in the mood for geat Italian food. Nice wine list too.

RW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had last been at Vito's in the 90s when it was just a little tired but still eminently cool. The place has been polished up and is just vibrating with retro vibes! It's unlike anything in Seattle. The food was delicious, the prices were reasonable and the service was great. I can't wait to go after dark for a cocktail!

BH
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A good, old, neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is fabulous, as is the service--even if they won't tell me which spices go into that great Italian sausage they serve. I eat at Vito's whenever circumstances drag me into Seattle. Wouldn't miss it.

J
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant was fairly dark and hard to see / read menus. Water server spilled water across the table multiple times and didn't have adequate towels to clean up - using the nonabsorbent table napkins.

AS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We have already recommended Vito’s to our friends. The food was excellent and the staff went above and beyond to meet some special requests.

W
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it!!

CE
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vitos has unique atmosphere. Feels like you are stepping back in time for not only a classy experience but a total taste experience! My husband and I came here when we were married and came all the way back from Utah just to eat here again! Well worth it! The cannoli is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Vito's

PS
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A typical Capitol Hill crowd of mixed professionals enjoy good Italian cuisine with good music and ambiance. The margarita pizza appetizer was awesome and the chicken parmesan was very good. Plenty of food. The drinks were good, the scotch pour was a little small, but overall everything was great.

This was a really good place to meet friends and have dinner, and enjoy some good jazz along the way. I'll certainly be back to try the rest of the menu!

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience. Only commemt on food is the house salad seemed to need more flavor or dressing, otherwise food was good and enjoyed the 50's mobster ambiance.

BH
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I love this place! Excellent drinks. Good value happy Hour. The ambiance is amazing! Family Italian food minus the family. Not gourmet, old standbys that satisfy. A really good value for Downtown Seattle, white table cloths and all.

TV
Portland
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Disappointing. The food is still quite good but the ambiance is gone except for the piano player. Staff is dressed very casually and behaves as though they are serving in a mediocre chain restaurant. Lasagna was very good but the salad seemed a little wilted. Overall Vito's is no longer special. Even the entrance looks tired and a little sketchy.

f
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Never change Vito's! Your one of a kind and so authentic! Thank you for providing such outstanding entertainment. Your the Best!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vito’s is the best all around Italian experience

B
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful - A real classic! We had a great time and will be back.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! If you haven’t been. It’s a must!

DS
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent scallops!!! Good menu with excellent service and nice atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great great service and food!

M
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Out of town on business and so glad I decided to try Vito’s. Service was excellent. My waitress made some perfect recommendations and the chicken Parm was out of this world.

BS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Perfect evening with friends! Staff was attentive, awesome piano music, and food was everything that we hoped it would be.

TJ
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time here with my wife after attending A Paint Nite event nearby. Awesome service, great food, and a very romantic ambiance!

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