Osteria La Spiga

4.5
896 reviews
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Italian
Since 1998, la Spiga has been renowned for its authentic, northern Italian cuisine -- a gastronomic tribute to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. La Spiga's chef and co-founder, Sabrina Tinsley, prepares all items from scratch, using whole foods and house-made stocks. You will never find artificial or chemical food enhancers in our kitchen…ever. What you will find is the highest quality olive oil, delectable cheeses and cured meats, seasonal vegetables, flavorful sauces, handmade pastas and more. We believe in local, organic, and sustainable, and our meats are hormone and antibiotic free. We also offer several vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free items to those with dietary restrictions.

You'll love our atmosphere as much as the food! We are located in the artfully renovated Piston & Ring building; its rustic-elegant design is warm enough for family, yet cool enough for a date. We hope you'll join us soon for a tantalizing taste of Italy in our warm, inviting space.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Seattle. It’s dressed up comfort food, built with layers of pasta and parmesan. Get the lasagna, so you know how it should taste.

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ND
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting and yummy food, pity there aren’t more veggie options. That is the main thing that would prevent me from coming back. Price is a little high but not bad for a special night out. Also hate that the bathroom is downstairs and had a code.

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B
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was surprisingly bland- just no flavor and unremarkable. Good and friendly service, but not worth the price nor a return or referral since the food was so uninteresting.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! La Spiga delivers extraordinary experience and value.

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

This was our second visit. Both times the food was tasty and service extremely attentive. Great recommendations for food and wine pairings. Great pasta and tiramisu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

New Year’s Eve. We were a few minutes late and the staff was really great to accommodate us. The kitchen was backed up so the gave us bread on the house

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M
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was my birthday as was noted in reservation and not a single mention. Didn’t like recommended wine but decided against sending it back. Food was good (one entree was barely warm and had to go back). Nice service. Great atmosphere and nice bar.

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ST
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to experience the magnificent simplicity of Italian Cousine..

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely holiday meal here. Tried the polenta lamb ragu appetizer with a pear and spinach salad, what a delicious way to start. Tried four first or second course dishes as well, and all were of exceptional quality. Will definitely be back soon!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The food was very good, but the server was snooty and off-putting.

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

YUMMMMM.
Not my first time here, but just go try the pasta.
All of them, or a variety of them.
Just go try the pasta. :D

Dinner for two consisted of a shared app, two plates of pasta (ragu and truffle), pork cheeks, followed by desert. Zero food leftover, like zero.

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JK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but I felt cheated on the bread that came with the cheese. We asked for a little more bread to finish the cheese and they were going to charge us for additional bread. The cheese platter was $17. I think they could have spared 2 extra slices of bread to finish the cheese.

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

Came here for a Christmas dinner with friends. Amazing food that never fails to disappoint. One of my favorite spots in the city. I’m a vegan and they had tasty options for vegans and non vegans alike.

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have eaten at La Spiga many times over the years and this was the single worst experience we have ever had. It was a birthday/holiday dinner for my son. We had a 6:30 reservation and they were already out of ragu for the night. I'm not sure how you don't plan ahead for that sauce on a weekend during the holidays. I instead ordered the beef tenderloin. It was a saucy glob of meat that I couldn't cut. The spinach was so watery and flavorless, it tasted like a microwave vegetable from the frozen food section. Our waitress was not friendly and could barely bother to check in on us. Needless to say, we probably won't come back and I wouldn't recommend this place anymore. The menu is very limited if they don't have ragu and the other items on the menu are terrible and overpriced. I already let the restaurant know and they have done nothing to follow up or try to make it better.

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U
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good: ambience & service
Bad: only 3 beers on the menu and they we out on 1.
Ugly: portion size per price point.

Went here for the first time and had brunch. Do not go here food brunch. The portions are a little stingy. Particularly the "Uova con Erbe e Funghi" or sauteed spinach with mushrooms and an egg... $16 later I was starving... And felt undeniably robbed. A moment and money I'll never get back. I am grateful for the company I was with. They all seemed to like their orders, expect for the soul who ordered the same dish as me... What a sucker! Lol. Oh wait?

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyday dining or special occasions, La Spiga never disappoints!

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MS
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Friday evening dinner with my 21+ daugther. Both glasses of white wine were very tasty! Pinot Grigio and Terlan Terlaner Classico. The full huge wine list of Italian wines has me salivating to return!!
Really good food, wll eat there again, both homemade pastas were excellent! Gnocchi … some of the best I’ve ever had (outside of Italy). Duck pappardelle was a smooth delicate flavor with perfectly cooked pasta.

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L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresh made pasta, very good sauces, good service, very nice location. Dessert is worth saving some room in your tummy. Will be back.

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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Incredible food- every last morsel. Actually every morsel was eaten by all 3 of us in a birthday celebration for my sister. Would do it again in a minute! Friendly staff, great lighting.

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DT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

This was the second visit for us and it was very disappointing in that it initially took 30 minutes to get a drink and at least 45 just to place an appetizer order! Getting refills on our water was even a chore!Our server was overwhelmed with five tables, one being a ten top.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome drinks and dinner

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LR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Really quick service. Small portions (including wine). Food tasted premade and pasta was pretty mushy.

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OL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I usually LOVE La Spiga, but they missed the mark on some meals last night. I was served an incorrect meal, which was left with me to eat (that was awesome), but when my real meal arrived, the pasta was not fully cooked; the kitchen had rushed it. Unfortunately the server wasn't around quite enough for me to tell her early on, so I ate the saucy chunky stuff but not the pasta. Server who was very good otherwise, did void the $30 bottle opening fee charged for opening our own bottle of wine. Also, one vegetarian at the table had a bean dish with a polenta crust, but said the dish overall was a bowl of mush basically and that the polenta crust had been pushed down into the dish. It was not attractive at all; another disappointment. Otherwise, the three people at our table who had the steak enjoyed their meals tremendously, and we all enjoyed the appies shared before the meal. Normally La Spiga should be 4-5 stars, but I can only give a 3 today.

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MG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food but the service was very slow, especially for being Saturday noon. The place was almost empty and yet the service was slow.

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p
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We were ther at happy hour time and prices for wine and food were very reasonable! We had a great time!

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PV
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Osteria La Spiga has excellent ambience, attentive service, and presented us with three of five outstanding dishes. The Capitol Hill location is vibrant and the decor is well done. The atmosphere is appropriate for either a business lunch, date, or dinner with the parents. Our server didn't "hover" but was never inattentive. We began with a brilliant beet carpaccio - an innovative riff on a classic beef appetizer that was both bright from pickling and earthy from the star ingredient itself. The eggplant lasagne entree was outstanding, as was the gnocchi. We had three issues that could have used improvement. When we asked our server for more information about the tenderloin entree, the only information we could extract was that it was "sliced"; we passed. Second, our squash ravioli was about 30-seconds too al dente at the edges and didn't have a good mouth feel. Finally, and most disappointing, the kitchen dramatically overcooked our halibut. The flavor was excellent and the remaining components of that dish treated the fish well, but it was dry and tough, which broke our hearts since the central component is such a beautiful ingredient. Overall we wouldn't recommend against Osteria La Spiga but it probably won't be on our short list of restaurants to which to return.

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L
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner!

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JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On a special occasion, the hostess saved us a corner table for privacy. It was perfect.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated at almost the exact same time as multiple large parties, so our food was a little slow to come out. However, the servers were gracious and as attentive as they could be given the circumstance, and took my glass of wine off the bill due to the wait without being asked. There was live music and it was a really nice date night all around!

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K
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We hadn't been here in awhile, and now I'm sad we waited this long. I had perhaps the best pasta I've ever eaten--the tagliatelle with white truffle butter and it was divine. My hubs had the lasagna, and he said it was outstanding. If you go, we also recommend the gnocco fritto bread. Overall, a fabulous meal. Thank you, Osteria La Spiga!

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K
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was the third time I went to La Spiga though the last was more than two years ago. The previous trips were so-so and I wanted to give it another chance. We were therefor restaurant week. On the fixed price menu we chose the Contadino salad. We were told that the spinach leaves were not available but they would substitute leafy greens for spinach. We got an entirely different salad, basically green lettuce and carrots. That was not on the menu. We were lied to about that. The lasagna was good but lukewarm temperature wise. For dessert I chose the sorbet. I was told it was passion for it. It turned out to be coconut. I hate coconut. Again we were lied to. Service was slow, uninterested, rude in some instances, and I will never go back. Wasted $100.00. Avoid this place.

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AD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent but when we arrived we were informed our table was double-booked, which really detracted from the experience as a whole because we felt rushed. It was also made abundantly clear that we were being rushed through the dinner by the entire wait staff. A dinner out is supposed to be a culinary adventure not an Olympic event. Maybe this is not the normal here but it was my experience during restaurant week with reservations made in advance.

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DS
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely try the white truffle pasta - astonishingly delicious!

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DH
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle and shared the experience with a coworker. Exceptional service and food!

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P
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went back to La Spiga with a work friend to celebrate a new job. Everything was perfect (with a note to please add the biscotti with the Vin Santo, for after dinner drink ! ) Had pleasant surprise in that it is part of the Seattle Restaurant Week ! Excellent menu choices!
La Spiga is like being back in Italy ♡

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SM
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance - went for restaurant week and had an amazing meal and Moscow mules.

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LG
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

All in all just really average. The tiramisu was great. Slow service and terrible salads, the mixed salad was so salty it was inedible. Wine was overpriced for the quality. Nice ambience, but wouldn't go back.

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t
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Spiga is a very cozy, comfortable restaurant where we had plenty of space to have a good conversation.
We tried both the duck with polenta and the salad for the first course. Entrees were the lasagna and the guanciale. Desserts were the tiramisu and the torta. The salad was nothing exceptional, but all the other dishes were worth ordering.

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PE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Seattle Restaurant Week. Everything on the menu was so good since my group of 10 pretty much ordered everything on the menu.

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F
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Spiga has excellent Italian food. I have gone to the restaurant around 8-10 times over the last two years, and have always had a wonderful time. I highly recommend their pasta dishes, their meat dishes, and their gnocco fritto appetizer. Their tiramisu and panna cotta are also delightful. The service has always been wonderful. Our server this time, Nick, was extremely knowledgeable and recommended an excellent pairing wine. We will be back!

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