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Bar Cantinetta - Madison Valley

4.6
362 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar located in Seattle. We emphasize in traditional Tuscan culinary tradition and local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 362 people are saying
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Emiliej
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, great service, delicious food

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RichardR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitstaff I does an OUTSTANDING
job! Even when slammed they maintain
their composure!
A few of the popular small plates could stand a “tune-up”, but other than that
Bar Cantinetta deserves its accolades!
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vipDiner1
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Bar Cantinetta is a reliable staple when it comes to good food, ambience and service. There was a little confusion about my reservation as I had changed my request from outdoor to indoor seating but the OpenTable app did not share/send this change to the restaurant team. Nonetheless, we ate outside and it was fine. Their outdoor heaters worked perfect and kept us warm on a chilly evening.

The food is consistently delicious; limited menu but we were able to find some good vegetarian dishes. My favourite antipasti is the grilled broccolini - so delicious. Cocktails (Lady Madison) were on point and refreshing. And the funghi pizza was the perfect size for 2 people. The tiramisu tasted great but the bottom was a tad soppy, but it was still good.

Service-wise, it was exellent! Friendly and attentive (but too much so) service. We love their outdoor dining area -- it's quiet and lovely. We could have a conversation without raising our voices.

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ToddC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food, service, ambience great, but the background music was too loud; server politely turned it down though. Definitely like going here.

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vipAlex
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The information on OpenTable is wrong. They DO NOT have Happy Hour. We made a reservation specifically during the Happy Hour, but we were told they don't have it. Food was good, but the cost performance was not really great.

Bar Cantinetta - Madison Valley
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Alex, Apologies for the confusion. We offer happy hour on cocktails from 4-5 on Friday & Saturday. If you see something different please email us hello@cantinetta so that we can rectify. Thanks!

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KerrilynVH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, local fare which changes regularly. Interesting combinations from an imaginative chef. Service and bar staff are 5 star, discreet but friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to make a reservation even during off-peak. Ample neighborhood parking. A good value for the quality, portions and atmosphere.

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ondra
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices of appetizers, pizzas, pastas and two mains. Halibut special over pea shoots and fennel was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Fried baby artichokes were just right - lightly seasoned and lemony. Well curated wine list, as well as thoughtfully composed cocktails. A neighborhood gem worth searching out.

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vipBrettS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never write reviews, however this particular Bar Cantinetta experience is worthy to note. Some of the rudest staff I have ever encountered. The restaurant had blaring music playing, almost impossible to have a conversation with the person across from me, asked politely if they could turn it down (twice) to which they said sure and then did nothing. When the waiter finally came to take our order I gave him my credit card and asked for the check. Upon leaving the Manager asks what the problem was and I told him what happened to which he responded "maybe we aren't the right place for you! I mean seriously, WTF? I have been going to Cantinetta for years and have spent lots $$$$ there, so disappointing.

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Haley
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A bit pricy, but perfect for an indulgent occasion dinner. Everything was excellent, from cocktails to appetizers to pasta, and the location was quiet, elegant, and lovely.

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ShellyC
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely outdoor dinner on a summery evening. They've set up the outdoor area quite nicely. It's not directly on the street, so it's pretty quiet. Rather than decide on one entree each, we opted for an array of appetizers, and they were all fantastic. The wait staff were attentive without being suffocating. It was so good to be back at Bar Cantinetta!

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Disappointed
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Super small portions so eat before you go. Started out nice but after we ordered our food we literally never saw our waiter again until we were ready to walk out. We flagged down the hostess to bring parmesan which should have been offered when our food was delivered but it did not show up until we were practically done eating. No one asked us if we needed a second round of drinks and for a restaurant that serves mostly pasta there should have been bread on the table. Extremely disappointing. Go somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Cantinetta is our absolute favorite neighborhood restaurant! Delicious menu and the best service, especially Hugo who we adore. A must if you’re in the mood for excellent Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a lovely meal at Cantinetta! We really enjoy the ambiance and intimacy of the dining room but we keep coming back for the amazing seasonal menu. Definitely order the tiramisu for dessert!

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Granmimi
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful birthday celebration. In addition to the food and the outdoor dining the wine was superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience- our first in 12 months! The staff and service were excellent - very helpful. The food is delicious- we tried the branzino and didn’t regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a euphoric experience dining out again. The waiter was so patient with us. The food was incredible. The steak, deep fried artichokes, burrata and charcuterie tray all were top notch.

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vipAnnGH
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate space with a classy outdoor space. Cocktails were well-balanced and delicious. Food was superb.

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GoodFoodFan
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cantinetta restaurants and really enjoy the neighborhood vibe at the Madison Valley bar. We will definitely come back again.

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whatsupp
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I made the mistake of ordering the steak - they claimed this to be a 10oz Waygu portion. It was the worst steak I've ever had. Not tender. Not tasty. Lots of gristle. Ugh

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating staff. Beautiful restaurant. Amazing food.

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KristineC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience
Great staff and service, incredible food, cozy atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was a furtive attempt at eating out! Unfortunately the outdoor dining was cold and windy and looking out on parking lot of convenience store. Dinner probably would have been lovely if we were indoors! Food was hit or miss. The spring dishes would have probably been more enjoyable if we weren’t freezing! Will try again another time.

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WillemV
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have fire pits and some of the most friendly and attentive service I’ve seen during the COVID era. Drinks are mixed to perfection, and their burrata and pasta were exquisite. I’ll absolutely be looking to return one day

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vipWayne
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Date night

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Bartagnan
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

A wonderful restaurant; I love the concept. The food was quite good and very enjoyable. Not quite 5 star, but damn good.
They're much more in to open windows and doors than other restaurants (end of March), but maybe they'll relax on that soon, as have others. It was quite cool and drafty.
The music was loud enough to inhibit conversation. We asked several times to have it turned down. They did turn it down on the first request, and it soon went right back upo again. The followup requests generated no change. I believe in having a nice conversation while having dinner; the craze of loud music in restaurants is a result of a misbegotten belief by restaurant consultants that it creates an attractive and exciting ambience. Not sure what they are smoking.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad you are back open!

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viplisaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Nickname
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was there on first night of re-opening. Food and service was great. I'll be back...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great spot for a date night. Cozy. Amazing food. Great and knowledgeable staff.

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ToniJ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and the Madison Valley location specifically! The food is unique and interesting. The vibe is cool and comfortable. Staff is super attentive and friendly. I live in Sammamish and make a point to visit this location. If I lived closer I would visit weekly! Every dish is more exciting than the last. The flavors and ingredients are super memorable, I am a foodie and this is one of my all time favorite places!

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vipFoodie13
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though we booked a patio table, the wait person kindly moved us indoor as the weather was colder than anticipated. That set the tone for the entire evening as she was gracious and helpful throughout the meal. Rainbow carrots, roasted cauliflower and Wagyu NY strip were delicious. Open windows provided adequate ventilation so indoor dining met current health requirements. I will definitely return someday!

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lucystro
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a super cozy outdoor dining area for these weird pandemic times. The staff was lovely and the food was amazing.

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vipMrsEureka
London
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is as good as ever at Bar Cantinetta -- fresh, seasonal, imaginative. We enjoyed every bite from the deep fried artichokes to the grilled cauliflower to the fantastic and unusual fried chickpea bread with homemade ricotta. Cocktails were excellent and the waitstaff were cheerful and efficient.

We sat inside because it was a cool night. But the windows were wide open and spacing was good. But we might sit outside with the heaters next time. That might have been the toastier option.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Many thanks for making Gavin's birthday special with amazing food, drink, and personal service!

We look forward to returning soon!

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vipCFOR
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you know me you know I am at Bar Cantinetta every Friday. If they didn’t have great food with great service it would not be every Friday! If you don’t me: I am a foodie. Besides Seattle, I spend much of my time in Geneva France and Iceland also Italy but let’s add I love durian

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A Birthday celebration

FAQs

Bar Cantinetta - Madison Valley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 329-1501.

Bar Cantinetta - Madison Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 362 OpenTable diners.

Bar Cantinetta - Madison Valley does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cantinetta.com/gift-cards/.

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.