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About Vito's Restaurant & Lounge

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.

927 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Daily: 4:00PM - 10:00PM.

Cross Street:
Madison St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 397-4053

Website:
http://www.vitosseattle.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vito's Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (6)
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Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Authentic (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great little jazzy place, very 1940s ish.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 31, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 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.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Live Music, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 3, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 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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 (Austin)·Dined on July 29, 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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·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The food wasn't anything special.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Super fun and a bit retro! Steak was amazing!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We just discovered this gem! I love the early 50's cocktail vibe. Cocktails are good and the food we ordered, though not gourmet was pretty good standard Italian fare. Service is outstanding. We had extra people show up and the hostess was able to accommodate us all.
Will be going back

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2017

I love Vito's. It is the perfect place for my birthday dinner with my son and husband.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great ambiance, great food and I love the retro atmosphere. Service was slow even though the restaurant was only about 25% full.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Fun place, everyone in our group enjoyed the food and the wine selection by our server. Enjoyed the choice of music "Lushy". I have been here once prior and loved the piano music and ambience

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 23, 2017

A classic old-style Italian restuarant/piano bar. Very good selection of italian dishes and a full bar.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Love this place. My favorite restaurant in town! The music, the vibe, the bar. Great place to go with friends. We were there for 5 hours!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 16, 2017

A neighborhood vibe with an old school touch. Nice live music starts at nine. We both had the fettacini alfredo ( one gluten free. ) Scrumptious! Nice wine. Really nice service. Noise level lively but allows good, long conversation. I'm coming back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The fettuccine was excellent!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was excellent, but service was very slow. We felt that we were forgotten, except for the girl who kept our water filled. Our food waitress was see less than a carrier pigeon.
We did enjoy the live music. I would say that Vito's would be good for a group get together, since you will be busy talking then wondering where the waitress is.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food drinks and service was outstanding.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Fun evening remonicing Vito's 40 years ago. Food was excellent however we were dissapointed no cantelone!!! Still a nice evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Outstanding Value
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2016

I came expecting a mediocre meal, from what I'd heard from a friend, and was unexpectedly delighted with the quality of the food and service. Best Chicken Parmesan I've had in ages! The place is super dark, which is not to my taste. And prior to a large loud table right next to us, even with the piano playing it wasn't too loud. Sadly, it got way too loud by the end of our meal. That said, we left by 7:15, so I have no idea what it's like during the regular dinner hours.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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