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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Romantic (44)
Authentic (40)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Notable Wine List (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Business Meals (34)
Cozy (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Casual (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

This was a special birthday event. WE had drinks at Intermezzo then dinner at Carmine. All was great except the food. Presentations were fine but overall the food was bland and uninteresting. My pasta could have come from a box. Pork chop was cover in a sauce that was bland. We ordered scallops which my wife couldn't eat as they were unappetizing. Though we did not complain, our host was gracious and didn't charge us for the scallops. That was well done. However, given the plethora of great restaurants in Seattle, we will not be back to Carmines.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter for the second time was excellent
Sorry I forgot his name. He has taken care of us twice now. Everyone is so friendly the valet guy is awesome.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. Our server Mido was very welcoming, knowledgeable about everything on the menu, and gave us a great wine recommendation. The atmosphere was great and the food was outstanding.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Cioppino was highlight and worth coming back for....wife's double cut pork chop filled with
apples was incredible..(well she shared one small bite)....of 8 people celebrating our annual
Valentine's dinner....all of us raved about what we had (6 different main courses)

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

Love Carmine’s and enjoyed meeting the next generation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Best Italian food in Seattle, Great service also.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite restaurant! Food is great, ambiance unbeatable, wait staff is obviously professional and polite, restaurant is beautiful! I cannot think of anything I don't like, except for the parking which is a little confusing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance. Consistent with all the times we have gone to Il Terrazzo in the past!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant was disappointing. Our appetizer and main courses were all pretty bland and mediocre. My fiance got the duck as a main course, and it was so dry, and didn't really taste like duck. There have to be way better restaurants at this price point.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything about the evening was delightful. Our waiter was professional , the food delicious as always.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was perfect, as always- food, service, music, flowers, decor and lighting. I want to take up residence in this restaurant.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Flew back to Seattle to spend a weekend with wife and made sure we arranged reservations here before our trip. Excellent Italian food and impeccable service.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We are long time patrons of Carmine's Seattle for special occasions, out of town guests, special treat, but this will probably be our last time there. Our favorite appetizer seemed to lack key ingredients, food was served luke-warm and fish of the day wasn't fresh; Duck was severely fatty and undercooked. Hostess offered to make $ amends but manager overrode her with his business card and an offer to "take care of us next time". This isn't the same Carmine's since his death, so we are in the market for a new special place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As alawys, the food is great. Great place for special occasions

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding as usual!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was slower than usual but overall a good experience. Food great, as usual.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were in the same location as a year ago, celebrating our wedding anniversary.

We had the same waiter, and that was such a delightful bonus to us. Not certain

that was random, or planned.

The bread is outstanding, and our meals were excellent. You could be the best Italian restaurant in Seattle. Thank you for asking for our feedback!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Chester is a 5 star server!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Il Terrazzo has been one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions and has never disappointed us. We were greeted by a very gracious hostess, seated at a lovely table and served promptly. The Caesar salad and special soup were fabulous. However the Cannelloni and Risotto were not as special as we have experienced in the past. The dessert on the house was very good. We'll definitely dine there again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server, Chester, was attentive and friendly; the meal was excellent, and all the other staff we interacted with were gracious and welcoming. Always a wonderful experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful experience and Food was fantastic.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had not been here for a few months because of the valet parking situation, but Valet Parking is back and easy! Food AMAZING as usual, and service impeccable!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

As usual everything was great.. food, service, atmosphere and of course the wonderful bread...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Long-time I’ll Terrazo customer but hadn’t eaten there in a year. Disappointed by the haphazard service and so-so food. Waited 15 minutes before we could round up a server for a drink order, long wait for the drinks and one had to be returned. Caesar salad largely bland with no hint of anchovies. $50 pepper stake had a tasty sauce but the meat was tough and tasteless. Tri-colored desert cake had little color and was dried out.

In addition, tables and chairs in our area were jammed together and a waiter persisted in bumping the back of my chair (without apology) to wait on adjoining tables. Sorry to pan a once-favorite restaurant but I can’t think of a reason to return.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

It is always a treat to eat at Il Terrazo with my wife

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food always good here. The service is awesome. This is our favorite Italian restaurant. Highly recommended. The only thing is it is getting more and more expensive. The same goes for most of restaurants in Seattle now a day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was outstanding I have to say .
I used to come here when carmine was running the Restaurant , I have not been here since he passed .
The food was not what I remember it was when Carmine was in charge , seemed like the food was underwhelming , not very tasteful almost bland in a way. Sad to say but true .
The Restaurant is very beautiful and the ambiance is wonderful.
If they could just get a Chef that knows Carmines food I would say 5 stars but for now 3 1/2 stars .

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Beautiful setting, great food and great service. I’m was already thinking of coming back before I finished my meal. We had a great dinner and I’d love to come back again for lunch!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been coming here for decades, and this last year (they opened a new branch in Bellevue) the quality of the food is very significantly and sadly negatively impacted. The standard enormous veal chop is no longer enormous, it is middling in size and no longer mouth watering, but tough and somewhat flavorless. The calamari which for years was full of spice, tender and delicious is tough and thin (taste wise just a tomato sauce nothing...and we have been on three separate occasions to test this out), the bread is still great in Seattle, the waiters are great, the service is great...its just the food....I could go on about the eggplant starter (no, it should be melt in your mouth delicious not under cooked and not pulled together as a dish), the ravioli is still good, the salad and dressing is ... well, save your money and don't order it. The pork chop was tasteless and tough....really disappointed and third time not happy...we are done. Go elsewhere unless you want pasta...then you are in good hands.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good but not really impressive in any real way, which affected my perception of the overall value of the restaurant. I wouldn’t say I had a bad experience by any stretch of the mind, but I also won’t be coming back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyed the entire experience. Restaurant is small and intimate. Ask for a table at perimeter so not in the middle of the dining room will help mitigate the noise level. Food was fabulous. Had both pasta and seafood. Yum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

As always food, ambiance, service superb but daytime parking is a problem and the nearly empty room probably reflected this.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The best Italian food in Seattle, and great service, ambiance

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Such a consistently great experience. CJ doing Carmine proud

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

In a city of generic restaurants that look and taste the same this is a gem !

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I took two out of town friends here for an after business meeting dinner. Both are Italian, and they both thought the food was outstanding and authentic. Il Terrazzo Carmine is one of my go to spots when I have out-of-town guests that are staying in the downtown area.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything was great as usual. This is a Seattle favorite and deservedly so.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The kitchen at Terrazzo consistent turns out fantastic dishes in a traditional style. Service is super professional too. A classic gem in Pioneer Square.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The service here is impeccable. You feel special from the moment you enter the dining room. The antipasti sampler is a must! Each dish is carefully prepared and delicious. The wine list is notable -- we enjoyed a lovely Barolo that the waiter expertly decanted for us. The osso buco was tender and delicious. The side of fettuccine, less so (was cold and stuck together). The rabbit special was also delightful, but again, the side was not impressive. Overall an enjoyable evening in a lovely dining room.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I started going here for lunch in 1984! Still great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Cozy, Special Occasion
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