A Hasty review: Barolo Ristorante (Seattle)

Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Value : 3/5
Ambiance: 4/5

Overall Experience: 2/5 (Serving raw food with potential food poisoning automatically knocks off a point)

I’ve been to this restaurant on multiple occasions – for happy hours with friends, drinks with business associates and dinner dates with my husband, so I’ve pretty much covered it all.

I have conflicted feelings about this place.

As a place for cocktails and happy hour bites, I highly recommend it. The value is stellar and the bar bites are top notch. The bar area is dark, sultry and has a fun vibe – as long as you avoid the corner table in the summer as it becomes a sauna!

As a place for dinner for dates or friends, I’d give it a miss. The value is standard for Seattle; however, when I am charged $45 for a veal chop, I expect it to be a dish I want to savor. Instead, I found my veal to be sinewy and raw. Not rare, but actually raw. Cutting into raw tendon and flesh does not bode well for my appetite. Needless to say, I sent it back. And adding insult to injury, I discovered that we had been charged for it.

I believe in second chances so I called the restaurant to advise them of this faux pas and was advised that the server was fairly new and didn’t know to take it off the bill. This is a reflection of management/training so blaming a server is just bad form.

So, in summation, leave this place as a spot for your cocktail bar rotation.