Il Terrazzo Carmine

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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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C
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner! The meal was exquisite and the service was impeccable.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service experience from our waiter (don’t know the name but he was Czech). Awesome evening out

OT
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as always.

BH
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food

KA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. Best restaurant in the City in my judgement...Helps that I love Italian food.

PP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great every time and the service is top notch

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you very much.

AB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. The sea bass and special salad were excellent.

j
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list , cocktails are well made. Serbia excellent! Nice ambiance. Food is authentic Italian! We shall return!

CC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Server was exemplary, The food was well prepared, presentation was flawless, The wine list was excellent.

YH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fly from vegas just for this restaurant amazing food.

LE
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael gave suggestions and was very knowledgeable about the menu, answering all our questions. The service was spectacular. We never felt rushed to make selections and order,allowing us plenty of time to enjoy our time around the table. The chef allowed a special request for a veal dish not on the menu and it was fabulous. Il Terrazzo Carmine has been and continues to be my favorite Italian restaurant. Oh and the Tiramisu is to die for!!

JZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience - and wonderful people

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous memorable evening xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

PP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, service great! All staff was very attentive yet not annoying.

Y
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to for family celebrations! We always leave feeling special - and well-fed.

OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always outstanding but I would comment that the steak with peppercorn sauce is in need of an overhaul. Weak sauce, as they say.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, traditional Italian food. Excellent choice of dishes including for vegans.

SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a wonderful dining experience at Il Terrazzo. The food was perfectly prepared, service was professional and accommodating, and the ambiance was lovely. Upon arrival, seeing the busyness and hustle and bustle we just knew we’d made the right choice and we were not disappointed.

JU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I chose Il Terrazzo for a special birthday dinner, and it was amazing and perfect. The food was delicious, and our server was amazing. My only tiny complaint was the noise level in the restaurant, but it was an insanely busy service so that is understandable. We will definitely be going back!

S
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was great
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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular as always!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite! I had the Filetto. I suspect this was a filet châteaubriant cut, which is the most tender cut of beef one could ever be served. I ordered it medium rare and I must admit, it was wonderfully executed. Everything was perfect, the sauce, the doneness, the texture, the added pine nuts for just the right amount of crunchiness, along with those shoestring potatoes on the side. It was well worth the price.

The parmigiana was one of the best I’ve had thus far. The aubergine was cooked to perfection and covered in oozing pomodoro/mozzarella in the most luscious fashion, all of which comes into an unequivocal whirl of awe after the first bite.

C
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! Service was impeccable, great menu that was delicious. Definitely a bit of a hidden gem. I will be back.

DL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite of the location of the restaurant this is a must go restaurant. Beside the extremely pleasant staff the food was outstanding.

HR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Seemed quite pricey though for two people with one cocktail each coming to $160. But it was very nice and I would save it next time for a special occasion.

R
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. One of the best experiences of the year

f
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our Hostesses and food server as they were so friendly, real and so attentive. The food was good and I would go back and try other things. I loved the atmosphere and it make a fantastic celebration spot !
The tiramisu was incredible and I am craving to taste it again! Thank you for a delightful night!

J
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Bartender is great, quite enough for a conversation and the food was excellant😋😋😋

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic experience. From the moment you enter you receive excellent service. The layout of the restaurant feels busy but not over crowded. The food was spectacular, I highly recommend the pennette con salmone and to finish things off with the classic pistachio cannoli. Very pleased with the entire Italian adventure!

PG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive. My only hang up were the shoestring potatoes served with the bisteca meals. These are hard to scoop and eat as they simply fall off the fork. I tried to pour some of the sauce from the steak onto the shoestring potatoes hoping they would soften up for me to pick up with the fork but that did not work. My wife gave up after the third attempt at picking them up with a fork but eventually gave up and ignored the shoestring potatoes all together. I had the bisteca al Pepe verde and my wife had the bisteca alla harrelson arrabiatta. Both were delicious and made to our desired doneness. If they continue with shoestring potatoes I highly recommend you order a pasta or risotto dish to go with your main dish. Hopefully one day they will remove the shoestring potatoes in place of pasta or a different starch preparation such as mashed potatoes or a whole baked potato.

F
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines is a very romantic Italian restaurant. Formal, but not stuffy. Try the duck or venison ravioli. The prawn pasta is also delicious. Excellent wine and cocktail list

ES
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Seattle, our favorite! We go there for all special occasions and just because.

EG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and atmosphere. The food was delicious and they had a diverse menu offering. Best Italian food I have had since I was in Rome two years ago. Highly recommend.

HD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Il Terrazzo Carmine, however, this last time I went things were just off. One of the soup appetizers came out cool and barely warm, the waiter kept forgetting small details such as an additional request for bread and we had to remind him to bring second glasses of wine we had ordered. Two of us ordered the gnocchi and mine arrived obviously over sauced, which was odd. The table next to us had crazy guests that were watching something on a phone at FULL VOLUME to the point where all of the other tables (including ours) were gawking in aww at how gauche, trashy, and simply rude it was. Servers heard and saw too but, disappointingly, none of them asked the table to quiet down. I understand customer service, and this place needs to tighten it up!

MB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will always the best food and service in Seattle!

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hostess took adorable pictures of us on the terrace

AC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service
We enjoyed a beautiful dinner with my family for my son’s birthday. Will definitely be back soon .

MI
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and the service was top notch!

CL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been prepared for the restaurant to be tucked away in the back of a modern office building lobby. However, once entering the restaurant with its warm ambiance, Il Terrazzo delivered according to the reviews: lovely food and gracious service. Especially on a rainy night, jet-lagged, it was perfect for an important business dinner.