Seattle >Food & Dining > Il Bistro
93 Pike St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608581 -122.340216
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
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Join us at IL Bistro for happy hour! Daily 5-6:30pm and Late night Sunday through Thursday 10pm until Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11pm until 1am.
Always a great happy hour here, or just go for good ole dinner. And you can use the valet service that is just upstairs!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 amazing...it 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.
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!
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.
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
This sexy dining grotto remains a top choice for Seattleites seeking excellent Italian fare. – The Scene
Situated off a cobblestone alley marking the end of Pike Street, Il Bistro offers intimacy amid the bustling market. Curvy entryways, discreetly placed tables and low lighting contribute to the seductive ambience. Service is swift and polite.
Rack of lamb has been the signature dish since day one, and it justly deserves recognition. To start the evening, a tantalizing sauté of calamari with basil, tomatoes, garlic and red wine vinegar is impressive. Among pastas, the Conchigilia (angel hair pasta in a champagne cream with asparagus and tomatoes, topped with seared scallops) is a winner. Meats and seafood receive respectful, simple treatments: Chicken breast roasted with garlic, imported olives and oregano and balsamic-drizzled king salmon served aside a bed of arugula offer worthy alternatives to lamb. Dessert caps off the evening--the chef's signature tiramisu arrives moist and decadent while the silky panna cotta is easily devoured within seconds.
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