Cuoco
Cuoco

Cuoco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cuoco-seattle.com/
  • Phone: 2069710710
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Stuart Lane
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer 3 private dining rooms at our facility. The Team-building Room seats up to 12 people, The Goat Room accommodates up to 8 people, and The Private Dining Room accommodates 12 to 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Richardson 2069710710
  • Special Events: Happy Hour
    Mix and Match our Cocktail Menu and our Antipasti menu for $8.
    Every Day 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Sunday Night Suppers
    Family Style Menu ~ $25 per guest ~ visit our website for Sunday Supper Menus

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thomas Avenue
  • Public Transit: The South Lake Union Street Car stops directly across the street from Cuoco on Terry Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: An abundance of street parking and many pay lots surrounding our location.
A word from Cuoco
"Cuoco" is the Italian word for "cook," and the inspiration for showing off our chefs in an open kitchen. The pasta work station is framed in crisp white tile and surrounded by warm gold and red walls. In addition to the featured fresh pastas, there are savory vegetables and other hearty entrees, created by our newest chef, Stuart Lane. Several private dining options will be available to accommodate 12-25 guests.
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Cuoco reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)special occasion (34)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (26)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (19)great for lunch (16)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • GOOD FOOD, SLOW SERVICE.
    seattlemom
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant in Amazon country. Food is good and somewhat reasonable, but the service for six on the first day we visited was pretty mediocre. Arrived at noon and served at almost 1. Not sure if Tom Douglas is cutting back on servers due to the increase in minimum wage but it shows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expensive panini
    Overpriced
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I met a friend for lunch here and ordered the daily special for Thursday, which was an eggplant panini, side salad, and blood orange cream soda. The soda was the highlight of the meal. It wasn't too sweet and had the right amount of cream and fizz. The panini was drenched in butter and kind of greasy. Every time I picked it up for a bite, my hands were coated with butter. The eggplant was soggy and flavor combination with the cheese was fine, but not very memorable. I think my expectations were set high when I saw a $15 panini on the menu and was somewhat disappointed. The salad was very simple, and nothing special, but good. I just don't think the sandwich and salad was worth the $15.00 price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good handmade food
    Liketoeat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made a reservation but still had to wait a bit to get a table. Food was rather expensive for the portion you get but it definately made up for it with the taste. The pasta was handmade and was bursting with flavor. They don't normally do free refills on drinks but the waitress was nice and brought us another handmade lemonade anyway. They ran out of the desert we ordered but comped us on another one and it was also delicious. All in all it was a good experience and i would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went with out-of-town friends; our first visit to Cuoco. The food was delicious; each of us loved our entree. Service was quite slow, but very congenial; they gave us each a free dessert (without our having said anything about the wait).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Shells
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a lovely dinner the other night. Service and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I took a candidate for lunch here. Took forever to get service and we only had an hour, but once the food arrived it was delicious! Overall, it was good, the reason why I gave a 2 is because they use OpenTable, as do I, and failed to enter my points when I checked in.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet lunch spot in SLU
    62253
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great spot for a quiet business lunch in South Lake Union, you can hold a conversation without fear of being overheard. The food is good, a little mroe upscale than most spots close by which is why we like it. You can depend on a good mean every time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need better service
    tablefor2pls
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Good location, walking distance from where we were staying, had to check it out, other reviewers had indicated their poor quality (slow and no attentive) service, well they were right! The waiter offered bread, but we had to waive him three times to ask for th e bread, still it arrived only with the food, I did convince my wife that it worked out well, we end up eating more good food! The black cod was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizers, for sure
    foxleroux
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Appetizers outstanding: the beets were a big hit and the salumi and beef tongue plates were excellent. Main courses also good. Service was a nice combination of casual and professional. Wine list small but offered good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amelia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was a little disappointed in the food but perhaps we should have chosen different items. The arancini with the fresh tomatoes' sauce was great. I had the chicken ravioli with chard. I thought it a little too salty and soggy .My husband had the mussels with pasta. I sampled a little and the broth lacked taste . Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TequilaSlim
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my wife to Cuoco for her birthday dinner. The restaurant has a nice feel to it, very well adorned and quietly fun. The whole dining experience was very pleasant from reservations being taken to paying the bill. The server upon greeting us wished my wife a happy birthday which was not a pre-conceived idea on my part. A very nice touch. The server was very attentive and patient and very willing to help my non-foodie wife with the menu. The food was excellent, served in a timely manner and presented very well. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was very good, as was the service. We had the meatball appetizer (exceptional), bib salad, flank steak and a small tortellini like pasta dish. All were high quality. The waiter was very attentive, despite some earlier reviews that service was spotty. We brought a special bottle of wine; the $15 corkage is one of the lowest in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Seattlefriend
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a lovely evening and great food. It's a beautiful restaurant and extremely friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    Seattlenoob
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We made reservations for a small party for happy hour (4:30-6PM) on a Saturday. There was ample space outside with both sun & shade, drinks ranged from cocktail concoctions in the 7-8$ range, to 2$ 12oz Raineers. Our wait staff was incredible and suggested some delicious appetizers (fried blue cheese-stuffed green olives!?). To top it off they brought by a desert menu so we could pick an complimentary desert for our birthday gal. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Trip
    Rslinsf
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    All exceptional. Very welcoming and comfortable setting. Terrific menu ... enough options without excessive complication. Our waiter was a consummate pro. Best I've encountered in Seattle. The meal was just about perfect. Great salad. Beautiful meat and cheese plate. My lasagna was one of the best I've eaten. The sauce was perfect. Nice gelato desert. Excellent wines throughout. Overall, the meal was expensive but worth every cent. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graeat food!
    Pave
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was amazing but the service was slow. The best part was dessert. Yum!c:
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • losing it
    easy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Not that great anymore, felt pressure to spend more which really turns me off. Worst Tom Douglas experience I ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place :-)!!
    jmrmode
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I love Tom Douglas and we have been on a food crawl in all his restaurants. This was our 3rd restaurants is the night and we had drinks and dessert. So good! Love the ambiance. The low lighting, the music, the area. Will definitely come again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not so great service
    Henrysmom1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been here many times and the food is always terrific. Delicious pasta and great fresh ingredients. The setting is pretty and cozy. Usually the service is good too, but we have had the same waiter twice now and he was innatentive, brusque, and unprofessional. It really does affect the overall experience. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuoco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Disappointing, lackluster food. Plus, our server disappeared and never returned. Next time, I'll go to one of Tom Douglas' other restaurants: The dependable Lola's, Serious Pie, or Tanakasan (avoid the horrible and horrible-smelling Seatown).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cuoco
    CarNoVore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Don't go there late in evening We had a 9:00 reservation We ate some appetizers and Main course Dessert menu given No order taken Chefs left Not nice
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you Cuoco (and Tom Douglas)
    norakoz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been seriously gluten intolerant for more than 30 years and, although in recent years there is more awareness, it is still hard to find a restaurant that is confident and competent enough to accommodate me. Before calling Cuoco, I was basically dismissed by two other restaurants who were not willing to try accommodate my degree of sensitivity. In contrast, Cuoco's staff was sure they could do it--and they did very well: the food was delicious and safe. I ordered dishes that were naturally gluten free, of which there was a generous selection. My beet, arugula and pistachio salad and the grilled pork tenderloin, chickpea puree, baby artichokes entree were great. We enjoyed it so much the first time, we brought friends back with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfying
    travelgirl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Cuoco delivered a perfect dining experience. The ambiance is warm and inviting. The menu supports both the happy hour diner and offers lovely choices for dinner. The service was attentive. I had the bibb salad with hazelnuts which was executed perfectly. The Cappelletti was unbelievably flavorful. I will happily return to Cuoco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time here
    patmrhoads
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wife and I sat in the bar and had some good food, good drinks, and even better service. Definitely a new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Just the right amount of attention. Had to wait 20 min for our table on a very busy night for the restaurant. Our drinks were comped; a delightful surprise. Waiter was confused between two similar items, so the wrong one was delivered. That one was excellent, so, really no complaint. We did not even point it out. Will definitely come again with guests. Perfect favors all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    happyhour
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I didn't think this restaurant was up to Tom Douglas' standards, but maybe since he has opened so many, his standards have fallen. There are many better Italian places in Seattle and they are less expensive. My 24 dollar ravioli didn't hold a candle to anything at Spinasse, nor Cafe Lago. My partner had the linguine with mussels - it was good but not great and in my opinion overpriced. It only had about 8 mussels. The service was especially lacking, we waited for 15 minutes to get our drink order taken and it wasn't very attentive throughout the meal. I was glad we ordered a carafe of wine because we probably wouldn't have been offered a second glass during the meal. The staff seemed really harried, - perhaps they were understaffed?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go there hungry
    Suzie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were a group of 6 and really enjoyed the quality and flavor differentiation. But the serving sizes were small. Don't go expecting family-sized proportions. This is nouveau cuisine, Italian style.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great spot by Tom Douglas
    Cindy8000VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We very much enjoyed our meal at Cuoco. The food and service were great, and the wine prices were quite reasonable. Tom Douglas seems to have no bad restaurants. Add this to your Seattle list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuoco is great
    bobwseattleVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was my fourth visit, second visit for lunch. As with prior visits the food was wonderful and the service swift and courteous. If I would change anything I would find a way to tone down the crowd noise. Once the place is full, which it usually is, it can be very hard to hear your conversations with your friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 675 reviews are from the Cuoco reviews archive.
  • A nice night out!
    1234
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The restaurant was busy into the evening. People of all ages and groups of all sizes. Everything on the appetizer menu looked delicious-the meatballs and the mushroom balls were wonderful. Portions were good, the staff was friendly and the space is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linda's Favorite Restaurant
    pastalover
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I live in Gig Harbor, but whenever we have a chance to go to Seattle, Cucuo's is where I want to eat dinner. I love the pasta. It is OUTSTANDING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful building!!
    NancyT
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    What can I say, Tom D. has done it again! Even thought the place was packed (inside and outside) both the service and food were outstanding. The meatballs were as good as my Grandmother's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soooo Delicious
    CLW332
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Everything we are was delicious, do not miss the meatballs. Service was perfect, host was very accommodating when we were running late due to a cancelled train.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Supper
    Beaz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    While the food was very good in quality and taste the Sunday Supper is not a "special" as you can order most items a'la carte off the regular menu. This isn't a criticism just a word to the wise. The service was efficient and friendly with very good attention to detail without being overbearing. The lasagna was excellent with a vibrant tomato sauce and wonderful flavors in every bite. If you like beets order the beet salad, very tasty. I will definitely go back and would recommend this restaurant to anyone without hesitation. A very nice Father's Day dinner with my daughter.
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  • Good, but not Tom Douglas caliber
    emeraldcityguy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There was nothing wrong with Cuoco, but it is not on par with the amazing food that I expect from Tom Douglas. Next time, I will go to Dahlia Lounge.
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  • Cascade of flavors
    BdayDiners
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All (4) in our group went silent once the meals were served, then the moans started. All of us commented on the great abundance and combination of flavors. I had the halibut, another had the flank steak, then roasted chicken and then the cappelletti. We sampled each others food and all of us loved all the other dishes. It was very good. It's been a long time since I've heard so many compliments on the food by a group of (4). Service was just ok. Our waitress seemed busy with a large table. I had to flag her down to order some bread to start with. Other than that, this is a great place, nice looking, comfortable and clean. We won't let a busy waitress keep us away...We will go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs Some Re-tuning
    golfkatVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    When Cuoco first opened, it had some good dishes and some flair. It already has a tired appearance and a very boring menu. The current chef seems a little afraid to venture out, or to even relive the recipes of the past. PLease fix it, as we love TD's restaurants. The best dish was the octopus appetizer. We did get a comped asparagus dish but it was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So delish
    KW33VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    i love this place. However, on occasion, i have found the service to be less than on par. Food is amazing though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Tom Douglas Hot Spot
    dietcokeskVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Love Tom Douglas... fried olives were great; I had the beat salad, which had a great seasoning. The donuts with raspberry and chia seeds were so good!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    cjp1
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was delicious, new imaginative choices. The service was attentive, but not too much. Enjoyed meeting the personable Chef
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic