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“fabulous pizza!”
Review of Cafe Lago

Cafe Lago
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Ranked #494 of 4,300 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I love thin-crusted wood-fired pizza and typically seek this item out on restaurant menus when I am in the mood to indulge. Café Lago is simply the best, and consistently the best. And I would go as far as to say that it ranks above similar pizzas in other Seattle restaurants I've tried, and extremely favorably in restaurants in other cities. It's a hit! While I frequently choose the various new and changing toppings on their pizzas, the traditional Margarita pizza remains my favorite. There are wonderful starters on the menu-- the roasted beet salad with grilled endives was sensational; Caesar and mixed green salads are always reliable. The lasagna and other pasta dishes are also outstanding, according to the friends with whom we often dine. My only negative about Café Lago relates to the wine list. Simply put, the wine list is limited, and for a casual place like this, it is overpriced. This is not the place to share an intimate dinner accompanied by a fine bottle of wine or champagne. It's a fun place, casual and can be noisy. It's a popular place for families and large gatherings. . The restaurant serves great bread to start, and it comes to the table without having to ask the server, and without an additional charge. This is appreciated, especially as more and more restaurants are charging additionally for this essential course.

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

We've been going to Café Lago for years, since it started as a tiny hole-in-the-wall and expanded at that location to fill half the block. But its larger size hasn't hurt its intimacy, its service, or its food. The hand-made pasta melts in your mouth The lasagna is light and airy. The various kinds of ravioli are innovative. The pizza is wood fired. This is the restaurant by which all other Italian restaurants in America should be judged. It's located in the Montlake neighborhood, between the University of Washington and North Capitol Hill. Especially if you go on weekends, you'll need reservations, and if you're driving, you might have to walk a few blocks to find parking. (There are frequent buses, however.) It's a neighborhood joint with a world-class feel.

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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Really busy and vibrant. Fresh produce reslly well cooked wait staff excellent. Cant fault it...if looking for basic ingredients cooked reallywell and priced well....a great place to catch a casual fresh meal.....

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

The food is good, so good that I had a dream about it one night. The white lasagna is tasty and satisfying while not so heavy as lasagna so often is. But to be clear -- it's lasagna, only lasagna. Some reviews here are anticipating something unreasonable. Cafe Lago has good food, the staff was attentive and professional, the service was pretty quick and it's easy to get street parking nearby. Kind of a perfect package from my point of view.

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Have visited this restaurant several times, and it never disappoints. The menu is creative, it is diverse, the service great, and it is a terrific destination after a UW football game. All in all a great venue.

Thank bagpipe
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