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Vito's Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
171 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Good for Birthdays
Vito’s is an iconic 21 and over restaurant and lounge located on First Hill. Opened in 1953, it has a history rich in cocktail culture, organized crime and east coast, family style Italian food.

In April of 2010, Jeff Scott and Greg Lundgren purchased this Seattle institution and began a major restoration of the space. Their goal is to return Vito’s to the glamor and style of the 1950s, respect its colorful past and set the course for a 21st-century resurrection. Over the years the club has fallen into disrepair and poor alterations. They have replaced the dance floor with a performance space centered around a grand piano, with lounge singers, jazz trios and Lynchian curiosities that will dazzle and entertain into the early morning.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Daily: 4:00PM - 10:00PM.
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Phone number
(206) 397-4053
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Madison St
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 171 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had a wonderful meal. The ambiance is 60 years or more ago. Felt genuine and authentic. Loved the piano player. Feels like a neighborhood establishment. I would definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

They have half servings which is great and you can order off the lounge menu too ! Excellent Cjocolatr coconut gelato!!! Great service!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was a nice change of pace to the normal modern restaurants that are popping up on every corner. Fun to be in the dark environment that when we walked outside thought OH, it's still light out. Service was wonderful, great recommendations.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food was excellent and the ambience was very nice. I took a friend for his birthday because he wanted to hear some live music and he really enjoyed it. The only negative experience was our server, Katelyn... She wasn’t very attentive and when she did come over, she wasn’t engaging at all. I will come back to Vito’s but if Katelyn is still there, I don’t want her section.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Un-pretentious atmosphere, GREAT Cesar, the Lasagna measured up to our expectations, attentive staff, plenty of VERY GOOD bread and WONDERFUL dessert. We will all be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very cool old school Italian spot

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was our second time at Vitos and we were lucky enough to have Matt as our waiter again. He always makes great food and wine selections and is very customer focused. Well be back many more times!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great ambiance and service. Fun night out for drinks followed by appetizers and dinner, and then dessert while enjoying an evening of entertainment. Saw an excellent music act and was never rushed during the evening even though we occupied a table for almost 3 hours! Food was ok, but nothing to rave about. Nice to have carpaccio and caesar with extra white anchovies on the menu as well as cafe coretto and other excellent pastries for dessert. The rest of the menu, however, was less classic Italian and less well done. Not bad, just not what you nwould expect from a top end or even homestyle authentic Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Had been wanting to try Vitos for some time, intrigued by the old italian 50's mob heritage. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday and they accommodated a switch from 4 to 5 guests on a Friday night. The food was delicious - small appetizer pizzas, an antipasto tray (watch out for ghost pepper salami), mains included large portion lasagna, perfectly cooked short ribs and large portion chicken marsala. No one left hungry or disappointed. Desert came with a candle and plate sized tiramisu. The music started at 9, right as we were ending our meal and we could see the band - a crowd started coming in and it felt like an old timey jazz bar - highly recommend for a fun nite out that is more than just grabbing a bite.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The 1960s “Mad Men” vibe was all we thought it would be. Impressed our
millennial’s and us as well ! Music by “The Hammer”, Bob Hammer was wonderful! They got it right and the food, the food, to die for!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I was excited about going to an authentic Italian restaurant with my Girlfriend. Vito's did not disappoint. The food was amazing, not just amazing, but AMAZING!!! and we stayed there for 3 hours enjoying everything. It was a perfect, romantic night. The Tarantellas were a pleasure to listen too. Highly recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

The light jazz was a nice touch to an old world American Italian restaurant. While the food is basic, it is very good and the staff is very attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience. Service was terrific, food was great, nice atmosphere albeit a little loud. The restaurant was well attended for a Sunday evening. Music was a very nice addition. Three words: salted caramel gellato. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Great little jazzy place, very 1940s ish.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Vito's on Madison is a fine neighborhood Italian restaurant, and as such it is a great place to go and eat good, basic Italian. If there is anything on the menu that is not delicious, I have not come across it, and their Italian sausage, made by a local firm to their recipe, is simply the best. Good red sauce, al dente pasta, a small but tasty beer selection, dependable wines, artisan bread--I am getting hungry again just writing this.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Visiting a friend in Victoria - I'm from Ontario. Food was great!

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

parking is both hard to find and costly , yet we love nostalgia and still go because we like VITOS ~

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

What you're paying for is the ambiance and the music-- what a great vibe! The food is not out of this world. We had strange tasting olive oil on the table, tasteless tomatoes on the bruschetta, and the menu said nothing about olives being smoked-- we ended up sending them back. Luckily the main dishes were quite enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

A delightful hidden gem! Warm, friendly service. Delicious food. Love romantic music was the cherry on top.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

A wonderful experience all the way around! 6 of us all had fab food, cocktails, wine and our waiter was charming, funny, attentive and most welcoming! Perfect evening!

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Cozy ambiance. Scallops were great. Very traditional cocktail menu that was appropriate for the "old Seattle" style of the place. Enjoyed the piano player and look forward to coming back to hear some of the other musicians that Vito's has lined up.

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1.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Dreadful service. Unprofessional music schedule. Mediocre food. Possibly one of the worst service we've ever received, and the staff were all unknowledgable and disinterested in their job.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Laid back and swanky all at once with amazing food. Vito's never fails to disappoint. Brought in 2 out of town friends who were picky and finicky and they ate everything up with a smile.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We overall had a pretty good experience. The waiter was not very friendly, though, and really made us feel rushed and like he hated having us there. There were open tables, so it's not like they were worried about turning the table over and we also ordered a lot of stuff. The band that was playing was really good, and the food was also good. The rest of my group said the cocktails were tasty. It's quite dark and a bit smoky inside (it's a lounge), so take that into account when considering where to book.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

First time travelers to Seattle.. found Vito's as it was close to hotel. Lasagna was magnificent!

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2017

When I told the waitress that the oil was rancid she responded only by asking me if I wanted butter. I could continue but this comment tells you all you need to know about this spot. Spend your evening and more importantly money elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Love this place. A very eclectic crowd, romantic dimmed lighting with a grand piano. The food was great and the staff were able to serve vegetarian options which were not advertised. The drinks were fabulous, especially tailored Bourbon drink I asked for.

Looks like they have great music but not at the time we were dining. Definitely will come again.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Good food but felt like we were being hustled out. Entertainment not what was advertised

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Charming, delicious, sweet old couple performing Italian songs. Very sweet

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Vito's and its proximity to our hotel in First Hill. Great ambience and a quiet atmosphere to enjoy great food and conversation!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Great lounge with live music. No cover, no minimum. Drinks are good and reasonably priced. Staff is excellent! Didn't have dinner but dessert was delicious. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2017

This place is classic! A 60's throwback with amazing Italian food, great piano bar, classic cocktails and quiet. I love Vito's!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was fresh and fantastic.The service old world charm Gave you space to talk to enjoy your date will go again.Proposed to my future wife there she said yes

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

We loved our visit at Vito's. It is a great pre-theatre place to be. We will return for more delicious food and warm welcomes.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

VERY dark. No food photos.
Legit ceasar salad, but most of the dressing was on the stalks
Beet salad wonderful. The blue cheese wasn't crumbled so my wife could pick around lactose.
Wonderful entrees.
The service was outstanding. But
We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

I have never been disappointed by Vito's. Everyone (over 21) goes here: hipsters, LGBTQ, old people, young people--everyone! The food is great, it's not high-priced (average entrée about $17), makes their own olives, has wonderful cocktails, great music (Jazz mostly), and great service. If you like Olive Garden, you might not like it here, but this little gem won't disappoint most folks.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Vito's was excellent - great food and friendly service - I'd definitely recommend going!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

The service was top notch, the food excellent and the choice for their house red was outstanding. Spicey sausage was spot on. No doubt we found a winner and will be returning!

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2017

The food wasn't anything special.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Super fun and a bit retro! Steak was amazing!

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