Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1822 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano, an intimate restaurant in Olde Town Issaquah, Washington.

We believe authentic Italiano food and wine are a way of life. All dishes are prepared with passion and tradition using only the freshest, highest quality, real Italian ingredients. Montalcino is a perfect location for a romantic date night, elegant birthday or anniversary celebration, a relaxed family dinner, or any special occasion.

With authentic Italian singer, Tony La Stella performing every week, it truly feels like you have traveled all the way to beautiful Italy.


A quality menu with a top unique wine selection including wines produced in Montalcino, Italy.


Buon Appetito and Salute!
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely date night out finally celebrating our anniversary, and I’m so glad we picked Montalcino Ristorante Italiano! From start to finish we were pleased, especially since we didn’t know quite what to expect with covid limitations since we hadn’t been out. The tent was seasonally decorated and comfortably warm even in the cold night air. Our tables were freshly wiped down, everyone was safely spaced out, and a sanitizing station was provided at the tent entrance for staff to sanitize on way in and out. We were asked right away if it was a special occasion and brought out champagne as a nice way to toast and start our celebration. The antipasto combination plate eased our decision making nicely since we were feeling torn on several dishes and it did not disappoint - that plate to me was the best value. The starter bread was baked to perfection with just the right amount of olive oil too. When it came to the entrees we didn’t expect anything cheap, and while it may be a little more on the spendy side we couldn’t believe our portions so it was well worth it. My partner got the lamb shank while I opted for the fresh pasta lobster saffron dish. Both were spectacular, the lamb was unbelievably tender and the flavors in the entire dish were heavenly. We also really enjoyed the lightness of my pasta dish which I’m used to settling heavier. Neither one of us came remotely close to finishing, and we were careful when reheating to not ruin this amazing meal. Last but definitely not least we ordered the tiramisu which was brought on a plate wishing us a happy anniversary. I cannot describe the tiramisu in any other way but sublime, sadly we didn’t leave anything on this plate for me to be eating right now. SO GOOD. The entire staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and thoughtful throughout the evening and my partner and I will absolutely be returning (hopefully sometime soon)!

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jeffs
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a romantic safe and amazing dinner! High attention to detail on every level!

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely top notch! You're eating in the street under a white tent sitting on a metal chair. It is what it is. My only complaint would be that our main dishes came out right after our salads. We didn’t have time to finish salads because the food was there already. It was cold outside. Didn’t want to eat could lobster ravioli, so had to push the salad aside.

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Happy
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. Food artistic and service perfect. Treated me like a queen on my birthday. Even outside in a tent, the heaters and ambiance made it warm and cozy!

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LauraS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor tent is very comfortable. It was about 42 degrees outside and we removed our jackets.

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DanielW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing! They’ve been able to transition their dining to outdoor temporarily due to Covid and they’ve done a really nice job keeping it warm and nice. Staff is very attentive and friendly. Hands down this is my favorite Italian restaurant!

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Hailey
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic NYE celebration! Food was fantastic and the tent was actually quite cozy!

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LisaV
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are very few restaurants that compare to this gem, if you haven’t eaten here, even inside of tent this restaurant has it figured out. The food is some of the best in Seattle for ANY price. I can’t speak highly enough of the hustle and hard work the servers are doing to make your experience amazing. I wish I could eat here every night of my life.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Seattle

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RichD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very much enjoyed our experience as well as the food. With the Covid lockdown happening, they did a nice job of making the restrictions work with a tent and heaters. The atmosphere was nice, fairly warm, and the service as well as the food was very good. We were able to have an enjoyable Christmas Eve dinner. We love Montalcino during normal times and this did not disappoint.

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sallyp
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job dining outside. Warm, very social distanced, food was wonderful too!

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AlisynG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for outdoor dining over the weekend for a friends birthday and it was lovely. Food was fantastic as always, service was excellent. My friend was treated with a birthday dessert and we had a very lovely evening.
We will be back!

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RanK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipFoodie
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, especially the risotto and the pastas. Meatballs weren’t as tender as we would have liked. Giant heated outdoor tent that was nice and toasty warm!

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orlyT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely, in these crazy days it was amazing to find out they had outdoor dinning that was fit for these cold days.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The staff were excellent. We were met with a lovely hostess. Unfortunately due to COVID, they moved operation to a tent. I am looking forward to going back.

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local
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setup with outdoor dining. Food was excellent as always.

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DanaC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, as always at Montalcino

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute and delicious family owned restaurant! Will definitely be back! The food and ambiance were amazing!

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snowflake
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Marvelous but tent setting is a bit raw. The inside is normally so cozy.

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SVis
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I know being in a tent is not ideal for any of the restaurants, but we are trying to do our part to support small businesses like Montalcino. With that being said, we were looking forward to spending our 30th anniversary at Montalcino. The evening began with us stumbling upon this as there were no signs indicating where their tent was located. As we arrived we were greeted very nicely by a gentleman that i assumed was the owner / cook and he acknowledged our anniversary by presenting us with a glass of sparkling wine! Very nice start to the evening. We were seated in the tent, which unfortunately doesn't have the ambience or warmth of being indoors so we were eating with our coats on even though they had heaters, they were not sufficient. The bread basket came out, which was delicious and shortly after our waitress asked if we would like a starter which we ordered the shrimp and scallops . At the same time she wanted our dinner order, which generally we would get our starters out first and than order, but either way they were good. Not exceptional but good. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli with the Lobster tail. Again, the food was good but the lobster "tail" was approximately 3 small bites. My husband ordered the Short Ribs ravioli, which was very tasty, but again very small portion. The waitress literally told him there was 7 spare ribs and he got two. Overlooking that the staff was extremely pleasant and unfortunately due to medical issues we were unable to stay for dessert. The part of this review that I mostly want to point out is that the corkage fee is $35! WOW. We take wine to every restaurant we visit and I can't recall a time I paid $35 for corkage. Just Beware.

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SamahS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Montalcino never ever disappoints. The food and the service are top notch. The heated outdoor tent is perfect. The wine pairing with our meal was spot on.

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ErinM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Kept us warm outside with heaters and food was delicious!

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vipVeritas
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great, innovative, and authentic Italian cuisine in Issaquah. Had the excellent antipasto sampler and then the Cingale (wild boar) sachetti. Wife and son had short rib pasta and a seafood pasta, both very tasty. Then the limoncello and tiramisu desserts. Dessert wine was on the house. Highly recommended.

It was a bit cold since dining was outdoors in a tent due to COVID19 restrictions, but it was still great to be able to have a nice dinner.

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vipCV8293
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Sacchetti al Cinghiale just might be my last meal request.

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KathyS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, Montalcino was wonderful!! The food was amazing, the service was prompt and I love the ambiance in this small restaurant. My daughter and I decided that Montalcino would be our "last supper" before the 1 month Covid shutdown and were very happy with our choice. We are looking forward to dining here again when we next celebrate a special occasion!

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Jennifer
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food, outstanding customer service! One of our favorite romantic date night spots! Be sure to make reservations! I highly recommend this place for high end Italian food!

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DavidG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food, staff, and wine were all excellent. We sat outside with the heaters and had a very enjoyable evening.

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ChickenLittle
Seattle
72 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. Montalcino always meets our expectations. Outstanding preparations, attentive service. We'll be back!

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LauraW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3 girlfriends and I met and had a wonderful dinner. Great atmosphere and the waiters were helpful in ordering. The Lobster ravioli was amazing! We'll be back!

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RichieL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, atmosphere was quiet / romantic, server was knowledgeable and offered advice on their different specials and wines. We’ll be back!

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EdRob
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I ordered the gnocchi with bolognese sauce snd it didn’t seem up to par. The sauce was super thick snd I don’t remember it being that way before. It wasn’t very hot but I understand as we were eating in the outside tent. Not sure if the recipe was different or not. The service was amazing snd the owner super nice and attentive.

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vipNickM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always great, even in a pandemic. We always take our friends and family here when they are visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful but chilli

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a truly extraordinary dining experience. Staff was very attentive, informative and pleasant. Food and wine are simply amazing. We will be back.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, happy, fast service together with great wines and food. Excellent place to celebrate any occasion.

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ConnieH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside on November 1st is always a treat especially in this pandemic year. We were dressed warm and there were heaters so we fared well. The food was terrific.

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DonC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Knowledgeable servers and support staff. Very friendly but not trying to be part of the conversation! Fantastic evening.

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local
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always wonderful. The lamb shank is my favorite meal on the East Side!

FAQs

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 270-3677.

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.8 stars by 1822 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.