Seattle >Food & Dining > Machiavelli Ristorante
1215 Pine St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.615035 -122.328077
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
This Italian joint has been a main stay on Capitol Hill for 25 years. Once you smell the garlic and taste the pasta - like the Linguini alle Vongole - you'll understand why.
ok, but not spectacular – place was decent and I'd probably return if others wanted to, but it was below average in taste of food and was crowded/loud. not romantic, but probably good for casual dinner. was a little disappointed in the place actually, as it came highly recommended.
Good Food, Good Price – This food gets the job done and you don't have to spend a lot to have a good meal. The most refreshing aspect is that the portions are regular-sized instead of super-sized. I've never seen children there either. Overall it's a nice neighborhood restaurant with affordable prices and consistently tasty food.
Best Italian ever - definitely worth the wait! – My husband & I found this place while we were going to a show at the Paramount. We got there right when it opened but had a wonderful experience and have gone back several times. The food is wonderful and very reasonable for Italian. My husband absolutely hates to wait in lines but will for this restaurant. If you go after 6 pm you can expect an hour wait. We just go next door to the Baltic Room and get drinks beforehand. I have always had great experiences here and all the food is good. For dessert we had a vanilla cheesecake that is to die for! I highly recommend this place!
Worth a 25mi drive and an hour wait! – Yes, the wait is long (get a bottle of wine at the bar while you wait!); yes, it is crowded. BUT it is the best affordable Italian restaurant in Seattle. The menu is short but wonderful! Personal favorites include their bread, Ceasar salad and Minestrone soup. For your entree try Chicken/Veal Milanese or Lasagna. Spaghetti, yet simple, is delicious.
Desert menu could be improved (last night they only had one item), but if Tiramisu is available, it's a good way to finish your meal with some coffee.
Worth the wait? – Hmmmm.....is it really worth the wait to have moderate food with not so friendly service? Apparently a lot of people think so, but you might want to consider going someplace else.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle – I've been to many Italian restaurants and I haven't found anything that has surpassed Machiavelli. Great food, good prices, and the food comes quickly. Try to go there during the non-rush hour so you don't have to wait forever. Middle of the week is best, avoid Fridays and Saturdays or get there before 6pm. One time I was with a party of 3, and it took 2 hours to get a table. At least the host didn't forget about us and brought us some appetizers, and later offered us dessert for free for the inconvenience. I also recommend parties of 2-4. And don't waste time sitting at the table if you're done eating! Let other people eat so they don't have to wait aeons!
Truly one of the best – Yes, on a busy night, you have to wait. They don't take reservations and won't seat you until your entire party is present. BUT IT'S WORTH IT! The food is delish... every meal I've ever ordered was wonderful. I always suggest this place to people looking for a "really good" restaurant. The service is always good and while it's hard to accomodate a larger group in the tiny place, they're always willing to do it and make us comfortable. It's romantice. The best part? VERY affordable!
Generally a Good Italian Restaurant... – It took my boyfriend and I on a Thursday night (arrived at 9pm) 20 minutes to get seated, take that as you wish. I didn't mind too much. The service was just fine, though, they checked up on us often, doing their usual. It didn't take long for the food to arrive, and the food was very good. I haven't sampled too many different Italian places, but of the few that I have been to, this is one of the best, food-wise. The ambience, though, is what turned me off. I had to talk loudly over everyone else and read my boyfriend's lips across the table (I'm a hearing-aid wearer.) Overall, I did like this restaurant, as the prices weren't bad and the food was delish. I wouldn't go again unless I knew I was in for a loud, crowded night.
NOT that great! – Contrary to most of the reviews here, Machiavelli Ristorante was not that great! The food was acceptable, but nothing to rave about. The pasta was not cooked to Al Dente. Worst of all, when it got crowded, the waitress asked us to LEAVE! I don't know of any restaurant that has ever done that before. Overall, if you want a quick, medicore Italian restaurant where you're forced to finish your food to accomodate incoming customers, this is the restaurant for you. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone else!
wonderful, reasonably priced italian – there is usually a wait & no reservations are taken, but you'll find the effort worth it. The food here is excellent & very reasonably priced. I would much rather go here than the Pink Door
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