Il Terrazzo Carmine

4.8
1767 reviews
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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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DK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious. Our server, John, was perfectly attentive and delightfully personable.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner for the first time tonight as a birthday dinner with my wife. We both agreed that everything about the entire experience was elegantly outstanding. I'd go into details but effusiveness would help without pictures. We will definitely be coming back for our special romantic occasions.

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

Beautiful ambiance. Excellent service. Delicious food!

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

Excellent lunch !

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AL
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant on a date night while away and loved it! I had a delicious bolognese with rigatoni and amazing Caesar salad. The other food was also amazing and service fantastic. Looking forward to visiting again when we’re back in town. Highly recommend.

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BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was a beautiful evening. The ambiance, decor, servie and food was five star!

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OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years, our favorite Italian dining experience in Seattle. Excellent menu choices, knowledgable wait staff, and well chosen wine selections.

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W
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming Italian restaurant with delicious food, attentive service, and lovely ambiance.

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HF
Anchorage
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice birthday celebration in the lounge at Il Terrazzo Carmine.

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P
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to meet old friends here and to introduce new. Immediately welcomed by staff, ambiance and fragrance of fine foods, we make and share memories leisurely, never rushed.

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with a friend
Always the right choice!

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Carmine’s in Seattle was an absolute superb dining experience. I believe that part of an experience being great at a restaurant is the food but more than half is the service and we had excellent service and food which made my time there a 10!

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DW
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice meal and our waiter was fantastic. The Cannelloni and the Cheesecake were amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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

Our waiter, Joe, was outstanding. Food was excellent.

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S
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful... service, food, atmosphere.. the wine selection could use some with lower prices..

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

Year in year out...Carmine's is the standard by which I measure any other restaurant. Over the last 30+ years I imagine I've eaten there 300 or more times...never a complaint about food or service. The quality in every department is stellar. Although Carmine himself is gone, his spirit and high standards are still there. Young hipster and hot-shot chefs and restaurant owners, here's a message: Have dinner at Carmine's and see how it should be done.

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E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il terrazzo Carmine never disappoints. The service is impeccable, food delicious and they cater to everyone’s special preferences. You will never be disappointed as there is never a bad day. It’s always and forever will be a favorite

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

The food and atmosphere was as exceptional as always. However, our server really made the meal a delight. He had the timing perfect and made wonderful recommendations on what to eat and how to pair it with great wine.

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LC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant- never disappointed

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DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful environment, exceptional service and simply delicious food. Fantastic choice for any meal.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, loved the bread too.
Service was perfect❤️ Definitely would go back.

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KW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite date night places! The vibe is very old-school “New York.” The service is super professional and the food is simply outstanding. We will keep coming back!

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

Great food and great service for a reasonable price

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a classic Italian restaurant. A more modern decor with touches of old Italy everywhere. The food was exceptional especially the Linguine ala Vongole! Service was very attendance and professional with out being intrusive. Pass of service was perfect! Just loved the place and will go back again!

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j
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience. Service is superb. Food is always solid.

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LP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We go every anniversary and it never disappoints. Art work is awful.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was quite good and the wine list is solid. Prices are a bit expensive for entrees and the servers are old and a bit curmudgeonly.

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MM
Munich
35 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Il Terrazzo Carmine has long been a favorite of mine. Whether its a special occasion or a quick bite in the bar prior to a Sounders match or Mariners game, they never disappoint.
Great food - excellent service.

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WW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful 18th birthday celebration with our daughter and friends. Il Terrazzo Carmine has a very special meaning to us, as this is where we named our daughter 18 years ago! Thank you!!!

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JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. Always good. Always Fresh. Professional Service.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually ask to be seated in the bar because the main dining room can get very loud

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NB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a terrific experience with great service that is attentive, but not overly so. I went for lunch, and the food was consistently great from champagne cocktail through desert. The ambiance is warm, which is the perfect respite from the a grey Seattle day. Will definitely return.

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TB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best place to eat in Seattle. I will go back

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is decent, but does not reach up to the upper echelon quality one would expect for the price one pays. If the price came down a few dollars it would be right on target, but the current price point is a little too high.

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K
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience as usual! Excellent menu options as well as flexible chefs when needing personalized choices. Exceptional, attentive staff!

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OT
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for an upscale Italian restaurant for a Valentine's Day/anniversary dinner with my wife and found it at Il Terrazzo Carmine! Overall the food was well presented, of high quality and the wine list was HUGE! I've never seen so many different Italian wines offered anywhere.

Service was spot on, the noise level was just right for a nice conversation, the restaurant was nicely laid out and they even remembered that it was also our anniversary (multiple times too)...that shows me they go the extra mile to make their customers remember the experience.

We split a salad, then had small portions of ravioli (crab/lobster for my wife and venison for me) which were excellent. After that, we split a serving of Profiteroles which was just the right amount. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner that night!

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a
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent special event restaurant--it is our Valentine's favorite location, especially if you like a giant veal chop or wonderful rack of lamb. Appetizer's also are excellent. Service is amazing. We keep going back.

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Z
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have them host us!

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H
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable lunch at Il Terrazzo Carmine. We had the best chicken entrée there.

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J
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The medium rare steak was over cooked. Disappointing. Especially for such a high-end entrée. The anti-pasta plate was outstanding.We passed on dessert. The shoestring french fries arrived cold I had to be re-ordered.

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