About Cantinetta

We are an Italian restaurant and bar. We emphasize in Tuscan culinary traditions and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

3650 Wallingford Ave
Seattle, WA 98103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest, Organic

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
37th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 632-1000

Website:
http://www.cantinettaseattle.com/

Executive Chef:
Eleanor McMillen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Cantinetta Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (29)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Cozy (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (24)
Authentic (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Romantic (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Seasonal (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (7)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food as always and our server was impeccable! The wine list can satisfy any palette.
It's not the quietest place but well worth a visit. I always make a point of saying "thanks" to the kitchen directly. Keep up the great work folks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

We were there for dinner with friends on a rainy night. The room was so welcoming, we were greeted warmly and loved our table. The restaurant is very loud which was our main challenge. Our server was very friendly and provided great service. Don't go here expecting quick delivery of your meal, it is leisurely and allows plenty of time for visiting and enjoying the experience. We started with the pork belly and arancini and loved them both. We ordered a bottle of wine with input from our server and she did not steer us wrong. We ordered two beet salads to share and they were delicious. Three of us had the rigatoni with fennel sausage and loved it. The other person had a pasta dish with mushrooms and was very happy with it. We ordered two desserts for the table. One was an excellent panna cotta and the other was a cake with figs that was dry but had good flavor. We love the ambiance of this place and will return often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had been to Cantinetta last year and were quite taken, which is the reason we went back. We were, however, VERY disappointed at this visit. We were seated back in a corner, patrons who arrived well after us got water, their cocktails/wine and bread before we did. The owner(?) took our wine order, then it was at least 25 minutes before we got our wine. We had to ask for it because it hadn't arrived until after our first course was delivered! The entire evening was slow, and there was clearly not the staff on duty to take care of a very full restaurant. We could see only one other server besides the owner. The hostess was serving food, the bus staff was serving food - chaotic at best! Sorry, Cantinetta - we won't be back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went during Restaurant Week to explore since we had never been there. Nice that all items were standard from menu not made up just for event. Excellent food and service. A bit noisier than we would have liked but not overwhelming. We definitely go back and add it it to our list. Menu changes frequently with some nice variants to usual Italian fare making them unique but familiar with great taste and variety for a small menu.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful evening! Our family had a great night celebrating a birthday at Cantinetta

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great restaurant week spot! I really liked the pastas - gnocchi and pappardelle, and the clams were great too. Best zeppole I've ever had, I think.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had a dinner date night here during restaurant week. Loved the ability to try a few different items from the menu at the restaurant week price. We love the cozy atmosphere and the food is amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Best restaurant in Seattle. This is the go-to for my husband and I any chance possible. The service is the best in town and the food is incredible. Whether in an intimate setting or with friends and family it's always perfect. This is one of those places you'll continue to come back to after you move out of town every trip you're back. Fortunately we're not going anywhere soon.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I love Cantinetta in Seattle. Always great ambiance...service is usually excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I usually do not eat salmon out at restaurants, as it is often overcooked. However, I took the plunge at Cantinetta and boy am I glad I did. The salmon was a thick filet and was tender/juicy. I was beyond impressed. My date had the tagliatelle was also stellar. Then came dessert. We split an order of gelato/cake combo which was sitting in a puddle of fig/balsamic reduction and OH man was that incredible. The cake was madeleine like and was complimented by the vanilla gelato. It's a shame that licking a plate in public is considered rude lol The waiter was also nice enough to indulge me by bringing some straight balsamic reduction over to the table so my girlfriend could try it directly on the gelato. Highly recommend this if you have the opportunity. Using a balsamic reduction or well aged (read 20+ years) balsamic on gelato is a stellar combo. :)

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Wonderful Anniversary celebratory dinner during restaurant week! Very lively, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves in the quaint Wallingford location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was great all the way around. I will definitely be back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good is good but the service was clearly overwhelmed on a busy Friday night. Our server pressured us to order quickly and it felt like we were being unsold on food and drinks. Most bothersome was that it was deafeningly loud. Literally my ears were ringing at the end. Maybe this is a better fit for a quiet weeknight dinner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Cantinetta never fails to exceed my expectations. A friend and I ate there on a Thursday night and We had the peppers for appetizers, and shared the flank steak and salmon for dinner. Absolutely melt in your mouth delicious. Everything great there.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was decent, but in my 5 visits to this place it was the most disappointing.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Too many people constantly interrupting with water refills and trying to take order. The food was good but not very "inspired". The deserts were terrible.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is the second time that I have been to Cantinetta and it did not disappoint again! I will continue to go back and recommend it to others!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Best Italian food I've had since visiting Italy! Gracie mille, Cantinetta!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 20, 2017

A friend and I ate at Cantinette. I am a vegetarian; she is not. I had the mushroom ragu and my friend had the bolognese. Both of the dishes were delicious. My friend also had a simple salad with a balsamic dressing which I grabbed a bite of. We both really liked the salad. My dessert was zepolle which were cooked fresh; Cantinetta does zepolle right. My friend had blackberry crumble which she loved.

Service was exceptional especially since we overstayed our time by a lot. We were there from 5:30 to 8pm and I forgot to tell the server to let us know if they needed the table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great as always! Silver salmon special was awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great dinner and good value.

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 (Montana)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We are old customers and returned from our home in Montana for a special meal with our kids. The food was (as usual) excellent, but the quality of service, once so good, has slipped dramatically. The staff seemed moody and harassed; the vibe was vaguely unhappy. Where is that wonderful Cantinetta staff of yesteryear? It seems much more ordinary than in the past.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We discovered Cantinetta after our favorite Italian restaurant
in the U District closed. What a find! The food, ambience, and overall
outstanding experience will result in us returning again and again
as we did to Ristorante Doria.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This restaurant has not kept up with it's past quality. Food was uneven, appetizers were great, entrees were over cheesed and/or over sauced. We were looking forward to dessert, but the menu was so uninspiring we all said, "Nope, nothing good".

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is our go to dinner date. They are consistently amazing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Reservation is a must, not a lot of seating.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everything good but the service. Very understaffed for a Friday night.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary here, it was fabulous! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A visiting friend and I raved about our dinner at Cantinetta. The food and service were exceptional. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We took my 93-year-old grandmother here for dinner. She is hard of hearing. I was nervous about the seating and noise level, I called the restaurant and they accommodated our needs. The food and wine list was superb. The food and wine reminded us of our recent trip to a Tuscany. We made reset to come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I treated my husband for his birthday. We have never been before and were super impressed. Excellent service; delicious food!

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

In Seattle for meetings and asked Seattle resident at meeting for recommendation. Lived up to billing, very enjoyable experience and off the tourist path. Easy drive from UW campus where we were staying.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

As usual the dining was very enjoyable. If we lived closer we'd be here way more often.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We had 4 different entrees and all were great! We sat outside because the inside was very hot - no A/C. Our server left us alone a lot, and the drinks came out one at a time. We did appreciate the comp'd melons, though!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This hot Italian restaurant in Seattle is our favorite "go to." The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing; the service is well-timed and friendly; and the food is beautifully presented and outstandingly delicious. We started with Italian caprese salad, followed by patty pan squash with lemon and thyme, and concluded with Spinach ravioli (homemade pasta). We finished with a light strawberry cheesecake. Stellar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Perfect restaurant in every way. Awesome food, drink and wait staff!

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Always an amazing dinner when we dine at Cantinetta! It is a family favorite. The cocktails always amazing. The produce is always so incredible. Dining here during the summer months when summer produce in season always yields some of the most creative dishes. We have been coming here for years, and we are always have a great meal. Thank you!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Perfect meal and service, as usual.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Cantinetta definitely delivered. Pasta was definitely fresh with well seasoned sauces. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant was also accommodating towards our 10 year old in making a simple pasta and meet sauce dish. We were visiting briefly from out of town but otherwise this is definitely a restaurant I would go back to.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Everything on the menu is very good. Enough variety so that you can always find something that sounds especially good - including the desserts. Small space but always welcoming.

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