IL BISTRO

4.3
1636 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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DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu at Il Bistro early on a Sunday evening. All staff were gracious and attentive; the ambience was pleasing. Our food was superb (I had Caesar Salad, Hangar Steak, and Lemon Ginger Panna Cotto) and wine delicious. It is the best meal of its type I've had in Seattle, and I can't wait to go back!

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KB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was INCREDIBLE, I do not remember his name but he was so kind and knowledgeable. Moroccan gentleman who was also a sommelier!

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R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was polite and attentive. One of the specials - the cod - has run out so I was offered the albacore tuna as a substitute. I accepted but when the dish came, the tuna was awful. It was so dry, it had to be cut with a knife. I couldn’t eat it. Our server did take it off the bill but I was disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious. We had a relaxing time enjoying every bite in a romantic setting.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The service was generally fine, and the waitress was very nice. But the food was a bit of a disappointment. It was good, but it wasn’t quite worth the cost, even at Seattle Restaurant Week prices. The burrata salad needed balsamic or something, and I think the menu even listed that as an ingredient. It would have been phenomenal if it were actually included. The rigatoni was cold, likely due to waiting for the hanger steak that my date had to finish cooking. I did try a bit of the hanger steak, and it was probably the best item. But the flavor of it dwarfed the flavor of the sides, which were layered underneath it and thus difficult to enjoy in their own respects. The desserts were very well made and wonderful. The cocktails were particularly lovely, as I believe is the reputation of Il Bistro. And the ambiance was a wonderful escape from the bustling of Pike Place.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite of every dish was delicious. Food made with expertise to wow the palate. So grateful for finally having a meal that was excellent from start to finish. Nice pink colored ambient light, feels cozy and makes you look good!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushroom ravioli and goat cheese crostini were amazing.

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SW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding experience! We loved everything about this place. Will be going back more often.

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JD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Throughout the years Il Bistro has been a go-to for drinks on a Friday night or for celebrating. Although the decor may have changed, the ambiance, service and quality of food has not. As I said on my way out, what I'll remember is how they made us feel...once again, expectations exceeded, everything was simply wonderful!

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SE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Super noisy, but fun place under the Pike Place Market. The food is decent if uninspired. The atmosphere is energetic and as there is no soundproofing, it's so noisy even the waiters cannot hear when taking your order. Wait staff is understaffed and overworked. They do their best under challenging conditions.

Still, all in all, it's a good choice for a lively drink with friends. For a quieter dinner, make a later evening reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I went for her birthday. They were appreciative of us choosing them for our date. The waiter was courteous, kind and respectful. Knew his stuff and knew when to give us our space.

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DH
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a nice spot recommended by a local for our first night in Seattle.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

A little too dark so hard to read menu.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not impressed at all.......from the food to the service it was definitely less than average. The bread did not taste fresh and came with butter, not olive oil like you would expect at a good Italian restaurant. The fish dishes were just ok. The waitress was not friendly. Disappointing first night in Seattle pick. Would not recommend choosing this restaurant.

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love going to Il Bistro and have recommended it to several friends. And, yes, we plan on going again!!

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RK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our Halibut was overcooked but the rest of the food was good.

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O
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been going there for a long time and they did a little remodel that I think helped with the noise level. Food was lacking a little flavor this time, but the rest of the group liked their dinner. Overall great place to go and relax and have some good wine.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic - every bite was a treat and had a freshness that clearly came from being so close to the market. I can't wait to go back and try some more. The atmosphere was perfect for a romantic dinner: dark, intimate, and yet loud enough to be able to have a conversation without being overly conscious. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The only downside for us was that there was apparently some hiccup in our main course and we waited a long time! They apologized without us raising a complaint and comped dessert.

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BK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Bistro just hit all the bases for us. Quality of food, presentation, great rotating food specials, and an improv theater right around the corner. I expected to spend well over $200 on what we ordered. After tip we only spent $153. It was such a relaxing and warm experience. Our server was very attentive, just like during previous visits.

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AN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a great location

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Extremely loud at my little table facing the wall. Didn’t stay. I’m sure the food would have been lovely. But, it was so friggin loud, I couldn’t hear my wife.

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TG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was really tasty. It’s a bit too loud for my taste. Other than that, loved it!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner with good friends. We were able to have nice conversation - good was excellent and server was delightful. First, but certainly won’t be my last time at this restaurant right around the corner where I’ve worked for the last 20 years! How did I miss this treasure?

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KM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner. The steel fish was excellent; my husband reports the scallops were “okay”. Always appreciate menus that indicate gluten free options. The room was very intimate. Overall a good choice.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite goto's in Seattle for great Italian food.Food is consistently outstanding. Service is always exceptional and our waitress was an expert on wine and helped us select the perfect bottle for our meal. We took some friends here for their first visit and they loved it. We will return😁

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NB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been in 20 years but I remember loving it back then. Sadly, this time the food was AWFUL. Truly inedible. The chicken was tough, over salted and undercooked. The pasta tasted like it came from a jar. The wine was good but way overpriced (expected). It was a sad waste of money....at least it's still pretty and my date was laid back about what a disappointment it was.

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CJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went back because they have the best lasagna in the city. Their ricotta cheese is better than anything I’ve had locally. I should sit in the bar next time as the dining room felt a little fancier than I wanted (first time I went I was in the bar). I will be coming back ASAP. Great restaurant. Thank you.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few truly romantic restaurants left in the city. Superb service including sommelier. Two dinners 1 app, 1 salad, and a bottle of wine cane to $130 pre tip. Best bartenders who really know how to make a cocktail. All very reasonable for what you get and a great evening always. Risotto was the best.

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
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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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable dinner with great food and service and a comfortable setting.

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s
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sat at the bar; excellent service and hospitality from bartender (Matt) and servers. We loved the cocktail list (drinks with interesting ingredients and combinations of flavors) , the selection of spirits and the availability of advice on how the cocktails tasted and finally, they were delicious.
We were reasonably satisfied with the food but nothing stood out though none of our selections were regrettable. We'll be back for the cocktails and a bite in a good location with welcoming service.

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 14, 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 9, 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 4, 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 3, 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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