Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
1828 reviews
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Italian
Il Terrazzo Carmine, owned and operated by Carmine Smeraldo, is one of Seattle's true dining anomalies - a highly successful restaurant with unfailingly high standards and a loyal, sophisticated clientele. The cuisine has been acclaimed as Seattle's best by the media and more importantly, by local diners.
Il Terrazzo Carmine is located in historic Pioneer Square - nestled in an urban-renewed alley with entrances through the vintage lobby on First Avenue or through the delightful courtyard in the back. Since 1984, Carmine Smeraldo's classic Italian restaurant has been where the locals have chosen to return over and over again. From the Carpaccio Di Bue and Spaghettini Dell 'Ortolano for lunch to the Suprema Di Pollo Farcita and Zuppa Di Pesce for dinner you will know you have gone to a place where excellence is a way of life. Arguably the best Italian restaurant in Seattle, Il Terrazzo serves classical Italian cuisine with an atmosphere you may want to call home and never leave

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GP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. I like the way they have smaller portion sizes or full size on menu

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KA
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Il Terrazzo Carmine for our anniversary and they treated us to nicely. Great service, great food, great overall experience. I had the crab and shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce - excellent!

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JM
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely, peaceful, reliable spot for a special lunch, a bit old school but in all the right ways. The waiter was excellent, the food ample and tasty, our friend visiting briefly on his way from Portland to the San Juans with a brief stop at King Street Station was delighted with the meal and ambience. It is very convenient to the transportation hubs in Pioneer Square/the ID, parking turned out to be easy even on the street during the day (no games on), and we could not have been more pleased.

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JM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter. Good very good. Do not miss ceasar salad or cauliflower gratinee soup. Well worth the visit.

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OT
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. Best Italian restaurant west of NYC and north of SF. Elegant but not pretentious. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. We go every time we visit Seattle without fail.

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MM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Terrazzo Carmine offers both impeccable service and wonderful food. Our last night in Seattle culd not have been better spent!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Terrazzo is our favorite restaurant. Best Italian food in the Puget Sound region! The service from Mido was exceptional. His knowledge of the ingredients, preparation and wines were very impressive and he was correct every step of the way. Can't keep us from coming back again and again!

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e
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Parking garage location is wrong on Open table.

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w
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is exceptional. It is as close as I have come to some of the experiences that I've had in European restaurants. It is clear that the wait staff really enjoys their jobs and they go out of their way to provde individual attention. The food is amazing. I had tuna tatare the last time as an appetizer (it was a special)...it was so well done and balanced that I could have eaten it for every course.

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KC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food for Italian meal in the area. The restaurant is amazing. Best service as well. The wine list is great. If you like authentic Italian. You must go here.

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best gnocchi I have ever had. It literally melted in my mouth. Service was great. Will absolutely come back.

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KB
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service was impeccable. Food was well presented and very tasty. Will definitely return in the future.

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S
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful mother's day dinner. Great Halibut, risotto was awesome and the steak was equally delicious. Good service and nice table too!

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V
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The ambiance wait staff. Food the best we've had in a long time. The carpaccio.... crab toasts... crab ravioli and seafood angel hair pasta to the tiramisu and wine. FABULOUS.

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j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable and pleasant. Wait staff friendly and professional.

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DS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I have always enjoyed the Seattle location of Il Terrazzo Carmine slightly more than Bellevue but both are places I take friends. On this visit however there were two things that I would like to comment on. I had a guest from out of town who travels and eats out extensively. We both ordered the halubut cheek special which was very good but alittle overdue for our taste. Then I asked our waiter John to tell her the history of this restaurant in Seattle (years, location, family etc.) but he know very little and said he had only worked there a year---time to educate him!

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JS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent good food and service for a long time. One of our favorites

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful for the vegetarian and meat eaters alike. Beautiful decor and friendly service.

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TM
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wine list and menu.

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T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SuperYum -

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SJ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary. Our server was phenomenal and the food exceeded my expectations!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food very pretty restaurant.

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MI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was just ok, and the prices were high. I was expecting something special and it just wasn’t. The service was spectacular, but I feel no need to return.

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LH
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I expected excellent food and service and was not disappointed!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Would highly recommend this place!!!

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A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place. Been going for years! Best Filet I’ve had in a long time.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner Saturday and it was as usual amazing!

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I
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always been one of my favorites. I have moved up North so I don't frequent it as much, however I plan on trying to go at least once a month. Thank you

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M
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary and I’ll Terrazzo made our night amazing! Our waiter was fantastic, they made it very special for us. Loved every moment!

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at IlTerrazzo Carmine was amazing. The decor is beautiful and welcoming. Our food was delicious. I ordered the small pasta with tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese and pine nuts and it was the best pasta I think I have ever had in my life. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Seattle!

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Il Terrazzo for 25+ years and it never disappoints. The pasta is just excellent. We had the squid appetizer and then the seafood ravioli and linguine with clams for dinner. Amazing as always. It is also the prettiest restaurant in Seattle, wonderful ambiance.

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JN
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to the sister bar and small plate restaurant and really enjoyed it, but the flagship restaurant itself was a disappointment. The Cioppino and angel hair pasta were extremely similar with the exact same seafood, but were also extremely bland. The appetizers of mushrooms and egglpant were nothing special. The dessert was the highlight...the tiramisu was some of the best I've ever had and the cheesecake was really good.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

BIRTHDAY. BUT NOTHING WAS ACKNOWLEDGED.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a special fondness for this restaurant. Carmine for 10 years, once a month following my Art Garreries Show created a beautiful spread for my VIP’s. We ate a surprise delicious spread and wines that were paired for an incredible evening celebrating those who purchased the featured Artist works. I hadn’t been back in years since retiring and a surge of nastalgia hit me Thursday night when I arrived to meet a client and friends to hand deliver her ring I created for her. The paintings still there, the decor so lovely, the service like the best ever, the drinks fabulous and the food over the top delicious! I love how people were dressed up or casual because the ambience lets you feel comfortable however you want to experience this truly wonderful restaurant. I will not stay away now and planning a group dinner to share this special restaurant with my closest friends!

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RG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never less than an excellent meal in the dozens of times I have gone

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KK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, it was delightful! The small plates were just the right size.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in the city!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! This was the best Italian food I have had since being in Italy. Beyond the flavors, the service was outstanding!! I wish I remembered our waiters name because he truly made our night special. HIGHLY recommend! We will be back :)

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time

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