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About Bar Cantinetta

We are an Italian restaurant and bar located in Seattle. We emphasize in traditional Tuscan culinary tradition and local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

2811 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest, Organic

Hours of Operation:

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

Happy Hour Daily: 4:30pm - 6pm

Cross Street:
28th Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 329-1501

Website:
http://barcantinetta.com/

Executive Chef:
Derek May

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Bar Cantinetta Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for a Date (12)
Cozy (9)
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Authentic (7)
Romantic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Business Meals (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I've been here 3 times, and all 3 times it's been great. The staff is very friendly, and the food is delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We are frequent diners at Bar Cantinetta. Service was great and the Happy Hour menu provides several options at a great price.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was great, and we felt well taken care of. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nice cozy interiors, yummy dishes. Loved, loved, loved the scallops!!! Portions were really tiny for the price though

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It’s one of our favorites. Everything is always perfect.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

GET DESSERT - beignets and tiramisu were both amazing

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 27, 2017

cozy,comfortable,warm ,friendly,delicious,inviting,great service,consistent,dependable,charming

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice bar restaurant in Madison Valley, good service and delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We have noticed many serving people
have treated us as customers they care about.

They really know the details of their wines.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great food, server could have def. done a better job with knowing the wine list and recommendations were a bit off.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

very good food, fabulous wait person, good wine recommendation, friendly

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The staff are quick to treat customers as friends, if that is desired.

These are real professionals.

They are flexible.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

fabulous time, excellent ambiance, wonderful food, great service, love the way the place looks, dark wood, windows on two sides, great location

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Delicious appetizer of burrata and toast, and the pizza was fabulous.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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....

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I'm a hunter of exceptional restaurants. Moved to Seattle a year ago, and have found several. This is the best find of the year. Three of us for Mother's Day. We all had different dishes, and each was remarkable. Wonderful pastas. As you can see, can't say enough good about this modestly priced gem in Seattle.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

the food was very good. we had made a reservation a week in advance but were seated at the bar looking at a sink. when i asked the person who seated us about being seated at a table vs. the bar, she was dismissive.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This is a superb Italian cuisine restaurant in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle. It is easy to book through Open Table and the staff are very friendly and helpful with excellent food and great service at a reasonable price. We keep going back again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Healthy, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 2, 2017

We enjoyed everything from the cozy ambience to the delicious food. Will be frequenting this lovely establishment!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Warm, inviting atmosphere - lighting, cozy setup, and overall quality make it perfect for a date or special occasion. It's like this nice unassuming Italian restaurant that has been dressed up and paired down at the same time - if that makes any sense. The decor is refined though not fussy, and the the menu is small but the execution of the food is excellent. Bravo.

Monica

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Beet soup and the pastas are all fantastic. Ditto the burrata

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This place is *petite*! I would hesitate to go without a reservation or a backup plan. But the food was great, from cocktails through dessert. It was a bit noisy, given that it was totally full.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Perfect in every way. Great scratch margarita!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 11, 2017

It was a great experience. .wish there were more options for vegetarians.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Super cute tiny little restaurant with great food and service. We live in the south sound - it was worth the drive!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food and service is always on point here! Love it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The restaurant is rather cramped and rather noisy when full. However, the food is excellent. The risotto I ordered was cooked just right and had a variety of flavors incorporated into it. If you would like, you can sit at the bar and enjoy a drink from the well stocked bar and/or have a meal there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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