Vito's Restaurant & Lounge

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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TD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for excellent food with a intimate setting. Will definitely be back!

JF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with my out of town friends. Food was incredible , service was top notch and the entertainment was wonderful. Thank you for being so accommodating. I will recommend to others and definitely return again!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best underground Italian and by far the best cocktails

FH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid food and love the ambiance. A little noisy, but not so loud I couldn't have a 1:1 conversation.

a
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It is ok, overall, especially for folks attending Town Hall events. However, they seem to have only creamy soups, and an Italian restaurant should be serving Minestrone. Also, it is way too dark; I almost tripped going into the restaurant and also coming out of the restroom...lighten it up!!

a
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great old-style neighborhood Italian restaurant with surprisingly good food, great bar and fun atmosphere.

J
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was average. Very noisy, you could hardly hear the piano player

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Vito's once before and I was very impressed with the food, service, history, and overall vibe, and ambiance. This night, I celebrated my bday. Again another great experience and the live entertainment gave me a shout out and dedicated a song to me after my server brought me a surprise treat with a candle. Great place for an intimate date, after 5, host a business prospect, and more. I never leave reviews but I really like this place. Get the fillet mignon. Yassssss.

b
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are consistently good. It is a warm atmosphere. The owners and staff are always very friendly.

OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time Warp! great food, music, drinks and service. Hadn't been there in 30 years. they kept the good parts and fixed all the tired. Give it a try! I'll be going back.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito's has excellent food and entertainment if you like good music. We went to hear Jovino Santos Neto, Brazilian pianist/composer and all around great musician. Their beef version of osso buco is excellent. Everyone liked their meals of pizza and spaghetti as well. It's a fun relatively inexpensive place without the added cost of a cover charge. Thank you, Vito's!

LC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Food was wonderful - enjoyed the pianist-great atmosphere. We plan on becoming regulars.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, delicious food, great service, wonderful music. So fun!!

TD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Vito's has unique ambience. Excellent food, wine and service. Great spot for a date night. All was great except the in a line tables are a bit too close to each other. Yes I will come back and recommend this restaurant!

MG
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant, a throw back to the Golden age of Italian dining. Felt just like I was in the mafia. Can't believe I've lived in Seattle since 1998 and am trying this place for the first time just now!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very noisy. Good live jazz but it couldn’t compete with the loud crowd which was disappointing.

M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met Brother from Sacramento

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food is nothing to get excited about, but the drinks, music and ambiance make it a perfect evening.

KB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the dark, swanky, but casual vibe.
Great food and they don’t gouge you on the price. Highly recommend.

GE
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed with the service and accommodations made for our reservation. Really impressed and grateful, thank you for an awesome date night out! We will be back with more friends!

CF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Vitos! Such a great place to take friends, enjoy music and great food. Stephanie always takes such amazing care of us. Great wine, amazing (proper!) martinis and their lasagna is one of my favorite dishes ever.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I honestly hate to disparage someone’s business.... But this place is pathetic. Old, tired, dingy and terrible uninspiring food. Why keep it open? Obviously the owner doesn’t care about this restaurant.
CALL GORDON RAMSAY...!
Entertainment is really good but there were more “bar flies” than eating customers. Very sad.
Fix it or close it...! Sorry to say.

JL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

How about your rename your 'noise level' meters from 'energetic' to 'NEEDS SOUND DAMPENING SO I CAN HEAR THE DAMN BAND". Sure. Vitos is a classic.. Food was fab.. Drinks are fab. Service was top notch.

But if you're going to have live musicians trying to play jazz where people are supposed to be listening, then do SOMETHING about treating the ceiling, or booking band events separately.. Otherwise just use prerecorded music.. it's an insult to musicians.

TH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, a great experience. I was part of the Vito’s crowd back in the 1980s and had not been back since. Lots of remodeling since then, but all to the good. More open. Loved seeing the pictures of the people I remember, including Vito, still up on the walls. What I ordered was awesome, however my wife was a little disappointed in hers, as it was supposed to have crab in itand we sure didn’t see any.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic!

J
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito’s is a gem! It is an awesome throwback to the 50’s with its dark atmosphere, engaging patio player and wonderful martinis and pasta. We had a memorable night and would definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice place for dinner with friends or a date spot. Definitely more of a date spot later in the evening when they start to play live music. The drinks were okay but just not our style. Opting for the wine is a safe bet.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find in Capitol Hill. Food is great, music is great, and service was fantastic. Go and eat there you will not regret it

CF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Vito’s!

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B
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Fun atmosphere. Great service. Fantastic spot!!

DK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good time!

CB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything is great about this restaurant except the piano is just loud enough that it's difficult for a party of four to have any sort of a conversation. Great food. Excellent value.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vito's never disappoint. Great food and amazing service

OT
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food and unique ambience. Would be wonderful on a cool rainy day or anytime your in the mood for geat Italian food. Nice wine list too.

RW
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had last been at Vito's in the 90s when it was just a little tired but still eminently cool. The place has been polished up and is just vibrating with retro vibes! It's unlike anything in Seattle. The food was delicious, the prices were reasonable and the service was great. I can't wait to go after dark for a cocktail!

BH
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good, old, neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is fabulous, as is the service--even if they won't tell me which spices go into that great Italian sausage they serve. I eat at Vito's whenever circumstances drag me into Seattle. Wouldn't miss it.

J
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Restaurant was fairly dark and hard to see / read menus. Water server spilled water across the table multiple times and didn't have adequate towels to clean up - using the nonabsorbent table napkins.

AS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We have already recommended Vito’s to our friends. The food was excellent and the staff went above and beyond to meet some special requests.

W
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

CE
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vitos has unique atmosphere. Feels like you are stepping back in time for not only a classy experience but a total taste experience! My husband and I came here when we were married and came all the way back from Utah just to eat here again! Well worth it! The cannoli is OUT OF THIS WORLD!