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Il Bistro

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Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Pike Place Market
0.2 miles from Seattle Waterfront
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Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

We went here for dinner. It had been about 25 years since I was last here. Unfortunately it was not what I had remembered but still a good experience. The service was fantastic, the meal was average and high priced. I had the rigatoni which...was ok, others had the gnocchi which they said was really good as well as the linguine and clams, mussels and fish. The Caesar salad was good and was large enough to share. I would not be opposed to returning but I have had better and would prefer to go elsewhere, away from the tourist area.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

Truthfully, chose this restaurant because Pink Door was fully booked. Planned on an hour here for dinner on a weeknight before attending an event nearby; should have allowed more time. Service was excellent. Food was very good, however not anything to write home about. Took...longer than we would have thought to get our food considering the restaurant was not full. There was a large party nearby (presumably an office Christmas dinner) that got louder as time went on making it difficult to carry on a conversation across our small table. Noise does carry here so if there is a large party, don’t expect a quiet, intimate experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 18, 2019

We spend a week end in Seattle at Christmas. A highlight is a dinner at a nice restaraunt that has some character to it. Our favorite place recently closed leaving us in need for a new Saturday night dinner place. Great find, but..... This is...a wonderful setting, at the foot of Post Alley and the Gum Wall and in a classic basement bistro setting. The ambiance was super and just what we like. The wait staff was friendly and prompt. However the kitchen and bar seemed "behind" and so our drinks and meal took a long time (more than casual, elegant dining speed). I had the gnocchi, my daughter the ciappino. Both very good. In fact, my daughter tried a bite of the gnocchi and said it was the best she ever had! My wife on the other hand, had the chicken dish and was very unhappey with the chicken itself. The sauce and fagioli were very good but the chicken tastless and "an odd texture". It was not on the level of the rest of the dish or our dishes. We will likely give il Bistro another try as we like the restaraunt, but not for the chicken dish.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2019

Il Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle and definitely my favorite in the Pike Place Market. It's located in a secluded section of Pike Street below the main level of the Market. It is great for a romantic evening or a pre-theater...or pre-concert dinner. The Italian food is well prepared and served and the staff are very personable.They have a cozy bar that is perfect for a wet Seattle evening.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

Good Itialian with good service. Maybe one of the best restaurants near the market. Decent wine list.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019

My wife and I had a fantastic dinner at Il Bistro! The ambiance was very romantic with candles providing light to each table. We had the king salmon (special of the day), gamberoni, caprese salad, and calamari accompanied, of course, by some white wine. The...calamari was different from the usual fried fare and was quite tasty. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of the food, and the prices were very reasonable. We definitely plan to come back the next time we visit Seattle!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

Great bar for happy hour! The bartenders are super friendly and attentive. During happy hour, glasses of wine are $7, draft beer is $1.00 off. Special cocktails are $9.00 and small plates are $8.00. We loved the atmosphere here, and the wine and the food...were very good.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 22, 2019

It had been decades since our last visit, so we looked forward to visiting Il Bistro for our 43rd anniversary dinner. A romantic evening was on our minds. The scallops, linguine de mare, caesar salad, and bruschetta were superb and our server was welcoming and...helpful. Soon after we arrived, however, a party of 16 people was seated near to us. The noise level increased dramatically, so much so that we saw other nearby patrons turning to look at them. The maitre d asked that they keep it down. That worked for a very few minutes. Having any kind of a conversation was difficult. Thankfully, that group eventually left. We were pleased when our server offered to comp desserts for us. I've given this restaurant an "average" rating primarily because it was a poor decision of management, knowing the noise level would likely be high, to seat a party of that size.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019

My husband & I came here for dinner on a Sunday night. What a great choice! We sat outside and watched the world go by. Great people-watching spot on the lower level of Pike Place Market. Opposite the post-it message wall. The host is a...hoot! Server was friendly and attentive. One of the chef's had quit that night, so they were down a person in the kitchen. Our server apologized for the slow service but we were in no hurry. The menu selections are all delicious. It's hard to decide. Started with a glass of moscato. Sweet & bubbly. Exactly the way I like it. I ordered the house salad & grilled scallops with cauliflower cream & pancetta. YUM! Salad was dressed with a tasty vinaigrette. Scallops were fresh & tasty. The pancetta was crisp. The dish was cooked perfectly. My husband ordered the lasagna. Loaded with goodness. The large hunk of sliced crusty bread with plenty of softened butter was warm & delicious. No room for dessert. What a delightful way to wrap up an evening of strolling around the Pike Place Market. Definitely stop in for a meal.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

Mark with Savor Seattle recommended this restaurant and we were glad we changed our plans and came here. It was intimate with subdued lighting and not noisy. Our server Bret helped me make a great cocktail selection, the Rutherford, and recommended an excellent Le Volte...wine. The pasta bolognese was excellent and we were pleased that there was plenty of the delicious sauce. The bread was quite good though it might have been better warm.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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They have a full bar with a good selection of beers and wines. Full menus are available on the website, illbistro net (the TripAdvisor site will not let me include the link).
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