Firenze Ristorante Italiano

4.3
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$30 and under
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Italian

Firenze Ristorante Italiano in Bellevue, Washington specializes in serving traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers a cozy ambience with candlelit tables and soft opera music playing in the background.



Firenze Ristorante Italiano serves lunch and dinner and offers a variety of appetizers, salads, pasta, meats, seafood and vegetables on the menu. Entree selections at the restaurant include stuffed chicken breast, grilled quail, grilled lamb chops, spaghetti carbonara, ravioli aurora and tortellini alla panna. In addition to the food selection, Firenze Ristorante Italiano also offers an extensive selection of wine and champagne available by the glass, half bottle or full bottle.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was tasty, service was nice, and it is conveniently located next to Regal cinema.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with excellent food and home welcomeness.

TA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have tried many of their items and liked them all but their Bistecca is awesome and what I always order! Reminds me of Florence!

DP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food cooked to perfection.

L
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a sweet spot with incredible food. The service is spectacular. Really a perfect place!

d
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went to Firenze for an early dinner for New Years Eve. Our reservation was for 7pm, we arrived and were seated promptly. We were out of there before 8. We felt totally pressured to eat fast and get the heck out of there so the next people could get our table. The service was prompt, but perhaps a bit too prompt!! Our server offered us bread when we sat down and then we were charged $3 for it. (would have been nice to know there was a charge). The food was ok. We love Italian food and this was just pretty good, nicely prepared but not a lot of flavor. We probably will not go back.

MK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent menu, real Italian food, probably the best in Bellevue area. Service was a bit off, usually it is not like that. I think it was because restaurant was crowded in new year eve.

NT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

$25 wine corkage fee is a bit much and not worth it. Service was slow and not great as there were numerous mistakes made. Food was nothing special so do not recommend this place.

LS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and great service. The food was very tasty and would definitely recommend.

LC
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was terrible - felt like wait staff catered to those who looked like "regulars" at this restaurant. Food was good but not great for the price.

J
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I hope dinner is better than lunch as the only edible item was the bread. We expected much better based on other reviews so maybe it was a bad day for them.

PN
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun, convivial atmosphere - feels like you're in a large dining room of a home. Really warm and intimate, but not cheesy or kitschy. The food is pretty good too (their Bolognese and quail are 👍).

A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We’ve been coming and loving Firenze for years and routinely get greeted with hugs by the owner. The real reason for all the mixed reviews is that the food and service used to be consistently great but that is no longer the case. It is now VERY hit and miss and even when they are ‘on’ the food is not what it used to be. They’ve lost many key long time employees from the front of the house and obviously from the back of the house as well. Dishes that were perfect and identical year after year are now just ok. They take reservations via open Table but don’t pay any attention to them. If they have space it is fine but when they are busy a confirmed reservation means nothing. I’m afraid Salvatore, the gregarious owner, is paying a bit too much attention to socializing and eating/drinking at his restaurant than he is to making sure things are good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small cozy establishment. Restaurant was very busy, but our server was able to provide friendly, sincere service. Food was ready quickly (almost too quick). Would definitely go back.

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated in about fifteen minutes after arriving, after finally being noticed by the staff. A family that came in shortly after we did left after no one noticed there were customers in the foyer. The service was very good, but the food was slow in coming, we heard a “get your orders in soon because the kitchen has a long list” from one of the staff. My order arrived wrong but our waitress noticed it immediately and brought the missing items. The food was good, none of us (4) were unhappy with our selections. If we have dinner in the area again we will probably consider returning to the restaurant.

B
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I can honestly say it was the worst meal from salad to entree that I have ever experienced in a restaurant. The worst ever!!! I am baffled by the high rating. Must be a bunch of old farts that have no taste buds anymore. And the kicker.... it’s not that cheap!

JO
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Booked table for 5 but were asked to squeeze 5 on table for 4. Really loved food here. Owner is great guy. Had to wait extra 20 minutes to get check paid after giving waitress our credit cards. Food very good so will return.

MH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in our party thoroughly enjoyed the dinner at Firenze. The waitress was a real peach and made us smile. The food on offer for SRW was a good value and was very tasty. We all agreed we would go back again. The pizza coming out sure looked good.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

started off poor, ended great. There was no host . We arrived 4 min early . We then waited a total of 18 min at front desk without acknowledgement. After the first 10 min, not seeing an employee in sight, we sought out the restroom. There was one table awaiting service. When we returned, a server then greeted the table of guests yet continued to ignore us for 8 minutes more. We located some menus and found the seattle restaurant week menu as well at the host stand. Had we been more familiar with the area, I’d have gone elsewhere at this point.

The waiter eventually seated us and left menus without the restaurant week offerings and took ours.. I asked for ours back stating that they had the restaurant week menu in them. He was surprised , “ oh, they were inside”? I felt that it was the intention to not advertise restaurant week or provide offerings unless specifically asked.

The restaurant filled up after that. We did wait for another table to be greeted, seated, and served drinks well before we were offered an order. We were never offered beverages or bread. Yet, from there , things are good. Friendly service, great food. Reasonable wait times. We had to ask for plates to share or appetizer.

They had only one visible front end employee. He worked hard and was friendly. Food was fabulous!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had great selections but the words were small and in italics therefore hard to read in dim lighting's. Overall, I will highly recommend this place for wine selection and Italian food

CA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Italian, good service & welcoming informative staff

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Firenze is our neighborhood favorite. As always tonight the food was fabulous. But the service tonight was deplorable. We sat for almost half an hour before even getting menus, another 20 to order, and another 15 to get our drinks. I have never had an experience like this at Firenze. Staff just kept walking by our table.

e
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Solid, traditional Italian restaurant. Good variety of pasta dishes and good wine list at reasonable prices.

Would be good for families.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was okay... it took 30 minutes to get our check though and they weren’t even busy. It’s almost like they wanted us to stay and spend more money because they walked by multiple times. Wouldn’t go back due to service and subpar food. Also ambiance was okay but definitely an older place

RC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience2

This is one of the of the nicest Italian places in our area. We discovered it after returning from The Italy and Florence itself and wanted Italian food that was authentic....we found it here. Wonderful family owned place with excellent food without driving into Seattle.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ok ambiance inside and on the terrace for a strip shopping area. Tasty salads, pizzas and pastas. We enjoyed the prawns in red pepper wine sauce, salmon with lemon and capers and bone in pork chop Marsala. Good wine list, but server forgot our son’s ice tea. When we asked he was a bit brusque telling us they were brewing it. Could’ve told us that up front I felt. This was our second visit and we’ll probably return.

B
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem! Excellent food, celebrated a birthday with the excellent chicken Gorgonzola. Always a treat!

NB
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sorry, but this is not 5 star Italian. Yes, the place is dated and in a strip mall - that's OK. Sure service was poor because they were understaffed and only had one server - things happen, I get it. But for me the reason I won't be going back is simply the food. While nothing was horrible, everything was mediocre at best. We had the meatball appetizer, Caesar salad, Gnocchi, and Linguine with clams. Nothing good there. Even the bread, which seems like it was homemade (thumbs up) was not great. Having dined at some fantastic Italian restaurants in Seattle - Pink Door, Carmine's, Barolo... this place doesn't come close.

LE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were treated to sparkling wine to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Firenze. Food was excellent, wine good and atmosphere very pleasant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful and staff treated you as family. Will definitely return.

EH
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal. Thank you!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good atmosphere!

PW
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We selected Firenze Ristorante because I had seen a group of happy customers enjoying a bottle of red wine on the outdoor patio. For some reason, I got the impression they were regulars. I made reservations for the following evening, but we decided to sit indoors, because the weather was a bit too warm outside. We were instantly greeted by a friendly face and were seated near a window, where the tables were already packed with people dining and laughing. My meal included an excellent salad with a mouth-watering balsamic reduction, baked salmon with a brown sauce and capers, and red Montepulciano wine. Everything was tasty, and the service was spot on. The ambiance included works of Italian art, both serious and whimsical. Prices were reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber.

R
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great (authentic) Italian food in a quiet bistro -- the service was delightful, the value was real. We'll be going back soon ... and often.

TS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, pleasant, quiet atmosphere. We sat outside, it was a lovely evening. Staff was pleasant and efficient!

NT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world!! My daughter ordered the beef tortellini and all of us decided it was the most delicious. That being said, all of the food was hot and yummy and you could tell that the chef put heart and soul into the recipes. The staff were attentive, very friendly and helpful. Our waitress was so nice and always smiling. She knew the menu by heart and was easily able to help me with my dietary restrictions. Easily the best italian food I’ve had in a while. And that’s a big endorsement, coming from an Italian!!
Will eat there again, over and over.

S
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was EXCELLENT!!! The wine list was much better than expected for a smaller restaurant. The only reason this is not a five is it’s in a strip mall next to a theater. The food was very similar to meals we have eaten in Sienna and Florence. Go for the food and wine, you won’t be disappointed!!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and cuisine, as always!

F
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firenze's was a fabulous find! Their service, wine, dinners did not disappoint. We will definitely recommend Firenze's as a great Italian restaurant. We will be back for sure.

ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, super service. Will definitely go again