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IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA
IL BISTRO, Seattle, WA

IL BISTRO

4.6
4.6
2089 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Picture a cozy restaurant nestled in a cavern in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imagine the freshest local ingredients, authentically prepared, an extensive wine list featuring the best of Italy, the Northwest and California and a classy candlelit bar specializing in hand-made cocktails, single-malt scotches, ports and grappas.

Sound like a special evening?

Visit Il Bistro and Spend a Night in Italy.

For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare. Market fresh Meats, Seafood and Produce are always our priority. Please make a reservation to join us!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Northwest, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am
  • Phone number
    (206) 682-3049
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Simon
  • Catering
    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049
  • Private party facilities
    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net
  • Private party contact
    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049
  • Neighborhood
    Belltown / Pike Place Market
  • Cross street
    First Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us as we invite the Jacob Zimmerman 3 every Thursday night for live Jazz, 830p to 1130pm. Reservations until 9:30pm.

What 2,089 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Romantic

  • Seattle

    Romantic

2,089 Reviews
  1. IvonneJ

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    El lugar esta justo a lado del Pike Market que es un lugar muy concurrido sin embargo nunca lo había visto porque esta algo escondido, es un lugar a media luz lo cual se me hizo acogedor, la comida esta bien preparada y con un buen sazón, eramos un grupo de 10 asi que probamos de todo un poco, el servicio fue lo menos memorable quizá podrían mejorarlo

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  2. Danniellevrk94

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very attentive and helpful. Food was amazing and bartender was talented and accommodating

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  3. BenjaminS

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the antipasta, grilled salmon and short ribs. It was really pretty and romantic inside with low lighting. I’d love to come back!

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  4. Seattle123

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience and such good food! Only compliant we would have was that the drinks took a long time. On a Friday night 2 bartenders would be helpful….yet drinks were worth the wait. Prices were great and excellent quality dinner!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. As was the atmosphere. Took a little long in between appetizer and entree. Solid cocktails. Would love to return.

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  6. Shelley

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven't been to Il Bistro in several years but it's still the same lovely, friendly, warm setting that we've experienced in the past. The service is top notch and the food is heavenly. You can't beat homemade pasta! And they were willing to make adjustments for my vegetarian daughter which we really appreciated. Everyone loved their meal and dining experience. Thank you!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food…with INCREDIBLE service! Staff was friendly, fun, and very attentive even though it was a very busy night.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Not the best experience on Valentine’s Day, this is a great restaurant so we are returning on Sunday for a re do. V day was poor, we never saw our waiter, salmon carbonara was bland, food took an hour to come out.

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  9. George

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a Valentines day table and was not disappointed. Jess treated us like royalty and the food was exquisite. Atmosphere was on point and I will definitely go back to try their regular menu.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined for Valentine’s Day on a prix fixe menu. Space and staff are great, food does not rise to the same standard. Every dish lacked the complexity expected given the price point; the Tiramisu (tastes like Hersheys syrup) and lamb (dry) were particularly disappointing. Kitchen (and execs who make the decisions on which ingredients to purchase) need to up their game to keep from letting down the front of house.

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  11. SuzanneJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff and excellent food! Have been to Il Bistro twice and will come back.

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  12. GeorgeG

    Puerto Vallarta

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor experience all around. Will not be returning.

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  13. IronMaiden

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We like the ambience of the place. We were seated in a fairly quiet corner of the noisy, energetic bar. Good jazz tunes could be heard. We had beef short rubs with polenta, which was yummy, and linguini with clams that was also good. The caprese salad with persimmons, prosciutto, and mozzarella was a tasty change. The service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. Staff was very attentive to us (drink refills, clearing plates, etc). The food was flavorful and filling. My white beans and greens brought back memories of travels in Tuscany.

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  15. GreggS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal at IL Bistro. Service and food are amazing and I love the intimate feel of the location. I will be back.

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  16. JamesB

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at IL Bistro. The ambiance is nice, and the noise level was low. Service and food were excellent, we will definitely return again.

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  17. Therese

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a real gem on the edge of the pike place market. It’s frequently my “go to” place to eat.

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  18. MikeM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing (minus a slightly overcooked steak) Pastas were outstanding and the seafood was on point. Atmosphere is romantic and low key, wait staff was spectacular. We be going back soon!

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  19. WadeL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has a nice ambiance. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The food was amazing and there is a great selection for everyone in the group.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took some family from out of town, what a great space! The food was delicious with everything we had. The service was really superb. Very attentive, and even offered a splash of wine because one of the cocktails was taking way too long at the bar. The ambience is super cute. I will definitely be back, especially with a date. 

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  21. LindaR

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been a favorite place for years, but it was way too noisy to carry on a conversation at our table and we were seated in a back corner. Love the bar but don't think we will return to the restaurant.

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  22. Tamezo

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there on Thursday nights because there is a great 3-piece jazz band playing in the bar area. Food is great and priced well. If they added veal picata to the menu it would be better.

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  23. DaveD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Automatic 20% gratuity was expected but not the additional 4.5% surcharge. Also, the 20% gratuity was applied to gross amount including sales tax and surcharge.

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  24. JoeyJ

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    When you are feeling in a New York state of mind, Il Bistro is the best option for a swanky, low key and always stellar food meal. Best lighting in Seattle and wonderful urban vibe. Been going here for years and will continue to go dine here whenever I can.

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  25. SeanB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. The service was impressive.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our occasional date spot when we want to have a solid intimate candle lit dinner, good food and wine selection + cocktails and dessert. The whole nine. This particular experience however was tainted by a very loud table of 4-5 people in the middle of the dining room belly laughing so loud it echoed throughout the restaurant, so much that every other person was interrupted. This is not the restaurants fault obviously however the joy of one table ruined all others and visibly rattled the staff. The staff verbally acknowledged that the table was being disruptive and assured us they were at the end of their meals, but made no effort to politely ask the table to quiet down. Their check must’ve been a fortune because they continued ordering food, desserts and aperitifs after their entrees. I can understand wanting to please the high rollers but there’s always a chance you’ll ruin the experience of every other person there. My opinion, keep your regulars and don’t allow one big check to step on your reputation. Notes on the food: the greens served with the braised short ribs were very salty this time (first time I’ve had a food issue here) The wine menu/prices are out of date and need to be updated. Our waitress seemed visibly stressed about her workload or other, she was a trooper and did her best but her stress/anxiety bled into our experience as well and made things a little more “high touch”. Overall, this restaurant rarely drops the ball. I trust that this perspective will be taken into consideration and changes implemented where management sees fit. It’s important to know the things you can improve on. We will be back to enjoy the bartenders’ whimsy cocktails, the cozy Bistro ambiance and familiar dishes. -AJ

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  27. Foodie

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Burrata, the short ribs, the lasagna, and the chocolate torte. All the food was delicious. Lasagna has a bit of a kick. It is the first time I’ve ever had lasagna that isn’t sweet.

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  28. dancer

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    the dishes we ordered were superb. loved the persimmon/prosciutto capreese salad. Sautéed squid, was tender, and the broth was extremely flavorful. we shared the Cioppino as we had noticed serving sizes were generous. absolutely loved the cioppino red sauce, what is the secret to the perfect tanginess? wish they would share their recipe, also loved the warm ambience and subdued lighting, perfect after coming in from a wet dreary seattle winter day. so delightful birthday celebration, tho they never acknowledged that. Not sure if they were understaffed but our waiter always stood afar from us, gave us the briefest response to any question and left the table so fast. So we did not feel welcomed by the staff, and that would have made the experience better.

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  29. JillianP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I have ever eaten with the most attentive service I have ever experienced. I can’t wait to go back.

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  30. AmandaS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Attentive server. We had a lovely New Year’s Eve dinner.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    it was excellent!! my party and I actually had trouble finding the place due to some misdirections. But thankfully, the front desk person named Joseph (bless his soul), helped us navigate and in the end we had a great time !!!

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  32. Steeliegrande

    Portland

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good salad. Too salty gnocchi. Good service. Noisy.

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  33. SeanW

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was great. I had the special, salmon bucatini . Ambience was awesome. Service was pretty rough. I had ordered a bottle of champagne for a toast. I had to remind the server to bring the bottle 20 minutes later, when the bottle arrived he just sat it open on the table. Ive never been served a bottle of champagne or any white wine with a wine chiller.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere, and the wait staff were incredible.  great for special occasions.

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  35. CW24

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host and servers were on point. We had tickets to a showand they knew exactly the time we needed to get out. The made the entire night perfect providing first-class service and energy. The food was fantastic! The ambiance was perfect.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dining in Seattle. Food is delicious, very romantic restaurant. 10/10.

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  37. AllisonC

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible service. We arrived a few minutes early. I gave my name, the rude host told us to wait outside. Several parties arrived after us and were sat ahead of us. I went back in to ask where we were in line and the host asked what my name was and if I had a reservation. He never checked us in. The waitress was terrible as well. She knew nothing about the menu and I paid $100 per person, over $400 for 4. I will not return to this place. Awful service.

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  38. House

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful cozy place tucked away. We had Christmas dinner there and while I’m willing to pay more for the holiday I wasn’t impressed with the 20% service charge (Is this Ticketmaster?!) plus 20% tip (I usually tip this amount but prefer it to be my choice not auto added) Plus the 4% surcharge (for kitchen staff- isn’t that what wages and the 20% tip are for?) so $100 tip/fees for $250 bill hmmmmm

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  39. Prajwol

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was very good. I am pleased with the service. Thanks to everyone.

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  40. Tamezo

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thursday nights beginning 8:30 there is a nice, 3-piece jazz band (sax, guitar, stand-up bass). Great sounds along with great food.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

IL BISTRO offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 682-3049.

IL BISTRO is rated 4.6 stars by 2089 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for IL BISTRO

93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    First Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Belltown / Pike Place Market
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Northwest, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef David Simon
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 682-3049
  • Catering
    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049
  • Private party facilities
    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net
  • Private party contact
    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049
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