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About Osteria La Spiga
Since 1998, la Spiga has been renowned for its authentic, northern Italian cuisine -- a gastronomic tribute to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. La Spiga's chef and co-founder, Sabrina Tinsley, prepares all items from scratch, using whole foods and house-made stocks. You will never find artificial or chemical food enhancers in our kitchen…ever. What you will find is the highest quality olive oil, delectable cheeses and cured meats, seasonal vegetables, flavorful sauces, handmade pastas and more. We believe in local, organic, and sustainable, and our meats are hormone and antibiotic free. We also offer several vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free items to those with dietary restrictions.
You'll love our atmosphere as much as the food! We are located in the artfully renovated Piston & Ring building; its rustic-elegant design is warm enough for family, yet cool enough for a date. We hope you'll join us soon for a tantalizing taste of Italy in our warm, inviting space.
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Monday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday -Thursday, 5:00pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday-Sunday, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday, 5pm to close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz every Thursday night from 7 pm to 9:30 pm unless otherwise noted, and on Saturday nights in the bar from 8 pm to 10:30 pm.
Occasional, cooking classes and wine dinners.
We cater all types of special occasions, including weddings and rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, and even intimate dinner parties. Our catering services are flexible and can be tailored to your particular type of event. Whether you'd like unique box lunches, a scrumptious buffet, or an elegant sit-down service, we can accommodate your needs.
We understand that parking is challenging on "the hill." Our weekend valet services have unfortunately been discontinued, so your best bet is street parking (free after 8 pm at pay parking zones, and free after 6pm at 2 hour zones) or one of the pay parking lots in the area.
Bus lines #2 and #9 on Madison and Union Streets.
Bus Lines #9, #49 and #60 on Broadway
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Osteria La Spiga Ratings and Reviews
Our dinner there on Friday evening was right up there with one of the best dining experiences we've had in this city in a LONG time. Our server was not only wonderful, but extremely knowledgeable about the menu, and especially the wine list. He made recommendations, and even had us try a few different wines that he thought we would enjoy. His service was prompt and genuine. We brought someone from the East Coast with us before she flew out and she was thoroughly impressed. Whatever you are doing, please continue it!
I mentioned our anniversary when I made the reservation but they seemed completely unaware of it (server didn't say anything- it would even be nice if the person at the front desk acknowledged it).
Our reservation was at 6:30 and we were on time. Food didn't come until 7:30. Our waitress Heather (who, by the way, was terrific) apologized, saying they had a wedding party upstairs.
Portions are WAY, WAY too small. I ordered butternut squash ravioli and could have had another whole serving and I'm not that big an eater.
The staff was very accommodating and on top of things, which made the evening very smooth. Our server Jeff was very knowledgeable of their menu very professional. He helped to make our celebration of the new year perfect. The food was very good too for that price, probably coming down to individual preferences and experiences for comparison. There was also live music playing jazz on piano accompanied by a female singer. It made few of us get up and dance.
Overall, this place is a very safe bet if you like Italian food and want to have highly enjoyable experience. Just be aware the noise level is a little bit higher if you prefer more intimate setting - however, I can't say it was in any way disturbing or unpleasant or too loud to have a conversation.
Service was quite slow between first and second course. Also we had to had the waiter take our dirty plates to take away. He was just going to leave them on the table.
I find the temperature always very cold in the restaurant and have sat many different places as it’s one of our favorites.
My wife and I were there celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary! We had our wedding reception here with family and a few friends, we had such an amazing experience that night we decided that would be our anniversary tradition. We were seated in the same section right next to the Christmas tree! We had amazing service with amazing food and we appreciate the complimentary champagne! We'll see you next year!
Our reservation was at 6 PM. We each ordered a glass of wine. The pour for a $16-$18 glass was about 4 ounces, not worth it. Our hostess had ordered a salad with dressing on the side for her entree. At this point, the restaurant started to fill up and the servers became very busy; there was a large party in the balcony. When the meal came, the hostess's salad was dressed. She sent it back. The other 2 meals were already served. The steak was very good, the lasagna was lukewarm and the salad took a very long time to come undressed. All in all, the experience was less than optimal. They did comp the salad but the waitstaff and the kitchen couldn't handle the crowd.
Below average food. Mostly poorly executed. Sprawling (in a bad way) wine list, incorrect vintages. I felt unwell a couple hours after the meal. The cost does not match the product. Far better Italian options in the area. A shame, because the space and staff are nice.
I really want to like this place. We used to go there years ago and repeatedly had very, very bad service. So we just gave up on it. But recently some friends suggested we go there, so we thought "what the heck, we'll give it another try".
Food was good, not great. The server was pleasant, but was very new and seemed very poorly trained. He didn't know how to enter the bill on the point-of-sale machine and we waited for a long time before we were able to leave for our theater engagement.
I wish I could say I would go back again, but I likely won't.
The food at La Spiga never disappoints and often surprises. You get some excellent dishes that are not the standard fare of Italian restaurants, in which the cuisine from Emilia-Romagna is underexposed. The piadina is always fresh, the gnocco, a sort of Italian puffy frybread, is fabulous and never seen before, the house-made pasta is excellent, cooked al dente just right, and never gets old. The "fried gnocco" appetizer was very good value, highly recommended. Tagliolini with duck were said to be outstanding and looked like a very generous portion. Tagliatelle al tartufo were very good, nice and simple.
Service this time around was a bit, how to say it, reluctant. Our server pretty much vanished after the appetizer. Somebody else brought the main dishes, and, eventually, when it was time for the check, after a long wait I had to get help from the worker who was clearing tables. This is one point where many even decent restaurants fail, and it can leave a sour taste about the whole experience. I've never seen it at La Spiga before and hope it doesn't happen again.
I was very impressed with both the superb quality of the food and the matching service, which was prompt, attentive and friendly, without being intrusive. I have long felt that Seattle restaurants often have very high-quality cuisine, but without the service to match. By contrast, La Spiga has both in spades! On top of that, add that it offers live piano music in the evening (or at least on the evening we attended), which adds ambiance without raising the noise volume to an uncomfortable level. It was very easy to converse with my dining companion without feeling overwhelmed by the ambient noise and the music.
We could see our table was available as it was right in front of us, but were told we couldn't sit there yet. It was clean and set! The hostess wasn't able to tell us why we couldn't sit there!!
The service was good otherwise, and our pasta was tasty. The appetizers were underwhelming. With so many great Italian options in Seattle, I think La Spiga needs to step up it's game.
When I arrived, they said I didn't have a reservation and made negative comments about Open Table in front of me. They said that the reservation did not come through. I stated that I was meeting a friend. I showed them the email with my reservation confirmation. They were very nice, however, and said they would find me a table. They seated me and since my friend had not appeared, I called her. She was already seated in the far corner of the room. She had given my name and apparently my reservation showed up then. Two things I noticed: my friend who is older and another older couple were seated in the far corner. I found that to be sort of a bias against having older people visible in the restaurant. My friend had asked to be seated at a table rather than the far corner with the bench which was uncomfortable. She was told 'no' in a very abrupt, inpolite manner.
I thought the food was delicious. But I was unimpressed with my initial impression - sort of chaotic and negative.
One diner was happy with the gluten-free options. One diner had the seafood pasta but thought the seafood offering was a little paltry. One diner enjoyed the soup of the day and the calamari but found the sauce too spicy. It would have been nice to tone it down with yogurt or provide a different sauce. The other dishes were different from traditional versions, and the diners found them successful. The wines were delicious and not exorbitantly priced.
We came in for lunch and had the mixed greens & pear salad, which was covered severely with vinaigrette making it far too acidic, and the lasagna Verdi which was heavily overcooked causing the noodles to be overly soft and drying out the edges. The food left us thoroughly dissatisfied. The server was a bit impatient and halting, and didn't convey a feeling she was there so we could have an enjoyable meal. Not recommended.
First time visiting Osteria La Spiga on Capitol HIll. The staff was personable and accommodating. We were offered a table in an area that seemed a bit chilly and immediately the hostess recognized we were hesitant and she offered us a nice booth location. The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the main course. Wines were reasonably priced. Our server was friendly and gave us the perfect amount of attention. I would recommend this restaurant and our group of four will be back for sure. Thank you!
Our visit to Osteria La Spiga during Seattle Restaurant week was disappointing. The food was rather boring. We had reserved a table for 5 people many days prior to the event and were seated in a booth with one person at the head of the table. It was not cozy and we felt squeezed together. The answer of the host to our request to get a bigger table was that the other guests sitting at the big tables had also made a reservation - like us. And she did not even make an effort to seat us at one of the still available bigger tables in the nicer area of the restaurant near the window. Then the bill was totally messed up and had to be corrected. Not fun.
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