Great place for date night!
Good food, cozy ambience, and friendly staff! Worth returning to!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time. This
We had a great time. This restaurant was recommended to us and we have walked by this place many a time when shopping at Pike Place Market. The food was excellent and the price was very reasonable. Service was knowledgable, friendly, prompt, and pleasant. We would make a trip to Seattle just to dine here again. I would recommend to anyone. The hazelnut torte was absolutely devine!
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow. It was so good, we went back!
Delicious. Old school Italian. Untouchable wine list. We had the carpaccio, which was to live for, the rigatoni, and gnocchi All were excellent The rigatoni is what called us back for more. You don't know us from Adam. However, we next to never order pasta and never revisit a restaurant during a trip. (Except Restaurant August in NOLA!) Note: we almost didn't visit this restaurant at all because of it's proximity to Pike's. We were super happy we went despite that. We ultimately made our decision to go anyway because of the brilliant wine list. Don't miss this gem.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Il Bistro twice, and will definitely be returning again. We have loved the consistently prepared food whether having the fish, pasta, or meat. We tend to order at least one of each in order to partake in all Il Bistro has to offer. We look forward to our next visit to Seattle and our next oppportunity to visit this neighborhood gem again!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Romantic Anniversary
We chose Il Bistro for our anniversary, because of its romantic ambience. The bruschetta was the most flavorful we've ever had, and our entrees were delicious (halibut and risotto). For dessert, we indulged in chocolate hazelnut torte. The only negative was the slow service. We waited at least 15 minutes for our first beverage. The food also took a long time to appear. We weren't sure if that was the kitchen or the server. We weren't in a hurry, but the server should have checked on us while we waited. He would have sold more wine if he had come by. He also forgot the port we ordered with dessert, and we had to flag him down. Overall, however, it was a great choice, and we will return. It is one of the most charming restaurants in Seattle.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
As expected, everything was great! Nothing to complain about.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Bistro
Loved the freshness of the ingredients. I'm a picky eater and I loved everything I ordered. The tomatoes in the Caprese salad were perfect and the pear ravioli was a little different and really tasty. Wine was perfect and light too.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Rack of Lamb!
We had the rack of lamb a while ago there and have been dreaming about it since so we had to come back for it! The little potatoes had great flavor as well. Great sauce.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Without a doubt, one of the best meals we have ever had! Wait staff was professional and personable - such a delight!
Each of the dishes we ordered (appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts) was absolutely divine!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a really great find
This is a really great find in Pikes Market Place. The beef carpaccio was so delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for good authentic Italian food.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and tasty
We tried different appetizers and entries. They are all good recommend calamari and capreese to start. Fresh crab presumably from Pike Place make their cioppino standout. Salmone and pork are both great.
Top it off with gelato.
8/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I signed papers for our first house and decided to celebrate at Il Bistro. I had a friend drop off flowers to be on the table when we arrived. They put us in a corner at a fantastic table with our flowers already there. Service was attentive, food was excellent, and atmosphere was great. Bruschetta was amazing, I did Ciopinno, the wife did Tortellini with Crab. Both were generous portions that perfectly hit the spot. We'll for sure be back!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Place
Il Bistro is nestled down in the Market before you get to the gum wall. It's very quaint and romantic inside. Definitely a nice little place to take a date.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went here with my boyfriend who came in from out of town to celebrate my birthday. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. They tucked us into this little corner and we had a fantastic dinner. I'd definitely go again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just take care of us
We went to Il Bistro for our anniversary. We asked the waiter to just "take care of us". That was the best decision we have ever made! The food was delicious, well timed and made it a perfect night!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant lived up to its reviews and we would definitely go there again!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in the Market !
Il Bistro is always wonderful. Never disappointing. The menu, the wine list and the people.... all GREAT !
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hideaway near the market
Il Bistro is a delight! Tastefully decorated, tucked away on a sloped street on the edge of the market--reminiscent of a town somewhere in Italy. Food was great -- generous portions. The wine list was terrific and there were some very well priced bargains for the wine connoisseur. All in all, a great find!
9/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate outdoors in the alley
We ate outdoors in the alley and felt we were in Italy. Loved it!!!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Il Bistro. The food was very good; and the service and ambience outstanding.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pike Market dining
This is a good restaurant in the Pike Market. Nice atmosphere inside.
The service while attentive is a little slow. The food is tasty and the restaurant has a nice wine list.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Dinner
We went to this Il Bistro for our 2nd anniversary. We had a reservation and when we arrived the Host asked if it was a special occasion. We told him it was, and he said that if we were willing to wait a few minutes and have a drink in the bar he had a table opening up which was perfect for us. It was worth the wait – we were seated in a quiet back corner and they had flower petals on the table– very romantic.
The food and service matched the ambiance. The wine steward helped us select a nice Chianti. The appetizers (Calamari) and our entrees (Linguini di Maré and the Roasted Free Range Chicken) were excellent.
Il Bistro truly exceeded our expectations and we we are looking forward to our next visit!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just fun with good food!
I've been coming to Seattle for over 30 years. During that time, visiting Pikes Market. I never realized there was a restaurant right there?!? Il Bistro is so conveniently located...tucked away with great ambience! The food was very good, especially the shrimp appetizer!!! We were 10 and it worked out GREAT!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Bistro aka...ambiance.
I celebrate my birthday with my favorite gal pals at Il Bistro. I chose Il Bistro as there are very few restaurants these days that offer a quiet environment AND delicious menu. Much like many of the reviews, Il Bistro gets a gold star for atmosphere. It is also true that the service is SLOW. Pacing the meal is great through the dinner process, but one area that could be improved upon is the timing of the initial beverage service. It took forever to get the first round of cocktails. I would still go back, but also be very mindful to ask for beverage service as soon as we are seated.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
In an alley next to Pike Place Market (in fact nearly under the "Pig",is Il Bistro's. This small bistro does it just right. Excellent food, nice setting and great wine list. Well worth the visit and plan to return!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a perfect evening out.
It was a perfect evening out. Valet Parking could of been more attentative as they were looking at thier smart phones and I had to get thier attention upon arrival and departure. Food, Service and ambience were excellent for a night out.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time dining here, and will definitely return again. The staff was very polite and experienced. We did not feel like they were trying to shove all the courses at us at one time. The food was outstanding and was well portioned. It was a bit noisier than we expected, but we were still able to have a conversation without yelling, and it was nice not to have to whisper at the same time. This isn't a restaurant that requires a suit and tie; however dressing up a bit is highly recommended.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Loved Il Bistro
We went out to Il Bistro for my boyfriends birthday and we really enjoyed it! Food was delicious and the service was great! We will definitely return!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
candle-lit gem in pikes place
Came here for Seattle restaurant week, and absolutely loved the atmosphere. I did not enjoy the tasting menu offered for the restaurant week option, but I would definitly come back to try their pasta entree's.
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Like spending an evening in Italy
Very authentic Italian ambiance and food. The wild mushroom soup was memorable. The entrees reminded me of bistros where I have eaten in Florence and Rome. The desserts were wonderfully rich and creamy. The service was attentive and prompt. We had no trouble making it to a symphony concert afterward.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful meal. The
I had a wonderful meal. The service was friendly without being overbearing and the food was terrific. I hadn't been there in a while but it was as good as I remembered.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
so nice to be back!
after nearly 30 years since my first (and last) visit to il bistro, it was a joy to be reunited! we were running behind and had an event to get to, but the maitre d warmly welcomed us, and our skilled server jeremy b deftly expedited our excellent dinners while giving us a lovely and relaxed experience. yes, it's quite a wine list, but their signature cocktails are fantastic!
in these days of nearly constant seattle restaurant openings, don't forget about places like il bistro who've been giving us great food and excellent experiences for so many years. i'll definitely be back sooner next time!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for our anniversary!
The restaurant's overall ambiance was very romantic, even though it was a little louder than we'd expected. Food was great, our server was friendly and helpful, he didn't come back to check on our meal a million times, which was nice. Would definitely recommend for a semi-casual date night!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it - very neat historical
Loved it - very neat historical place to visit. Food was great - and the waiter was outstanding.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the mushroom ravoli and thought it was the best I've had. I was hoping the atmosphere would be more romantic. There was no music and it was a bit cold. It did not feel like a cozy place to me. I will definitely go back though!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Il Bistro was a great restaurant. My girlfriend and I decided to make last minute reservations and were happy that they were able to accommodate us. we read they had a business casual dress code but saw that that wasn't really in forced. The bottle of wine e brought with us was promptly corked but things slowed down from there. Once we placed our order it took a good 30 minutes for our appetizer to arrive and another 45 for our food. Over all our whole 3 courses took around 2.5 hours which felt a little long. The restaurant was also very loud. We were at a small 2 up table and really had to speak up.The food tasted great and the portions were a good size. We would recomnend this for more of a group outing than a romantic dinner.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic, quaint, beautiful...like
Romantic, quaint, beautiful...like having dinner at your own home. Option of rose petals on table and champagne is excellent. Waiter timed the food perfectly and we never felt rushed. I would have liked to have been acknowledged at our table a little quicker when we arrived (we sat for 10 mins before the waiter arrived with the champagne) but otherwise it was wonderful!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Il Bistro was recommended to us by a friend nd we didn't know what to expect...staff was friendly, service great and the food was very good.....i would go back again.....enjoy!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Slow but good
The service was really slow, but the food was good.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the specials
My girlfriend and I both ordered the halibut special of the day. We started with their special risotto. All food was great!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Occasion Dinner
My husband took me out for a Happy Retirement dinner and I chose this place because we had never dined at this institution. We don't usually go to Italian restaurants because we cook this cuisine ourself and have eaten in Italy 4 times so the food has to be exceptional to meet expectations. The food was good, service attentive and ambience dark and romantic as advertised. This is a good option if you crave Italian and don't mind spending the $100 or so that you would at any nice restaurant in the city.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian In Seattle
The menu was fantastic. Our waiter was fantastic too. He was very knowledgeable about their extensive Italian wine list. He picked out a great bottle for us. It is a tad bit dark in there so reading the menu was a bit tough but they provided reading glasses for us which was awesome. Great place to have dinner for two. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pretty good! Totally back again
Pretty solid service and damn good food. There were a couple moments when this one guy that brought out bread and water was really awkward and almost standoffish. He seemed like he was having a really bad day. Not quite sure what his deal was. The server was a great guy and usually there when we needed him. The food and wine were great but very limited for the cabs and very high on the price.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Il Bistro is an excellent dining experience. Extraordinarily prepared dishes, superb wine list, excellentservice. The dining room became somewhat noisy as the evening progressed which su tracted from otherwise a perfect evening
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a special occasion
The food was good, I didn't like the flavor in my risotto but everything was cooked wonderfully and presented well. The Ambience was great for a romantic evening, and the service was amazing. Our waiter was excellent, everyone was very friendly, but also gave us space.
The only issue that I had was that it was loud, but it was also very full.
Over all our experience was very good. I will be coming back.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sevice was a little lacking
We came here before a show and there were 6 of us. we had 5:45 reservations and alerted them to the fact that we were seeing a show at 7:30 when we sat down. we had very poor service around our wine and champagne. I think it was a good 20 minutes after we ordered our first bottle before they came back with it. The same thing happened with our second bottle. We ordered wine with dinner and we were all through with our dinner before the wine even came. I had to hunt our waiter down with my credit card to get the bill and he presented me with just the credit card receipt. I find this EXTREMELY annoying. I would like an itemized record of my bill, especially when we are a large group and the practice is to add 20% to a large group.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Romantic 1st date
Il Bistro is a long time favorite of mine and thought it would be a great first time venue for my out of town guest. The atmosphere is very romantic and we had a lovely cozy table for two. We allowed our server to choose our meal and wine for us. We started of with a nice bottle of L'ecole 41 Merlot that we enjoyed with beef carpaccio with arugula, and sautéed prawns with garlic, wine, and butter. We then shared the mushroom ravioli which was to die for. For dessert we had the rich decadent chocolate ganache with raspberry sauce. The bar was lively due to the return of Murray Stenson which added the right amount of buzzing energy. I will always return to Il Bistro...
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italy - Tucked Away
Just underneath the entrance to the Pike Place Market is Il Bistro - a very cosy Italian restaurant with a sunken bar and lively ambience. The menu is not overwhelmed with choices, but reflects seasonal dishes, daily specials and market fresh ingredients. Our salads were very good -- not over-dressed and very fresh. My husbands seafood pasta had lots of fish and shellfish, but the broth was a bit too salty. My free range chicken was roasted to perfection, moist and flavorful. It came with pumpking risotto and serveral vegetables. They did not have the wine we wanted, but were able to suggest a very suitable alternative. The service was outstanding. It was a very good meal and lovely experience.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Naughty Night Out
We chose ilBistro because we were spending a night in Seattle. A naughty night, one might say. Staying at the Arctic Club Hotel and attending the Burlesque Nutcracker at the Triple Door we looked forward to a fun night on the town. ilBistro was ideally suited for it's location, and reputation as one of Seattle's hidden gems. We tried to make Happy Hour, but traffic didn't cooperate. None the less, we were swept off our feet by the ambiance, the energy, and the cuisine. Great place! Great food! Great staff!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE 'em, but...
First of all, LOVE il Bistro, let's get that clear. We have been dining at il Bistro for years and it is one of our go-to restaurants for a romantic meal or even a bus. dinner. This evening we arrived very early with a reservation as we had an evening event. Normal great food and service till they started to get busy and then, since we had received our food...crickets in terms of any staff (except the busser) coming anywhere near us. The cost? Well, to them, an unsold 2nd bottle of wine, dessert, coffee and after dinner drinks. For us...hmmm, basically the same, only it damaged what should have been a great experience. Not cool il Bistro! The upshot? Don't make early reservations unless you are trying to diet and give your liver a break.
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM