Machiavelli Ristorante

★★★★☆
  • 1215 Pine St

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Map & Directions
  • 206-621-7941

About Machiavelli Ristorante

Hours
Mon-Sat: 5pm-12pm

Food

Food
More choices in Seattle:
Resultset_next

La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria

2411 Second Ave Seattle, WA

Resultset_next

Barolo Ristorante

1940 Westlake Ave Seattle, WA

4.0526 57
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Machiavelli Ristorante was?
Write a Review
  « Previous 1
.

Every one was so great, from the person who greeted us at the door ,to the guy who brought the dessert, we were definitely taken care of. We asked our server to bring us two different dishes that were her favorite, oh my gosh! The ravioli was crazy good! We could have eaten it all night!

2
★★★★★

Every one was so great, from the person who greeted us at the door ,to the guy who brought the dessert, we were definitely taken care of. We asked our server to bring us two different dishes that were her favorite, oh my gosh! The ravioli was crazy good! We could have eaten it all night!

Pros: Great service, excellent food

.

You're treated as though you should be grateful they allowed you into their restaurant. If they get a triple-A rating, it's for: Arrogant, Argumentative, and Adolescent.

0
★☆☆☆☆

You're treated as though you should be grateful they allowed you into their restaurant. If they get a triple-A rating, it's for: Arrogant, Argumentative, and Adolescent.

Pros: Food almost as good as the prices

Cons: Meal-Ruining Service

.

You can't come to Machiavelli and not expect a wait. I have been here multiple times, and the hostess is always very sweet, informing us when our table is close to being ready. Once seated, we are immediately served water and bread with that addicting dipping sauce. So delicious. The meals are reasonably priced,too. If you want big portions, go to Olive Garden. If you want big taste, come to Machiavelli.

2
★★★★★

You can't come to Machiavelli and not expect a wait. I have been here multiple times, and the hostess is always very sweet, informing us when our table is close to being ready. Once seated, we are immediately served water and bread with that addicting dipping sauce. So delicious. The meals are reasonably priced,too. If you want big portions, go to Olive Garden. If you want big taste, come to Machiavelli.

Pros: delicous meals, great ambience

Cons: long wait time, a bit small and congested

.

This restaurant is obviously not for people who demand FULL PLATES so big that they have to roll away from the table, as the Richard character seems to imply. I've eaten here many times, I'm a guy, I'm not on a diet, and the food is plentiful. Perhaps Richard needs to learn a little bit about what a serving of food really is. And that "guys who think like girls" is about as annoyingly bigoted a line as I've ever heard.
This restaurant is for people who understand the concept of small, authentic italian food. end of story. it is the best of its kind, almost anywhere I've ever eaten, and i travel a lot. It's not Claimijumpers however. Which is a good thing.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is obviously not for people who demand FULL PLATES so big that they have to roll away from the table, as the Richard character seems to imply. I've eaten here many times, I'm a guy, I'm not on a diet, and the food is plentiful. Perhaps Richard needs to learn a little bit about what a serving of food really is. And that "guys who think like girls" is about as annoyingly bigoted a line as I've ever heard.
This restaurant is for people who understand the concept of small, authentic italian food. end of story. it is the best of its kind, almost anywhere I've ever eaten, and i travel a lot. It's not Claimijumpers however. Which is a good thing.

.

Small portions and if I hear the word quintensential again I am going to *&^$. What does it take to get a little more food on the plate. I will go again and order better. I live in the neighborhood and want this to be the place to be but I am slowly giving up. Sheeeeze.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Small portions and if I hear the word quintensential again I am going to *&^$. What does it take to get a little more food on the plate. I will go again and order better. I live in the neighborhood and want this to be the place to be but I am slowly giving up. Sheeeeze.

Pros: Nice looking place

Cons: Traveldoc eats there

.

I'm so surprised to read the latest 2 'bad service' comments. We are in fact regulars who have had the pleasure of eating at Machiavelli's for years. Never once were we given special treatment and were allowed to be seated in advance of other customers. Either this was a once off situation or people had their name down but were waiting outside (as happens a lot in the summer). In regards to the customers who were asked to leave, I have to be honest - if you're sitting at a restaurant that has TEN tables, and you decide to gab for 20 minutes after paying, I don't see anything wrong with the hostess asking if you could move back to the bar. This place gets crazy busy and as I have experienced the long waits associated with a great restaurant, I appreciate the staff moving folks around to let the next hungry people in. I had one instance where the chicken in my dish tasted funny, not sure why, but no questions asked, they brought me a new dish of my choice and didn't charge me for either. That's a sign of a good wait staff!

The food is awesome and no where else in Seattle can you get a dinner of this quality for 2, including wine, for under $30. And you get a 5% discount if you pay in cash. Please don't let the previous nasty posts deter you from trying one of my husband and I's most favorite restaurants.

2
★★★★★

I'm so surprised to read the latest 2 'bad service' comments. We are in fact regulars who have had the pleasure of eating at Machiavelli's for years. Never once were we given special treatment and were allowed to be seated in advance of other customers. Either this was a once off situation or people had their name down but were waiting outside (as happens a lot in the summer). In regards to the customers who were asked to leave, I have to be honest - if you're sitting at a restaurant that has TEN tables, and you decide to gab for 20 minutes after paying, I don't see anything wrong with the hostess asking if you could move back to the bar. This place gets crazy busy and as I have experienced the long waits associated with a great restaurant, I appreciate the staff moving folks around to let the next hungry people in. I had one instance where the chicken in my dish tasted funny, not sure why, but no questions asked, they brought me a new dish of my choice and didn't charge me for either. That's a sign of a good wait staff!

The food is awesome and no where else in Seattle can you get a dinner of this quality for 2, including wine, for under $30. And you get a 5% discount if you pay in cash. Please don't let the previous nasty posts deter you from trying one of my husband and I's most favorite restaurants.

.

I had dinner here with a good friend and altough the food was tasty, I left with a very bad taste in my mouth. After we finished eating and paid our bill, we were chatting quietly at our table for a bit when a waitress came over and asked us to leave because other people were waiting for a table. I have never had wait staff ask me to leave a restaurant. I wish I could take back my tip. I will never return to Machiavelli's.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner here with a good friend and altough the food was tasty, I left with a very bad taste in my mouth. After we finished eating and paid our bill, we were chatting quietly at our table for a bit when a waitress came over and asked us to leave because other people were waiting for a table. I have never had wait staff ask me to leave a restaurant. I wish I could take back my tip. I will never return to Machiavelli's.

Pros: decent food

Cons: extremely rude service

.

This restaurant was recommended to us by the front desk clerk at the Sherwood Hotel and Suites. When we arrived we were told we would have a 45 minute wait. No problem, the place must be worth it. We each ordered a glass of wine and asked if we could put the drinks on our bill. The bartender said they kept the bar and food accounts separate so we would need to pay for it now. Hmm...okay...this was different than what we were used to but okay. So it was a little disconcerting twenty minutes later to hear a customer say, "Put it on my tab." The bartender didn't hesitate--seemed happy to do so.

Now, it was close to an hour wait and still no sign of getting a table. This situation in itself was not a problem--afterall, it was a Friday night. (July 18) What troubled us was the apparent private club activity going on--the preferential treatment that lurked around us. Two tables were seated before us--people who had arrived later than we did, and then "ouch" another one.

What was the secret code to getting a table?

One of the customers who came in appeared to be a regular as he hugged and kissed the hostess and bartender. A couple of other people came in and were very animated with the staff as they hovered around the hostess and seating chart--pointing and chatting up the staff. They were all seated--ahead of us.

Maybe that was the code-- hugging, kissing and chatting up the staff. Helen decided to give it a try--not the hugging and kissing part--just the chatting. She smiled and asked where we were on the wait list. Chatting up the hostess didn't work for Helen. She was ripped into with "You've only been waiting 50 minutes!"

It was quite frankly...well...hurtful. What was wrong with us? We're not worthy, we're not worthy.

We took our hurt hungry selves around the corner and ate a wonderful place called Tangos--where the food was marvelous and the staff attentive and friendly.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant was recommended to us by the front desk clerk at the Sherwood Hotel and Suites. When we arrived we were told we would have a 45 minute wait. No problem, the place must be worth it. We each ordered a glass of wine and asked if we could put the drinks on our bill. The bartender said they kept the bar and food accounts separate so we would need to pay for it now. Hmm...okay...this was different than what we were used to but okay. So it was a little disconcerting twenty minutes later to hear a customer say, "Put it on my tab." The bartender didn't hesitate--seemed happy to do so.

Now, it was close to an hour wait and still no sign of getting a table. This situation in itself was not a problem--afterall, it was a Friday night. (July 18) What troubled us was the apparent private club activity going on--the preferential treatment that lurked around us. Two tables were seated before us--people who had arrived later than we did, and then "ouch" another one.

What was the secret code to getting a table?

One of the customers who came in appeared to be a regular as he hugged and kissed the hostess and bartender. A couple of other people came in and were very animated with the staff as they hovered around the hostess and seating chart--pointing and chatting up the staff. They were all seated--ahead of us.

Maybe that was the code-- hugging, kissing and chatting up the staff. Helen decided to give it a try--not the hugging and kissing part--just the chatting. She smiled and asked where we were on the wait list. Chatting up the hostess didn't work for Helen. She was ripped into with "You've only been waiting 50 minutes!"

It was quite frankly...well...hurtful. What was wrong with us? We're not worthy, we're not worthy.

We took our hurt hungry selves around the corner and ate a wonderful place called Tangos--where the food was marvelous and the staff attentive and friendly.

Cons: service

.

Really good, really dependable, really consistent. I'd listen to them when they tell you that everything is good. Not a super large menu. Extremely reasonable in price. Try their antipasto - super good. And yes, you have to wait. You have to wait because it is good and the food and drinks are reasonable and so lots of people want to eat there. Just plan on having a very, very cozy cocktail in the bar first and you will have fun. And a note to others who watch their calorie intake at restaurants like I do - when I split the antipasto with one or two people and have their 1/2 roast chicken entree with a flavor to die for, my bathroom scale is still nice to me in the morning!

2
★★★★★

Really good, really dependable, really consistent. I'd listen to them when they tell you that everything is good. Not a super large menu. Extremely reasonable in price. Try their antipasto - super good. And yes, you have to wait. You have to wait because it is good and the food and drinks are reasonable and so lots of people want to eat there. Just plan on having a very, very cozy cocktail in the bar first and you will have fun. And a note to others who watch their calorie intake at restaurants like I do - when I split the antipasto with one or two people and have their 1/2 roast chicken entree with a flavor to die for, my bathroom scale is still nice to me in the morning!

Pros: Good food, good atmosphere, good service, good prices.

Cons: You wait.

.

On the corner of Melrose and Pine, there is a restaurant. As you approach the restaurant, you will see a full dining room and possibly a small crowd waiting to get in. There is also a small bar in which, if you score a seat, you should feel quite lucky.

It is small, painted in warm colors, romantic despite concrete floors. Candlelight flickers, tiny tables for two dominate the small dining room.

A plate of pasta will set you back $9.75 (I recommend the penne with red pepper pesto with walnuts). A special such as veal piccata, the most expensive dish, will be $14.95. A glass of red wine will be $5 and a soda will be $1.75. Combined, your dinner with your sweetie will be about $40, including tip.

Go early (before 6:30) or go late (after 9pm) to avoid a long wait. I recommend going late for the romance of it.

2
★★★★★

On the corner of Melrose and Pine, there is a restaurant. As you approach the restaurant, you will see a full dining room and possibly a small crowd waiting to get in. There is also a small bar in which, if you score a seat, you should feel quite lucky.

It is small, painted in warm colors, romantic despite concrete floors. Candlelight flickers, tiny tables for two dominate the small dining room.

A plate of pasta will set you back $9.75 (I recommend the penne with red pepper pesto with walnuts). A special such as veal piccata, the most expensive dish, will be $14.95. A glass of red wine will be $5 and a soda will be $1.75. Combined, your dinner with your sweetie will be about $40, including tip.

Go early (before 6:30) or go late (after 9pm) to avoid a long wait. I recommend going late for the romance of it.

Pros: Food, price/value, "little Italian joint" ambience, neighborhood feel, location.

Cons: Wait times - everyone seems to know about it!

.

I've been waiting to go here for a while. I've heard mixed reviews but lately my friend told me it tasted like the food in Rome. Convinced we went, and if the this is like the food in Rome, I'm not sure I want to go there. The food wasn't bad, just not very good. The service was ok, but we had three waiters/waitresses and when I asked what was good our waitress replied "all of it". I wouldn't recommend eating here, but wouldn't tell people not to go.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been waiting to go here for a while. I've heard mixed reviews but lately my friend told me it tasted like the food in Rome. Convinced we went, and if the this is like the food in Rome, I'm not sure I want to go there. The food wasn't bad, just not very good. The service was ok, but we had three waiters/waitresses and when I asked what was good our waitress replied "all of it". I wouldn't recommend eating here, but wouldn't tell people not to go.

.

This place is really good and the quality of the food is wonderful. I got the gnocchi with alfredo sauce and I have never had an alfredo sauce in a restaurant that I found comparable to my family's cooking. Needless to say, it was very authentic tasting and the gnocchi was done to perfection. It's small and romantic, but it is also very crowded. I sat in a small two-person table that overlooked the street and felt very romantic and private, despite the lack of room. I would avoid weekends and dinner hours if you don't want to wait 40 minutes to an hour (I'm not kidding). But the wait is worth it, if they expanded, the food would likely suffer. The service was really great too.

2
★★★★★

This place is really good and the quality of the food is wonderful. I got the gnocchi with alfredo sauce and I have never had an alfredo sauce in a restaurant that I found comparable to my family's cooking. Needless to say, it was very authentic tasting and the gnocchi was done to perfection. It's small and romantic, but it is also very crowded. I sat in a small two-person table that overlooked the street and felt very romantic and private, despite the lack of room. I would avoid weekends and dinner hours if you don't want to wait 40 minutes to an hour (I'm not kidding). But the wait is worth it, if they expanded, the food would likely suffer. The service was really great too.

Pros: Taste, amount of food, BREAD, quaint

Cons: Wait, no reservations

.

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT......

Read that we should go after or before peak hours so we strolled over around 9:30 ( short walk from downtown) still had to wait an hour in an overly crowded bar, which to me is a good thing:)....We finally got seated around 10:45 and did not finish till well past closing and not once did we feel rushed. Menu was not too small not too big and had some traditional Italian-American food. We had the Gnocchi and Carbonara, one word INCREDIBLE!!!!

Portions were not too big, so if you are a super size guy (like myself) try an appetizer, we had the cured beef with Arugila and parmesan, also very tasty...

1
★★★☆☆

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT......

Read that we should go after or before peak hours so we strolled over around 9:30 ( short walk from downtown) still had to wait an hour in an overly crowded bar, which to me is a good thing:)....We finally got seated around 10:45 and did not finish till well past closing and not once did we feel rushed. Menu was not too small not too big and had some traditional Italian-American food. We had the Gnocchi and Carbonara, one word INCREDIBLE!!!!

Portions were not too big, so if you are a super size guy (like myself) try an appetizer, we had the cured beef with Arugila and parmesan, also very tasty...

Pros: Food, value and ambience

Cons: Wait

.

I've been visiting for years, and it's a great place! I suggest going early so you can have the place (mostly) to yourself!

Pros:
- Good, affordable Italian
- Nice atmosphere
- Competent wait staff

Cons:
- Very busy during peak times (visit off peak!)
- Tables are a tad small due to the limited size of the resaurant

2
★★★★★

I've been visiting for years, and it's a great place! I suggest going early so you can have the place (mostly) to yourself!

Pros:
- Good, affordable Italian
- Nice atmosphere
- Competent wait staff

Cons:
- Very busy during peak times (visit off peak!)
- Tables are a tad small due to the limited size of the resaurant

Pros: Affordable, Tasty, Ambience

Cons: Can get very busy and loud during peak times

.

I've been eating at Machiavelli for 20 years or so (!) and have never been disappointed. (A few years ago, I had one entree that was not up to par but the rest of the meal was typically, great.)
The food is excellent as are the prices. Their puttanesca may be the best I've had. The wine list is always interesting and moderately priced.
The ambience is that of a charming neighborhood restaurant you might find in NYC's SOHO area and with one of the best people-watching locations anywhere. It's small and somewhat "cozy".
If you want a table by the windows--without waiting--get there before they open (at 5 PM)--especially on Saturdays.
Since there is "always room for improvement", I'll suggest that the wait staff try not to seem quite so rushed (even though they often are) as that kind of "hurry-up-and-decide" attitude detracts from the experience.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been eating at Machiavelli for 20 years or so (!) and have never been disappointed. (A few years ago, I had one entree that was not up to par but the rest of the meal was typically, great.)
The food is excellent as are the prices. Their puttanesca may be the best I've had. The wine list is always interesting and moderately priced.
The ambience is that of a charming neighborhood restaurant you might find in NYC's SOHO area and with one of the best people-watching locations anywhere. It's small and somewhat "cozy".
If you want a table by the windows--without waiting--get there before they open (at 5 PM)--especially on Saturdays.
Since there is "always room for improvement", I'll suggest that the wait staff try not to seem quite so rushed (even though they often are) as that kind of "hurry-up-and-decide" attitude detracts from the experience.

.

I felt that it was a unpretensious enviorment, a great place for my husband and son and I to have a great meal after/before a ball game. Was so pleased with the food, service and cleanliness. Will definetly be back.

2
★★★★★

I felt that it was a unpretensious enviorment, a great place for my husband and son and I to have a great meal after/before a ball game. Was so pleased with the food, service and cleanliness. Will definetly be back.

Pros: too many to list

Cons: can't think of any

.

We had to wait for our table over an hour. When I asked about our table the waitress was extremely rude. After we moved from the bar to our table they charged our card they had at the bar without even asking us. We were 2 couples and were planning to pay for our own part. They rushed us through dinner, almost threw the silverware at us. Even thought we weren't done with our evening, not to mention the second bottle of wine, they brought the bill and told us to pay up because they had to do their bills. The food was OK but definately not worth the wait or the rudest waitresses in town. Especially, when you are there to have good time and enjoy your meal!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We had to wait for our table over an hour. When I asked about our table the waitress was extremely rude. After we moved from the bar to our table they charged our card they had at the bar without even asking us. We were 2 couples and were planning to pay for our own part. They rushed us through dinner, almost threw the silverware at us. Even thought we weren't done with our evening, not to mention the second bottle of wine, they brought the bill and told us to pay up because they had to do their bills. The food was OK but definately not worth the wait or the rudest waitresses in town. Especially, when you are there to have good time and enjoy your meal!

Cons: service, service and service

.

The food is GREAT. I used to live in Italy and I'm very picky about Italian food, but this is some of the most authentic I've ever had in Seattle. The only downside is that it's small AND they don't take reservations, so either don't go on a weekend or get there early, like around 6, if you don't want to wait an hour.

2
★★★★★

The food is GREAT. I used to live in Italy and I'm very picky about Italian food, but this is some of the most authentic I've ever had in Seattle. The only downside is that it's small AND they don't take reservations, so either don't go on a weekend or get there early, like around 6, if you don't want to wait an hour.

Pros: Great food, Low Prices

Cons: No Parking

.

We really want to like this place but after two trips I can't say I am impressed. The first trip the food was pretty ehh. The last time the food was ok but we got over charged on the bill 2 pasta dishes one salad and a glass of wine for $60. Sadly I didnt catch it till we got home. For that price we could definatly go someplace with truly good italian food. We live down the street and i've heard such great things but I have yet to have anything but mediocre food.

1
★★★☆☆

We really want to like this place but after two trips I can't say I am impressed. The first trip the food was pretty ehh. The last time the food was ok but we got over charged on the bill 2 pasta dishes one salad and a glass of wine for $60. Sadly I didnt catch it till we got home. For that price we could definatly go someplace with truly good italian food. We live down the street and i've heard such great things but I have yet to have anything but mediocre food.

.

place was decent and I'd probably return if others wanted to, but it was below average in taste of food and was crowded/loud. not romantic, but probably good for casual dinner. was a little disappointed in the place actually, as it came highly recommended.

1
★★★☆☆

place was decent and I'd probably return if others wanted to, but it was below average in taste of food and was crowded/loud. not romantic, but probably good for casual dinner. was a little disappointed in the place actually, as it came highly recommended.

Pros: good service, parking, menu

Cons: mediocre food

.

This food gets the job done and you don't have to spend a lot to have a good meal. The most refreshing aspect is that the portions are regular-sized instead of super-sized. I've never seen children there either. Overall it's a nice neighborhood restaurant with affordable prices and consistently tasty food.

2
★★★★★

This food gets the job done and you don't have to spend a lot to have a good meal. The most refreshing aspect is that the portions are regular-sized instead of super-sized. I've never seen children there either. Overall it's a nice neighborhood restaurant with affordable prices and consistently tasty food.

.

My husband & I found this place while we were going to a show at the Paramount. We got there right when it opened but had a wonderful experience and have gone back several times. The food is wonderful and very reasonable for Italian. My husband absolutely hates to wait in lines but will for this restaurant. If you go after 6 pm you can expect an hour wait. We just go next door to the Baltic Room and get drinks beforehand. I have always had great experiences here and all the food is good. For dessert we had a vanilla cheesecake that is to die for! I highly recommend this place!

2
★★★★★

My husband & I found this place while we were going to a show at the Paramount. We got there right when it opened but had a wonderful experience and have gone back several times. The food is wonderful and very reasonable for Italian. My husband absolutely hates to wait in lines but will for this restaurant. If you go after 6 pm you can expect an hour wait. We just go next door to the Baltic Room and get drinks beforehand. I have always had great experiences here and all the food is good. For dessert we had a vanilla cheesecake that is to die for! I highly recommend this place!

Pros: food, location, reasonably priced

Cons: small, long wait

.

Yes, the wait is long (get a bottle of wine at the bar while you wait!); yes, it is crowded. BUT it is the best affordable Italian restaurant in Seattle. The menu is short but wonderful! Personal favorites include their bread, Ceasar salad and Minestrone soup. For your entree try Chicken/Veal Milanese or Lasagna. Spaghetti, yet simple, is delicious.
Desert menu could be improved (last night they only had one item), but if Tiramisu is available, it's a good way to finish your meal with some coffee.

2
★★★★★

Yes, the wait is long (get a bottle of wine at the bar while you wait!); yes, it is crowded. BUT it is the best affordable Italian restaurant in Seattle. The menu is short but wonderful! Personal favorites include their bread, Ceasar salad and Minestrone soup. For your entree try Chicken/Veal Milanese or Lasagna. Spaghetti, yet simple, is delicious.
Desert menu could be improved (last night they only had one item), but if Tiramisu is available, it's a good way to finish your meal with some coffee.

Pros: Food, Inexpensive

Cons: Long wait

.

Hmmmm.....is it really worth the wait to have moderate food with not so friendly service? Apparently a lot of people think so, but you might want to consider going someplace else.

1
★★★☆☆

Hmmmm.....is it really worth the wait to have moderate food with not so friendly service? Apparently a lot of people think so, but you might want to consider going someplace else.

Pros: Decent food, Can be fun

Cons: Wait, Staff

.

I've been to many Italian restaurants and I haven't found anything that has surpassed Machiavelli. Great food, good prices, and the food comes quickly. Try to go there during the non-rush hour so you don't have to wait forever. Middle of the week is best, avoid Fridays and Saturdays or get there before 6pm. One time I was with a party of 3, and it took 2 hours to get a table. At least the host didn't forget about us and brought us some appetizers, and later offered us dessert for free for the inconvenience. I also recommend parties of 2-4. And don't waste time sitting at the table if you're done eating! Let other people eat so they don't have to wait aeons!

2
★★★★★

I've been to many Italian restaurants and I haven't found anything that has surpassed Machiavelli. Great food, good prices, and the food comes quickly. Try to go there during the non-rush hour so you don't have to wait forever. Middle of the week is best, avoid Fridays and Saturdays or get there before 6pm. One time I was with a party of 3, and it took 2 hours to get a table. At least the host didn't forget about us and brought us some appetizers, and later offered us dessert for free for the inconvenience. I also recommend parties of 2-4. And don't waste time sitting at the table if you're done eating! Let other people eat so they don't have to wait aeons!

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: Long wait, Slow eaters, Loud

.

Yes, on a busy night, you have to wait. They don't take reservations and won't seat you until your entire party is present. BUT IT'S WORTH IT! The food is delish... every meal I've ever ordered was wonderful. I always suggest this place to people looking for a "really good" restaurant. The service is always good and while it's hard to accomodate a larger group in the tiny place, they're always willing to do it and make us comfortable. It's romantice. The best part? VERY affordable!

2
★★★★★

Yes, on a busy night, you have to wait. They don't take reservations and won't seat you until your entire party is present. BUT IT'S WORTH IT! The food is delish... every meal I've ever ordered was wonderful. I always suggest this place to people looking for a "really good" restaurant. The service is always good and while it's hard to accomodate a larger group in the tiny place, they're always willing to do it and make us comfortable. It's romantice. The best part? VERY affordable!

Pros: delish food, ambiance, very affordable

Cons: no reservations, wait

.

It took my boyfriend and I on a Thursday night (arrived at 9pm) 20 minutes to get seated, take that as you wish. I didn't mind too much. The service was just fine, though, they checked up on us often, doing their usual. It didn't take long for the food to arrive, and the food was very good. I haven't sampled too many different Italian places, but of the few that I have been to, this is one of the best, food-wise. The ambience, though, is what turned me off. I had to talk loudly over everyone else and read my boyfriend's lips across the table (I'm a hearing-aid wearer.) Overall, I did like this restaurant, as the prices weren't bad and the food was delish. I wouldn't go again unless I knew I was in for a loud, crowded night.

2
★★★★☆

It took my boyfriend and I on a Thursday night (arrived at 9pm) 20 minutes to get seated, take that as you wish. I didn't mind too much. The service was just fine, though, they checked up on us often, doing their usual. It didn't take long for the food to arrive, and the food was very good. I haven't sampled too many different Italian places, but of the few that I have been to, this is one of the best, food-wise. The ambience, though, is what turned me off. I had to talk loudly over everyone else and read my boyfriend's lips across the table (I'm a hearing-aid wearer.) Overall, I did like this restaurant, as the prices weren't bad and the food was delish. I wouldn't go again unless I knew I was in for a loud, crowded night.

Pros: Good Food, Good Prices, Good Service

Cons: Pay for Parking, Crowded and Loud, Hot as hell

.

ever notice one of those restaurants thats ALWAYS crowded... no matter what the hour the dining room is full?? well Machiavelli is one of those places, and deservedly so.
The dining room is small enough to afford most tables a seat at a window and guarantee a kind of intimacy that makes this restaurant unique in a sea of corporate-blah-cucina.
Machiavelli's fresh baked bread(mmmm... olive-loaf) is a perfect precursor to a meal that is always spot-on.
the waitstaff are very friendly and attentive
the wine selection is decent, but my fav. is of course the house wine by the carafe...
the restaurant is affordable - most entrees are about 10 bucks.

4
★★★★☆

ever notice one of those restaurants thats ALWAYS crowded... no matter what the hour the dining room is full?? well Machiavelli is one of those places, and deservedly so.
The dining room is small enough to afford most tables a seat at a window and guarantee a kind of intimacy that makes this restaurant unique in a sea of corporate-blah-cucina.
Machiavelli's fresh baked bread(mmmm... olive-loaf) is a perfect precursor to a meal that is always spot-on.
the waitstaff are very friendly and attentive
the wine selection is decent, but my fav. is of course the house wine by the carafe...
the restaurant is affordable - most entrees are about 10 bucks.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

If you think the greatest food comes from those hole-in-the-wall places, Ristorante Machiavelli will proove you right. Dimly lit by candles and the smell of italy in the air, the food matches quite well. The wild mushroom risotto is wonderful.

PROS: Waiters know their wines, ambiance is wonderful
CONS:

4
★★★★☆

If you think the greatest food comes from those hole-in-the-wall places, Ristorante Machiavelli will proove you right. Dimly lit by candles and the smell of italy in the air, the food matches quite well. The wild mushroom risotto is wonderful.

PROS: Waiters know their wines, ambiance is wonderful
CONS:

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Contrary to most of the reviews here, Machiavelli Ristorante was not that great! The food was acceptable, but nothing to rave about. The pasta was not cooked to Al Dente. Worst of all, when it got crowded, the waitress asked us to LEAVE! I don't know of any restaurant that has ever done that before. Overall, if you want a quick, medicore Italian restaurant where you're forced to finish your food to accomodate incoming customers, this is the restaurant for you. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone else!

1
★★☆☆☆

Contrary to most of the reviews here, Machiavelli Ristorante was not that great! The food was acceptable, but nothing to rave about. The pasta was not cooked to Al Dente. Worst of all, when it got crowded, the waitress asked us to LEAVE! I don't know of any restaurant that has ever done that before. Overall, if you want a quick, medicore Italian restaurant where you're forced to finish your food to accomodate incoming customers, this is the restaurant for you. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone else!

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Service - horrible, Italian food

.

there is usually a wait & no reservations are taken, but you'll find the effort worth it. The food here is excellent & very reasonably priced. I would much rather go here than the Pink Door

2
★★★★☆

there is usually a wait & no reservations are taken, but you'll find the effort worth it. The food here is excellent & very reasonably priced. I would much rather go here than the Pink Door

Pros: food, price

Cons: no parking

.

OK, so any resturant that had me going back 3 times in 5 days has o be good. The food is amazing (the Fettucini Carbonara is divine), it is unbelievably priced and the service is impeccable. The total bill for two of us including drinks, salad and one desrt was $50.

It may only have 13 tables and you might be cramped and noisy, but you know what? If you want quite and intimate go somewhere else. The food here is the best Italian in Seattle.

The drinks are always poured with enthusiasm too...

Stop looking anywhere else, go here.

2
★★★★★

OK, so any resturant that had me going back 3 times in 5 days has o be good. The food is amazing (the Fettucini Carbonara is divine), it is unbelievably priced and the service is impeccable. The total bill for two of us including drinks, salad and one desrt was $50.

It may only have 13 tables and you might be cramped and noisy, but you know what? If you want quite and intimate go somewhere else. The food here is the best Italian in Seattle.

The drinks are always poured with enthusiasm too...

Stop looking anywhere else, go here.

Pros: Food, Drink, Service

Cons: None

.

Simple, but yummy dishes. I used to eat at Machiavelli's often, but lately have had some dissapointing experiences. Hostess/waitress tried to seat us at a table with one chair overhanging into the main doorway. Wasn't very nice when we asked for another table. It's hit or miss with the fellow patrons. Either you'll be sitting next to the LOUDEST people ever who feel the need to YELL over the conversation of others or you'll luck out and be seated next to courteous customers who know how to use their indoor voices, especially when in close confines.
Salads are pretty good; they use real lettuce, not that iceberg crap. And a word of caution: they will charge $6.50 for a glass of wine when you could buy the whole bottle at QFC for $8.00. But, I guess they have to make $$ somehow.

1
★★★☆☆

Simple, but yummy dishes. I used to eat at Machiavelli's often, but lately have had some dissapointing experiences. Hostess/waitress tried to seat us at a table with one chair overhanging into the main doorway. Wasn't very nice when we asked for another table. It's hit or miss with the fellow patrons. Either you'll be sitting next to the LOUDEST people ever who feel the need to YELL over the conversation of others or you'll luck out and be seated next to courteous customers who know how to use their indoor voices, especially when in close confines.
Salads are pretty good; they use real lettuce, not that iceberg crap. And a word of caution: they will charge $6.50 for a glass of wine when you could buy the whole bottle at QFC for $8.00. But, I guess they have to make $$ somehow.

.

Machiavelli has been taking care of us since our 18 year old was a baby. We drive over 200 miles one way to eat there. We eat there 6-8 times a year. They know when we walk in the door that we want 3 dishes of the usual. They seat us at our usual table. They worry when only 2 out of 3 of our family shows up. They've always treated our son wonderfully. We don't care if we have to wait. And Machiavelli, if you are reading this, we'll be there Saturday evening after the Bike Expo. See ya!!!

2
★★★★★

Machiavelli has been taking care of us since our 18 year old was a baby. We drive over 200 miles one way to eat there. We eat there 6-8 times a year. They know when we walk in the door that we want 3 dishes of the usual. They seat us at our usual table. They worry when only 2 out of 3 of our family shows up. They've always treated our son wonderfully. We don't care if we have to wait. And Machiavelli, if you are reading this, we'll be there Saturday evening after the Bike Expo. See ya!!!

Pros: Walkable from hotels, Nice wine selection

Cons: None, Whocares about crowds

.

Here's a Valentines Eve dinner review. We could tell the staff was prepped for the red-clad-masses. They were on top of their game...at least between early 5pm-7pm when we were there. Fettuccini Carbonara was awesome. Green salad w/ gorgonzola & Ceasar were both great. 2 drinks, 2 salads, 2 entrees, $32 + tip. Great deal! Try to sit along the walls, otherwise it's a free-for-all layout and people will be squeezing between tables & rubbing their butt on your plate. Would be nice to have candles, but the value is soooo good, it doesn't really matter. Ambience depends on who you're tablemate is. They definately have their niche.

2
★★★★★

Here's a Valentines Eve dinner review. We could tell the staff was prepped for the red-clad-masses. They were on top of their game...at least between early 5pm-7pm when we were there. Fettuccini Carbonara was awesome. Green salad w/ gorgonzola & Ceasar were both great. 2 drinks, 2 salads, 2 entrees, $32 + tip. Great deal! Try to sit along the walls, otherwise it's a free-for-all layout and people will be squeezing between tables & rubbing their butt on your plate. Would be nice to have candles, but the value is soooo good, it doesn't really matter. Ambience depends on who you're tablemate is. They definately have their niche.

Pros: VALUE, Service, Location

Cons: Close Tables

.

A small place on Capitol Hill that makes you feel at home in an Italian kitchen. The menu is simple but satisfying. The waitstaff is very responsive and friendly. The prices are very reasonable, especially for the quality and amount of food. The dessert menu is small but all you need is the tiramisu made with chocolate mousse - it is delicious. Reservations are not taken so get there early. We didn't have a problem because we went before 6:00 p.m. but when we left there were several frustrated couples because the house was full. Check it out.

2
★★★★★

A small place on Capitol Hill that makes you feel at home in an Italian kitchen. The menu is simple but satisfying. The waitstaff is very responsive and friendly. The prices are very reasonable, especially for the quality and amount of food. The dessert menu is small but all you need is the tiramisu made with chocolate mousse - it is delicious. Reservations are not taken so get there early. We didn't have a problem because we went before 6:00 p.m. but when we left there were several frustrated couples because the house was full. Check it out.

Pros: Price, Service, Food

.

I go to this restaurant when I need a comfortable neighbourhood place, or when I feel like celebrating. The attractive staff always make it feel like a hip friendly place to hang out. The food is great, the bar is welcoming whether it's roomy or full. And you can always get out of there without feeling like you dropped a bomb on your bank account, even with many drinks AND dessert! To top it off, Machiavelli's is a family run business, with a well treated, loyal staff.

2
★★★★★

I go to this restaurant when I need a comfortable neighbourhood place, or when I feel like celebrating. The attractive staff always make it feel like a hip friendly place to hang out. The food is great, the bar is welcoming whether it's roomy or full. And you can always get out of there without feeling like you dropped a bomb on your bank account, even with many drinks AND dessert! To top it off, Machiavelli's is a family run business, with a well treated, loyal staff.

Pros: comfort, inexpensive, consistently tasty

Cons: , little parking

.

Seattle, I am convinced there is NO better steak on the west coast than the filet mignon at Machiavelli. I have tried Many but this is it! I love the pasta selections but the steak is to die for!!!!!

2
★★★★★

Seattle, I am convinced there is NO better steak on the west coast than the filet mignon at Machiavelli. I have tried Many but this is it! I love the pasta selections but the steak is to die for!!!!!

Pros: The best steak, Nice staff

Cons: Closed on Sundays

.

All of the dishes I've tried here have been good, but I have a list of Italian resaurants that are great for them to compete with. What sets this place apart is the lasagna! My favorite is the spinach lasagna, but don't be fooled be the name, the surprise is the chicken liver! This dish is amazing! I've had it a few times and have never been disappointed. Be sure to go early and allow time for seating and half an hour for the lasagna to bake.

2
★★★★☆

All of the dishes I've tried here have been good, but I have a list of Italian resaurants that are great for them to compete with. What sets this place apart is the lasagna! My favorite is the spinach lasagna, but don't be fooled be the name, the surprise is the chicken liver! This dish is amazing! I've had it a few times and have never been disappointed. Be sure to go early and allow time for seating and half an hour for the lasagna to bake.

Pros: good scene, good food, good cocktails

Cons: long wait, select good dishes

.

Looked for a restaurant before a show at the Paramount and saw this place, so thought, "what the heck." We were we so happy with the choice. It is so inexpensive and the food was delicious! INot to mention everyone was so friendly (that was refreshing) It's small so there could be a wait, but have a couple cocktails in the cute (but smokey) bar downstairs. Have sent others there and they were just as pleased.

2
★★★★★

Looked for a restaurant before a show at the Paramount and saw this place, so thought, "what the heck." We were we so happy with the choice. It is so inexpensive and the food was delicious! INot to mention everyone was so friendly (that was refreshing) It's small so there could be a wait, but have a couple cocktails in the cute (but smokey) bar downstairs. Have sent others there and they were just as pleased.

Pros: great food, great price, friendly staff

Cons: small

.

I was once told you caan tell how good a restaurant is, just by tasting the bread. Well, the bread here is great, and that is just the beginning. This restaurant is fabulous. The wait can be long for a seat, but it is well worth it. What I like to do is relax and grab a glass or two of wine while I wait in the bar area. I usually split the Copa and Garlic Pizza as an appetizer (soooo delicious!), and eat either the spaghetti with meat sauce or the tortellini with a meat or meatless sauce. My fiancé usually gets the gnocchi, which is delicious as well.

If you want to eat at one of the best restaurants in Seattle, you must eat here!

2
★★★★★

I was once told you caan tell how good a restaurant is, just by tasting the bread. Well, the bread here is great, and that is just the beginning. This restaurant is fabulous. The wait can be long for a seat, but it is well worth it. What I like to do is relax and grab a glass or two of wine while I wait in the bar area. I usually split the Copa and Garlic Pizza as an appetizer (soooo delicious!), and eat either the spaghetti with meat sauce or the tortellini with a meat or meatless sauce. My fiancé usually gets the gnocchi, which is delicious as well.

If you want to eat at one of the best restaurants in Seattle, you must eat here!

Pros: Great Food, Excellent Service, Lively

Cons: Sometimes long wait

.

Everyone raved, so I went. The food was good - not great, but solidly good. Unfortunately, the hostess was HORRIFICALLY rude - If I'd been raised any differently I'd have seriously pondered asking her to step outside! The service was okay - friendly, but rushed and inattentive. I guess it just wasn't worth the hassle, y'know?

1
★★☆☆☆

Everyone raved, so I went. The food was good - not great, but solidly good. Unfortunately, the hostess was HORRIFICALLY rude - If I'd been raised any differently I'd have seriously pondered asking her to step outside! The service was okay - friendly, but rushed and inattentive. I guess it just wasn't worth the hassle, y'know?

.

love this place, the food is excellent, the price is right, the service is always great.

2
★★★★★

love this place, the food is excellent, the price is right, the service is always great.

.

While I certainly recommend this restaurant's food and service, its ambience left something to be desired. I went on a first date with a lovely young lady, hoping we could have productive conversation over pasta. After an hour wait, we were seated in a rather awkward table and the sound level was nearly deafening. We shared a mutual look of mildly disappointed curiosity and had a seat. The food was great, the service was friendly and very prompt, but I would recommend asking for a seat near the windows as it seems a little quieter over there

2
★★★★☆

While I certainly recommend this restaurant's food and service, its ambience left something to be desired. I went on a first date with a lovely young lady, hoping we could have productive conversation over pasta. After an hour wait, we were seated in a rather awkward table and the sound level was nearly deafening. We shared a mutual look of mildly disappointed curiosity and had a seat. The food was great, the service was friendly and very prompt, but I would recommend asking for a seat near the windows as it seems a little quieter over there

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: NOISE!, dining room setup

.

There is no better place on capitol hill to get this kind of service, ambiance, and great tasting food for such a ridiculously inexpensive price.
The servers are all fast and friendly (plus fun and engaging) , the food is great and its a great place for a date or a quick dinner before going out.
My boyfriend and i go to Machiavelli about twice a week (at least once) and we have never had a bad experience, except when we cant get in on the weekends right at dinner time. It's a great neighborhood place and worth the wait on friday and saturday.

2
★★★★★

There is no better place on capitol hill to get this kind of service, ambiance, and great tasting food for such a ridiculously inexpensive price.
The servers are all fast and friendly (plus fun and engaging) , the food is great and its a great place for a date or a quick dinner before going out.
My boyfriend and i go to Machiavelli about twice a week (at least once) and we have never had a bad experience, except when we cant get in on the weekends right at dinner time. It's a great neighborhood place and worth the wait on friday and saturday.

Pros: good price, foxy servers, great atmosphere

Cons: mild wait on weekend, no cons, no cons

.

This place makes you feel like you are dining in the "big city" -- close-but-cozy bar and dining area, great service and "get you outta here" promptness gets you going to the show on time. We loved our simple Italian meal and the hustle-bustle atmosphere that makes you feel like you know everyone in the room by the time your meal's done. Fun and recommended, especially for those who like the conversation-starting experience of seeing/meeting interesting others in the room. PS -- I was on crutches when I came to this restaurant, and although it was close quarters, the staff there was super-accommodating.

2
★★★★★

This place makes you feel like you are dining in the "big city" -- close-but-cozy bar and dining area, great service and "get you outta here" promptness gets you going to the show on time. We loved our simple Italian meal and the hustle-bustle atmosphere that makes you feel like you know everyone in the room by the time your meal's done. Fun and recommended, especially for those who like the conversation-starting experience of seeing/meeting interesting others in the room. PS -- I was on crutches when I came to this restaurant, and although it was close quarters, the staff there was super-accommodating.

Pros: wrm welcoming service, close-but-cozy rooms, good inexpensive food

Cons: better Italian elsewh

.

The food here is quite good. It is straightforward, reliable Italian. The atmosphere and service are super and the prices can't be beat. It's one of the best values on Capitol Hill. It gets crowded on the weekends but it's a fun outing.

2
★★★★☆

The food here is quite good. It is straightforward, reliable Italian. The atmosphere and service are super and the prices can't be beat. It's one of the best values on Capitol Hill. It gets crowded on the weekends but it's a fun outing.

Pros: Reliably good, Inexpensive, Lively Atmosphere

Cons: Crowded

.

A good italian restuarant when you can't think of anywhere else to go for Italian. The service was very good, the waitstaff was friendly enough, but the food was subpar. I had chicken parm and that is all I got. No veggies, no pasta... the chicken was juicy and had good taste, but the sauce had to come from a jar...As an Italian myself, I couldn't believe that an Italian restuarant would deny a dish it's allotment of pasta and try to pass off a generic sauce...the atmosphere was nice and cozy, but I think the food makes or breaks a restaurant and the food I had broke this place...

1
★★★☆☆

A good italian restuarant when you can't think of anywhere else to go for Italian. The service was very good, the waitstaff was friendly enough, but the food was subpar. I had chicken parm and that is all I got. No veggies, no pasta... the chicken was juicy and had good taste, but the sauce had to come from a jar...As an Italian myself, I couldn't believe that an Italian restuarant would deny a dish it's allotment of pasta and try to pass off a generic sauce...the atmosphere was nice and cozy, but I think the food makes or breaks a restaurant and the food I had broke this place...

Pros: location, ambience

Cons: food

.

A great little neighborhood Italian restaurant (and my personal favorite). I'm not sure what I like best--whether it be the cozy bar, the friendly service, or the delicious food. This restaurant gets my highest (and most frequent) recommendation.

2
★★★★★

A great little neighborhood Italian restaurant (and my personal favorite). I'm not sure what I like best--whether it be the cozy bar, the friendly service, or the delicious food. This restaurant gets my highest (and most frequent) recommendation.

.

Ive been here a couple of times- but both were a let down..for the price, the servings are small, and the meals tasting a tad uneventful. My pasta was about 5 minutes premature of "Al Dente" and the sauce was quite dreary. When asked if we would like a coffee or desert, we were informed that they didnt make espresso,etc...only a brewed coffee..The bar downstairs however is quite cozy on an Autumn evening, and has atmosphere happening. All round im sure most people are happy with it...we may have just had a bad run..

1
★★★☆☆

Ive been here a couple of times- but both were a let down..for the price, the servings are small, and the meals tasting a tad uneventful. My pasta was about 5 minutes premature of "Al Dente" and the sauce was quite dreary. When asked if we would like a coffee or desert, we were informed that they didnt make espresso,etc...only a brewed coffee..The bar downstairs however is quite cozy on an Autumn evening, and has atmosphere happening. All round im sure most people are happy with it...we may have just had a bad run..

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Machiavelli Ristorante, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review