Cantinetta

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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.
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CP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food! Great atmosphere! Fantastic staff!! Love cantinetta to celebrate or enjoy a lovely dinner. Always a great menu. Desserts , appetizers and drinks are wonderful. Short menu equals quality delicious foods!!!

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our evening began a bit rocky. I made a reservati

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love coming here. Food is always fresh and fantastic. I will be back!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server and food. Welcomed our friends to their new neighborhood with a thoughtful gift.

L
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but it wasn't excellent. For example the pea vines were very tough and hard to chew. Everything is a la carte, and portions are very small for the price. Won't go there again.

CP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place best service nicest people great food . Highly recommend!!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta is our favorite secret spot in Wallingford! So glad to celebrate our 20th Anniversary here. Everything on the menu is amazing and always fresh. The Pappardelle alla Bolognese is to die for.

IA
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant well worth taking a trip to experience.

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. The service was great -- we got helpful tips on what to order without any pushiness, and they struck the right balance of attentiveness in that our glasses were never empty but we never felt interrupted. The gnocchi is incredible.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night celebrating our anniversary. Our waiter (Ryan) was thoughtful, gave great suggestions (you could tell he really knew the entire menu), and he gave us plenty of space to enjoy our meals, only checking in on us in between courses! The Zeppole for dessert is sooooo good, you will regret not ordering it!!!

FD
Seattle
100 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Have not been to Cantinetta for a few years, but decided to go back for a nice evening of dining. Same comfortable environment and thought all the people working the main dining room were friendly and efficient. I remember the food, especially the pasta to be over the top. On this visit, I must admit that the food was very mediocre, my salad was lots of greens with very little flavor and the sauce on my pasta was very watery. The other diners at our table felt the same way, meals ok, but not superb!! Maybe with all the excellent Italian restaurants in Seattle, we’ve been spoiled!

DV
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding. For a Tuesday night it was very busy. The weather was nice so we ate outside.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Copper River Salmon as our entree. For the price paid, the portion served was the tail end of the fish and ridiculously small.

S
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great - only negative they should have mentioned that they put a 20% tip on the bill
Automatically- I almost doubled tipped.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

t
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An elegant dining experience. Great food, great service and and a very goo atmosphere.

AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood gem with legit homemade pasta.

JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience at Cantinetta. The service has always been excellent and the food is delicious. This is the perfect date night place too.

L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal, great servers, nice ambience. Only disappointed that we requested an outdoor table in our reservation, but they were going to make us wait 40 minutes to sit outside, so we sat inside where it was very hot.

LG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cantinetta lives up to my expectation! I wrote a review a couple of months ago when we ate there and of course, raved about the exceptional service and outstanding food. Nothing has changed. It's still outstanding. Love the waiter--he's so knowledgeable and attentive. I had the Pics pasta dish with rabbit rags and it was delicious! My collegue had the Pappardelle all Bolognese, which never disappoints. The Ricotta Ravioli was also tempting as was the Cavatelli with fennel sausage and escarole. I hope to try these on our next visit. Insalata mista is never over dressed and always fresh and the house red wine was a lovely compliment. Lastly owe enjoyed the special strawberry, rhubarb bread pudding with I think, lemon gelato. Delicious!! Thank you again for another amazing meal!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling from Birmingham,AL. Had a great experiance! The food and service was on point. They were there when they needed to be without be bothersome. Very professional and fun staff. They were excited about their food which is sadly rare nowadays. Will be back next time I’m in town!

D
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and the service was excellent. It is a nice little neighborhood restaurant with emphasis on Tuscan food. We were there on a Sunday evening and it was quiet, but friends have told us it can be very noisy when the restaurant is busy. It is a bit pricey for Italian food which is what kept us from giving it the fifth star.

KM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good meal with adequate service. Portions are small. Lots of cobwebs between the wall and the bench seat near the window creeped me out.

A
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Cantinetta, most likely because it is essentially a restaurant chain, prices itself with restaurants like Eve Fremont, How To Cook A Wolf, The Whale Wins and other foodie establishments but falls far short of their fine cuisine.

The yawn enducing menu fare is subpar and uninspired: bland risotto, undersized and pedestrian Salmon identified as Wild Copper river, but clearly anemic if so, a simple misto salad of tired greens and a lifeless vinagrette.

One can do so much better elsewhere.

C
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food here is good and the waitstaff is very friendly and helpful. However, it was hard for the four of us to hear our conversations. Maybe some acoustical ceiling tiles or some other form of sound absorption would be helpful?

CD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it, have been three times and continue to love it

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I loved the ambiance and the food was super tasty - portions were quite small; the heirloom tomato salad had a troublingly small amount of actual tomatoes. But it was all great!

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

Had a wonderful dinner celebrating my birthday with a small group of family & friends. The restaurant called to confirm our reservation ahead of time and made sure our group had a seat by the windows we requested. The ambiance was lovely, the wait staff was friendly, fun, and attentive with great suggestions, and the food was absolutely delicious! I’m so glad that we came to Cantinetta, we will definitely come back again.

TB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is phenomenal

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant. Food Nd service great! Love coming here!

o
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely neighborhood spot. We got here early, before 6pm and got a nice corner table for ourselves. The service is very attentive and professional. We liked very much that they gave us fresh plates with every course. There are 4 main menu categories: appetizers, salads, pasta and main. We ordered and shared an item from each. The pancetta wrapped dates were EXCELLENT... soft, crispy, salty, sweet and smoky. We had the mixed green salad which was generous and very lightly, but expertly dressed. The focaccia was more dense and toothsome than we are accustomed, yet we liked it with the olive oil very much. We got their seasonal pasta with pea vines and peas, and finished our meal with the hanger steak, medium rare. Everything was perfectly executed, perfectly seasoned and the setting was perfect. Thank you.

BD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cantinetta is always fun and cheery. The ambiance and service are great. The food was good. The portions for sharing aren't big enough, but overall it's a great neighborhood place that you can always count on.

HD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious Italian cuisine, to die for house-made pasta. Highly recommend.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta never disappoints! The food and service is always fabulous. Thank you!

S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

In all seriousness the food was good, but expect small sized portions. For instance there were only 4 small prosciutto wrapped dates, with minimal sauce, on a huge bed of lettuce? The pasta dish was just a small hump in the middle of a big plate.
This was my second visit and frankly the noise level was intolerable this time. Management needs to understand that with all the high hard surfaces in the restaurant there needs to be table cloths, and sundry other sound absorbing materials to soak up a lot of the noise/sound. We literally had to near yell and lean in in order to carry on a conversation.
This choice of Cantinetta was mine, and it was our anniversary, and so very disappointed in the poor ambiance.

a
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was cooked to perfection! The steamed clams with sausage were divine, even the simple lettuce salad tasted like they had just been picked and hen lightly tossed with a very good olive oil. Excellent pea vine salad with radishes and spring peas - enjoyed each bite. The pasta course and risotto with crab was enjoyed by the rest of my party, I had the hangar steak and it was cooked perfectly medium rare and served with fresh asparagus. Poached prawns were flavorful and served with a very nice sauce that complimented them.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent, the entree was delicious but portions were on the small side considering the cost. Everything tasted extremely fresh!

b
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

In contrast to a lot of Seattle dining experiences, at least in most but the long-established, Cantinetta is exemplary of the rare, quiet, easy-parking, residential neighborhood treat. Not that it isn't popular, and well deservingly so. While the setting is neighborhood-urban, the ambiance is relaxed and simple but comfortable, especially early on a late spring/summer evening when the outside tables are available. The menu is somewhat constrained, but if that's a disadvantage it is more than made up by the exquisite quality, detail and often uniqueness of each item, and that absolutely includes the definitively unique cocktails! In our visit, two of the more outstanding dishes were the grape soup and morel/fava bean/asparagus ricotta ravioli, which were the price of the dinner alone!

R
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The noise was so loud that I could not hear the person across from me. The sauces for the pasta were flat. They had only two offerings for the secondi: halibut and flat iron steak. The food was not good Italian food of the Northern tradition. Would not return.

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