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"Cuoco" is the Italian word for "cook," and the inspiration for showing off our chefs in an open kitchen. The pasta work station is framed in crisp white tile and surrounded by warm gold and red walls. In addition to the featured fresh pastas, there are savory vegetables and other hearty entrees, created by our chef Matt Fortner. Semi private and private dining options are available to accommodate 12-24 guests.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 4:30-10:00
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
An abundance of street parking and many pay lots surrounding our location.
The South Lake Union Street Car stops directly across the street from Cuoco on Terry Avenue.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Mix and Match our Cocktail Menu and our Antipasti menu for $8.
Every Day 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sunday Night Suppers
Family Style Menu ~ $25 per guest ~ visit our website for Sunday Supper Menus
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.
Cuoco Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
just awful night with service. food was decent. nothing i would miss or want to come back for on flavors. cheap noodles for campanelle, smallest version of a buratta salad.
service was some of the worst. auto service charge has changed the game. server gets commission for nothing. came by took our order, brought our drinks and dropped off food. when i did need to ask for something i had flag him down.
most Italians will use bread to soak up the sauce from the pasta dish. not recommended here. 6 dollars for a small loaf. gotta be kidding me, right. well 3 times staff tried to bus my plate away while waiting. not once did they refill my water glass or offer me another drink.
not worth it, sorry mr douglas, but this isnt the right way to run a restaurant. i have never felt so cheated at a restaurant before.
All the food was amazing. We went for happy hour and tried most of the things on the happy hour menu, plus one or two of the restaurant week specials. Plus three desserts. Every single thing was amazing. The staff was super friendly. When you go to the bathroom you pass the open kitchen, and even the back of house staff was open and welcoming. My new favorite place in SLU
If I’m being honest, it wasn’t too busy yet by our actual server’s presence you’d think they were slammed. The food was good, and the hostess made up for his lack of being present. However the standard 20% tip plugged into the bill at the end left a sour taste. I would have left it regardless, but it makes me wonder if the servers try less hard. Overall for the cost, wasn’t that impressed.
Food was mediocre--too salty, unevenly cook (my pork chop), small portions (for the price), and insipid presentation. The service was adequate but lacked enthusiasm and genuine desire to provide good service. Overall, it's okay, although disappointing for a Tom Douglas restaurant especially.
We came for Seattle Restaurant Week. I love Italian. Unfortunately, most Seattle Italian restaurants think everyone likes their food spicy, which I do not. They prepared my pasta with plain marinara sauce, sans spiciness, which I appreciated. They also offer three courses for lunch instead of the usual two which most restaurants have at SRW lunch. Also very much appreciated. Only downside was that bread was not freely given. Come on, a few free slices of bread, usual at most restaurants, can't cost that much.
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