Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill

★★★★☆
  • 4307 Fremont Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-522-6635

About Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill

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Fri-Sat: 5am-10pm, Wed-Thu: 5am-9:30pm, Sun: 5am-9:30pm

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Great pasta, done PERFECTLY every time. It really is that simple.

To the guy who compared this to Olive Garden...That you don't recognize hand made top notch quality FRESH pasta comes as no surpise. Most people rarely have had the pleasure.

Every entree comes with a nice, cold, and crisp salad with Rudy's vinaigrette

As for starters, the bruschetta is the bomb. His calamari and shrimp are also wonderful. His soups are always solid as well.

Most of his regulars have had just about everything on his menu. I certainly have my favorites. The Chicken Dijon is rich and brimming with flavor. The kalmata olives give it a nice edge.

The Pasta Bolognese is simply great comfort food. My kids both grew up on Rudy's Red.

Oh and the specials... Rudy's Eggplant Parmesan is the best I've ever had. And it's not close. Razor thin and slightly crunchy slices of eggplant are the heart and soul of this dish. Beg him for it. You won't be sorry.

The lambshank...divine. The Cajun Risotto is also a great dish. And if you're really lucky, you get to try Verzada. Itallian sausages and cabbage with pancetta in a white wine/chicken broth. This is truly peasant food at its finest.

And then there's the Chocolate Puddin Cake. It takes twenty minutes, so if you're in a hurry, order accordingly. It's as rich and gooey as it sounds. Served in a ramekin. The crust adds a nice texture to it, while the inside is thick molten puddin. A huge dollup of whipped cream on top...yeowee.

Seriously folks. Rudy has a great place that welcomes families, is easy on the budget, and offers great home made food.

Olive Garden? Keep em comin Shecky!

The service is always polite and efficient as well.

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★★★★★

Great pasta, done PERFECTLY every time. It really is that simple.

To the guy who compared this to Olive Garden...That you don't recognize hand made top notch quality FRESH pasta comes as no surpise. Most people rarely have had the pleasure.

Every entree comes with a nice, cold, and crisp salad with Rudy's vinaigrette

As for starters, the bruschetta is the bomb. His calamari and shrimp are also wonderful. His soups are always solid as well.

Most of his regulars have had just about everything on his menu. I certainly have my favorites. The Chicken Dijon is rich and brimming with flavor. The kalmata olives give it a nice edge.

The Pasta Bolognese is simply great comfort food. My kids both grew up on Rudy's Red.

Oh and the specials... Rudy's Eggplant Parmesan is the best I've ever had. And it's not close. Razor thin and slightly crunchy slices of eggplant are the heart and soul of this dish. Beg him for it. You won't be sorry.

The lambshank...divine. The Cajun Risotto is also a great dish. And if you're really lucky, you get to try Verzada. Itallian sausages and cabbage with pancetta in a white wine/chicken broth. This is truly peasant food at its finest.

And then there's the Chocolate Puddin Cake. It takes twenty minutes, so if you're in a hurry, order accordingly. It's as rich and gooey as it sounds. Served in a ramekin. The crust adds a nice texture to it, while the inside is thick molten puddin. A huge dollup of whipped cream on top...yeowee.

Seriously folks. Rudy has a great place that welcomes families, is easy on the budget, and offers great home made food.

Olive Garden? Keep em comin Shecky!

The service is always polite and efficient as well.

Pros: Perfectly cooked pasta every time.

Cons: Eggplant Parmesan and Verzada need to be on the menu full time

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I haven't been to the new location yet (this place is no longer in Green Lake, it's in Fremont now), but hopefully it's bigger than the old location and lets less cold air in when you open the door. The food is great though, and the service as well. They don't have as many vegetarian options as I would like, and they usually only have a couple desserts, but they make the most of what they have.

4
★★★★☆

I haven't been to the new location yet (this place is no longer in Green Lake, it's in Fremont now), but hopefully it's bigger than the old location and lets less cold air in when you open the door. The food is great though, and the service as well. They don't have as many vegetarian options as I would like, and they usually only have a couple desserts, but they make the most of what they have.

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Business Response:

Thank you Thank you for your review of Rialto Italian Restaurant & Pasta Bar - we can certainly accommodate some of your vegetarian needs upon request, not a problem at all. Thanks for mentioning our new location in Fremont - we look forward to seeing you in at Rialto soon.
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I had to put up a review of this restaurant after reading the reviewer below who likened it to the Olive Garden. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? If you enjoy mediocrity and 'all american' cooking, then yes, please go to the Olive Garden. If you like simple, authentic Italian dishes, waiters who remember your name, and an owner who takes the time to chat with tables and make you feel at home, then go to Rialto.

While their move to Fremont has made some of the dishes a little less consistent than I'd like, they're still amazingly good, considering I've paid way more for much less at other local Italian spots. The wine list is decent, there are some really original dishes alongside the staples (Rudy's Red with Meatballs! Fantastic!), the pasta is made fresh, and the new space has really stepped up the ambience. Seriously, it's an insult to compare this to a chain restaurant. Go and see for yourself.

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★★★★☆

I had to put up a review of this restaurant after reading the reviewer below who likened it to the Olive Garden. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? If you enjoy mediocrity and 'all american' cooking, then yes, please go to the Olive Garden. If you like simple, authentic Italian dishes, waiters who remember your name, and an owner who takes the time to chat with tables and make you feel at home, then go to Rialto.

While their move to Fremont has made some of the dishes a little less consistent than I'd like, they're still amazingly good, considering I've paid way more for much less at other local Italian spots. The wine list is decent, there are some really original dishes alongside the staples (Rudy's Red with Meatballs! Fantastic!), the pasta is made fresh, and the new space has really stepped up the ambience. Seriously, it's an insult to compare this to a chain restaurant. Go and see for yourself.

Pros: You (almost) can't go wrong with any dish.

Cons: Some wait time on weekends for a table.

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If your taste slants toward Olive Garden, Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill is probably not what you want. But if you want pasta prepared properly by an Italian named Rudy, go to Rialto. (Yes, the Fremont location is the only location. For the first ten years of its existence, it was at Green Lake Way and NE 80th Street, but that property is being redeveloped.)

I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so I can't speak to the meat dishes at Rialto, but everything veggie is wonderfully tasty. Portions are generous, and the penne is never overcooked. The wine list is small but well-chosen; I can always find something to match my mood. Salads are extremely simple, with a house-made citrus vinaigrette that is subtle and fabulous. (Add just the lightest dash of salt to enhance the flavor.) And I have yet to find a cannoli that I like better than Rialto's. (Yeah, that might be fightin' words for some folks from the East Coast, but for me it's the truth.)

The new space in "upper" Fremont is open, airy, and relaxing. The only challenge is finding parking on the nearby streets. Give yourself an extra five minutes to locate some open curb and walk to the restaurant.

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★★★★★

If your taste slants toward Olive Garden, Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill is probably not what you want. But if you want pasta prepared properly by an Italian named Rudy, go to Rialto. (Yes, the Fremont location is the only location. For the first ten years of its existence, it was at Green Lake Way and NE 80th Street, but that property is being redeveloped.)

I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so I can't speak to the meat dishes at Rialto, but everything veggie is wonderfully tasty. Portions are generous, and the penne is never overcooked. The wine list is small but well-chosen; I can always find something to match my mood. Salads are extremely simple, with a house-made citrus vinaigrette that is subtle and fabulous. (Add just the lightest dash of salt to enhance the flavor.) And I have yet to find a cannoli that I like better than Rialto's. (Yeah, that might be fightin' words for some folks from the East Coast, but for me it's the truth.)

The new space in "upper" Fremont is open, airy, and relaxing. The only challenge is finding parking on the nearby streets. Give yourself an extra five minutes to locate some open curb and walk to the restaurant.

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Actually that's a dig against Olive Garden (sorry)... but compared to Rialto (Fremont), the good ole OG is superior.

Not sure if it's just this location but we dropped in based upon the positive responses from folks that enjoyed meals at 80th Street location. It could be another the case of the two Jaliscos in Queen Anne. =( Apparently we picked the bad egg!

We had four different pasta dishes at the table, 3 specialities and 1 standard dish. Sadly, the basic chicken alfredo dish was the best of the bunch and even then, it was like the sauce came from a jar. As for the "house specialties," nothing special about them: smoked salmon ravioli was chewy and salty - drowning in pesto sacue, manicotti was boring, and prosciutto pasta was void of flavor and dripping with olive oil. Thank goodness for bread baskets and the bruschetta appetizer. Can't mess those up, can you?

Bottom line - Looking for affordable Italian? Bypass Rialto and head to Olive Garden... At least their pasta experience warrants bottomless bowls. Try Macchiavelli in Cap Hill or even Il Fornaio Bistro downtown - your belly and wallet will thank you.

PS: If you're looking for first rate Italian LA RUSTICA is impeccable!

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★☆☆☆☆

Actually that's a dig against Olive Garden (sorry)... but compared to Rialto (Fremont), the good ole OG is superior.

Not sure if it's just this location but we dropped in based upon the positive responses from folks that enjoyed meals at 80th Street location. It could be another the case of the two Jaliscos in Queen Anne. =( Apparently we picked the bad egg!

We had four different pasta dishes at the table, 3 specialities and 1 standard dish. Sadly, the basic chicken alfredo dish was the best of the bunch and even then, it was like the sauce came from a jar. As for the "house specialties," nothing special about them: smoked salmon ravioli was chewy and salty - drowning in pesto sacue, manicotti was boring, and prosciutto pasta was void of flavor and dripping with olive oil. Thank goodness for bread baskets and the bruschetta appetizer. Can't mess those up, can you?

Bottom line - Looking for affordable Italian? Bypass Rialto and head to Olive Garden... At least their pasta experience warrants bottomless bowls. Try Macchiavelli in Cap Hill or even Il Fornaio Bistro downtown - your belly and wallet will thank you.

PS: If you're looking for first rate Italian LA RUSTICA is impeccable!

Pros: Neighborhood location; Off the beaten path

Cons: Poor food quality

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My husband and I moved to Seattle almost three years ago, and sadly only discovered Rialto's (just three blocks from our apartment) about a year after we got here. The magic of the place is that it's a low-key, homey place that's built on regulars and neighborhood customers. It really feels like home when you walk in. Soon they'll be moving to another location, and we are quite sad that we'll have to get in the car for our favorite Italian dinner!

Our favorites include the simple fettucine alfredo (made with spinach noodles), the homemade cream sauce is to die for, and the penne with feta, made with the same alfredo sauce, with the addition of.. feta, of course, tomato and basil. Delish. Any of the Rudy's Red dishes are also fabulous. Dinner starts with a small side salad with one sweet little grape tomato. If we have room, we'll order the Chocolate Puddin' Cake which is a hot, melty chocolate cake (I would say for two people) with a side of fresh whipped cream. Yum.

If you want fancy, this isn't the place for you. If you want good, authentic, homemade Italian pasta, it is!

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★★★★★

My husband and I moved to Seattle almost three years ago, and sadly only discovered Rialto's (just three blocks from our apartment) about a year after we got here. The magic of the place is that it's a low-key, homey place that's built on regulars and neighborhood customers. It really feels like home when you walk in. Soon they'll be moving to another location, and we are quite sad that we'll have to get in the car for our favorite Italian dinner!

Our favorites include the simple fettucine alfredo (made with spinach noodles), the homemade cream sauce is to die for, and the penne with feta, made with the same alfredo sauce, with the addition of.. feta, of course, tomato and basil. Delish. Any of the Rudy's Red dishes are also fabulous. Dinner starts with a small side salad with one sweet little grape tomato. If we have room, we'll order the Chocolate Puddin' Cake which is a hot, melty chocolate cake (I would say for two people) with a side of fresh whipped cream. Yum.

If you want fancy, this isn't the place for you. If you want good, authentic, homemade Italian pasta, it is!

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Small neighborhood feel. Food is incredible(get the Rudy's Red with meatballs). Moderately priced. Desserts are incredible(ice cream sandwich is a must). Everything's good.

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★★★★★

Small neighborhood feel. Food is incredible(get the Rudy's Red with meatballs). Moderately priced. Desserts are incredible(ice cream sandwich is a must). Everything's good.

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Visited Rialto last night for the first time, what a deal, great Italian Food without a great price. Many times I want to go out and get some good food without paying for a fancy location and atmosphere, for those times Rialto is just the place. Convenient location near Greenlake WITH Parking. Pretty basic inside but I had a wonderful meal. Tried the homemade pasta with Rudy's Red Sauce and Italian Sausage, truly delicious. Included a nice fresh dinner salad which the fancy place with the nice location would have charged $8.00 for. Also tried the Salmon Ravioli in Pesto Sauce just as good. These are not Olive Garden dishes. Service was just fine.

We ordered some bruchetta which came with some red peppers, a roasted garlic head, tapenade and goat cheese, the bread was rubbed with lots of fresh garlic which was a bit too much for me but I still enjoyed it. Reasonable prices on a decent selection of Italian Wines.
Perfect place for some Italian comfort food.

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★★★★★

Visited Rialto last night for the first time, what a deal, great Italian Food without a great price. Many times I want to go out and get some good food without paying for a fancy location and atmosphere, for those times Rialto is just the place. Convenient location near Greenlake WITH Parking. Pretty basic inside but I had a wonderful meal. Tried the homemade pasta with Rudy's Red Sauce and Italian Sausage, truly delicious. Included a nice fresh dinner salad which the fancy place with the nice location would have charged $8.00 for. Also tried the Salmon Ravioli in Pesto Sauce just as good. These are not Olive Garden dishes. Service was just fine.

We ordered some bruchetta which came with some red peppers, a roasted garlic head, tapenade and goat cheese, the bread was rubbed with lots of fresh garlic which was a bit too much for me but I still enjoyed it. Reasonable prices on a decent selection of Italian Wines.
Perfect place for some Italian comfort food.

Pros: come for the food and value

Cons: not a fancy date place

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last time i was here it was like 10-13$ for a salad, bread and pasta...they have good wine that is cheap, too. food can be inconsistent as well as the service...but if you go on a good night you will go back. they have excellent meatballs.

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★★★★☆

last time i was here it was like 10-13$ for a salad, bread and pasta...they have good wine that is cheap, too. food can be inconsistent as well as the service...but if you go on a good night you will go back. they have excellent meatballs.

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I created an account just to praise this warm and comforty goodness the Rialto calls its "Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake." The foods not bad either.

2
★★★★☆

I created an account just to praise this warm and comforty goodness the Rialto calls its "Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake." The foods not bad either.

Pros: By far the chocolate pudding cake and the quirky/friendly waitress (sadly she wasn't our main server).

Cons: Decor needs to be updated. Service is okay. Side of italian sausage was cold.

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Rialto was a great find. It's tiny, so there was a bit of a wait (and no where to wait, really), but once we were seated it was wonderful. We had a calamari appy and then two kinds of pasta (marinara with meatballs, and alfredo). The alfredo was the best I've ever had and the marinara was also very good. The meatballs were bland - next time I'd get the sausage or be daring and try one of their yummy sounding creations. And next time I will leave room for the pudding cake. OMG. Looked so good.

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★★★★★

Rialto was a great find. It's tiny, so there was a bit of a wait (and no where to wait, really), but once we were seated it was wonderful. We had a calamari appy and then two kinds of pasta (marinara with meatballs, and alfredo). The alfredo was the best I've ever had and the marinara was also very good. The meatballs were bland - next time I'd get the sausage or be daring and try one of their yummy sounding creations. And next time I will leave room for the pudding cake. OMG. Looked so good.

Pros: YUM!, YUM!, YUM!

Cons: Small, No where to wait

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This place is great! The food is deliscious and the cost is very reasonable. Their daily specials are always interesting and tasty but there "get sauced" is very satisfying for basic appetites. Pizelle icecream sandwich must be tried, it is very good. A small con would be a busy night to expect you waiting for lack of tables and space. My husband and I go frequently with occasional disappointments but none to not go back. It is very consistant and reliable.
Wine list is minimal but just as reasonable as the food.

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★★★★★

This place is great! The food is deliscious and the cost is very reasonable. Their daily specials are always interesting and tasty but there "get sauced" is very satisfying for basic appetites. Pizelle icecream sandwich must be tried, it is very good. A small con would be a busy night to expect you waiting for lack of tables and space. My husband and I go frequently with occasional disappointments but none to not go back. It is very consistant and reliable.
Wine list is minimal but just as reasonable as the food.

Pros: Inexpensive, Consistant, Free Parking

Cons: Lack of space

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From the food to the atmosphere to chef behind the counter, this great little cafe is genuinely fantastic. Of all the many Italian restaurants I've been to, Rialto is without a doubt my favorite. Once you've had Rudy's Red Sauce you'll know that this Italian cafe is something special. Some of my greatest memories were dinners with that special someone at Rialto. So go, have a glass of vino, let Rudy take care of you and enjoy a fun and memorable evening.

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★★★★★

From the food to the atmosphere to chef behind the counter, this great little cafe is genuinely fantastic. Of all the many Italian restaurants I've been to, Rialto is without a doubt my favorite. Once you've had Rudy's Red Sauce you'll know that this Italian cafe is something special. Some of my greatest memories were dinners with that special someone at Rialto. So go, have a glass of vino, let Rudy take care of you and enjoy a fun and memorable evening.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Value

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This place has the BEST authentic Italian food for a great price. You get bread and salad with dinner, and the meatballs are to die for! Pretty good variety on the menu, and the daily specials are awesome. Definitely a great neighborhood joint.

2
★★★★★

This place has the BEST authentic Italian food for a great price. You get bread and salad with dinner, and the meatballs are to die for! Pretty good variety on the menu, and the daily specials are awesome. Definitely a great neighborhood joint.

Pros: Free Parking, Great Value, Great Food

Cons: Small

Message from Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill

Rialto Italian Restaurant & Pasta Bar welcomes you to our new home in the eclectic Fremont district where we continue the tradition of preparing simply cooked meals made to comfort the heart and please the palate.



Seattle Italian Restaurant, pasta bar, outdoor seating, wine, grill and great food.



Our goal is to buy local and to use the best and freshest ingredients available; breads from Essential Bakery down the street, Lighthouse Coffee around the corner and Better Meats in Greenwood .



A special thanks to our loyal customers. Your warmth and enthusiasm inspires us and plays a big part in creating a sense of family and thatβ??s what an Italian kitchen is all about.

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