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:
Complementary valet parking is available on Jackson Street between 1st Avenue S and Alaskan Way (dinner only).

Executive Chef:
Juan Vega

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for a Date (53)
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Romantic (50)
Authentic (41)
Notable Wine List (41)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Business Meals (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Worth the Drive (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Cozy (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
People Watching (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Parking was a major challenge as the valet service has been discontinued at least temporarily and because of a football game that night, local parking lots were charging $40 to $70. We managed to find street parking after quite a search. I had counted on the valet service which has been so good in the past. Construction apparently has suspended it out of control of the restaurant.
Service always has been attentive and courteous here. And the food is good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a stop when we have the opportunity to visit Seattle. Quality Italian dining with the best Veal Chop on the west coast.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Birthday celebration, great venue

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite spots for special occasions or to take guests.
Ryan took great care of us and the food was wonderful as always!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I are experienced diners of many years, including the SF dining options. So we are pretty discerning. Bruschetta with Dungenes Crab. Crab was flavorless; seemed like canned crab. Only real flavor was from the overtoasted crusts. The only real flop of the meal. My wife's oysters were very good. My prawn and red pepper bisque was good if with a bit too much tomato flavor. Wife's heart of romaine salad very fresh and flavorful. Our Chilean Sea Bass entres were very well prepared with enough residual moisture thanks in part to a crushed pumpkin seed crust (i would prefer and recommend more flavorful nuts). Velvet cake and Tiramisu were journeyman quality. Wtih one coffee and a glass of wine each, $240 with $40 tip. Maybe not quite as great as the Open Table reviews led me to expect, but still enjoyable for the price. And our server was dead on, there when needed but not annoying. Also knowledgeable. Overall, a solid option.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

I went to this restaurant several times 10+ years ago when it first opened. The food, service and ambiance were all top notch. I was a bit disappointed to see that, to an extent, they've become victims of their success. The food and service are still outstanding, but they've packed in so many tables that it's lost a lot of its charm. Just my opinion, but at this price point, I expect a bit more quiet, the ability to easily reach the restroom without bumping into chairs, being drowned out by other conversations etc.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

I absolutely love this place!! The food was delectable!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our second time coming here and it did not disappoint. We love that we can spend the same amount on a bill here as we do at other upscale places but walk away having had multiple, quality courses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The veal was outstanding, but the clam pasta was bland with no real flavor of garlic or clams. Further, the house pinot grigio had turned bad, although the waiter replaced it with a nice chardonnay. The desserts were excellent. Overall, I was disappointed with a poor pasta which is so easy to make.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Squeezed in a corner......Too pricey for what you get.
Not really any fun..better for lunch

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous food, impeccable service. Celebrating 25th anniversary

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Outstanding food and service as always.
Our favorite Italian restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food & great service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely restaurant with excellent service. The food was excellent with a nice selection of entrees. Wine list was very good with good variety of prices, varietals. We will go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious describes this restaurant. The veal ravioli is perfect, the food is beautifully presented and cooked, the ambiance is excellent, the service great. Pricey but very decent Italian food. The wine prices are too high for the quality of wine, but if you get the some of the staff recommend great bottles at decent prices, others lead you to crazy prices that are not worth it. Call it the luck of the draw. Great valet service. Charming ambiance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed excellent service from the moment we stepped into the restaurant until we departed. Ryan, our server, was helpful, knowledgeable, attentive yet not intrusive. The food was exquisite. Can't wait to return!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food! Great wait staff. Especially loved the veal canneloni and lamb chops.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing, as always. Possibly the best restaurant in Seattle for those that appreciate classic old-world cooking with excellent ingredients. Worth every penny.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had another wonderful meal here with good friends. A great evening, good food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Soooooooo great!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As always, not only does Carmine meet my expectations, they exceed them.
Our party went from 4 to 6 to 7, and they accomodated our growth.
Fantastic food, Fantastic Service, Fantastic Place.
Can't wait to come back again and again and again....

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

A long time and perennial favorite that has maintained its charm and excellence, a go to place that never lets you down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic
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food4
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good but not that special. Consistent quality, rather old fashioned decor, authentic Italian dishes, it felt like a time warp.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a great meal. The selections were numerous, the preparation spot on. The service was perfect and the wine options plentiful. While not cheap, it is reasonable for this level of dining experience. This is an excellent place and I will return next time I'm in Seattle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Saturday evening the risotto was prepared with quail and mushrooms and it was wonderful. Carmines is always special.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant nestled in Pioneer Square. Extraordinary Italian food with several vegetarian and gluten free options. They have an extensive wine list and the service is absolutely the best in the city.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Mido our waiter was very attentive and helpful. I felt we got very personal service.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food and service and a lovely ambiance. Unique offerings on the menu make this a great place for a special occasion.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was a very nice evening to celebrate a family birthday. The space is very comfortable and attractive in a way that feels old-fashioned. They still bring a tray with all their dessert options on it (fair warning, though, the portion size of the tiramisu on the display tray was significantly larger than the portion they served us. Based upon the display size, we decided to share the dessert. Oh well, probably didn't need the extra calories. Also, while we ate every bite, the waiter had called it "the best in the city" and we would not agree. It was too strongly saturated with rum so that was really the only flavor you could taste, even the coffee flavor was over-powered. But my sister's cheesecake was divine).
We were well taken care of, with bread and water being refilled effortlessly.
The food was mostly amazing, with a few perfectly middle-of-the-road options. The venison/mushroom ravioli was DIVINE! I wanted to lick the plate. Amazing. As was the butternut squash soup. The surf and turf special was amazing, the veal scallopini was excellent, too. The side dishes (mixed vegetables and a herb risotto) were both uninspired and not great. I mean, they weren't terrible either, but none of us bothered with more than a bite or two of each. And the starter of melon and prosciutto was also underwhelming. Still, all of the "not great" items were still edible. And the items that were great were AMAZING!! It was a nice night out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Went to Il Terrazzo Carmine for the first time and we weren’t disappointed. Food was awesome as was the atmosphere and the service was perfect, attentive and helpful without being overbearing.
Can’t wait to go back because there were so many good menu items that decision making was a challenge. Just need to go and try some different choices.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ill Terrazzo is always good! The menu is straight forward - trends come and go but the menu here is always spot on. We always have a great meal here with fantastic service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Superb service by pleasing and knowledgeable staff. Fantastic tender New York Steak, delicious pray chop in fruit reduction, tenderest green beans in the entire universe, cheesecake to die for. 1 PM lunch with excellent wine list, really good Italian wines by the glass (try them all!). Convenient by bus or streetcar for those who hate to drive downtown.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Absolutely a top 5 restaurant in Seattle. Hasn't skipped a beat since Carmine passed and actually may be more evenly run. Wonderful food, a superb staff, and beautiful setting. Love it!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Il Terrazzo is an Italian restaurant specializing in food from the Naples region. My wife and I had two different pasta dishes, crab & shrimp and venison, and both were excellent. In addition, the service was excellent and our waitress was outstanding. The wine list consisted of a good selection of both European and West Coast American wines.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Multiple visits have each had excellent food, often with healthy additions to the sauce, the soup, and the salads. They also have excellent service to alter the specifics if the guest needs it. And the coffee cups or water glasses stay full. A quiet environment is so respected as my friends and I catch up with each of our activities.

Travel to Pioneer Square and parking nearby can be difficult, but the restaurant is well worth it.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Afternoon Tea
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Adam, at the bar in the front, may be the best bartender in Seattle. If not the West Coast .
What other menu has sweetbreads? Just a lovely restaurant

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

For an amazing true Italian experience, think no further than this place a 5 star in every way and a definite place for me on every visit to this city.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Seattle and has been for many, many years. When I take people there they always thoroughly enjoy their meal and want to come back the next time we get together.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service, food and wine list were fantastic. The halibut I had was better than any so-called seafood restaurant. The veal outstanding also. This was the best meal we had while in Seattle.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Seattle. We celebrated my birthday here earlier in the year. When it was time to celebrate our anniversary, I could have picked any restaurant in the city, but chose to come back here. My favorite dish is the rack of lamb, which I had on both occasions. The menu has quite a selection and the service is perfect! I love the ambience and will continue to keep coming here for many more special dinners.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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