Fabulous Dining Experience!. If you want a dining experience that will be worth your time and money, Enotria is it! Amber, one of the owners, waited on us herself. The atmosphere was quiet and elegant, and the location (about three blocks from UW) is excellent. I had the gnocchi with Dungeness crab, and chocolate cake and home-made chocolate sorbet for dessert. The evening could not have been better, and we are looking forward to going again when we are in Seattle next. Thanks for a fantastic evening!
Fantastic!. We've eaten at Enotria at least a dozen times over the past year, and have never had anything but an outstanding meal/experience. The owners, Amber and David, always make guests feel welcome (Amber greets us with a hug at the door!), and the entire staff is friendly and efficient. The food is what I'd call "upscale Italian"... a nice selection of meat and fish, and unique pasta dishes (no spaghetti and meatballs). The truffled Pecorino cheese wrapped in Chard is a must for an appetizer... it's browned in butter and simply to die for. Another favorite is the butternut squash ravioli. The menu changes frequently, so the main dishes (meats) rotate and it's always fun to try something new. We have never been disappointed, and we are seasoned "foodies". We had the pleasure of going to a Sicilian-themed wine dinner in November - multiple courses beautifully paired with some fantastic Sicilian wines. It was fun, educational, reasonably priced ($70 per person, including gratuity!), and the food was amazing. Definitely give Enotria a try, it is an amazing dining experience!
Thank you for the awesome review - we truly appreciate it! It's a pleasure to hear this type of great feedback. Thank you for taking the time to write it--if I knew who it was, I'd make sure you got an extra big hug next time :)
Didn't live up to the hype. Based on other reviews we were expecting to be drooling on the tablecloth all night long at Enotria. Instead the food was average at best EXCEPT for braised pork cheek with polenta which was very good. Service was good, everyone was very nice and attentive; nice ambience - restaurant was basically closed down by 10pm, though. We had to send back gnocchi with dungeness crab (which we have never done before) for alternative dish. It seemed like every dish (except for aforementioned braised pork) sounded good but lacked the "wow" factor when actually eaten. A lot of salt and pepper to compensate for full flavor...pear, buffalo mozzarella salad sounded like it would be great, but it was one of the most bland dishes we've ever eaten. Wouldn't really recommend making the trip out from downtown for this food.
Thanks for taking the time to write in, even if you didn't love your experience. I'm sorry you didn't care for the gnocchi and crab--it's always one of our best selling dishes, and the mozzarella salad is a repeat fave. I know you may not make the trip in again, but if you do, please let us know! At the very least, we'd hook you up with another chocolate cake!
Now that's what I call KITCHEN ART!.
My new FAVORITE restaurant in Seattle! Wow! It's a total sensory enchantment for your mouth from beginning to end. Chef Hahne is an absolute genius with duck. I have now enjoyed three different preparations on different occasions and every one of them was unique and perfectly executed. The Apple Gallette is possibly the most perfect dessert I have ever enjoyed -- light, fresh, not too sweet or sticky. Moi! Move over, Cafe Juanita. There's a new kid in town!
The menu is very creative and changes with the market -- whatever is fresh and in season takes precedence at the table. The combinations are variations on classical favorites with a focused emphasis on organic and chemical free ingredients. The Chef is very willing to accommodate allergies, so just let them know before you start ordering and the staff will help you with your special needs.
I've been at 5:00 pm, when Enotria is wide open. I've also been at 7:30pm on a Friday when it was "no tables left unturned". Even with a packed house, the efficiency of service and perfection of the dishes was breath-taking. Not least of all in my opinion, they include Strega on their drink menu, along with a choice selection of other offerings.
Blessings to this house... Live long and prosper!
We stopped in after work (on a Wednesday at 5 PM) and the entire experience was simply AMAZING! The staff, atmosphere and food were fabulous! We had: Duck Meatballs, Grilled Figs, Smoked Pork Stuffed with boar sausage with roasted pears, honey-rosemary sauce & polenta and finished with a French Press Coffee.
The staff was attentive but did not hover, they had fine recommendations, and during the conversation, the wait staff mentioned that it was the owners night off. The owners should be extremely proud - if service and food are that wonderful while they are "out of the kitchen" -- you have nothing to worry about!
Great job!! I highly recommend this as a fine or casual dining experience.
Susan in Seattle
Wonderful Surprise. Stopped in here for some wine before a show and was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food and the attentive service. Have been back several times and never been disappointed. Great place for a date night, and when you want some consistently flavorful and beautifully rendered meals.
wonderful food wonderful service.
this place is lovely. so much so that my friend and i hugged both our server and the owner goodbye upon leaving. both ladies were so warm and friendly, their good energy infuses the entire restaurant with a wonderful vibe. my friend and i sat (loitered) for more than 3 hours and we never once felt pressured to finish up. it was such a nice night. in addition, the food was really so tasty and fulfilling.
we had the carpaccio and the truffled cheese wrapped in chard for apps. both delicious and their homemade bread which is almost like a nonsweet cornbread is so delicious, great for sopping up sauce and completely plentiful. the carapaccio was super thin and the cheese/chard combo was a great hardier than yuo'd expect flavor profile. then we had 3 of their pasta dishes. my favorite was the risotto w/ fresh mint and peas. delicious, and not at all bland like some risottos can be. the gnocchi w/ braised short ribs had a great basalmic tang to it that lightened up what could be a heavy dish and the ravioli w/ bolognese sauch had a great smokiness and texture too it. Yum!!! i can' wait to come back. kudos to enotria for such great food and service.
Expectations far exceeded - prepare for an auspicious departure from "American" Italian cuisine.
My fiance said it best when, after she had made the reservations proclaimed, ?Honey, I think we?re in for a treat tonight?. Yes we were.
From unique interpretations of traditional Italian dishes to very unique parings of foods one would not ordinarily venture to marry, the food at Enotria was fantastic with individualized attention unmatched by the staff. There is an obvious care and ownership given to all aspect of dining which will spoil your expectations for other establishments. This is a fantastically classy yet unpretentious "date" restaurant which is sure to impress your significant other and having a stimulating ambiance not found in larger establishments.
Being mired in the chain restaurant ?pasta by the pound? culture we live in, Enotria is a welcome departure in dining, having food presented which begs one take time, enjoy, and savor. So much of the tastes were new they had to be contemplated before each bite; like reading a book passage and pausing to think about what the author was conveying, much is the experience after each dish, wondering how the chef came to juxtapose the ingredients so creatively. My fiance and I told the waitress we were open to all foods and let her road map our courses for us. This proved to be a wise move in an atmosphere where sharing is forefront, the menu items can be daunting for those if us who rarely venture away from the Chicken Scampi, and the 1-2-3-4-5 of Antipasti, Insalada, Primi, Secondi, and Dessert is an adventure best taken with a tour guide (we didn?t venture into the dessert but did share a 1979 Sherry which tasted like all the best desserts liquefied and condensed into a 4-oz pour). It should be noted; you're in no way required to do five courses or hand all decision making to the staff, but it's fun.
I would recommend starting with the Antipasti course of Sottocenere which has a butter parmesan sauce we quickly set to lapping up with our dinner bread as soon as the cheese itself has disappeared.
Exceptional local Italian food!!. This has got to be one of my all time favorites in Seattle. The food is consistantly amazing (I love their house made bread they bring to the table and their changing menu), the service is exceptional every time and the food is very resonably priced. My boyfriend and I went there once and the owner rembered us and treated us like honored guests! We go there often now and have a great experience every time.
Editorial Review. This casual Laurelhurst restaurant features Italian-inspired dishes and ever-changing daily specials prepared with local ingredients.