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Thu, 4/26
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7:00 PM
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Cuoco

4.5
1092 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 4:30-10:00
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Phone number
(206) 971-0710
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Fortner
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Cross street
Thomas Avenue
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Parking details
An abundance of street parking and many pay lots surrounding our location.
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Public transit
The South Lake Union Street Car stops directly across the street from Cuoco on Terry Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour

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
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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

Private Dining

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.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

First thank you for asking me to review. I hoped that you would ask for feedback. I wouldn't mind you tacking on a compulsory 20% gratuity if I felt that we had a flawless performance by the serving staff. I had to remind the server to check our beverages to make sure others were full or didn't need more beverages. The food was a little slow coming out. Just as someone remarked the that the main plates were a little slow they two main dishes showed up lacking two more. There was a delay in the second two plate arrivals which nobody really likes starting their dinner without the others having their food as well . . . even though they insist we eat.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The lasagna was amazing. We also had fried artichokes. Going back next weekend for more.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I think the average spend per customer is more than $30 - open table should recategorize to give customers a more realistic picture.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely delicious food and overall great experience. We will be back for sure!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Pleasant hostess, but delayed service by bartender.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent food. Very kind waitperson. We ate lunch here for Restaurant Week. Very yummy.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Nice spot in South Lake Union...very good Italian. Not too pricey and pleasant room. We'd go back if travel brings us back to Seattle.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Men of Kenatic gathered here for a working dinner. There is an excellent selection of home made pastas on offer - we sampled the lasagna, gnocchi, and linguine and all were exceptional. Some of us also had the pork and salmon and the fish was done to perfection.

Of note, the octopus appetizer is outstanding.

A bit pricey but there is no questioning the preparation.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My wife and I had a nice dinner there. Food is always good

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was not great. Ambience was.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Incredible service. Did a great job with catering to celiac disease and ensuring no cross contamination. Definitely reccomend

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice menu with sufficient amount of choice without being overwhelming. Pasta is the specialty and is really outstanding. Knowledgeable and personable service. Lively but not unbearably loud, even on a Friday evening.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Love the place. Great food and service.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

food generally good but 45 minutes between courses is just not acceptable. Also hot food on
cold plates is not a good idea. this is why I will not return.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is always good and some dishes are great. The reason I keep coming back is the service. It is amazing and some of the best in the city.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Incredible food. Probably the best calamari I have ever had. Great flavor on the batter but the freshness and taste of the calamari itself still very dominant. Also partook in the House made ginger beer, which was delightful.

The purpose of the visit was to investigate the award-winning meatballs so we ordered the all-you-can-eat Spaghetti and Meatballs available on Tuesday. How can you beat that? Hats off to chef Ron Anderson, it did not disappoint. The meatballs were incredible. Very moist and flavorful. Handmade pasta was also quite good.

Great dinner atmosphere and had a lovely night out. Unable to give that fifth star just for the experience, however. Our server was not that attentive, could have been better. Hard to give five stars when I can say that about the service. If it was just a rating for the food it would definitely be five stars.

Might have found a new Tuesday night haunt.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

As my wife and I love Italian food, I decided to book at Cuoco. It was only about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. My wife had the lasagna and I the clam linguini. Both plates were generous in portions and quite reasonably priced. The lasagna was some of the best we’ve both had, and the linguini was amazing. Definitely recommend. Drinks were a little weak for the price though.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Always good...a bit pricey for Italian fare like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and rigatoni..... Pull it down for lunch for sure

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our food was good but nothing super special. We thought the value for the price was pretty good, and our waitress was excellent. It has a nice ambiance and we didn’t have to wait long for our meal.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in all of Seattle.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Pick anything and you won't be wrong

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

I had the Branzino, it was AMAZING! All four of us loved our meal and the service is always wonderful here. Handmade pasta is always delicious and they have gluten free pasta they can sub as well. Excellent choice for lunch or dinner!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

It was a perfect evening. The food, the ambience, the staff made for a perfect meal. My basil gimlet was perfection! Go now!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Fantastic. Quite possibly the best lasagne I’ve ever had in the U.S. great food, drinks and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food as always. Highly recommend this place

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Fantastic mushroom pasta. Finished off with a decadent slice of coconut cream pie. Yum!

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Went here on a date night and had a fantastic time.

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