Permanently Closed - Mercato Stellina at the Market

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68 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Italian Restaurant and Bar featuring a variety of salads, small plates, housemade artisinal pastas, and brick-oven pizzas using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and the immediately adjacent Pike Place Market.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm
Dinner
Wed–Fri 3:30 pm–9:30 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Sun 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 485-7356
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Bollag
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Private party facilities
please contact jon@mercatostellina.com
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Cross street
Western Avenue & Lenora St.
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Parking details
A secure public garage parking is available below the restaurant with elevator access to the ground floor. Off street parking is also available in front of the restaurant off of Western Avenue.
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Public transit
Close to all public transportation and major downtown stations.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Highly recommend the Caesar Salad, gnocchi and bolognese. Wine is also quite affordable.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was ok. Nothing great. Have had better pastas in Seattle city. The location and service are the saving grace of this establishment

D
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One person from Chicago and 3 from California met at this place to reconnect after several years. What a great evening we had. We talked late after our meal was over and no one bugged us about leaving when they clearly had no one else in the place and were just waiting for us to exit. Intimate place with outdoor seating. Servers are professional and have charm. Food is tasty and fresh. We'll return.

RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We had the table booking for 9:00 pm, reached there at 8:58 pm. they had closed the door, finally opened and argued at length that restaurant closes at 9 pm. We showed them the reservation and also the their web site that showed closing time at 10 pm.
The chef was very rude. The staff, in general, did not care about customers.
The first item on menu, Olives and Almonds, was in menu at $6.00 whereas, on web site was at $5.00 ( not a big issue).
Restaurant management needs to teach staff’s behavior towards customers.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta! Lovely wait staff and great menu :)

MA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waiting for restaurant to reply before posting experience.

GM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was clearly understaffed that evening which slowed down the service.

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time visiting this restaurant. Good is excellent. Service is very friendly. Great place - highly recommend.

TS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Italian food, must ask for olive oil, and bread, otherwise non may be served, nonetheless, very exquisite, tasty, and portion is very satisfying. Thank you.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Hair in food. Waiter forgot we needed a fresh meal. My husband ate his food (to enjoy since it was warm) and then when they remembered my food, it was late and he was done. No real apology for it. Service was not great or attentive. It was a date night and didn’t feel special at all there. Went next door for dessert and had a much better service experience. Would not recommend.

KD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was very bland, gnocchi was very oily. Overall, not worth the money spent on it.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Dining at the bar and watching the Chefs is the best seat in the house. New Chef Joseph is a master of Italian cuisine. Many Italian restaurants to choose from in Seattle. NO reason to go anywhere but here!!

RB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a return visit for us and we brought guests. Excellent place for dinner before a show.

JS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt and courteous and food was outstanding. Highly recommended.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 1

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NW
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The Worst Dinner for a Long Time
We had dinner at the Seattle location of Mercato Stellina on February 13th and were highly disappointed and this is why:
While our server Lia was very nice, she was not on her best game that evening.
When we ordered bread, we got pizza dough rolls (think Olive Garden). Lia acknowledged that it was a mistake and that she would take if off the bill. However, when the bill arrived, it was still on and we had to point it out to her which is quite uncomfortable.
Secondly, when we asked what wines were 50% off on Wednesday evenings as advertised on their website she had no idea, she was unaware of the promotion.
While the website mentions that “Selected Wines” - with emphasis on the plural - are 50% off, there was actually only one wine available: one of the most expensive bottles on the list and one that was not even Italian, as you would expect for an Italian restaurant. When asking if we could have the Scavino wine as part of the 50% wine promotion we were told “no” by Lia’s manager. We still ordered the Scavino only to find out that it was sold out. When we then ordered a “2016 Italian Cabernet/Sangiovese”, we were presented with the 2015 vintage, as the 2016 vintage on the wine list wasn’t available.
Overall the lack of attention to detail was present throughout our experience: from the website’s inaccurate marketing of the Wednesday 50% off wines program, to an out-dated wine list, to several poorly prepared dishes including a charred octopus that was nicely scored but had no char flavors and a mushy texture, Arancini which were prepared with over cooked risotto, resulting in them being more like a mash.
With so many excellent Italian food options in Seattle, from Bar del Corso on Beacon Hill to Artusi on Capitol Hill, we think that Mercato Stellina might work for the cruise ship crowd at best, but certainly not for the locals.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with good food and good service.

LM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service! Had a reservation for 4 and they were able to extend to 6. Will come back when are 2 so can sit at the bar!

D
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small menu, but everything we tried was excellent quality. Fresh pasta was great.

KW
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

We arrived for lunch, we were the only people in the restaurant other than the waiter and two cooks.
Our Waiter was delightful, the restaurant itself is small and tucked away. There isn't a view, so I would imagine the food to be wonderful. We ordered a Green Salad for 11 dollars and a Pasta for 22. our Salad consisted of 12 leaves of lettuce. The dressing was a balsamic, which was nice. But nothing else on the salad but lettuce leaves. Our for 22 dollars was the size of an average persons fist. The sauce was nice, the portions was so small, we left very hungry and disappointed in or 36 dollar lunch. WE won't be back.

AT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! I usually avoid the Market because of the tourist trap vibe. I didn’t have much choice tonight, so decided to give Mercato Stellina a try. I am so glad! Seriously wonderful food. Bursting with flavor. The octopus was their best I’d ever had, even in Italy! Crispy gnocchi with duck confit...a total surprise. Just amazing. Small restaurant with cozy and romantic ambiance. Perfect service. We will return again and again!

RB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant! Superb fresh pasta, plus attentive service.

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F
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful menu with variety, yet not overly ambitious which frequently diminishes quality...
Absolutely the best Cacio de Pepe in the Northwest and the octopus was cooked perfectly and super tender!!,
This is a “spot” for us!

TL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The starters, especially the octopus, are excellent, and the fresh pasta dishes are really wonderful. Excellent options for wine by the glass as well.

F
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little place with great Italian food and friendly service.

NF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Way Overpriced. Food is meh. We had Bolognese and Gnocchi. Service was excellent. Would no go back.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious pasta dish - my crispy gnocchi with duck confit, parsley, and aged balsamic was absolutely unique and delightful. I have never had such pillow-soft gnocchi before. The balsamic and citrus finish really brightened the dish with a nice punch. I would order this dish again.
I enjoyed the quiet cozy interior with soft lighting. I intend to visit many more times in the future to enjoy the other menu items.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time and loved it. Waiter was fabulous and the food delicious. Will return!

HJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great small intimate atmosphere with great food. Could be in Italy!

DS
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Ordered 2 pizzas--both has a crust so hard and tough that was impossible to cut or EAT!!! Quality of toppings also mediocre.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and the service was amazing!

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, food and service. We felt well attended and left alone. A difficult balance to pull off.
Great meal.

JO
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Campanella with crab was excellent

MF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Freshly made pasta!! Yum!

KO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh pasta and great wine. Perfect for a date or Sunday lunch in Pike Place

IG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best pasta I've had in town (and I'm a lifelong resident). Great location and service. 100% recommend.

MM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a wonderful dining experience because the service was wonderful... authentic and memorable. The flexibility to alter your order was great, including an amazing of menu cocktail that was invented based on my favorite flavors! The burrata was the best I ever had, made in house, and all the ingredients were fresh and delicious. I only wish I didn’t live so far away so I could come back more often.

o
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A pleasant surprise - good flavors and well made. Delicious

EM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Some good, some not so good. We loved the salmon pizza, it was outstanding and the crusts on their pizzas are excellent. We were disappointed by the caesar salad. It was $11 for several small leaves of romaine, the ends of which were brown. The focaccia parmesan croutons were ground so fine you could barely taste them and the dressing was almost non-existent.

The servers were extremely pleasant, but we had to ask for drink refills and remind them of a forgotten drink order. The wait for food also seemed overly long.

In addition, the tip of 20% was auto-added to the check. I rarely tip below 20% but would have only given a 15% tip if I had the choice.

w
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best pasta!! Go and watch them make it in the window! Truly mouth watering Casoncelli, and spinach mushroom lasagna. Wine is on the high end by the bottle and there is the 20% service charge, so I would make it a special meal!

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