Bar Cantinetta

4.8
200 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar located in Seattle. We emphasize in traditional Tuscan culinary tradition and local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 329-1501
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Derek May
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
28th Ave.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Specials

Happy Hour at Bar Cantinetta

From 5-6pm Tuesday-Sunday enjoy our special Happy Hour menu, including $11 pizzas, $20 bottles of wine, and more!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 10, 2018

Ends: October 11, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-6:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-6:00PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate NYE with a Tuscan, four course menu. $95 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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Bar Cantinetta is a small, quiet Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill with homemade pasta, pizzas, and a lot of romantic feels.

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What 200 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It was so loud in the restaurant that we had to yell to each other in order to be heard. doesn’t much matter what the food is like when you can’t enjoy the overall experience - which includes talking with your dining companions...

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WF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always gotten better service than we deserve.
They are very flexible. They care. They serve you like
you can not fail to want to come back.

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SS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and outstanding Italian cuisine. No wonder it’s hard to get a reservation here! Grazie mille!

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KN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming little restaurant. We don’t come here enough!

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LH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the always great food and great service here. We felt like regulars on our second visit.

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WF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is beyond what you might find elsewhere in Seattle,
unless you visit a real upmarket place with uncomfortable pricing,
and likely noise.

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EO
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The appetizers were DELICIOUS! Artichokes & burrata - so yummy! The pastas we had came out cold and undercooked, so I think the potential is there, but the presentation was sub par. Wine options were nice and the ambiance was quaint and cozy. Wouldn't go back for dinner, however I would go back for apps and wine.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us at this restaurant, but we’ll return again soon! I’d never heard of this restaurant prior to Seattle restaurant week, and took the opportunity to try a new place. So glad we did! Fried artichoke appetizer was really fantastic. Tagliatelle ragu was very nice, with pasta cooked perfectly al dente and the sauce, while not plentiful, was delicious. Great ambiance, and a very welcoming staff. A great experience!

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DV
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went during Restaurant Week. Our salad and artichoke appetizers were terrific. The second course of paperadelle Bolognese was good, but we thought would have been better a little saucier and a little more flavor. We are looking forward to going back and trying their pizza. We loved the atmosphere and service was great.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Went for a date during restaurant week, and everything was done to perfection. Very romantic ambience in a small quaint restaurant. Would definitely recommend.

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h
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Bar Cantinetta. Food was delicious and seasonal. Service was outstanding.

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MG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great small restaurant with great food and a lively vibe.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Loved the restaurant

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JE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small intimate setting. Delicious food

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at Bar C recently. The staff were so accommodating and kind, and both of our pasta dishes were delicious. It was our first time at the Madison location and we loved the intimate feel of the place.

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MP
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lively neighborhood place (one of several locations of the "Cantinetta" brand), with out-of-this-world pasta and a very energetic vibe. Food was expertly prepared. Burrata appetizer was terrific.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool concept! Great Food!

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SD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner on a Thursday night. The pasta and steak were out of this world!

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal I have had here has been excellent. They are very consistent. Small place that focuses on quality over quantity.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait service was amazing and food was impeccable.

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BD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best value in the Madison Park area. Our "go to" spot for a tasty meal and friendly service.
The menu changes frequently and the cocktails are delish!

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JE
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time. Great food. Great service. Interesting menu and good happy hour!

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EM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! We had a special day to celebrate together, and they helped us celebrate with a corner table, complementary glasses of bubbly, their usual top-notch service, and accomodated dietary requests with ease and creativity. Thank you!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The size is very reminiscent of a European restaurant. Excellent food & service- nearly always full

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

good food and good ambience make it very cozy neighbourhood dining !

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KR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends. Small intimate setting with good food. We ordered the clams and flatbread during the happy hour and then stayed for dinner. Both the salmon and the risotto were good.

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s
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

The space is small with tables packed very close together. The noise level was the loudest we've ever encountered. The menu, while good, is very limited. We will not return.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had to wait 30 + mins to be seated even after my reservation. Food and cocktails are great!

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KK
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service, food, and atmosphere. Couldn’t have picked a better place for date night!

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SR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Comfortable vibe. Excellent experience.

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SS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with fine Italian cuisine. Great wine menu. Conveniently located in the Madison Valley. The pizza was true Italian pizza. The pasta was wonderful!

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FP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bar Cantinetta for the food, the wonderful staff, and the ambiance. Truly one of our favorites!

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b
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We cannot wait to go back and try more of the selections.

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KT
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Cantinetta is a favorite of friends of ours so we decided to try it on our own one Friday evening. We arrived a bit early because we did not know if it would be difficult to park. As it turned out, we were able to park on the street a block away. We had our pick of tables and chose one in the corner so we could sit next to each other and talk. It was perfect. The waitress came promptly and announced that we were still in time for Happy Hour-an unexpected bonus! My husband chose their house Manhattan, made with rye whiskey, port and smelling delightfully of oranges. We selected the Insalada Mista and a pizza from the Happy Hour menu. The salad dressing was light and flavorful on the red leaf lettuce. The pizza had a nice crust but was a bit on the cheesy side. We shared both and they were delicious and filling. We probably should have stopped eating then, however, the Dungeness Crab Risotto from the dinner menu proved to be too enticing to pass up, so we shared that as well. It was creamy and full of crab meat. We also shared the Tiramisu for dessert. One thing we appreciated is that we ordered , except for the happy hour items, each thing seriatum. There was no rush even though the restaurant was full when we left. The bartender, Hugo, was especially delightful and attentive.

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p
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a first date. Excellent venue!

Good selection of foods; cozy table for two; noise level stayed manageable throughout the evening.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food all around. I got two apps and my guest and I both ordered entrees and dessert. This is a spot to come back to for sure.

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SS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our dinner al fresco outside and it was delightful. Great food, great service. I had the pasta and my friend had the Italian pizza. Both were delicious.

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this restaurant. Service is great and food delicious.

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SM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

This restaurant was good! It's very small, so you have to squeeze between tables and sit on benches, but the food was fantastic.

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F
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is always excellent and the service never disappoints us. I highly recommended.

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