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Il Terrazzo Carmine, Seattle, WA

Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.9
4.9
3791 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 467-7797
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Juan Vega
  • Catering
    Please contact us a 206-467-7797 for your catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Il Terrazzo Carmine can accommodate up to 24 guests in our intimate, private dining room.
  • Private party contact
    Ian King: (206) 467-7797
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Between Jackson and King on 1st Ave S.
  • Parking details
    Our parking garage is located at 450 Alaskan Way. Guests can drop off their vehicles at the valet station on the 1st floor of the garage. Valet service for our guests will begin at 4:30 and is complimentary for up to 4 hours with validation at the front desk. Guests parking before 4:30 or over the 4 hour will be subject to public parking rates.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,791 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Good for business meals

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Italian

  • Seattle

    Best Overall

  • Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • Seattle

    Good for business meals

  • Seattle

    Great for fine wines

  • Seattle

    Italian

3,791 Reviews
  1. Peter

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of four wanted to have lunch in a quiet setting. We made a reservation at Il Terrazzo for lunch at 1:45, after the mid-day rush. We enjoyed a lovely lunch.

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  2. Mike

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All our dishes were exceptional. Our waiter Eric Reid was one of a kind, attentive without being intrusive, personable and helpful, especially in recommending wines to complement our dishes. We are definitely going back, and will ask for Eric again. It was a truly memorable meal and was a great choice for my wife’s birthday celebration!

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  3. KrisK

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and unhurried service. Great for a business lunch or to catch up with friends.

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  4. HannahH

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed. Travel from Tucson just to have dinner at my all time favorite Restraunt.

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  5. MelissaM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the best restaurant in Seattle! Love the atmosphere, the staff, and the food is superb! Mike, bartender, is the best mixologist. We'll definitely be back for more!

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  6. OrindaJoe

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous dinner where everything came together perfectly - service, food and ambiance were all top notch. We enjoyed every dish (calamari appetizer, Caesar salad, fettuccine with pesto & scampi and veal scallopini). I seldom order Caesar because I'm always disappointed, but the photos of this dish looked so appealing I decided to take a chance and it was the highlight of the meal for me - spectacular.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to this fabulous restaurant ever since it opened in the mid 80s. We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries here, and it never fails to please. Went for our anniversary and my wife and I split the sweet breads as an appetizer and they melted in your mouth. Wonderfully prepared. Followed that with a split Caesar salad. Just the right amount of garlic and citrus to make a very refreshing salad. The slices of parmigiano Reggiano cheese Was a great added touch. For the main course, I had veal, scallopini, which my wife and I shared as we were getting quite full, but once again, Carmines nailed it. Tender slices of veal with lemon, white wine, a little garlic and herbs. This dish also was divine. A great way To celebrate our 41st. Highly recommend. We will be back soon.

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  8. SuzyT

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Eric was phenomenal! He made today so special, thank you to everyone for a wonderful birthday lunch.

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  9. IbeK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Everything that was served was tasty and full of flavor. The service was great, we had a slight delay in getting the main entrées, but that was the only hiccup. There is parking within the building, and they validate up to 4 hours. The final bill didn't break the bank either for a higher end Italian place. We'll definitely be back to try out more of their dishes.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. It is a must whenever we visit Seattle!

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  11. MalcolmH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Without a doubt, Seattle's premier restaurant. Always my first choice for a special occasion.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing fellas. Service was great never felt like we were forgotten. Waiter was nearby and super nice.

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  13. MichelleH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got confused and thought our reservation was at the Bellevue location. It turns out I had mistakenly reserved at the downtown location!Even though the Bellevue location was completely booked, they accommodated us which was amazing. The food and service was top notch. You couldn’t ask for more. Thank you for helping us celebrate our 39th anniversary. And covering me for my mess up!

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  14. RRWestSeattle

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved all their house-made pastas! The sea bass special of the day was delicious and prepared with such precision. The lobster pappardelle had an excellent sauce-to-pasta ratio. The service by all the staff was amazing--non-intrusive, while also being attentive. I even found a parking spot directly in front of the building. Amazing!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb. Service is elegantly efficient. A total treat.

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  16. JudyC

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful anniversary experience, veal Scallopini was fabulous as the beef carpaccio. Our waiter Eric entertained us with stories. Can’t wait to go back.

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  17. Mike

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place for special occasions and yesterday on Valentine’s Day did not disappoint. The mushroom bisque was excellent and only outdone by the New York prime steak. My favorite waiter Joshua was not working but Kyle was as good (everything flowed smoothly with no interruption). Note: King street parking garage validation by the restaurant only works at the garage if you park AFTER 5p.

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  18. Robdiner

    Seattle

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great waitstaff! We will be back in the future

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  19. Spider

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Service and Atmosphere! I normally don't order specials when dining out but I will at this restaurant.

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  20. Manni

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding at every level! Great food, service, ambience and a warmth pf staff

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner, service and atmosphere! One of a kind in Seattle for old world charm!

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  22. Just

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It's hard to find fine dining service anymore and this restaurant does offer fine dining. The food and service were good but not to the standard commensurate of the prices.

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  23. Robert

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still one of the best restaurants in the Greater Seattle Area.

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  24. KristiE

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Enjoyed the entire experience so much!

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  25. greg

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third time here. Asked for a quiet place and was seated in the corner tucked away from almost everyone else. It was almost too isolated, but definitely private. Service was amazing, just as it had been before. They make great accommodations, split a salad for us. It was delightful, and dinner was excellent.

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  26. tonyv

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful dinner. Diego was our waiter and he remembered my cocktail! We hadn't planned but we reserved a table for two with no problem on a Saturday night. Will return to Carmine's.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gran atención de nuestro camarero brasileño, sus recomendaciones y su servicio.

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  28. MWFd

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite spot in Seattle. We keep coming back

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  29. RheaganS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure. Consistently fabulous food and service.

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  30. mkers10

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    bustling place on a Tuesday night...many birthdays, impeccable service, food delicious, receptive to food allergy situation...will retuen

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  31. RobertG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Seattle restaurant. Have been going there for years. Always a lovely experience.

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  32. Amorty

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excited to try this place. Overall disappointing. Overpriced for the quality and quantity of food. The ambiance was not enough to make up for it. Sent my Caprese back bra cause the tomorrow were very mushy and flavorless. Came out the same the next time. Not work $20 for some fresh mozzarella. Clam linguine was nice. Gnocchi was heavy and underwhelming. Drinks were nice, but $20 is a high priced cocktail. Again, the ambiance, which I was looking forward to, didn’t compensate for the prices. Service was good, yet a bit slow. Nothing amazing. Unfortunately this experience fell flat. Won’t be returning.

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  33. JeffM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at Il Terrazzo. A friend had recommended it and told us it was his favorite Italian restaurant in Seattle. We were celebrating an anniversary and let them know. They gave us a glass of champagne when we arrived and a great table. The Caesar salad, bread and pasta dishes were all excellent and the Tiramisu they brought out for desert delicious. It was a very nice dinner.

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  34. KJA68

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect spot for a long catch up with a dear friend. Excellent food, wonderful service, and lovely setting!

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  35. PaigeB

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the duck which was tender and flavorful! My husband’s gnocchi was also insanely good. The restaurant is charming and romantic- great for celebrations or date night- and the service was wonderful.

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  36. MarkN

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent, professional service all around. Wonderful food, great wine recommendation, much quieter than we remember, despute full restaurant. Thank you for the upgrade from the bar and the anniversary treat!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We will go back! My wife and I had a great dining experience. The service was great and our meals were fabulous, best scallops I’ve ever had!

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  38. PatriciaK

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, and the service also. The ambience is perfect.

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  39. Nick

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Smaller portions then before, but a perfect size. Easy to finish but enough to make you pleasantly full. Good value.

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  40. HarveyH

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are so many great attributes with this restaurant. The menu and wine list are extensive and reasonably priced, the food is always fantastic, the ambiance is simply relaxing and comforting (must be the table clothes), service is superb and unobtrusive, and the validated parking right next door is the cherry on top. This place has never disappointed.

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FAQs

Il Terrazzo Carmine is rated 4.9 stars by 3791 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Google Map for Il Terrazzo Carmine

411 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Jackson and King on 1st Ave S.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Our parking garage is located at 450 Alaskan Way. Guests can drop off their vehicles at the valet station on the 1st floor of the garage. Valet service for our guests will begin at 4:30 and is complimentary for up to 4 hours with validation at the front desk. Guests parking before 4:30 or over the 4 hour will be subject to public parking rates.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Juan Vega
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 467-7797
  • Catering
    Please contact us a 206-467-7797 for your catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Il Terrazzo Carmine can accommodate up to 24 guests in our intimate, private dining room.
  • Private party contact
    Ian King: (206) 467-7797
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