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Tue, 4/24
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9:00 PM
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IL BISTRO

4.3
1492 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest, Seafood
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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. Lounge is open until 2:00 am every night.
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Phone number
(206) 682-3049
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Kurt Wilson
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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
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Cross street
First Avenue
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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What 1492 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.5
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Perfect date night. This restaurant is super cozy with dark candlelit tables. We went during the week so it wasn’t very crowded which we liked as it was more intimate and quiet. The food was excellent. We tried the lasagna and the fish special. Portions were huge so that helped to increase the value overall. We also had a drink that was phenomenal (the Kibbie). It’s a steep walk but located right in the heart of Pike Place down an alley, so make sure you check on the map so you don’t walk past it.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We keep coming back to Il Bistro! The food is outstanding. The service is exemplary. We feel like we're honored guests in the Il Bistro family home. We'll keep coming back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Il Bistro was a great restaurant to go to for restaurant week. Everything was on point-- the food, the service, and the ambiance. Every course was delicious. The waiters were attentive. The ambiance was warm and the red lighting made it feel romantic and Italian. Great place to get together with some girlfriends.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A wonderful spot. Our first visit. We were on a visit to Seattle and Il Bistro was recommended by friends who live in Seattle. Food was fabulous. We both had the Chicken which was perfectly cooked (they brine it) and beautifully presented. Excellent wine list with good pricing and fine recommendations from the Steward. Romantic, great service, extraordinary food. Perfect.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Solid Italian place with great food. Really enjoyed our appetizer carpaccio, and our entrees linguine del mare and ragu pasta.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very nice environment, will come again! The servers were very nice, food was better than I expected. Enough portion to be full!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Went to Il Bistro during Seattle Restaurant week. Been there many times before. Setting is very nice, wait staff excellent. This time I was disappointed in my food. I started with Prosciutto and mozzarella, while the former was very good the mozzarella cheese was not at all of a decent quality. For a main course I had a pork chop with a red pepper garnish.....while the chop was a large size the meat inside was raw - I should have sent it back. I finished with an excellent piece of cheese cake.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Awesome meal!!

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Il Bistro has been the favorite restaurant of me and my husband for many years. Unfortunately, I can no longer say it is our favorite restaurant... It actually became one of the most disappointing experiences that I had with dining. While the manager said he has been working there for a while, the greeting was very impersonal. There was one manager who remembered our favorite dish and our names.

My concern is not with the greeting. I guess the chief chef has been changed. I have tasted almost everything in the menu and I ordered my favorite dish this time. The taste was so different, very mediocre. Pasta was undercooked and you could just taste the flour.... I finished the food despite my dislike because I wanted to wait for my favorite dessert, Flourless Chocolate Torte. Guess what?! That is removed from the menu... What a disappointing experience. I do not know what it would take to actually return to this restaurant. Since I loved this restaurant so much, it is just unfortunate.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was wonderful and just what we needed for a date night! Great food , portions, and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service. Great food!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We ordered the "romance package" when we made a reservation, which included rose petals on the table and two glasses of prosecco. It also seemed to include the best table in the house! We were sat in a romantic corner of the restaurant and received excellent service. I definitely recommend this extra package if you're celebrating something romantic. Unfortunately, the food was less impressive. The calamari antipasto was extremely vinegary, so we asked to have it replaced with Nona's meatballs, which were amazing. The risotto special and Caesar salad were just okay. Overall a very fun evening, more for the cozy, intimate atmosphere than the food.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Amazing service, food was delicious. Great experience!

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1.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Terrible, too spicy food w/o spices -----------------------------------------------

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The service is amazing, food delicious and atmosphere is romantic with out being cheesy. It’s a classic choice.

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Took my son and his room mates for a nice dinner. Choices made were the Carpaccio, Sautéed Mushrooms (appetizers) Seafood Linguini, Salmon, Cioppino and the Scallop special. All were fair in taste and the service was very attentive. He gave nice recommendations and choices. Location was somewhat hard to find (was in an alley).

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We had a great date night on Thursday, as a belated Valentine's Day, and so I sprung for the 'Romance Package'. Two glasses of champagne plus the rose petals for only $18...she loved it!

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was extremely salty. Our server brought a replacement and it was not much better. Have had great meals here prior...very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My daughter was in town from Myanmar and we chose Il Bistro as our dinner spot before going to the symphony. We all had delicious meals with my wife having the Chicken Cacciatore, I had the special Tuna Puntanesca, and my daughter had the Risotto. The only complaint I had was that the Puntanesca was not spicy enough but everything else was great.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great food great service

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Grate food. Great atmosphere. Great evening.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a great meal and good service at Il Bistro.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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