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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.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

IL Bistro will be offering a special 3-course Holiday menu this year. The menu will include numerous choices on each course. The cost is $59. per person. This is the only menu we will offer on this day. We require a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

IL Bistro will be offering a special 4-course Holiday Celebration menu this year for New Year's Eve. The cost is $89. per person. This is the only menu that will be offered this night. A credit card will be required to guarantee a reservation.

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IL BISTRO Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (33)
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Bar Seating (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Late-night Find (10)
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Local Ingredients (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Evening out with my husband before going to 5th Ave theater

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service were wonderful. We split eggplant Parmesan, Salmon (melt in your mouth perfect), Rigatoni Bolognese and a fabulous Chianti recommended by their sommelier. Even the bread and butter were wonderfully delicious and delightful. This is a gem I need to return to more often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We've lived in Seattle for many years and have not been to Il Bistro until last Friday evening. We are sorry we haven't been before. It's excellent. The service is top notch. Attentive and not fussy. The food is delicious -- we ordered the special risotto and fish. The serving size is ample and both dishes were executed beautifully. We also appreciate the well-chosen Italian wine list. AND we arrive early so had a drink at the bar -- after watching for a brief period, we understood that the bartender is skilled and a delight to watch in action. We recommend Il Bistro for a drink/dine in the bar, or a lovely, romantic dinner. We are so happy to have Il Bistro in the Market in Seattle !!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Date night (pre-Symphony dinner). The food is incredible! The Lasagna is the most amazing I've ever tasted. The staff is great (attentive and courteous). The ambiance is wonderful. Very classic Italian feel.
We will definitely revisit

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Il Bistro is a wonderful old favorite. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and was eager to make our night special. An excellent domestic AND Italian wine selection pairs well with a menu that is just the right size - if it's on the menu, it's delicious.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Quaint and cozy atmosphere with really good food. Exactly what I was looking for.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We've been coming here for years, and truly enjoy the experience each time. Lovely Ambience, excellent food, excellent service!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We made reservations for 2 and decided to walk to the restaurant. Got lost, called the restaurant, and told Chris, the matre'd, our situation. He asked our location and we told him. His response, "wait there, I'll come and get you." And he did. When we return to Seattle, we'll return to il Bistro. We have a great meal, and a relaxing evening. See you next year Chris!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent waiter, and excellent food. Very pleased.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful. You can't worry about cost when you go. Just plan to spend more than usual but it's totally worth it. Looking forward to our next visit to Seattle. Definitely going back for more incredibly good food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The awful music was so loud we couldn't hear each other, however the food simply delicious and our waiter Johnwas so very professional
Overall a great place

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The waiting staff was great. Attentive, but not pushy. The acoustics of the place make it fairly noisy. The food and cocktails we're delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Neat place and a challenge to find, but you're in the Club when you do. Great bartenders! Good food. Check for what is "fresh" prior to ordering. Will go back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant when we come to Seattle. It's FABULOSO!!!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Went for my dad's birthday on a Sunday at 5:30. Very quiet, hardly anyone else around. The staff were attentive and gracious. Good food, pasta seemed fresh. I was a little surprised that they did not offer a small dessert for the birthday boy, but we were pretty full anyway. There were 4 adults and a child; we got 2 salads to share and then each adult got their own entree and the kid shared. Plenty of food. Most of us finished our meals, my mom took her pasta home as leftover.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Il Bistro remains a Seattle classic. Never disappointing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Really enjoyed the meal. Everything was very tasty. My ravioli was a little cool but still tasted amazing. Thanks for keeping limoncello in the freezer many places don't!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Awesome ambiance in an intimate setting.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2017

One of Seattle's classiest restaurants. Servers who know what they're doing without an "I'm so cool attitude." Perfect pacing. Quiet, but not hushed. The Caesar was perfectly dressed; the salmon perfectly cooked. Couldn't have been happier with my birthday dinner!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Terrible service, left before ordering after we were seated.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, excellent service, great ambiance. The lamb was particularly tasty and tender. Good appetizers and compelling desserts. First visit in many years, but we'll be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Was greeted by a nice Italian man and was very polite got us everything we needed and the server was very nice and courteous.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We have enjoyed dining at Il Bistro for many years. Last Sunday we brought a friend from London to show him a good Seattle restaurant. We arrived for our 7pm reservation and were told there would be a few minutes wait so we found a table in the bar. We waited quite awhile before someone took our drink order then continued to wait for our drinks, much longer than was necessary. We eventually were seated then our drinks arrived. After ordering, we waited about 1/2 hour for our salads then another 15 min for our entrees. I believe we were eating about 8:15 for a 7:00 reservation. We were very embarrassed at how poor the service was. The food was delicious, as we expected. My husband and I were surprised and put off by the maitre d's appearance: long pony tail and white jeans; not professional at all. This just wasn't what we expect from Il Bistro and hope Sunday was a fluke.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

not inspired decor, but solid Italian fare. Delicious carrpacio and Gnocci. We went twice on a one week trip to.Seattle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We love IL Bistro. We've been coming here for years, and it's alway great food, wonderful service. Best Italian in downtown Seattle. Cheers!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Perfect place to celebrate my birthday! Lamb was over the top! Cioppino was a hit with my family. I would've ordered that if they'd substitute fish for clams and muscles. I'd even pay an upcharge but all they offered was to omit but not replace. Otherwise I'd give all 5 stars!!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We showed up early and they sat us right away at one of the outdoor tables. Was great for people watching at the market. We both enjoyed the food. Great restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Il Bistro does not need a gimmick or a 200 foot TV in the bar. Il Bistro is a iconic Seattle landmark. This cozy restaurant is tucked away in the Public Market. If you want food prepared by an incredibly talented chef and service I have consistently found to be impeccable - look no further.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Too many other good Italian restaurants in Seattle. I suggest that you try them instead.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The food was very good except for the seafood linguine which had way too much red pepper so that the flavors of the tender seafood were lost. Service was excellent and the ambiance is quite nice especially on a rainy night. The restaurant is cozy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at this beautiful, romantic Italian spot. Waitstaff is top-notch professional yet intimately friendly. The food was carefully treated to highlight local ingredients. Highly recommend the lobster tortellini special as it richly flavor yet not too heavy to have a pleasant after dinner walk in the market.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Nice little niche restaurant. Worthy of most occasions. Plan on a two hour experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I made an inquiry about the wine selection to the manager who sat us at our table for two. He mentioned he would send the wine steward over to address our request. He was very knowledgeable and made a couple great recommendations in different price points. Dinner was fabulous, we shared a creamy risotto as an appetizer and then roasted vegetables and lamb for dinner finished with gelato and biscotti for dessert. It was a great date night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent service, wonderful food, and the wine recommendations are always spot on!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Went to celebrate PRIDE with my boyfriend of almost 3 years. Everything was perfect! Roses and champagne greeted us on our table, Stefan our server was quirky and very nice! Will be back for sure

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I pre-ordered the optional Romance Package and it made a VERY positive impression for this 37th wedding anniversary dinner. The food and service were both truly superb. We will be dining here again soon without waiting for another special occasion!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 19, 2017

4 friends who used to work together for a dinner and catching up. Very nice ambiance, not to noisey (we were there 6-9 pm on a Monday). Delicious food and great service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Loved the prawn appetizer!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Our service was bad. My husband's drink was forgotten, and then he was brought the wrong entree. We were looking forward to trying this restaurant as I have heard good things. This was a disappointment.

The food was decent, but not worth it for the price point.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I was very disappointed with my experience at IL Bistro. There were 6 people in my party celebrating a milestone birthday. Our waiter wasn't knowledgeable about the dishes offered, he spoke so quietly that none of us could hear him and he was not attentive. We ordered wine and it took 25 minutes for it to arrive after one person in the party talked to the manager. One dish was served cold, two dishes were dry, two dishes were not as described by the waiter and one dish was acceptable. I don't have a desire to return.

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