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The Best Italian Restaurants in Seattle

The OpenTable Team

Seattle's culinary heritage is a fusion of new and old. It drives the creation of what we know today as Pacific Northwest cuisine while embracing flavors brought in by immigrants from all over the world. Italian cuisine wasn’t a huge player in Seattle’s history, but that doesn’t mean the city is lacking top-notch Italian today. With an incredible culinary bounty at its doorstep, world-class chefs are enticed to create some of the best food around. But which restaurants are serving the best of the best? We tapped local Seattle tastemakers on our network to see the best 20 Italian restaurants they’re loving in the Emerald City today. Here’s your list of must-try spots.

Restaurants:Spinasse, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Pasta Freska
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Capitol Hill / First Hill, Downtown, Lake Union / Eastlake
For 2 people on Tue, 10/22
Party Size
For 2
Date
Tue, 10/22
Time
7:00 PM

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The cozy, Capitol Hill trattoria Spinasse specializes in Northern Italian cuisine from the Piedmont region, where chef Stuart Lane got his training and culinary inspiration. Of equRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,017 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
White-jacketed waiters and starched white tablecloths clearly indicate the traditional, romantic ambiance of Il Terrazzo Carmine, a family-run Pioneer Square restaurant establishedRead more
91% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Pasta Freska

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
547 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Pasta Freska, near the southwest shore of Lake Union, is open only for dinner, an intimate, candlelit affair augmented by lovely views, especially from the seasonal patio. The diniRead more
100% recommended
Special Occasion in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Italianissimo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Woodinville
1,357 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Northern Italian cuisine from scratch is the specialty at Italianissimo Ristorante, a family-owned eatery in Woodinville. Classics, including a meaty lasagna bolognese and smoky egRead more
90% recommended

Tribeca

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
209 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Shared plates, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and house-made pasta are the specialties of Tribeca, a downtown establishment emphasizing its warm, welcoming, and family-friendly atmospherRead more
83% recommended

Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
2,976 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
At Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Holly Smith presents artistic, North Italian-inspired cuisine with fresh flavors and uncommon components of the hiRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cantinetta

$$$$·Italian·
Wallingford
683 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Testament to its popularity, the original Cantinetta in Wallingford has launched a second location in Bellevue and a wine bar in Madison Valley. Critics and regulars love its calmiRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Seattle / Eastern Washington

San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
604 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
San Fermo boasts a charming venue inside a pair of the two oldest homes in Seattle. Dinner and weekend brunch menus showcasing elevated versions of Italian-American classics certaiRead more
92% recommended
Romantic in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cinque Terre Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
845 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Local Ingredients
Cinque Terre Ristorante, a sleek downtown eatery owned by three Italian brothers, specializes in seafood pasta recipes from the Italian Riviera. From the oyster bar offering raw NoRead more
81% recommended

Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,041 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
With James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines at the helm, Agrodolce serves fresh, organic Sicilian cuisine packed with sunny flavors. The inviting space in Fremont evokes the MeRead more
Fit for Foodies in Seattle

Barolo

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,144 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Diners looking for casual happy hour hangs, date nights, and business lunches alike all find a lot to love at Barolo, equal parts romantic and earnest with its white tablecloths anRead more
87% recommended

Assaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,746 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Assaggio's convivial owner, chef, and local legend Mauro Golmarvi greets his guests while strolling from table to table during dinner time at the Belltown restaurant, a habit that Read more
90% recommended

Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
563 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
A charming neighborhood restaurant in Medrona, Vendemmia is the brainchild of chef-owner Brian Clevenger, who also happens to own the seafood market next door. This, of course, meaRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cuoco

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,282 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Cuoco is a notable eatery among the best Italian in Seattle for its relatively reasonable prices. The restaurant, part of Tom Douglas' Seattle empire, occupies a former warehouse iRead more
86% recommended

Serafina

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,787 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Live jazz singers, a lush courtyard out back (with heaters), and seasonally changing offerings of regional Italian cuisine characterize Serafina, a charming restaurant in the EastlRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Seattle

The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4,628 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
If its setting in Pike Place Market weren't iconic enough, The Pink Door claims its own individual cult favorite status by Seattle insiders and visitors in the know. Since its 1981Read more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,689 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Business Meals
Tulio, a two-story restaurant attached to the Hotel Vintage in downtown Seattle, presents refined Italian classics in a space adorned with white linens and dark wood panels. Its woRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Altura

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,316 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Chef-owner Nathan Lockwood's signature rustic-but-elegant Italian cuisine is the focus at Altura, a luxe candlelit spot in Capitol Hill. The prix fixe menu changes daily, but alwayRead more
95% recommended
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Staple & Fancy Mercantile

$$$$·Northwest·
Ballard / Fremont
1,333 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Staple & Fancy, from prolific Seattle restaurateur and chef Ethan Stowell, takes its name and many of its fixtures from the historic mercantile in Ballad that previously occupied tRead more
96% recommended
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Palomino - Bellevue - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Bellevue
1,685 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Beach Cafe Palomino, a charming, rustic restaurant in downtown Bellevue, takes inspiration from the Mediterranean region as a whole. However, its specialties — wood-fired NeapolitaRead more
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