Mondello Ristorante Italiano

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
289 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Mondello Italian Restaurant in the beautiful Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia provides one of the most romantic, most authentic Italian dining experiences in Seattle.

Mondello has beautiful pasta dishes, seafood & main courses, salads, zuppe & bruschette & antipasti dishes. Corino (owner) & Enza (chef) grew up in the vicinity of Mondello and they bring to Seattle their wonderful tradition of fresh seafood, homemade pasta & rich authentic Sicilian cuisine with all it's flair & joy of living.

They have the life experience of fine cooking and appreciation & sensiblity of the Italian palate that allows them to create a dining experience reminiscent of being in Mondello, Sicily.

No one fails to be entranced by Mondello's welcoming beauty and warm personality.

Grazie Amici!

Get it delivered

What 289 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
AS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always charming, always delicious. Not very busy on a Tuesday night; I hope Mondello does not suffer from the social distancing measures. We are choosing to eat at restaurants every night until we are told NO.

M
Seattle
94 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cooking that makes you want to return again as soon as you can to try other items on the menu that made it hard to select the one you did.

DK
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely, slow-paced dinner at our local Italian restaurant. Service was attentive, helpful and inviting. The meal was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was out so fast!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Mondello’s! The most amazing food and a great wine selection. The owners are attentive and treat me like familia!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Valentine’s Day and it was great! One of my favorite restaurants and it did not disappoint this time. I love the ravioli al Marsala.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stefanna is amazing! We love Mondello! Her pastries and cakes are out of this world!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for Valentines Day 2020. Really enjoyed the ambiance and pre-set menu. Would love to come back for lunch or dinner in the future!

l
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

What a disappointment. We used to live in Magnolia and Mondello was a favorite for outstanding Italian food. We were out and about and decided to go back. It was a disappointment all around. First, the service was spotty and the restaurant - perhaps a fan was broken or something - was unbearably hot. My kids had to go outside 3-4x to get a break and were upset. A bottle of Ripasso was OK (open examination afterwards it was a year younger than the menu stated, and was definitely too early to be opened). A seafood special was OK, but massively overpriced (nearly 2x the dish we originally picked, with no notice). The fettucine was overcooked. The desserts were mediocre, with the special cake being dry and the cheesecake literally melting because of the heat in the restaurant - was like eating sauce. I'm really sad to say this about a place we used to enjoy so much but this was one of the most disappointing dining experiences we've had in the past few years.

a
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food tasted good, but was pricey. They brought our main course when we were only half way through our salad - felt like they were really trying to rush us through.

OT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

So disappointed. I ordered the lamb for $42 it was small and incredibly under seasoned . And we ordered appetizers and meals and dessert and all the staff could do was point at our table refill it. It will be a while before I ever come back here despite it being a neighborhood place.

p
Portland
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The restaurant continues to be super smoky. My eyes we’re burning the entire time. In addition our clothing all need to be dry cleaned. Sadly won’t return again.

h
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for date night. We had the charcuterie plate, spinach salad, Veal Osso Buco (special), and pasta with sausage. Everything was great. I loved the spinach salad and the pasta with sausage.

SK
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Quiet.

SE
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere. Perfect for date night.

AG
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

My husband and I have been loyal customers of Mondello for years because it was the homey spot for good Italian food in our neighborhood. We were able to look past their fairly regular service blunders and mishaps, and the fact that the red wine was always served at 85+ degrees because we still felt welcomed and the food was plentiful and the quality was high.

But, after eating at Mondello a week ago, they have lost us. The family has faced the very sad loss of their matriarch, and the eyes on this restaurant now have a very different arrogance and focus on cutbacks for their own benefit. The place feels now feels like another manipulative Seattle restaurant taking sneaky steps to give you less which will backfire as the experience and food quality has massively suffered.

We were made to wait for 10 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. A pack ‘em mentality. Newly implemented, bread is rationed at one piece per customer and refilled for a charge. Red wine is still served too hot, yet the price per glass probably exceeds the value of the whole bottle. Portion sizes have shrunk, now 5 ravioli where there used to be 6 and they taste nothing like they used to. Veal has been replaced with bread in the no-meatballs. I mean, come on! Isn’t that like the oldest trick in the book?

It is so disappointing to see how greed has messed with was used to a pretty good thing.

j
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place, and always come here for special occasions.

LL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite place if ours and right in the neighborhood

k
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Birthday celebration

F
Seattle
81 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple dishes that were nicely prepared. The carbonara was flavorful and had just the right chew. Rich lasagna that could easily be shared or boxed up for lunch the next day. The ambiance is not fancy, but pleasant. A good wine list.

d
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

small, intimate, authentic food and flavors from Italy. please go it was outstanding

ML
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caesar salad was outstanding, the best I’ve had in years. The dressing was light and very tasty. I had lasagna it was delicious, and in a large serving. Service was Excellence, very professional. We will definitely return soon.
Thank you

KW
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met old friends we hadn’t seen in years, The atmosphere was fun and festive. Our waitress was delightful, and our food was excellent. Overall a wonderful wonderful restaurant.

ME
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! We had SUCH a great time! The food was excellent! The service was perfect, we feel like we made new friends! We will definitely be back!! Cheers!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server went out of her way to be extra kind, service and food was exceptional!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian family run restaurant. It was hot, so we sat outside for dinner. Even with Magnolia Summerfest and a lot of people walking by, the staff were quick and effecient. Our food came out hot, our drinks never got empty, and the quality of everything was great.

As for the food, we all got caprese salads as appetizers, and the tomatoes were firm and juicy, the mozzarella was fresh. For dinner, we all had pasta. Everything tasted like it was home made using a recipe passed down and loved by generations.

This is one of my favorite relaxed Italian places on the west coast.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents here for their last night in town and the experience was unbelievable. The owner was kind and provided us with excellent service and great recommendations. The inside of the restaurant was a little too warm, so we sat outside which was perfect.

The gnocchi was some of the best I have had outside of Italy. The meatballs were fantastic and the chicken Marsala was extremely flavorful.

The wine - we had Barbara D’Alba - was a great year.

For dessert, we tried the peach sorbet which came inside of a frozen peach! The sorbet was delicious and although it could have been a little softer, I would absolutely get it again.

WV
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was eating at a families kitchen. Excellent food and service. I must experience place.

M
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We found this restaurant on tripadvisor while we were looking for a place to celebrate my daughter's 12th birthday. We were finishing up a 2 week vacation from Canada and wanted a cozy, quiet place. We were very surprised to come across Mondello. Being a weeknight I was able to easily book a last minute reservation for 5 and even though we were a few minutes late, our table was ready for us. Service was attentive, ambiance was nice (as it is a small restaurant) and food was delicious. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because I had noted on the reservation under "special circumstances" my daughter's birthday and there was no complimentary dessert, no candle (she wouldn't have wanted singing). The server only mentioned a quick birthday wish because my daughter's grandmother wished her a happy birthday in front of the server. Some recognition would have been appreciated.

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was outstanding! She did lower the loud background music so my party could hear each other at our request. Food was good. Tiramisu dessert a bit too sweet for my taste buds. I will go again, and again as long as current chef stays on.

MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past. This visit was not at all what I had expected. Service and quality of food was horrible. We were there to celebrate a birthday- nobody seemed to care

CP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My wife and I are locals and have eaten at Mondello's 3 times recently, with inconsistent culinary satisfaction. Two of my party of 5 ordered the same ravioli marsala plate. When placed side by side in front of us one plate had 80-90% more mushrooms in the sauce than the other plate. Ravioli was not plump. Spaghetti Carbanara was very starchy like the pasta was poorly prepared. Lasagna also seemed starchy. Pollo (chicken) with grilled vegetables good but the zucchini slices was bitter.

This meal was by far the least satisfactory of our 3 dinner visits to Mondello's since April 6th 2019. It is highly unlikely we will return any time in the future. It saddens me to write this as the family running this ristorante are very pleasant and enjoyable people. Unfortunately our food experience didn't match the staff's charm.

DS
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and even nicer service. I love this place.

RP
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding home made dishes made by your best friends Sicilian grandmother. Pastas were simply amazing, literally the best I’ve had. Cute decor and friendly service. Highly recommended/

DS
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great neighborhood choice. Never disappointed.

SK
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff excellent. Wine selection very good.

MS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorites. Great spot, owners are true Sicilians and mama knows how to cook. Always a treat.

C
Seattle
107 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mondello never disappoints. The pasta special, lobster and shrimp fettuccine, was to die for.

C
Seattle
107 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mondello is our favorite go to neighborhood restaurant. We enjoy not only the delicious food but the warm atmosphere and great service.

FL
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mondello is just brilliant every time. Never anything but exceptional, fresh authentic Italian food!