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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (49)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
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Authentic (44)
Romantic (43)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Notable Wine List (40)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Business Meals (34)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Healthy (8)
Casual (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Best restaurant in Seattle! Service, location, ambiance, food. We love this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful surprise as we had never been before. We were greeted warmly despite our being 15 minutes late. Our server and associated waitstaff were prompt and attentive without intrusion. From the appetizers thru to the entrees, each dish was enjoyed immensely by our family!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

I've never had a bad experience at Il Terrazzo. Everything is always very enjoyable. From beginning to end.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Hosted two friends for their birthdays. Had outstanding service and superb food.
The birthday celebrants were treated to a special dessert. All together a wonderful evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

High quality food and service. ALWAYS. I return for every business lunch and bring folks to celebration events. Thank you for your uncompromising service, daily fresh specials and amazing execution of the wonderful menu. I have more business lunches than other events and wish I could partake of your wine list.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Il Terrazo Carmine has excellent food, well-prepared, and excellent service. It is a favorite of ours for special occasions & we keep going back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, great experience, authentic Italian.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service and Food were awesome! Babysitter canceled last minute so me and my wife had a +1. Our waiter recommended a great cauliflower soup that my son loved. Our food was out of this world good. Waiter was very attentive constantly insuring everything was to our liking. Will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

small table and small chairs (and both I am my guest are of average height and size) and possibly too close to other tables and the wall.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best Italian restaurant in Seattle, hands down! We love coming here and every dish we've ever ordered is phenomenal! Ryan has been our server the last two times and he is a gem, request him! The cauliflower soup is to die for and you can't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes or daily specials. Their wine list by the glass is short, so order a bottle!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Nothing to rave about. Disappointing experience. Food lacked taste and my duck was overdone.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Il Terrazzo continues, after several decades, to be consistent, delicious, and elegant ... without being pretentious. The pasta, the specials, the veal ... all beautifully presented and delicious. My only "complaint"? Don't go starving. The portions aren't meant for growing boys!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle area, and I love it. Excellent food, drink, service, and setting. Very nice for special occasions, birthday, etc.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful service with great food. Our server, Kathy has been there a long time and was very attentive to our needs

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fabulous as usual !! One of our favorites for sure!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were celebrating my friends' promotion. Our service was excellent! The atmosphere relaxing. Wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was brought the wrong dinner and the server did not return. I ate the other entrée, when I realized that the server was not going to return.
The restaurant came with high reviews but I was disappointed.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always delicious. Staff pays special attention to detail - food is exceptional, service excellent, and ambience is enjoyable. They always have specials along with their comprehensive menu. They really know food at this restaurant and cook it in a healthy not "oversauced or overdone" . Every aspect of the meal is that good!!!!! Servers are knowledgeable, helpful, and very attentive without being in your face. We have eaten here many times and never disappointed!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined at Il Terrazzo Carmine this past Saturday evening. It was my partner's birthday and we usually celebrate special occasions or evenings there. Why? Although it is excellent in every regard,it is in not way pretentious. The staff are uniformly friendly and accommodating. What makes this restaurant special is : 1) its longevity -still going strong after I've been in Seattle 27 years. 2) creative preparations of fresh fish, pasta and all type of meat 3)a European sensibility which is hard to capture in words 4) a convenient garage next door where the restaurant validates parking 5) the quality of the cooking -nothing is over or under cooked and every morsel is absolutely delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The osso bucco and the veal scallopine were fantastic, and the appetizer of wild mushrooms with polenta very tasty. Minestrone zuppa was beautifully done thick and with vegetables textured great. Nothing mushy. We were too full for dessert but a complimentary tiramisu (anniversary celebration) was too good to leave unbeaten. Excellent Italian wine list. Great service. Validated parking. What more could you want?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Il Terrazzo Carmine is in a class by itself. The food, atmosphere, staff is excellent.

We highly recommend this Restaurant for anyone that enjoys Italian food at its best !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Never fails to impress. Great food and exceptional staff!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My husband and I treated ourselves to a holiday lunch at Il Terrazzo Carmine today and were delighted, as always, bu the charm of the cozy room, the impeccable service and the quality of the food. A joy!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

This place is a gem -- tucked away and easy to miss, but DON'T MISS IT! It's a beautiful upscale room with white table clothes, yet warm, well lit, and inviting (not stuffy). Servers are top notch career wait staff, charming and professional. And the food is marvelous classic Italian cuisine -- delicious, fresh, large portions, but light and tasty. Perfect for a celebratory business lunch or dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We’ve been coming here for many years. Every single time, we get the same delicious food. On this particluar night, we had the most gracious server we’ve ever had. He was very patient with us, and made everything sound delicious. Save room for dessert! The dessert tray is hard to choose from. With enough people, you might be able to order one of each!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fine dining , romantic , special occasions , couples

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing restaurant. The food is wonderful. It is an experience to dine here. From the friendliness of the people to the creativity of the chefs, you are treated to an exceptional night out

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Christmas dinner

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of the all time best in Seattle for authentic Italian food and one of the only Italian restaurants that still has eggplant parmesan on the menu. Lots of choices and I have actually NEVER had a bad meal. We miss Carmine, but the food has stayed consistently excellent. Most of the wait staff has been around a long time, too, and enjoy working there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is my go-to restaurant any time we have out of town visitors. Always fantastic and never disappoints!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

As usual, the food was incredible. I was less than impressed with our waitress. She seemed put off by us and not interested in serving us. We were just a table of two, so possibly she felt that larger groups warranted more attention because the gratuity would be greater? I would not let this one experience stop me from going back. Maybe next time we will have the service that we are used to at this restaurant.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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