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Montalcino Ristorante Italiano
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://montalcinoristoranteitaliano.com
  • Phone: (425) 270-3677
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michelina Nardone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Fernando for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Fernado Nardone (206) 818-0496

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Montalcino Ristorante Italiano
At Montalcino Ristorante Italiano fine food and wine are a way of life. All dishes are prepared with passion and tradition, using only the freshest, highest quality real Italian ingredients. Charismatic Italian family ownership brings a classic atmosphere to the restaurant where everyone is part of the family. A quality menu with many family receipts and a top unique wine list including wines produced by the family creates a perfect dining experience. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food at Montalcino is unbelievably authentic and amazingly delicious. We have always been impressed with their Italian wine selections, including wine made by the family. The service has been wonderful from being welcomed by a nice man by the door, to being well taken care of by the wait staff, and this most recent time, being serenaded by a talented musician. He sang songs from the Loin King in Italian for my children as well as "Mambo Italiano" ;-) We are always treated to homemade cheeses as we wait for our entrée and a beautiful family made dessert wine. What an excellent touch of Italian hospitality! For a foodie family - Montalcino Ristorante Italiano is the best."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This place is amazing. Good food, service, and management!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have taken many other couples to Montalcino and each and every time..... the" WOW" factor. The wine list is amazing. We have actually visited their winery while in Italy. It's the real deal. To have such a authentic, high quality restaurant in the heart of downtown Issaquah is such a blessing for us. The size of the restaurant , 8 top 9 tables, is a plus for us. It feels like we are eating in a authentic Italian kitchen."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Montalcino and it once again delighted our senses. You really feel like you're in an actual spot in Italy. Authentic, yummy and unique. We can't wait to go back for more!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The dinners are wonderful. Every dish is prepared with great care and attention to quality. They open for lunch again in the fall. Wonderful selection of delicious dishes. The best truffle mushroom soup,we had ever had. We are eagerly awaiting the fall hours. Must make reservations for dinner always. Restaurant is family owned and run. Staff all seem to be related as well. Everyone makes certain your dinning experience is wonderful every time."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've eaten here several times now, and the food has always been excellent. Some nights they have a live guitarist playing romantic music, which makes for a great date night. On our last trip there we went with another couple and the four of us ordered all four specials. We ended up rotating plates so everyone could try everything, because it was all great. Highly recommended for special occasions where you don't mind spending a little more for a great meal."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had heard wonderful things about this restaurant and tried in the past to get a reservation on short notice without success. Thought we would try again for our anniversary. With OpenTable we had success! The service and food was wonderful. Our server recommended an amazing bottle of Brunello that we thoroughly enjoyed. The appetizer was a nice sampler. We had the lamb shank and halibut as main courses and were treated to a number of extras such as cheese and some Italian moonshine! All was expertly prepared, the fish flaky and moist and the lamb tender and juicy, and surprisingly neither required any additional seasoning. The ambience was divine with a musician playing. A truly lovely night!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent service. You felt as if you were part of their family."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of our favorite neighborhood spots. The food is amazing, the owners are welcoming and friendly, and the entertainment is always top rate. The recipes are from Italy from an Italian family (who own the restaurant) and this is some of the best Italian food you will find this side of Italy. Be sure to try the gelato as it is imported from Italy. I used to miss the Italian gelato big time, but now I have a local spot where I can enjoy Italy without the long plane ride and THE HASSLE OF TSA."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "If I had an Italian mother, I'd want her to cook this way. A memorable meal in all respects."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I continue to repeat at this place. Love the food, the atmosphere, the wait staff and the vino. Menu is great and I almost always order the specials. I had the short ribs. A hidden gem in Issaquah and for the Eastside. Nothing like this restaurant on the Eastside."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I read the reviews, booked the reservation, then enjoyed a really, really good meal. The place is very small, and because of that they book up fast and then call you (3 times in my case) to remind you of your reservation and double check that you will show up!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Flavors and food are very tasteful,, chef does a great job. Been there 3 times now w/different dishes selected---all very good. I love these little Italian Ristorante's!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Delicious food and wine! I travel to Issaquah on business frequently and I always look forward to dining here as part of my trip. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys authentic Italian food. It is family owned and you feel that, but the food is famous chef quality!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We took out-of-town family here because we love it. They loved everything except the singer. They thought he could have taken more breaks. In a small space it can become a little much. But, to us, it's part of the whole experience. Enough cannot be said about the spectacular food."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Fantastic food and wine. Great service. Felt a bit rushed, but not terribly so."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This was our first time and we took our son. There was just a few minutes wait but we passed the time with a wonderful glass of champagne. The service and food were totally honest cooked gourmet Italian. Best mushroom sauce I've ever had. Our waiter provided some of his mother's homemade truffle cheese... So delicious! I am so excited to share this gem with my friends."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Montalcino was excellent as always ! I had the Kobe beef Lasagna and my wife had the fish special with risotto. Tiramisu was an added treat for dessert. Wonderful restaurant, great food and great staff will keep us coming back and would certainly recommend to anyone looking for good authentic Italian on the Eastside."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "As usual, great food and we had a good time. Not cheap"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is always delicious, the service outstanding, and the ambiance is both romantic and relaxing.My only complaint is that this gem is not closer to my home."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Issaquah's hidden treasure. Superb menu with outstanding service. A very special place for dinner with friends."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have been dinning at Montalcino for two years. We love quality food and we always receive it at Montalcino. We are both chefs and foodies. Dined all over the state among others states …this restaurant is tops."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The family that owns and runs the restaurant are from Italy and it shows. Excellent friendly find."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A really great restaurant. Good Italian food and great wine"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We found ourselves with a last minute free night and got a reservation at Montalcino. We had the one and only table outside because that was all they had, which at first seemed a little strange but we actually liked it until the sun was beating on us then it got a bit hot. Otherwise the perfect night. The food was excellent, I can not say enough about the flavors of the lasagna and the lamb. The service was perfect, great suggestions on food and wine, we have the family wine and love every sip. A fabulous first experience and we are looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As always the real deal. Food was again very impressive, the staff attentive and the Italian owner as passionate as I always see him. Just like my memories of dinning in Italy."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Delightful meal. Generous portions. A bit pricey for my wallet. Friendly service. Great neighborhood with lots of attractions nearby."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A hidden gem of a family owned restaurant in Issaquah. Food preparation is exquisite and prepared by "Mama!" Accommodating and attentive service. Reservations a must and given the smallness of the restaurant there is a two hour maximum for seating. But expect to leave in a food coma and with left overs that are just as good the second day as when originally served! Parking a bit of a challenge so allow time to find a parking space."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We are picky and understand great cuisine and Montalcino has it. We always enjoy our visit to Montalcino and we appreciate how they always seem to step it up a notch even when we think it cant get better. Its true you cant, best restaurant in the state."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • " The delicious food was the best aspect of Montalcino. Excellent Italian fare. The lamb was tender and succulent ; my pasta entree cooked perfectly al dente with a delicious red sauce. Generous-sized servings. This restaurant is the perfect size (small) to feel very cozy and welcoming. Service was prompt and courteous. We especially liked the classical guitarist playing through out, and the music was low enough to allow easy conversation."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is a tiny restaurant in downtown issaquah that is full of love and flavor!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband and I had been wanting to visit this restaurant for about a year. We decided to go for my birthday and we both agreed that it was one of the best meals we've ever had in a restaurant. The owners greeted us, the service was excellent, the food (we both ate pasta) was mouth-watering. I haven't had pasta that fresh since my grandmother was alive. Thank you for a wonderful evening - we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful salads and pasta...homemade all the way. Sweet little place that is perfect for a special evening with a special someone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is very good. The space is small and they have a window of one and a half hours of table time. We never heard of this but it is a very small place and they try to keep the flow going. We believe you can call them and ask for extra time. If we had room for dessert, we would had gone over by at least 45 minutes. This restaurant would benefit from looking for a larger location. The food is very good, large portions. The service is attentive but the space is tight."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have dined at a many great places this fabulous restaurant never ever disappoints . Food and service first class"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We celebrated our 31st anniversary at Montalcino. The food and atmosphere were divine. A few weeks back we dined here with our adult children and I regretted not having the ravioli special because it was so good. Lucky for me, the ravioli special was still on the menu. It was worth the wait. We usually have the cannoli for dessert, which we love, but this time we tried the limoncello gelato. I have a new favorite dessert! We are considering making Montalcino a weekly event."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything excellent Wish they offered the option of cocktails"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "A great little slightly-out-of-the-way-but-not-really Italian spot in downtown Issaquah. My gosh, the food was fantastic! The service and vibe also great. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Best restaurant we've been to in a long time, . It feels as though you're in Italy, intimate dining area, live accordion music, excellent service and amazing food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "High demand spot- worth it! The food and ambiance is amazing, never disappoints. We go here for most family reservations. Just make sure to book a reservation early because they are at capacity most nights."
    Dined on 6/21/2014