Il Bistro
Il Bistro

Il Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilbistro.net/
  • Phone: 2066823049
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Every Day 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday through Thursday 10:00 pm until Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:00 pm until 1:00 am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nathan Louma
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049
  • Private Party Facilities: IL Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net
  • Private Party Contact: Nick Wiltz 2066823049
  • Special Events: Come join us on Valentines Day! Chef Luoma will be preparing a wonderful four-course prix-fixe menu with many choices on each course. Enjoy the Mike Stafford Jazz trio Live!! $95 dollars per person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. Located at Market entrance at First Avenue and Pike Street. Street parking is also available. In addition, there is a Public Garage one block East at 2nd Avenue Between Pike and Pine Street.
A word from Il Bistro
Picture a cozy restaurant nestled in a cavern in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imagine the freshest local ingredients, authentically prepared, an extensive wine list featuring the best of Italy, the Northwest and California and a classy candlelit bar specializing in hand-made cocktails, single-malt scotches, ports and grappas. Sound like a special evening? Visit Il Bistro and Spend a Night in Italy. For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare. Market fresh Meats, Seafood and Produce are always our priority. Please make a reservation to join us!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Il Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (50)special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (20)fit for foodies (20)late-night find (10)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Mangabevi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Peter was our wait staff and he was impeccable. Best Ceasar Salad in town. Lasagna to live for and huckleberry panna cotta outrageous! We sat outside on one of only a few tables and sucked in the energy of Pike Place Market. It was my husbands birthday and the only thing that went minimally south is I wrote in my reservation in was my husbands birthday and asked if they might have a candle. Upon arrival the host at the desk made comment about a birthday but nothing was ever done. Not a big deal in relationship to everything else but would have been nice if they would have not said anything and he might have been surprised instead by a candle at dessert. Perhaps calling might have been better to assure this detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Bistro
    Gr8food
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A nice find in the Seattle Pikes Place area. Fantastic fresh salmon and the swordfish special was outstanding. Exceptional tomato caprese salad. Definetely will come again on our next trip to Seattle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Night twas perfect
    MRmcLovin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Going to dinner at Il Bistro was part of my date with my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday and take her around Seattle, and Il Bistro helped make the night very memorable for her. While making my reservation online, they suggested the "Romance Package", which includes rose petals on the table, having a table in a more secluded area, and Sparkling cider or champagne (depending on your age and preference). With Il Bistro already being a candle lit dinner, it made it that more special to her and myself. The waiter knew the menu well, but, seemed like he was either a bit nervous or new to the job, and it showed a little bit. The food was absolutely amazing. We created our own 4 course meal, and the $50 per a person price tag was well worthit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great
    Tomk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great, my wife had the gnocchi and i had the Rigatoni. It was very flavorable. My wife really enjoyed the gnocchi which was really well made, it was not gummy at all. If you love gnocchi this is the place to go. It was a nice neighborhood resturant next to Pikes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK, but not outstanding.
    Foodlover1VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Musty smell, average Italian food. Waiter did an excellent job.
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  • Perfect evening
    Curt
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed a perfect evening at Il Bistro. The food was fantastic, and we had a helpful and friendly waiter. Would be very difficult to improve on the experience...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got Better
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Despite booking a tsble they did not have one for us when we arrived on time. After ten minutes we were offered a table outside. Big mistake. Slow to no table service and vagrants in vicinity of Pikes Market. We asked to be moved inside where everything improved. Despite this the food was outstanding.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    sxmscorpio
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Was a bit difficult to find as located somewhat below ground level. Greeted nicely but had to wait approx 10 minutes for our table although we did have a reservation. Music (blues/new orleans style) being played a bit loudly was distracting..this is after all touted as a romantic Italian restaurant. We were forgotten service wise in the beginning as our table was out of the main area but this was handled well by the owner and our waiter once it (we were discovered). Food was nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food....Terrible Service
    MsBruise
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Well, as a Seattle native, I don't know why it took me so long to try out Il Bistro--but if the service is always like this, I'm not missing much. The restaurant wasn't particularly full, but apparently they were going to be having a large party come in after we were seated. They seemed too pre-occupied with the large party and not interested in servicing the folks that were already seated. I watched the busser pass us on many occasions while we sat with either dirty plates, and/or no water in our glasses. There was a FOH person, and what also appeared to be a manager...along with two wait staff--and everyone seemed oblivious--looking right at us, but just walking by. The food is fabulous, the martinis are divine, service--what service?
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic and delischious!
    Carcar24
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A friend recommended this eatery and we were not disappointed. Had a cozy half-circle booth tucked away in the back and had a romantic and fantastic dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    kimgrn2006
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The restaurant is perfection. We loved the food and the service. I loved everything about it. I just wish the prices would have been a little lower but it was well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Il Bistro was a great find! Our meal and wine was fantastic and the staff was super friendly. I would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Karla
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been to Il Bistro many times and have always been very happy with my experience. I have been there for both dinner and Happy Hour. I will be back for sure! And yes...I have recommended it to others!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Date Spot
    Clarke
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my girlfriend to this spot while she was in town visiting and we had a wonderful evening of food and wine. The staff was courteous and funny. Definitely a great place to go on a date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere sad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I heard many good things about this place and was very excited to try it. When I went for my anniversary the appearance and menu held up to the reviews however my food did not. I ordered the lasagna that appeared good but it burnt to a crisp and inedible at the bottom so needles to say I was very disappointed especially when anniversary talk turned to lackluster food conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service - Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you weren't paying attention you may miss this hidden gem in Pikes Market. Our Valet recommended it at Hotel 1000 for a Romantic dinner. The food was great and service was as well. Definitely a great find.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    DineansWine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place to go and be romantic. The owner serves excellent food. The servers are wonderful. It is quaint. You'll love it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had dinner in the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We checked in early and were told we could wait in the bar. Nobody came and got us at the time of our reservation so we stayed in the bar but we had a great time. The service was outstanding, the food superb and price you could not beat. We were interested in small portions that were served in the bar and only available in the bar, so it worked out great. Highly recommend the bar food service and the waiters service in the bar. You have to try this place! Excellent food and generous portions for appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    WeedyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Located under Pike Market this longtime Italian is always excellent. Nice relaxed but elegant bistro-like atmosphere. Terrific service. And reliably good food. One of my Seattle 'don't miss' spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    Canadian63
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had dinner here in June for our anniversary and it was amazing. The food was better then we've had in Italy. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Although I've been walking past this restaurant for the last 20+ years, we finally went in for dinner on a recommendation from our daughter. It was wonderful! The service was outstanding and the food excellent. We were very pleased and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clean
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Waiter failed to give price for specials and he had a poor knowledge of the specials. Service was good and the ambience was good. food was okay.
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  • Amazing Italian!
    gozags13
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    After studying abroad in Italy, I have to say Il Bistro was a nice find to remember some excellent food! Great service and atmosphere... I highly recommend it for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had such a fantastic experience. Thanks so much to Tom for seating us at table 18 - our favorite. Outstanding service from Bryson. Food couldn't have been any better. What more can I say?
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonJuan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Reminds me a bit of the "Rick's" cafe from the movie "Casablanca" I like it. Food is good, no complaints. Service is good and friendly. And everyone seems to be having a good time. The Mai*tre d' , Tom, was Aces, friendly and helpful. All around, a happy, fun place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Jon53
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Went here before a show at the Paramount. Very accommodating to our tight schedule. The food was very flavorful--happy to experience food that had proper seasoning for a change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved our Evening!
    2Canadians
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Such a romantic setting in a darkened candle lit atmosphere! it was my husbands birthday so requested a romantic table for 2 and they delivered. Our dinner was delicious, the wine was excellent and the service was great. Would have gone back again if we had had more time in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Romantic evening
    Dine4Dates
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Originally had a reservation for 7:30 (a Wednesday night), pushed it back to 7:45 while stuck in traffic, finally arrived at 8, we were greeted with a smiling face and told not to worry about being late (granted the restaurant had ample empty tables but it was still nice). The food was delicious, neither I nor my girlfriend are major foodies but it was good by our tastes. The (complimentary) bread was nothing special. The restaurant itself has no real windows, but is dim (not dark) and quiet (background music) which made for a great atmosphere. The decor is old, but this only adds to the small restaurant atmosphere We did not get a chance to try the desserts or the wines.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous pike place dining
    Merniej
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food was delicious and location cannot be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting place
    PearlJamFan
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great place to eat. Very energetic with great service and good times. We even had the honor of eating next to the members of the famous band, Pearl Jam! What a treat!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best duck risotto ever
    Roberto
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Duck risotto: 10 stars. Lasagne was average. Maggianos has better lasagne. Rigatoni bolognese: 4 stars. A little skimpy on the sauce. The gorgonzola salad was amazing: 5 stars. Good drinks. Good prices. I will return. But if the lasagne has not shown improvement, my next visit will be my last one.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Diningout
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great food and great service. We always enjoy this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a nice place!
    Bestplaceever
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great service, great food. An overall really good experience!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing more than average
    FoodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went there based on our visit with Seattle Food Tour. We were surprisingly disappointed. While the rack of lamb was very good, all else was just average. Had their NY steak special. Bland, fatty and a very thin cut. Roasted potatoes were covered in oil. Cannelloni was stuffed with VERY smokey pork. Bolognese was just ok. Had a rookie waiter. He seemed lost.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 865 reviews are from the Il Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great Restaurant...except the food
    khenderson
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant was exceptionally great as far as their service, and the atmosphere. I was disappointed in the dishes that we were served. I ordered lasagna and it was not that flavorful, and cold in the center. :( My husband ordered the seafood linguini, which was watery and not creamy like you would expect. I feel like the restaurant itself was lovely and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seattle Secret
    StickmanVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Once again, great service, creative and excellent food, and a terrific wine list! Don't skip the dessert! Il Bistro is a top-tier Italian restaurant in the Seattle and simply an outstanding value!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The waiter was very helpful and had a lot of information on the restaurants history. The food was a good portion and was very good. And the Tiramisu was tasty. I would recommend it for a first date or a nice night out. Can't wait to go there again.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Classic Italian favorites
    Sea4food
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Il Bistro has been a traditional choice for Classic Italian dining in the Market for years. The menu offers a variety of Italian favorites and specials-but keeps some favorites (e.g., the rack of lamb). The service is efficient and attentive. We took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu and three of us ordered different three-course offerings and found each delicious! As the restaurant filled, the noise level increased, making conversation more difficult but energizing the atmosphere. A highly recommended Restaurant for a special evening out in downtown Seattle.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere, plain food
    Ann36
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It's got a nice warm atmosphere. The acoustics are a little weird and loud. The food was really disappointing. We were really excited about it after reading the menu but everything was just very bland.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Dinner
    LuvSeattle
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Il Bistro was the best dinner I had in Seattle! The food was delicious and fresh! It was amazing, the mushroom soup was perfect! I will definitely eat here again on my next visit to Seattle!
    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.