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About IL BISTRO

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!

93A Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Every Day 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday through Thursday 10:00 pm until Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:00 pm until 1:00 am.

Cross Street:
First Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(206) 682-3049

Website:
http://www.ilbistro.net/

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

Parking Details:
Valet Parking offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. Located at Market entrance at First Avenue and Pike Street. Street parking is also available. In addition, there is a Public Garage one block East at 2nd Avenue Between Pike and Pine Street.

Executive Chef:
Chef Nathan Louma

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Come join us on Valentines Day! Chef Luoma will be preparing a wonderful four-course prix-fixe menu with many choices on each course. Enjoy the Mike Stafford Jazz trio Live!! $95 dollars per person.

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IL BISTRO Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (34)
Good for a Date (28)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
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Special Occasion (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I wouldn’t recommend this place. The place was loud. Poor seating. Had to yell across the small table to my wife.

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 (Boise)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and wonderful waite staff ...would recommend to anyone staying in or near Seattle

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Very limited vegetarian options. They brought our bread to the table after our first appetizer was served. Service was functional, or as my 13 year old daughter said, ‘the server seemed passive aggressive!’

We could not here the other side of our five person table talk.

The bruschetta and gnocchi that we ordered was just ok. The drinks and the salad were good. Desserts were good to. Don’t see myself going back anytime soon.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was slow and poor. Food was nothing special. Disappointing. Will not go again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great dinner at Il Bistro. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had. Our waitress was great; attentive and professional. Highly recommend this spot.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Recommend by a friend. My husband and I agree it’s our new favorite restaurant. High end services without the high cost. Excellent food. We can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I have been to Il Bistro 3-4 times now and have always been satisfied. I only have positive comments... the location is convenient, the food, service, and ambiance are consistently great! My favorites are the carpaccio and lasagna, and I rave about the risotto special each time I go (they change it up but it has always been SO yummy!). Definitely a must for me when I am in town.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Group of 6 for casual dinner
Everything was mediocre.
We’ve enjoyed the Bistro many times in the past but this experience seemed tired.
I don’t think we’ll return soon.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My boyfriend and I have been to Il Bistro on more than one occasion whether it’s HH or celebrating Valentine’s before the ballet as we did this past Saturday. The food is exceptional and the staff more than welcoming. One of our favorite things about dining out is going back to a place we’ve been and having one or more of the staff remembering us.
I always tell people about our experiences there and would highly recommend Il Bistro for any occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

As it was super bowl evening it was pretty empty. We have been here many times and keep coming back so we must like it. My back was hurting and my server found a pillow for me!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Grate food. Great atmosphere. Great evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Ahemd was gracious and pleasant while covering for someone, so they could celebrate their birthday.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Classic setting for great Italian cuisine. I had an amazingly fresh antipasto and cioppino. Others dining with me had sauteed calamari which was excellent and lasagna that was tasty, but not served warmed enough. Our server provided exceptional service, attentive and efficient.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent, as was the ambiance. The service was also very good and prices were reasonable. Hard to ask for more.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a great meal and good service at Il Bistro.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

From the guy who answered the phone to give us directions, to the fantastic waitress who cared for us all evening - Il Bistro is a fabulous experience from beginning to end. This was our first (and not last) visit. We brought our friend to celebrate her birthday and they made us ALL feel special. OH! And the FOOD!!! SO DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks, Il Bistro!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing food! Way better than I expected and happy to report was nothing close to a tourist trap. The service was impeccable and it was super romantic. Perfect date night!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A Seattle classic. Great food, only downside is the noise level is high.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The ambiance of the restaurant was great. Service was good, but had to wait a decent amount of time for our entrees. Appetizers were out soon after ordering. The calamari was different, yet delicious. The entrees were ok, not horrible but definitely not authentic.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We visited before a concert. Limited food options if dairy sensitive- fortunately the food was good. Wine by the glass menu needs improvement. It was very dark - great for ambiance but, more than one table used a flashlight to see.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Tucked in the PP Market, Il Bistro exudes charm and coziness. Great cocktails and a perfect combination of options for salads (don’t miss the chopped salad!), pasta and mains. Quintessential Italian preparations. NY Cheesecake shouldn’t be missed.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We truly love Il Bistro and have made it our annual New Year location each January to have a special date and meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Just a solid place. Very attentive and friendly staff

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had not been to Il Bistro in a couple of years. We arrived early and sat in the bar to enjoy a glass of wine. We prefer the ambiance of the bar over the restaurant - which is also very nice. We met our waitress Sophia- so friendly and welcoming! We requested that we stay for dinner in the bar area. Food was tasty, plentiful and well- priced. Service and atmosphere were great! Our only complaint is that the food was not as hot as we would have liked. However, we can’t wait to return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was fantastic accept 2 in my party we’re disappointed with the main course. Both plates were Luke warm and the entrees were ok. Everything else was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Slow service and bad food - a tourist trap

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A disappointing 3 out of 5 rating, as I had high hopes for this place (based on the reviews). But quite honestly, the Il Bistro experience was “meh” for us. The ambiance is wonderful once you walk in, alluding to an amazing experience, adding to it the host up front was fantastic. But it came to a screeching halt there. We should have just gone to the bar.

My girlfriend and I were tucked at the far back of the restaurant (not a big deal at all), but it’s in an alcove where it’s noisy (music speakers are aimed in our direction above, and volume was loud). Then the air vents above kept our area so chilly, she had to have her coat on the whole time.

Hot tip: This place is better for parties of 4 or more, where you get seated in the nicer part of the restaurant.

And we always seem to have the luck of getting awkward servers, to the point where it’s an inside joke, and Il Bistro did not disappoint. Again, I guess I expected more, or at least someone more affable and socially on point. And the food? Tasty, but underwhelming, this meal could be purchased just about anywhere.

In short, we will never go back. Unless it’s just to grab a quick drink before a show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The lighting is so dim we couldn't read the menu.
The restaurant lacks atmosphere and the food was bland and overpriced. I ordered the daily risotto which was mushroom. It was served suspiciously fast (so not made fresh), was luke warm and with very large, uncut mushroom pieces. It was bland. The best selling Bolognese was stodgy and uninspiring.
Our $42 bottle of wine was most disappointing - it wouldn't compete with Trader Joe's $2.99 Charles Shaw.
Overall, a very disappointing visit to a restaurant we've been to a couple of times before.
We won't be back

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were running a bit late for a show after dinner and our server was very helpful getting us out on time but also not making us feel rushed through salad and our entrees. This is our second visit to Il Bistro, and both times the food was delicious and the service impeccable.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pros - food excellent, ambience good. vibrant atmosphere.

Cons - the trio entertainment was much too loud for dining and chatting with our friends.
- wait time for ordering too long.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Nice list of wine by the glass. I had a Fruili blend. Cioppino was excellent. Service was a bit slow, but we weren't in a hurry and there was a large table near us which may have slowed things down a bit.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Italian food in a wonderful location. Loud bistro atmosphere- reminds me of an east coast restaurant of my youth.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have dined at Il Bistro from many years. Until this visit, we have always been well satisfied with the experience. I'm not sure what the problem was with this visit, maybe it existed with the kitchen staff. At the beginning, the maitre d' was aloof, and not very cordial. We arrived precisely on the time of our reservation. It appeared the entire restaurant was packed and our assigned table was acceptable. Our waiter was new, but accommodating. The wait for our salad was almost one hour. The waiter brought us 2 complimentary appetizers to appease our hunger. Once the main course of pastas arrived, they appeared to have been old leftovers that were heated up in a microwave oven. The waiter and maitre d' were both very apologetic concerning our experience. After all the many years we have dined here, we will still give it another go. Maybe it was an aberration, Sunday evening following a Seahawks game. Very, very disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Got a great table in a cozy corner of the restaurant and had an amazing meal. Matthias was a great server and he made the meal very special. Would highly recommend!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was very tasty although they subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy- very small portions! Food took an hour to be served. I liked the ambience emanating from the bar area but the noise level made it hard to converse. Next time I think I’ll just opt for the bar at happy hour!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lived in Seattle for over 30 years and finally ate at Il Bistro. No wonder it is crowded.
Food was fabulous. My girlfriend had the Bolonese and I had the pasta del mare.
Both out of this world.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wait time was 1.5 hours for a table even with a reservation, but it was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was good but not great, Calimari was a little rubbery but the broth was great. My biggest complaint was our waitress. Although she offered the table next to ours pepper for their salad and Parmesan for lasagna, we were not offered anything. She was also snarky when I asked about the special and clearly irritated when we declined dessert.
The upside is the location.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Chris the host was awesome!
A great all around experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I ordered risotto and the food portion was ridiculously small. I questioned if they gave me an appetizer size (which still would have been small) but was told no but the server offered to give me a bigger portion or dessert on the house. I choose the bigger portion since I was still hungry which was a much more reasonable size. However, the risotto was extremely bland and disappointing. My husband ordered Chicken Caccatorie which he enjoyed

The ambiance was rather loud to carry on an intimate conversation but the service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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