Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

4.9
1323 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
At Montalcino Ristorante Italiano fine 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. Charismatic Italian family ownership brings a classic atmosphere to the restaurant where everyone is part of the family. A quality menu with many family receipts and a top unique wine list including wines produced by the family creates a perfect dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(425) 270-3677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michelina Nardone
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Private party facilities
Please contact Fernando for details.
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Private party contact
Fernado Nardone: (206) 818-0496
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Cross street
Front Street
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The ambience is very cozy and quaint, the menu includes an interesting variety, and the food was well prepared. The wine list is lacking if you’re looking for a Northwest wine but our server suggested an excellent Italian red blend. We enjoyed the meal and will go back. However, the space is cramped and tables are way too small to comfortably accommodate serving dishes the size of a 747 plus wine glasses and water glasses. We went on a Sunday and there was a singer belting out opera and other songs with abandon. In the small space it was deafening and made conversation challenging. The server also denied what we thought was a pretty modest request for a revision to one entree— something other restaurants have agreed to without question. So a few demerits but not enough to keep me from going back for the wild boar ravioli with truffle sauce I coveted from my neighbor’s plate from afar.

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K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, big portions. Terrific food. Wow

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MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed beautiful food beautifully presented. Service was over the top. The tiny space is well set up and very intimate - I was surprised that it felt so private and cozy when I consider how close our neighbors were actually sitting.

The price tag was a bit more than expected, so this will remain a 'special occasion' vs 'new fave' dining choice.

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good always great but very expensive. Our waitress was not friendly.

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M
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious Italian food, with NW fresh ingredients. Incredible menu and service. Appreciated attentive wait staff. Loved Burrata Cheese and tomato appetizer and halibut special. lovely birthday desert plate and presentation. Only complaint would be roving guitar player was a little loud and off key. Food was excellent!

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KH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have enjoyed this restaurant several times during trips to the area to visit family. Food at Montalcino is excellent with outstanding menu items and specials. Prices, while higher than other local restaurants, reflects the quality of the food and it’s preparation. Seating is limited and restaurant works to turn it’s tables twice an evening. Website lists seatings as two hours long and you have ability to pick times at half hour marks. Our mid week reservation was at 6pm and restaurant was full with exception of our reserved table. Our meal was rushed with each course coming out immediately after finishing the previous course. Total time one hour nine minutes from seating to exit with wine, appetizer, salad, main, and desert. Restaurant was almost empty when we left as staff worked to reset all the tables. It felt as we were being pushed out and took last sip of wine as we stood to leave. Never have experienced this before in a higher end restaurant with per person spend of $80 - $100.
To thoroughly enjoy this restaurant you will need to reserve either the earliest reservation possible or the start of what looks to be the second seating around 7:30pm.

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary. We were given special treatment because of our special day. The food was very good, but too pricey for us to go there more often. We were given a gift card. Thankful we had the opportunity.

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h
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! It was our second visit and we'll continue to be back. Delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Don't forget a bottle of the Brunello!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any nice evening on the town or special occasion.

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KM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this through OpenTable, wouldn't have known about it otherwise, what a hidden gem! Small, intimate, high quality, welcoming atmosphere.

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WB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb, and the service is always on point.

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D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the quality, and variety, of Italian dishes that are served here. Makes it easy to agree on the place we want to go to for dinner.

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l
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious Italian food. We have been to Montalcino multiple times. We both had the seafood pasta special. We noticed on a previous visit, the lobster tail was smaller. We were in for such a surprise as our entrée each had two tails!!!! We celebrated our 43rd anniversary. We were given complimentary prosecco and there was a lovely red rose on our table. Altho quaint, the addition of some accent lighting would improve the ambience.

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again....the best Italian Restaurant on the Eastside.

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MI
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The ambiance and service were nice. Waitstaff are very pleasant and welcoming. We were seated just in front of the entrance, which would have been fine if not for the occasionally held-open front door — and the wide-open view of the porcelain bowl every time someone went in or out of the toilet. Bit of a buzzkill for a romantic meal.

The food was not outstanding. We were pleasantly upsold on an entree and a bottle of wine: the wine was fine, the pasta was overdone. We neglected to ask the prices ($55 for lobster pasta, $80 for the bottle), which would have deterred us from ordering them both. I feel such prices should be announced with the dish/bottle. Our other entree - the mixed grill - was of mixed quality: tasty sauce, great lamb, interesting sausage and rubbery chicken.

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VK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was extensive & the food delicious when it arrived. The service was excellent& the ambience warm & cozy which was wonderful because as usual with the Puget Sound region the traffic getting there was awful. The owner did call the day before to let us know that the traffic can be horrid so to give ourselves extra travel time. That really helped.

There were some special surprises such as wine made from the family vineyards in Italy & a special cheese made by the owners wife. We'll definitely be going back, traffic & all.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious service and authentic, magnificent food. Like taking a mini-trip to Tuscany.

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SE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian on the Eastside, if not Seattle. Outstanding food and service. Very small and intimate. Roaming guitarist is often there as well. A great experience.

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KN
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and beautiful, although small space. Not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for and it’s worth it! Special occasions would be spent well here! Make reservations early. They fill up fast!

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MO
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! We had a wonderful evening, great food and spectacular service.

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CP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Food and service is always 5 stars! Great for special occasions but book early they fill up fast!

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CR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant we’ve ever been to.

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w
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food not very Italian to be rushed for dinner we were told we had to be done in 90 minuets not enough time enjoy a nice meal.

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WB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and were immediately seated. Shortly after we were informed of the specials and given time to make our dining choices. The service and meal were excellent!

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BG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best seafood pasta. Everything is so delicious.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Italian restaurant west of New York, and there have been many including all in the Seattle area. The food is authentic, the service is excellent, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the menu spectacular. It’s hard to get reservations, but well worth it. We will go back many times, I’m sure.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here for most special occasions. Great vibe, great food, great service.

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RQ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing. We have been here twice and Fernando and the staff are delightful. The food is authentic Italian and the family estate wines from Montalcino are awesome! It is an intimate setting and I highly recommend Montalcino Ristorante Italiano!!

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special restaurant with authentic and delicious Italian food...equal too and even better than my Mom's.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love finding small locally owned restaurants vs big chain stores. This one was a great find! It’s very very small but that adds to ambiance. Great Italian food, extensive wine list, and even better desserts. Definitely try the tiramisu, it’s amazing and according to the owner an old family recipe. We will be back next time we are in the area.

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DB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has several good options on it to cover seafood lovers, vegetarians and Italian food lovers. The off menu specials are phenomenal. The service is friendly, fast and non-obtrusive. Will be going back to try other menu options in the future.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for special occasions. They never disappoint

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We finally got a chance to try Montalcino. We went for my husband's Birthday. Service and food was exceptional. We will definitely will be back soon.

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VP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience. Love everything about this restaurant.

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GM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an Italian-American this is one restaurant I'm never embarrassed to take my Italian family too. The food is authentic, fabulous and in all the dozens of times I've been there I've never been disappointed! My latest favorite is the homemade short rib ravioli the sauce is smooth and amazing.

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T
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is easily the best Italian restaurant in the region. It is expensive but most definitely worth it! Everything here is great. I have yet to have anything I didn’t like. You will not be disappointed.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for special occasions. It is a small intimate restaurant so reservations are a must. This time we came for a birthday and upon arrival to the table there was a Birthday card waiting. There is a entertainer who plays a guitar and sings mostly Italian songs but also does requests. Our waitress put a red sequined hat on our Birthday girl and then the entertainer came over and had us sing Happy Birthday in Italian. A complimentary ice cream encased in chocolate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate sauce on the plate completed the meal. ...And everyone loved the food too!!

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a cute place with good vibes and food was really good.....loved the ambiance and the attention from those who worked there....Great for a romantic date night!!!!!

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will be back! We had great fun while filling our bellys.

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