It was romantic
With a first time limited experience, the difficulty is in checking the Special Feature categories for Open Table. Our intent would be to come back again and again to try things. Food preparation and ingredients were very refined. Portions were substantial; take home provided two more meals for each of us. With the sophisticated food and atmosphere, the service was just as accommodating but delightfully surprisingly neighborhood friendly. Prices were high but not overwhelming and especially not so with the amount of take home. Sharing a meal here would be recommended if agreement could be made from the wonderful menu. Yes, we did kiss before the meal was done.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely intimate Italian bistro
Lovely intimate Italian bistro with wonderful service, decor, and food. Will definitely be returning soon for another dinner... And I'm really looking forward to trying their brunch/afternoon tea.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, limited good seating
It was just my husband and I dining there for his birthday, so we wanted a romantic setting.We thought the appetizers, cocktails, wine, salads and entrees were delicious. So food-wise very good. The only negative thing I would say is that it is a small space for a restaurant. We were lucky that it wasn't as busy since we ate at an earlier time so we were seated at a somewhat more private table next to a wall. Otherwise we would have been sitting in one of the small tables in the middle. So if you are lucky to be seated by the window or a wall, it's a great place to go to.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food but just a bit crowded
The food are great but elegant decor but its a bit crowded inside. Although it was only me and my femlae friend, but the table was a bit small for our food and drinks when everything were on the table.
4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paris is West Seattle
The vibe at La Romanza is amazingly versatile. We are neighbors, and dine there often (love the food!) But this week is Seattle Restaurant Week, and the place was completely full by 6:30 (that's kinda early) giving it a really festive atmosphere. Everyone was talking, eating, drinking people watching...It was like a Paris cafe! Loved the bass and piano working there now. All the food is awesome, but I had something new - the baked gouda appetizer - that and the Facelli Cab Franc made it one of our more memorable dinners there. Thanks Aimee!
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The placed was packed when
The placed was packed when we arrived. Three large groups were seated. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how quickly and courteously were greeted. From the time we were seated to the end of our meal we were given appropriate attention. The food, ambiance, and service was outstanding!For a romantic evening for 2 or a group, La Romanza knows how to pull it off seamlessly.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
They hosted us for family bithdays. The staff did an outstanding job. Made each guest feel special, took exceptional care of us. The food was delicious. On a rare occasion the pasta can be slighlyt over cooked, but the sauces and flavors are phenom!
They even did a special birthday dessert for my mother in law. a terrific neighborhood spot where you are treated like family and fed like royalty. Highly recommended.
Amy and her team are super accommodating for groups, really helping families celebrate special occasions in a special place.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful meal in intimate
Delightful meal in intimate setting. Fabulous food. Can't wait to go back.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth Every Penny
Love love love this place! Every time I eat here the food is amazing! The gentle live music and charming decor make for the perfect ambiance. The service is fantastic (the wine maker was there when we dined and he was so helpful and attentive and the wine was delicious). This place is one of the reasons I love living in West Seattle--good food and great people!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a gem in West Seattle!
Such a gem in West Seattle! It's one of those restaurants where you take your first bite and say WOW. Upscale Italian food in a beautiful setting. Great wine list and a sommelier to help select. But don't think it's pretentious, it's not. Perfect for a nice dinner out.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Now our favorite place in
Now our favorite place in West Seattle! Reminds us of a French cafe - we lived in Paris for a couple years and it brings back memories!
Excellent food, whether you opt to share small plates or order an entree.
Excellent service as well. Very welcoming place.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Wine & Jazz
The combination of generation-tested and refined Italian family recipes coupled with live jazz makes La Romanza a delightful place for dinner. The wine list is creative and features some gems that I've not found elsewhere.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent selection of brunch
Excellent selection of brunch items, and all 4 dishes ordered at our table were tasty.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and atmosphere created
The food and atmosphere created at this gem of a restaurant in West Seattle is one reason why I love our neighborhood. By spreading the word, I become my worst enemy but La Romanza is deserving of such praise. Well done.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Early Mother's Day Tea
We had a delicious brunch /High Tea at La Romanza. It was easy to make reservations and all 4 of us were seated at a great table by the window. The service & food were outstanding, and our waiter was very charming and patient explaining the menu. I had no regrets ordering this dish and savored every bite.
I was researching restaurant’s for a combined early Mother’s day and birthday celebration. We’ve had sad chronic illnesses in our family – this was a very special get together. La Romanza exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this restaurant and will be back soon to try the dinner menu.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Afternoon Tea--Italian style
My adult daughter and I visited La Romanza to celebrate Mother's Day together. It's not a large place, but a unique one. Their take on High Tea suited us just fine--we love Italian food.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I planned a Mother's Day brunch/aft
I planned a Mother's Day brunch/afternoon tea for 10 people. They were completely accommodating and the service was very good. They have a "Tea for Tots" menu for $14 so it's perfect to bring little girls who want to enjoy the High Tea experience with the adults. The Italian influenced tea service was a unique and delicious twist on the classic British tea time. We had a great time!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had gone to La Romanza
We had gone to La Romanza for High Tea and were disappointed when we arrived and were told there would only be a Mother's Day buffet served.
The food was great, but my mother had driven 2hrs to join me for High Tea. Needless to say, we would have preferred to have the type of meal we had planned on.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day 2013 Brunch
My daughters and I had brunch. The seating was quite crunched. We had a tiny table shoved into a corner and every time I wanted to get up my daughter had to stand and move her chair for me to get by. There were plenty of empty tables and I don't know why the wait staff didn't move them out of the way to better accomodate us. Our waitress was snippy and certainly didn't imbue much joy towards us. There did appear to be some staff that were helpful to other diners. We had to wait quite some time for our waitress to bring us coffee and had to wait for plates for the buffet. The food however was an absolute delight and I would like to return to try the dinner menu. At brunch try the housemade meatballs with papalina sauce and the french toast.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Arrive early !
Received a referral from a W Seattle coworker, who raved about the food here. We arrived at 5:30 on Friday eve and the restaurant was empty. Well, that didn't last long, over the next hour, it filled up quickly! Great Italian food, knowledgeable waitress, and a cozy neighborhood atmosphere. Could have used another wait staff, as service was a tad slow, but overall, we enjoyed the experience and will be back.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food, loved the people
We really enjoyed our dinner at La Romanza: ordered cocktails (very well-priced and tasted great), two appetizers (yummy and so generous that we considered not ordering our entrees), two entrees (super-delicious crab lasagne and a spicy pasta dish) and dessert (a fruit cobbler-style dish) for my husband, the Birthday Boy. We really were impressed with the food and the wait staff and owner.
We will definitely go back again. I would have given a rating of 5 stars but I was surprised that they did not comp the dessert as it was my husband's birthday...normally a nice place like this will do this, especially when they know in advance that it is a birthday celebration. Oh well, this will not keep us from going back because we loved the food!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dinner spot
My daughters and I went to Romanza on Saturday evening as the end of a fun "Girls get-together" time. We were pleasantly surprised as we were treated to wonderful food and live music. We decided to get several times from the menu and share them. We had the spedini with tender beef, sweet onions and peppers, the bruschetta with roasted red peppers, walnuts, cheese and honey--very good. We also shared the risotto verde. We were satisfied, pampered and felt full as we left, saying that we would return again.Our waiter was so friendly and helpful as he explained not only the food options on the menu, but also the other offerings of the restaurant with special evening dinner events and happy hour.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
A real Surprise
My husband and I were looking for a new resyaurant to try, and had a wonderful experience at La Romanza. We were there on a Saturday night and they had a young piano and bass player. Great bonus to go with a nice meal and friendly, professional service. No doubt we will be back soon. A real neighborhood gem!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Gluten-Free !
La Romanza was a perfect get-away for date night as time alone without our one year old is hard to come by. The food was delicious and they had many options for my gluten-free hunger. I will be back for sure. The service and the food were both fantastic. Thank you.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Is this really in West Seattle?
This place originally opened as a really fancy 'high tea' room... I could never convince anyone to go. Must have been an issue with others as well, because they changed the concept to fine Italian dining... and boy did they do it right. The decor is still very fancy with crystal chandeliers and Venetian plaster walls, but the staff and food is exceptional. This is now my top choice for authentic Italian food in West Seattle. PS - the also have live piano music on the weekends.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a treat!
My daughter and I took my husband for Father's Day. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was delightful. We had a cozy corner table and enjoyed taking our time making our selections. Our servers were very helpful and accommodating. We look forward to returning for dinner!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a find!
We walked by and saw that they now have an outdoor patio so we wandered in and boy were we delighted! They led us back to an inviting little patio with sunflowers. The sun was perfect and not overpowering with a light breeze but the real star was the fabulous food and service we received!
We were so happy, we stayed until dark when the candles came out.
I highly recommend this restaurant for an evening out. **The crab lasagna is to DIE FOR!
We'll be back soon!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
La Romanza scores again!
This gem of a restaurant has scored again. We've been twice in the last 2 weeks, and both times everything has been lovely. Our server, Ashley, was a sweetheart. There is nothing small about the "small plates". Delicious! Next, the gnocchi, with hints of truffle, were fantastic. Aimee knows how to run a restaurant, and has nailed it. I am looking forward to our next adventure at La Romanza!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time Counts
First timer to this locale but it certainly will not be the last. Gives Angelina's, just up the road in the Admiral district, a run for their money. Food, service, ambiance.....excellent! Chantel, our wait person was fantastic. Owner Amy made her rounds to make sure things were up to snuff. Ordered flowers for the occassion to be on the table before my loving girlfriend and I got there....this was a Sunday reservation, by the way.....and they were there.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite places
One of our favorite places in West Seattle to eat!!!! Ambiance is fabulous, always great service, and food!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Paris on our honeymoon and we are always looking to recreate the romantic dining experiences we had there! This has a very romantic European feel... and the service was wonderful! Food was good. ..I had lamb chops and my husband had pasta with lamb meatballs. Bruchetta pomodoro as an appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. Would definitely recommend! My only complaint was that their house marinara sauce was a bit bland. Other than that, delightful!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A West Seattle Gem
We have been to La Romanza a number of times and are ALWAYS happy with the outcome. This time was our 40th wedding anniversary and a real treat. The food is always great and the addition of Siren Songs wines is a real coup. The hearty wines stand up to the food well. Thanks for being part of West Seattle!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is outstanding, service
The food is outstanding, service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. We will definitely be back.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is perfect for a special occasion. We had the timballo and the crab lasagna and both were incredible. We tried a new wine since bottles were half off (it was a Wednesday), it was a great bargain. You must bring your appetite...you will need it. Well worth the splurge for an intimate night out!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
West Seattle Gem!
Very good food other than the salad dressing very tart too much lemon! The noise level is high so ask for a table in the rear of restaurant.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Marvelous food and excellent
Marvelous food and excellent service. Great neighborhood find!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic, as always!
La Romanza just keeps on impressing me. We've been there maybe 4 times in the last 6 weeks, and the food and service are consistently great. How refreshing to have a neighborhood gem like that! Prices are good, everything is fresh & tasty, and I look forward to seeing the lovely Aimee greeting her guests every time. Kudos!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place keeps getting better!
Wonderful. We live here and eat here often. We have been impressed with the upscale changes and the food is just getting better and better. The live music is wonderful, background, not the main show which so many musicians in dining establishments do not get! Give this a try!
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Getting better and better!
This place is great. It was always good but seems to get better and better each time we go!
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent small restaurant
This is a relatively new restaurant that we decided to give it a try after reading some reviews. We generally don't go over to west seattle to eat but we are certainly glad we did. The food was excellent and as was the service. It's a small, friendly place with reasonably priced, very good food.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time!
We visited this restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were seated right away. The server was nice and friendly. Food was great and we loved the ambience.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my 1st time dining at La Romanza, and I can't wait to return. Our meals, a short rib penne and their sausage and noodles, were simply outstanding. Only a slight hiccup to begin, as out waitress took my order of an iced tea and dismissed it, asking on her return if I wanted anything to drink.
A series of staff combined to bring complimentary aperitifs, take our orders, answer questions, deliver exceptional warm bread and tasty salads, and fill waters. All of this while the dining room was buzzing, if not full.
Then....nothing. 40 minutes passed without entrees or much attention. When the food did come it was amazing. A little more work of their service and they'll be perfect.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
quaint and pleasant
Loved the atmosphere, service, and the food. If you like a dining experience without a lot of chaos and noise, this is the place.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for my son's birthday during Seattle Restaurant Week. The food was delicious, although it's presentation was somewhat ordinary. This may have been due to the prix fixe menu, although there were many choices on that menu, all of which which were were outstanding (our group made sure to order one of each!). The waitress was good, but not great - somewhat inattentive - although upon realizing, after the fact, that this was a birthday (if she'd been more attentive she would have heard me say so) she did come out and light a candle in his mostly finished dessert. There was wonderful live music, which was not disruptive to conversation. Great atmosphere! All in all, I'd go back again to try their regular menu.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Junction Gem
Great ambiance, romantic decor, but casual. We loved the live music - easy to listen to jazz with just a piano and bass. Not too loud. There were several specials in addition to the regular menu. I had a delicious pumpkin stuffed ravioli, others in our party had a salmon fillet that was cooked perfectly and a tasty pasta with a venison ragu The house salads were fine. The service was excellent. Our waiter was extremely accommodating . Prices were moderate. A good value for the quality and variety of food.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and Delicious
This gem is tucked into California Ave and from the street it is easy to overlook, but step inside to one of the most romantic and delectable restaurants in West Seattle. In this candle lit oasis, enjoy a glass of wine and some fresh bread while meandering through the menu. After sampling seven dishes, it is easy to say that every entree is worth ordering. My personal favorite was the pumpkin ravioli! Desserts are light and well balanced, easy to add on when everyone is feeling full.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience, food, service,
Great experience, food, service, jazz, who could ask for anything more.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in WS
We went to this neighborhood restaurant to try for the first time during restaurant week. I am vegetarian, my husband is not,
so we always check menus beforehand. La Romanza had good menu options for me. Food was excellent & waitress was friendly, helpful, & energetic. Very good service. We also went on a Wednesday night & all their Italian wine is 1/2 off, so we got an excellent bottle of wine for $20. Restaurant was full & some tables are very close together, but even with music playing, we could still easily have a conservation. We will definitely go back.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...
This is just such a fabulous place. Give it a try, you will be back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Romanza is perfect (for my wife and I). It has great food, great service, and a great ambience. I foresee us dinning her regularly.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM