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!
Christmas Day Dinner$1.00 per personPrepaid
Dec 25, 2021 onlyAnnual Christmas Day Dinner! Pre-fix Prime Rib dinner with more details to come. Subject to Change
Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro
Multiple dates available
Thu 8:30 PM - 11:30 PMJoin us as we invite the Jacob Zimmerman 3 every Thursday night for live Jazz, 830p to 1130pm. Reserve your table and support these local musicians.
Late Night Happy Hour at Il Bistro
Multiple dates available
Sun - Mon 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Thu 10:00 PM - 12:00 AMEnd your night in the Il Bistro lounge for our late-night Happy Hour! Food and drink specials, first come first serve. 1030pm-1230am Friday/Saturday. 10pm-12am all other nights open.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Traditionally Prepared with Ground Veal & Lamb, Imported Italian Cheeses & Marinara
Sautéed with Toasted Garlic, Basil, Roma Tomatoes, Burgundy Wine Vinegar
House Made Pasta, Ground Veal & Lamb Ragu, Red Wine, Rosemary, Pecorino-Romano
The food, drinks, service and atmosphere are great. Staff were very accommodating and flexible with special requests. I have dined at Il Bistro many times over the last 30 years, and is always a pleasure.
Maintains its high standards
Delicious food in a quaint location, tucked out of the way at the Market.
It was my first time at Il Bistro and it was such a treat. Their food was delicious and the ambiance was romantic.
Order the Arancini!!! So good! Our server was Nate and he was the best, great wine recommendation and very knowledgeable. Great ambiance for a date night!
Julian and the rest of the staff around the bar area, and front of house, were awesome. The halibut puttanesca was delightful!
Love the main dishes and the ambience. Caesar salad was just fair. Service was excellent.
Great drink menu, very yummy salad, good main course.
I’ll Bistro was an incredible experience! The food was delicious, service impeccable and atmosphere couldn’t have been more cozy!
Overall we had a nice evening. I’d say this is a bit more if a traditional Italian restaurant. Some of my friends really enjoyed their main course, some were not as enthusiastic. I liked what I ordered (the chicken Parmesan). The wine list is very good. They were out of some entrees and appetizers (and we were there relatively on the early side so I attribute that to supply chain issues).
Great food and ambiance. Drinks were delicious and food was very savory. Good place for a date.
Maybe it's due to covid.
The linguine with clams was full of burnt garlic so disappointing and the chicken parm was like cardboard. Service was great just wished the food matched.
We had a very enjoyable dinner on the whole but learned we need to tell the server when we need to leave rather than the time of the show we are seeing. The service was great when the server was available, but we would go for 20 minutes at a time without seeing him which made us have to rush to our show.
We have been coming to Il Bistro since it opened into 1974/5. We have celebrated anniversaries, birthday's with our children and just plain dinner for two over the past 40+ years. Based on our love of the restaurant and its excellence we brought 2 friends, extolling the food and ambience. Last nite's experience was very disappointing, not at all like anything we have ever experienced before. Both the Halibut and the Cioppino were very, very over-spiced while the tiramsu did retain its superb preparation and taste, But we ordered only one for the 4 of us, lest it turn out like the food. The ambience was awful, we don't remember Il Bistro as very noisy, but we were seated at the front and it was unpleasantly noisy--we have never before came on a Friday or a Saturday--so maybe that's why. We'll try again, soon but is the restaurant under diferent management or was it the chef's night off?
We went to the restaurant to take advantage of the fixed price option available during restaurant week and had a lovely meal. The food was delicious with portion sizes smaller than the regular menu items. We really liked that because it meant we had room for a starter and a dessert. We normally would only have entrees and possibly share a dessert. Service was extremely slow but given the staffing challenges the restaurant business is currently struggling with, this was understandable. They have sound deadening ceiling panels but the noise level still made conversation difficult. When we finished dinner we went into the bar and ordered drinks so we could enjoy the excellent live music. All in all, a great evening. We’ll definitely be back!
We went during Restaurant Week and it was excellent. Very good value for the fixed menu. All choices were really yummy. We were a party of five and tried them all. The ambiance in this restaurant was delightful, dark but glowing on a rainy Seattle Nov night, quiet conversations all around, but no real restaurant clatter. Bolognaise was a fav.
Came for SRW - the arugula salad, salmon, and tiramisu were great! Glad to come on a weekday night, found parking right in front and easy to get in. A bit loud but wasn’t too distracting.
A perfect evening. Most romantic night of my life.
really nice place, a bit dark but we spent our anniversary here and i would definitely return.
Excellent service and food. Would highly recommend
Very nice, get away weekend. Good food and ambiance.
Service, dinner and ambiance was exceptional!!
We were visiting from out of town, read the reviews and found the food and atmosphere wonderful!
We LOVE this restaurant! It's one of our top three romantic restaurant and never disappoints. We live in eastern Washington and drove to Seattle to celebrate my spouse's birthday at Il Bistro. We had a wonderful experience again.
Such a wonderfully romantic restaurant! The atmosphere is perfect and food is amazing!
Flavorful food, but portion of the entres off. Too much pasta for one person. The sauces (bolognese and lasagna) were quite good. Overall a good experience.
Very good food! Wonderful spot right in the marketplace. Ambiance and music were nice. A little expensive but if you are looking to splurge I would recommend it.
Every thing was delicious and staff was very accommodating.
Very good service, food was excellent
The appetizer was very good but the service was extremely slow. We sat down around six and did not eat until 8pm. When we finally got out food it was bland and while not terrible, was not worth the high price.
Sat outside. Great experience.
We had a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The background music was too loud, and people at the table next to us were very talking very loudly. We asked that the music be turned down, and it was. As a result, the table of four next to us also got quieter. Also (small point), we had reservations for 5:45 and arrive a little early. We were disappointed to be offered a table near the kitchen. It was probably the least desirable location in the entire restaurant, which was nearly empty at the time of our arrival. As we were just a party of two, we felt we were offered the "lesser table". We asked to sit elsewhere and were quickly accommodated, which we appreciated. QUESTION: Do you have a happy hour with food? I cannot tell from your website.
nice winelist, good service, food only so so
The food was excellent, hands down some of the best Italian food I have had. Setting was dark & intimate. Will definitely be back!
Delightful, service was great, food excellent, nice ambience
Front desk guy was awesome, we had outdoor reservations but offered a seat inside, even got one by the window so we could have the outside vibes. He was very polite and the waiter that served us was awesome all night.
Sautéed calamari and bread with balsamic vinaigrette were quite good. Really good flavor and heat without being spicy. Fun dish.
Kitchen was backed up, we waited close to an hour for our entre. Waiter was the saving grace for this getting us a free drink (and covering our desert).
Steak had good flavor, but was INCREDIBLY tough... I mean my jaw was sore by the end of it. For 50 dollars I expected MUCH more. Though, the potatoes and asparagus with this entre were great. Potatoes mixed with the bone marrow butter could have been a main dish in itself.
The free desert & coffee that the waiter hooked us up with was DELICIOUS. Honestly, that tiramisu was to die for.
Atmosphere was perfect with the dim lights and lit candle. We loved that. But it was very loud. Couple groups were unreasonably noisy, I found myself yelling at my date, who was all of 2 feet in front of me.
All-in-all fun experience for what I considered "entry level fancy dining" but for $150 I feel like we could have done a lot better.
The food was good. The halibut pasta dinner that I got was good but the pasta had a more robust flavor than the halibut and I couldn't taste the halibut when eating them together. The clam pasta had too much lemon flavor and we couldn't taste the clams as much. Service was good at first and then we were forgotten about. The Manhattan tasted like an old fashioned.
Always one of my favorite spots. I like to try new places but still keep coming back to this one.
IL BISTRO offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 682-3049.
IL BISTRO is rated 4.6 stars by 1835 OpenTable diners.
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.