Cantinetta

4.6
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(206) 632-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
37th Ave
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate NYE with a Tuscan, four course menu. $95 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 553 People Are Saying
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4.6
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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
6 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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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food!

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M
Seattle
94 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequently at Cantinetta, usually sitting at the bar visiting with Randy. However, we were celebrating two family birthdays and sat in the dining room.

As always the food and service were impeccable! It was the first day of Restaurant Week (which I didn't realize when I made the reservations) and the service was efficient.

Everyone in our group had a great time! Thank you.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta was a lovely little restaurant with delicious food and fabulous drinks. The staff was all very friendly and personable-I would definitely go back!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great drinks and atmosphere! Always a treat! The zeppoles were delicious!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service, wonderful delicious food! I will definitely be back again soon!

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B
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This beautiful neighborhood gem has become my favorite over the years. Consistently great food-friendly and attentive service (Thanks Randy and Ryan) and interesting menu choices makes this a go-to for all occasions, special or simple.
They make you feel at home and feed you like family!

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AT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

While the food was great (everyone especially enjoyed the lamb gnocchi they currently have on their menu), our entire experience was a soured by three issues: waiting too long before someone offered to take our drink order, even after we mentioned two of our party couldn't make it last minute; a wine replacement we weren't informed of, which we also know is partially our fault for not noticing, but I guess we will no longer be as trusting when going out to dinner; and additions to our final bill that on any other occasion might have been dismissed as a mistake just was the cherry on top.

We'd recommend Cantinetta for the food, but we learned a valuable lesson: always check the wine and don't assume the server has brought you what you mean to purchase.

We were compensated with a drop in price on the wine and the additional items taken off our bill. But it's doubtful we will return.

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a
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good. We go a few times a year and are never disappointed.

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KR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant but gave a 4 because they out of the wine I selected on the menu! Otherwise all good

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

We recently enjoyed a Sunday evening birthday celebration. Our food was exquisite! We went on the early side and happily, the noise level was not a problem. The service was very good - attentive but not pushy. We like having Cantinetta in our neighborhood and look forward to going again.

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F
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great to be back at Cantinetta. Food is wonderful and service excellent. This time it was for my wife’s birthday. The only place she wanted to go. Close to all of Seattle on Wallingford. I enjoyed The Sockeye and the family had a a number of pasta dishes.

We will be back soon

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TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute neighorhood establishment. Simple but creative, delicious food. Really nice people. Intimate, not fancy. Very nice experience overall.

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KF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've driven past it many times and was always interested in their cuisine. I went there for my birthday dinner with my friends and date. It was romantic and hip, a little lively, had a great drink menu and wine, and delicious decent-priced appetizers and meals. Fresh pasta and simple yet elegant fare. Dinner for four with two appetizers, four mains, and 3 alocholic drinks was around $160. I will definitely be back!

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NG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and delicious food. We will be going back!

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NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was too noisy to have an intimate conversation, so I felt like I was yelling the whole time. The food was very good and when it was time for dessert most people were gone and we enjoyed a nice quiet conversation before we left.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Service can sometimes be a little spotty. My order has been forgotten multiple times. But the quality of the food and the ambiance make up for it.

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B
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TJ’s is the 3rd time I’ve eaten here and they never disappoint! Great ambiance, menu & service! Not a bad table in the house! Weather permitting outside is our favorite. We will be back!

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MT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, not overwhelming and our waitress was lovely

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P
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We love the food at Cantinetta. The restaurant is extremely noisy but we're willing to dine here because of the tasty cuisine. The last time (9/8/18) we met good friends and looked forward to a great evening. We ordered a bottle of wine and when it didn't arrive 20 minutes later, I went up to the waiter and asked about it. He became belligerent and asked me not to follow him, then came to the table and told us in no uncertain terms that we were not to tell him how to do his job and that they were out of the wine we ordered so the bartender had to go downstairs to get another bottle. We wondered why he didn't take just a moment to come over and tell us this. Unfortunately, the poor attitude of a waitperson puts an initial bad spin on a dining experience. We did end up enjoying the company of friends and the food but no thanks to this waitperson.

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LW
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 2

We have been loyal to Cantinetta for years - but Sunday night was a disappointment.

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KS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastically, authentically prepared, seasonal, fresh Italian food. Simple but outstanding menu. Love Cantinetta—one of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle, with a charming, neighborhood-y feel to boot.

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