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For 40 years, IL Bistro, in the Heart of the Pike Place Market, has offered visitors Classic Italian Cuisine with the freshest Market Seafood, Meats and Produce. IL Bistro has frequently been voted "Seattle's Most Romantic Dining Room" by readers of various publications. The IL Bistro menu is complimented by an extensive list of Italian, California and Northwest wines. Fans love the "underground and intimate", historic bar which is open every night until 2 and offers an excellent late night menu.
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Phone: (206) 229-0234

Phone: (206) 682-2154

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Pike-Market, Downtown Seattle

Bistro-Il Bistro

Il Bistro Italian Restaurant

Italian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Bars, Fine Dining Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
a hidden gem

il bistro is a hidden gem! this a candle-lit cavern is one of my favorite romantic restaurants in the city, serving amazing italian dishes made from the freshest local products of the pike place market. the wine list is extensive, focusing on regional and italian wines. don't know which one to pair with your meal, ask. the servers won't dissapoint with their recommendation. i can't wait till the next time i'm there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Strike 3 on Service ~ You're out

Attracted by the mood and romantic atmosphere, my girlfriend and I returned to Il Bistro three times within two weeks. Our first experience at the bar was excellent. When we returned on a quiet week night for the food happy hour, we were greeted by EXTREMELEY slow service, and an undeserved attitude from the manager who rushed us into picking out a desert. Though the kitchen was no where near closing, we ordered what the menu claimed was ""gelato."" It was unmistakably ice cream...not gelato. Strike three on service came when we chose a romantic booth in view of the bar--a place we had seen other couples sitting on our previous visits. After being obviously ignored for 15 minutes, the hostess rebuked us for sitting in the ""dining room"" which was closed, and said to be served we would have to walk TWO STEPS away. We sat there stunned for a few minutes and discussed what we were going to do, when the manager (our favorite person with the famous attitude) told us again that the dining room is closed. My girlfriend smiled warmly and said we were just finishing a discussion and would only be a moment. He condescendingly repeated that we were sitting in the dining room, it was closed, and to be served we better move immediately. So we did: straight out the door, with no intention of returning. There is absolutly no reason to speak to people like that, especially in the service industry. And so much for the relaxed Italian atmosphere; it is obvious no one on staff has ever been there. We estimate Il Bistro lost about $600 over the next three weeks from us alone. We will tell others to avoid it, and encourage you to do the same.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great food

We just finished a wonderful meal. One of the best meals I have had. The chicken was prefect -- an amazing preparation. I can't wait to go back. Happy hour looks amazing but I haven't tried it yet. Next time...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hard to find but, Well worth it!

I have been to quite a few little places (and bigger known places as well) in Seattle and one night a friend and I had asked around for ideas on a nice little, quiet, lounge-like restaurant. Il Bistro was mentioned and so, we decided to check it out.
The service from the moment we walked in the door (including a coat-check) was outstanding and the waiter was very good on giving suggestions on what to try off of the menu.
The wine was tremendous and I definitely will be back to Il Bistro soon and plan to tell all coworkers and friends about it as well!

Congrats Il Bistro on making one of my top restaurants of Seattle!



Provided by Citysearch - 
So romantic!

After reading all of the reviews of this restaurant, it definetely lived up to my expectations. I did ask for the private table, but apparently it was already booked. We were seated in the back corner which was just as romantic.

The food was very delicious. We started off with an eggplant appetizer. Something I wouldn't have selected myself but the waiter suggested it. Great flavor. Went on to share a salad and off to dinner!

I had the lamb and my husband had the chicken rissotto. The lamb was truly amazing, probably the best I've ever had. My husband was very happy with his dish as well. We finished our meals with a chocolate cake for dessert.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was very romantic. Service was good, but the waiter never came back to re-fill our glasses of wine. I'm almost wondering he did that on purpose to leave us to our privacy. We honestly didn't mind at all. We loved not being hounded or interupted.

The prices for the meal are very reasonable and the ambiance is truly made the night! We will be back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lived up to high expectations

We had fantastic service and the food was phenomenal. We've been back a few times over the last year or so and it's always been very consistent. Great little cozy and romantic location. Intimate bar. Great wine list.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice Romantic Dining

A bit hard to find but well worth it. Tucked under the newstand at Pike Place Market. One of Seattle's best kept secrets. Food was outstanding, service quick but not pushy, Our server, Melanie, was cheerful, and knowledge about the wine list and specials of the day. Good value for the cost. Cozy spot for couples to dine.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great all around

This was an excellent restaurant. The service was excellent and checked in just enough so that we got everything we needed but also took care of us. The food was some of the best I have ever had. The location is tucked right under Pike Place Market and feels cozy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Does not live up to the other reviews

Went to dinner because of other reviews. Must have been an OFF-night...bread was refrigerator cold. The appetizer was barely warm and both of our dishes (special and pasta was very bland). Our wine was the only decent part...Out of there at $125. We live within walking distance but will never try again. Too many great restaurants in the area.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Food and Atmosphere!

I recently experienced the most wonderful place! My friend and I went to dinner at Il Bistro last week and was amazed at the great food and service. The waiter was very attentive. I can't say enough about the food, it was absolutely fabulous! I will be returning in the very near future! Thank you Il Bistro.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible service

I recently went to il Bistro with a girl friend to have some wine and dinner for a much needed girls night out. The atmosphere and food was excellent. The service however was among the worst I have ever had. We sat in the bar section and it took over 20 min to even place our drink order. Then when the wine came; I ordered Pinot Noir at almost 9 dollars a glass and undoubtedly got a glass of house red. Then every time we needed something like bread, silverware, more wine the waitress was no where to be found. In fact all these things we asked for, we never received. Finally the bartender had to come around from his duties to give us service. I should have started with him in the first place! I also thought the the portion size was a bit stingy. I will return but I certainly will not allow my self to be waited on by the same girl as before...I wish I knew her name so none of you would make the same mistake!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Probably enjoyable if you don't go deaf

My husband and I first visited Il Bistro 15 years ago when we began dating, so it was special to us. We have been there once since, and remembered it was a bit loud, but thought it was still a good choice. We decided to return last Saturday night for a third visit . I emailed for a reservation and asked for a special table, which I was assured we would get. When we arrived we were seated at a back table in front of an exit door, which to me does not spell ""special"". All the patrons around us were having a great time - so great, in fact, that the noise level next to us was beyond our coping capacities - we asked for another table, and were told, sorry, none available. We left, and decided not to return. Can't tell you how the food was - we never got that far.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great, Classic Italian Food; Sultry Ambience

The food: Classic italian dishes that were executed with care. The flavors were bold, but not fussy. I admire Il Bistro's decision to let the natural flavors of their dishes have their shining hour. Why add too many flavors to something that is already great? I would recommend the uniquely served calamari and the italian cheesecake. They were both so fresh and delicious.

I also loved the atmosphere of Il Bistro. It is dark, but the use of candles keeps it from being hard to see your plate or your date. As it has been said before, this place is ideal for a date. Yes, there were many couples there eating alone, but I also liked being in company of larger tables. The fact that there is moderate background noise and larger groups could certainly take the edge off of a first date.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for memorable food and intimate dining, Il Bistro is a great choice.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, drink, and ambience

I was pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. The whole experience was fantastic. We had wonderfully prepared drinks to complement the incredible food. All for a reasonable price.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Romantic and great food/ambience!

My fiance and I came here to celebrate the second night of our engagement. We flew to Seattle from LA and boy were we impressed. Reservations were easy to make the restaurant certainly delivered. When we checked in, the host congratulated us on our engagement and brought us to the most romantic table in the house. It was perfectly dim and felt comfortable and private. The carpaccio and calamari were expertly prepared. I had the rigatoni and my fiance had a seafood medley, which she described as very very fresh and delicious. We were searching for non-pretentious restaurants (hence leaving he LA scene for a weekend) and Il Bistro was perfect. The prices are very very fair and the food is great. There is a family feeling and it is in the heart of Pike's market. I would highly recommend!



Provided by Citysearch - 
The most romantic restaurant in Seattle.

Il Bistro is the most romantic restaurant the I have ever been to. I brought my date there for dinner and it was the best dinner we have ever had. The food there is truly will amaze you. The candle light and dark setting is perfect for romance. The staff is great, friendly and helpful. I don't really know what else to right except that it was the most perfect night that I have ever had.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very romantic atmosphere and great customer service!

I would like to thank the employees for making my dinner proposal the most memorable experience of my life. I asked the night time manager to help me with suprising my girlfriend with a dessert engagement. As we ordered dessert they brought out the food along with a plate the said will you marry me on it! Of course she said yes!!! I just wanted to thank the manager and waiter for providing me customer service that was above and beyond!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Romantic tucked-away bistro

Overall, good food and good environment. To start with, my date and I were warmly greeted by the host before we were promptly taken to a table. The dining area itself was small and dimly lit by candle, creating a romantic atmosphere. Piano music was quietly playing in the background, which allowed for easy conversation. After sitting for a while, our waiter awkwardly presented the menu and was informative only upon request. His behavior was acceptable, but he came off as inexperienced. For an appetizer we ordered the Carpaccio, which is: Thinly Sliced Beef Tenderloin with Red Onion, Shaved Parmesan, Arugula & White Truffle Oil. The carpaccio was delicious in taste but meager in portion, this was disappointing due to its high price tag, $12 (keep in mind, I am a college student). For an entree I ordered the veal. This plate came with three veal steaks, potatoes, and asparagus, all of which were delectable. To end with, my date and I shared the Panna Cotta. This dessert had great texture and presentation, along with an amazing flavor. In the future I will be sure to make a trip back to Il Bistro... maybe after I pay off my student loans.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great place for food or drinks

would make a great date spot---very cozy and dark......good food....i would go back again, especially if i was on a date....very romantic and a good place for conversation



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great restaurant with a great dessert!

We LOVE this restarant. We come here whenever we need a really special romantic evening. The staff is professional and is helful, yet leaves you privacy. The food has always been excellent and the wine is always superb. Our favorite part of every experience: the chocolate dessert with raspberry sauce (wish I could remember the name). It is so good, we tried to order it for our wedding cake.

Unfortunately, we had thought we were going to Chez Shea every time. We ordered their cake that was similar and realized, on pickup, that what we had thought was Chez Shea was actually Il Bistro. We love Il Bistro so much we've never made it to Chez Shea!!! :)