About Il Terrazzo Carmine

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

411 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 4:00PM

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Between Jackson and King on 1st Ave S.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 467-7797

Website:
http://www.ilterrazzocarmine.com/

Catering:
Please contact us a 206-467-7797 for your catering needs.

Parking Details:
Beginning December 11th, parking services will be relocated to the 450 King Street parking garage. The entrance is located near the corner of King Street & Alaskan Way. This will NOT be a curbside service, and guests can drop off their vehicles at the valet station on the first floor of the parking garage.
Valet service for our dinner guests will begin at 4:30 and is complimentary for up to 4 hours with validation. Guests parking before this time will be subject to public parking rates.

Executive Chef:
Juan Vega

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Thu 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Il Terrazzo Carmine Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for a Date (48)
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Romantic (46)
Notable Wine List (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Business Meals (33)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Cozy (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Comfort Food (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

As always, exemplery service, food and attention to detail.
Always a special place to come.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Cozy and festive, the restaurant was full of holiday celebrants, but service was excellent and the food was top notch!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Another lovely experience, thank you!! Beautiful food, lovely space and perfect rhythm!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fun, lively and festive restaurant. Food is pretty good and the service is excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We always love this restaurant, but we go early before it is totally crowded. That way the noise level is moderate and we are able to talk to each other. Service was particularly good
on this visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

As always, everything was awesome. Il Terrazzo Carmine is well worth a dining experience anytime !!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had a wonderful time at Il Terrazzo Carmine. Staff was friendly and the food was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This place has the ambience of the Italian countryside but with an upscale feel. The service is outstanding and the food is wonderful. Try the Osso Bucco. And best cheesecake I've ever had.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

As usual a great dining experience. The food and service were top notch and a shout out for the fella how valet my car!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I bring customer to Il terrazzo Carmine because I know I they will never be disappointed. This mean was no exception. Everyone had a good lunch and good time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Second time here..... We had dinner reservations at 7:30, decided to show up early (before doors opened) to sit at bar to watch the Apple Cup. We were greeted by very friendly staff that were willing and accepting of our change in plans..... The bartender, Graham was amazing! Definitely will come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love Il Terrazzo! Whether a casual drink and nibbles with a friend, or a celebration dinner, I am always delighted - the food is excellent, the service is awesome an the ambience is the perfect blend of cozy and festive. Worth the visit for the bread alone - it is the best sourdough around!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Il Terrazzo is one of my favorite restaurants. It has a low-key elegance which combined with delicious Italian food and great service makes for a great dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My wife had been here once before and loved everything about it, so we made sure to book a table over Thanksgiving week!

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful...everything!

Bravo!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Parking was a major challenge as the valet service has been discontinued at least temporarily and because of a football game that night, local parking lots were charging $40 to $70. We managed to find street parking after quite a search. I had counted on the valet service which has been so good in the past. Construction apparently has suspended it out of control of the restaurant.
Service always has been attentive and courteous here. And the food is good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always a stop when we have the opportunity to visit Seattle. Quality Italian dining with the best Veal Chop on the west coast.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Birthday celebration, great venue

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of our favorite spots for special occasions or to take guests.
Ryan took great care of us and the food was wonderful as always!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I are experienced diners of many years, including the SF dining options. So we are pretty discerning. Bruschetta with Dungenes Crab. Crab was flavorless; seemed like canned crab. Only real flavor was from the overtoasted crusts. The only real flop of the meal. My wife's oysters were very good. My prawn and red pepper bisque was good if with a bit too much tomato flavor. Wife's heart of romaine salad very fresh and flavorful. Our Chilean Sea Bass entres were very well prepared with enough residual moisture thanks in part to a crushed pumpkin seed crust (i would prefer and recommend more flavorful nuts). Velvet cake and Tiramisu were journeyman quality. Wtih one coffee and a glass of wine each, $240 with $40 tip. Maybe not quite as great as the Open Table reviews led me to expect, but still enjoyable for the price. And our server was dead on, there when needed but not annoying. Also knowledgeable. Overall, a solid option.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I went to this restaurant several times 10+ years ago when it first opened. The food, service and ambiance were all top notch. I was a bit disappointed to see that, to an extent, they've become victims of their success. The food and service are still outstanding, but they've packed in so many tables that it's lost a lot of its charm. Just my opinion, but at this price point, I expect a bit more quiet, the ability to easily reach the restroom without bumping into chairs, being drowned out by other conversations etc.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I absolutely love this place!! The food was delectable!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our second time coming here and it did not disappoint. We love that we can spend the same amount on a bill here as we do at other upscale places but walk away having had multiple, quality courses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The veal was outstanding, but the clam pasta was bland with no real flavor of garlic or clams. Further, the house pinot grigio had turned bad, although the waiter replaced it with a nice chardonnay. The desserts were excellent. Overall, I was disappointed with a poor pasta which is so easy to make.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Squeezed in a corner......Too pricey for what you get.
Not really any fun..better for lunch

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous food, impeccable service. Celebrating 25th anniversary

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Outstanding food and service as always.
Our favorite Italian restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food & great service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely restaurant with excellent service. The food was excellent with a nice selection of entrees. Wine list was very good with good variety of prices, varietals. We will go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious describes this restaurant. The veal ravioli is perfect, the food is beautifully presented and cooked, the ambiance is excellent, the service great. Pricey but very decent Italian food. The wine prices are too high for the quality of wine, but if you get the some of the staff recommend great bottles at decent prices, others lead you to crazy prices that are not worth it. Call it the luck of the draw. Great valet service. Charming ambiance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed excellent service from the moment we stepped into the restaurant until we departed. Ryan, our server, was helpful, knowledgeable, attentive yet not intrusive. The food was exquisite. Can't wait to return!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food! Great wait staff. Especially loved the veal canneloni and lamb chops.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing, as always. Possibly the best restaurant in Seattle for those that appreciate classic old-world cooking with excellent ingredients. Worth every penny.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had another wonderful meal here with good friends. A great evening, good food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Soooooooo great!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As always, not only does Carmine meet my expectations, they exceed them.
Our party went from 4 to 6 to 7, and they accomodated our growth.
Fantastic food, Fantastic Service, Fantastic Place.
Can't wait to come back again and again and again....

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

A long time and perennial favorite that has maintained its charm and excellence, a go to place that never lets you down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good but not that special. Consistent quality, rather old fashioned decor, authentic Italian dishes, it felt like a time warp.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a great meal. The selections were numerous, the preparation spot on. The service was perfect and the wine options plentiful. While not cheap, it is reasonable for this level of dining experience. This is an excellent place and I will return next time I'm in Seattle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Saturday evening the risotto was prepared with quail and mushrooms and it was wonderful. Carmines is always special.

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