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Cafe Lago

Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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2305 24th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Waiter mocked me!

I had traveled from Minnesota to Seattle and couldn't wait to try cafe lago! I was so happy when I finally got to my table! We ordered the pomodori al forno. I told the waiter that I often make this since it is my hubs favorite. Got the eye roll. After we finished, I complemented the waiter saying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a family dinner with 5 people on a Tuesday evening. Were lucky to get a table, as the place filled totally 20 minutes after we arrived. Appetizers were interesting and presented promptly. Good mixed drink menu. Very good pizzas from wood-fired oven, great crust, a wide range of topping styles, they were popular with all. Service got spotty as... More 

Thank SounderFan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I had traveled from Minnesota to Seattle and couldn't wait to try cafe lago! I was so happy when I finally got to my table! We ordered the pomodori al forno. I told the waiter that I often make this since it is my hubs favorite. Got the eye roll. After we finished, I complemented the waiter saying it was... More 

Thank pebbles55604
Level Contributor
28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Café Lago is one of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle. Located in the family neighborhood of Montlake, it has incomparable brick oven pizzas and the best lasagna you will ever eat. There is a strong wine list that suits the food (including by the glass)and excellent starters (try the antipasti plate to share.) The downside is that the room... More 

Thank eileeninseattle
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

A very nice meal, and a wonderful night out. The food was good - particularly the Antipasto Plate - and the wine was flowing. The staff served us well and it was a very nice place to be. [The best part though was walking into the mens toilets to find a room full of pictures of women. I was very... More 

Thank Andrew W
Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Attractive neighborhood italian restaurant. Crisp, clean white table tops in airy dining room. Server competent and efficient however less than attentive on Tuesday night. Wine list adequate but pricy for quality. Price fix meal at $25 is a steal for the house. Pieces of toasted bread topped with three recipes, a side order of meatless house made sauced pasta, and... More 

Thank droffilc
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We have been going to Cafe Lago for years. I don't know why I haven't reviewed it already, it is our go to Italian restaurant. We have been to a couple of mediocre restaurants lately and I realized I had to let diners know about this gem. The atmosphere is casual but they use table cloths which is a nice... More 

Thank SeattleDeb
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We had reserved and planned a graduation party for 14 people for a Friday evening. All was in order and ready when we arrived. Service was very attentive. We were served family style, with one good dish after another, all Italian. Highlights for me were the antipasti, the signature lasagna dish, and the chocolate mousse. The house wines were good.... More 

Thank TomM8132
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

One of the best dinners out EVER! A quaint location AND you have to know its there or you will sadly miss it. We received wonderful service and the pasta with clans was mouth watering delicious. Cooked to perfection ! We also had a gourmet pasta and meatballs, NOT just for kids. A recipe you will want to SNAG and... More 

Thank Oliver0555
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have been going to this Italian restaurant in Montlake since my son moved to Seattle in 2001. The pizzas are thin crust and crispy from their wood fired oven. They are expensive but very good. The best entree is the vegetarian lasagne which is fantastic. This is one lasagne which will delight everyone, even the meat eaters despite the... More 

Thank Michael G
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My son took me and several friends to Café Lago for my birthday. We ordered several appetizers and a couple of salads to start. They were delivered to our table so that each one could be shared before the next one appeared. The entrees which came next could not have been prepared better. The service was extraordinary. Overall, the evening... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2305 24th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-329-8005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?