Bar Cantinetta

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$30 and under
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Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar located in Seattle. We emphasize in traditional Tuscan culinary tradition and local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

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Bar Cantinetta is a small, quiet Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill with homemade pasta, pizzas, and a lot of romantic feels.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, the experience was very good. The only real downside was that they ran out of pizza dough, which cut the menu by about half. Also, they ran out of mascarpone cheese, which was an element to the dessert we shared.
The food was delicious, though, and service was attentive.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bar Cantinetta. It is our favorite spot in Madison Valley.

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SA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cozy space. Our server had a great knowledge of the wine they offered.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a little warm inside, but other than that it was a great spot. The food is soooo good. Fried artichoke is a must

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WF
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the first time, we dined al fresco.
It was quiet, private, warm, and very repeatable.

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JR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, but choices limited. Also pretty noisy. But, we'll be back. An excellent bistro style choice.

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Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for Another great dining experience at Bar Cantinetta! Diverse wine list. Burrata appetizer was delicious. The carpaccio was on the Very small portion size. Parpadelle and pizza were amazing. Tiramisu was on the large size and scrumptious.

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Z
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food is great and definitely worth a visit. The ambiance,not so much. My friend and I spent the evening yelling at each other as the tables were very close (so close we even struck up a conversation with the neighboring table) and the restaurant very noisy.

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H
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Fresh homemade pasta cooked just the way I like it and perfectly seasoned.

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WF
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you go to be seen.
This may not be the likeliest place in town.
On the other hand, if you go to enjoy,
benefit from great food, be served by people who are interested,
and would like to be seen by special people
who you did not expect.
this is probably is a good choice.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Everything was great except one of the woman servers had very noisy shoes, it was super annoying she walked by behind us.

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RH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely charming neighborhood Italian gem. Keep in mind the space is very tight and seating is limited so reservations are a must.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Bar Cantinetta! Chef Jaeger is amazing!
Carrie our server is so friendly & very attentive & fun! So enjoyed our evening ~

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BG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and charming romantic ambiance.

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LB
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Picked this place out while staying in Seattle for a long weekend. What a great find! Staff were kind and attentive, and the wine was excellent! even though they had to close early due to a mechanical issue we didn’t feel like they rushed us out - they wanted us to enjoy our meal to the fullest. We will be back for sure!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great service and perfect specialty cocktails!
Fabulous food!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent! I have never had a bad dish here. The Mista salad is a must have time. The crab risotto was perfectly flavored and fresh tasting. I had the steak, which my wife tried and said she loved, even though she doesn’t like steak. It was tender and perfectly salted. The atmosphere is warm and the service is knowledgeable and accommodating. We love this place.

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Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is good, but not enough selection for those who like more veggies, fish and lighter choices. Service was friendly and accommodating, although very slow, perhaps due to under-staffing.

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been here a few times. This was our first bad experience. Food was good as usual, the bartender was great, as was the host, but our waitress was a confused basket case.

It wasn’t overly busy, and our order was simple and straightforward. The bartender did his best to make a bad situation acceptable for my wife’s birthday, and that was appreciated.

I’m hoping this was just a bad night and it was our turn to be the unlucky table. We love the food and we will be back.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommend it.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful tiny place with amazing food, ambience and drinks!! Definitely check it out.

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EA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly service in a cozy neighborhood restaurant. The clams, stuffed dates and Caesar were crave-worthy. Good cocktails and wine by the glass.

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WF
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried sitting at the counter last night, watching the staff do magic.
We were astounded that the Chef and part owner,
personally new what we would likely order,
and how we wished it prepared.
We had never talked to him before.
These people really care.
They deliver.

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MW
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food, staff and drinks are always great. They were very accommodating with this reservation because my large party had to decrease in size.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going here. The food is always amazing and the service is always great.

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Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice food as well as great setting. The only complaint was the poor ventilation in the restaurant.
My clothes had to be aired out for 2 days in order to get the "food" smell out of them.

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CK
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bar Cantinetta:)! Delicious salads, pizzas and wine. Great service as always!
Carrie is attentive and Kate treats us like family.

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S
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

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JD
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, cozy atmosphere & impressive service on a busy Friday night. Been a long time patron of the Wallingford location & this was my first visit to Bar Cantinetta. Charming & intimate- loved the vibe. Amazing gnocchi & bolognese, delicious butternut squash soup & amazing French bread. I’ll be back for sure!

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GR
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and the ambience is great for a date.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bar Cantinetta did not have a table for us. They said that Open Table reserves tables despite the fact that they are full. Very frustrating.

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N
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Recommend sitting at the counter. Chefs are friendly. Hugo, the bartender, makes a great drink.

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FE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were looking forward to this spot, but the food quality was very mixed. Delicious beet salad and carrot salad, but flavorless gnocchi, room-temperature pasta with bland sauce, tough flank steak, and unimpressive tiramisu. We won’t return.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service! Lovely spot for Italian with charming low light ambiance.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner at Bar Cantinetta. It was perfect. Food is delicious and not expensive. Their dessert menu is a must.

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CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent happy hour and house wine both red and white

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers we had were great. Steak and potatoes would have been excellent but were very cold when served. Pasta dishes we ordered were just OK.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine and staff was excellent.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little gem in Madison Valley. Great, friendly staff and service, great drinks and delicious food make this a place I've come back to time and time again.

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w
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It was so loud in the restaurant that we had to yell to each other in order to be heard. doesn’t much matter what the food is like when you can’t enjoy the overall experience - which includes talking with your dining companions...

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