Firenze Ristorante Italiano
Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Firenze Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://firenzerestaurantbellevue.com/
  • Phone: (425) 957-1077
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 8th St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is located just outside the restaurant.
A word from Firenze Ristorante Italiano
Since 1992, Firenze Ristorante has been serving traditional homemade Italian cuisine to diners who quickly become regulars.



The décor is warm and inviting with stucco walls and terracotta floors; starched linens and candlelight. Italian conversations mingle with opera music and the aroma of delicious Italian fare stirs the senses. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, toasting a business deal, or celebrating with family and friends, Firenze Ristorante is the perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious meals and the finest italian wines.



Owner Salvatore Lembo greets you like an old friend, in traditional Italian fashion. He will often visit tables to chat about the menu or his outstanding wine list, or anything at all.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Firenze Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (11)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)special occasion (5)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • FitFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was a disappointing experience. We were here once before and not blown away but we tried it again. The food was average at best. The prices were too high for the quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the chicken gorganzola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The main course was outstanding but the calamari was short a few calamari now. Will not order that again at that price $12? Had to send the bread back because it was stale. The waiter told us that "real Italian bread is hard" What a condescending comment to a couple of world travelers. I should not have left the 20% tip, but he did bring new fresh bread. We like this place, but hope quality and value do not decline more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gratuity they add is excessive
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a party of 6 and when the bill came they had added gratuity of 22%! A party of 6 doesn't seem large enough to automatically add gratuity and on top of that 22% is ridiculous. We have eaten here on several occasions but this made our entire group rethink going again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justme
    Justme
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The service was excellent. The food very, very good. The vegetables were so green and fresh tasting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the same this time!
    BellevueMom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Normally I love this restaurant. This time the waiter was indifferent, the caesar salad was terrible and the main course was just okay. Bummer! This should be a great neighborhood spot… if the service was better maybe I would have felt differently.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicioso
    RayBVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had great entrees there. I had the bolangnase , which was the best I ever had. the ravioli my wife had were also excellent. The only complaint I have is the Ceasar Salad was bland. It had no taste, b.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    MissVanD
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service, EXCELLENT food!!!! Our absolute favorite spot for a good dinner!! Always worth the 45 minute drive for us!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, good food
    OnlyMe
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Open restaurants were hard to find on Labor Day but this one was notably open. The food was good, the staff were attentive and friendly. Overall, a good place to eat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wine switch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ordered a specific bottle of wine. When the opened wine bottle arrived and poured, it was not what was ordered. When asking the waiter about this, he replied "Oh, we do not have that one. This one is just like it." ????. Service is extremely slow, food is good. Don't order the quail, you will starve.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food & Wine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to dinner with a group of friends and we had a fabulous time! The food and wine was excellent, our server was a lot of fun, but professional, just had and overall fun & yummy time with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Wouldn't "Not" Recommend It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If a friend asked, "it was fine." Not the best, not to be avoided. It was fine. The service was the best part, our server was aware of our needs and attentive. Recommended if you're in the area and want Italian, not necessarily worth a trek.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Firenze si mangia maglio
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    You really eat better in Firenze (citta) than this restaurant. Good appetizers. Main courses served with mashed potatoes suggests Americanization and quail dish was unimaginative and under spiced. Service good but slow. I might return when the chef gets back from vacation. Did not have an Itlian feel to it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Seafood Items Available
    BoondockersVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It was strange that all items on their Seafood menu and the Fresh Catch were not available. Could it be because we had Groupon? Food was good, service inadequate. Restaurant was empty except for one group and a couple of tables on the patio.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 101 reviews are from the Firenze Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Staff and Food
    Originaldiane1VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Staff is competent but unfriendly. 'Regulars' are greeted profusely but new customers seem unwelcome. Food is ok but uninspired. Have been here a number of times, always hoping for a change. This was our last visit.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    TMelt
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As always, the food was delicious. I hadn't been to Firenze in a while, and now I'm wondering why I've been away so long! I'll be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Italian
    Bill
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very good food, good service. Caesar salad was just ok, charged extra for anchovies in it and not enough dressing, but all else very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing dinner
    RayBVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The place isn't pretty but the food was good the last few times I was there. I usually have have the clams linguini which is a signature dish and has always been excellent. This time it had just a few clams and the pasta was dry and very over pepperd. My friend had the snapper which was covered in a red sauce and not very good. They may have changed chefs.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something Good
    Justme
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food was very good, the atmosphere was very elegant and the wait staff were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tried and true Italian Experience
    LADBellevueVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have been coming here since they opened over 20 years ago and although we have not been there for a number of years this visit proved that they have not missed a beat. Delicious pasta and seafood greeted us during this visit and their New York heritage showed through. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Beebman
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The meal we had was great. The veal was excellent and was the lamb delicious. The wait staff seem to be a bunch of characters. We had an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    patti
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This reaturant is a GEM! We love to go to this place for special occasions. Salvatore always greets his guests and the staff make you so comfortable. The food is great and the wine selection is fantastic! WE LOVE IT!!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good as usual.
    THISVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Firenze is a neighborhood restaurant we have been frequenting for more than a dozen years. Food is always good and so it is popular. Excellent wine list and interesting specials.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great choices
    Diningdiva
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It was very nice to find a restaurant where I could order a small or a large plate of food. Excellent menu for both pasta and other Italian dishes. Very attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent.The
    artist22
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was excellent.The dinner salads were a little on the small side but they made their own ceasar dressing which had a lttle anchovie paste and that was a nice surprise.The halibt was excellent with capers and lemon olive,cooked to perfection.My linguinie had calamari,mussels and clams in a red spicy sauce was execellent.Our waiter was personable,prompt and freindly.This is a step above any other Italian resturant we have gone to.I would rate this a 9 out of 10 for scoring.I would go back when we have some extra money.It is a bit pricey but good Italian food usually is unless your going to the olive garden and this food was definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    fdnwnlvrVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I had lunch here with my girlfriend and the food was plentiful and delicious. Quite a gem to be hidden in a shopping center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Russ
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Awesome lunch with lots of flavor and quite a bit of food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took 4 clients out if dinner
    Ovie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I took 4 clients out if dinner last week @ Firenze. The food was great - but they we're out of a lot of items. Only salads were house and Caesar. They also had a great sounding ribeye special - but 2 of us ordered it and was later told they were out. It was a TH night and only about 30 people in the restaurant- so clearly they are not doing a good job with ordering stock. The food we did have was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding and authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Outstanding and authentic food, and touches like white linen tablecloths add to the elegance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Only one of the four of us had been there before. Food delicious! We shared a salad and it was split in the kitchen (no charge) - entrees nice size. Service nice. Definitely returning!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Authentic Italian Food
    Angel
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Firenze is a very authentic restaurant. I would reccommend a pasta dish, this is what really sets it aprat from the rest. You can really taste the difference in the fresh noodles. It is a little pricey for what you would expect from a restaurant in a strip mall, but for a special occasian place it is not too spendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Temperature
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Food was warm and not hot, the linguine was almost room temperature - which is unusual for this restaurant. The food usually comes out steaming hot. Food was very flavorful as always.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    diner123
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food here is great Italian food and the service is also very good. The restaurant is small and the tables are close together so don't plan on private conversations or private romantic moments...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service!
    Bridget
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The restaurant accommodated our group of five with two small children in high chairs. We were the only group of diners with children, but we weren't made to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. The food was delicious. Service was seamless. In the Pacific Northwest where it's difficult to find a good Italian restaurant, Firenze is the real deal! It reminds me of one of the great little neighborhood places in the Italian Market area of South Philly, but with better ambience. Truly delicious Italian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    Luciano
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    i had a nice evening at firenze. the servid was great, and the food is well prepared. i would return there for an italian food dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad night for dining here!
    Villagepope
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a 7:00PM res. we arrived five min. early. We were immediately seated at he worst table in the place. (There were at least three better options open at the time). Clearly, a reservation will not assure a good table. Bread and water arrived quickly and the waiter arrived to take our order within five minutes. So far, so good. Our wine order took about fifteen minutes to show up, but perhaps the bar was very busy. The place was quite well attended. The time was now about 7:20. Our food finally arrived after 8:30. The food saved the evening. Great carbonara and lamb chops! Terrible service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great environment, food was decent
    Anonymous
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is one of those little places that from the outside you wouldn't look at twice. It's located in a mall.strip mall right next to a frozen yogurt, cupcakes, a major pharmacy chain and a movie theater. But once you step in, it feels very authentic. The vibe is great for an italian place. The non-italian waiters due their best to provide a geunuin experience without going overboard on the "ciao" and "grazie". The food was a little disappointing to be honest. For the price, I expected better. The fod isn't bad, mind you. But it's not fresh-made pasta and the ingredients on the seafood pasta I had were frozen. The "regular" portions are large enough for a hungry person or for two to share. Overall, the taste was very good and I would return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    Xmontrealer
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, extensive wine list. Accepts both Groupon and Passport/Prime cards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    Angel
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great authentic Italian, a bit pricey but worth it for an occasion
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A really nice Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A really nice Valentine's dinner! One of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food. Serice was slow,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great Food. Serice was slow, however it was Valentine's Day
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.