Vendemmia

4.7
416 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Chef Brian Clevenger's first restaurant features local and seasonal ingredients with Italian influence. Located in the Madrona area of Seattle; Vendemmia features refined simplicity in its approach to food with Washington vegetables, house-made pastas and local meats and seafood. There is also the unique option to reserve the kitchen counter and have Chef Rock Silva design a seasonal tasting menu for up to 5 people at the "Chef's Counter". Please call the restaurant to book the Chef's Counter.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 466-2533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Clevenger
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Cross street
Union
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 416 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

All 3 of us had 4 course meal “chef surprise “ and every course was wonderful. It was creative, very healthy and great value. I will be there at least monthly... go
Chef Jason! One
Of best restaurant in Seattle!!!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Good food. Great service. Limited main course menu.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

A great restaurant in our neighborhood. Great pasta and salads. Love the crab, snap pea and endive salad. Can easily walk if you are in Madrona or Denny Blaine. Friendly staff and quiet.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

very good food, service was not up to par. had to remind waiter about different items ordered, generally took to long to get food.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Amazing food all around. We had the tasting menu and were delighted by each course and surprised at how many courses we got. They just kept bringing STELLAR food. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Vendemmia is our go to place for friends and family get togethers. Service and food are always excellent. I can honestly say we haven't had any bad experience. We like the neighborhood too. Leschi is a slow quiet pace compared to other 'hoods in the city. It's a nice change. Oh! If I can recommend one improvement that would be .... wait! I can't think of anything. Good for carnivores and vegans alike. Just go. Bon appetite!

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Service was poor for an upper end restaurant - overall below what we expect for Seattle restaurants in this price range.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Vendemmia is a favorite stop for shared dinner. Typically we have a salad or two, any of their wonderful pasta dishes and finish off with a steak or fish. Always different and always delicious!

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Really nice dinner here: interesting menu, well-prepared, professional and enjoyable service. Only miss was that roasted broccoli was undercooked (still too hard and very little char on it; should have been roasted longer). We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I've been four times now and the food is consistently excellent. The cocktails are inventive but not too out there and well executed. The wine list is small but well chosen for the price point. The service is always very good. I'll continue to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great great food!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

It was really cold with all the windows and door open and the music was super loud metal rock.

But the food is amazing...perfect.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We went very early evening, so super quiet. Food was good and our server was very sweet.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Felt adventurous, and choose to do the chef's choice sampler. Every dish was unique and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I love Vendemmia, so I took friends who were visiting Seattle. We had the Chef's tasting Menu, which is advertised as 4 courses. But within each course, there were multiple dishes. The food kept coming all night. It was one of the best dining deals/experiences ever.

yes, there was lots of food, but more importantly the quality of the food was amazing. The food is simply presented, focusing on the quality of the ingredients and then adding just enough toppings or sauce to blow your mind. I felt like we tasted more than half the menu and there was not a dish that was not delicious.

The service was wonderful. They were accommodating with our reservation, getting us in early, seemed genuinely glad to see us, and shared in our enthusiasm as one beautiful dish after another kept coming out of the kitchen.

We talked about the meal all weekend, it was that memorable.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had high hopes for this place with the reviews it has received on almost all platforms. The server was not very enthusiastic when we first arrived, didn't get a smile until she found out we were ordering more than just an appetizer or a side. The food didn't meet our expectations. The beef tartare and king salmon was very good, but the tagliatelle and melon were bland. We actually ended up asking for salt and lemon to add to the tagliatelle, which made it better. The melon needed a richer fat to it than the cheese they gave. It followed the beef tartare nicely, but standalone it was "meh". In the end, the experience was disappointing. Maybe it was an off night for the chefs, but with the limited menu and the prices, I would expect everything to be on point. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Always amazing

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Delicious and creative good. Been here a few times and always love it.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The food is delicious and the service is attentive. It is possible, even for a vegan, to get a great meal.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

A little too loud when we arrived and we couldn’t hear each other but staff graciously turned down music.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent service, some of the best pasta I’ve had outside of Italy. Good size portions for the price. Only complaint was the chairs were very uncomfortable - but a lot of restaurants do that so you won’t linger - so maybe that’s the reasoning behind it. Ambience is fairly simple and modern, only décor I saw was a sign that said no firearms and no minors. If you are mostly a foodie wanting to dine out because you are solely focused on the quality of the dishes then this is a great place for you. Probably only seats around 30 people so well in advance and go early if you want it to be quieter.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

great neighborhood restaurant serving lots of areas around madrona lovely food choices with lots of quality ingredients love the broccoli and green beans your spaghetti is so delicious and tasty

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Always great food and service. I’m never disappointed, everyone we bring here loves it much as we do!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This place is consistently amazing. I will be a regular as long as they're open.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Chaotic experience. Most of our food was delicious but one dish was pure salt. I expected some attempt to remedy the mistake but it got lost in the shuffle. Didn’t feel cared for.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Wow. What happened? Have been here many many times. It used to be my very favorite place in Seattle. And that is saying a lot. It used to be incredibly tasty AND healthy. But other than the raw hamachi, which was delicious, everything was completely SLATHERED in butter and way over-salted. And they've taken the olive oil cake off the menu and replaced it with yet another heavily buttery cake. Bummer. Will not be back any time soon. : (

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We each tasted all plates ... three salads, all very good, two pasta, both very good... shared halibut entre, shared, may have been a wee bit over cooked but I am fussy with fish ... service was knowledgeable and friendly ... will certainly return!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always fabulous! They take such good care of us. This is our favorite neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The food is always interesting! Oysters were great.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We had a lovely date night away from the kids. Dining at Vendemmia reminded us that parts of Seattle have not changed. It was charming, low key, unpretentious and all around enjoyable. We did the tasting menu and were pleasantly surprised by the flavor a and textures. The one dish we were not excited about was the final course of albacore. We loved all the appetizer small plates especially the Burrata! The pasta with fresh fava and peas was superb. We definitely want to return for the special chef tasting menu. And am also interested in trying Riccolto.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We had been here several times and thought it was a reasonable place to take my octogenarian parents based on how much we liked the food. On past visits, the noise level had been moderate, nothing we noticed. I had felt the ambiance and service were never strong suits of Vendemmia, but they also never specifically bothered me. Even though it was very early on a Sunday evening they were blaring 80's music. Our server was rushed, inattentive, impatient and condescending. Some of her colleagues seemed to be trying to help her out with more graciousness than she could be bothered to demonstrate. Food was generally as good as we remembered (though the lentil salad was remarkably over salted) and some dishes arrived very cold. Our server was outwardly annoyed by us (for asking that the food be hot) and my parents were also outwardly annoyed by the service and ambiance. My recommendation: don't bring elderly people (or anyone who is will be bothered by blaring 80's music), be prepared for snooty service and food that is mostly outstanding, but maybe not timed well for all dishes to be the right temperature. I used to recommend this place as having some of the best food in Seattle, but I probably won't anymore because the other parts of the dining experience don't make it worth while.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Rarely am I ever impressed with the Seattle food scene but Vendemmia was amazing start to finish. Our reservation was running behind. So my boyfriend and I got a cocktail at the bar while waiting. The staff were super friendly and accommodating. They even gave us complimentary bread and olives for running late. The starters were good but nothing out of the ordinary. Our main courses though were phenomenal. I highly recommend the pork shank and anything lamb. It’s perfect neighborhood spot!

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Good food. Chairs are a bit hard.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Loved the service at the bar!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was the best restaurant week meal I've ever had!! I couldn't believe all the marvelous components of the meal and the service was great even with a packed house. I'll definitely be back on a regular menu night!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fabulous meal in Madrona neighborhood. Fresh and creative. Pasta was cooked perfectly. Halibut had that crunch on the outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. Desserts were amazing. Can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Went there for Restaurant Week and was not disappointed. They did it a little different, instead of picking one appetizer from the list, all 4 were brought to the table to share! So we got to try several amazing dishes, and then an entree and a dessert. So we ended up with a larger sampling of their full menu. Wine pairings we excellent also. Will definitely go back, great addition to the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

As good as it gets for restaurant week. Another delightful meal-four first course plates shared between 4 of us. Pasta with cream sauce and english peas; a green salad, steak tartare, and calamari-All very fresh and well prepared. Duck Confit or Halibut or many grain risoto for main course-we chose to share duck and risoto-it was superb together. And Tiramisu for desert. Win pairings were respectable-

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Excellent menu for Seattle Restaurant Week - fantastic shared appetizers and delicious mains, with excellent wine pairing.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Birthday food was awesome

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