IL BISTRO

4.4
1800 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!

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What 1800 people are saying
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4.3
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KellyA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Bistro is a cozy intimate restaurant with incredible food and service. My boyfriend and I each did the Seattle Restaurant Week menu and did the suggested 3-course wine pairing and it was so delicious. Highly recommend! Great date night spot.

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jilli
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and our server were both absolutely awesome. We had a lovely table that was very distanced from others and made me feel comfortable being inside (vs outside). The food was delicious. Overall, a fantastic experience.

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MaxGrackie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience. The warm low lighting, romantic seating, and classy music sold me on this restaurant the moment I walked in. Perfect for any sophisticated night out, and right near so many other Pike Place attractions too! Our waiter was attentive, funny and very helpful. Have to mention the pastas - you can taste the handmade authenticity in every bite. If looking for a dairy free option, the rigatoni is amazing - most flavorful red sauce ever! All in all will definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible service
Unsanitary servers
Long dirty hair not tied back
Inaccurate menu
Rude “manager”
Untrained waitstaff= BAD place for special occasion
Servers sitting on the ground smoking outside front door
Our table left unattended several times (empty glasses!)
Oddly placed tables (most)

Sadly this place has gone downhill. New ownership/management needed or it will soon be finished.

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RichardP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Noise level was a negative factor.

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VincentE
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in an intimate Seattle classic, and the best lasagna I've had (don't tell my mom!)

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vipfoodman2
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant was amazing, will go back when in town, tina are server was the best.

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ColleenP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We went there for my daughters birthday. My daughter had the steak, which was excellent, I had the mushroom ravioli which was good, and my boyfriend had the chicken and risotto which was just fair. The waitress knew it was her birthday, and didn’t offer her a free dessert, like most places do. We also brought all her gifts to the restaurant for her to open.

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BradleyB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

il Bistro is a Seattle classic. Always consistently good food and service and the ambience of the restaurant - soft lighting, intimate, white table cloths, and professional servers is great. If you want to have a romantic dinner with your date or partner, this has been the perfect dining experience for many years in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice calm environment comfortable atmosphere. Staff goes above and beyond would recommend to travelers.

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JayDee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very, very solid option. Some of the best anti pasto I've had in a while. The shrimp and salad were awesome. The bolognese was great and my lasagna was good as well but had some burned areas. Drinks were very reasonable. Would go back.

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CliftonC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the good fortune of celebrating my son's birthday at the Il Bistro outside patio seating (for COVID) on a beautiful Friday evening. Excellent food and service--it was a meal and a memory.

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BarbaraS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Such a bad experience!!
We ordered lasagna and it took them more than 40 minutes to cook it. We ordered tiramisu and and something similar happened. The waitress was rude and she said it was our fault because we ordered lasagna... really? We will NEVER go back to this place.

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Toni
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Service was great but food wasn't as good as I hoped, especially compared to the cost.

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vipDennisJ
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate the in bar, and the bartender was fantastic - I told him I like Gin and he just kept brining me different options that matched up with what I was eating at each course very well. Bad for them he's leaving to join the military. The food was fantastic - the Bolognese and Lasagna were favorites.

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RichardO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! One of the best restaurants in Seattle!

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onel8grl
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner here. The ambiance was incredible. The food more so. My husband had the lasagna. He said it was the best he has EVER had. I’ve been here many times. It never disappoints.
This is our new go to place in the market area.

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BradleyB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date was gluten intolerant, the server had the kitchen prepare a dish not on the menu, special just for her. Great customer service!

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DeborahV
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Il Bistro. We were practically the only ones there, as the Covid virus kept everyone at home. The staff were cheerful and helpful. However, they didn't have much else to do!

My friend and I shared several dishes; for some reason, I always find the appetizers most attractive. We had three appetizers and one entree between us. There was a fair amount left over.

Il Bistro has been one of my favorite Seattle restaurants for many many years. I am delighted to report that the quality has not declined.

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GregoryS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical evening dining under the big Pike Place Market sign, looking up Pike street to the east! Wait staff was very attentive and quickly let us know the special - and fact only 1 porketta was remaining (which we wanted). Also appreciated the use of QR scan codes to access the menus touch-free.

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vipAmazing
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I visit San Diego we return to il Bistro and always find it amazing! Even with the Covid 19 mess we felt safe and a bit of normalcy! Great job

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nancyb
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh pasta - would definitely eat here again!

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JulioD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great location, welcoming greeting, seating, ambiance, wine and food. Overall IL Bistro is a nice place. Service sucked! The waitress acted like she didn’t want to be there.

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vipMarc
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It’s been a while since we’ve been but food wasn’t that great this time. Calamari was terrible and chicken was dry.

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vipJuliee
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu has changed substantially from what is listed here and on their website. What we got was delicious but the choices were pretty limited. We ended up sitting inside which is pretty dark. Good food and we had a delightful dinner.

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PegW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside which was very nice and reminded us of being in Europe. Our first time in a restaurant in 6 months when we used to go twice a week, so it was a big night for us and Il Bistro did not disappoint. The road nearby (
1st) was a bit loud which was the reason for the 4 stars on ambience, but everything else was perfect.

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vipDonL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and a wonderful meal. The server offered an excellent recommendation for the wine to accompany the dinner. Certainly worthy of a return visit.

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MarkT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dinner downtown and this was no exception! Our table was ready timely, service was prompt and not assuming and the food was excellent. The location cannot be beat and the people watching is superb! Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

If you are looking for over priced, less then average food with a death metal style ambience and constantly getting badgered by the homeless, then this is the spot for you.

Let me explain. I picked the restaurant because it looked like a wonderful spot to take my wife for a nice romantic dinner while in Seattle. Couldn’t have been more disappointed. The service was “good-ish” and the food was mediocre at best. The weather was nice, so we chose outside seating which turned out to be a HUGE mistake. We were seated at a table next to some of the kitchen staff. They were loud and every other word was the “f” word...seriously, every other word. Shortly after we were seated, a street performer set up down the street a bit (100ft away), cranked up his amp and started playing death metal style music. It was so loud that I couldn’t hear my wife talking to me from across the table. It did however drowned out the loud swearing conversation from the kitchen staff table, which was good I guess 🤷‍♂️. My biggest issue was that management/staff allowed a never ending conveyor belt of homeless people to harass our table (and other people’s tables) to beg for money, cigarettes or whatever we were willing to give up.

All-in-all it was a bad experience.

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vipDanielC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! Romantic ambience, amazing food and service. It's our favorite place for a special evening.

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vipChrisJ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoy this restaurant. I got the lasagna which is always huge and excellent. Great flavor. My companion got a great steak. Cooked perfectly. I love their atmosphere. It’s a great place.

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RicardoS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food! A little pricey but you're also paying for the experience. Service was great, my only petty criticism was the country music playing in the background. I feel like it'd be nicer to play jazz or something more appropriate for an Italian restaurant. Highly recommend.

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Sofia
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first night out since the partial opening and it was so wonderful to spend it at Il Bistro. As always, the service and food was excellent. The menu was limited, which was to be expected. Every precaution towards health and safety was very obviously there, and incredibly reassuring. This is our favorite spot in the city and, as always, it did not disappoint!

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patso
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Excellent, attentive service. Delicious food. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Il Bistro, and what an experience! Daniel our server helped us with his favorite choices of the current menu, the whole staff was lovely, lively and fun!
A must try and for us definitely we’ll become new regulars.

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vipSophie
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server , Jackie was wonderful, very friendly and excellent server. Food was delicious! Love this place 🍷🍹🍽

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vipMarc
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Everything was great until we received burnt and luke warm lasagna. Disappointing after waiting 30 minutes for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great and the 6 different meals we ordered were each incredibly good. Fantastic experience in an iconic Seattle restaurant. We’ll be back!

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IloG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little hidden away from the main part of Pike's Place but it is a gem worth finding! Food and Ambiance was great! Service was very nice. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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Jennifer
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been many years since I’d been to Il Bistro since I no longer live in Seattle but I found it to still be a delightfully cozy and delicious spot for a special meal. I had the steelhead trout special, simple preparation that let the fish flavor dominate. Served with a strongly flavored garlic & oil pasta that I loved. For dessert, Italian cheesecake that was creamy and rich, drizzled in lemon. My two wishes would be for better bread (warming it at a minimum would help) and to add decaf espresso so one could enjoy with dessert and still plan to sleep that night.

FAQs

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

IL BISTRO is rated 4.4 stars by 1800 OpenTable diners.

IL BISTRO does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thegiftcardcafe.com/vcart/shop.php.

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.