Montalcino Ristorante Italiano
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://montalcinoristoranteitaliano.com/
  • Phone: 4252703677
  • 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 2068180496

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.9
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (95)special occasion (90)romantic (80)fit for foodies (74)notable wine list (52)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem Italian Restaurant
    PMSammamish
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This charming restaurant is tucked into a side street just off Front Street in Issaquah. Had I not seen the reviews on Urban Spoon, I would not have known it was there. Great food and ambiance with excellent service. The owner is very attentive and runs it like a family business, but the menu is more upscale. The Nebiollo from the restaurant owner's father's winery back in Montalcino was very good and reasonably priced. It's a very small restaurant, so I recommend booking reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding restaurant
    Ncluvtodine
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant has outstanding service , wine, and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    shimmyqueen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've eaten at Montelcono's 4 or 5 times now. I typically stay away from Italian food as it is usually heavy, starchy and tasteless. Not so at Montelcino's. Their pastas are perfectly cooked al dente, their sauces complex and light and their ambiance is AWESOME!! about 12 tables total (reservation a must) so it's intimate and romantic. The staff is attentive without being obtrusive and the owner is a sweetie. There is also live entertainment (accordion, guitar) and that makes it the perfect place to treat yourself. My husband and I go there for celebrations or just to unwind after a busy week. We are always treated with warmth and sincerity. Portions are moderate (a good thing) and prices are fair considering you get entertainment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing food. Make reservations. Best Italian I've had in the area, including Seattle! Go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Issaquah's Finest Dining
    kentagious
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Have a fabulous meal from their Italian family recipes, enjoy wine from their family vineyard in Italy, get a Dean Martin or classic Italian opera song sung at your table and have the best dining experience you will possibly have in Issaquah. Be sure to make a reservation. The place seats around 30 and you don't want to miss out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    kjcoug
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Another terrific dining experience at Montelcino. We went for our anniversary and had delicious food, great service and great table side entertainment. We can't wait to go back because they make us feel so special. 10 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under Cover of Darkness
    mjarens
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our party of 5 dined here on Sunday evening. This was our 5th or 6th visit for dinner. Our table was awaiting us upon arrival @ 7:00 PM. Our dining experience was great, but with one flaw. We ordered a bottle of their Montalcino family wine, and ended up ordering a second. Both the Caesar salad and the Heirloom tomato salads were generous and very tasty as starters. We five ordered Veal Piccata, the Kobe Beef Lasagne, and a special, the Veal Chop. Each of use loved our entrees. The food quality here is always top notch. The one flaw: the lighting was so dimmed down that we could barely see our food. Unfortunate, as the meal presentation here is gorgeous. Seriously, it was almost too dark to see our friends faces across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    Yzmama
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had been trying to get into this restaurant since it opened! Mostly my fault because you definitely have to plan ahead to get a reservation. No last minute drop ins here. Plan a head a few weeks and check it out! Lovely place food, music, loved the extra attention of a little aperitif offered when our table wasn't quite ready at our designated reservation time, and the follow out the door by the manager (owner?) about how everything was. Definitely will be back! Guess I better book now! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoyceVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always excellent in every way. It would be great, however, if we were able to have a little more time between courses.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    SuenJim
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Intimate, superb food, large selection of Italian wines, very friendly, higher end dining but worth it (in this case, you get what you pay for)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went for our anniversary and were delighted with our experience. Great service, great food, and a great wine list. There was live music, too. We will go back and would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Family Favorite
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just excellent!
    Dennis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is amazing. Good food, service, and management!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    8itall
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • An Italian Dream
    Tami1stTasteVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and delicious
    DottyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian in Issaquah
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic anniversary
    Foodie21
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlm
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent service. You felt as if you were part of their family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Find in Issaquah
    KidSanuk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If I had an Italian mother, I'd want her to cook this way. A memorable meal in all respects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i just keep going back
    BillBellevue
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally good Italian
    ricksriot
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    JLBfav
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT!!!
    earlyriser
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Fantastic food and wine. Great service. Felt a bit rushed, but not terribly so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in our own backyard!
    Leslieg
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Montalcino - Excellent
    RRG1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mt
    Family
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As usual, great food and we had a good time. Not cheap
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Italian
    Suedu56
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Treasure
    diningfriend
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Issaquah's hidden treasure. Superb menu with outstanding service. A very special place for dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this restaurant is tops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That's Italian!
    FredBloggsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The family that owns and runs the restaurant are from Italy and it shows. Excellent friendly find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    JackiecaswellVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    A really great restaurant. Good Italian food and great wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    shwillia
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Real Deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mkka
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Delightful meal. Generous portions. A bit pricey for my wallet. Friendly service. Great neighborhood with lots of attractions nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best of Issaquah
    Ritchidol
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Spot Never Fails Us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.