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Bar Cotto

4.6
4.6
183 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bar Cotto is a Parma-style salumeria and cocktail bar with pizza, Italian vegetables, bruschetta and a daily selection of local and international cured meats. Stop in for a snack and a cocktail or stay for a whole meal.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00-11:00pm. Happy Hour: Pizza, salumi, salads, wine, beer and cocktail specials Sunday through Thursday 5-6pm and 9-close / Friday and Saturday 5-6pm and 10-close.
  • Phone number
    (206) 838-8081
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kyl Haselbauer
  • Private party contact
    Jen Osborn: (206) 588-0030
  • Neighborhood
    Capitol Hill / First Hill
  • Cross street
    E Pine St.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2.3Value

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183 Reviews
  1. Levi

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, our pizza was cooked to perfection, however the toppings just didn’t go well together in my opinion. There are however many apps and pizzas to try so I can’t hold it against them for one dinner. The restaurant was very crowded and seemed claustrophobic to me which makes the whole dining experience a little stressful. This is true unless of course you have a big enough party to warrant a large table. Also the restaurant was too bright for a Friday night dining spot. My date doesn’t need to see how ugly I am :p The drinks here are amazing and well prepared by an excellent bartender. A bartender whose not only friendly and fun but an excellent mixologist with a killer style sense. Honestly if you can get here early enough or at a time where the bar isn’t already full this has to be one of the best bars in seattle from a strictly food/drink sense. Regardless the thing that sets this restaurant apart is the service. Everyone who works the front of the house at Bar Cotto is amazing. They are fast, friendly, accurate, and so welcoming. Everyone is also just so happy that they really make this restaurant a joy to visit. Really can’t say enough about how great they are and how friendly they are! One last note this restaurant, when crowded, is loud so it’s not a good choice for people hard of hearing or quiet talkers. Will be back soon to try other dishes!

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  2. Caticruz

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The pizza was really good, as well as the drinks. Service was great, too.

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  3. ABCD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best happy hour food in town. Upscale pizza and small plates. Delicious cocktails.

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  4. LynwoodH

    Hawaii

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great salad and pizza, very friendly staff. Nice casual. We will go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was great! Noise level was just the right level to have a conversation easily while maintaining a lively atmosphere. Our server was great! She was extremely friendly and continuously checked in our us throughout the evening. The roasted broccoli was an unexpected hit, and the cocktails tasted delicious. TIP: The happy hour is fantastic, but you must be seated at the bar.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Bar Cotto used to be a favorite of ours but it seems to be going downhill.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Bar Cotto! All the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating — not to mention great food! Will definitely come again!

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  8. julieB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food but poor service. Waiter was rude, not helpful nor knowledgeable.

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  9. AnyaZ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places in Seattle for the past 4 years. Great food, amazing atmosphere, friendly staff.

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  10. JenniferM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pizza is what Bar Cotto is known for, but some of the sides were to die for! I particularly liked the squash. The pizza are large and good for sharing.

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  11. PetaSklarz

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their pizza is thin crust and flavorful! Awesome !

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  12. Kelsey

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food took too long. Appetizer wasn't very good. Pizza was great but we waited 45 minutes for it. Probably won't return.

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  13. Alex

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar Cotto is one of our favorite date night spots. The pizza is always phenomenal and we can never get enough of the torta fritta. We were so sad to hear that Ethan Stowell is selling this restaurant. Bar Cotto is a gem!!

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  14. AmyG

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my sister’s 29th birthday

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  15. Seattlediner

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I were disappointed to hear that Bar Cotto and Anchovies and Olives are both for sale. That was one reason we went. We went on a Thursday evening at 7, and I am glad we had a reservation, the place was packed. In spite of it, the service was excellent. We had a couple of”damn fine negronis”, and they were. Good bruschetta to start, I love there mixed green salad, and the guanciale pizza. ( Very good, but I prefer the Parma.) Better hurry in before it’s sold!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We received our drinks 30 minutes after sitting at our table and after our salad came. The soggy Pizza arrived, when we were halfway through , we received our appetizer :(. the food was average. The texture and taste were lacking. The service was non-existent, and the bill was high, including the 20% gratuity that we probably would have only given 15%.

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  17. Devon

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great overall experience here. Our server was very patient with us!

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  18. Corg

    New York City

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great appetizers and pizza. Fun place to hand out with friends

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  19. MONYCAFL

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place rocks! Nice and trendy atmosphere. Pizza was made in front of my eyes and was so good. Actually the best Pizza I had for a long time! Keep up the good work!

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  20. Kersi

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Another fantastic pizzeria in Seattle! Not only were the pizzas excellent, I enjoyed the variety of topics, used sparingly to complement the sublime crust. But do not miss out on the appetizers: the sampler of 5 cold cuts was excellent, especially given that all of the meat was smoked / cured in house. The burrata with eggplant was stellar as were the pork belly crostini. Overall a great place! PS: Avoid the desserts, but if you must - get the mint ice-cream + chocolate chip cookie sandwiches.

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  21. Tiffany

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very casual, yet exceptional food. Service was great. Wait staff is super friendly and provided great suggestions. Cocktails were tasty and made well. Food is simple and delicious. Great neighborhood. Will come here again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The happy hour menu is great value. We ordered two pizzas, salami platter and the bruschetta. I was dissapointed in the pizza as it turned rock hard a few minutes after it arrived. The crust was like cardboard and cheese turned into a layer of chewy plastic. The evening wasn't a complete disaster since the drinks were good and service was excellent.

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  23. Scott

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Salumi and Pizzas. Loved the Funghi pizza, but the Salsiccia pizza was excellent also. The staff was warm and attentive.

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  24. JennaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pizza was delicious!! 4 stars because I did not like my appetizer which was the broccoli crostini. It was very tart and over oiled. Otherwise we thought the pizza was outstanding. Our wine was great as well. Service 4 stars because our waitress didn't come back to ask if she could get us another glass of wine, we had to flag her down and it was not very busy. But she was lovely and very sweet. Overall we did really enjoy this meal and will definitely be back for more pizza and wine!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant implements the mandatory 20% gratuity, which removes an incentive to earn that gratuity great customer service. The absence of this incentive is clearly evident by the exceptionally poor customer service. This has been the 2nd time this has happened. Bar Cotto wasn't always like this. Having lived 2 blocks from it, the restaurant was excellent across the board. Once Seattle implemented the new changes to wages, I almost immediately saw a change in the performance of servers here.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The manager managed to find extra space for us last minute to squeeze in a few more friends for a bday dinner. They were generous and on-it re: plating our bday cake.

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  27. Katie

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pizza was underwhelming. The drinks and atmosphere were great though.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On a short vacation to Seattle, we came here on a recommendation. Our pizza was very good. The absolute highlight came as we inquired about having an amari (aperitif) flight. Ottara, the bartender, came to our table and was enthralling as he consulted with to help us make our selection. Ottara's knowledge and enthusiasm was engaging and made our visit much more of an experience rather than just a meal. Thanks, Ottara.

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  29. Vincent

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great place from server knowledge to craft cocktails and great pizza I will be back for sure to eventually sample all of the pizzas

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  30. ElkArcher

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pizza that is as close to nirvana as I have found out west. Thin crust with a crisp bottom and a chewy top and crust that is topped with just the right amount of sauce and cheese and any additions you like. Broccoli and the green salad were excellent. The Salumi charcuterie board and olives were a great starter. The service was awesome and attentive, we never had to ask for anything. About as good a dining experience as you could ever ask for.

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  31. David18

    Seattle

    115 reviews

    2.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They changed the menu it is a dumbed down version of what it used to be :(

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  32. Reviewer

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice neighborhood spot with tasty pizza and fresh salads. The pizzas are 14" but thin crust. We could have probably shared three for the four of us.

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  33. murrelet

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a most enjoyable dinner here. It's mostly pizza, but good pizza. (Also specializes in salumi.)The ingredients are fresh and high quality. I feel as if the place has integrity: it knows exactly what it is and executes it well. Service was excellent with a friendly, helpful, attentive, knowledgeable server. It's a small well designed place with an intimate feeling. We shall return!

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  34. BruceB

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Music seemed a little loud and the maitre de was not that friendly; otherwise, I like the place.

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  35. FrankBruni

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    excellent neighborhood restaurant, good value, great pizza, prosciutto, good wine. fabulous wait staff.

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  36. LauraT

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Pizza was pretty good but expensive. We got one of the pizzas that had meat on it and there was maybe one tiny piece of meat per slice of pizza? Beet salad was good but nothing special. The best thing about our visit was the cocktail of the day; it was some sort of Manhattan and was very unique! Service was terrible. We waited over 30 minutes to place our order and the pizzas took even longer to come out.

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  37. SeattleK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good small plates

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  38. MJ1929

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast pleasant service. Tasty roasted squash. Thin crust pizza was perfectly done. Decor was not was warm and inviting as other Ethan Stowells. More utilitarian and bright than cozy.

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  39. RudyP

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding pizza and small plate options !

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  40. BellevueEater

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You can never go wrong wth ESR. Bar Cotto offered amazing flavor you can't find elsewhere. Service was great. Ambiance was perfect for a Saturday date night.

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1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Additional information

  • Cross street
    E Pine St.
  • Neighborhood
    Capitol Hill / First Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00-11:00pm. Happy Hour: Pizza, salumi, salads, wine, beer and cocktail specials Sunday through Thursday 5-6pm and 9-close / Friday and Saturday 5-6pm and 10-close.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Northwest
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kyl Haselbauer
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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