IL BISTRO

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1765 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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
9 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.

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LaurenK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with attentive service, wonderful food and wine and very courteous in accommodating our schedule in order to make a concert. Will dine here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and equally great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience3

They were out of half their menu although due to busy previous two days but guests should have been notified about this before they were seated. Service and everything else was top though

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CarolR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quiet, cozy, and warm - the perfect spot for a wet winter evening in Seattle. Our food was delicious, the scallops were outstanding.

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JayB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, excellent and friendly staff (special thanks to the sommelier), and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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KurtA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for Valentine's day. Prix fixe courses were all imaginative and perfectly prepared. Live band as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was extremely overpriced, very underwhelming, late to arrive, and disappointing overall

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vipTucker
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Several courses were served cold, most notably the soup, pasta, and steak. Drink order was served incorrectly. Steak was mostly gristle

I returned here as it was the place where my wife and I had our first date...our marriage has flourished. Unfortunately,I can't say the same for what I thought would be a pleasant V Day experience

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vipMickMatt
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Il Bistro was as fun and enjoyable was ever. Took four guests from out of town on Saturday, I had mentioned in the reservation that it was a special dinner, and they gave us a lovely table. The atmosphere of Il Bistro is wonderfully old school swank, perfect lighting, and the staff is very personable and very well trained. The cocktail program is strong, everyone found a house cocktail worth trying, and the food was good, the appetizers being the strongest as we shared sautéed calamari, very tasty meatballs, bruschetta, and a terrific carpaccio. The bar also has a lovely selection of amaro's, and again, the staff really knows how to make sure you have a great evening. It is a genuinely nice experience in the heart of Pike's Place Market, and just steps to the Zig Zag for a nightcap afterward.

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Robertb
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were a little behind on getting our entrees to us. But they made up for it with the food be glorious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious !

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vipkerim
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Up there with top meal ever! Best calamari app, delicious salad and entrees were superb! Waitstaff was kind, professional, knowledgeable and capped off the amazing meal. Have been here a few times in past 25 years but they have really stepped it up!

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Samantha
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

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StephanieRose
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour was well worth the value. Great atmosphere. Perfect location.

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SteveH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food, atmosphere, and service was exemplary. this is our favorite happy hour place as well. we bring friends and family to il bistro at every opportunity. THE BEST!!

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BHK1
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was charming. We had an excellent appetizer, which was followed by wonderful scallops and the other main dish was fine. Our complaint was that the food was not hot when it came out. Service was very good most of the time and the helpers were very attentive. The reason for a "good" rating was that there were a few times when our waitress was a little slower than we would have liked. Overall an enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. The only thing better than the food was their service. Perfect spot for a date night!

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vipandymacnoon
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The menu was limited when it came to vegetarian options, but the server and chef worked with us to meet the diverse dietary needs of a party of seven.

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PaulC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dining experience in Seattle. Great wine and service. Recommended for anyone visiting the water front.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner we had in Seattle!

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StevenC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was comfortably wonderful. The whole evening had a warmness about it.We were greeted upon entering with a welcoming smile. We were gracefully seated. The waitress was gracious and knowledgeable. Her overall service to us was excellent. We never felt hurried, nor did we ever feel neglected. She always smiled.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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vipPulk
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a visit with a close friend

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Randy
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We highly recommend Il Bistro. Excellent service and good. We eat there every chance we get.

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StephenK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food was fine but the noise level was terrible and there seemed to be only one waitress for the entire restaurant and an overly energetic Asian busgirl!

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Juggernaut
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service! We usually come for their Happy Hour but took family for dinner and it didn’t disappoint!

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Bendexports
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with romantic lighting and ambience! We’ll be back

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff were friendly and responsive. Food was good, not great (bread served cold, plates of food delivered warm, not hot). Little poinsettias on tables were dead.
We appreciated that they were open on Christmas, and would give the restaurant another try on a normal night.

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JonathanD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Our server looked overworked but still was attentive to her tables. Overall, it was a good experience.

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JBDJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and atmosphere are quite good.
However the restaurant was very noisy making conersation at a table of four very difficult.
Due to the noise level I would not recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and drinks were all superb! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Can’t say enough about the service. Recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

My husband and I ordered a drink and our order was taken at the same time. Drinks arrived and seconds later so did the soup and a Caesar salad. It was very loud in the restaurant and I had lost my voice so we asked to move to a different table which our server said was no problem. Once we had moved, it was less noisy and a much preferred location. Overall, the food was bland and delivered in lightening speed. The salad despite being a Caesar which main ingredient besides romaine is generally garlic but this one did not have a hint of it. Mostly it was smothered in Parmesan. My husband’s soup was not much better and tasted like salty water. Immediately after we had finished half of our appetizers the main courses arrived. My husband had the risotto de jour and I had the linguine de Mare. Mine was similar to buttered sea water with mussels, clams, shrimp and squid. I thought I detected a faint taste of fennel (my husband said I was being generous) but again no garlic, lemon, onion, wine -nothing. My husband’s meal was better with shrimp and a cheesy, salty sauce. So here we are having a lovely time despite the unimpressive, tasteless food and we both only ate 20% of the portion and not once did the server ask how our meal was. I think it never even occurred to them to ask. The bill was $105 dollars and probably the worst meal I have ever had. Not sure why the restaurant was so full. A total mystery to me. Save your money and stay away.

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 1765 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.