Located in the heart of the South Lake Union neighborhood, near downtown Seattle, Tom Douglas’ Trattoria Cuoco offers four private and semi-private dining options, each capturing the rustic elegance and ambiance unique to the restaurant.View Private Dining Details
Food was very good. The restaurant was busy on Valentine's Day, so there were LONG waits between courses. I understand the rationale for the 20% universal service charge, but it was not earned this night.
Very disappointed that when I made the reservation I informed them that we were coming to celebrate my partner’s birthday. There was no acknowledgement by anyone of the occasion the entire evening. We did have a lovely evening with great food, service and drink. But I expect a bit more from a restaurant at this level. If you aren’t going to recognize a special occasion, don’t ask me if that is the reason for my visit. Huge miss and I will think twice about coming back for any occasion. There are so many other amazing Italian restaurants in the area. Disappointed.
Cuoco has a gluten free pasta option and I enjoyed the gf pasta with almond tomato pesto. The mixed green salad had a nice variety of lettuces but I thought the dressing had too much pepper and would have preferred adding pepper to taste. The octopus appetizer was delicious. Service is friendly and professional.
One of my favorite restaurants in all of Seattle.
Thought that the pear/endive salad with salmon was delicious.
I think my companions enjoyed their rigatoni, but wished for larger portions.
Would definitely return next time I am in Seattle.
Cuoco is one of the most underrated restaurants in Seattle. The handmade pasta is exquisite and the service is top notch. Jenni always takes amazing care of us and I try to find excuses to go back whenever possible. 5 stars!
The food is excellent and the atmosphere and lighting are good. I just don't like the automatic tip of 20% so I probably will try other restaurants before I go back here.
It was a perfect evening. The food, the ambience, the staff made for a perfect meal. My basil gimlet was perfection! Go now!
Fantastic. Quite possibly the best lasagne I’ve ever had in the U.S. great food, drinks and atmosphere.
This was our third time at Cuoco for dinner. It has a warm and cozy atmosphere that allows you to have conversation over your meal. The food is very good with seasonal changes throughout the year. Their lasagna is one of my friend's favorites. I had the grilled octopus and the marinated kale, both were delicious. It is a nice spot for dinner out with friends with a great atmosphere and divers menu.
Great food as always. Highly recommend this place
My wife and I met up with 2 friends for an early New Year's Eve dinner. The food was delicious and priced just right. We had charred octopus (really tasty, just the right smoky firmness I like), burrata cheese and prosciutto, foccacia bread, salads (simple and tasty), crab ravioli (sublime flavor), ossoc bucco (generous melt-in-your-mouth serving), smoked eggplant radiatore (it was my favorite flavor of the evening; light, creamy, and smoky), and some fried cauliflower with anchovy-garlic sauce (really tasty; cauliflower with a little kick). We chased it with shared profiterole and Italian doughnuts. We had wine by the glass, a couple cocktails, and a cherry cider (a little bit too sweet for me). Total damage with tip was about $300. It was enjoyable and a good value.
Nice place. Good meal. Does not have enough energy for a night out. Would be a good place to take parents or grandparents. Really had a nice time though!
Fantastic mushroom pasta. Finished off with a decadent slice of coconut cream pie. Yum!
The ambiance was clubby and comfortable but the food was underwhelming. My fish was fine but nothing special and my husbands pasta was overdone and salty. The service was attentive but the food just didn’t impress enough to justify the prices.
We had a great time at Cuoco's! Fantastic table for the seven of us. Excellent food and service. We were all very pleased and will come back again!
Hostess and wait staff were excellent. We told the waiter I was celebrating my retirement so Thomas brought has champagne for a toast. We ordered appetizers off the happy hour menu which were all delicious! Our favorite was the meatballs.
When we checked in, the hostess alluded to the fact that our table wasn’t available. She asked if we wouldn’t mind sitting in the bar. We were taken back, asked if she had our reservation?, but looked at the tables in the bar and agreed. The chairs in the bar are the most uncomfortable chairs! The food was mediocre at best and to make things worse, there were empty tables in the dining room the entire time we were in the restaurant. Super frustrating. In hindsight, we feel the hostess was trying to steer guests into the bar because it was empty. If the chairs weren’t so uncomfortable, it probably would not have been so bad. Unfortunately, we will never be going back to this restaurant because of the service we received by the hostess and the food overall just wasn't that good.
Went here on a date night and had a fantastic time.
The food was really good- 5 stars for the meatballs! we had a group of 8 and we sat at a large table that created the perfect atmosphere for us to have inclusive conversation at a relatively normal conversation level. The staff was very accommodating to our specific needs and friendly an courteous. They were attentive without being intrusive. I personally love the layout and decor. Feels very warm and cozy.
thank you for a wonderful time!
Cuocco’s dining room is elegant and, but for the noise level, would be a nice place to share a romantic date night. The food was ambitious in concept and disappointing in execution, which is a shame as we were really ready for some fine Italian dining. We only tried it once, and perhaps the restaurant was having an off night. But our consensus opinion was a rousing meh.
I really enjoyed our visit here. The one thing I noticed is how short staffed they seemed and it took a while to get drinks at the beginning of the meal.
food was a bit salty, the portions small for what you pay. tip is included in the bill which can be convenient or really aggravating if you didn't have the best service. Overall, for lunch it was just ok.
Quality of food and service was fantastic. The issue i had was the high price of the food for such a terribly small amount. $11 for 3 average size meatballs? $22 for 10 pieces of ravioli? Not doing that again, sorry.
Great food. The braised meatballs are wonderful as is the focaccia. The beets with yogurt and the apple salad were are nice intermezzo. The house-made pasta (cappelletti) was perfect and the branzino great. Wine choices fit the food. All in all, a nice dinner after a hike.
On our second visit to Cuoco I ordered the lasagna which I loved the first time. Although it tasted great, it was sloppily thrown on the plate and the serving size had grown considerably. I couldn't finish it. I have a high bar for any TD restaurant and this time Cuoco failed to reach it.
It was fun to see the cooks at work and they, as well as the rest of the staff, were friendly and attentive, and readily answered questions. The food was tasty, but there was little of it. Everything is separately priced--entrée, salad or other appetizer, bread--and portions are small. I'm afraid two of our party left hungry. Four of us had one cocktail, one appetizer, and one entrée apiece and our bill was over $200.
AMAZING pasta! We also had a very friendly server who was doing double duty as bartender. His fun attitude made it a great place for dinner. Will definitely go back.
I went with a group of 8, so had a chance to sample a few different items off the menu. The service and cocktails were both excellent. The burrata app was a tiny portion lost on a largely empty plate, tasted so-so and over priced for what you got. the focaccia was excellent. we tried four of the pasta dishes and all were quite salty, the carbonara in particular was barely edible. to the server's credit, this was removed from the bill. The branzino whole fish and NY strip steak entrees were terrific.
Servers and hostess were very friendly. The wine we ordered was excellent. Food was long in coming. Everything alcarte including bread, or at least we weren’t served any. Pasta portions, except for the lasagne, were small. The portion of cod I ordered was small and it and the veggies were extremely salty. Parking convenient and validated.