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IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA

IL BISTRO

4.6
4.6
2137 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

10:30 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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.

What 2,137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Romantic

  • Seattle

    Romantic

2,137 Reviews
  1. CameronH

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here for my birthday dinner and honestly left pretty disappointed. The ambiance was fantastic, but the service was really bad. I don’t love writing bad reviews, but when you’re trying to enjoy a special occasion, poor service hits harder. From wait times to missed orders and mistakes, the evening was just a bit frustrating. We had to ask for focaccia 3 times before it actually came out and they completely missed one of the main entrees leaving one member of our party waiting while the rest of us ate. Sadly, I can’t say I’ll be coming back, despite the great ambiance and fun location.

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  2. Anniversary

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect place for our Anniversary. The food was amazing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to visit while in Seattle. Amazing food and great service.

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  4. Patron

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish special was quite good. However, my wife and one of our guests ordered the chicken Parmesan. Its only redeeming value was the volume of food, but that doesn’t say much for it. It would be far better to have a well prepared dish than one so massive.

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  5. Patty

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Food was not good. Pizza was like white bread. Salad limp. Way too pricey for what you get

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  6. BrendaB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely romantic spot to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday! Martinis were well made, antipasti plate and caprese salad were tasty starters (we had our salad without the prosciutto since I’m pescatarian). Entrees were amazing-.New York steak cooked perfectly medium rare and a delicious salmon special served on a bed of fresh vegetables with a delicious mushroom sauce. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

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  7. ModernBradys

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful meal! We chose to sit on the patio and were the only ones. It was great to experience the city and market all at once.

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  8. CristinaC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nostalgic and pretty place to have dinner. Food, drinks and service made the night a happy one.

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  9. MikeL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is simply outstanding. Don’t let the casual atmosphere and view of the Post Alley gum wall fool you. This is a stellar restaurant with outstanding wait and bar staff. There was no moment where we felt the least bit under served. And this was a Friday evening with a full house and bar. Go there. It’s worth it.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Chelsey was a delight. Food was amazing. Highly recommend.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. The food was delicious. Will definitely being going back.

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  12. NicholasP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, food was delish, and the staff was amazing! It was our anniversary, and every person mentioned it that we came in contact with

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  13. LuisP

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place for date or night out. Food is outstanding especially the veal and pork bolognaise.

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  14. IvonneJ

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    El lugar esta justo a lado del Pike Market que es un lugar muy concurrido sin embargo nunca lo había visto porque esta algo escondido, es un lugar a media luz lo cual se me hizo acogedor, la comida esta bien preparada y con un buen sazón, eramos un grupo de 10 asi que probamos de todo un poco, el servicio fue lo menos memorable quizá podrían mejorarlo

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  15. Danniellevrk94

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very attentive and helpful. Food was amazing and bartender was talented and accommodating

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  16. BenjaminS

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the antipasta, grilled salmon and short ribs. It was really pretty and romantic inside with low lighting. I’d love to come back!

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  17. Seattle123

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience and such good food! Only compliant we would have was that the drinks took a long time. On a Friday night 2 bartenders would be helpful….yet drinks were worth the wait. Prices were great and excellent quality dinner!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. As was the atmosphere. Took a little long in between appetizer and entree. Solid cocktails. Would love to return.

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  19. Shelley

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven't been to Il Bistro in several years but it's still the same lovely, friendly, warm setting that we've experienced in the past. The service is top notch and the food is heavenly. You can't beat homemade pasta! And they were willing to make adjustments for my vegetarian daughter which we really appreciated. Everyone loved their meal and dining experience. Thank you!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Not the best experience on Valentine’s Day, this is a great restaurant so we are returning on Sunday for a re do. V day was poor, we never saw our waiter, salmon carbonara was bland, food took an hour to come out.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined for Valentine’s Day on a prix fixe menu. Space and staff are great, food does not rise to the same standard. Every dish lacked the complexity expected given the price point; the Tiramisu (tastes like Hersheys syrup) and lamb (dry) were particularly disappointing. Kitchen (and execs who make the decisions on which ingredients to purchase) need to up their game to keep from letting down the front of house.

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  22. George

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a Valentines day table and was not disappointed. Jess treated us like royalty and the food was exquisite. Atmosphere was on point and I will definitely go back to try their regular menu.

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  23. SuzanneJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff and excellent food! Have been to Il Bistro twice and will come back.

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  24. GeorgeG

    Puerto Vallarta

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor experience all around. Will not be returning.

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  25. IronMaiden

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We like the ambience of the place. We were seated in a fairly quiet corner of the noisy, energetic bar. Good jazz tunes could be heard. We had beef short rubs with polenta, which was yummy, and linguini with clams that was also good. The caprese salad with persimmons, prosciutto, and mozzarella was a tasty change. The service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. Staff was very attentive to us (drink refills, clearing plates, etc). The food was flavorful and filling. My white beans and greens brought back memories of travels in Tuscany.

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  27. GreggS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal at IL Bistro. Service and food are amazing and I love the intimate feel of the location. I will be back.

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  28. JamesB

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at IL Bistro. The ambiance is nice, and the noise level was low. Service and food were excellent, we will definitely return again.

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  29. Therese

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a real gem on the edge of the pike place market. It’s frequently my “go to” place to eat.

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  30. MikeM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing (minus a slightly overcooked steak) Pastas were outstanding and the seafood was on point. Atmosphere is romantic and low key, wait staff was spectacular. We be going back soon!

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  31. WadeL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has a nice ambiance. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The food was amazing and there is a great selection for everyone in the group.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took some family from out of town, what a great space! The food was delicious with everything we had. The service was really superb. Very attentive, and even offered a splash of wine because one of the cocktails was taking way too long at the bar. The ambience is super cute. I will definitely be back, especially with a date. 

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  33. LindaR

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been a favorite place for years, but it was way too noisy to carry on a conversation at our table and we were seated in a back corner. Love the bar but don't think we will return to the restaurant.

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  34. Tamezo

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there on Thursday nights because there is a great 3-piece jazz band playing in the bar area. Food is great and priced well. If they added veal picata to the menu it would be better.

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  35. DaveD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Automatic 20% gratuity was expected but not the additional 4.5% surcharge. Also, the 20% gratuity was applied to gross amount including sales tax and surcharge.

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  36. JoeyJ

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    When you are feeling in a New York state of mind, Il Bistro is the best option for a swanky, low key and always stellar food meal. Best lighting in Seattle and wonderful urban vibe. Been going here for years and will continue to go dine here whenever I can.

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  37. SeanB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. The service was impressive.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our occasional date spot when we want to have a solid intimate candle lit dinner, good food and wine selection + cocktails and dessert. The whole nine. This particular experience however was tainted by a very loud table of 4-5 people in the middle of the dining room belly laughing so loud it echoed throughout the restaurant, so much that every other person was interrupted. This is not the restaurants fault obviously however the joy of one table ruined all others and visibly rattled the staff. The staff verbally acknowledged that the table was being disruptive and assured us they were at the end of their meals, but made no effort to politely ask the table to quiet down. Their check must’ve been a fortune because they continued ordering food, desserts and aperitifs after their entrees. I can understand wanting to please the high rollers but there’s always a chance you’ll ruin the experience of every other person there. My opinion, keep your regulars and don’t allow one big check to step on your reputation. Notes on the food: the greens served with the braised short ribs were very salty this time (first time I’ve had a food issue here) The wine menu/prices are out of date and need to be updated. Our waitress seemed visibly stressed about her workload or other, she was a trooper and did her best but her stress/anxiety bled into our experience as well and made things a little more “high touch”. Overall, this restaurant rarely drops the ball. I trust that this perspective will be taken into consideration and changes implemented where management sees fit. It’s important to know the things you can improve on. We will be back to enjoy the bartenders’ whimsy cocktails, the cozy Bistro ambiance and familiar dishes. -AJ

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  39. Foodie

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Burrata, the short ribs, the lasagna, and the chocolate torte. All the food was delicious. Lasagna has a bit of a kick. It is the first time I’ve ever had lasagna that isn’t sweet.

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  40. dancer

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    the dishes we ordered were superb. loved the persimmon/prosciutto capreese salad. Sautéed squid, was tender, and the broth was extremely flavorful. we shared the Cioppino as we had noticed serving sizes were generous. absolutely loved the cioppino red sauce, what is the secret to the perfect tanginess? wish they would share their recipe, also loved the warm ambience and subdued lighting, perfect after coming in from a wet dreary seattle winter day. so delightful birthday celebration, tho they never acknowledged that. Not sure if they were understaffed but our waiter always stood afar from us, gave us the briefest response to any question and left the table so fast. So we did not feel welcomed by the staff, and that would have made the experience better.

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FAQs

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

IL BISTRO is rated 4.6 stars by 2137 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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