IL BISTRO

4.4
1605 reviews
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Picture a cozy restaurant nestled in a cavern in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imagine the freshest local ingredients, authentically prepared, an extensive wine list featuring the best of Italy, the Northwest and California and a classy candlelit bar specializing in hand-made cocktails, single-malt scotches, ports and grappas. Sound like a special evening? Visit Il Bistro and Spend a Night in Italy. For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare. Market fresh Meats, Seafood and Produce are always our priority. Please make a reservation to join us!
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Seattle
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy, intimate restaurant. The service was attentive and the food was amazing. The menu choices had something for everyone including our teenage boys. Very personal service and prompt. Plus you can't beat having a great dinner right in Pike Place.

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The rack of lamb is still to die for. Love this restaurant. We've been visiting off and on since it's inception many years ago. Recommend to all Seattle visitors as a must do while in this city.

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KK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a little confusion with our reservation, but the restaurant went above and beyond to make it right for us. We had a wonderful time. The ambience, food and cocktails were amazing. We appreciated the attentive service and attention to detail.

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

I will definitely be back to the lounge area - amazing service and drinks. For the price level of this restaurant the food in the dining room was disappointing.

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D
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Despite knowing I love the Lasagna here, I ordered the Lamb Osso Buco. It was good but not great. I’ll return to the Lasagna for my next meal. This is one of my go-to restaurants. It is friendly and reliably good and sometimes great. The bars and Happy Hour are great.

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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

disappointed. Went for Valentine's day. Very very slow service.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was AMAZING and the service was marvelous. We had a bit of a hard time finding the restaurant, but once we did, we were treated to one of the best meals in a very long time.
In the past we have had the privilege of dining at many great restaurants, but this one was very impressive. We will definitely be back, especially when we can share the experience with friends. Thank you IL Bistro.

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B
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Slow service. Pasta came out cold, so I had to ask for a new plate.

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CJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here though I have walked by many times. What a hidden gem in the market. I had the lasagna which was outstanding. The service was first-class and the sommelier was informative. My wife and i had a lovely time and will definitely return a lot.
CAJ

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M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for New Year’s Eve and was highly disappointed. The food was overpriced, cold and flavorless.

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V
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was just OK. Cute place tucked away in the market but really just ok. We were hoping for great homemade pasta but very few pasta choices (menu posted online and in window is “old” we were told) and nothing really special. There are probably better pasta food stalls in the market but they don’t have ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dinner. Ambiance and food was perfect. Thank you.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wish I could recall our servers name, but both the host and our server provided really wonderful and friendly service. He checked on us regularly, provided great communication regarding the menu and drink options, and all around it was a very warm and relaxing experience, even with one of the members of our reservation running 30mins late. We had a lovely time and our experience at Il Bistro was a highlight of the evening. Thanks!

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites. Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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RW
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went for Christmas dinner. It was a pre-fixed menu for the night. I ordered lamb and veal rigatoni and he ordered a duck dish. Both were mediocre. There wasn't much meat in my dish, it was room temperature, and the sauce tasted like something I could make or poured from a jar. It didn't taste bad, but it was uninspiring. The appies were also a bit bland. As for dessert, the tiramisu was good, and my boyfriend's flourless chocolate cake was quite good as well. The cost was $68 per person. The quantity of food was fine: the portions were reasonable. However, we felt it was overpriced because of the lack of quality.

Our server (I believe her name was Jacquie) seemed tired and lacked fine dining etiquette (reaching across our table several times, bringing food without a platter, etc.).

The busser named Pasquale was friendly, quick, and had excellent fine dining etiquette (when we asked for extra butter he actually brought the tiny butter dish on a platter). We wish he had been our server! :)

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d
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our return to IL Bistro on Christmas night for the prix fixe dinner -- exceptional! Great food, great service. We'll return every time we're back in Seattle.

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HC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and absolutely loved it. Hand made pasta - a win every single time.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a surprise. Some really great restaurants in Pike Place Market an IL Bistro is one of them. Great food, great vibe.

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JL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal in an intimate setting. Will definitely be going back.

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J
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Four of us enjoyed a very fine dining experience at Il Bistro. We began in the bar and superb cocktails by Dan. He is as entertaining to watch as he is creative with cocktails! Dinner was delicious. Service was fine but the time between placing our order and recieving our main course was slow, took too long. But that was the only bump in an otherwise very good experience at Il Bistro. Love the ambiance and the energy of the restaurant.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was super slow - took 2..5 hours for 3 course dinner and we ordered within 10 mins of arrival. Food was okay. Half great and half not good at all. For the price tag, we expected more. There are a ton of great Italian restaurants in Seattle. This one is slipping. Been going to Il Bistro for 20 years and had been a favorite. Haven’t been in awhile and won’t be going back any time soon.

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S
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Way too noisy

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The host was a cliche douchebag; old, long gray ponytail, 80s shoulders on his coat, and condescending af. It was borderline funny, but... For a guy who's job is to take coats and escort me to a table, though?
The food was pretty good, and the rest of the staff were awesome.

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p
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. When we sat down the waiter told us the kitchen was on the slow side that evening. So much better being forewarned than sitting and getting annoyed. Nice evening, love the ambiance.

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OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were the first to be seated at 5:30. It took 25 minutes to get our drinks and bottle of wine. We did not get our food until 6:50. At 6:20 I finally said something to the server because had a show at 7:00. One of us left before the food arrived so as to secure our show seats. We did not eat but put our food in boxes and left. They credited the entrees. The server was not attentive to his tables. He personally was bringing out plates after plates of food for other tables without noting that WE had not gotten OUR food yet we were the first guests there. He and the manager said it was the fault of the kitchen. I take issue with that. The server and the manager for that matter should have noticed the issue and done something. It wasn’t until I shared my concern with the server that he brought the manager into it. And that was at 6:20 or almost an hour into it. And it STILL took a half our for the food to come. How do you walk by YOUR tables and not notice your guests sitting there waiting. I can’t say how the food was as I won’t eat any until tonight as leftovers.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IL Bistro was awesome. Had a girl that I've wanted to take on a date for a longtime, so I decided to go with IL Bistro and it was an amazing decision. Had an awesome night. Great service, great food, great environment, not sure what else could top this!

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I was disappointed with our evening. This used to be a reliable, accessible and graceful destination. It now appears to be a loud and somewhat pretentious hot spot. I don’t entirely blame the restaurant; it is largely the fault of the current patrons. So thanks, Amazon, for spoiling yet another Seattle icon with brash 30-something children with more money than class.
We had a 6:00PM reservation. The food was reasonably good and the prices OK, but for $70 - $80 per person, I do expect better service. We each ordered salad and entrée. I ordered the fresh fish item, and also ordered the risotto of the day to share with the table. The fish, however, never came, apparently because it was too loud for the waiter to hear the order. The risotto became my entrée, and was less than I wanted, since it came without the beef strips described on the menu. We also told our waiter we had concert tickets and needed to leave by 7:30. Our food, however, didn’t come until after 7:25, so it was closer to 7:45 when we left the restaurant, after a rushed meal.

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G
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with great food, service and ambiance!

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c
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a group of friends and the whole evening was great. We had cocktails, calamari which was so delicious. We had the specials and the seared scallops. The wine was exceptional. We shared 3 desserts. The tiramisu was our favorite. Topped off with some brandies. We all loved it.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, they have great food and excellent customer service.

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JZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Italian food - good, but not extraordinary. Fun location below Pike Place Market.

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DC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The ambiance was nice, dark, but a little closeness with the seating arrangements.

However, it was very loud, especially when you are looking for a relaxing dinner.

It took the waiter 15 minutes to acknowledge me, even though he was servicing two tables next to me.

I had the Cioppino, which is supposed to be a fisherman’s stew, but it came out more like marina and seafood. It was missing clams, had tiny mussels, the basil was not chopped up enough,and the crab legs were cold.

I was really looking forward to a great fisherman’s stew in a Bay Area, but that was not the case.

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GC
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely service. Cool setting that makes you feel like you're not in Seattle anymore.

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a
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistent quality over several years. Getting a bit louder, but that just may indicate a shift in the culture.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food and wine.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seen Il Bistro several times as we walked through the market and not thought much about it. A friend who lives in the area said we should check it out because the bar was a good place for a cocktail. We decided to have dinner and it was a great decision. The food was tremendous. We had a lovely bottle of wine chosen by my friend with some assistance of the sommelier. His quote was if you don’t like it I will drink it followed by I love my job. It was a wonderful evening.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing, starting with the warm bread on the table. The butter was even warmed up so it wasn’t ripping the bread like a lot of places I’ve gone. It’s the little things. The wait for our food was really long, almost 90 minutes. Kids ended up falling asleep waiting.

My husband got lasagna. It was one of the best we’ve had. It wasn’t overly heavy either. My seafood dish was good too, but overpriced based on the size. Kids got rigatoni and liked it.

I’d recommend it, with the note to expect to wait a really long time for the food. Worth it? Depends on your willingness to wait!

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LY
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally, this is a quiet romantic retreat amid the hectic activity of the Pike Place Market. This evening, however, there was a large group, probably an after work celebration, in the restaurant and the noise level created an anything but romantic environment. This isn't a criticism, just an explanation why I noted the noise level was energetic. We ate early in the evening prior to attending a concert, so you might want to make your reservation after 7 PM to avoid the after work crowd if your objective is a quiet conversation.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Great help in selecting wine. Food is fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very positive dining experience. We were seated promptly and our server was helpful regarding both the wine list and the menu. The caprese salad was excellent; the rigatoni bolognese was a perfect choice for a chilly November evening. We were visiting Seattle for the weekend and were looking for a good ol’ unpretentious Italian dinner. I’ll Bistro exceed our expectations.

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