Bar Cantinetta

4.8
185 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: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm.

Happy Hour Daily: 4:30pm - 6pm
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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.
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

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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MP
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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New Mexico
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool concept! Great Food!

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SD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
8 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
8 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
9 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
14 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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A
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

They lost our dinner order. The waitress wasn’t paying attention and we had to tell her. Not enough staff. Disappointing

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SA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve always loved Bar Cantinetta. We reserved a table for four and when we arrived learned it was a set menu only with a pork focus for each course. One person in our party was vegetarian & another doesn’t eat pork for religious reasons. We worked around it because at that point we didn’t have time to find somewhere else to go on such short notice and had somewhere else to be immediately afterwards. It would have been really nice to have been told at the time of making the reservation that it was a different kind of night with the set pork menu so we could have chosen to go elsewhere or come here another evening.

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EG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We made reservations for a Thursday night. When we showed up we learned it was a fixed price meal. We're glad we stayed because it was delicious.

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SR
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

An agonizingly slow 3 hour meal for 6 people. Food, when it arrived, was very good, but portions are tiny. Small portions are fine, as long as diners are aware. By the time you get your food, it’s too late to order more. My husband and I eat light, so we normally split an entree, but this was unsplittable. Service was good when we got it, but far too infrequent. One server for the entire restaurant. Go for lunch, not for dinner, and be ready for S-L-O-W service.

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c
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a little gem of a restaurant. It is small and cozy, but not real loud. The menu is limited, but every item is top quality. We shared a delicious appetizer of fried artichoke, then two entrees....an awesome pizza and an authentic Bolognese pasta dish. Finally, some zeppoli with mascarpone to end the meal. Fabulous and highly recommended!

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WF
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The management at this restaurant seems to be subtle, effective, friendly,
and superb. The servers really care about you.

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k
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service at this small neighborhood restaurant. The night we visited there was a large party of 12 that took up 1/2 the restaurant and they were loud he small kitchen seemed overwhelmed and we waited a long time for our entrees. The server brought us glasses of wine and apologized for the delay. Consistently good food. We will try again and hope it’s not as crowded.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Amazing service. Prices to die for. So glad we came!!!

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MP
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Great play list! The seating is seating is close, but the food more than makes up for that. This is the first time in 8 years when we have been reminded of our honeymoon in Italy! Excellent food - every single dish! A definite repeat for us!

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GF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants we've been to. The fried artichokes, sausage pizza, and beignets were amazing. Service was great, small cozy space was delightful. We will definitely be back.

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f
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Great Pici pasta and better than average pizza. Small but good Italian wine list. Will be back.

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Y
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best dinner I’ve had in Seattle!! Burrata antipasti, risotto with asparagus, affogoto semifreddo were flavorful, perfectly prepared, appealing presentation and amazingly delicious. Intimate, stylish atmosphere with knowledgeable staff that were attentive without being intrusive.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and fun experience!

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N
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! Came here for restaurant week and would enjoy going back. Fun for a couple or a group of friends. Lovely food and service.

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B
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love all the Cantinetta restaurants!! Always consistent and delicious!

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