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IL BISTRO

4.4
4.4
1834 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (206) 682-3049

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Simon

  • Catering

    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

  • Private party facilities

    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

  • Private party contact

    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

  • Neighborhood

    Belltown / Pike Place Market

  • Cross street

    First Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us as we invite the Jacob Zimmerman 3 every Thursday night for live Jazz, 830p to 1130pm. Reservations until 9:30pm.

Popular dishes

What 1,834 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle

    Romantic

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  1. JH

    JeanneH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Italian food with great service. The sautéed calamari is unique and flavorful.

    IL BISTROResponded todaySo glad you enjoyed your time here! Our sautéed calamari is pretty unique, not everyone’s favorite with the burgundy vinegar but it goes great our house made bread. And those that love it come back time and time again. We hope that’s you! Cheers.

  2. IE

    IEnjoyFood

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Reserved a table here for my girlfriends 30th birthday. Was seated in the back next to the noisiest couple talking about nonsense very loudly. Overheard other customers looking at us and making comments about us. Instead of making a big deal, we kindly requested to be moved. The waitress seemed annoyed that we had asked to be moved. Finally sat on the table. Ordered from the menu and got some drinks (Neighbor Lady and Captain Knuckles). The Captain Knuckles tasted like poison, and the Neighbor Lady tasted like someone put Garam Masala in a drink. Don't recommend. Ordered Calamari and it looked very unappetizing. I had the courage to try and make the best of it. My partner did not. It was different from how it was described on the menu and it didn't taste like anything. The waitress came back and asked me how I liked it. I was truthful and then she said to me, "Well, it says it on the menu." I'm shocked at what the server (Jackie) was saying. The Lasagna and Parma pollo were decent dishes and we were hungry at this point. We finished up but couldn't wait to get out of there quick enough. I would not recommend this place plain and simple.

    IL BISTROResponded todayHi there, We hate for anyone to feel uncomfortable in our dining room and do our best to accommodate with options of where you would feel comfortable. Both cocktails are extremely spirit forward, the Captain having no added sugar. Your server would have loved to swap them out for something more within your palates if distaste had been expressed. Sautéed calamari is stated as such on the menu and isn’t for everyone. Next time we’d recommend swapping out for the arancini or even dessert!

  3. TD

    TanayD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    There was a hair in one of the salads. And when we talked to our server, he just dismissed it. Took half the salad off the tab, but did nothing to improve on it.
  4. m

    mdrock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot!Good food,excellent cocktails.The sercice was fantastic.Will definitely go back next time in town
  5. S

    Stan

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Being almost underground it was a bit hard to find, but everything else was perfect! We had a nice quiet dinner for 2, and both of our entrées made me want the recipe. Thanks for a wonderful meal!
  6. CH

    ChloeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great! The ambience, service and food was very good! Would recommend again!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Our server was Jackie and she was friendly and attentive, the other staff were very nice too. Drinks were great, get the milk punch it's excellent, but a little pricey. The food was a little different experience. Got the Arancini for an app, so good best part of the meal. I had the parmigiano chicken, it was over cooked, and it was covered in a tomato sauce that was super acidic, My friend had the pesto pasta, and it was bland and unimpressive. For the price I would only recommend a drink and an app while shopping the market, but not to take your friend to for her birthday.
  8. D

    Diningshouldbespecial

    West Palm Beach

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding night! at vibe!
  9. a

    apogiatura

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i had almost forgotten what it was to get truly professional, welcoming, excellent service with fantastic food and drink in a beautiful atmosphere! Applause all around!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Bartender, Julian was very unfriendly. He made good drinks but he could have made the experience so much better. We were referred by a past employee and another friend, her experience was before CoVid. I’m sure it was a different bartender then and was probably a much better experience. Sadly, we probably won’t return or refer anyone to go there. Drinks were great but not worth the money when you don’t feel welcome.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    It was just okay. The service was wonderful but the food was too garlicky and too oniony. I eat a lot of authentic Italian and this it.
  12. RK

    RileyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance and staff! We had such a romantic and great time.
  13. KH

    KellyH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Overpriced for quality. Food was bland. Staff was amazing.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I wasn’t too hungry but I loved the pasta I got it so I decided to take it home. Later on that night I was excited to eat it and I open the box and they have given me the wrong food to go. It was just disappointing because it was a pretty expensive entrée which I hardly ate any of it at the restaurant so just felt like a waste of money.

    IL BISTROResponded todayWe are so sorry this happened! There must have been a mix up, we’ll work on being more meticulous about labeling so this doesn’t happen again.

  15. DR

    DRMUM1955

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Bistro meets every requirement for a fabulous dinner, the food is delicious, the only problem, I want to order everything on the menu. The service is professional and very friendly. The atmosphere perfect for either a romantic or casual and fun evening. Nothing stuffy or pretentious about Il Bistro, just consistent great meals. My favorite restaurant for a visit to Seattle.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The food tasted like it was reheated pasta from the grocery store. The server rolled his eyes at me when I asked for water with no ice. The tiramisu tasted like a cake and a day old. Probably the worst fake Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to. If you want to go to an overpriced Olive Garden you should go here though I think Olive Garden would score higher in taste. The waiter after 10 minutes of eating wanted to clear our table. Not sure why people rate it so high.
  17. CH

    CharlesH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from Jackie was great. Shrimp app and NY strip were cooked perfectly. Great ambience.
  18. KS

    KarenS

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are excellent. Wine list is extensive and diverse. But the true appeal is the people — the staff at Il Bistro is the absolute best.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was uniquely delicious and the ambiance enchanting!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    It was our last dinner in Seattle and the waiter was rude. Very impatient when ordering. Was not helpful, and seemed annoyed that I asked questions about drinks. We were the first and only customers at that time. Then when I ordered, I stated I had asked for pepperoni only on my pizza. He slapped his leg in aggravation stating that’s what I ordered. Then later my wife asks for a Diet Coke and he finally brought it 10 min later when we had already finished. We have had nothing but the best service while we have been here, until this one.
  21. r

    rposovsky

    Seattle

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner and service with a great Seattle vibe.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I specifically mentioned celebrating our wedding anniversary on the app, in the comment section and clicked “anniversary “ button. ZERO recognition of that. Felt rushed to get out even tho there were open tables. Will not be returning. Do not recommended.
  23. D

    Dave

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It’s fine. Food was just ok. Good service.
  24. VB

    VeraB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was very average. Duck breast was a bit tough and not very well seasoned. The waiter was OK but missed some things. I would say the experience was OK overall but it would not be my restaurant of choice next time
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    It was good. Loved the vibe
  26. CG

    CoyG

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their clam linguine and antipasti plate is sooo good, but the drink menu is next level! This is our go to spot when seeing a concert at the Showbox, especially sitting outside... it's like fine dining with a bit of grunge.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience at Il Bistro. Server was very kind
  28. m

    michael

    Sacramento

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Food and wine 👍
  29. BB

    BobB

    Shanghai

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good time try it
  30. RM

    RonM

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Although food was very good, portion size was enough to feed family of 4 and looked ugly on plate. Sever started off very good, but became overbearing by approaching table every few minutes even when told to give 15 mins for desert, was back in less than 2mins and again 2mins later. I asked for brandy and coffee and was given ouzo, not quite the same. Metaxa do not make ouzo as was suggested.
  31. B

    Bradley

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant is dark. The service was good. The menu is limited… no typical dishes like pasta with marinara or eggplant Parmesan. The calamari was tough … like a thick rubber band.
  32. CK

    CindiK

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints after all these years. Still a treasure in the Market! Cheers!
  33. J

    Julie

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot right in the market. Had a big group for a friend’s birthday and the service was excellent.
  34. PH

    PaigeH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is amazing! The cocktails are unique and well balanced and the food is divine. I would eat the duck every day!!
  35. g

    giachang

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Ordered the daily special (fish). Food was alright, not very outstanding.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the food and cocktails were delicious. Made for a wonderful evening.
  37. JS

    JoeyS

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a treat, the service was great and the food was incredible. Expensive but worth the once-in-a-while date.
  38. KV

    KathrynV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Bistro has been around for decades for good reason. The food is delicious and consistent, service is attentive without being intrusive, and the space is lovely. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.
  39. AP

    AnthonyP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good portions, good ambience, awesome location. I live, work, and play in Seattle and love going to the market for Il Bistro.
  40. SR

    SuzanneR

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Busy, service was slow but all else was very nice

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 1834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for IL BISTRO

93A Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    First Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Belltown / Pike Place Market

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Simon

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 682-3049

  • Catering

    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

  • Private party facilities

    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

  • Private party contact

    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

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