Mercato Stellina at the Market
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.
Nice restaurant with good food and good service.
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!
Small menu, but everything we tried was excellent quality. Fresh pasta was great.
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.
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!
An excellent restaurant! Superb fresh pasta, plus attentive service.
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!
The starters, especially the octopus, are excellent, and the fresh pasta dishes are really wonderful. Excellent options for wine by the glass as well.
Wonderful little place with great Italian food and friendly service.
Way Overpriced. Food is meh. We had Bolognese and Gnocchi. Service was excellent. Would no go back.
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.
First time and loved it. Waiter was fabulous and the food delicious. Will return!
Just great small intimate atmosphere with great food. Could be in Italy!
Ordered 2 pizzas--both has a crust so hard and tough that was impossible to cut or EAT!!! Quality of toppings also mediocre.
We loved the food and the service was amazing!
Great cocktails, food and service. We felt well attended and left alone. A difficult balance to pull off.
The Campanella with crab was excellent
Great service and food. Freshly made pasta!! Yum!
Fresh pasta and great wine. Perfect for a date or Sunday lunch in Pike Place
Some of the best pasta I've had in town (and I'm a lifelong resident). Great location and service. 100% recommend.
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.
A pleasant surprise - good flavors and well made. Delicious
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.
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!
We selected the restaurant based in the great reviews on Opentable. But our experience had us scratching our heads as to the source of its 4+ star rating. The food was ordinary at best, while the coffee was awful.
We shared a pizza, while our guests had pasta dishes which appeared to have been the better choice. The Margherita carried a $20 prices tag yet didn't even have cheese on every slice of this 8-10 inch pie. My advice - go somewhere else, anywhere else.
Food wasn’t that good, 4 mediocre dishes for $100+ kind of felt like a waste of money.
Our server was great and friendly. Food was ok, overpriced for what it was especially the crab gnocchi $27? bc it was very salty and the gnocchi were ok the mushy side. Ordered, charred octopus, gem salad, burrata, fried risotto for appetizers; crab gnocchi, meat pasta, fresh sheet risotto, meat Casonelli? and salami pizza but nothing stood out, just average food. Wouldn’t come back bc of the food.
We first ate here on a Monday night and LOVED it. Staff were so friendly and attentive, probably because we were practically the only ones in the restaurant. Fast forward 4 days later to Friday night. We returned with our daughter and niece because we had had such a great experience. Same staff barely acknowledged us. We didn’t get our cocktails until WELL AFTER salad was served (a HUGE faux pas, I don’t care how busy you are, and to be honest, it wasn’t THAT busy). Sorry, we won’t be back—downtown Seattle has too many great pasta places for us to endure poor service, I don’t care how good your pasta is. And we also discovered this is owned by some amazon attorney, so we don’t even feel bad because it’s not like we are hurting a small business owner. I’m sorry, you need to have excellent service even when your restaurant is “busy” (and as I said, it wasn’t even THAT busy), not just when you’re slow.
Lovely restaurant in a great setting. Small but able to accommodate large parties.
We went ONLY for the cacio e pepe, the famous pasta dish hard to find in the States. Unfortunately they'd pulled it from the menu, which was hugely disappointing.
The good: We soldiered on, however, and dinner was lovely, especially the beef and amaretto cookie filled pasta.
The bad: The mushroom lasagne was WAY too 'earthy' and no one enjoyed it - not even me, who ordered it! I only ate it because I was unwilling to wait for another dish to be prepared.
The outcome: We will return. But only if cacio e pepe returns.
Waitress was slow with service even though the restaurant was empty. She seemed very busy doing everything else but waiting on our table.
Lovely location, delicious food, and excellent service.
It was great food with accommodating staff we were there early so started out quietly. But as it filled up it was hard to speak across the table
Loved it - food was great, place was beautiful and service friendly and knowledgeable.
Great value for the Pike Place Market area as well, going back for happy hour.
Strozzapreti with octopus had very little octopus, and was over salted.
Mushroom lasagna had great flavor, but there were 6-7 layers of spinach pasta and not many mushrooms.
First time at Mercator Stellina and it was worth it. Cozy location that sets the right ambiance while it keeps the noise volume low - reminded me of cafes in France. Authentic and personable staff really make this restaurant shine. While there isn’t much of a view, just walk around the corner and there’s unobstructed views for days.
Fantastic pasta! With everything made fresh in house. The service was great as well!