The Best Italian Restaurants in Seattle

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 Italian restaurants they’re loving in the Emerald City today. Here’s your list of must-try spots.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Spinasse, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Pasta Freska
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Capitol Hill / First Hill, Downtown, Lake Union / Eastlake
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Time
7:00 PM

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,937 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 equally significant inf...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,729 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

White-jacketed waiters and starched white tablecloths clearly indicate the traditional, romantic ambiance of Il Terrazzo Carmine, a family-run Pioneer Square restaurant established in 1984. The dinner...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Pasta Freska

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
552 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 dining experience here c...

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Italianissimo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Woodinville
1,552 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 eggplant parmigiana, a...

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Romantic in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,053 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 highest quality. A che...

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Best Service in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Cantinetta - Wallingford

$$$$·Italian·
Wallingford
979 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 calming, calming rustic-m...

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Neighborhood Gem in Seattle
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San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard
934 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 certainly do the historic ...

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Romantic in Seattle
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Cinque Terre Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,240 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 Northwest oysters and ...

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Barolo

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,453 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 and crystal chandelier...

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Assaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,051 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

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 makes diners feel we...

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Italian in Seattle
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Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
778 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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, means the freshest imag...

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Fit for Foodies in Seattle

Serafina

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
2,192 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • 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 Eastlake neighborhood. A ...

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Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
5,996 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • 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 1981 opening, the restau...

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Best Ambiance in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,647 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic

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 wood-burning oven prod...

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Romantic in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Staple & Fancy Mercantile

$$$$·Northwest·
Ballard
1,331 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 the same venue. Expos...

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