Bar Cantinetta

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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.

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Happy Hour at Bar Cantinetta

4:00-5:30 happy hour offering $25 bottles of house wine, $12 pizzas and a selection of antipasti. Rotating $8 hand-crafted cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at Cantinetta. And I normally walk up the hill to get here. The food preparation is excellent. The service is excellent. And the intimacy is like European restaurants. Family friendly and neighborhood but worth a trip for authentic Italian food. If you come on a Friday when I’m in town, you’ll see me!

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BevJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Well prepared food
Happy hour menu looks to be eccellent

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SeattleNeighbor
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place to enjoy a bite with friends!

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Karen
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Very charming place with attentive staff, good food, and great ambience. Be sure to make a reservation.

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Blake
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

NYE fixed menu. A little pricey but overall pretty good. Would go again for normal dining experience but perhaps not again for NYE.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely server who navigated an intimate dining room with ease. She was attentive and bright but not overbearing at all. The food was to die for - rich but balanced with seasonal ingredients. Oh! and everyone must try the tiramisu! We had another lovely evening at Bar Cantinetta. Can't wait to come back to one of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food in an intimate place.

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Pleased2x
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Cantinetta always delivers a satisfying dining evening, but our most recent visit was, if possible, even better than usual. The gnocchi with pork sugo, to mention just one of the sublime pastas, had simplicity and savory style in equal measure.

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andreah
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate and delicious! Took a guest in town from San Francisco and she loved it. The food and ambiance were fabulous

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AndreaB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The chicory Caesar was swimming in salad dressing, but otherwise good was excellently prepared & served.

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vipMeenaC
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a small, cozy, hole-in-the wall bar/restaurant. The food is surprising good even though the restaurant name suggests it may be more a bar than a food destination. We had Caesar, pizza, clams and risotto and every dish was well executed and good portion. The cocktails are also well done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a regular - small not only neighborhood place but draws from all over. Excellent service and food

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laco
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, small Italian restaurant. Really friendly staff. Lively ambiance. All the food and wine was tasty - the wine (Chianti), appetizers (burrata, arancini) and desserts (tiramisu, zeppole) especially were favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week is always awesome at Bar Cantinetta

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SeattleSteve
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at this great neighborhood Italian restaurant. I had the Pappardella Bolognese and it was wonderful!

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avhv
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

my birthday dinner was a very rare steak and luke warm mashed potatoes. I didn't say anthing because my husband and son were very happy with their meals. why be a 'karen' when we were so happy going out for dinner and having fun.

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was quite good, however, I think the service in the kitchen that night was off. The kitchen burned something three different times--not only could we smell it but I could see it from where I was sitting. They left the front door open after that to air out the place, which then became uncomfortably cold. Probably because the kitchen was so discombobulated, the service was a bit slow. Miraculously, the food, when it did arrive, was very good. I'm not sure I'll go back since, for the price, I would expect much better service. And there are a lot of other places in Seattle that get both right.

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vipWFTE
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a modest restaurant with small, friendly, dignified bar.
The food is exceptional Italian, served by experienced personnel.
If you ask for Hugo, they would presume you have been well served and are bringing a special person.
The seafood comes directly from the waterfront each day.
The range of pasta tastes is memorable.
I believe the wine list comes mostly from Italy,
plus many top local Northwest offerings.

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ElLaynative
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wow, how have i missed this wonderful spot? went there to meet up with a dear friend for a long chat and relaxed dinner, and server Jeanine took amazing care of us with the pacing, the recommendations, and in general making our evening sing. we started with cocktails (i highly recommend "the cure"), then split a huge, fresh and delish chicory caesar, then segued into a two plates of the most perfectly cooked scallops, with a glass of sancerre. the dark-ish room and perfect soundtrack was a nice backdrop to one of the nicest evenings i've had in quite some time. i will be back!

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SpencerS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The ambiance was crowded and much too noisy and the food was much too salty

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vipPianist
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at the bar Cantinetta and had a great time watching and talking to chefs. The place was packed but everyone seem to be relaxed and enjoying their job. Definitely go back for awesome dishes and friendly conversation.

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vipSasha
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Best spot in Madison Park!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo always makes us feel welcome. We go there often because Hugo, the manager, makes us feel as a part of his family. The food and drinks are consistently excellent.

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vipSam848
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an unusually grand evening at Bar Cantinetta. We always love it, but this Friday was special. The food (the gnocchi) was unusually good. The cognac was spectacular. And, as always, Cantinetta felt like a neighborhood celebrating. A great evening.

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vipFoodPassionista
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. Great way to start or end a week.

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KevinB
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vip4eats
Seattle
68 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Portions were small and over-priced. Music was too loud. Chairs are uncomfortable. Service was okay. Not memorable.

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vipNina
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate a colleague’s work anniversary

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vipWFTE
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will find that the waiters are authentic.
They really understand Tuscan food and are quite ready to answer detail questions.
They are quite familiar with the Tuscan wines, and can help to get exactly what you desire,
or even help you explore with a qualified guide.
The hardest part is trying to decide which selection from a number you really want.

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Raccapazzare
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The service was attentive but the food was less than desirable. We had 4 courses and every course was over seasoned and overcooked. The quality, techniques and innovation needs improvement.

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vipSeattleFoodie
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're frequent diners at Bar Cantinetta. It never fails to create and serve excellent pastas, apps, and more. We appreciate the attentive, friendly service, and the consistently delicious food. Great spot for a romantic dinner, dinner with friends, special occasion or for those who love intimate spaces and delicious, creative fare.

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BrianC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and relaxed. Good eating in a great casual relaxed atmosphere...

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. The pasta dishes are perfectly executed and you can't go wrong with any of the starters.

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Kaylin
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal from start to finish. We sat at the chef’s counter which was a fun experience, and got to preview almost every dish on the menu before ordering. The chefs were friendly and happy to provide information about ingredient sources, etc. The pancetta wrapped dates and heirloom tomato gespacho were out of this world. Highly recommend!

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to dine in Madison valley. Excellent service and menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friend from out of town. He has a ton of dietary restrictions and it was still a beautiful meal

Fabulous food and beyond service


100000000 thumbs up

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CHSdiner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bar Cantinetta for a date night and we’re seriously impressed. The ambience, food, and service were simply amazing. We will definitely be making this a regular spot!

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Jegg93
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening enjoying the intimate setting. The starters were all delicious, especially the dates and beef carpaccio. The risotto was just like in Italy. And the tiramisu was a perfect ending to the meal. The cocktails and wine were also delicious. The service was attentive with great suggestions. We will definitely return.

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vipWFTE
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting popular for the outdoor dining.
Also, this leaves a lot of room for inside tables which are as good as ever.
Seems to be attracting even more of serious later diners.

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NicoleB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of my absolutely favorite places in the city. I love to sit at the bar and have a glass of wine and watch the food being made. Janine is a wonderful bartender, friendly and warm. I go to Cantinetta because the Bolognese is the best I have ever tasted. I think about it when I'm not there. And when I am there, and the dish is placed before me, with the wine ... ah. Life makes sense.

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Bar Cantinetta is rated 4.8 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

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