Branzino Restaurant
Branzino Restaurant

Branzino Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.branzinoseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2067285181x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (open until 11:00pm), Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (open until 12:00am), Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (open until 1:00am).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Leroy Keener
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Hall 2088637318x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The best options for parking are on 3rd and Wall Street in the U.S. Bank parking lot or on 1st and Wall where El Gaucho restaurant will valet your car for a small fee.
A word from Branzino Restaurant
Pasta, seafood, pizza, cheeses, cured meats and all desserts are made by hand in house each day. An affordable wine list with an emphasis on Italian and Northwest.

Our attentive staff and our warm well lit dining room are features of Branzino’s personal experience.

Branzino's principal owners are long- time Seattle restaurateurs Peter Lamb of Il Bistro and Queen City Grill and Michael Don Rico of El Gaucho. Chef Quinton Stewart, who was the Sous Chef for "Top Chef" Ashley Merriman and who studied with Chef Maria Hines of Tilth, combines his experience and his knowledge of Italian cuisine and French techniques to deliver delicious and memorable plates.
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Branzino Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)romantic (19)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (9)great for outdoor dining (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • nice old school restaurant
    BrucefromVancouver
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really liked this place. Food was very good and it is in a good location. I had the spicy peach pizza and my wife had the scallops and risotto. Both entrees were great.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So
    klynneannVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went to this restaurant for the first time, using a Groupon. The food was pretty good, though they did not have the Burrata the night I was there. You have to request bread if you want it, which is fine except the waitress seemed put off by the request. It was taking a while for it to come and we were almost done with our appetizers, so I asked again and received 4 small pieces, which seemed standard. I wanted more for my pasta entree but felt like I'd be bothering the waitress. The menu is limited as well - just 3 pasta dishes. We didn't care for the ambiance either. If I want Italian in this area, I'd probably go down the block to Tavolata.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We've been to Branzinos a few time - mostly for their bolognese. Everyone at our table ordered it and we all thought the flavor was great, but it was overly spicy and the sauce to pasta ratio varied greatly from too much sauce on one to hardly any sauce on my undercooked pasta. First time have been disappointed in this dish. Service was great - although understaffed, resulting in long waits, which we didn't mind so much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I Always Love It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been here three times and have always enjoyed it. The lady who always serves me is great and the House Salad and Salmon are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just okay
    jmg98118VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    our second time there, wanted to give them a second chance and unfortunately the food was not any better, it isn't bad just not that great. One of our party got the Octopus which as very tough, the meatballs and spaghetti was bland and the meatballs were very dense. The service was friendly and efficient. But with their very limited menu it was hard to find something different to try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, portions small
    TastyFoodWA
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a very knowledgeable server and the food was tasty, but for the price the portions were small. My wife had a salmon and the portion was probably 3 oz and no sides like a starch or vegetables. After paying for $29 for the salmon, she was still hungry and ended up going to another restaurant to procure more food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • xyj32
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    All in all this place could be great, they just need more experienced servers. The server we had, while very nice, was not knowledgeable about very basic parts of the menu and food/wine in general. I also would have gotten the special if it was described correctly - I was so bummed when I left and saw it on the board outside. The food was good with the homemade pastas being the surprise highlight, as opposed to the seafood which was just ok. Anyway, I think the place deserves another shot but I was disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Sucks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The worst service possible, even after it was pointed out to them that we were getting poor service. I know at least 5 people who won't be going back. I for one intend to spread the word. Many other choices to put up with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was delicious! Loved the roast chicken & the pappardelle. Our server, Elise, was very professional and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant in Belltown
    LS174
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is the 2nd time we have come here, and they didn't disappoint. The staff was attentive, the food was great, overall an excellent experience. The Branzino on the menu is tops, and the table-side preparation makes for an interesting experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forgotten gem deserves attention
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Four of us had a great evening rediscovering Branzino. We had been for a lunch and dinner several years ago and had kind of forgotten about this place. A Groupon deal refreshed my memory and encouraged us to try it again. So glad we did! We were told The chef had just received a huge fresh Albacore tuna and specials that night included a Seared Albacore entree (with addictive cauliflower chips) and an appetizer Albacore Crudo, both of which were delicious! All our food, including Roasted Chicken, Papparadelle w Bolognese, Creme Fraiche Cheesecake and more, was wonderful, service was friendly, wine list was accessible. Smart use of a Groupon! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Out of menu items early on a Friday by 7 pm. Out of bar request also. Iffy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serviced large party well.
    Casey27
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a large party of 13 - including 5 teenage boys. We made our reservation early - 5:30 weekday in summer. We were splitting a day and night visit of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Bronzino was an easy walk from the Space Needle area. The food was excelent. Service knowledgable and friendly. Everyone seemed pleased with their choices. Bronzino fish, salmon, risotto, gnocchi, meatball with spaghetti, occtopuss etc.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The service as a little slow and it took a long time to get our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food/drinks, minimum staff
    italyfocused
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Main courses were very good and the drinks were inventive versions of old standards, although a bit on the small-pour side. The only issue was length of time from arrival to food on the table (35 min) which was mainly because our server appeared to also be the sole bartender.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dinner was utterly disappointing. At least 5 items from menu were not available, server showed up every half hour as it seemed she was bar tending while we were in far corner of restaurant. Food was average to mediocre and I usually love the food at branzino. Finally, ordered Moscow mules with house syrup for something a little different and was charged $11 each for a basic cocktail. Altogether, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Laurelnss
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We love this beautiful neighborhood restaurant for a nice dinner you can take your mother to. The food and service are exceptional. We LOVED the Burrata the chicken and gnocchi and of course their namesake, the Branzino. We've been 3 times and plan to go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All round excellent
    TVCdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything was great. The food, the service, the dining room. No complaints from us. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal, wrong hours
    SonoGrazia
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Open Table has the hours wrong, Branzino is not open for Sunday brunch, I had to come back later in the day for dinner. Besides that, the food was magnifico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Belltown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've brought friends and family a number of times and Branzino never fails to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    TobyCat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ate several of the small plates - all were tasty, and nicely presented. Wait staff was just right - attentive but not in the way. We'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - spot on service
    Jimster
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This is our third dinner. As in the past the food was great, service very attentive with the server offering up a selection of wines to taste so we could make the right selection. That's a touch that keeps us coming back. The warm brad salad was excellent although was very light on the tuna. The pizza was wonderful. Now the gnocchi - it was simply one of the best I've had anywhere in the States and certainly rivals the best in Italy. Light, airy and just the right amount of cheese and sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood find
    marce93
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Go with the menu's strengths-Branzino and the Short Rib Pappardella. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it was
    PamThePam
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Im not sure what happened but this most recent experience was less impressive than ones I had in the past. The food was very bland and badly needed salt. I swear I remember the cheese platter having double the amount of cheese & fruit. Why only 3 pieces of bread to spread cheese on? Why not an even amount, knowing people are sharing? The cocktails were wonderful & servers very friendly. Would stop by for a quick drink, but food vs price, not worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    EdS1098VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We always dinner here. Everything on the menu is worth a try. The wine list is also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Branzino Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A favorite
    KellyMVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    My husband and I just love Branzino. The food is consistently delicious and the servers are knowledgeable, polite and welcoming. Love the wine list; we always try something new and haven't been disappointed yet. We highly recommend Branzino!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service, good wine
    RCTID
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    excellent service, good wine list, varied menu, fresh ingredients, intimate setting, walkable from either Seattle Center or Pike Place Market,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite in Belltown for sure.
    steenVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Love this little neighborhood find. The Happy Hour is AWEsome, the service for dinner or HH is always great, everyone is friendly and the food is outstanding. Highly recommend.
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  • We love this restaurant -
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    We love this restaurant - the food is always interesting and delicious, the staff are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food, service, ambiance
    KellyMVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Branzino is one of our favorite places to eat--the only downside is deciding which dish to order! When we were there last, I had the always-to-die-for pappardelle, with a beautifully seasoned gnocchi/cauliflower/corn appetizer that made me appreciate those flavors together in a completely new way. My husband's meal was equally good. Make sure to save room for dessert--we had the chocolate torte with the salted butterscotch drizzle on it. So, so good. But besides the consistently great food, the service and staff at Branzino really sets it apart from other Seattle restaurants. It's attentive without being cloying, one never feels rushed and they seem genuinely happy to have you as customers. In short, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service is very gracious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2012
    The service is very gracious. Everyone in our parth enjoyed their meal. The booth we sat in offerred a measure of privacy. the quietness let us have a conversation without shouting
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this is by far one of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    this is by far one of the best dinner experiences my wife and I have had in ages. perfect on every level and we would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Branzino was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    The Branzino was very good. The remainder of the meal was average. Considering the cost and alternatives in Seattle, not that good of a value.
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  • Good food, uneven service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Food was good. We had an antipasti sampler, greens salad, and gnocchi that we shared. All were well balanced and prepared. Service was a bit odd. The staff was fairly available since it is a small venue, but had to be prompted at different points. Asked for a drink order as soon as we sat, but never again (how can you pick a wine until you know what you're eating?). We ordered an appetizer, and the server dashed off before we could add drinks. We both laughed it was so surprising. Had to flag them down to add the drinks. Never came back to take the entree order until we were done with the starter. Plates did come out quickly though, so it was not a large problem, just something to know going in. Perhaps just too many tables per server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! What great food. The
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Wow! What great food. The Octopus was DELICIOUS!!! Great Manhattan!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and cocktails.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Excellent food and cocktails. I would recommend requesting the two seats in front of the kitchen. Watch the chef and team cook your meal or sit at the bar or window seat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great meal here and
    BricebabyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    We had a great meal here and wanted to fall in love with the place. However the service was very nice but so so slow. They apologized for how slow they were - which was nice but my major irritation was that due to their slowness we had almost finished the bottle of wine we ordered for dinner by the time we were done with appetizers and salad (before our dinner was even served). I would have appreciated the waiter offerring a glass of wine on the house to have with our dinner. Regardless, we will try them again in the future and hope they have their staffing issues ironed out.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints. Menu and
    happydad
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Never disappoints. Menu and Service are great. We've been there as part of Seattle Food Tour, hosted a Business dinner and celebrated Mother's Day with kids and all were outstanding. The only problem is decid
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was totally excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    Service was totally excellent and food was excellent as well!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef's specials added to an
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Chef's specials added to an already excellent selection on the menu. Nicely sized portions...filling without being too much. Very professional and friendly staff who made excellent wine and food recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate