Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.9
2386 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful setting but food did not meet expectations based on reputation and previous reviews of this establishment. Extensive wine list. Seafood ravioli and halibut special were bland along with red velvet cake. Filet steak and egg plant appetizer were good but not memorable. Great ambience in outdoor seating patio.

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ChandniD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food and service were good. However I was served meat, even though I asked the server a couple of times to check if I was being served a vegetarian option. I hope the restaurant is more diligent about such things. Ambience was great and so was the wine.

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LauraS
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and delicious food patio was ideal.

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vipdbschlosser
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're fans of Carmine's and always look for an excuse to eat there or celebrate an event there. We're never disappointed.

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DrScholl
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post COVID EXCAPE

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SeanP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this Mother's Day visit was first class. The entire team were superb, with many wishing my wife a happy Mother's Day. Obviously, it was very busy and as we were taking our time savoring the experience, we were very politely asked if would be ok to move tables to make way for a large party. Joel, the manager, and Sossity, our server, made this visit a real experience for us. The food was superb, the team and the service were excellent. No question we'll be repeat visitors after this...

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vipSeattle
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thumbs up..highly recommend

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LouisaC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a customer and fan for over 20 years. My honey and I decided to eat in the bar for a change from the main dining room. It was lively and fun! The food and service are always top-notch. It always feels elegant, celebratory, and warm. It is a perennial favorite. We had the calamari, veal scallopine, and bone-in pork chop. Everything was perfect. Looking forward to dining on the outdoor terrace soon. Simply divine!

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RosanneL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being there and fine dining again!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Risotto with scallops were better than excellent. Flavorful and tasty. It was the best scallops I have ever had. However duck dish I had as main was too raw for me. Drumsticks were cooked right and tasted excellent, but breast was too rare for me. I was not asked how the duck cooked. It was almost raw meat. Other than this, all good were great.

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KristineE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!! Service and food were top notch.

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RichardW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with tablecloths and napkins. Very quiet-and can hear the people at your table.

Very friendly staff and the specials are always interesting. All the pasta dishes are prepared perfectly-it just depends on what you like.

I can's say enough about the wine list-but I LOVE Italian wines-so I almost always stick with those.

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vipSeattlefoodie
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and excellent service from the waiter.

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AdityaD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good ambience perfect for special days like birthday, anniversary etc. Food was good, drinks were great too. Appetizers/Entree portion size felt like it was smaller for the cost but food was good

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vipMikeA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The only thing that is missing is Carmine himself.

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ElizabethC
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience with servers who are knowledgeable and really care about their service experience. Food and drinks were delicious.

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HWKvisiting
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place, but pricey. Seafood ravioli was good. Service was excellent.

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vipBryceT
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to back to Carmine's and they did not disappoint. Food was perfect, just as I remembered it almost a year ago now. A must do.

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Melina
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so happy I found this place!
My brother and I came here to celebrate his birthday and the experience was absolutely wonderful.
We arrived at the entrance opposite of the front desk and were skeptical where to proceed, however the hostess was quick to spot us and kindly guided us over.
Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and was able to answer all of our questions.
The food was AMAZING. We started with calamari and Caesar salad. YUM. For the main course I had the pesto and prawns. YUM. My brother had the king salmon pasta. YUM.
We ended with their Tiramisu, which was delightful.
I can't wait to come back here!

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vippauli
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We kept the meal simple but it was great. Service was great and nice to have someone cheerful serving. Table for 2 seemed placed to avoid contact with other diners.

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Fruibir
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great experience throughout the evening.

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vipapplecart
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good. The food was excellent, especially the cauliflower soap. Pricey, but worth the price.

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NatalieM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Great place to share multiple dishes with friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Russ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Carmines is always great and this was no exception. I rated the ambience less than perfect because we were stuck away in a corner/nook remote from the "ambience". A little disappointing when reservations were made several weeks ago and it was a special occasion.

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EmilyM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience! I loved the valet parking and everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. We came to celebrate a birthday and even the simplicity of a card was all we needed for a lovely evening. 10/10 would recommend it to anyone in the area!

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vikingdoug
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attractive restaurant, well-rounded menu, excellent wine list and very good service. I had the lamb and my wife had veal, and we were both very pleased and would return in a heartbeat.

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Julien
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel, the waiter was amazing. He is one of the best servers we’ve had and a great way overall to celebrate my dad’s birthday.

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vipMTKk
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fresh halibut with a salad; excellent wine selection

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Morgan
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for a cozy birthday dinner. A small pocket of Seattle dining where service and space are elevated with food to match. My mother was very pleased with having spent the evening of her birthday here and the special touches from the staff made it even more memorable.

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TheresaK
Tucson
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from the bartender --
One guest was obnoxiously loud and in the bar area that's a drag
But overall, a delicious meal

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LanceW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was horrible. Took two bites, just to be sure it was bad the second time as it was the first, and it was even worse. My wifes experience was the same. Server was real nice, but inconsistent. Overall would not recommend, but that’s just my opinion. Just don’t have high hopes

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Casey
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went with someone who is Italian and she said it was an authentic experience. She felt at home.

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vipSuperholly
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back since they re-opened for lunch and I found many old favorites on the menu. I had the Veal Scalopinni and their Caesar Salaad both of which are my favorites. They were served expertly by their very very fine wait staff, The dining room was about\ one third full while downtown offices are mostly operating remotely. This is my most favorite place for lunch. So grateful they survived COVID-19.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food! Great for a date night or even just a nice dinner.

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MAYURESHB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Your website needs a bit of an update. You say Fridays are lunch only and still keep timings open for reservation. Not a great design and not a great customer experience. I was hoping for better since it was a very special day that I had made the reservation for.

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vipJohn
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetiser was antipasta plate. Great colourful selection.
Capellini with seafood. Excellent
Salmon excellent.
Service best I've experienced in a couple of years.

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JoeH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a little slower than I would have liked, but the meal was well worth waiting for.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service!

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vipKARPEG
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A classic always a treat great they are open with distance!

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Il Terrazzo Carmine is rated 4.9 stars by 2386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.