IL BISTRO

4.6
1835 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!

Experiences

  • Christmas Day Dinner

    $1.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Annual Christmas Day Dinner! Pre-fix Prime Rib dinner with more details to come. Subject to Change

Offers

  • Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

    Join 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 AM

    End 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1835 people are saying
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PaulK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMichaelT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maintains its high standards

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AmyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food in a quaint location, tucked out of the way at the Market.

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ashlinnew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Il Bistro and it was such a treat. Their food was delicious and the ambiance was romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julian and the rest of the staff around the bar area, and front of house, were awesome. The halibut puttanesca was delightful!

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DaleK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the main dishes and the ambience. Caesar salad was just fair. Service was excellent.

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Chessy
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great drink menu, very yummy salad, good main course.

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vipmegannm
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll Bistro was an incredible experience! The food was delicious, service impeccable and atmosphere couldn’t have been more cozy!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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).

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MelynaD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Drinks were delicious and food was very savory. Good place for a date.

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vipCasualdiner
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

KK
KapnKz
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent!!

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vipSamona
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

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?

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KathrynV
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!

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kimberlyf
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Baby
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening. Most romantic night of my life.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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kreed
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

really nice place, a bit dark but we spent our anniversary here and i would definitely return.

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KimT
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice, get away weekend. Good food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, dinner and ambiance was exceptional!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town, read the reviews and found the food and atmosphere wonderful!

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BrookeC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KrysC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderfully romantic restaurant! The atmosphere is perfect and food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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lisam
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Every thing was delicious and staff was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service, food was excellent

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Rose
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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Rachel
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside. Great experience.

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MelR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipWhitneyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

nice winelist, good service, food only so so

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PaulaT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, hands down some of the best Italian food I have had. Setting was dark & intimate. Will definitely be back!

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FranP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, service was great, food excellent, nice ambience

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JoshuaL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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Joel
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite spots. I like to try new places but still keep coming back to this one.

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 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.