Cantinetta

4.7
589 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are an Italian restaurant and bar. We emphasize in Tuscan culinary traditions and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.
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SB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly and up for the challenge when we told her to pick apps, meals and wine for our party of 4. Her food selection was great and everything was tasty. The dining area is a not large but was comfortable. We were seated near the door which could be a little chilly depending on the weather and number of guests arriving and leaving. It wasn't our visit so we had an idea what to expect and will definitely return.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently awesome with delicious food and great service.

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood spot. Always a delight in food, ambience and value.

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t
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not too loud; great service and mostly great food! The bolognese sauce was excellent and it was a nice ambience. We also had roasted cauliflower and root vegetables, both excellent - and the bread was yummy and fresh also. My husband did not rate the chicken as highly. I would go there again!

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JM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This restaurant was one of our favorites in Seattle. After dining here on our anniversary, were are not so taken with it any longer. While the food was good and fresh, the server was unmemorable except for her lack of personality. Typically the staff has been warm, welcoming, and very helpful if we wanted a small modification to our food. The server was not slightly interested in helping me make a change to my dish and simply said the menu changes weekly (which seriously we know since we have eaten here at least 6 times). She was surly, and did not manage to make it back to refill our wine glasses from the bottle even once during the meal. Even though we mentioned in our reservation that it was our anniversary, the only person who acknowledged it was the gentleman who seated us and refilled our water ( he has been super pleasant and helpful on everyone of our visits).

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

Will be back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Great ambience for a date.

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KR
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Loud. The only gluten-free choice among the Second courses is the risotto, which is underwhelming.

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AF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, and the waiter was great. However, the noise level increased to uncomfortable levels as the restaurant filled up. We finally left because we could no longer carry on a conversation. My husband said he won’t go back.

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YT
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Cantinetta Seattle/Wallingford doesn't disappoint as a wonderful neighborhood gem and spot to get fantastic Italian in Seattle.

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M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have enjoyed in a long time. The food was amazing and the service very good.

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n
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta is always delightful. Service was warm and quick. The donuts are so amazing.

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing meal! We started with carpaccio which was exquisite, with the perfect blend of textures. We each had an insalata mista to get us ready for our shared plates. First was the agnolotti - this was easily the best pasta I have EVER had. The squash filling with the brown butter - I savored each little bite to make it last! Next we had the short ribs. These were tender and juicy and delicious. Lastly we had the zeppole, also incredibly good. Our server Amy was amazing, helped us to make all the right choices and never left us wanting. This was my 4th visit to Cantinetta, and it won’t be my last!

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

Last night (Valentines Day!) was our first time trying this local treasure and W O W!! We will be back. When we arrived for our reservation we were greeted immediately. We did have to wait about 10 minutes for our table (understandable, it's a romantic holiday) so we were seated at the bar while we waited. The bartender was attentive and made excellent cocktails, and the seating was cozy. We were seated quickly, and offered bread, which was also delicious! I ordered the pici which was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten, and a glass of the house wine (also tasty). Overall I would say Cantinetta is worth it. The service is fantastic, and the food even better!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was nice enough to accommodate us earlier than our scheduled reservation. The food was very good!

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LG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a repeat diner, I love this place! Upon arrival, we always feel welcomed and the food is consistently delicious. Pasta is always perfectly cooked, salads are fresh and not over dressed and the wine list is reasonably price with great selections. Oh and there is the consistent, professional, knowledgeable wait staff. Attentive but never overly so. Perfect. Love this neighborhood place!

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit here with my girlfriend, and both times everything has been amazing. We got the avocado and pork belly appetizers and both contained such amazing combinations of flavors.

For the entree, I got the rigatoni with spicy sausage and it was outstanding. Al dente pasta eith the perfect amount of sauce. My one complaint is that I only got one chili in my dish (probably intentional) but it was so delicious I wanted to eat another.

My date got the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce, which was equally delicious.

The food is by far the highlight of our experience, as a restaurant experience should be.

The service has a very casual feel to it, but still remains very efficient. We never wanted for anything. I especially appreciated how our waters were never left empty. Some restaurants are horrible about that.

We will definitely be back for future special occasions or casual nights out. It’s a new favorite!

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KO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. The restaurant was full and VERY loud. It made it difficult to have a conversation across the table. My only complaint about the place. Otherwise, a lovely experience overall

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. All of the dishes were celebrations of flavor, with great service and drinks as well.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Second time I’ve come here with very mediocre service. Also 2 of the 4 main entrees were nothing to rave about. The oso bucco was very dry and boring, and the risotto was far too salty. The rigatoni was delicious. Overall disappointed.

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SB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never lets us down. The food is delicious, the service consistently excellent. A lovely place for a date, dinner with friends, business dinner. Anything!

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VL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible fresh made pasta dishes. Service always welcoming. Our favorite go to restaurant!

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SZ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is exquisite. Definitely a foodies paradise!

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CM
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. The pasta is made fresh and I have never had a bad dish. Service great. Cocktails are excellent and wonderful wine list. Really one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. You must try it. You will not be disappointed.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. They had had some kind of freezer problem, but it didn't seem to affect the food much. The only exception was we ordered a dessert that was supposed to be berries and whipped cream...but there were almost no berries. It seemed like they had probably run out of berries. Rigatoni with sausage and apple was probably the best dish...unusual to have apples with pasta, but it worked, and it was also nice and hot. One the other dishes (something similar to fettucini with cream sauce) was not hot enough.

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CN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy spot in the middle of Wallingford. The food is incredible. I recommend bringing a gang (make a reservation!) and order one of everything.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food!

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W
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, and the room temperature was very nice (I dislike a cold restaurant). All of the food was very tasty, but ... the mushroom risotto had few mushrooms. We also ordered an appetizer that had mushrooms and it, too, had few mushrooms. That was disappointing because the wait staff talked up how fresh and good the mushrooms were. We really like Cantinetta and will be back.

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

A very good Italian restaurant set into an old corner brick building in lower Wallingford. Better food than just a neighborhood joint but with that desired intimate feel. We've tried the Cantinetta in Bellevue too but weren't nearly as impressed; this one seems better in every way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE dinner. Service, food/menu and ambiance were all very good!

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GD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was absolutely packed and is spite of that we had wonderful service. The food was spot on. One of my favorite bolognese in town!

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d
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

we have been to Cantinetta several times in the pass. It has always been dependable for food. the food was nice but lacked taste or authenticity. it was a disappointment this time but will still try again in the future. the location is great neighborhood location.

Seattle has gotten too expensive to eat out. Corkage fees now $30. Wow. When the wine list comes to half of your bill if you don't bring your own, you might as well stay home.

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KH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure coming here. The food is always top notch and the servers well informed and inspired. We had a young server this time who lacked a little polish, but he's on his way to becoming a very fine server.

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantinetta is an amazing and intimate restaurant that is perfect for dates and small get togethers. The atmosphere is lively and the service is impeccable.

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BP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great to be back! Thanks to the entire staff!

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TC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

VERY loud. We had an early reservation and were seated in the back, past the bar. The noise level was low when we arrived but built steadily over the next hour to the point where conversation across the table was impossible. Otherwise an excellent meal and experience.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My kind of restaurant!!! Our server Ryan is great every visit!!

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SJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar - fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the hospitality was wonderful!

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HD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Way to noisy to have a conversation

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