Bar Cantinetta

4.7
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273 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.

Specials

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 16, 2019

Ends: October 17, 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 4:00PM-5:30PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with a 3 course Bar Cantinetta feast! $95 prix fixe | Please call us if you have any dietary restrictions so our chef can make sure your meal is perfect

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 273 People Are Saying
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AB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

MC
Seattle
25 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.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

l
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.

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

Restaurant week is always awesome at Bar Cantinetta

SS
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!

a
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.

ES
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.

WF
Seattle
18 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.

EL
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!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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

P
Seattle
27 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.

S
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

S
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.

FP
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KB
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

4
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.

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate a colleague’s work anniversary

WF
Seattle
19 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.

R
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.

SF
Seattle
30 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.

BC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

K
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!

JH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Seattle
1 review
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

CH
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!

J
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.

WF
Seattle
19 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.

NB
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.

C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was fabulous. Attentive, relaxed and obviously proud of where she worked. the atmosphere is lovely. The food was delish! We will definitely be back!

R
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1. The food is excellent - we had the olives, burrata, and insalata mista to start, then Amatriciana (x2) and Bolognese for pasta courses, and then finished with the steak. All cooked perfectly and with amazing flavors and textures.
2. The service is always great and friendly. Hugo and Kate are bright, interested, and attentive, and they make excellent recommendations.
3. The price point, which for three with drinks, dinner mentioned above, and dessert was $210, is more than reasonable for the quality of the food and the service. I have not found this quality of authentic Italian in Seattle for less. To be fair, I haven't found this quality of authentic Italian in Seattle...but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

We love this place and it's a regular on our date night rotation! I'm just waiting for them to put the Carbonara on the menu again, as it's the best I've ever had outside of an amazing place just outside of Rome (sorry, that's a ridiculous statement...I know).

DB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, the experience was very good. The only real downside was that they ran out of pizza dough, which cut the menu by about half. Also, they ran out of mascarpone cheese, which was an element to the dessert we shared.
The food was delicious, though, and service was attentive.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bar Cantinetta. It is our favorite spot in Madison Valley.

SA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cozy space. Our server had a great knowledge of the wine they offered.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a little warm inside, but other than that it was a great spot. The food is soooo good. Fried artichoke is a must

WF
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the first time, we dined al fresco.
It was quiet, private, warm, and very repeatable.

JR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were excellent, but choices limited. Also pretty noisy. But, we'll be back. An excellent bistro style choice.

Y
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for Another great dining experience at Bar Cantinetta! Diverse wine list. Burrata appetizer was delicious. The carpaccio was on the Very small portion size. Parpadelle and pizza were amazing. Tiramisu was on the large size and scrumptious.