Seattle >Food & Dining > Tidbit Bistro
2359 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.641268 -122.320059
Neighborhoods: Montlake, Northeast, Northeast Seattle
One of Seattle’s Best Kept Secrets – Entering Tidbit Bistro is like stepping into a good friend’s home. The smells of garlic and olive oil coupled with a warm greeting by John the host, assures you you’re going to be in good hands for the rest of the evening.
Tidbit Bistro offers a unique selection of tapas and entrees from Spain and Italy (more specifically, Madrid and Napoli). After perusing the extensive and somewhat overwhelming menu (which is divided into Spanish and Italian dishes, tapas, full size entrees and even vegan fare), we rely on our very knowledgeable waiter to guide us through the best of what Tidbit has to offer.
Every selection he recommended was in a word, outstanding. The chicken caesar salad, one of the most satisfying I've ever had. The maccheroni al gratin stands proud next to any of the city's famed macaroni and cheese dishes. And the star of the show, the baked cod. So simple and delicious it transported me directly back to the Amalfi Coast.
You can tell that Tidbit Bistro is a neighborhood favorite populated mostly by locals who come here frequently. The staff knows all of the regulars and treats them as they do first-time visitors – like one of the family. But this gem is planning a move to Central Capitol Hill this summer in order to accommodate its growing clientele and offer more parking. The new location is scheduled to open in August and will be located at Broadway and East Union Streets.
Whether you visit its current home or new location later this summer, Tidbit Bistro is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets…for now.
TERRIBLE service, but food was good – When I dine out, I expect to get decent service, but that was NOT the case on my recent visit to Tidbit (on 1/15/09).
I was with a group of 10 and we had a reservation. We were seated right away, and then ignored for quite some time. The server only interacted with one half of the table, where my friends were ordering bottles of wine. I was at the table for a full 35 minutes before I was finally able to flag him down and order a diet coke. He completely ignored the fact that while my friends were enjoying wine, I had no glass in front of me and was obviously not drinking wine with them.
I finally got my diet coke after I'd been seated at the table 40 minutes, but then it was another 10 minutes before the waiter took our orders. I was quite hungry and that's when I noticed we didn't even have bread on the table. FINALLY, a full hour after the 10 of us had been seated, someone brought us a few bread baskets.
When the meal arrived it was good, but I was already so annoyed with the bad service that it wasn't enough to change my impression of my evening at Tidbit. I got the feeling the server saw a large group drinking multiples bottles of wine and he knew he'd get a good tip because the gratuity was automatically added to the check. He did not earn his tip.
The one part I really enjoyed was my order of sweet potato french fries!
Sweet place! – Yum. We're regulars, so we're a bit partial. 1/2 price wine a definite plus. Great food and wine. Tidbit a fantastic little Italian restaurant and bistro. Very sweet owners and servers. Amazing food. Very nice, hospitable, warm and fun service / servers. The atmosphere is cozy and authentic Italian i.e what you would experience in Italy / Europe. Nice happy hour. What I don't like? Hmm. We had a server that was a bit frenetic once - sweet but frenetic.
What a great place – The food was wonderful and the service good. Half price wine is also a huge plus for me. I will be going back every time I'm on Capital Hill.
can't wait to go back – What a great spot., I wish it were my neighborhood bistro. The server was helpful and insightful, the atmosphere fun and well thought out, but the food was the big winner. The sweet potato fries are a must with the aioli, great crostini, salads were lovely and the cocktails were deeeelish! Overall, tried 4 tapas and had a half salad and it was a great meal. Look forward to going with more people so we can taste even more menu items. Go, you will love it.
Relaxing, fun, yummy experience! – My boyfriend and I celebrated my birthday at Tidbit and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! We were able to make a weeknight reservation just a few hours in advance and requested the table by the window which feels cozy and private and allows for great Capitol Hill people watching. We started off with the sweet potato fries and mustard aioli (amazing!) and the gnocchi alla sorrentina (also amazing!). The Caesar salad was just ho-hum but the Caprese was to die for with tidbit's own unique twist. I then had the tidbit baccala which I was frankly disappointed in - it was a little too greasy for my taste and I wasn't expecting the fish to be breaded and fried. My boyfriend, however, had the bistecca ed insalada which was delicious and so fresh tasting. We topped everything off with white profiteroles (which are worth coming back for all by themselves!).
Although the food was for the most part delish, the service was what will bring us back again and again. It was a bit slow but we were in no hurry and enjoyed the slower pace and opportunity to linger over each dish. The Italian co-owner was so friendly and solicitous, refilling water glasses before they were empty and apologizing for the kitchen backup before we even really noticed things were moving slow. He even chased us out to the parking lot behind the building when we forgot our doggie bags! Overall a great experience - we will be back!
Authentic Brunch – I would recommend the brunch here to anyone who enjoys something a tidbit refined and different with a mix of mediterranean flavors. Most of their brunch plates are delicious and unique, particuliarly their potato(I forget the name) dish with a light fresh tomato sauce on the side. The service is friendly and courteous. I'm not a fan of the plasma in general at restaurants, but maybe in the evening the italian videos bring the amore out.
It's all about the TIDBITS!!! – I found this Bistro to be a very enjoyable place to relax and have a wonderful meal...It's comfortable and the food is excellent. Our waiter had a great personality and charm, he helped us create a selection of food that suited our taste and his wine recomendation was spot on!!! We even had a nice conversation with the owners and I think we found a new spot to call a regular dinner destination.
Very nice neighborhood eating place no matter where your neighborhood is. – Recently 9 members of my family (including two boys ages 7 & 10) had dinner at "tidbit bistro". After I read "jendots" review I wondered if she/he ate at the same place we did. The decor was understated and cozy. The wait staff was attentive & prompt. I saw but never heard the TV which so offended "jendot". The food was very good, the portions (tapas & entrees) were satisfying. AND I loved the chocolate gelato & I'm not a big chocoholic. We all vowed to go back either as a group or in smaller parties.
Fantastic tapas catering – Was directed to this bistro by this website. Was looking for tapas catering for a party of about 35 people. Owners were very accomodating: suggesting tapas that would do well during transport and pairing wines. Ordered the carpaccio, the arancina, the potato crocche and tortilla espanola. Everything was delicious! The restaurant itself had excellent ambiance--am looking forward to eating here on date-night with my husband!
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