IL BISTRO

4.7
1831 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!

Support IL BISTRO during COVID-19

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 1831 people are saying
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4.6
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vipElizabeth
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful classic Italian food, in a nice setting with excellent service

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elegantfowl
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Il Bistro is a cozy, intimate space with an inviting bar as well as tables, just at the edge of the Pike Place Market. Service was attentive while not intrusive, and our meals were first rate, with the tiramisu just a tad shy of 5 stars.

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KelliV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughters 18th birthday last night with 9 of us. It was amazing and the girls loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We were seated at 8:45. Didn’t get our entrees until past 10pm when the kitchen closed. It was a pretty quiet Sunday evening so not sure what took so long. The food was ok - halibut was fine they were out of a lot of things and the smoked ravioli had really heavy, creamy sauce that didn’t go well.

Waitstaff was super nice and knowledgeable and ambiance was pretty and romantic. This is right in Pike Place Market so you definitely pay a tourist tax even though the food is just ok. Overall I wouldn’t go again for the price.

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BobH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, a bit understaffed which resulted in slow service, but other than that it was great.

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vipAviM
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and excellent attentive service.

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Hopland
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic gem of a restaurant. My husband reservations and this was THE best part of our dining experience while here in Seattle. It was a little chilly when we were there and were fortunate to get an intimate booth for the two of us inside, but the outdoor seating looked fun. The menu offered many delicious choices. The serving staff was pleasant, courteous and extremely attentive. Our server, Juan, was stellar and knowledgeable and we were impressed when he revealed it was his first night on the job. You would have thought he worked there for years. Make your reservation and come eat here. You will not be disappointed.

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vipClaireT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for amazing food and best wine selections! Love this place!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio y la comida genial... En el mismo centro del Public market

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vipezez
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Great atmosphere, great food - Bolognese and Lasagna were both great, starters (Arancini and salads) were very good as well. Home-made gelato for dessert was also awesome.
Service was very good, simply a great place.

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Reviewer1
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The sommelier must have had to fill in to help take meal orders and he went out of his way to be rude to our table; quite unnecessarily so too. In addition to no not asking our beverage orders for over half an hour, he came over to our table to express how we "made it hard on him" by going to the bar to order drinks ourselves once he later saw we had drinks. I will say everyone else at the restaurant was wonderful with their politeness (as they usually are), but something was certainly wrong with the sommelier on this night. Whether it was just us being there or he was having a bad day, he made sure to make us feel most unwelcome.

Would still recommend and come back to Il Bistro, but just hope to avoid this person.

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Footloose
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Outdoor dining was nice but not great ambiance and it was a tad noisy but felt pretty safe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service & food was DELICIOUS!!! Perfect date night spot! Was an amazing experience and I will definitely be going again!!

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ClaudiaR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Attentive waitress, staff was great. Food not so much. My risotto and shrimp were cold and risotto wasn’t very cheesy, it was soupy, chicken Parmesan was good but small serving for the price. Chicken ravioli was ok, sauce tasted like it was on its way out. Cute restaurant, very Italian. Great for appetizers and cocktails. That was all we liked.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was good overall. The halibut itself was great, but the accompaniments (broccoli, cauliflower and gnocchi) were not. The lamb belly, calamari and charcuterie board were great. The ambience was excellent, the service from our specific waitress was mediocre and not as welcoming/personable as one would hope for.

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vipTimH
San Diego
132 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for business. Great find. Lovely atmosphere and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, drinks were crafted perfectly. My boyfriend and I, were very impressed with the high level of service. Our meal was simply 5 Stars! I highly recommend saving room for dessert, the Tiramisu is heavenly.

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Guido331
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I dined at IL Bistro for our Anniversary. Great little restaurant located at Pine Place Market in Seattle. It was very quaint.
Our server Jackie was wonderful with our service and recommendations for food and drink. We definitely will be back again for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, excellent food, very nice ambiance.

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vipIdaB
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice - terrific menu - great service -

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Zeus
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dark and romantic. Service was perfect blend of availability without intrusiveness.

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vipjeff
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. We brought a four year old, and the wait staff made everything Comfortable and served beautifully.

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MikeK
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit here although we regularly go to Seattle. Our wait person was wonderful, attentive without being intrusive. Service was outstanding, water quickly refilled, dirty dishes whisked away in moments. The lasagna we shared was just the same we like it, a little burnt at edges for a crunch factor.

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FishFan1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Can’t wait to come back. That cheesecake was mind blowing.

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vipMagnoliaMan
Munich
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Stopped by at 5:00 pm for a quick early dinner with friends.

Very accommodating. Tables are well spaced and the staff seems to be following all recommended COVID precautions.

Service from the bartender was great. Very personable and welcoming.
Great wine by the glass and cocktails.

Food was great. Lasagna was excellent. Super fresh and piping hot. Huge portion, but sadly it was all eaten.

Lamb burger also great, along with Parmesan fries. (No ketchup available as it is not considered Italian enough 🤣 )

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DanielH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening

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vipSophie
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Il bistro. The staff, the food are all terrific!

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Richard
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Seattle dining right in the heart of Pikes Place Market. A really nice place with soul.

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AndreaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious, the wit staff was nice and the lighting in the restaurant is nice and subdued. Went for valentines day and had a delicious vegetarian lasagna. They also have GREAT wine selection.

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great V day dinner. Love this place. We were bummed on the fixed menu for V day, but it exceeded our expectations by far. Glad it was fixed.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day at IL Bistro was an amazing experience. All the dishes were superb and the overall atmosphere of the restaurants was just right for a good date night. I will always remember this place as it helped me ask my girlfriend out on Valentines Day. Thank you to the staff for all the hard work staying open during COVID. I will definitely be back again!

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vipdbschlosser
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit and won't be our last. Outstanding service, terrific ambiance and location. overall a great experience.

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davida
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another wonderful meal at Il Bistro. The valentines menu was excellent and the service was impeccable. We will always try to eat here when we are in the downtown area.

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NatalieJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant wasn’t open!! Got all dressed up NYE walked to the pike place market and the restaurant wasn’t even open!! I canceled all other reservations for this one

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vipKpistel2
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was closed. We made a reservation, showed up and the whole place was dark. We called and it went to voicemail.

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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.

FAQs

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

IL BISTRO is rated 4.7 stars by 1831 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.