Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
2426 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBrentwoodFoodie
Nashville
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter, Ryan, guided us through the highlights of the menu and we followed all of his recommendations. From the wine pairings he suggested to the entrees, this was a meal to be remembered. It was a delicious meal with superb service. 5 Stars.

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vipelizabetha
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous celebratory dinner at Il Terrazzo. Everything was perfect!

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vipMatt
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as usual - the best classic Italian in seattle.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Expensive though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating being able to go out. It was a great feeling.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best in Seattle. There is nothing more to say

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CaryE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good authentic Italian food, great ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer was wonderful!

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KristiM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very classy restaurant with excellent food, the wait staff was excellent. We ate outside and had a heater which made it OK, if there hadn't been a heater it would have been too cold. Every item we ordered was excellent. We will be back. We celebrated a birthday and the birthday girl felt special!

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johnp
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have stopped reading restaurant reviews- there is no accounting for taste. We have been going to Carmines since since they opened in their current location . The food is always great as is the service, the ambience is wonderful. A truly lovely experience. We have introduced many people to Carmines over the years, most of them were were satisfied.

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Beanie
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived with a group of 8 with reservations on a busy Saturday. They had a table set for us but were able to switch us upon request to a table on the patio. The restaurant is very elegant, inside and out. Our server was fantastic, despite being relatively new. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We had everything from calamari to lamb to salads and dessert. Everything was fabulous. I, specifically, had the king salmon on asparagus risotto. The salmon was perfection, even as cold leftovers the following day. The risotto was good but not the best I've had. It was pretty bland. Overall, I didn't hear anything negative from anyone in the group outside of a couple drinks that were ordered and not enjoyed, but that was due to personal preference, not any fault of the bartender or establishment. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Juanito
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. I will be coming back over and over again.

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Roozal
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Some dishes (steak, creme brûlée) were outstanding, but others were pretty blah. At that price point, nothing should be blah. The bisque was thin, not creamy. The halibut was dry. Pretty disappointing. The waitstaff was excellent though!

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bella
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

not sure why we were placed in the corner when there was plenty of patio space

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vipMazie
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's pricey but worth every penny. Nothing short of fantastic food.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend of 15 years is retiring and wanted to treat her to a special dinner. Il Terrazzo has always been a favorite of ours for special occasions when our office moved to Pioneer Square / International District over six years ago. We’ve had Admin Day lunches here. Il Terrazzo always makes you feel welcome. The service is always impeccable, from hostess to waiter and server.

The food is always delicious and perfectly cooked. My go to is usually the Spaghetti Ortolano, but I the risotto of the day was dungeness crab and asparagus, couldn’t say no to that. I started with an insalata mista and my friend and I split the creme brulee. Terrazzoo always has a large variety of desserts to select from. Thank you for making our dinner special and your always consistent top notch service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, well curated experience.

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LeslieC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic!!!

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RachelL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a classic, delicious spot in Seattle!

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TomL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent but especially nice to sit outside and enjoy the food, service and day with friends.

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vipJanH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Terrazzo is one of the very top restaurants in the Seattle area and has been my personal favorite for many years. The quality is always tops, always consistent, the wait staff incredibly polished yet relaxed. Go here for a lovely, relaxing, excellent dinner. You can dress up or appear in jacket and jeans. Also, best cocktails in town. I don't really want to share my secret of always eating in the bar, because I don't want it overly crowded!

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vipBighawkfan
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Seattles Best! Love it every single time. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! I hadn't been here in years. What a pleasant surprise! Best veal I've ever had. My sons spaghetti was awesome. Can't wait to go back!

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vipgerardB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe, our waiter, is the best. Service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love them! For a casual meal or a nice evening out. Always a hit for our family. Excellent on allergies.

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vipRogerS
Atlanta
244 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The best upscale Italian cuisine in central Seattle.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My dinner was amazing. The food and service was top notch. My server was knowledgeable and her recommendations were excellent
I can’t say enough great things about the restaurant and when I celebrate something, I’ll definitely consider coming here again.

Thanks for helping me celebrate an amazing evening

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, good service until the end of our meal. Server must have forgotten about us in the corner. Need to find him to pay our bill, we decided to skip out on dessert.

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vipdenine
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Absolute favorite!

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vipSeattlefoodie
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and the special halibut was outstanding! Great service, vibe and food!

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Jimmy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, great food, and fantastic service!

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Sluggo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food Is always good here and the patio setting was perfect for a quiet discussion. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Waiter was very helpful with suggested wine pairings to accompany our lunch.

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vipmoragamunchers
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Veal scallopini was best ever, great wine list. Our server Fabricio was friendly, helpful, and enhanced our experience. Will definitely return when in Seattle next time.

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IsabelleD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super awesome food and service! Definitely would come back

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KennethH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, reception, parking and ambiance were terrific! I had my favorite, the crab ravioli's which were excellent. Just a pure pleasurable experience overall. Thank you!

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vipBorisF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The outdoor area is lovely and comfortablely heated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
66 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

First the good part. The food was very good and similar to the quality served back when Carmine was alive. But the place was overbooked, very crowded and many of the wait staff or other employees were not wearing masks nor were the tables spaced appropriately. Took 45 minutes to get our salad first course. So I will not return until the pandemic is long over. And most of the customers were wearing masks when entering or exiting. We were told that the employee policy regarding masks was up to each individual. Vaccine status was not mentioned.

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vipBrettO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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vipArlingtonC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The duck I order was extremely tough and not well prepared as other meals I’ve had.

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JasmineW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was delicious. What a special place for a romantic and cozy meal.

FAQs

Il Terrazzo Carmine is rated 4.8 stars by 2426 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.