Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
1700 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Il Terrazzo Carmine, owned and operated by Carmine Smeraldo, is one of Seattle's true dining anomalies - a highly successful restaurant with unfailingly high standards and a loyal, sophisticated clientele. The cuisine has been acclaimed as Seattle's best by the media and more importantly, by local diners.
Il Terrazzo Carmine is located in historic Pioneer Square - nestled in an urban-renewed alley with entrances through the vintage lobby on First Avenue or through the delightful courtyard in the back. Since 1984, Carmine Smeraldo's classic Italian restaurant has been where the locals have chosen to return over and over again. From the Carpaccio Di Bue and Spaghettini Dell 'Ortolano for lunch to the Suprema Di Pollo Farcita and Zuppa Di Pesce for dinner you will know you have gone to a place where excellence is a way of life. Arguably the best Italian restaurant in Seattle, Il Terrazzo serves classical Italian cuisine with an atmosphere you may want to call home and never leave

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Mon - Thu 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and service

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was cooked perfectly. Seafood in pasta was cooked perfectly: tender muscles and giant prawns that tasted as sweet as fresh caught lobster, grilled & served beachfront. The tiramisu was the best my husband and I have ever had. Thanks for making his birthday so enjoyable!

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. The kitchen accommodates dietary restrictions.

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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with beautiful food. It is really still one of the top ten in Seattle

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A little too loud for a conversation aside from that I love the place. Not great to have a conversation with a date.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of the finest restaurants in Seattle - I am always happy to have the opportunity to eat there!

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

IL Terrazzo Carmine is a very romantic place for an intimate dinner date. We loved the sea bass and Ryan, our server, was very sensitive with his timing yet being very responsive. We loved it.

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PW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent and the atmosphere feels like you could be in Italy. The service is gracious and the waitstaff knowledgeable. The venison stuffed ravioli was particularly excellent. This was a meal we will remember.

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

A hidden gem

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my time there and the staff was very attentive

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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous - food , service, ambience! Pricey but absolutely worth it! They haven’t forgotten how to cook and present delightful food.

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BK
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Brian, was exceptional! All the food was wonderful starting with the free bread-butter-Olive oil that came right away! Pasta dishes were plentiful so it’s great that they have half portions. The ambiance with white table clothes is a nice up-change from many Seattle establishments. So was seeing men in suits and women in dresses. Great spot for a special occasion and valet parking too! Dishes included antipasto plate, calamari, venison pasta, linguini Vongole and mushroom risotto. They all brought you right to Italy!

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MP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and impeccable service! A perfect dinner from start to finish.

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place that never goes out of style. Nice wine list and champagne coctails .............................................

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GP
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Il Terrazzo for special occasions and are never disappointed.

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

Always a special dinner at Il Terrazzo! Atmosphere, pace of service, and quality of the dishes presented kept us smiling and glad that we chose our old favorite!

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o
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Terrazzo Carmine continues to provide the best food and service in a gorgeous setting. It never ever disappoints. Don't pass up the polenta and mushrooms to start

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MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Il Terrazo is always a wonderful place to dine. And the food is excellent.

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BH
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement dinner

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SI
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We always find something special, different and new.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for the setting, the food and the exceptional service
Split a calamari appetizer and a seafood angel hair pasta for a date night and paid $50 after tip

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BH
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food is always great

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BL
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place, excellent food and service. Would recommend anytime.

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l
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server, polite staff, great ambiance and excellent food for a fair price. A gem for Italian food in Seattle.

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J
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kenneth is the best.

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E
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is perfect from the minute you walk in the door to the server and......the food is delicious! They are always accommodating and happy to help with selections

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

PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

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C
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual!!!

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TB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a fan of Carmine's for 32 years...no other restaurant in Seattle puts all the elements together so well: Food, ambiance, service. Even a casual lunch becomes a special occasion and dinner is always a great event...the servers just seem to know how to pace the courses, and when you need them for something. When Carmine himself passed away a few years ago, I was worried that this great restaurant might slip, but it has not...I would say the standards now are as high as when Carmine himself was running the show, which he did with a great combination of steel and velvet! If he came back today, he would be proud of his family and how they have maintained his high standards. Carmine's forever!

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VI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! One of the few restaurants where one feels special while dining out.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was absolutely fantastic!!!! Mido was a phenomenal waiter. I will definitely visit this place again.

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

Excellent as always. The best Italian food in Seattle.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience, I would highly recommend.

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PF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening, great food! We had 4 in our party and everyone loved their meal. I had my favorite clams linguine and it was the best I’ve ever had, including in Italy. The service was amazing, our waiter was always there at the right time and with the right attention. The wine list was a little overwhelming and very overpriced, but we still enjoyed a lovely bottle that was 3x’s the price of buying it directly. Most of the wine averaged $100 a bottle. Would highly recommend if you are staying on Pioneer Square, easy walk from the Courtyard Marriott.

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C
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Love the service, ambiance and fabulous food! Even accommodated requests that were not in the menu.
Can’t wait to go back!

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

Excellent food and excellent service.

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KB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time having dinner here. Food is good as is the ambiance.

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GW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is genuinely good. The sweetbreads are great. The ambience is great.

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

One of the most consistent restaurants with regard to kitchen performance, staff professionalism, and overall high level of service.

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