Cantinetta

4.6
575 reviews
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Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar. We emphasize in Tuscan culinary traditions and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.
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j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night (Valentines Day!) was our first time trying this local treasure and W O W!! We will be back. When we arrived for our reservation we were greeted immediately. We did have to wait about 10 minutes for our table (understandable, it's a romantic holiday) so we were seated at the bar while we waited. The bartender was attentive and made excellent cocktails, and the seating was cozy. We were seated quickly, and offered bread, which was also delicious! I ordered the pici which was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten, and a glass of the house wine (also tasty). Overall I would say Cantinetta is worth it. The service is fantastic, and the food even better!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was nice enough to accommodate us earlier than our scheduled reservation. The food was very good!

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit here with my girlfriend, and both times everything has been amazing. We got the avocado and pork belly appetizers and both contained such amazing combinations of flavors.

For the entree, I got the rigatoni with spicy sausage and it was outstanding. Al dente pasta eith the perfect amount of sauce. My one complaint is that I only got one chili in my dish (probably intentional) but it was so delicious I wanted to eat another.

My date got the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce, which was equally delicious.

The food is by far the highlight of our experience, as a restaurant experience should be.

The service has a very casual feel to it, but still remains very efficient. We never wanted for anything. I especially appreciated how our waters were never left empty. Some restaurants are horrible about that.

We will definitely be back for future special occasions or casual nights out. It’s a new favorite!

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KO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. The restaurant was full and VERY loud. It made it difficult to have a conversation across the table. My only complaint about the place. Otherwise, a lovely experience overall

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. All of the dishes were celebrations of flavor, with great service and drinks as well.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Second time I’ve come here with very mediocre service. Also 2 of the 4 main entrees were nothing to rave about. The oso bucco was very dry and boring, and the risotto was far too salty. The rigatoni was delicious. Overall disappointed.

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SB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never lets us down. The food is delicious, the service consistently excellent. A lovely place for a date, dinner with friends, business dinner. Anything!

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VL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible fresh made pasta dishes. Service always welcoming. Our favorite go to restaurant!

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SZ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is exquisite. Definitely a foodies paradise!

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CM
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. The pasta is made fresh and I have never had a bad dish. Service great. Cocktails are excellent and wonderful wine list. Really one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. You must try it. You will not be disappointed.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. They had had some kind of freezer problem, but it didn't seem to affect the food much. The only exception was we ordered a dessert that was supposed to be berries and whipped cream...but there were almost no berries. It seemed like they had probably run out of berries. Rigatoni with sausage and apple was probably the best dish...unusual to have apples with pasta, but it worked, and it was also nice and hot. One the other dishes (something similar to fettucini with cream sauce) was not hot enough.

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CN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy spot in the middle of Wallingford. The food is incredible. I recommend bringing a gang (make a reservation!) and order one of everything.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food!

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W
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, and the room temperature was very nice (I dislike a cold restaurant). All of the food was very tasty, but ... the mushroom risotto had few mushrooms. We also ordered an appetizer that had mushrooms and it, too, had few mushrooms. That was disappointing because the wait staff talked up how fresh and good the mushrooms were. We really like Cantinetta and will be back.

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B
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good Italian restaurant set into an old corner brick building in lower Wallingford. Better food than just a neighborhood joint but with that desired intimate feel. We've tried the Cantinetta in Bellevue too but weren't nearly as impressed; this one seems better in every way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE dinner. Service, food/menu and ambiance were all very good!

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GD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was absolutely packed and is spite of that we had wonderful service. The food was spot on. One of my favorite bolognese in town!

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d
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

we have been to Cantinetta several times in the pass. It has always been dependable for food. the food was nice but lacked taste or authenticity. it was a disappointment this time but will still try again in the future. the location is great neighborhood location.

Seattle has gotten too expensive to eat out. Corkage fees now $30. Wow. When the wine list comes to half of your bill if you don't bring your own, you might as well stay home.

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KH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure coming here. The food is always top notch and the servers well informed and inspired. We had a young server this time who lacked a little polish, but he's on his way to becoming a very fine server.

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta is an amazing and intimate restaurant that is perfect for dates and small get togethers. The atmosphere is lively and the service is impeccable.

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BP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great to be back! Thanks to the entire staff!

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TC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

VERY loud. We had an early reservation and were seated in the back, past the bar. The noise level was low when we arrived but built steadily over the next hour to the point where conversation across the table was impossible. Otherwise an excellent meal and experience.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My kind of restaurant!!! Our server Ryan is great every visit!!

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SJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar - fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the hospitality was wonderful!

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HD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Way to noisy to have a conversation

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LD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A true neighborhood gem, delicious Italian food and lovely red wine. Our experience was delightful!

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Catinetta is always reliable for great food and an appropriately seasonal selection. It's also very noisy, although the table are cozy, so you're never far away from the people you're talking with. They're also usually good about reservations and service, but this time we waited for at least half an hour past our reservation time before we were seated (treated to a glass of Prosecco to pass the time), and once we were seated our waiter made greeted us and got so busy elsewhere that we had to flag down someone else to place our order -- it was one of the hostesses who graciously rescued us. Our food was delivered in a reasonable time and was delicious, and our waiter did make occasional appearances to check on us and to take our dessert order. The sweet potato gnocci with oxtail was excellent, and the pistachio gelato could easily become habit-forming.

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JM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was lovely food and a great experience as always. The server was a bit surly though. This is not typical.

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EC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Good ambiance but main courses where over cooked and lacked flavor.

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JP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite. I wish we had discovered it years ago. Love the warm atmosphere, marvelous food and great service.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took sad advantage of Restaurant Week and so glad we did! Food was amazing with each course carrying its own flavors. Service was the best. Lovely place.

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KZ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I'm not one to usually write a review, but I've been here three times over two restaurant weeks, and each time the food blew me away. Great atmosphere, and really excellent food!

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w
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot, we go every year for her birthday and our anniversary.
Not the quietest location, but friendly staff great food...just love it.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Another great dinner at Cantinetta- however, we were seated in the back behind the bar and it was a bit noisy and drafty by the door.

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LD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, however, it was very noisy- not a category offered on the review site.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The six of us had a great time. The food was terrific but the waiter was SLOW!!! He had a difficult
time getting our order correct and drinks would be another topic to discuss. I would never hire this individual to work at my business.
Otherwise we had a great time visiting, coworkers and recently retired now friends...

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TE
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The owner choose a great bottle of wine for us. The food was loved by all!

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M
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the ambiance & quaint atmosphere. Love that it is a neighborhood place. Excellent handmade pasta. Tasty menu, but would like to see it expanded & bread options included. Very romantic, not quiet, but that is part of the charm. Enjoyed our meals & hope to return!

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MF
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were terrific, but would not return due to the noise level. The restaurant was packed on a Thursday night during restaurant month which may account for the noise. We found it difficult to carry on a conversation. Were pleased with the food and service.

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