Bar Cantinetta is a small, quiet Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill with homemade pasta, pizzas, and a lot of romantic feels.
Great Happy Hour!
Service very good, efficient.
Would definitely return!
Great Italian food, it's small place, but it's not as romantic and cosy as I expected. Instead it gets rather really loud. The prices are what you'd expect.
The menu is quite small, service was great and they offer great drinks. We loved the truffle pizza.
Excellent in every way, as always...
Have been here many times. This is a go-to place for us. I like the lighting and the cocktails and wines are always great. The chef chose to use Picci pasta (very thick spaghetti-type noodle) rather than the Casarecce with the braised rabbit specified in the menu. Several noodles were undercooked, leaving the impression that it was far to dense of a noodle to pair well with the braised rabbit.
We love this restaurant and since moving into the neighborhood, are there way too often. Really good food, intimate, warm, and super friendly service. I like that the plates are not huge, the menu is limited but every dish excellent, and appetizers are extremely tasty (i.e. the carrots are wonderful). Everyone we bring there loves it! Sometimes a little noisy but has not really been a problem for us.Overall, we highly recommend.
Great Italian restaurant right in our neighborhood. Very inviting staff with great service. Food was wonderful and the bar tender did a great job on my Old Fashion cocktail before dinner. We love this place!
Absolutely amazing service!! The food was delicious as well, but the standout was our server. He was attentive, helpful, and gave great descriptions of the food and wine. It does get a bit loud, but that’s only because it’s a small restaurant and it was packed! I would absolutely recommend it for intimate dates.
After many visits, we still consider it to be a great weeknight experience.
Very cute restaurant. Haven’t been here for about 2.5 years, but coming back it’s just as I remember it. Great service, tasty food, and a lovely atmosphere. I’d recommend it to friends.
I made my reservation for 745pm but was seated closer to 830pm. The restaurant called ahead of time to let us know there would be more of a wait for unplanned incidents that had occurred but we were already on the way. When we arrived they treated my party to a glass of prosecco while we waited. Once we were seated, everything went well with the ordering. The only concern I had was when one of our appetizers was delivered to our table. It was sort of a melted cheese on a rectangular iron type skillet that you eat with bread. Our waitress accidentally spilled some of the hot liquid coming off the plate onto my left arm. She had no idea until I made some noise and grabbed a cloth to quickly clean myself off. I hope that in the future you guys might use a different type of plate. Maybe a rounded edge plate that curves upward on the sides so that wouldn't happen again. It didn't hurt as bad but there was a small red mark on my arm after the incident. Our waitress apologized and asked me if I wanted anything to drink for the pain but I politely declined. Other than that I think my experience was pretty great. Please just be careful because others might not take an experience like that as well as I did. I know a number of things can happen and I was the lucky person that day. Overall it was a great restaurant and I would like to return in the future for a much better and hopefully perfect experience. I have attached a photo of the evil plate.
Love the atmosphere but on a Friday night excessively loud and only one waiter. Still, a Madison Valley neighborhood favorite.
It was fun to start at 5pm and watch the restaurant fill up with fun loving, food enjoying folks. Our meals were delicious, wine wonderful and our waiter helpful, friendly and humorous. Can't wait to go back!
I've been here 3 times, and all 3 times it's been great. The staff is very friendly, and the food is delicious.
We are frequent diners at Bar Cantinetta. Service was great and the Happy Hour menu provides several options at a great price.
Small menus mean everything is fresh. Happy hour has excellent values on some of their specialties. The servers are regularly accommodating, recognizing you if you are a regular. Not many tables , so reserve
Very small and it can be noisy. We asked our waiter to turn the music down. Why have music? The food was great. We never felt rushed. A neighborhood gem.
Food is amazing and such a great price. It is very small and can get really loud, if that’s not your thing I recommend going on a weekday! So worth it.
Met a friend at Bar Cantinetta for dinner on a Wednesday evening. We got a reservation, but it may not have been necessary. I arrived first and ordered a glass of wine. The server was attentive, perhaps a little too attentive, but that might be okay. When my friend arrived, she also ordered wine. We ordered an appetizer that we shared. The server encouraged us to order our entree as well and he would time its arrival. We both ordered pasta. The food was excellent. There isn't a dessert menu but the server recited the three choices. We also ordered a cognac, warmed. Overall, the experience was very good. The bill was not outrageous considering that we had drinks, appetizer, entrees, and dessert. I would return. My only suggestion is that a small salad or vegetable be included with the entrees. Our appetizer and entrees included no vegetables other than the herbs in the pasta, so it was unhealthy in that sense.
It was great, and we felt well taken care of. Thank you!
Cozy restaurant, friendly service but didn’t like the food !
We shared 3 plats, didn’t like the clams, pizza was mushy and scallops were ok, small plate for an entree.
Nice cozy interiors, yummy dishes. Loved, loved, loved the scallops!!! Portions were really tiny for the price though
This restaurant was cozy yet comfortable. Great ambience! We had the pleasure of sitting at the counter and interacting with the chef. Everything he prepared looked amazing. I have food sensitivities and they were very accommodating. Gluten free in house made pasta. Everything made from scratch. I had scallops and they made it Paleo for me. Great little gem of a place!
Too loud for old ears. How about some sound proofing in the ceiling ?
Millennial ears can handle the noise level, but it's Baby Boomer ears that have both the time and money to enjoy conversation along with good food.
Hugo & Jake, waiter & bartender, were outstanding.
Mentioned it was my girlfriends birthday on OT, but did not expect the level of service and care we received! They were so attentive, knowledgeable and willing to make our experience perfect.
We’ll definitely be back, thank you!
It was a great spot - they didn't have our reserved table right away, but they made up for it by giving us free champagne as we only waited a few minutes. It was great food and wine.
It’s one of our favorites. Everything is always perfect.
We love Bar Cantinetta and visit it frequently. The food is excellent and the servers are always friendly & gracious. Outdoor terrace dining with our puppy is also a major bonus since we are so close (Washington Park residents) and like to bring her whenever we can.
Look forward to many additional delicious dinners at this fab place!
GET DESSERT - beignets and tiramisu were both amazing
cozy,comfortable,warm ,friendly,delicious,inviting,great service,consistent,dependable,charming
Hugo and Erin care about you.
They remember what you like, and any possible concern.
It is a place to return to, maybe once a week.
We go to multiple places. This is our regular.
Nice bar restaurant in Madison Valley, good service and delicious food!
We have noticed many serving people
have treated us as customers they care about.
They really know the details of their wines.
Great food, server could have def. done a better job with knowing the wine list and recommendations were a bit off.
very good food, fabulous wait person, good wine recommendation, friendly
My husband had the bolognese pasta and it was very good. I had a pasta that was described as having an egg and Parma. Imagine my surprise when it came out as exactly the same thing as my two young daughters ordered-- Buttered noodles. Looked and tasted the same, smaller portion, $16 more. But mine had some sage on it. Our pecorino cheese appetizer was over cooked and stuck to the board. Over all, disappointing. I'd give it another shot though as it does have wonderful ambiance.
The staff are quick to treat customers as friends, if that is desired.
These are real professionals.
They are flexible.
fabulous time, excellent ambiance, wonderful food, great service, love the way the place looks, dark wood, windows on two sides, great location
Delicious appetizer of burrata and toast, and the pizza was fabulous.
Bar Cantinetta has really delicious food--our green garlic soup was divine, and the duck egg pasta dish that I had was quite possibly the best tasting pasta I've every put in my mouth. The stuff of dreams....