Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
1731 reviews
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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is decent, but does not reach up to the upper echelon quality one would expect for the price one pays. If the price came down a few dollars it would be right on target, but the current price point is a little too high.

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K
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience as usual! Excellent menu options as well as flexible chefs when needing personalized choices. Exceptional, attentive staff!

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OT
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for an upscale Italian restaurant for a Valentine's Day/anniversary dinner with my wife and found it at Il Terrazzo Carmine! Overall the food was well presented, of high quality and the wine list was HUGE! I've never seen so many different Italian wines offered anywhere.

Service was spot on, the noise level was just right for a nice conversation, the restaurant was nicely laid out and they even remembered that it was also our anniversary (multiple times too)...that shows me they go the extra mile to make their customers remember the experience.

We split a salad, then had small portions of ravioli (crab/lobster for my wife and venison for me) which were excellent. After that, we split a serving of Profiteroles which was just the right amount. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner that night!

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a
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent special event restaurant--it is our Valentine's favorite location, especially if you like a giant veal chop or wonderful rack of lamb. Appetizer's also are excellent. Service is amazing. We keep going back.

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H
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable lunch at Il Terrazzo Carmine. We had the best chicken entrée there.

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

The medium rare steak was over cooked. Disappointing. Especially for such a high-end entrée. The anti-pasta plate was outstanding.We passed on dessert. The shoestring french fries arrived cold I had to be re-ordered.

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S
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch with salmon and amazing black cod. And great Risotto as starch course. The carpaccio was also excellent. Attentive and professional service. One of the best restaurants in Seattle!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is very romantic. The food is amazing. The price is great. I and my friends had a fantastic night.

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JH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Alicia made sure our table was absolutely perfect! The service was superb and as always the food was very well done.

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OT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the evening. Delicious food with excellent service and peaceful. We can always count on It Terrazzo Carmine to be great!

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DK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Good for a special occasion or business dinner. On the pricey side and my double cut pork chop was tough.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food I've had in a long time. Risotto with Prawns tasted amazing.

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M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years for business dinners and celebrations of different kinds and have never been disappointed. Its simply a gem in Seattle!

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G
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

My husband and I have been there if you times in the last few years and were surprised at the lack of flavor with the bull your base and the clams/but a Cheeni dish do you want to race just seemed very average, not special like we remember at Carmine’s

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ED
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely again, as we returned to the location of our first date to celebrate our fifth anniversary.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our good friends birthday.

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JC
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The staff is very friendly but the food was not worth the price. My husband had soup and it lacked flavor. The eggplant Parmesan was wonderful though. He had a braised pork w fettuccine and it lacked flavor at all levels. I had a prime steak and the meat was tough and very thin. For $49, I expected at least a nicer cut of meat. There was flavor because of the garlic and parsley but it tasted slightly burned. We do not mind paying upscale price for dinner but it was not worth it at many levels. If we go, we will stick w the eggplant Parmesan and salad. Sad to have such a restaurant reduced to two plates.

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JM
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was great food excellent as always!

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S
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've eaten at Il Terrazzo Carmine many times, and it never fails to please. Fabulous food and service. Also valet parking, which is rare in downtown Seattle.

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Wow. The food was so disappointing. A crab appetizer was served so cold you couldn’t taste the crab. Pesto pasta was too much cream and not enough basil. Just not much flavor to the dishes. Service and ambience was fine, but the food - yikes.

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Sea bass and scallops were both amazing! Noise level was high and tables were close together, but otherwise a very nice environment for dinner.

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LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been going here for over 20. They have a very broad menu with something for everybody. Over the years I have tried a wide variety of items and have never been disappointed. The service is exceptional. Only complaint it that it can be difficult to converse.

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NY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed by the service and food quality. Absolutely outstanding. Had a medium rare steak that was very tender—basically melted in my mouth.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was practically perfect

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S
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch! Seattles best power lunch restaurant.

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KW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Chilean Sea Bass was to die for!!! Service was great. It was a little loud. Cioppino good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service

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SO
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Venison Ravioli was amazing! Our server needed a personality!!

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JT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight. Food and service are predictably very good. Always the same which is a good thing.

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L
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and service

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was cooked perfectly. Seafood in pasta was cooked perfectly: tender muscles and giant prawns that tasted as sweet as fresh caught lobster, grilled & served beachfront. The tiramisu was the best my husband and I have ever had. Thanks for making his birthday so enjoyable!

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. The kitchen accommodates dietary restrictions.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with beautiful food. It is really still one of the top ten in Seattle

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my Wife’s birthday dinner but we were early so we had drinks at Intermezzo which was amazing. Then next door to the main restaurant and we were greeting by the manager Nick whom was great. Off to our table where we were greeted by our server Joe who was also great. The best Osso Buco I’ve had and the tiramisu was fabulous. We will be back.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A little too loud for a conversation aside from that I love the place. Not great to have a conversation with a date.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of the finest restaurants in Seattle - I am always happy to have the opportunity to eat there!

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IL Terrazzo Carmine is a very romantic place for an intimate dinner date. We loved the sea bass and Ryan, our server, was very sensitive with his timing yet being very responsive. We loved it.

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PW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent and the atmosphere feels like you could be in Italy. The service is gracious and the waitstaff knowledgeable. The venison stuffed ravioli was particularly excellent. This was a meal we will remember.

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S
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my time there and the staff was very attentive

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