Firenze Ristorante Italiano
Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Firenze Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://firenzerestaurantbellevue.com/
  • Phone: 4259571077x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM.

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 8th St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is located just outside the restaurant.
A word from Firenze Ristorante Italiano
Since 1992, Firenze Ristorante has been serving traditional homemade Italian cuisine to diners who quickly become regulars.



The décor is warm and inviting with stucco walls and terracotta floors; starched linens and candlelight. Italian conversations mingle with opera music and the aroma of delicious Italian fare stirs the senses. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, toasting a business deal, or celebrating with family and friends, Firenze Ristorante is the perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious meals and the finest italian wines.



Owner Salvatore Lembo greets you like an old friend, in traditional Italian fashion. He will often visit tables to chat about the menu or his outstanding wine list, or anything at all.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Firenze Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)romantic (9)notable wine list (9)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Terrible service!
    Allan
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    The restaurant was not busy and yet we waited over 20 minutes to receive our bill! The food was good but would not go back because of the service.
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  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    shellyluvs
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Excellent service! They welcome you like family and cook everything to perfection. And they have a great wine list, including many select fine wines from Italy. Truly authentic and tasty. A great spot to have a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What make a reservation?
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We made a reservation for 8pm, and at 8:30 we were still waiting for a table. We are trying to make a 9:30 movie and ended up leaving without ever getting seated because we couldn't wait any longer. I am not sure why they take reservations if they do not want to honor the reservation times. The food is not amazing enough to offset the poor service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Snobby
    AllieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We were looking forward to a nice evening out, unfortunately we were disappointed. Both ordered pasta dishes which were gloppy and nothing special. We could have made this same meal at home in under 30 minutes. Service was inattentive, for example it took quite a while to have water glasses refilled. Did enjoy a lovely glass of wine. Also, the owner(?) kept looking down his nose while surveying the restaurant and appeared annoyed that people weren't finishing more quickly. For an $80 dinner, I prefer not to feel rushed. The final straw was when the server returned after running our credit card and simply tossed the folio onto the table without a word. We won't be back.
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  • Great Restaurant
    patti
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We love this restaurant. It is our special go-to restaurant for special occasions. Salvatore is such a great owner and greets all his guests. We love table #8, tho this time it was not available, we had table #1 which was just as great! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was incredible, but the
    Lianzza
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was incredible, but the service was lacking, we felt we were forgotten about a lot. As a former server I feel horrible writing that, but for the cost of food, we waited forever for everything.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kevin
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The experience started bad as they were not prepared when we arrived and were very short with us and tried to stick us Iat a table. For 4 when we had a reservation for 5. After that was resolved we had a wonderful evening and the food was the best ITalian I have had since I left the Chicago area years ago. Deserts were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A HUGE Disappointment!!
    Speedbird826VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Haven't been for a number of years. In the interval, the prices had gone up while the quality of the food had gone down! Food not much better than industrial-quality Olive Garden. The owner is too busy playing host to his select group of friends to pay much attention to the quality of food coming out of the kitchen. The neglect is palpable. What used to be a neighbourhood gem is just another place who has seen better days. Cannot recommend in good conscience. If we ever do go back, it won't be for many, many years to come.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trying to attract a waiter's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Trying to attract a waiter's attention was a little difficult but the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food-service okay
    JustaBiteVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    A lively atmosphere without being too loud. Initial service was very good. We ordered a salad and 3 pasta dishes. First brought the wrong salad, but quickly corrected the mistake. Then we waited a long time for the pasta dishes. Tables around us were being served much faster-in and out and reseated while we still waited for our dinner. Were told 3 times that our order was almost up. Eventually they arrived and were quite tasty. The waiter tried to compensate for the wait by bringing a slice of lemon cake on the house. The gesture was nice, but not a big fan of lemon cake. While we liked our food, we have found the service both here and at the sister pizzeria restaurant (on more than one occasion) very spotty. Be prepared for a lengthy stay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firenze is pure Italian
    Molly
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The owner came to our table and spoke with us and commented on what we had ordered. I had Veal Piccatta and it was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was nice...
    elle89VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The restaurant wasn't good nor was it bad. It isn't as memorable as the other restaurants I have been to. I just remember that they were pretty short on staff but still, I don't remember having any complaints.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Potential to be good
    PSRodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Service was great, noted our reservation when we arrived and seated right away in a side room where quiet. The wine was good, the bread good, the problem started with the Ceaser salads. The dressing or romaine was very watery with little flavor and croutons from a box. I ordered Spaghetti with calamari and requested a pinch of red pepper added. It arrived piping hot in more than one way! Too hot to eat with so much red pepper flakes. It was replaced by the plain order but the pasta was not cooked al dente. My husband ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese and the sauce was very sweet, not to his taste.
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  • Real Italian
    InOur50s
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We enjoyed excellent service on a Friday night with our waiter. The Ravioli special was outstanding, and the Rigatoni was very good. Bruschetta appetizer was small but tasty. Wine by the glass prices seemed a little high, but the Chianti was good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great little neighborhood spot.
    luvfinewine
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Great place to go for good food and quiet conversation. I would definetley go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for four - food ranged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Dinner for four - food ranged from good to very good. It was more expensive than it should have been for the setting ($17 - $25). Our waiter ignored us the entire evening. We had to continually ask other wait staff for assistance and our food was really, really slow - so most likely, the order wasn't put in. Dinner for four, with one soda, 2 coffees, ice water, and 2 desserts was $140 before tip.
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  • Nothing to write home about
    sunset
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We were not impressed with the food. The bread was rock hard. The sausage was overlooked and hard while the carrots undercooked and hard. The Frutti di Mare was delicious but very fishy smelling. Overall, an OK experience but not worth the price. (which was $3-4 more than the menu posted outside the restaurant.
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  • They never disappoint
    lifeistooshortforbadfood
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    The food was amazing and my important business client was blown away with the wine and service. They was so pleased they took pictures of the restaurant and the wine bottle so they could find their way back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very impressed
    RayBVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    4 of us went there for dinner. The person who met us in the lobby was not friendly in fact was kind of grumpy. We had a very waiter and our service was excellent. We ordered the Caprese Salad which was $18.00 and we thought would easily serve 4 of us, was quite small. It was very good but skimpy for that price. The pasta was ok, the best item was the veal picatta my wife had.
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  • Food OK. Very overpriced.
    CCBacchusVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Food OK. Very overpriced. Can't believe we paid $18 for a small, not very pretty caprese salad. On a Friday night the place was barely half full and we had to ask several times for our waiter.
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  • Yummy....
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    As always and the service great! Enjoyed it as always!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Loved it! Delicious food - good service. Good wine list, as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Place on the Eastside
    TimOC
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We've been to Firenze before, and have never been disappointed in the slightest. The pastas are uniformly superb; accept guidance on the wine list and you'll be happy; don't even think of ordering until you hear what the nightly specials are. Bene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firenze's is Consistently Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Firenze's is a Microsoft favorite only 6 blocks from the main campus. The food is consistently excellent and the service is exceptionally friendly. The staff and particularly the owner treat you like family (or at least old friends) on repeat visits. The menu has a broad range of Italian food and I have yet to find any item they don't excel at. The owner is picky to the point of narcotic about what ingredients to use even down to the tomatoes in the caprice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OmNomNom
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Hard to find on iPhone GPS but its by the movie theatre and its a small little spot that is GREAT food and wine! Would strongly suggest going there and I am def going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was impeccable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    The service was impeccable. Such polish and professionalism. The food was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • The best italian food in Bellevue!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The best italian food in Bellevue! Salvatore, the owner, is a top notch host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I went out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    My husband and I went out for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We absolutely loved the incredibly delicious food! My husband told me that it was the best dinner he ever had! I enjoyed every bite, as well. I do have a couple of complaints, however. We were never asked by the waiter if our entrees were satisfactory - they definitely were, but still... Also, while eating my entree, I drank alot of water (spice makes me thirsty)and my glass was nearly empty for quite awhile, but no one noticed until the bus boy came by, after we ordered dessert. He politely refilled my glass. Also, I had thought we were supposed to get separate desserts, but were given one slice of cake to share. "Restaurant Week" features 3 courses per order, correct?
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for foodies
    Mann
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The owner seems to be pretty impressed with himself...do I need to say more.As a result the food is lacking and unremarkable, I would pass on this one, to expensive for what you get.
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  • Lamb cooked to perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Had a great time here once again. Lamb was cooked to perfection and the gnocchi was great. Paired with a nice bottle of wine and we were set. Oh, thank you for the free birthday dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were a group of 25 people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    We were a group of 25 people and we had a good time. The service was good and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but $$$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The gnocchi was excellent. It is pretty pricey for pasta and the up-sale of chicken or sausage to be included in the pasta dish was pretty irritating. Good food, but for the price.... not so sure.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our reservation was at 6:45
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Our reservation was at 6:45 but was not seated til 7:15. Not that big of a deal just a heads up. The tables by us that were seated after us got their food first. When we asked we were told it was because we got salads? Maybe less time between salad ticket and dinner ticket? I asked for no mushrooms but when the server brought my meal he said "the chef put mushrooms in it anyway, is that ok?" I had to return it and wait for my dinner while my husband ate his. We still enjoyed ourselves since we were in no hurry but a few irritating details.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to find. Google maps
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Hard to find. Google maps is inaccurate. Directions to get to the restaurant.
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  • Friendly sevice, nice environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Friendly sevice, nice environment and great food. Love to dine at your restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • The food was wonderful as
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    The food was wonderful as always, but the kitchen had a definite misstep on Friday nite. Uncharacteristically, slow on the food. But our servicer was great in making up the time lost, and it was appreciated. We will return again without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just like family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    the place was wonderful. The food was just fabulous and you are always greeted like you are their most important customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great Wine & Steak Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    Great as always. Had to wait slightly longer to be seated after our reservation time but only because there was a table of 20-25 ahead of us.Great wine and had the steak special that was perfectly cooked.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect....try the fish in
    Tricia
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Perfect....try the fish in the spicy tomato sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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  • very enjoyable meal, obviously
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    very enjoyable meal, obviously appreciated by locals as the place was very busy on a Tuesday evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic