Bellevue >Tosoni's Restaurant
Disappointed.... My wife took me there for my birthday. The place felt crowded, noisy and cramped, not romantic... The only menu was high on the wall, away from our field of view, so we ordered our drinks before knowing what we were going to eat. Appetizers included deep fried portabello slices, drizzled with what appeared to be soy sauce, and some uninspiring escargots. The entrees included a deep fried half duck, that tasted somewhat greasy, and a stuffed quail, venison, and fried bacon dish. The adventure lasted two good hours. We skipped dessert. The check was the main surprise of the evening (since prices were not listed): At fifty dollars, we would have felt disappointed, but the bill added up to more than twice that amount (with a glass of wine and one beer). I know places that serve better food for the amount of the tip...
the BEST dessert! SUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. it was my bros bday and i found this restaurant online. we ordered tiramisu for my brother, my bf and i ended up meeting the chef! he introduced himself to us, offered us a seat and even a taste of wine. (the chef is delightful btw). and a few minutes later when my dessert came out, he took it back to add a little extra included a special additional bday cake for my brother! i know he can't always do this, but i couldn't feel more special! while we were there he explained how the tiramisu was made AND when i had some later that night i was NOT disappointed! WONDERFUL!!! i'll be back for sure.
The Best on the Eastside!. This restaurant doesnt look inviting given its location in an average strip mall onthe Eastside. However, once you are inside, you will feel like you are in a family owned European restaurant in Austria or Northern Italy. The food is amazing (Portabello Mushrooms for appetizers, Lamb Curry, Venison, Beef roulades, etc.). While the menu is mostly meaty, the owner loves to improvise and cook vegetarian dishes too. Tiramisu at Tosoni is authentic & fantastic!
Best Dining on Eastside. I have been a faithful customer for 20 years. The reasons: good food and good service. Although as pricey as a high-end restaurant in Seattle, there is nothing that compares to this place on the eastside. A continental restaurant with German/Italian slant, you will have a great time here! They are also very accomodating. I often ask Walter (chef owner) to whip-up items not on the chalkboard menu. My wife and I love to come here as often as we can.
I wouldn't really classify it as Italian, more contintental, in the same sense as Umberto's Il Giardino, to which it compares favorably. Excellent preparations with red meats, flavorful sauces, what you would expect from a fine restaurant in that class. You'd never know it by the exterior, but this is one of the best restaurants on the eastide. The ambience is very class, cozy euro-style white tablecloth, wine cabinets, good smells from the kitchen.
Update, 1/04: A recent visit confirmed the quality remains high. Had crab cakes, bunny and seafood risotto, all superb, really first class. A dish like "fruit de mer" risotto can sound good but be very ordinary, but not here. It was succulent. Very good wine suggestions as well.
fabulous find. My husband and I just had dinner at Tosoni's and found it to be fabulous! The service was excellent, the wine list also very good. The crab cakes were mostly crab and delicious with a citrus-like sauce that was superb, the rack of lamb cooked to perfection, and the veal piccata was delicious. All the accoutrements were perfect. I felt like I was in a little European restaurant in Switzerland or Austria. Walter, owner and chef, was very warm and welcoming. I'd recommend it to everyone! Never mind that it's in a strip mall-once you go inside, you'd never know!
An Honest Review. Most of the 10s for this restaurant were written by "Anonymous", which has me a bit suspicious. Here's an actual review. I really do think this is 1 of the best restaurants around, food wise. But verrry pricy, esp. considering that the ambience is just average. Definitely do try the portabello appetizer--delicious. As the only menu they have is on a chalkboard, be sure to ask prices for appetizers, salads, etc. None of us had wine, but our bill was over $200 for 4. We each had salads and entrees, shared 1 cake & 2 had coffee. That 's it! Eeyikes. Owners, take note: most restaurants (esp. pricy ones) will give customers at the very least a complimentary scoop of ice cream for a birthday party. You didn't give us anything after a $200 dinner! That is not good public relations. Otherwise the service was fine.
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