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“Old Seattle Standby Just Stands By.”
Review of Il Bistro

Il Bistro
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Ranked #138 of 4,137 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 12 - US$ 38
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: First Avenue
Description: 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.
Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Old Seattle Standby Just Stands By.”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Il Bistro has been ensconced in the Pike Place Market of Seattle for decades now. While it isn't spectacular, it is serviceable. The room is one of the great selling points, with a feel that is quite unique and inviting. The menu is well thought out, but the dishes are a bit tired and the place feels a bit like its time has passed. Perhaps it's time for some new energy in ownership/management/chef?

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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Always charming, particularly at night”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

This is another Seattle classic, in a town now known internationally for its great and wide ranging types of restaurants. The low lighting, candles, white table clothes and low ceilings make it a warm, cozy and charming spot for dinner.

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Seattle
Level 6 Contributor
52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

great deals at happy hour. Food is very good and service is excellent.

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Kirkland, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Romantic atmosphere”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

We went here on our first date several years ago and again on New Years. We went again last month and I enjoyed the small, romantic and dimly lit atmosphere. They have a great Happy Hour and a pretty good cocktail list. I recommend this for a couples night. And it's right at pikes place market so convenient.

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Seattle
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Slow service & bland seafood w/ pasta”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

We waited a long time for our dinners after the salad was served. When it did arrive, I asked for a 2nd glass of wine that was forgotten by the waitress. I had to go up to the bar & ask someone to bring it to the table. The seafood w/ pasta was very bland & I kept putting salt & pepper on it. I thought it would be a tomato based sauce w/ a lot of flavor & it was just very watery. The lasagna & cannolini was in favor of the other members @ our table. Food items on the menu were out & we just did not have a positive experience.

  • Visited January 2012
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