Spinasse

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Italian
Italian cuisine, specific to Piedmont. Featuring an all Piedmont wine list, fresh handmade pasta and locally sourced organic ingredients.

Adjoining Spinasse is our Aperitivo Bar, Artusi. Join us before dinner for handcrafted cocktails and antipasti.

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Spinasse in Capitol Hill is one of the best fork-up-your-money Italian restaurants in Seattle.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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Seattle
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pastas were wonderful. Outstanding service

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply fantastic - the tasting menu with wine pairing is ours favourite night out.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience! My go to when in Seattle! 😋

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Everything exceeded expectations. The staff was attentive and our waiter provided excellent wine recommendations for our courses. I would recommend Spinasse again and again!

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Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here multiple times over the last several years. Food is never less than exceptional. Service always excellent: professional in a relaxed way.

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SW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta I’ve had outside Italy. Homemade with excellent sauces. Tajarin with butter and sage is heavenly. Wonderful service.

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P
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal with amazing service! No rush and all the details dialed.

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CZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING and our server, Luis was great!!!
We are definitely going back whenever we are in Seattle again.

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GK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

luis was super attentive. we had a wonderful dining experience.

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WS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food at Spinasse is undoubtedly good but having been told before my visit (and having read on their web site), that the restaurant was regarded by some critics as amongst the best Italian restaurants in the US, I must admit I was a little disappointed. The beauty of eating Italian food is that the ingredients are fresh and that the cuisine brings out subtle flavors without being overly rich so one feels like one can eat it every night. Much of our meal struck me as some sort of fushion between northern Italian cooking and traditional rich French cuisine.

Our family of four started out well with the house antipasto which was uniformly excellent with the highlight being the prosciutto and the scallops with asparagus. For the first pasta course we were dissuaded from trying everything in small portions and instead shared large portions of the egg pasta with butter and sage and the egg pasta with pork and beef ragu. The latter was very good but the former was just too rich with too much of an overly buttery sauce and not of enough of the excellent fine pasta. For the second course, we had the rabbit meatballs and pork shoulder with a side dish of asparagus. The meatballs were light but unmemorable and the pork shoulder was excellent but very rich. The highlight was the asparagus with a delicious agiliata sauce. If I eat there again, I would be tempted to skip the secondi and just get the three vegetable side dishes. We had three deserts, the English trifle which was excellent, the tiramisu which was too dry, and the chocolate cake with hazelnuts which was an American sized portion of rich chocolate cake with no resemblance to anything you would be served in Italy save from the hazelnuts on the side.

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KR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Consistent service. Servings are small but work well for sharing.

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu family style. Everything on the menu: antipasti, primi and secondi. Must have is Tajarin con burro e salvia. Pasta with butter and sage sauce.
Yummy food great service generous wine pours.
Recommend for date night, special occasion, graduation, family.

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TB
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

On an experiential level, this restaurant works! The overall experience was greater than the sum of the parts.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this restaurant as a surprise for my boyfriend’s birthday. Everything was lovely and our server was well rehearsed with the menu. I will have to mention that I left a note on my booking on OpenTable that it was for my boyfriend’s birthday, but the memo was not received or not read by the restaurant. I inquired if they possibly had any special treats as complimentary but was fine if they didn’t, I made sure to ask if they read my notes —They had not. They were very accommodating to this information and brought out mint sorbetto and a separate candle stick in a bunny shaped candle holder for him. The candlestick was very ... interesting as I’m not sure it was normal for their typical birthday tradition? It looked like a display from their restaurant rather than a birthday candle. This slip of information was my only disappointment with the evening, but they made it up to us well! otherwise the food is always top quality, refined but rustic and homey as well. I intend on returning.

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AE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the food. Food itself was DELICIOUS--we went with the family-style tasting (everything on the menu) and left stuffed but clear on what we should order next time.

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

We go to Spinasse a couple of times a year and always enjoy the fresh pasta. This time we also had some pork shoulder, which was great. Arrive early and sip a craft cocktail next door at Artusi before dinner.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! The waitress was very sweet and friendly, she had really good recommendations with rgards to the food and the wine! I had a plaisant evening with my girlfriend for her birhtday! The dinner work out to $220, starter, main and second main, really wort the food and vibe. I would have loved sitting at the bar, but the occasion wasn't made for it this night. Best Italian food I've ever had!

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food as always. Host was a bit rude and unprofessional. Main server was nice enough. The service was great. A bit over priced. Can’t beat the quality of pasta but still over priced.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, although I do not believe it lived up to the hype and was overpriced for the offerings.

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DM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were able to get a table on a Thursday night with luck on the recommendation of a sales person from Design Within Reach. We did the tasting menu which gives a sample of basically the entire menu. Some standouts included ALL of the cold antipasti, but if I had to pick one, the baby artichokes were it. The hot antipasti were also both good with the polenta having a lovely texture and hint of corn essence. The pastas came next, and I was shocked at how much I liked the Tajarin con burro e salvia. The cavatelli with morels was a bit salty for me, but my partner loved it, and the pea risotto was fresh and the chive blossoms added just a nice bite to cut the richness. Of the secondi, both of us felt the standout was the haddock -absolutely perfectly cooked. Needless to say we were stuffed by the end and I could not finish either the rabbit or the pork. Be warned the tasting is a lot of food (our servers did advise us of this fact, but ...). I am now going to head home to Toronto and try to replicate that Tajarin!

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JM
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, the word for this restaurant is exquisite. Service is not our primary focus, but when it is very good we do want to acknowledge that fact. Our server was exactly what we hope for, knowledgeable, willing and able to make good recommendations, friendly but not obsequious. This restaurant is known for its pasta, which is deserved, but they also handle vegetables in season exceptionally well, the carciofi and morels were stunningly good. The recommended wine was different slightly from what I thought I wanted, but was a far better fit for our dinner and very delicious with it. Frankly, from the beginning Negroni and amuse Boucher to the pistachio gelato it was memorable, delectable, satisfying, never just fussy or lacking flavor which sadly is sometimes the case at far more pretentious spots that lack this spot’s focus on quality of ingredients, execution and flavor. Along with Joule, Chan and Opus, this is one of our small handful of absolute favorites in Seattle, or frankly anywhere for that matter.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was absolutely incredible. Our server was amazing as was the food and the wine.

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NS
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Will return when in Seattle!

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a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was salty and very limited options for dinner

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LK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited in 2008 when they were just opening and had such a memorable experience that we promised that some day we would journey back. This meal topped the first and we were welcomed like long lost family.

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

The service for the full team was exceptional. They were very aware of what was going on but not in our face. Knowledgeable about the food, the wine list and their cocktails before and after dinner. Their recommendations were spot on! For our first time, we felt like long time regulars.

The quality of the food was authentic Italian and the value was reasonable for the quality of the food and service.

Definitely a must!

Thank you for a fabulous experience tonight. It was enjoyable and memorable.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here a few times, it’s always been great! Food and service are excellent, bring good company and it makes for a great night!

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EB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience with three Seattle u students! All agreed that the broccoli was delicious and that’s saying something for young adults! Thanks for a wonderful dinner!

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to Charlie Trotter, the original Tru, Moto, Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, to name a few as reference. Spinasse is not as big, not as fancy but has a vibe of its own that holds up to those and is the best Italian restaurant in Seattle in our book. It's the labor of love from everybody in the kitchen, the attention to detail, the pride and passion of bringing something so perfect for your enjoyment that make this place what it is.

I had the Pan-roasted rabbit meatballs with almonds, sugar snap peas and castelvetrano olives. It was perfect in every way but I still wonder how it would pair with some type of pasta or even risotto. My wife had Pan-seared King salmon with green garlic-porcini ragu and fava beans. The food was amazing in its preparation, presentation, taste, texture, seasoning, temperature.

The wine list is extensive enough for the oenophiles and the bar is well stocked to make anything you want.

The kitchen was a sight to behold, bustling with activity but well orchestrated. While we were there, a kitchen helper was cracking over 500 eggs, separating egg yolks from egg whites to make pasta. Insane.
The decor was simple but the ambiance was warm with a sense of repose that let you sit back, kick back and relax, knowing that you will be taken care of. Clientele definitely upscale but you can come in casual and feel comfortable.

The servers were very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and work seamlessly in team. As soon as the food was ready, the team brought them out instead of waiting for the waitress to serve. Very well done.

Wish the wooden bench and the chair have cushion for more comfort. Other than that, Keep Spinasse the way it is. Absolutely love this place and absolutely would go back whenever we are in Seattle.

5/18/2019

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DW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

After reading about Spinasse and waiting several weeks for our reservation. To say we were underwhelmed is an understatement. The selections were fair the delivery and execution were poor. The ambiance reminds me of a spinsters apartment, the waitress was annoyed to be there and it showed. The signature pasta dish remained uneaten and removed. The prosciutto appetizer was simply meat on a platter. Very disappointing after a considerable build up.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ive eaten here for over a decade and honestly struggle with how intense they have become around reservations and now taking credit cards- it feels too high stakes and inflexible. That I can live with, however the last several times the food has also been adequate for certain but not extraordinary. Sadly they may be suffering from fame, expectations and demand are up and the pressure has produced strain somehow that affects the ability to provide an exceptional meal.

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ST
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the finest Italian restaurant this side of Italy. The tasting menu is to die for but if just having a quick meal the pasta is ridiculous!

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n
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment in the door until regretfully leaving, it was a dining experience to behold. Impeccable service, perfect portions and amazing pasta dishes. Wonderful!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food but the service fell off after the appetizers. Our primi dish took quite awhile and the secondi even ridiculously longer. They tried to pass it off when dropping’s the check that this is Italian style dining (slower paced, drawn out) but none of that was explained even when I mentioned it was our first time here. It also didn’t make sense because the table next to us that arrived and ordered after us (they sat down after we got our appetizers) ended up finishing their meal off with dessert and coffee, paid and left while we were still waiting for our secondi dishes. In fact they got their primi dishes before us too. Our servers even had a shift change while waiting for our last dishes and I can’t tell you how many times we were told it’s coming soon or being plated. I did appreciate the round of drinks comped at the very end but we were so tired. Overall food was delicious but service left more to be desired.

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MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined at Spinasse two years ago and had one of the most memorable meals ever. The second time back was certainly enjoyable and although the food was delicious, it wasn’t as memorable as our first dinner there. That said, I would definitely go back as their menu changes seasonally and there is always something new to experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Love this place

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AA
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique and interesting flavours, excellent wines and food from northern Italian influences. Lovely restaurant and kitchen which is open and appears like a home kitchen. A must visit when in Seattle for a special meal.

Only small note, menu I felt was a little restrictive, a couple of extra options or specials would be good I think.

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Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can watch their delicious pasta being made in their kitchen. The pasta with butter and sage might sound simple but that alone is worth a trip to Spinasse.

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TC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spinansse is fantastic as is their sister restaurant. The homemade pastas are outstanding. I'm from SF and waited a year to return and eat here. It did not disappoint! Each dish looked amazing and tasted amazing. We sat at the counter and Beird was personable, attentive and knowledgeable about each dish.

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J
New England
45 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I live part-time in Italy. I guaranty this is as close to authentic Piemontese cuisine as I've had anywhere in the U.S. -- especially the pasta dishes. Close your eyes and enjoy a forkful of the tajarin al ragu. You'll swear you're sitting in a trattoria in La Morra. Not to be missed.

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