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Vendemmia

4.7
395 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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 395 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

My wife and I had dinner on Sunday evening for the Seattle Restaurant Week menu. The food and service was great and the meal a excellent deal -- they gave us four shared appetizers, plus an entrée each (halibut and duck) and a dessert each. Creative food and presentations.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Outstanding Restaurant Week dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Restaurant week's offerings were simply superb. I'll go back for a real meal before closing this loop.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I live less than a half mile from Vendemmia but haven't eaten here before because they never seemed to have vegetarian options on the menu...now they do and I did Seattle Restaurant Week with a nonveg friend. The food was delicious and I'll be back soon. The first course was four appetizers shared by the table, they modified them so I could eat them (except squid ;-}), and all were delicious. A shout out for the spring pasta with lemon. I told the server that the restaurant was just showing off with all the apps that were so good. My friend had fish which she declared flavorful and I had a 3 grain risotto also very flavorful. The dessert tiramisu was to die for. Restaurant staff is wonderful. There wines are also very good.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Best Seattle Restaurant Week dining experience ever!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We eat here a few times a month. The combination of flavors, expert preparation and excellent pasta keep us coming back. A gem.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great neighborhood spot. Food is delicious. Everything is great. If I had any feedback it would be that they charge for bread. A tiny loaf of bread with a finger-size bowl of dipping sauce is like 6 bucks. Seems a but tacky.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Four of arrived and were initially disappointed that the only menu available was the restaurant week selections. We should not have worried. The food was simply outstanding in every respect. Memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The tasting menu was quite a treat; a very nice sampling of the menu and every single dish was excellent. The pacing felt a bit fast at first, but they eventually slowed it down. Our server was polite but felt like she was always in a hurry. Not bad, just could have been better.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We wanted to try something new for us. We read some reviews that were very good. But, it was better than the best of the reviews. We are over the moon for this place. Our server, Natasha, was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Must have tasting menu! Great food and great value.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

On a chilly, rainy Wednesday early evening in March, this was the perfect place to be fed, comfortable, and happy. Bar patrons were in their little fenced-off area, people with obnoxious offspring didn't show up until it was time for us to leave, and the dining room was quiet and almost private for most of the time. Server and hostess Ann struck just the right tone of professional and friendly. A side of roasted asparagus with an egg yolk for comfort, bread crumbs for texture, and a black garlic/balsamic cream of sorts for cool factor was stunningly good, especially considering that green asparagus in the off-season is mostly a flavorless waste of money. Pasta dishes, both excellent and thankfully not too large or we would have stuffed ourselves silly. That pasta would be just fine in the nude, but the various sauces and enrichments were very good. Appetizer with soppressata, baguette slices, greens, pickled vegetables generous and enjoyable. The espresso at the end, perfect, with great crema and good flavor at the right temperature. The bill came to just under $92 before tip, which is a real bargain for all we had at that quality.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious food and fabulous friendly service from hostess and chefs in particular!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fabulous as always!

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I've been to Vendemmia several times and always enjoyed it. This time, not so much. I took a visiting friend there and was disappointed. The service was lacking. It wasn't all that busy but our server totally forgot us. Took forever to get a glass of wine. My speghetti was ok. In the past I've loved every bite. My friends entre was not good at all. Under cooked skirt steak. 🙁 Oh well. Not sure I'll be to eager to return which makes me a bit sad. It's in my neighborhood and I loved going there, until now.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had to wait for table despite the fact I’d made reservations. They did “comp”. Our appetizer so that was good.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Good neighborhood restaurant....one dish was slightly salty for my taste but the other dishes were good.

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1.0Dined on February 26, 2018

let me start by saying that the wait staff was great. I ordered bread (cold and hard), olives (WAY TOO SALTY) and carpaccio (tasted terrible) and cancelled the rest of oiur order and left. the waitress looked sheepish and was nice abo ut it. we live in the neighborhood (second time trying) and will never come back.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Did not appreciate immediately being offered bread and olives (YUM, who would say no?), but then find out bread is $5 and olives are $4. Seems like very heavy handed upsale! No mention was made of the price and it was offered before we had a moment to look at the menu and see the cost. First dish came before we even ordered drinks (WAY too early) and then the 2nd dish (pasta), took over 30 mins. They could work on their timing! However, the staff was super friendly and nice. It is VERY noisy! Lighting made it very hard to read the menu and I noticed folks on both sides of us had the same problem. Pasta (what we came for) was mixed. An amazing (!!) delicious pasta with a rich lamb sauce was delicious! Really wonderful and nice sized! The other pasta (tagliatelle) with crab was dull - lacking flavor. The pasta itself was light and nice and perfectly textured, but there was scant crab and it was clearly tossed in at the last moment (it was not hot) and the whole thing needed more flavor -- there were a few herbs..not nearly enough. The crab flavor did not go beyond the crab. Even just salt and pepper (not on table) would have helped and certainly more herbs. I appreciate simple flavors.. but this was too simple. Likely the FIRST time I've even left pasta on my plate. Very good wine! Not sure I would return (since it is across town for us).

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It's a nice-ish space, very small but seems very clean. Service was OK. We are super underwhelmed by the food though. The appitizer was a snap pea and crab salad which tastes nothing like crab. More like cole slaw+sugar snap peas and it cost $15 for a small serving. The Kobe steak was very rare to my taste and we had to ask them to cook it more.I know some people may like rare steak, but that aside, the side vegetables that come with the steak tasted very bland, and just like plain pan fried with olive oil. We also had the duck breast, which also turned out to be a snooze fest. These each costs ~$30.
Not to mention it turns out that they charge for bread and olives that comes out before the meal, which was a first in my Italian dining experiences, and they tasted nothing special that merits the extra charges.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great service. We had a wonderful meal. Enjoyable experience as usual. We’ll be back soon.

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