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About Permanently Closed - Cafe Bengodi - Downtown

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Café Bengodi is a causal eatery that specializes in Italian cuisine. It is particularly popular for its wide variety of authentic pizzas. The owners of the restaurant are committed to using only fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to preserve the taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Café Bengodi also offers an extensive beer and wine menu for guests to choose from. Comfortable outdoor seating is available for diners when the weather is nice.

Begin the meal by choosing from a wide range of salads and appetizers. Options include the house special Caesar salad and the chef's special fried clams. For the main course at Café Bengodi, try a pasta dish like salmon spaghetti or mozzarella pasta. End the meal with a sweet dessert such as homemade ricotta cheesecake or tiramisu.

700 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 381-0705

Website:
http://www.seattleslittleitaly.com/cafe_bengodi.htm

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Bengodi - Downtown - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Great for Lunch (16)
Kid-friendly (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Romantic (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2016

The first time I have wanted to send food back. I didn't as they knew what they were serving, so by deduction, were happy with it.

The pizza was a frozen base with globs of cheese on it. This would barely be acceptable in a school canteen. My pasta was ok, but the seafood overcooked.

The layout was not thoughtfully done with them obviously trying to hide the kitchen which became the only thing I found myself noticing. On entry, I almost turned away but because it had good reviews I thought maybe this was an unpretentious gem of a restaurant. Turns out no.

It was super hot and when it got unbearable they turned on the air-con which was so noisy we couldn't talk.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2016

The one major wonderful thing about this restaurant-----is the FOOD!
some of the best pasta I've eaten for a very long time. The restaurant is in an obviously very old, historic building in Pioneer Square with great people watching. We will be back!!

Tags: Cozy, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Needs more room and seating but food makes up for it. Love this place

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Unremarkable. Scary hip dude with multiple lip piercings took order, served and checked us out. Half of what was on the menu was not available. Settled for a very bland chicken parm and guests has pizza. Sat outside in a very crowded and cumbersome to get to side area.

Bathroom was a disgrace; filthy dirty. Afraid to touch anything.

The restaurant has moved to the 600-block of First Ave. Even though OT offers reservation service and does Bengodi's website, they are not honored and have no way to record them. Very confusing.

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food3
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2016

The food was great especially the carbonara! We will be back!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 20, 2016

They had great food. It was our first time there before the Billy Joel concert. We would go back. It's not a big place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Took a chance on a small, local Italian restaurant for our 25th anniversary. The restaurant was wonderful. Food: fantastic. Service: great. Restaurant: small, cozy, can sit outside if the weather is nice. Prices: reasonable. Everything was fresh and prepared in-house.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Very tasty food. Not your standard dishes. Portions are a bit small for the price.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2015

Well, got there just in time for our reservation but the place was full. Not a table in sight. We told the waitress that we had reservations and she said, "Did you make them online? Because those really don't go anywhere!" Rather shocking! They finally were able to seat us under the exhaust fan (we were warned that it goes on every so often and it is extremely loud!). Food was good but the place was like a sauna!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2015

Interesting find; food and service were great !! I had a table in the sidewalk terrace so I really enjoyed taking in the neighborhood (Pioneer Square). The place itself is quite run down and dated, but I wasn't looking for chic as much as exactly what I got; great food/price at a local gem!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 6, 2015

If you blink you may miss this spot. It was walking distance from my hotel in the pioneer square section of Seattle. A little worn for ware but the waiter was very hospitable and friendly. I had a house salad with the Chicken Parm. The salad was fresh with a flavorful house dressing. The chicken parm was rustic and very filling. I loved it. The chicken has a nice crisp breading to it, the cheese was plentiful and the sauce was good. The meal definitely filled me up. If i get the chance to go back to Seattle, I would revisit this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 25, 2015

The service here was amazing. The waiter was extremely friendly, and very courteous. the restaurant was small yet inviting and the food was very good. Not a great place for a classy evening on the town, but a perfect place to go before we saw a show at at Moore. Didn't even need the reservation

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food4
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service5

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 6, 2015

We ate at Bengodi's twice on our recent trip to Seattle. The food tasted very good, the portions were appropriate and the price was very reasonable. The staff was friendly and helpful. If you are looking for elegant, this would not be that eating establishment, but if you want a cozy little Café with character, good food at a reasonable price, then try it. We had 5 different dishes, Lasagna and 4 different pastas with EVOO. Glad to see good pasta dishes that were also prepared with a healthier consideration.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2014

The place is a hole in the wall. We sat outside at the picnic tables. It was fun to be able to see people strolling up and down the streets but we were near a dumpster smell. Not sure if it was from the sewer or next door storage area. The food was good but if you try and change anything please be aware that the waiter is VERY nice and accommodating but the kitchen didn't listen. My friend had an item she is allergic to put on the plate despite a request for it not to be included

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 30, 2014

We ate at a solitary table outside the front door, as Mariner's fans walked by on the way to the game. It was a warm spring evening and enjoyable to people watch and to interact with people as they walked by. The experience was enhanced greatly by the food. While it was all good, the Chicken Parm over broccoli and zucchini was heavenly, the breading crisp and flavorful, the chicken was tender and there was just the right amount of buttery goodness on the vegetables. The Tiramisu was nice but nothing spectacular. Overall a really pleasant evening, and we would recommend. We would have perhaps liked a wine list to pick from, because while our bottle of red was good, it was not $28 good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service3

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Loved the Pioneer Square location, sat outside so we could really take it in. The server was friendly and fun.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 17, 2014

OpenTable reservation was not made. The staff said you can book through OpenTable at their other restaurant. I think OpenTable should have a chat with Cafe Bengodi or just take them off the list. No point booking a reservation that ends up not existing.

Restaurant itself is good...a bit of a dive, and probably could win an award for the tiniest, run-down bathroom ever, but that adds to the atmosphere. The food is excellent :)

Tags: Late-night Find
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food4
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 9, 2014

I loved this little "whole in the wall" restaurant. It is not pretentious nor trendy; it's not even pretty - it is what I would call quaint. But, it just serves really great food for a really great price. It is small and cramped but the food makes up for it. Best Carbonara dish I have ever had. They could have a better wine (spirits) selection but with the limitations of space, I can understand why the wine selection is so limited.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 30, 2014

I've driven by Cafe Bengodi many times and was finally inclined to dine there with friends for dinner. What a lovely surprise! It is a very sweet cozy space in the heart of Pioneer Square. The waiter was awesome and their food was great...oh, and their top shelf wine by the bottle was a superb Tuscan wine, which was a perfect match with dinner! Both the food and the wine were very reasonably priced! We all agreed that we will definitely be back to Cafe Bengodi's and will share our experience with our friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 9, 2014

Some of the best Italian food I've had. Being from out of town, I was fortunate to have found Café. Will go again the next time I'm in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 16, 2014

I'm probably not the best judge of any entertainment or food, but I sincerely lived the food here. I think it's probably the best Italian food I've ever had. Don't be put off by the duvet appearance, it was awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2014

Cafe Bengodi makes an excellent pizza! Don't be fooled by its ancient exterior. The food is really good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2013

A little scary looking like most folks in the neighborhood for this californian, but the food was way above average, better pasta than this local from San Francisco bay. Plastic seats, super limited wine list, BUT, the food was legit Italian gourmet, pasta sublime, meatballs right on target, sauces were totally Italian from Italy--in contrast to the freaky looking outdoors and cheap plastic seats. For Pioneer Square---definitely go--and ask for the waiter's help--as he was hugely helpful in guiding us through best sellers and what they did best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2013

An Italian cafe, not your basic neighborhood Italian restaurant with a basic pizza, spaghetti and lasagna menu, but a very casual cafe, where the waiters might wear cargo shorts, as will I. The food, and value are high-end exceptional however. We have been there several times and enjoyed items such as lamb and eggplant ragu over polenta, a mushroom rissota with chicken, and one of the best carbonaras I've ever had. These things and many others, all at very low prices, populate a menu that does include several more standard Italian items, all prepared with special touches of their own. House wine served water glasses has always been very good.

We live in Issaquah and drive in often to eat here. Great food at GREAT prices.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2013

When we showed up they didn't know anything about an online reservation site called open table. So we ended up just standing in their awkward little entry way until a table was ready. This restaurant doesn't even take reservations. It was like going to eat at a neighbors house.

But the food was good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 29, 2013

Simple, small but the food was terrific. Flavorful but not over powering. Enjoyed bringing home what we couldn't eat at dinner. Fun mix of ingredients. Closest to real Italian cooking I've ever been.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 16, 2013

I love this place. Friendly service and wonderful fresh Italian
food. The bruschetta is a must. Also the risotto. We have been here before and will
return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 13, 2013

We ate outside on a week night that was in the 75-80 range, shocking for Seattle!! The service was fantastic, the guys that all waited on us were helpful with suggestions but didn't hover. The garlic bread (not on the menu, just ask about some) was outa this world!! Spaghetti with huge well seasoned meatballs and the pizzas are really unique too. The pasta dishes, mine was with pancetta, asparagus, mushrooms and a wonderful cream sauce was a nice treat with really fresh ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 7, 2013

We went there on a Friday night for dinner, sat outside... this place is small but very charming. Sitting outside we saw part of the ghost tour walk by, and various people... you sit kind of close to the next table, but we enjoyed talking to the older couple next to us. Their Alfredo was one of the best I think I've ever had! I'd eat here again any day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2013

We purchased the four course meal for our dining experience. While the risotto was very tasty, our third course was not what the menu described. When we mentioned this to our waiter, he did nothing and neither did the host. We were disappointed that the service wasn't better and that the food had a very monotone taste. They used a lot of mushrooms in every dish.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 27, 2012

More of a small cafe than anything else. Six small two-toppers and three booths. Not much ambiance if you are looking for an elegant dining experience, but the food more than makes up for it. Pastas like you would expect in Italy: light, fresh, delicious. We had the Basilico and Carbonara, and would definitely get them again. The salad and portobella balsamic starter we had were also generous and delicious. You don't need to order a lot to get full and the prices are very reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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