2355 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.641262 -122.320562
Food was amazing, Staff lacked enthusiam and and sort of customer service skill – Average rating does no justice to the quality of food at this dining establishment. Our dinners were wonderful, reasonably priced, and had great presentation. The kitchen manages to keep up an intricate and large menu, and should be applauded for a fine craft.
Customer service, um, terrible. Waited at the door for over 10 minutes while servers walked by us and didn't say anything. Avoiding eye contact at all costs. They couldn't have looked more unhappy through our entire dining service from being sat to receiving our check. Limited knowledge of wine, food on menu, and very limited smiles. Waited at our table in the back for over 15 minutes before server ever came to get drink orders and bring water, almost to the threshold where we normally would walk out of a place. We learned to ask for several things at once during meal, as you never knew when a server would be back. Seemed the other guests around us had the same experience and discontent with their servers as well. All in all, great food and a really cozy, cute atmosphere for dinner...but owner needs to strongly consider firing the wait staff and revamping front of house attitude and level of service.
Home-style Italian with a personal touch‎ – My partner and I found this restaurant a few years ago and loved it so much the first time we ended up going one a week for 5 or 6 weeks straight! Needless to say our dining out budget was broken pretty quickly. That's not to say that The Cellar (as we call it) is expensive, we just like fine wine a little too much. ;-)
FOOD: I haven't had an entree here I didn't like. Same goes for the appetizers. I would have to recommend the Gorgonzola & Roasted Garlic Crustini. Yum! Of the entrees some of my favorites are the Gnocchi Carbonara, House Lasagna, Sausage Linguini, Veal Parmesan (or Saltambocca), and any of the entrees with pesto sauce. Another thing I would recommend doing is if you don't mind paying for fine wine, let the owner/head chef, Ken, recommend a wine paired with whatever you've choosing to eat. One I would definitely recommend is the Prunotto Barolo. (His wine markups aren't nearly as high as others around town.)
LOCATION: North Capital Hill, just south of Roanoke Park, small parking lot on site.
ATMOSHERE: Overall it's a smaller place, subtle lighting, good for a nice evening out for two or a quiet dinner with your parents or in-laws while their visiting from out of town. But don't miss the velvet painting of the Godfather in one of the alcoves toward the back!
Horrible Service and Food was overcooked and chewy – My husband and I just returned from our Valentine Dinner. After waiting 75 minutes for overcooked chewy chicken and begging the server for water or wine....we will nevere go back to this place. Even after telling our server we DONT want our (entire dinner-we literally didn't eat anything) boxed, she brought our dinner back to our table in boxes....um duh we didn't eat it for a reason!!! Anyhow, our dog was happy to eat the chewy chicken.....
average italian – The cellar bistro is a neighborhood spot literally located in the cellar, downstairs from another restaurant. The room is a bit dark even early in the evening in the daylight. The decor is interesting - there's a velvet painting of Elvis on one of the walls! The food is average Italian, nothing to rave about, but the service was attentive and the prices reasonable. I wouldn't go out of my way to return there, but wouldn't avoid it, either.
Mediocre at best – I visited this place with a group of friends, so I got a chance to taste at least 4 different entrees and 2 desserts. My general impression was that they have incompetent cooks in the kitchen and not so knowledgeable staff in the dining room. The vegetarian risotto was dry, not at all creamy and under-seasoned. They really should have called the dish "boiled rice with a few sorry looking vegetables". The scallops piccata - a $20 plate, mind you - were rubbery and a had metallic aftertaste; also under-seasoned. I paid $20 for a 1/2 cup of pasta and a few over steamed pieces of broccoli and carrots and felt like I was under a watchful eye of a renal dietitian. Garlic prawns were.. but of course, overcooked. Based on my experience with the rest of the dishes, you will be paying $15-22 for a sodium-restricted version of something you can cook better at home.
Then came the dessert. The highly touted red velvet cake was quite obviously a supermarket cake-mix variety. The chocolate sauce tasted like ( and I am sure was) a Hershey's syrup; the "whipped cream" was whipped directly from the can. The pinnacle off this creation was pink gritty frosting.
The wine list deserves a special mentioning. Not only is it poor, it is also outrageously overpriced. For instance a bottle of Washington Hills Riesling (retailing for $6.99 at QFC) was priced at $26!
Do not bother asking the waitress about the food or the wine - she does not know the answers. In all fairness she was friendly and smiled a lot.
The restaurant has parking - that was the best part of the meal.
Best Italian food I have ever had – I do not live in Seattle, but I make sure to go to the cellar bistro every time I'm in town because I love the food. My particular favorite is the penne fromage. It is delicious! I would recommend the cellar bistro to anyone who loves italian food. This is a wonderful place to bring a date or go to with a couple of friends.
Worst customer service – Although the food is better than most italian restaurants in Seattle, the service is horrible. We recently went to the restaurant and had the worst experience. The waitress was very slow in taking our orders and had a very bad attitude. At the end of our meal we were enjoying our coffee and dessert when the hostess came and informed us a large party was waiting for our table and said "if you could hurry with your dessert and coffee it would be appreciated." At that time we hadn't even received our bill. Minutes later our waitress came to our table and also asked that we hurry with our coffee because of next party waiting for our table. We still did not have our bill and we were not finished with our coffee. I have never been made to feel so unwelcomed. You would think after spending over $400.00 for dinner they would treat their customers with more respect. We will never go back to The Cellar Bistro or reccommend The Cellar Bistro to any of our friends. They advertise that their restaurant is good for large parties but from our experience they seemed unable to accommodate a party larger than 2 or 3 guests.
Not trying the Bistro would be a shame. – From the moment I walked in the door, impessed I was. From the beautiful decor, the romantic ambiance , to the wonderful smells permeating from the kitchen. The Cellar bistro is a must try. The prices was right, and the food was great. I have only a couple of negative comments. The server for my section chose to service three other tables that came after us, first. She did not ask if we wanted a bread refill and was a bit slow. She was friendly but that doesn't always cut it. The food was really good but the saltimboca was a bit salty. Besides these small details the overall experience was a nine.
Not so impressed – Because of the glowing reviews I took my finace' to The Cellar. The decor was a nice try but really skimped on some finishing touches, like picture frames and attention to detail with the painting. The host that seated us didn't even bother to ask for our drink order and we had to flag him down to get a glass of wine after 10 mintues of sitting there. It was a good 12-15 minutes before our waiter showed up and he was about to run off until we told him we were ready to order.
The gorganzola appatizer was decent but my fiance's meal was overcooked and salty. It's a good thing he filled up on the bread because he took 2 bites and deamed the dish inedible. Our waiter seemed to be too busy chatting up the group behind us to check in with us about our meal, we had to complain about the food to another person on the waitstaff. We got neither confirmation, nor appology, nor a comp on our bill for the inedible meal. Thanks Citysearch for the $10 coupon or this meal would have been an insult.
We won't be going back there.
Perfect romantic restaurant – Exceptional food, veal parmisian melted in my mouth. Very cozy seating that adds to the romantic atmosphere. Truly a gem for couples on a limited budget, but not exclusive to the college age.
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