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Wallingford, Lake Union

Bizzarro Italian Caf�

Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Booted Out!!

Six of us, including three Italians, visited Bizarro on 1-21-12 to celebrate a birthday. Food was good, service medium, and desserts quite nice; bill a bit over $200.

Our problem? As we were visiting and enjoying coffee after dinner, a female employee (not our server) came to our table and abruptly said they had a long waiting list and asked us to leave!!! Truly a first for me - a journalist who has been in more than 1,000 restaurants across the globe and reviewed scores of hotel, resorts, and eateries in North America and Europe.

I am glad they were busy, but rudeness such as this is intolerable and unncessary. There are many fine Italian restaurants in the Seattle area that value their customers and would never be so ruthless. Six people will not be back and will tell all their associates not how enjoyable the food was, but how callus the staff is!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
not that great..service is ok

the food is okay. the Trimisou had too much cream.. the service was just ok



Provided by Citysearch - 
Elk bolognese and forest floor frenzy, oh my!

Had a great meal at Bizarro. Both of the dishes we had were rich and delicious. My only nitpick is that the linguine for my elk bolognese was a bit overcooked for my liking. Didn't really have any bite. But the flavors were great. The beet salad is also very good. Was very happy with the service we got from our knowledgeable and friendly server.

I have to address a couple of things I've seen in very negative reviews of Bizarro. First of all, the claim that the portion sizes are small is just absurd. If you're looking for all-you-can-eat, go back to Olive Garden. The portion sizes are more than adequate here. My gf and I split an order of the fried risotto balls and you get four large balls of delicious risotto crispy on the outside with good marinara. Then we each ordered our entrees which came with salad. We were pretty hungry and we weren't able to finish. Now, I'm not asserting that no one could finish that much food. Just that the portions are certainly not small as some bad eggs have claimed.

Another complaint that keeps coming up is that a large group is dissatisfied with the service they got after they called and told them they were coming, yet failed to inform them that they would only be having drinks and/or dessert. And then they complain about having to wait over an hour (even though they know Bizarro doesn't do reservations on weekends). Then complain about how they were treated rudely when they only ordered drinks and/or desserts. Look numbskulls, Bizarro is a small joint that's also very popular and very busy on weekends. When you bring in a large group and tie up a large table just for drinks, you're not only costing the servers money they could have earned in tips from diners but you're also keeping hungry diners waiting outside because you're too selfish to realize you should have gone someplace else that could better accommodate your needs. So take the sour griping from the prima donnas with a few grains of salt. Some people just don't understand it's not all about them.



Provided by Citysearch - 

My husband and I LOVE going to Bizarro! The staff is always very friendly adn the food is outrageously good! We just went again recently the night before our wedding and everyone in our party kept raving about the food and service. We took our out-of-town guests to other supposedly 'nicer' restaurants throughout the Seattle area during their stay and Bizarro was everyone's favourite! My father in law could not stop talking about how great our server was and how much he loved the food. We will be back for every special occasion, and even the not so special ones!



Provided by Citysearch - 
The RUDEST staff I have ever seen!

We went to Bizzarro and were enjoying a pleasant evening with friends we hadn't seen in a while. The food was okay but not great. After paying our bill of approximatley $350, including a generous tip, a waitress came over and told us to leave because they needed our table. I was shocked! It was obvious that we were getting ready to leave shortly anyway. When we walked out the hostess said ""I hope you enjoyed your evening"". I told her I enjoyed it until we were asked to leave. She then said in a very loud sarcastic voice ""Well welcome to a new week!"" (whatever that means??) If I were the owner, I would be firing some people right now.

All I can say is DON'T GO THERE it's not worth it. They sure ruined my evening. I will never go there again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love Bizarro!

We come frequently from Redmond for dinner because the food is always good, the atmosphere is fun, and the service is always prompt and friendly. Though we only share a salad, entree, dessert and wine, we are always treated pleasantly. We trust the consistency of Bizarro.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Absolutely horrific service

I don't ever write reviews, and I don't usually complain over service, either. However, my experience here was absolutely appalling.
The only reason this is getting even one star is that my review won't go through unless I click at least one.

I went here for my bachelorette party. First off, I think that no matter what quality of restaurant or service, the staff should make an effort to make that experience something special - after all, for such an important event, they should be glad that they were chosen as a venue for part of that evening.

We called ahead and let the staff know we would be a larger group and around what time we were expecting to show up. They said that was fine, and that they'd try to get some tables ready. We showed up, and proceeded to wait almost 2 HOURS on the sidewalk, in dresses and with no where to sit down.

We planned on ordering drinks and desserts. As soon as we told our waitress this, she stopped in her tracks, raised her voice, said ""are you all just ordering dessert?"" and proceeded to snatch away the dinner menus from us, and stomped off. She came back in a huff, and slapped down a few dessert menus. Every other interaction for the rest of the night from her was curt, rude and rushed.

Before we placed our dessert (AND DRINK) orders, the manager of the restaurant came over to our table, just to confirm that indeed we were JUST ordering dessert and drinks. (Mind you, our total tab was several hundred dollars, and they didn't deserve a dime of it.) He was also rude, and made us feel extremely unwelcome and awkward.

When our desserts were finally ready, our waitress literally DROPPED the spoons on the table, directly in front of me - the bride-to-be. I was astonished, as well as the rest of my party, and several surrounding tables were starting to observe this ridiculous behavior. Then when the dishes came out, she slammed them in front of each person. They almost immediately brought out the check, before we had even started enjoying our desserts and drinks, and tried to rush us out of there.

I have never in my entire life experienced worse service, and felt more unwelcome at any establishment. I was horrified that my friends had to witness the immature attitude of the waitress, and devastated that my ""fun"" night turned into such an awkward and awful ordeal. I question the ethics of a company that would hire such a selfish and unprofessional wait-staff, and run their restaurant in such a biased way. Thanks to the staff at Bizzarro Cafe, I will never recommend this restaurant, never return as a patron, and wish that I could erase that night from my memory.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst service I've ever experienced in my life!

A group of friends and I planned to go to Bizarro on a Friday night. We understood that there were no reservations, but we called ahead to ask if they could accommodate a large group. We were given no problem, and we were willing to wait the hour+ it took to get a table.
Upon ordering, the server realized that many of us had ordered salads rather than entrees and promptly changed from her cheery self to the rudest server I have ever met. She slammed the utensils down on the table, yelled across the table, and demanded our dessert orders approximately 3 mins after our salads were served. Even before we were finished with our plates, they were whisked away, no questions asked. We were in and out in less than an hour, and as we added up the bill (for which we had all brought cash), we were offered a calculator to hurry up our payment. We were stared down by the entire staff the whole evening.
Apparently, although this place advertises itself as a friendly and laid-back establishment, they would much rather serve those who would give them the most money in the least amount of time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nothing Special

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Food is nothing to brag about, service was so so at beat and it takes to dang long to get food from kitchen.



Provided by Citysearch - 
happiness in a bowl

Fantastik, wonderful, we were so happy to have spent our modest dollars at this well run and exciting restaurant. unbelievable prices for such great and exciting meals. we watched as each table would observe what the next table had ordered and all of us excited to see what the next dish would be.....the 2 of us will make this a must go destination as long as these fine people keep serving such wonderful bites.



Provided by Citysearch - 
""Last Meal"" Quality Italian Fare

This place would be on my shortlist for my ""last meal!"" My boyfriend and I always pick Bizzarro's for any occasion that requires celebration - promotion, birthdays, anniversaries. When people ask us ""where to eat when we're in Seattle"" we always recommend Bizzarro's. The 'Forest Floor Frenzy' is AMAZING! I always order this dish and have never been disappointed. My boyfriend always gets something else which is predictably fabulous. The wines are amazing and they have a heavenly chocolate cake dessert (cannot remember exact name) which is great paired with a Port. They have an excellent wine menu to boot! But the best thing is the decor - it's whimsical, creative and entertaining. I think this is one of the best decorated restaurants in the city. This is the perfect date spot!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Favorite Restaurant in Seattle

I've been to Bizzarro numerous times and leave the restaurant each time happy and content. I was born in Italy and have inherently developed very high expectations for Italian food. I have not come across a pair of such Italian gems as Bizzarro and Tutta Bella for pasta and pizza respectively before in the US and both of these restaurants are within a couple of blocks of each other! Whereas Tutta Bella offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, Bizzarro isn't as authentic in ambience or menu as it is on the quality of the pasta. What I mean is that the types of pasta sauces on offer would probably be considered quite liberal in Italy; however each one I have tried has been amazing. In particular, the ribboned pasta with white truffle sauce is delectable and hard to forego on each visit. The ambience is warm and, at the risk of sounding like a girl, cozy, and the walls are adorned with strange and misplaced mementos fit to inspire Lewis Carroll. I have found the prices to be very reasonable, the service excellent, and the wait staff pleasant and humorous. Keep in mind that even the finest Italian meal might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're like one of the previous reviewers and feel the need to blast Bizzarro because it doesn't offer spaghetti, its probably time to look into your first trip to Bella Italia. I took a friend to Bizzarro recently, and, well, let's just say his idea of Italian dining is lasagna at Olive Garden. Needless to say, he did not appreciate the restaurant. I guess even the finest things in life attract criticism.



Provided by Citysearch - 
good man

Man this place wah so tight i took my girlie there and we had all this bomb and good experience friend. man we had some wine and cheese man, it wasn't like anything new but still. We had all salami and cakes man. There was a lot of beans in one of the dishes so that was real tight. Man, if i had wonna these in my house that would be tight. This place is the bomb right next to Mashed Potato Melissa's on Broadway and John downtown.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Second Visit - Won't return - Marginal Value

It's my second visit to Bizzara. The atmosphere is good, the service is good, and the food is tasty and well-prepared. The problem is that the portions are very small and the prices are very high. A $25+ salmon meal had 5 ounces of salmon (8-10 bites max) and 5 shoots of asparagus, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. All pasta portions were small, including the small bowls of soup. Party of 4 cost $140 with 1/2 carafe of house wine that was average at best. Restaurant has nice location and atmosphere, but it lacks value.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't expect your usual Italian dinner

Went to Bizarro two weeks ago with my brother and a friend. It was Tuesday night, so we were able to get a table right away. We started with some wine and a great salami antipasto. I had the linguini with clams and pancetta, my brother had the lamb shank, and my friend had the pasta with kale. I sampled the other two and both were great. My own meal was fantastic. I loved the fresh pasta and the light broth and lots of clams. The portions were just right. For dessert, we had the chocolate vesuvius - warm espresso/chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. Overall, great food, great service, and great atmosphere. This place is also kid friendly. There were two tables behind us with kids, but we barely noticed them



Provided by Citysearch - 
DELICIOUS food, great service, wonderful ambiance

I took my boyfriend there last night to celebrate his birthday after hearing about Bizzaro's from a few coworkers. We loved it! He had a lamb shank that was perfectly cooked, and I had gnocchi in a braised pork sauce. We had a fantastic bruschetta appetizer, and I had the most delicious apple hazlenut salad as well. The service was great. We plan on going back with my boyfriend's parents when they visit next weekend!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Valentine's Day Dinner

My wife and I tried Bizzarro for the first time yesterday for V-Day and had a very pleasant experience. Since we had a reservation, there was no wait. The atmosphere combined with the excellent fresh food reminded me of the many great San Francisco restaurants we enjoyed during our time in SF. The wine list could be broader but we still found something decent for a reasonable price. In the end we had a four course meal with a bottle of wine for a very good deal. We will definitely be back!



Crowded and friendly

There is a reason that this place is crowded, even on weeknights. It's the food baby. I always opt for the Pasta Puttenesca. Beautiful presentation and delicious. The salads are cold and fresh. Just one minor complaint. They need to expand the wine list a bit and bring in some Italian whites.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Finally Italian food that's really Italian

I happened upon this unusual place totally by accident and thank heavens for that. Being a chef/caterer, I'm always looking for new food experiences and this is one of the best. The atmosphere is fun, inviting, warm, and yet somehow intimate. The food, however, is the star of the show. Aside from being beautifully plated and presented by an amazing staff, the cuisine here is Italy in all it's color and flavor. This is so far the only truly authentic Italian food I've found in my 2 years in Seattle. The combinations of flavors and the delicate balances that can be found here cover not only those regions of Italy we are all familiar with, but they also highlight the a diversity that is Italy. Italian food is not all pizza and spaghetti, it is so much more. Chef's use of fish, lamb and local fresh produce highlight his understanding that not everything must swim in heavy tomato sauce. The pasta was tender and tasty. The portions perfect. The wine list was also quite nice and the staff knowledgeable If I were told that I could eat only the food from one country or my life would end, it would undoubtedly be Italy and I could only hope that Chef Mike Easton would do the honors. Bravisimo Chef, bravisimo.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't bother

I was really paying for atmosphere in this place because I found the food bland and disapointing.It was too much of one, boring flavor. Don't come here if you are expecting spaghetti on the menu because this is one Italian restaurant that does not have it. Maybe they are just too cool for it? Fun, random decor and service was average but I will not be returning.