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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
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Authentic (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Romantic (18)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my first time visiting Cantinetta, and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, the food was delicious, and the staff was friendly and helpful. I'll definitely go back again!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Honest, delicious food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I dont usually ever write reciews, but I went to cantinetta the other night for date night, and Ive got to say it might have been one of the most pleasurable dining experiences Ive had in Seattle. Not only was the food fantastic, but the best part was how friendly and welcoming everyone was there. They truly allowed me to enjoy my time at my own pace, and everyone was smiling and kind. I will absolutely bring everyone I know here. Great food. Phenomenal service. Incredible experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

As always Cantinetta served up a great meal and a wonderful experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really wonderful experience - the food was fantastic and though they were crazy busy on Sat. evening the staff took really good care of us. This place is a little gem, the food made with real care and attention to detail.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious NYE dinner! Great service, excellent food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our party of four arrived on time. We were seated at a table obviously placed just for the New Year's dinner, right next to the counter where the food was plated and served up to the wait staff. There were always several staff hovering next our table making conversation even more difficult in an already too loud a setting. Our waiter took our order and basically disappeared. Service was excruriatingly slow, the kitchen was in the weeds and the time between courses was longer than was tolerable. The total experience was over three hours for a four course limited menu meal. The upshot was that servers brought our dessert and we had to tell them, after nearly an hour wait, that we had not received our third course. The hard flat chairs, while possibly tolerable for a shorter duration meal were excrutiatingly uncomfortable for the three hour siege we were subjected to. The food, when it finally arrived, was well presented and delicious. To make amends one of our party was comped a single glass of house wine on a $500 bill, pitiful.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Cantinetta for our New Years Eve meal and did not know that they had a limited expensive menu for the evening. The crab tagliatelle and scallop meal was not great; however the blood orange salad and rib meal that my wife had was ok. We have come to our his restaurant a number of times and we’re dusappointed in this evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year's

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I've been to Cantinetta 3 times now and the food has always been tasty. The only thing to consider is they are very busy and you get that vibe from staff as they politely hurry you along your meal. If you want to take your time dining, enjoying your wine, appetizer, main course, and dessert this may not be the place for you. The second time I went to Cantinetta the waiter politely shared with us that our table is needed for another party. This was after they had relocated us from our original table to another table for dessert so they can fit a larger party. This past time I was there the waiter informed my friend and I that our table had been "repurposed" for another party. So long story short it is delicious but try to finish your dining experience within 1 hour or you will find your self relocated or repurposed.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful! Truly Italian with a flare. Lighting is soft, staff is extraordinarily attentive and the food is fabulous!! Everyone in the place looked to be enjoying themselves! Will certainly be heading back soon!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant with great food and atmosphere. However, the last two times I've dined here in the past 6 months, the food is very slow to arrive at the table and the service is spotty at best. Catinetta needs to do better on this front to shore up service and meal delivery to make it a more seamless and satisfying experience for the customer.

The food is wonderful, but not worth the wait and frustration to constantly track down your server for updates.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chose this restaurant for a pre holiday meal since I would be dining with my husband and his sister and it was in the neighborhood where they grew up. Made our reservation for 5:00, when the restaurant opened, hoping to avoid the truly busy dinner hours since that seemed to be the one complaint on yelp - slow service when busy. Unfortunately, being a Saturday night just prior to Christmas, the restaurant was truly busy from the moment their doors opened...thank goodness we made a reservation. That said, slow service is the only negative and the excellent food more than made up for the wait. We ordered a couple of appetizers to share, seared brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower - both were uniquely prepared, very savoury and full flavoured, and the two were amply portioned to share between the three of us. Our entree selections, Bucatini with braised short ribs/Pappardelle alla Bolognese/Lasagne, were delightful. The Bucatini was definitely the stand out dish but all entrees were delicious. We finished our meal sharing two desserts - bread pudding & gelato - perfection to top off what had been an exceptional meal. I would highly recommend Cantinetta. The staff were all welcoming and friendly, the food was exceptional - seasonal/fresh/made to order, and the setting was warm & inviting if a bit noisy. Side Note - enjoyed the window into the kitchen and being able to catch glimpses of the preparation process.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I have been to Cantinetta a couple times and love the authenticity and quality of the food. The menu reminds me of Trattoria's in Italy and I really like that their menu changes frequently. They have different and unique flavor combinations each time I go back. They are often quite busy, but each time I have been, I have had great service as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, professional and attentive staff, beautiful ambiance. We will forever measure other restaurants up to this experience. Can't wait to bring our family and friends. A+

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Took my dad here for dinner as a Holiday treat. It was delicious! Service was great and they do a great job with wines.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing food and service. Highly recommended! Although the restaurant was extremely busy we were treated as if we were the only ones in the restaurant.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cantinetta is a very unique blend of a local neighborhood place with amazing food! The rotating seasonal menu keeps everything fresh. We come at least monthly ! The service is impeccable and solid every time..

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is always terrific. The wine choices were perfect for our meal.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was our first time and we were blown away by the food and the service. So much so, I've already made another reservation!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

The service and food were amazing. My date and I really enjoyed our time here and will come back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Fun place, great atmosphere. Service could be more. Wait people were great, but not good at reading our minds. For example, I had to ask for bread to soak up the juice from my clams. Who wouldn't need bread for that. Otherwise, very friendly, warm, noisy, neighborhoody. I'll go back in the summer and sit out in the sidewalk eating area. Very inviting. Will definitely recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great little spot, tucked into the Wallingford neighborhood. Grabbed a pre-dinner drink across the street, then were quickly seated right after they opened at 5:00. Our server was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and had very thoughtful recommendations. The menu is focused and relatively simple but delicious. Prices are reasonable. We’ll be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Terrible experience at one of my typically favorite restaurants in Seattle. Reservation at 8; told it would take a “few minutes” and weren’t sat for over an hour. We were also made to feel badly for reacting frustrated, hungry and impatient. We were offered a $45 gift certificate if we wanted to leave early which would barely cover an entree. Sad!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Cantinetta never disappoints. The only thing that I could complain about was that the Bolognese sauce was lukewarm when served.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nice and friendly place. Other than the noise level, which after all when you are in a small party is not too bad, I would go there every weekend. Great pasta and risotto.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Cantinetta is a favorite. We sat at the bar on a busy night and had great service.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food, pleasant service, can get a bit noisy so hard to have a conversation. We still had a great time and will be back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fabulous food, altho the market fish of day dish was mostly a collection of brambly frissee with lumps of cod on top which didn't feel like it was worth the $30 price. This place was WAY too loud for us on a Saturday night and we found it hard to have a conversation. Will likely not return on the wknd again. But the atmo is absolutely lovely and romantic and the food was pretty delicious!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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