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IL BISTRO

4.5
4.5
1878 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (206) 682-3049

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Simon

  • Catering

    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

  • Private party facilities

    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

  • Private party contact

    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

  • Neighborhood

    Belltown / Pike Place Market

  • Cross street

    First Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us as we invite the Jacob Zimmerman 3 every Thursday night for live Jazz, 830p to 1130pm. Reservations until 9:30pm.

Popular dishes

What 1,878 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle

    Late Night Find

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  1. DR

    DanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food. ambience was quiet and inviting.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! thank you!
  3. S

    Seabob

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! Everyone at the table loved their meals. I hadn’t been there in a long time, but will put in frequent rotation going forward!
  4. KH

    KathrynH

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful especially the service level.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall it was okay. Went there to celebrate a anniversary and reached out to the restaurant ahead of time to plan something special for my fiancé and they wrote back with an idea and I responded back giving the green light and when arriving to the restaurant nothing was on the table as promised. Then the overall food was okay especially for the price it wasn’t worth it and our service was meh.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Not the worst but definitely not impressive.
  7. PN

    PatN

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff were great!
  8. JW

    JuliaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, friendly service, and perfect ambiance. My husband and I enjoyed a romantic anniversary dinner in a cozy booth. 10/10!
  9. H

    Happyguest

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal with arancini and shrimp appetizers to start and lasagna and pesto pasta large portions. Attentive service.
  10. p

    pauli

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The wine list was high priced. food tended to be a bit spicey and it seemed to over power the dishes . Bread was strange more like cake
  11. c

    caps

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!!! What a great find. Fantastic food and service. Lasagna a must!
  12. J

    Judy

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a Google search, I found this restaurant and booked it while still out of state, anticipating being in Seattle for one night. Very very satisfied with our choice of restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Overall very reasonable prices. It was right in the middle of everything
  13. a

    aaronw

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, ambiance was outstanding!!! We live this place and they’re always fantastic!
  14. AY

    AlexY

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Once a year, we travel to Seattle, and this is our traditional "last night" restaurant. It was the first trip back post-pandemic, and the food, and especially the service, were still on-point. Their traditional Italian offering are always spot-on, and my lasagne and the chicken parm for others at the table were excellent. There are modern twists - their caprese offered watermelon and prosciutto with the mozzarella - but everything was very good. Bar service was fast and expertly mixed. Our server paced our meal to European standards (stretched out over most of an evening), and it was appreciated. The only issue is that it is a small restaurant, so although normally it is quiet and intimate, we were near a table of twelve that were very loud and boisterous. Still, for traditional Italian food and service, I would recommend Il Bistro unreservedly!
  15. L

    Lisa

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Came here and managed to get our drinks and appetizer in time for HH before ordering our dinner. HH value is good and portion for dinner was generous as well. The hosts at the front were amazing, and our water glasses were filled regularly by one of the bartenders when low which I always appreciate. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed (maybe it was understaffed that day) but we didn’t get checked in on enough and it was hard to seek her out when we needed something during the meal. We ordered a couple drinks which were both great (Paloma & Penicillin). The heirloom burrata was delicious. Our pastas were good and came in a huge generous portion that neither of us could finish. We also saved room for dessert and got the torte with lemon curd and raspberry—meh (we were a bit disappointed with this one).
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun! Great waiter. Fun staff. Great wine. Place to relax and not rush. Wife and had a great time.
  17. PH

    PaigeH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, cocktails, and food! The Halibut special was amazing!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We liked the food- delicious Italian dishes!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last visit was early 2020 pre- pandemic and I am happy to say the experience was just as lovely last night. Wonderful food and service.
  20. b

    bullwinkle

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Just happened into this restaurant. Had the best linguini and white clam sauce ever.
  21. SL

    SuzanneL

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Surprisingly tasty food in a cozy atmosphere right at the Pike Street Market. Expected low quality tourist food but got a delightful culinary surprise from this restaurant!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing! Server was attentive. The only think is our girls did not like their Mock tales but everything else was wonderful!
  23. H

    Hopeful

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    For authentic Italian offerings I was expecting more. The burrata and gamberoni appetizers were good. The bread was less than I expected. The lasagna was good. The pork chop was charred and over cooked. The waiter didn’t seem to know the menu too well. He was also not personable. I was trying to ask a question twice as he walked away from the table. Lastly, for the price of food I was not expecting the 4.5% service charge. While the cost of dinner was not too pricey, is was on the more expensive end with regard to food and portion
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a bad experience at another Italian place and wanted to find a place that would hopefully suffice. Il Bristol went above and beyond with their food service, and quality of food. 10/10 would definitely recommend.
  26. AJ

    AliJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best! Very nice atmosphere, staff are very polite, and friendly, the food is top level, I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a quality experience!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant was lovely, dark, & cozy - it felt like we were in Italy. We were seated promptly with our OpenTable reservation. Our server was pleasant enough, though wasn't as attentive as he could have been, a bit aloof; he never checked to see how we were doing or did we need anything. No dessert menu was offered. The portions were large - the salads & the shrimp appetizer are appropriate as share plates rather than individual servings. The linguini alla vongole also could have been shared by 2. Everything was delicious & the wine was excellent. HOWEVER, EVERY LITTLE ITEM has a charge, but our server failed to mention this. Want bread? Extra charge. Anchovies for the Caesar salad? Extra charge (really??? Anchovies are standard in a Caesar salad). Small dish of marinara (2 oz): extra charge. Grated parmesan for the pasta (2 oz, which we weren't offered but had to request)? Extra charge. Our server never mentioned we would be nickel-&-dimed for every little thing (though it was a few dollars for each additional item, not nickels or dimes). It would have been nice to have that information. We will enjoy someplace else next time.
  28. NP

    NicePlace

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We had an nice evening at Il Bistro. Nice but nothing special. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. Typical Italian food. Large pasta portions. There were a number of wines on the wine list that were well priced.
  29. JO

    JenniferO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and it was very fun to watch people walking by in the Market. The inside seats looked very comfortable and the atmosphere is very nice.
  30. M

    Marissao

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food and drinks were excellent. Unfortunately our server was forgetful, made errors and spilled food and drinks on one of our party multiple times.
  31. DC

    DanielC

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful romantic restaurant with good food at pike place market
  32. MM

    MarkM

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Cecelia was excellent!! Great food, great location great seating.
  33. SS

    SuperShopper

    Denver

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and beverage, excellent waitstaff, we enjoyed ourselves.
  34. C

    Charlotte

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing little restaurant Food was amazing.. homemade pasta. Service was incredible! Would definitely go back. Very reasonable prices.
  35. BQ

    BertrandQ

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Warm welcome and very good food. A bit lack of lighting.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was perfect! It was my Daughters Birthday, she and some friends had a wonderful dinner. Great service & the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!!
  37. KS

    KarenS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    food was not the quality expected for an italian restraunt in a wonderful location. pretty ordinary
  38. SN

    SandyN

    Louisville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were Seattle for a meeting and staying close to Pike’s Market. The food and service were excellent. While the menu is limited, every dish was great. Several of us had the Cioppino which had a great selection of seafood. We will definitely return.
  39. K

    Kristi

    Shreveport

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was phenomenal!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good for every occasion! The best ambiance, romantic, & historic with low lighting and great food! Antipasto plate only had one cheese but lots of different nibbles, short ribs amazing and pasta is always good! Service was pretty good, she didn’t know the wine list very well and disappeared on us but it was a busy Saturday night- host & bartender were great! Love the craft cocktail menu

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

IL BISTRO offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 682-3049.

IL BISTRO is rated 4.5 stars by 1878 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for IL BISTRO

93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    First Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Belltown / Pike Place Market

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Simon

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 682-3049

  • Catering

    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

  • Private party facilities

    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

  • Private party contact

    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

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