Il Terrazzo Carmine

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1986 Reviews
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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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Mon - Thu 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 1986 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant! So glad we chose to celebrate our anniversary here! 10/10 would make a future reservation.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The greater us with best wishes for our Anniversary and a little sign on our table. The food was superb and the service was prompt and happy to service us. We will be back.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My "go to" restaurant for delicious food and top service. Have hosted large and small parties there and always been pleased.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fish was over cooked. They removed it from the bill. Calamari was rubbery. Food was just off this day.

FP
Sacramento
155 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday dinner here from start to finish was exceptional. We were greeted and seated promptly, and at my seat was a little Happy Birthday sign. We were given bread (rustic Italian, delicious) and water immediately, and our server greeted us shortly after.

We shared the Bruschetta con Granchia (crab bruschetta) which was perfection. The crab was fresh and delicious and the toasted bread slices were crispy and had a nice flavor. We both got the grilled King salmon, in season at the time of our visit. It was perfectly cooked, medium-rare, and served with an asparagus risotto. The risotto was the only thing that wasn't perfect. It was rather bland and not seasoned at all; the addition of a bit of salt and some pepper helped tremendously. (Hi, Chef, it needs to be made with olive oil and butter, and wine and bone broth for the liquids.)

For dessert, the restaurant brought me a complimentary slice of tiramisu with a birthday candle. The tiramisu was one of the best I've ever had, with strong espresso and mascarpone flavors. The perfect end to the meal.

Service was excellent throughout the meal. I was impressed that on a Monday night every table was taken. Popular place, and for many good reasons.

MH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class food and service! As always! Never disappointed!

ND
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around - as always!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect, from the crusty but chewy bread, to the pasta made in-house, to the sauce, to the tiramisu. We felt like we were being fed by an Italian grandmother. Extraordinary experience.

SJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great and every bite tasted just right! Would definitely go back.

E
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of our experience here was truly delightful. They went out of their way to make the evening (our anniversary) feel extra special. We will most definitely be back.

F
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant we went to in Seattle. Sommelier was especially helpful picking an exceptional wine for our meal. Waiter was amazing, food was wonderful. Highly recommend.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a good experience overall. Beautiful patio/restaurant. Really good food. Service was a little bit slow. Little overpriced.

BM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service from Christina. Recommended by Tom Corbin.

JD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, quality of service and attention was really great

DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and incredible service every time we visit (at least 2-3 times a year). Always show up early for a pre dinner tipple at Intermezzo.

JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superlatives all over the place!**

L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and attentive. Our water was always topped off by either our waitstaff, bussers or the front desk host. Food was delicious and good portion-size.

JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Terrazzo Carmine has been my favorite Seattle restaurant for over 20 years! My friends from Alabama loved it.

t
Seattle
65 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. A restaurant you can always count on to provide a great evening. We have been there many many times , often for special occasions and are never disappointed.

K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always!

S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quintessential Seattle restaurant that remembers what it takes to continually bring customers back time and again.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to dinner with a few work colleagues. Excellent food, good service. Carmine’s never disappoints. It’s always consistent.

K
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff at Il Terrazzo Carmine are charming and friendly. Our server, Joe, was a perfect host and his timing was incredible. Thank you for arranging for a Birthday cake for our daughter, best birthday yet!

ST
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Never leave you wanting for anything!

AS
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed this restaurant somewhat but felt that we should have been told by our server to share the prime steak main course. We ended up with too much food and wasted half of the $50 main dish.. Also, I love very spicy but the heat on the pepper steak was overwhelming. Also, I would have preferred the steak not butterflied so that it would retain juices.

We were one of the last parties of the evening and felt ignored at the end.

R
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After many visits over many years Carmine’s remains among the best Italian restaurants I’ve had the pleasure to visit.
No detail, no matter how small, is overlooked.
A visit to Carmine’s is a dining experience to savor and remember.

g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

High on pretentiousness, low on taste of food. So, if you want to pay for mediocre food getting served on your plate individually, this is the place for you.

R
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, outstanding

HG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, the service, ambiance and food was excellent. I’ve been a customer for over 30 years and Il Terrazzo never disappoints.

SB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmines is such a great old Seattle restaurant, it never disappoints! Wonderful selection of pastas and mains. The venison ravioli is outstanding as well as the pork chop and the lamp chops, all favorites of ours. The wait staff is attentive but not hovering. The wine list is extensive with lots of opportunities to try some wonderful Italian wines as well as local offerings. The newly completed remodel with the outdoor patio now enclosed is a wonderful addition. This is a perfect place for a special occasion or a nice meal before a sporting or musical event in the area.

JP
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course we had was fantastic and we wouldn't have changed a thing.

KE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophisticated atmosphere and not so noisy. We went there to celebrate the completion of the tough project but it was perfect place for business conversation. Although the I felt the high-class atmosphere, we also had an option to choose affordable meals as well. Definitely come back again!!

O
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service....beautiful patio to enjoy the weather.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggplant parmigiana was delicious

RW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fettucini Alfredo was excellent .....was not listed on menu but made anyway. Pretty and quiet restaurant that we really enjoyed !!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with wife for lunch

RS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant! great food, great staff, huge wine selection, and great ambiance. highly recommended

S
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is never a disappointment when dining at Carmines.. a 5 star event in all categories.

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