About Il Terrazzo Carmine
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
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 4:00PM
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Between Jackson and King on 1st Ave S.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us a 206-467-7797 for your catering needs.
Valet parking is available on Jackson Street between 1st Avenue S and Alaskan Way.
Private Party Facilities:
Il Terrazzo Carmine can accommodate up to 30 guests in our intimate, private dining room.
Private Party Contact:
Ian King: 2064677797x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Terrazzo Carmine Ratings and Reviews
Excellent in all respects as always. We ...
Excellent in all respects as always. We will return regularly.
Extensive wine list and excellent food, ...
Extensive wine list and excellent food, but the service is unacceptable for a high end restaurant. I have been twice recently and felt that the service was lacking on both occasions, though the 2nd visit was worse. The server seemed annoyed to be doing his job, and forgot to bring the oysters we ordered, then did not acknowledge the error before bringing the bill. It is quite loud when it is full. The menu is expensive, and for the money we spent, the service should have been stellar. There are other restaurants with excellent food and much better service for the price.
Solid place. Consistent. Starters were r ...
Solid place. Consistent. Starters were run of the mill. Main courses very competently prepared, tiramisu excellent.
I have been a fan of Il Terrazzo for thr ...
I have been a fan of Il Terrazzo for three years. Their food is good, wine list broad and ambiance easy for good conversations. On this last visit, the service was not up to the same standard we have come to expect. The waiter had too many tables to serve and had a difficult time getting back to us. I trust it was just a busy night and not an on going issue. We will definitely be back!
This is one of our favorite restaurants ...
This is one of our favorite restaurants - the food is fantastic, the presentation is perfect, the decor is enchanting & all of the personnel make being at Il Terrazzo Carmine a real pleasure.💝
Good food quick service but a little pus ...
Good food quick service but a little pushy in getting you out fast
Always a great choice!! Il terrazzo carm ...
Always a great choice!! Il terrazzo carmine never disappoints and has continued to outdo itself time after time..
Don't order the Sweet Breads
We have been to this restaurant before while visiting Seattle, and the courtyard was charming with a fountain…unfortunately there is a building going up right behind, so the fountain has gone with the garden, a few tables there but not recommended to sit outside. Also, I ordered the sweet breads, and was very disappointed…they were sliced thin and deep fried, and didn't even present well….I did complain but was told it was a favourite of the house(I don't think so). It is close to the stadium, so I am sure a lot of people go there for dinner….wish I had ordered the pasta, as it is an italian restaurant….very busy on ballgame nights! Suzanne Stewart
Good dinner, good service, nice interior ...
Good dinner, good service, nice interior. Quite noisy
Il Terazzo Carmine is a Pioneer Square gem!
My favorite Italian Restaurant in Seattle. Always great service and amazing food. For a celebration lunch with your coworkers, a Birthday dinner with your wife or even a place to take your Mom before the M's..They do not disappoint, the staff know how to take care of you and they always make the culinary experience a special one. I have been a fan for 20 plus years.
A hidden gem for us locals. Never disapp ...
A hidden gem for us locals. Never disappointed always pleasantly surprised . Absolutely the best servers in Seattle. Thank you for caring.
The Boss Lives
Always a stickler for detail and never compromising when it came to the quality of his restaurant. Carmine is missed but not forgotten . . . . . . . I salute the family and staff for carrying on with such a fine restaurant. Carmine is proud and watches over you.
Our First Visit
We have been hearing very good things about Il Terrazzo Carmine for some time and took the opportunity on Mothers Day to visit. We were not at all disappointed. The welcome, the meal, the service by Joseph and the team were all first class. We will definitely return, the experience was special and there is much on the menu we still wish to enjoy.
Always a great time here!
My wife and I like to come here and dine on the terrace whenever the Alaskan Way viaduct is closed. It gives us the opportunity to embrace the quiet and enjoy an excellent meal 'al fresco'. Our waiter, Joseph, was very friendly and attentive, and recommended a fine bottle of wine to accompany our meal. It did not disappoint, nor did the food. We look forward to our next visit.
Wonderful Dining Experience
We had a wonderful early Mother's Day dinner at Il Terrazzo Carmine. I highly recommend this restaurant for the delicious food, attentive service and warm atmosphere.
Great Food & Service Anytime
This is our go to restaurant anytime we are in Seattle! Comfort food and elegance at the same time.......this is the place for you. We have had every meal too perfection each time we've dine at "Carmine's". The service is impeccable and after years of enjoyment the staff seems like family.
Classically great Italian! Still has all ...
Classically great Italian! Still has all the charm!!
Delicious Italian fare
Yummie food, which never disappoints. That is saying a lot. We have been coming to the restaurant for years and have never walked away disappointed. The appetizers are delicious, but the big problem is limiting oneself to just one. The ravioli is delicious and the accompanying sauce superb. The various meat dishes are wonderful...we LOVE the veal chop, in fact all the veal meals, and the fresh fish of the day. Accommodating chef will go the extra mile. We asked for a suggestion on the wine and our price range, and the waiter pointed out one at twice the price. Really not on. He should admit not knowing much about wine, as he didn't.
Dinner before a show
We love this place. Excellent Italian food. We've eaten here a number of times - lunch and dinner. We hosted our son's rehearsal dinner here a few years ago. They did a beautiful job on both food and wine.
Liked it more when Carmine was running the place
Its been a while since I decided it would be worth the drive to Seattle and wanted a place I loved in the past. Some menu items have changed and weren't as tastey as I remember. The staff is excellent, but the prices have increased quite a bit and though the quality is great the menu is not as unique as before.
Fantastic. Everything was great.
Fantastic. Everything was great.
Paris, our server was amazing and the fo ...
Paris, our server was amazing and the food was incredible! Unforgettable birthday dinner. Thank you thank you thank you!
A little disappointed
We were told that while visiting Seattle, that Il Terrazzo Carmine was THE restaurant to go to. The food was okay, but certainly nothing "outstanding". My husband's veal was salty, but eaten with the risotto, it helped. My so forgettable I can't even remember what I had (2 nights ago!). Oh yes, I had their fettuccine al pesto con gamberi. The sauce was tasty though a bit heavy. The bread, though was OUTSTANDING!!
a good traditional italian restaurant
A very good restaurant. the complimentary valet parking is perfect. Waiter was professional. cooked the king salmon exactly as requested. good squid and good oysters.
This is a pleasant enough place to eat. Everyone was nice. Country European feel, including uncomfortable chairs. Not trying too hard. But the food is ordinary. I have been there twice now and both meals were forgettable. This last time, I had Ravioli di Pesce, a crab/shrimp-stuffed ravioli in a green "sauce primavera". Not much flavor though the pasta was nicely cooked and tasted fresh. It was something you might prepare for yourself with an online recipe. It was not expensive, but in the category of "It was fine and I didn't have to wash the dishes" as opposed to having been a notable dining experience.
an annual lunch date to celebrate life and memorY
Every year we lunch at Il Terrazzo on 12 April to celebrate the wedding of dear friends, and memorialize the bride who passed away two years ago. We are long-time friends, and this special meal is very special indeed. And the service, food and kind attention all add up to a wonderful experience, one to remember happily all year long.
It was a stellar experience all the way ...
It was a stellar experience all the way around. Service was exceptional and the food was amazing. Don't even think about it, go here. Some of the best Italian I've ever had.
The food was amazing! We went for a Birt ...
The food was amazing! We went for a Birthday Dinner just before the Sounders Match. Easy walking distance from the stadium. We will absolutely be back!
A Seattle favorite
As always we have a wonderful meal there. The food is always exceptional.
Best Italian in Seattle
We have dined at Il Terrazzo Carmine several times over the years. It never disappoints. The quality and interest of the food is wonderful, the service, impeccable, the layout of the restaurant is pleasing with two separate levels, and it is not terribly noisy for those of us with hearing issues. Lunch is the real bargain at Il Terrazzo and also allows you to linger after the majority of the lunch guests have left.
This is a fabulous Italian restaurant, one whose reputation for excellence was entirely deserved after we hosted a dinner birthday party for 6.
Just so Classy
We wanted to have a very special night so picked Terrazzo Carmine. What an amazing dinner. We shared many things to be able to just taste it all. Everything we had was the best. Our service was just outstanding. When I go out to a nice place, I really want spectacular service. We don't mind tipping well when that is the case. The attention to detail and timing by all involved in serving was perfect. They were there when we wanted them to be but never hovering. The wine sommelier suggested a wonderful Italian wine. Again one of the finest wines we have had in a long time. I cannot say enough how perfect the entire night was. Our now truly favorite place to go.
Most Excellent !
From curb to curb- most excellent - Adrian the Maitre'D was most gracious with his greeting and departure - Valet was timely - Food, wine and service was timely. Wine selection was abundant with reasonable prices. The food was prepared perfectly and the service was not hurried but suggestive in choices and timing. Much was spent but quality was worth every cent. 🍷
Il Terrazzo-the best Italian restaurant in Seattle
Il Terrazzo is a Seattle institution, but continues to reinvent itself with new dishes and new twists on old favorites. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet casual, romantic yet vibrant and private yet friendly. Maria and her devoted team consistently outperform - it is my top choice for professional business lunches as well as elegant dinners with friends and family. I recommend it to everyone.
Always fabulous and classic. You can't go wrong with this long term family owned Seattle restaurant.
Had a nice early dinner. All food was fresh and tasty. The halibut special was superb as was the soup.
Best Italian restaurant in Seattle in my ...
Best Italian restaurant in Seattle in my honest opinion !
Lovely evening at I'm Terrazzo Carmine. ...
Lovely evening at I'm Terrazzo Carmine. Delicious food, great menu, outstanding service, and lovely ambience. It was a busy night so a bit noisy, however, the six of us could hear each other w/o difficulty. If you're looking for excellent Italian food with excellent service and don't mind paying for it , you'll love Il Terrazzo Carmine!
This restaurant is a top Italian Restuarant in the country. I have been to many and this one is right up there with the best. The Eggplant Appatiser was perfect and the shrimp, crab and spinach ravioli was incredible. The service was great and the pace was wonderful. Will keep this as a definite when I am in Seattle.
Outstanding cuisine, outstanding staff, outstanding ambience, what more can you say? The best Italian restaurant I've been to in a very long time. Very authentic, perfectly prepared and lovely surroundings. And I JUST found out that a new location will be opening in Bellevue! THAT is outstanding, too!
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