Osteria La Spiga

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

You'll love our atmosphere as much as the food! We are located in the artfully renovated Piston & Ring building; its rustic-elegant design is warm enough for family, yet cool enough for a date. We hope you'll join us soon for a tantalizing taste of Italy in our warm, inviting space.
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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were there for Father’s Day brunch. The original website and Open Table information stated there were special menu additions for Father’s Day. The menu was their regular spring brunch menu. Not really a problem, the brunch menu is quite good. I like how you can get breakfast type items as well as pasta and seafood. The food was very good, especially the shrimp with polenta. Mimosas with Campari added was a nice addition to the meal. Our server was fine, but seemed a bit out of place. Everything wasn’t as great as we usually experience but I will definitely return.

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ZR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We returned a dish which we considered super salty and not necessarily good tasting. The waiter made a face on us which was rude. AND they charged us the plate we returned!!! 3X rude!!!!!!!!!!!

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DH
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Spiga is always great. We especially like the selections of dishes with great pasta and fresh ingredients. The wine selection is fabulous and reasonably priced. We had a glass of red from Mt Etna region of Sicily which was exceptional. The owner is super nice and his wife a superb chef. The atmosphere is fun and lively with nice live music to add to the ambiance.

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LD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about La Spiga is delightful! The food, service and ambiance are all terrific.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best Italian meal ever! Best lasagna and tiramisu!!

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M
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited 40minutes for our (reserved?) table. Did get a comped glass of wine. Halibut uninspired.

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OT
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance, consistent food quality and value. A favorite for a quick dinner or special occasion.

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MS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge thanks for making our graduation dinner a success. With special attention to the mobility of one of our guest, La Spiga was accommodating and the role model of service and understanding and I am appreciative beyond words.

Bella and Humberto provided excellent service, and Tonya’s overall leadership was superb.

Thanks.

Mike Simmons
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S
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

To be fair I am Italian but prefer Southern Italian cuisine(where my grandfather came from). I have had Northern Italian food in the past and enjoyed it, however I feel throwing in more authenic(less American fusion) would be great for those of us who want a mini vacation to Italy when we go to an Italian restaurant. That being said, the Copper River Salmon was delicious but in my humble opinion had no touch of Italy in its taste. The salad was fabulous And the cauliflower was good. Drinks were great. Price was okay. If I was in an American restaurant you would have received a higher rating. I guess I am saying wave the Italian flag a little more in the creation of your menu. Thanks for reading. Stephenie

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hello! Thank you for visiting La Spiga. As you may know, we have been serving authentic Italian food for over 20 years in Seattle. It doesn't take much effort to confirm that our cherished and abundant Italian community agrees we're one of the best! Our Fish Special rotates almost every night based on what is local, fresh and in season, hence the USA vibes. We hope, if you return, you're more drawn to enjoy our purely Italian dishes, gleaned from the cookbooks of the owners mother/mother-in-law.

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks in casual atmosphere

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The truffle butter noodles were fantastic. Loved everything about it!

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on June 4, 2019

Yay!! So glad you like one of our most cherished dishes!

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CT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat outside and was pleasantly surprised by the vibe and feel. The Cheese plate was to die for and the asparagus tortellini was light and delicious.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on June 4, 2019

Come back to our beautiful outdoor patio anytime!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The waitress was rude and the food was mediocre. I’ve been there several times before and it was a favorite. I even once hosted a party in the private room upstairs. I won’t go back unfortunately.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on June 4, 2019

We are sorry to hear that a long time fan and customer will no longer be part of the La Spiga story. We wish we could have nailed it your last time in. Here's to hoping you have a wonderful summer none the less!

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MB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Osteria La Spiga offers a fine array of fresh Italian dishes at reasonable prices. Their freshly made pasta is excellent, their non-pasta dishes are intriguing, their desserts are splendid (if pricey), and their happy hour is a good value.

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D
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Had a great night at this lovely establishment with my gf. Food was solid, with pasta and lamb as highlights. Hostess was great, but first waitress was somewhat rude and her service was inconsistent. Second waitress was good, so service ended on a positive note. Please consider expanding your brandy selection.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on June 4, 2019

We are sorry you had a rough experience with one of our servers. Our aim is to provide a consistently delightful time so we will make changes to do better. Thank you for dining with us!

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i
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We all had a wonderful time. Our table server was great. There was one thing we all were not too happy about. The busboy kept wanting to take away the plates that we were still working on without asking us. He was so quick to take away the plates that we wanted to keep whereas when we wanted him to take away the empty glasses away, he wouldn’t. Perhaps the restaurant needs to give him more training in this area. Thanks.

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d
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food in a very nice setting. Fritto Misto, which was excellent, had fried calamari, bay scallops and shrimp with salsa rosa dipping sauce. The best entrée at the table was the halibut special - it was exceptional. Both the Straccetti alla Perugina and the Tortelli di Agnello were very good. Panna Cotta was excellent.

The wait staff were very attentive and engaging.

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CM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day Brunch menu was ehhh. Service was inconsistent, with kids meals brought out first, then mine 5 min later, then my wife’s 5 min after that. Restaurant 101- you bring all the meals out at the same time. Desserts were meh- how can an Italian restaurant not have tiramisu, or a plethora of yummy desserts? Won’t be visiting again.

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PP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Spiga is not a good Italian restaurant, is great restaurant period. Even in Italy (and I am Italian, i would know), this would be a great find. Chef Sabrina (Iron Chef contender against Bobby Flay) is a world class culinary master, bringing handmade regional Northern Italian masterpiece cuisine chez d'oeuvres to Seattle. Pietro, Romagnolo doc, is the best host in the whole wide world. It's hard not to be delighted after a visit at La Spiga. You will come back.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on May 14, 2019

Pietro thank you so much! It was a pleasure to have you in house and we couldn't be more grateful for our authentic Italian reviews haha.

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OT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Highly recommend.

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DC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

For the first time I was left with an unfavorable impression. We had a party of 7, the arrival of food was spotty, one of the entrees arrived 20 minutes after the rest of the party was finished and the dishes cleared. The food quality was pretty good if not a bit overpriced for the presentation and flavor. It is a visually pleasing environment and the ambiance is quite nice. Our waiter was personable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a really nice place and had a very Seattle vibe. The front of the restaurant was open air and the back was a little more secluded and covered. Food was excellent, portions were not TINY nor were they very big- just a decent amount to fill you up just enough. There was music in the background but it was not overwhelming and allowed for good conversation. Great wine menu and bar options.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were seated in the warmest section of the restaurant. I used my menu to keep myself cool and comfortable... but it was miserable. I asked if there was anyway to move to a cooler section and that was ignored. The server said it’s just the wine making me hot! So we had our meal and I had to go because I was physically ill from the stagnant warmth in the dining area.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on May 7, 2019

We are so sorry you left feeling ill! Your server, who immigrated from Italy, apologized for the confusion with her strong accent. When she brought you ice upon your request she thought it was for your wine. This miscommunication should have been handled by our manager and we will do better next time. Our building is a green, historic building with no air conditioning and can become warm in the summer months. I hope you're feeling better now and thank you for the feedback.

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j
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was good, not great. Everything is ala carte.

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ML
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so kind and lovely. We had two small children with us and the waitstaff was accommodating and patient as they needed a few breaks from the table to make it through the 2 hour meal.
The food was perfect. Thanks again

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on May 7, 2019

La Spiga is for Lovers AND Families!! So glad you all stop by:)

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l
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I've been a big fan of La Spiga in the past as one of the better Italian restaurants in Seattle. My family's visit this weekend was a big disappointment. First, I got sick after the meal and spent the next day in bed, so something was very wrong there. Second, the service was very uneven. Our waiter was great, but we kept getting rushed to finish; our main course came literally 5 minutes after appetizers; one server kept trying to come clear our plates while we were still clearly eating...and then when our mains were done, it took ~15-20 minutes for someone to come around. The food has gone significantly downhill. It's clear they've taken the strategy to maintain pricing but reduce quality. A tagliatelle dish with braised rabbit was a plate of very nice noodles...topped with what resembled and tasted like Progresso chicken noodle soup. Other dishes were similarly uninspired. I've had things at the Olive Garden that looked and tasted better.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on May 7, 2019

We are so sorry that La Spiga disappointed in big way, especially with a big fan! We haven't had any reports of food illness but will keep an ear out. Our quality remains the same as it has for 20 year (high) but we do realizes person tastes can change and that as hard as we try, we do have our off nights. It's such a shame it happened with a treasured regular. We hope you're feeling better none the less and maybe give us one more try in the future!

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality service all around. The food was great too!

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very yummy. Nice staff. Cozy table.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service perfect. However, way to pricey for the amount you get, and cocktails are very expensive.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We waited over an hour for dinner and when it arrived the braised pork shoulder was dry, chewy and tough. My friend had scallops and they they were fine. Service was okay, waiter is not fluent in English which should be charming but it isn’t when very little effort was made to communicate clearly. We were disappointed with the meal, we were expecting to have an amazing experience. We spent $100 and it was definitely not worth it.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Our server was extremely rude and aggressive. Will not be returning.

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R
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Osteria La Spiga during Seattle Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. They have a wonderful menu for SRW and lots of options! Our server was attentive but not pushy. Energy of the restaurant was great! We will absolutely go back again.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on April 23, 2019

Awesome! We're so glad you came in for Seattle Restaurant Week and can't wait to have you back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First I should say that the food was incredible and everything we wanted it to be. The server was polite but a little less attentive than we hoped for. It was boyfriend’s birthday, which I had made a note of on the reservation, and which I also mentioned to our server. My boyfriend didn’t receive a “happy birthday” not to mention any other special treatment. We were rather disappointed but didn’t let it ruin our whole experience. Again, would totally recommend because of the delicious food quality, but I would hope that others have a better service experience.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on April 23, 2019

We truly missed the mark in not acknowledging your special evening. We've been honored to be a favorite place for birthdays so want to always make sure we help you celebrate. Hope you come in again soon and we will definitely be learning from our mistake here!

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P
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

20 years ago we came to La Spiga and had an absolute amazing experience. The food and atmosphere was exquisite. So much so that for our son's 21st Birthday we wanted to do something extra special. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case. We made reservations in advance, under special instructions even requested "if possible to sing happy birthday for one guest turning 21". Once there, it did not seem a table had been prepared, the hostess looked for where to place us, sat us in a side booth and asked if one person wanted to have a chair to sit on the end. We opted to all sit inside the booth. As for the service, we continually waited to be greeted, drinks, we learned we should have just made a nice meal at home and it would have been so much better.

Osteria La Spiga
Responded on April 23, 2019

We are sad to have dissapointed such a long time customer. For birthdays that our guests announce we always make sure to put a candle in the dessert you order, a small but sincere way of celebrating with our guests that come in. It seems we bungled the entire evening and for that we are sorry. We hope we didn't lose you as a guest forever and hope you return soon with notice so we can take special care of you.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We took advantage of the Seattle Restaurant Week menu. My daughter enjoyed her meal of ravioli with butter. She had been here previously with her Italian class from UW. My husband and I had the Casseruola which sounded fabulous (we are vegan) but was mushy except for the topping. I was looking forward to chunks of winter squash and parsnips that I could savor but it was all mushy. My son had the pork shank which was OK. Salad was great and the tiramisu and sorbetto excellent.

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f
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! Delicious food, great ambiance but best of all great service. Go and be glad that you did.

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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have searched for an Italian restaurant in Seattle for five years that would provide the handmade pastas and sauces that we have learned to enjoy while visiting Italy, specific to the Piedmont, Lombardi and Veneto regions. La Spiga is it! We shared the Tagliatelle al Ragu, Cavolfiori Fritti, Erbe e Funghi along with a bottle of Barbara from the Asti. The food was spectacular as the pasta was a perfect al dente, the ragu was refined, light with a nice lingering tomato taste. The cauliflower had a bite and was not overdone-just right. The erbe e funghi was tasty and earthy and accentuated the flavors of the spinach and mushrooms. Service was attentive but not intruding and the staff was impeccably dressed in their crisp, clean attire. The one slight were the small chips in the plate and bowl of the Tartufo Bianco which we would order again but without the chipped place serving. Go to Osteria La Spiga as you will enjoy.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious and well priced. Even though the restaurant was quite empty, the service was incredibly slow, pushy, and didn’t seem very focused on us.

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DS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We came for Restaurant week. The Prosciutto starter was great and the ravioli was perfectly cooked with a great butter sage sauce and a nice hot plate. Enough attention to detail to the food to keep it 4 stars. It's a big space. We had a nice table by the back window. The service was attentive though not particularly personal and we felt slightly rushed.

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