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Rione XIII
Rione XIII

Rione XIII Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/rionexiii/
  • Phone: (206) 838-2878
  • Hours of Operation: Kitchen:
    5 PM - 11 PM Sunday - Saturday

    5 PM - Close Sunday - Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Savuthy Dy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th & Harrison
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: street parking
A word from Rione XIII
Inspired by Trastevere, the bustling 13th district of Rome, Rione XIII explores simple Roman cooking on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Menu favorites include fried artichokes, housemade mozzarella, cacio e pepe, and wood-fired Roman street pizza. A full bar is available as well as a thoughtful selection of Italian & Northwest wines.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This place reminds me of the better restaurants in Rome or Venice. Risotto balls (appetizer) were outstanding--light crunchy exterior, piping hot rice interior with gooey melted cheese, sitting atop a perfectly simple marinara. Heirloom tomato salad with whipped ricotta, arugula pesto was superb. A fettuccini with Parmesan, escarole, and fava beans was excellent and hearty. Gnocchi was tasty but unexpectedly spicy (my teen wasn't able to finish it due to the heat), and more like a polenta dish than gnocchi. Despite this minor flaw, this restaurant would be worth returning to, every time we are in Seattle! Next time we'll try the pizza."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, and clearly represented examples of seasonal food one finds in Rome. Service was good, non-intrusive but prompt. We were not able to sit at one of the patio tables, but on a warm evening they would be lovely. Only downside is that it is a neighborhood restaurant, so when we were there a family had brought a little toddler who shrieked and howled through an hour and a half of his parents and nanny doing nothing to entertain him. So, not the place for a romantic dinner, just great food. Drink menu looked ok, we stuck with a bottle of prosecco from the small, but balanced wine list"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The menu is diverse and wine list has options for all budgets. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the artichokes, tomato salad and homemade mozzarella. Wonderful classic carbonara and a cool take on gnocchi. The salmon was one of the best I've tasted in the city. Our waiter was absolutely fantastic: friendly, patient, funny...I'm kicking myself that I can't remember his name!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Only complaint was the excessive ventilation. We were seated at table 6 and had to be moved. At least one nearby table agreed with us that is was too breezy and cold in that location. One of us was wearing a coat and I a sweater. The staff were very accommodating and moved us asap, but apparently this is a recurrent problem in that area of the restaurant. I wondered if it was due to their keeping the entrance door open to facilitate serving outdoor tables, as I believe that could throw off a HVAC system. We like the artichoke app, but when we've had that in Rome, it has always been the whole heart flattened, rather than quartered. Taste is probably unaffected by that presentation, however. Oxtails, pizza and wine glass pours were great!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the small plates- fried artichokes, smoked trout delicious."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were visiting from Portland and Rione XIII was suggested along with two other places by a local friend. We are both very pleased with our choice. The staff were relaxed, friendly and attentive. The servers knew when to keep us occupied and when to let us be. The dining area is small but comfortable. I would make reservation on a weekend night. The food is fantastic. The buffalo mozzarella is delicious. It has a much different flavor than cow's milk varieties, definitely worth a taste. We also had grilled salmon with a chanterelle mushroom sauce, and a pasta with fava beans and greens. Both dishes were top notch. Great use of seasonal and Northwest ingredients. We will return to Seattle soon and Rione XIII is on our list!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I showed up for my 9:30 reservation at 9:15. The hostess told us we would have to wait until 9:30 for a table to open. Around 9:25 a party of 6 left and I assumed the table would be set and we would be sat momentarily. Instead of seating my group which was 15 minutes early for our reservations she sat a group that was 45 minutes late for their reservation. The hostess did not offer drinks or a solution. We left before we ate. I am incredibly disappointed in the service at Rione XIII."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Met a girlfriend there for a lady date and split a couple of entrees -- Bucatinia Amatriciana and the Pan Seared Sockeye Salmon. Very simple, but flavorful dishes, and we were both full. Great ambience, can be very loud, but we enjoy that type of scene. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Outstanding food and great atmosphere. The service was extremely slow and since it was a work night we had to forgo dessert since it was so late. We were disappointed that we couldn't try the pistachio cannelloni."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The fried artichoke hearts were delightful, and the home made cookies at the end had a very unique flavor. For dinner, the pasta was excellent - not much salt (which I appreciated) and which let the great mix of vegetable and meat flavors come through. The olives and bread were marvelous too. And the staff was top-notch. Couldn't have been more pleased with the evening and the varied tastes."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great easy food. It looks like an authentic Italian trattoria but more elegant and energetic. The food was fantastic except for the Tiramisu'. It was good but not great."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our third or fourth time at Rione, and each visit has been totally satisfying. After a warm and friendly greeting from the hostess, the helpful and engaging wait staff made us feel right at home. We love the food! The heirloom tomato salad was amazingly fresh w/ a delicious pesto dressing, the perfect summer salad. Tonarelli and bucatini were top-notch as always. It's just a great place to eat."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "After several visit's we had given up, and decided to give it one last try. What is usually an extended wait for a waiter to come to the table, exhausting ticket times & slow bar service was ll erased! The bartender was friendly & knowledgable, waiter was AWESOME & food cam out fast & delicious! We'll go back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Overall the food is good but not great. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here but if I was in the area I'd definitely visit again. We had the antipasti platter which is good. We had two pastas (carbonara and one with a red sauce, but I forget the name). The carbonara had a floury or slightly gluey flavor. I would not order the carbonara again. The pasta with the red sauce was very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For starters, my cocktail was tasty and the fried artichokes with aioli and smoked mozzarella were fantastic. This is only the second restaurant in Seattle where I have found pasta with Amatriciana sauce (my fav) and it was everything I hoped it would be. So, SO happy!! Everyone at my table loved their entrees (oxtail, mussels, risotto special) and the only complaint was that the serving size of the risotto was maybe 1/2 cup, which was 3 bites less than my friend would have liked. Our server recommended a nice wine and wasn't bothered that we took our time eating and drinking. I'm looking forward to going back soon!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was good not great. Bit I would come back again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is our new favorite restaurant in Seattle. Ethan Stowell has done it again with Rione XIII. A lovely menu and wine list that fits perfectly together."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was stellar. All plates were exquisitely prepared with great attention to detail. The oxtail dish was SUBLIME and well worth the trip. Service was sketchy though. Hostess seemed insecure and inexperienced. Waitress still learning how to make patrons comfortable. Not well versed in wine pairings. Fortunately the "deer in the headlights" service was not evident in the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent food at reasonable prices - the pizza is quite good and shaped like the rectangular ones in Rome. Save room for the gelato which is three solid scoops for $6, just the right size to eat all yourself or share with a friend. My brother had the affagato which he was over the moon about - it is not the traditional, rather a biscotti with two scoops of gelato on top, some orange marshmallows with espresso ceremoniously drizzled over it all when it is served. Drinks were good according to those who had them. Also we went there with a large group and they handled it all with ease and grace, very impressive. Good atmosphere, but they need some tapestries on the walls to cut the noise."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Grilled asparagus was so much more than we expected. Cocktail, wine, Salad, pizza, and tiramisu were all delicious."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is was the first time I had been here. We had a great great experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Our food was fresh and delicious. I cannot say enough good things. Great neighborhood location, fun space, and excellent food n drink. Rione XIII is Ethan Stowell at it his best....and demonstrates why I consider him the top restaurateur in our Emerald City."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We come to Rione a few times per month as we love the atmosphere and usually love the food and service. This time, the pasta was overcooked and the server was awful: she was obviously in a bad mood and taking it out on us with lack of attentiveness, slowness and a completely nonchalant attitude. Happy hour pricing doesn't begin until 10pm-we asked at 9:58 to see the menu and were promptly informed that the pricing didn't begin until 10. Then she disappeared for about 15 minutes (the place wasn't very busy, 2 or 3 other tables). We only ordered 1 thing off the HH menu (and spent over $150 on dinner) and that wasn't even discounted on the final bill-which took 10 minutes to pay as she was sitting at the bar staring off into space. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Rione XIII and went there after great review on PBS 'Check Please'. It was also our anniversary and we normally go to another popular restaurant. The all men staff were very efficient, non intrusive. Food was simple without fanfare, yet excellent. Right portions. The fennel, sausage pizza was excellent. We also ordered Spaghetti Nero alla Vongole (spaghetti with Manial clams) and Tagliatelle al Ragu di Coniglio (Rabbit, arugla). Both excellent and spicy. Modern casual, exposed brick walls, tall ceiling. On Saturday evening, the crowd was mixed mostly over 30's. Not initimate but great for casual dining. Minor suggestions- add italian music, and add some personality to the bathrooms. Overall, will go again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Rionne XIII is my go to place for special occasions! It is a great for a group because there is something for everyone. I haven't eaten something here that I didn't like. Ethan Stowell is my favorite chef in Seattle."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "It was worth the drive down from Bellingham. Memorable pasta. We will return !"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Rione XIII and I am certain it will not be the last. We started with the deep fried artichokes with aoli, I could have eaten the whole plate myself. The were crisp and seasoned perfectly. The salmon bruschetta was tasty, though we would have liked more than the three small pieces served. We had the whole Branzino, which was a special that evening. It was fresh and presented well. We also had the veal chop which was delicious and quite large. Another of us had the flank steak which also was very good. The sides such as the roasted cauliflower was quite small. The wine list has a variety of wines and price range. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating an early mother’s day here on a Saturday evening. The food, service, and ambiance were all top notch. Ox tails and gnocchi made for the perfect shared meal. Tender meat on the ox tails with an incredible red sauce, sitting atop a pillow of polenta. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked and nicely crisped on the top with a soft layer of cheese. If you are trying to get in last minute on a weekend though, think again. We reserved a table over a week in advance and the 6:30-9pm time slots were all taken for a table of only 2. The food is worth planning ahead for though. Go here for a birthday, mother’s day, or any other special event and you’ll be happy you did."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Overall experience excellent. One of best pizzas we've had in Seattle. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Bucatini. It's amazing and really all you need to know about Rione, but if you must veer from that, ask a server for a wine recommendation and taste the buffalo mozzarella. Yum!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This little neighborhood find has it all: interesting, tasty food, excellent service, nice ambience if you want to talk to your dinner companions. A whole grilled branzino served on a fava puree accompanied by split farro and crispy radishes - just right! The rest of the menu is equally imagintive."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Everything's good. The service has been amazing every time we've been there. It seems everyone really enjoys working there-- and the food is always really good to excellent to amazing. I had "roasted carrot" ravioli. Who knew? It was beautiful."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Brought friends in town from Guadalajara. Perfect food tonight, from the fried artichokes, the egg & truffle cheese pizza, pastas, oxtails. Good wine recommendations as well."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We had another outstanding dinner at Rione XIII. We love the atmosphere and the food is incredible. Great wine selection as well. The staff does such a great job and we will be back again and again! Thanks for another great night out! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "After eating at other Ethan Stowell restaurants in Seattle we had high expectations for Rione XIII. While the food and service were good we were not wowed by the place. It's has a great atmosphere and the house made mozzarella cheese is great starter but everything else was just okay. Not sure if our expectations were too high or we just hit it on an off day. I would recommend getting reservations if eating here as the place filled up quickly on a Saturday evening. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Perfect setting for group of 4 or less. Great atmosphere and good menu selection."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Tasting the crunchy carciofi took me back to Rome's Jewish quarter & Nonna Betta's restaurant. An extensive wine list offered variety in selection, origin, & price. The veal sweetbreads were delicious, cooked but not dried out.The halibut was fresh. Accompanying al dente pasta was a bit bland. Waitstaff is friendly, not intrusive. When I asked for the quietest seating, they turned down the music!!!!! Astounding courtesy to 4 seniors.We'll be back. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Always a pleasure. A bit expensive for a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had dinner during restaurant week in Seattle. Very good menu, service was timely and attentive. This is great place to meet friends for dinner."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Veal Chop Saltimbocca was incredibly tasty. Everything else was great too! Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "All around wonderful setting and service. The chicken cacciatore was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014