Cantinetta

4.6
565 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.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 565 People Are Saying
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CM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 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
Detroit
2 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
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
95 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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