Bar Cotto
Bar Cotto

Bar Cotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/barcotto/
  • Phone: 2068388081x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Zach Chambers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Pine St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bar Cotto
Bar Cotto is a Parma-style salumeria and cocktail bar with pizza, Italian vegetables, bruschetta and a daily selection of local and international cured meats. Stop in for a snack and a cocktail or stay for a whole meal.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bar Cotto reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (6)special occasion (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Love this spot
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love taking out of town guests here - it never fails to delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    LaBelleVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Bar Cotto is one of my favorite spots in my neighborhood. (It is both a blessing and a curse to live so close by!) All the pizzas are so amazing that the debate about which one to order starts before we get out our door. The cocktails are fantastic and it's always fun to try different combinations of the salumi, and it would be a sin to not order the torta fritta that pairs so perfectly with the meats. Plan to eat here often so that you can work your way through all the different pizza options!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Little Gem
    batchem
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Bar Cotto was a lovely little place! We ordered several apps on the happy hour and then shared a pizza. Everything tasted absolutely spectacular and the server's recommendations and food reviews were spot on. I was expecting the place to be loud and packed and was pleasantly surprised by how laid back and relaxed everything was. The drinks were spectacular and paired perfectly with the meal. I would recommend the fresh, daily salumi plate and the funghi pizza [the truffle oil is heavenly].
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cured Meats and Pizza
    123AD123
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    They have a wide selection of cured meats and some really delicious thin crust pizzas. The German lager I had was really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & great service
    seattlefan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. The menu is varied enough so that we could sit with our friends that were true carnivores along with friends who are vegetarians. The wine is well priced and a long list to choose from. The restaurant is small inside so large parties of 8 or more are not going to fit. The acoustics are a bit noisy but doable for the most part. It is a spot I would highly recommend and definitely go back to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passion on Display!
    NMNATIVEVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The chef in this tiny restaurant has such passion for what he does - it's evident in his face when he's preparing and in the food that is served. The truffle salume was out of this world as was the porcini salame and the mortadella. The pizzas were thin chewy crust but not remotely charred in the 628* pizza oven. The wine options were just so-so and we didn't have dessert. I would go again in a minute for the pizza and the truffle salume.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pizza comment
    rpasea
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Many of the reviewers spoke of great pizza and we were a bit disappointed. The 2 pizzas we ordered were both over baked with hard crusts, not the elastic and chewy crusts we like at other thin crust pizza places (Via Tribunali is our standard). Service was attentive and we had a free salad to share due the the slow arrival of the pizzas. We liked the size and ambience of the place and may give it another try. (Our friends rave about the pizza so we may have hit an off night).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Pizza!
    Ilya2193
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our first time at Bar Cotto was a pleasant experience. Parking is a little hard to find but we quickly found out that we can park in the garage under the Bar Cotto building. The service was prompt and very friendly. The waitress was timely with visiting us for our order and the food was brought out within 10 minutes. We had the chicken liver pate bruschetta which was delicious if you enjoy chicken liver. Then we had two different pizzas, one with prosciutto and one with their home made sausage. Both were delicious but the serving size was quite large. One pizza can serve two easily. Then we had their home made ice cream with espresso. All in all, everything was tasting and well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salumi!
    urbangardengirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Who doesn't love a charcuterie plate? If you must have more than meat, they also have amazing savory seasonal vegetable sides, delicious artisan pizza and of course house made cocktails, including barrel aged, to wash it ask down with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite pizza in Seattle
    chompchomp
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I'm always impressed with Bar Cotto's pizza--thin, crispy crust, minimal yet creative toppings. My menu favorites are the Guanciale pizza and the heirloom tomato salad to start. The service is excellent, and ambience is both cozy and lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crispy, chewy, luscious pizza
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Delicious cocktails. Pizza decidedly better than Via Tribunali--by far. I now know I don't need Serious Pie...I will just come here. Our waitress not perfect, no one is, but she was nice and gave us ample time to order. Beet salad ample and fresh w/ delicious crunch of pistachio. The burrata with eggplant caponata also a sweet stunner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service! A real gem
    DCeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had an unexpectedly wonderful dinner here. The atmosphere is cozy and hip, and the service was very good. The food is outstanding, especially the rapini bruschetta and of course the pizza. Lovely place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back to Italy
    4foodiesonRavenna
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Salumi selections took us back to our trip 2 years ago to the Parma region of Italy. Portion sizes are perfect for one person, or if you order multiple small plates, you can pass around to people in your party. Our server was knowledgeable and happy, and took great care of us as this was our first visit. We ended up with multiple appetizers for our meal, and didn't have a chance to try their beautiful pizzas, which we will definitely do at our next visit. This is an energetic, foodie restaurant. Not really for young families, great for a quick meal before or after a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    LarZarRaf
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I am generally a fan of Stowell's restaurants and was looking forward to Bar Cotto. We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance and were seated on time, but no one came to the table for 22 minutes. There was no excuse for the wait, and not even an apology or acknowledgement. When the server finally did arrive, she treated us as though she was doing us a favor by being there at all. Salads were decent, pizza so-so. Everyone agreed the dough lacks soul (good texture but no flavor). The place is very small and therefore very loud; acceptable conditions if you have a great drink in front of you and the promise of food on the way (of course we just waited with water). Food was not bad, it was ok. The service was simply bad. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the Bar Cotto reviews archive.
  • Cocktails & cold cuts
    rainierVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our first visit cannot be called flawless but the food keep up with the high standards expected at an Ethan Stowell restaurant. The service staff although friendly could have worked at McDonalds. Those we had contact with didn't make us feel that they gave much more what we already knew about the menu by reading it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    So they are calling it a "Salumeria" to get word out that awesome proscuitto is available, but it really is a foodie upscale place for unusual pizza toppings. Had the mushroom with artichokes and truffle oil. Yummy. Great wine list, try the Montepulciano.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Quality Choice
    Cavatappi
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very good pizza, with quality toppings. Friendly staff and a comfortable vibe in a contemporary setting. Excellent happy hour--throughout the restaurant Sun--Thurs; only at the small bar on Fri and Sat. I give this place a thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limiting
    sarahVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Only good if you eat pizza and pork... :( felt limited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza
    JayIVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Excellent service and quality food as always. Makes us want to come back for more. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite pizza in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I live in Capitol Hill and there are several places in the neighborhood to get pizza, but Bar Cotto is by far my favorite. Lots of selection for both veggie and meat eaters. Great flavors, excellent crust, awesome service. I'll go back more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    ronigold
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This was our second time going. The food is amazing, service really great. We will go back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enchanting neighborhood spot
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I visit Seattle frequently and just love this place. It has a great neighborhood feel, very personable, and the cured meats selection is delectable. A glass of wine or ale, married with their small batch salty meats and hot little bread squares just perfectly hits the spot on a rainy night. I hope this place stays around forever because I plan to be a regular when I move here in a few months!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Flavors and Great Service
    EpicureanMJ
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    4 of us came here on a Friday night (made reservations a month before). Tapas-style selection made it easy for us to share and taste a bigger selection of what was offered. Our selections included the chioggia beet salad, burrata with eggplant caponata, snap peas, margarita pizza, swordfish bruschetta, corona bean salad. Each was scrumptious! Veggies were perfectly cooked with a bit of crunch. Flavors were interesting, unique and melded beautifully. For dessert, we shared the rhubarb crumble - fabulous! Chunks of rhubarb whose acidity balanced the sweetness of the crumble & quick-melting vanilla ice cream. Our server Mike C was perfect...dry wit for fun & deep knowledge of the dishes made him a professional. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • newfoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My guest & I felt very welcomed & spoiled by the staff. They took great care with my food allergies to insure that I had a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pizza heaven
    WillBVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    This place really nailed it. Pizza is the star of the show, but everything was great. Salumi is fantastic, and delicious vegetables and salads.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Pizzas & Inventive Salads
    pmseattle
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We're really happy we found Bar Cotto. The four of us really enjoyed ourselves...kept saying afterward, "that was really good!" :-). It's a surprisingly smallish place, but the size enhanced the experience. Cool décor and a food prep area in the center of the space that I found rather entertaining. Service was outstanding with an incredibly knowledgeable server. Very friendly staff! The food was just fab. Loved the salumi board with five different salumi, the two salads we shared were unique and tasty, and the two pizzas were beautifully thin with delicious combinations. Highly recommend...can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Menu
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Smart waitress w twinkle in her eye may have been best part of experience. If you live on Capitol Hill, don't need a private conversation, and really like pizza, it's a fine restaurant. Definitely not worth a long drive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hooray for Bar Cotto
    ORtoWA
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The sides/appetizers are, as others say, tremendous. You must try them, but yes they will fill you up before the fantastic pizzas arrive. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Very good. Server was a bit awkward. came through in the end though. Great pizza and Charcuterie. Tuna bruschetta special was good but not great. Next day heartburn was brutal though. Worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet date
    BandD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was able to snag a reservation for valentines day late and I was pretty impressed. It was their 1 year anniversary and we were offered sparkeling wine when we sat down, which was nice. The salumi we orders was delicious as was the salad and pizza. Friendly, attentive service too. Wish it was closer to home so we could come more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our Expectations
    birthdayceleb
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Enjoyed the evening, and the great food. Thought Waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. Everyone in group talked about the good food, and indicated they would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza
    smp1
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great pizza; very good side plates; drinks were a little disappointing. Not sure Dinkel is the rye I would go for when building a Manhattan - especially if you're trying to position your bar as a "cocktail bar for the discerning drinker." Sadly, the staff seemed largely uninterested in their roles. Nonetheless, we witnessed nothing that would keep us from going back - just not right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner went great
    FancyDiner
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Booked a table for 8. It took them an additional 15 mins to seat us. But the food more than made up for the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salumi Bar Magic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The food was delectable, the drinks were very palatable, the service was impeccable, and the ambience was ideal. We ordered drinks (Pilsner and house Chianti mostly), a salumi plate, tortas fritas, two bruschettas (chicken liver pate and pork belly), as well as two pizzas (parma and porchetta). Everything was spot on, especially the tortas fritas (if you're a carb person, be prepared for doughy/fried goodness) and the pizza is, in my opinion, better than Serious Pie. Come here if you're a fan of good pizza and succulent flavors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit more than a pizza bar
    burt
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great bartenders (very knowledgeable) and excellent, simple dishes. Great if you want something basic (pizza) with an extra dose of class. The salads to start are unique and thoughtful, very tasty, and the bruschetta is creative as well. "Upscale" pizza - a great meal overall. Ambiance is typical of most Seattle trendy spots - dark wood, Edison bulbs, polished black metal... not unique, but nice overall.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Christmas Gathering
    Joan
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I reserved a table for eight at this small, classy restaurant. It felt special with outstanding food and service, but was not overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian pizza
    Genevieve
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Pizza was delicious, cocktails were very well made. Really no complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome eats
    BMWChefVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I had just flown in from Tampa and wandered into Bar Cotto. My server guided me through my entire experience which was flawless.....from the wine through the porchetta....the funghi pizza was the best I've eaten
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Great Expierence
    Willrockout
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Overall great experience, great service, the salumi selection was amazing and pizza was cooked to perfection
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Salumi Plates
    Amy89VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The salumi plates are amazing - my favorite was the house Porchetta. The pizza and bruschetta were great as well -- Bar Cotto is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.