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 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

Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,735 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle
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Pasta Freska

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
575 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
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Italianissimo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Woodinville
1,473 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
Healthy in Eastside
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Tribeca

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
261 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
86% recommended
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Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,094 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
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Cantinetta - Wallingford

$$$$·Italian·
Wallingford
798 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
93% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
673 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Cinque Terre Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
974 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle
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Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,115 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Barolo

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,267 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
88% recommended
Romantic in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Assaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,907 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
98% recommended
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Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
659 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Cuoco

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,325 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Serafina

$$$$·Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,937 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
5,244 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
3,787 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
89% recommended
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Altura

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,320 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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