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Il Bistro
Il Bistro

Il Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilbistro.net
  • Phone: (206) 682-3049
  • 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: Italian, Northwest, Seafood
  • 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 (206) 682-3049
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was delicious and location cannot be beat!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great food and great service. We always enjoy this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great service, great food. An overall really good experience! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I've been to Il Bistro several time in the last couple of months and each visit has been delicious. During our last visit, however, the menu had changed and my favorite dish was gone. While I was a little disappointed that I had to go with a less desirable option (lasagna), I still greatly enjoyed the food. My fiance have been here for special occasions and date night, but this last visit was our first time having others join us. We brought an old friend to celebrate his 30th birthday and he was very impresses with the quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Love this place! The atmosphere, vibe and food! Overall I had a wonderful time. It was one of me and my main squeeze's first times going out for a nice dinner together, and the setting couldn't have been better! The food was wonderfully prepared and the portions were perfect! The service was genuine and friendly. I would definitely recommend this place for a nice intimate date."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Went in the evening for a dinner during the Restaurant week, lights still out, the window seats had a nice view of the setting sun on the water. Food was delicious. Overall it was relaxing and nice."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Il Bistro was a great choice for Seattle Restaurant Week! I will find another time to go, but based on price it is more for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Easy walk to Benaroya Hall or Triple Door. Cool location right under the "Pig." Excellent Italian food in a more formal (but not pretentious) atmosphere. Dining area not cramped at all and great for a having a quiet night out. Bistecca was excellent. I liked having my coat taken at the door - Nice touch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was a romantic evening with my spouse. He'd been talking this restaurant up as one of his favorites from the 1980's, but something has been lost with time. The food was good, but not spectacular. The ambiance was lovely and everyone was delightful. Unfortunately our waitress was overworked so we were left waiting for our dessert and check. The music was extraordinary, thanks to Andre Ferieante. I must say my entree doggy bag was delicious for lunch because the flavors had a chance to blend and mature."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was very impressed. Il Bistro is a great place for a date night or for any romantic occasion. I really liked the low lighting and the cozy feel. They had a guy playing live music - it was beautiful and fit the mood and atmosphere perfectly. Apparently he's here Sunday nights, so that's probably the night I'll choose the next time my boyfriend and I come back. The food was better than I expected. I loved the bruschetta al pomodoro - it was very tasty. For my main course I had the gnocchi and my boyfriend had the pork tenderloin. He said it was really good and I felt the same way about my gnocchi. It was very tender and flavorful and I liked the cream that was in it. Our desserts (chocolate torte and tiramisu) were good as well."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Party of four people tucked in a nice corner with attentive service from Jeremy (who decanted the lovely old bottle of Rhone wine that we brought for the occasion and then recommended a great follow-up). It was a terrific meal - the Caesar was the real deal, with pronounced anchovies and garlic in the dressing; the pasta was al dente; the miale was touched by truffle oil, the desserts were authentic. Top the evening off with the warm, fluid sound of live Spanish guitar in the background and you have the kind of dinner that makes you glad that you have no where else to be. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Every need was well attended to by Sonja, and she was a delight to share the time with. The music provided by Mr. Andre Feriante complimented the evening ever so perfectly. And the food was well prepared and delicious. I could not have asked for a better experience at il Bistro."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Looking for a nice place for a romantic dinner, we found a winner! Only negative was the charge for every drink refill!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Have been to the bar for drinks, but never to the restaurant; glad we finally did! Very cozy restaurant with white table cloths and very good service. We had a nice table for four and really enjoyed our dining experience! Food was very good, the chicken dish, pork chop, lasagne and the pasta special were all prepared well and enjoyed by our table! Definitely will return!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My fiance and I come here fairly regularly for special occasions or date nights. Sunday March 30, was just such an occasion as I arranged for a surprise birthday get together for all of her local family. Our table was adorned with rose petals and the the staff greeted us as welcome family. Family waiting at the table, we came in and were immediately greeted and taken care of by Bryson, our favorite waiter. The whole evening was filled with great food, conversation and laughter. Thank you il Bistro for taking such great care of us! You helped make this a truly memorable evening. Brad"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was good, but not extraordinary. I had the duck which was not as tender as I wished. The sauce was excellent though :)"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful ambiance. Great for any occasion. Love it."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The mushroom ravioli was delicious as was the risotto special. Had a bottle of house chianti and it was very good. Service was friendly and very efficient. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It Bistro is my go-to when seeing any show at the Showbox. Valet parking under the clock and a simply prepared menu that always wins. The late night offerings in the bar mean we come back after the show for a snack. This night we each had a salad -- the greens were good and the soup was great! Then we split a steak which was plenty! Nice wine list by the glass. We were seated in the "corridor" facing the bar which was pretty quiet, enough where we could talk and hear each other despite the restaurant filling up. Bar menu has small pasta plates."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Pretty restaurant! I had the scallops special and it was delicious. The bolognese that my husband had was incredible. The lemon mascarpone dessert- I wish I could eat it every day. Great wine list too. So close to the waterfront and the market and our hotel- the Four Seasons. The only drawback was that the place was so cold, but I loved everything else."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My wife and I were in Seattle from out of town and wanted to find a local restaurant for a very rare night out. Il Bistro had great reviews and we were really excited to try it. The presentation of the food was nice but I found my salmon to be undercooked and the flavor was bland. I ended up scraping the green toping off the salmon. Service was okay although we never got our drinks refilled. We had to ask the busboy for refills which only came at the end of our meal. Being in Seattle I expected exceptional salmon and for the cost I expected exceptional service. We were disappointed."
    Dined on 3/13/2014