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IL BISTRO

4.5
4.5
1826 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Picture a cozy restaurant nestled in a cavern in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imagine the freshest local ingredients, authentically prepared, an extensive wine list featuring the best of Italy, the Northwest and California and a classy candlelit bar specializing in hand-made cocktails, single-malt scotches, ports and grappas.

Sound like a special evening?

Visit Il Bistro and Spend a Night in Italy.

For over 30 years, Il Bistro, tucked away down a narrow cobblestone alley in the Pike Place Market, has offered Seattle romantic, fine dining, featuring regional Italian fare. Market fresh Meats, Seafood and Produce are always our priority. Please make a reservation to join us!

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Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (206) 682-3049

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Simon

  • Catering

    Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

  • Private party facilities

    Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

  • Private party contact

    Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

  • Neighborhood

    Belltown / Pike Place Market

  • Cross street

    First Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Thursday Night Jazz at Il Bistro

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us as we invite the Jacob Zimmerman 3 every Thursday night for live Jazz, 830p to 1130pm. Reservations until 9:30pm.

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Arancini$15.00

    Fried Risotto & Cheese Croquettes, Red Pepper Coulis

    • Antipasti$20.00

      Selection of Cured Meats, Cheese & Fruit, Marinated Olives, Marcona Almonds, Black Pepper Crackers

      • Gamberoni$17.00

        Sautéed Prawns, Italian Vermouth, Roma Tomatoes, Basil

        • Sautéed Calamari$16.00

          Sautéed with Toasted Garlic, Basil, Roma Tomatoes, Burgundy Wine Vinegar

          Insalaté

          • Barbabietola Caprese$18.00

            Red Beet, Burrata, Candied Pecans, Red Wine Vinegrette

            • Cesaré$13.00

              Hearts of Romaine, IL Bistro Classic Dressing, Garlic Croutons, Parmigiano-Reggiano

              • Insalata di Arugula$13.00

                Organic Arugula, Pickled Onions, Hazelnuts, Parmigiano, Herb Vinaigrette

                Pasta

                • Lasagna$29.00

                  Traditionally Prepared with Ground Veal & Lamb, Imported Italian Cheeses & Marinara

                  • Linguini alla Vongole$27.00

                    Classic Clam Linguini, Manila Clams, White Wine Butter Sauce

                    • Ravioli di Pollo Affumicato$27.00

                      Smoked Chicken Ravioli, Sundried Tomato & Pine Nut Cream

                      • Rigatoni Bolognese$27.00

                        House Made Pasta, Ground Veal & Lamb Ragu, Red Wine, Rosemary, Pecorino-Romano

                        Entrata

                        • Bistecca$49.00

                          Grilled New York Steak, Brandy, Bone Marrow Butter, Smashed Pan-Fried Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

                          • Cioppino$40.00

                            Calamari, Manilla Clams, Mussels, Prawns, Rockfish in Tomato Broth

                            • Costolette di Manzo$35.00

                              Braised Beef Short Ribs, Creamy Polenta, Demi-Glace, Wilted Spinach

                              • Halibut alla Puttanesca$42.00

                                Pan Seared Halibut, Capellini, Puttanesca

                                • Parmigiana di Pollo con Conchiglia$33.00

                                  Chicken Parmesan, Seashell Pasta, House Cheese Blend, Marinara

                                  • Petto d'Anatra Arrosto$40.00

                                    Roasted Duck Breast, Orange Tarragon Jus. Wild Mushrooms, Farro, Delicata Squash

                                    Pizza

                                    • Pepperoni$20.00

                                      • Sausage & Peperonata$20.00

                                        • Quattro Formaggi$20.00

                                          Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                          What 1,826 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                          4.5
                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.4Food
                                          • 4.6Service
                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                          • 4.2Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          • Seattle / Eastern Washington

                                            Romantic

                                          • Seattle

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                                          1. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Phoenix

                                            8 reviews

                                            2.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall2food2service1ambience5

                                            It was our last dinner in Seattle and the waiter was rude. Very impatient when ordering. Was not helpful, and seemed annoyed that I asked questions about drinks. We were the first and only customers at that time. Then when I ordered, I stated I had asked for pepperoni only on my pizza. He slapped his leg in aggravation stating that’s what I ordered. Then later my wife asks for a Diet Coke and he finally brought it 10 min later when we had already finished. We have had nothing but the best service while we have been here, until this one.

                                          2. r

                                            rposovsky

                                            Seattle

                                            38 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            38 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing dinner and service with a great Seattle vibe.

                                          3. D

                                            Dave

                                            Philadelphia

                                            53 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            53 reviews

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                                            It’s fine. Food was just ok. Good service.

                                          4. VB

                                            VeraB

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                            The food was very average. Duck breast was a bit tough and not very well seasoned. The waiter was OK but missed some things. I would say the experience was OK overall but it would not be my restaurant of choice next time

                                          5. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Seattle

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall3food4service4ambience5

                                            It was good. Loved the vibe

                                          6. CG

                                            CoyG

                                            Seattle

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Their clam linguine and antipasti plate is sooo good, but the drink menu is next level! This is our go to spot when seeing a concert at the Showbox, especially sitting outside... it's like fine dining with a bit of grunge.

                                          7. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Seattle

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had an amazing experience at Il Bistro. Server was very kind

                                          8. BB

                                            BobB

                                            Shanghai

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Good time try it

                                          9. RM

                                            RonM

                                            Manchester

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                            Although food was very good, portion size was enough to feed family of 4 and looked ugly on plate. Sever started off very good, but became overbearing by approaching table every few minutes even when told to give 15 mins for desert, was back in less than 2mins and again 2mins later. I asked for brandy and coffee and was given ouzo, not quite the same. Metaxa do not make ouzo as was suggested.

                                          10. B

                                            Bradley

                                            Tampa

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                            The restaurant is dark. The service was good. The menu is limited… no typical dishes like pasta with marinara or eggplant Parmesan. The calamari was tough … like a thick rubber band.

                                          11. J

                                            Julie

                                            Seattle

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great spot right in the market. Had a big group for a friend’s birthday and the service was excellent.

                                          12. PH

                                            PaigeH

                                            Hawaii

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Everything here is amazing! The cocktails are unique and well balanced and the food is divine. I would eat the duck every day!!

                                          13. g

                                            giachang

                                            Seattle

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                                            Ordered the daily special (fish). Food was alright, not very outstanding.

                                          14. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 18, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The service was outstanding and the food and cocktails were delicious. Made for a wonderful evening.

                                          15. JS

                                            JoeyS

                                            Seattle

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            What a treat, the service was great and the food was incredible. Expensive but worth the once-in-a-while date.

                                          16. KV

                                            KathrynV

                                            Seattle

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Il Bistro has been around for decades for good reason. The food is delicious and consistent, service is attentive without being intrusive, and the space is lovely. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

                                          17. AP

                                            AnthonyP

                                            Seattle

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Good food, good portions, good ambience, awesome location. I live, work, and play in Seattle and love going to the market for Il Bistro.

                                          18. SR

                                            SuzanneR

                                            Los Angeles

                                            27 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            27 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            Busy, service was slow but all else was very nice

                                          19. R

                                            Ruralmum

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                            Nice atmosphere and good service. Some of food disappointing. I had the salmon special which came with fregola. Half of fregola was stone cold, half warm.. dry and not very tasty and certainly not worth $46! Waitress changed it immediately, but Ragu replacement was very average.

                                          20. E

                                            Esky

                                            Seattle

                                            8 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food great atmosphere and super friendly staff. Top notch !

                                          21. M

                                            Michael

                                            Seattle

                                            44 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            44 reviews

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience2

                                            I have been going to this restaurant for at least 30 years. It is in a lovely setting in the pike place market. I’ve had many romantic meals here with my wife. Unfortunately, the restaurant has changed. It appears to be catering to the tourist crowd who are unappealing at best. The food is good but not great and the service is not what it used to be. I’m not sure I’ll go back

                                          22. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Seattle

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Low light ambience, great for a date night or get together with friends/ double date.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 5, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                            WAY too loud, but overall ambiance is quite nice. Food was fairly good, but they were noticeably understaffed.

                                          24. BP

                                            BarbaraP

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 4, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            AMAZING! Our reservation was initially for outdoor dining, but the hostess kindly gave us the option to change that due to weather. We went for a date night and were seated in such a nice, romantic spot. Food was spectacular - arancini is a MUST. Special thank you to our server, Jackie, for a great evening!

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Seattle

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We sat in the bar had great service and the food was incredible

                                          26. J

                                            Julia

                                            San Francisco

                                            8 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful space, delicious food, impeccable service. They checked even checked if we had to be out by a certain time and they had our food our really fast. The bolognese was phenomenal and great cocktails as well.

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. The ambiance was romantic. We will be returning.

                                          28. n

                                            nothankyou

                                            Seattle

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                            overall2food1service3ambience3

                                            Disappointing! This was one of our favorite Happy Hour spots pre-Covid. The bar staff lacked the old character and the food was absolutely awful. Service was good but that doesn't fix the experience.

                                          29. J

                                            Jessica

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 22, 2022

                                            overall3food5service4ambience1

                                            The food is great, but it is so dark in there that we watched every table around us pull out cell phones to use as flashlights on the menu. And then one of our party had to leave early because after a long day at work, and now a full belly, sitting in the dark he was starting to doze off. Bring your appetite and a flashlight.

                                          30. BC

                                            BrunoC

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                            overall3food1service5ambience5

                                            Simply put, the food was horrible, but everything else was very good. The antipasti was a joke, 1 small piece of cheese, no good cold cuts, pickled string beans, and a few nuts and apple… really??? The short ribs were COLD, not warm but cold and un-edible. In my dish, pasta with clams, 6 real clams, the rest were canned. The food was luke warm. $212+ tip and the food was just poorly prepared and of poor quality. We were very very disappointed

                                          31. y

                                            yumyumyum

                                            Mobile

                                            48 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            48 reviews

                                            Dined on March 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great place for Italian food at Pike Place Market. Ambiance is on point with the lighting. Food is delicious, although a little spendy!

                                          32. V

                                            Vermillion

                                            Vancouver

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on March 13, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wonderful dinner, great waitstaff, yummy dessert - will do again!

                                          33. JP

                                            JohnP

                                            Seattle

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was really great. We loved the atmosphere. It’s cozy but also quiet despite being pretty full. Service and food were both really great. I highly recommend the Arancini appetizer and beef short ribs. Thanks also to the wine expert for recommending a great bottle. He was great about not just pushing something expensive.

                                          34. LC

                                            LaurenC

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Food good, drinks great, just thought it was a bit pricey for the offerings.

                                          35. K

                                            Kirsten

                                            Seattle

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service by our waiter and multiple staff. Great date place. Love their recent renovation. A true Seattle place.

                                          36. BS

                                            BetsyS

                                            Montana

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food and the ambiance was wonderful! Will definitely dine there again next time we are in Seattle!

                                          37. RA

                                            RachelA

                                            Vancouver

                                            4 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on February 26, 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                            The menu felt dated and the cost was expensive for the quality.

                                          38. S

                                            Sumit

                                            Seattle

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 26, 2022

                                            overall5food4service4ambience4

                                            Nice dark ambience for candlelight dinner and for a date. The restaurant was accommodating of my request to reserve a table at the desired spot.

                                          39. SD

                                            SkagitDude

                                            Seattle

                                            5 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on February 22, 2022

                                            overall3food5service3ambience3

                                            Slow service. Out of a handful of dishes. Fantastic food. Great location.

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Portland

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on February 19, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was our first time going there, and it was so lovely! I don’t remember our server’s name but it was 9pm on Saturday, the the 18th and we were seated at table 5. He was kind, attentive and had a great attitude! We will be back.

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                          • Physical distancing

                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Extra space between tables
                                          • Protective equipment

                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                          • Screening

                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                            • Staff temperature check required
                                            • Contact tracing information collected

                                          FAQs

                                          IL BISTRO offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 682-3049.

                                          IL BISTRO is rated 4.5 stars by 1826 OpenTable diners.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          Booked 13 times today
                                          Google Map for IL BISTRO

                                          93A Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101

                                          Dining areas

                                          Additional information

                                          • Cross street

                                            First Avenue

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Belltown / Pike Place Market

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–12:30 am

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Italian, Northwest, Seafood

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Elegant

                                          • Dress code

                                            Business Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            Street Parking

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Chef David Simon

                                          • Additional

                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                          • Phone number

                                            (206) 682-3049

                                          • Catering

                                            Il Bistro offers a variety of custom menus tailored to your specific needs. Prior to your event our Chef can work with you to customize a menu to reflect your individual tastes. Menus are available at 4 different levels: 3 Course Menu - $39.00/Person 4 Course Menu - $48.00/Person 5 Course Menu - $56.00/Person 5 Course Premiere Menu - $64.00/Person For large groups the entire restaurant can be reserved for a pre-set minimum. A large selection of Platters and Tray Passed Appetizers are also available. To arrange your event please contact: Nick Wiltz - nick@ilbistro.net - (206) 682-3049

                                          • Private party facilities

                                            Il Bistro hosts many private events and our dining space comfortably accommodates up to 60 people. People seem to really enjoy dining in the Pike Place Market in a romantic restaurant like ours. We can e-mail a Private Dining Packet to guests who are interested in events. Our packet provides pricing information and sample menus. This information is also on our website at www.ilbistro.net

                                          • Private party contact

                                            Nick Wiltz: (206) 682-3049

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