Amazing service, food was delicious. Great experience!
Terrible, too spicy food w/o spices -----------------------------------------------
The service is amazing, food delicious and atmosphere is romantic with out being cheesy. It’s a classic choice.
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).
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!
Food was extremely salty. Our server brought a replacement and it was not much better. Have had great meals here prior...very disappointed.
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.
Great food great service
I wouldn’t recommend this place. The place was loud. Poor seating. Had to yell across the small table to my wife.
Great food and wonderful waite staff ...would recommend to anyone staying in or near Seattle
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.
Service was slow and poor. Food was nothing special. Disappointing. Will not go again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Grate food. Great atmosphere. Great evening.
Ahemd was gracious and pleasant while covering for someone, so they could celebrate their birthday.
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.
Food was excellent, as was the ambiance. The service was also very good and prices were reasonable. Hard to ask for more.
Always a great meal and good service at Il Bistro.
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!
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!
A Seattle classic. Great food, only downside is the noise level is high.
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.
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.
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.
We truly love Il Bistro and have made it our annual New Year location each January to have a special date and meal.
Just a solid place. Very attentive and friendly staff
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!
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!
Slow service and bad food - a tourist trap
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Great Italian food in a wonderful location. Loud bistro atmosphere- reminds me of an east coast restaurant of my youth.