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Bel Lago
Bel Lago

Bel Lago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellagorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (614) 891-0200
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00a.m. - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday...: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch.......: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday Dinner........: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Owen Maass
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Now Catering off premise - call for details
  • Special Events & Promotions: We specialize in corporate and social events. We are available for business lunches/dinners, seminars, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries and rehearsal dinners. Contact Katie Mansfield at 891-0200 for details. Develop a personal menu to please all your guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: County Line Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large Private Lot Complimentary Valet
A word from Bel Lago
Bel Lago's mission is to bring Westerville and Greater Columbus the most fabulous waterfront dining experience in the area. The ambiance of the location on the pristine Hoover Reservoir is beautiful and relaxing -- the perfect backdrop for enjoying the creations of their exceptional kitchen team and a selection from the extensive wine list. Bel Lago's menu is designed with something for everyone -- from casual fare for enjoyment on the open terrace bar to high quality creative cuisine for a great dinner right here in your neighborhood.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a very nice evening sitting on the patio. Food was delicious. Our niece who was visiting enjoyed it too. My only complaint was the person sitting at the table next to us who chose to talk loudly on his cell phone for the first 15-20 minutes we dined. Very rude!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our first meal there since the new Chef has been in place and it was amazing! Fantastic choices and the flavors were excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Always delectable food and always extraordinary service. The wine list is perfect and they use the Napa Technology wine system to make an already great wine list even better. The staff makes you feel welcome and at home so it's easy to lose track of time while you're enjoying your night out! My husband and I have been long time fans and continue to dine here as often as possible- and never anywhere else for a special occasion. So very pleased with our experience!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "They come across as snobby and a wannabe nice restaurant...the only thing nice was the view and the cars in the parking lot... Expensive for what the menu actually is. Had a reservation and when we got there were told we would have to wait for a table on the veranda.... Why have a reservation then? So we took a table inside and on our way saw 6-7 empty tables on the veranda...must be a special reservation for that. Ordered an appetizer that never showed up. Food took forever and we were surprised when they brought out our main course as they never even put in out order for the cured meat tray appetizer. If you like expensive and mediocre food combined with poor service then this is the place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "When we ate at Bel Lago a month ago, we had one of the best meals and dining experience since we moved to Columbus. So we were in prepared for the disappointment on July 5 when we took guests there for dinner. Everything from the bread course to the desserts had changed. Four tiny cold meals, one was badly charred, were set on huge, heavy plates. The fish was chewy. The steaks were pre-sliced. We cannot recommend Bel Lago at any price and certainly not when $$$ meals are so badly prepared."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " I CANNOT recommend this establishment for dinner due to poor quality and quantity of our meals during a recent evening; however during a recent luncheon visit food and service was very good. Also, for our dinner reservation, made well in advance of our dining experience, I requested veranda seating since we were celebrating a special occasion. This reservation request was not honored, the hostess stating it would be a 40 minute WAIT. Again.....disappointing!! Won't be returning there anytime soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went for wine tasting first and then had dinner..wonderful"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Fancy sounding working class food that was mediocre in taste. Over-priced. Not nearly enough vegetarian choices. Older, wealthy Caucasian males clearly getting better service than "average" people. This was a surprise lunch for our friend for a great new job. We were sorely disappointed. We have plenty of money to spend but not in a place like this. It is too bad, the scenery is splendid and this could have been a great experience. We have rescheduled a date to bring our own picnic and walk along the water for our scenic view."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "the salmon was prepared best I can remember; mussel gravel on buttered toasted bread could be desert! the chicken was OK [a boy scout can cook chicken]...the leek tops, well you could make a stout rope out of them [there must be something better for a green bed] as for price vs. quality....its about $5/meal item over-priced, but could be corrected by including a salad as part of the meal...if you have a glass of wine, share a appetizer, have a salad and main course [not steak], the cost with 20% tip will likely be $60+ a person w/o desert the service was timely, and server gets a 10+ would I go back, probably, but not often, the P/E ratio is wrong...price/enjoyment all the very best to the cook and working staff"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The menu has changed...again...they seem to always be reinventing themselves"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went to the place before when it was called "Hoover's Grille" before, twice. The place has beautiful scenic view and feels romantic. However, the food quality is not better, if it's not worse, than previous owners. They call it Italian restaurant, but the food there is not Italian food-like impressive. Actually, the wine is not good, either. The dish portion is one of the smallest we ever had."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had fond memories of our last two visits to Bel Lago and were looking forward to dining there again. On this visit, the service was impeccable and welcoming, the view was amazing and the food was frankly, a disappointment. There used to be a menu with many choices and this new menu was much higher priced and seemed to be aimed at a more gourmet crowd. Although we love the view and service, unless they change the menu, we will not return. We would like to see the menu with some moderately priced items."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "None of the food items were labeled which would have been helpful. The artisan cheese tray did not exist as advertised for the dinner although manager did put together a cheese board for us after I asked."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food, service and view were wonderful! Bel Lago has morphed from a neighborhood gem to a special occasion place, though. Found it to be QUITE expensive and perhaps a little too gourmet for the usual diner. It was wonderful, but I do not see myself going there on a regular basis as it is pricey for what you receive! Great view and service! This I cannot deny!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant had just initiated a new menu on Tuesday prior to our Sat. evening meal. The atmosphere was great. I had the homemade tortellini with the Bel Lago salad, and both were excellent. My son had to send his lamb back because it was a bit overdone. He ordered swordfish which resulted in another wait for both of us, but he said it was excellent. Give them time to work out the menu then go."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "45-60 minute wait for the veranda seating and we understand that it's popular. When we sat down the waiter came over to explain the new menu, the ENTIRE new menu. He probably stood there for 10 minutes explaining. Too much time for us to sit and listen. He explained that the menu was about 3-4 days new, and that NO substitutions could be made. We ordered and it took time bread and the salads, and the salads were tasty but expensive. Next came the entrees, same thing. VERY expensive for what you received. Three of us had the bass, not sea bass, it was decent but small. Dessert menu had nothing appealing to our table. $200 including tip (for 4 of us), and only two glasses of house wine were ordered. Not worth it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I are new to Westerville and a number of folks recommended Bel Lago for our 5th anniversary. Restaurant was beautiful, food was tasty, service was attentive, cocktails were fun. We could have sat outside on the veranda if we'd been willing to wait for 45 minutes, but opted to sit inside instead. View was a bit obstructed, but still lovely. For me, definitely a special occasion restaurant, not a weekly spot for dinner. Special, but not stuffy or pretentious."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Beautiful surroundings and view. Our salads were good. Our entres were okay, nothing spectacular ( especially given the price) and it took about an hour and ten minutes to get our food. If we go back we'll sit on the roof and enjoy a glass of wine and a salad."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been dining at Bel Lago for years, it's our local favorite. Or I should say, It WAS our local favorite. Then new menu is a complete change from the past- and not in a good way. It's extremely limited, pricey, a bit pretentious- and has not one single favorite or carryover from the previous menu. I have never heard of a restaurant, even with a new chef, that completely changes their menu from what their regular diners know and love. It's like a whole new restaurant opened up in an old favorite's spot- and the new restaurant is average at best. Still great servers (though the manager, Michael, is a bit rude and dismissive) and a beautiful setting- but that's not enough to bring me back. Really disappointing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I brought my sister from out of town here and she enjoyed it. They just got a new chef and the difference between the old and new Lobster Mac & Cheese is amazing. The presentation and flavor has greatly improved. Unfortunately, both the Bloody Mary and the Chicken Salad were uninspiring but the chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert was delightful. We were seated on the veranda and although it had rained earlier and was humid, it wasn't that noticeable with the ceiling fans running even though the windows were open. It would have improved the ambience had we been able to hear the music as it was turned down to a whisper for some reason. Our waiter, Tyler was excellent. I've only eaten here for lunch and have never had bad service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have a group of girls [we're all 70+] who meet for lunch once a month and Bel Lago was suggested as the place to meet. Making the reservation on-line was easy. We were promptly seated by the windows overlooking the water which I had requested when making the reservation. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu items. Your new menu has a lot of choices and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and we intend to come back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had 5 in our party for a 11:45 reservation and we're actually seated about 10 minutes early so that was a surprise. The restaurant was really crowded more tan usual but that was expected since it was a holiday. We were not waited on for drinks for about 15 minutes and did not want to get our food until we had drinks so this was a little disappointing. The food was excellent and well supplied until desserts. The dessert table was fairly empty and we were waiting for it to be restocked and that was very slow. Overall not bad but could have used more staff on a day like this. We were never asked or given refills for our drinks and felt rushed to leave without dessert."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Costs too much for food that is just cheap fare fancied up with complicated names....our service was great but the food was not as good as it has been in the past. Menu is just weird, with "smaller portions to allow one to enjoy the companion dishes more"....meaning, you will go hungry unless you pay us more for a 2nd plate of food....ostentatious is new the watchword, not "casual elegance". Not going there again, and that is just a shame because it used to be a favorite place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "If a waterfront view is what you're all about, this has to be the best in the area. If the quality of the food presented on the plates matched the delectable-sounding descriptions, I would be a regular!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Buffet was very good. Good selection, my wife appreciated the fresh pasta, my sister enjoyed the salad. Everyone loved the seafood. Had to wait at the bar prior to the meal despite reservation. Bartender was working hard, but alone. Rather slow service at the bar because of this. Otherwise a great experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband & I decided to go to Bel Lago for our anniversary. I made reservations through OpenTable and made a special request to sit on the water, which unfortunately was unable to be honored. The restaurant has lovely views of Hoover reservoir, but their menu was extremely limited. I personally do not love seafood, leaving me with about 3 main entrees to choose from. I ended up eating chicken with a bit too much fat on it; my husband the swordfish, which was a pretty small portion. Overall the meal was quite pricey for food that we thought was "just good," not excellent. We found ourselves wishing we'd gone elsewhere and actually skipped dessert at this restaurant to go another establishment. A bit too pretentious for my taste."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was easy to find, and offered ample parking. Once in the restaurant, we were taken to our table immediately. The service was great, and the food was well prepared and well presented. The view from the veranda was very nice. We came to the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, and the team did an outstanding job making the evening memorable for us. We will definitely be back, and will recommend Bel Lago to our friends and neighbors."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, I love this place. The new chef added a great new menu."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Very surprised that we (and our friends) were not more aware of Bel Lago. The open air dining is well designed and would be enjoyable in almost any weather. The inside dining area is also very pleasant, with a low noise level that allows for conversation. The food is delicious and well prepared. The wild mushroom risotto had my husband ready for a return visit in the very near future. We also enjoyed the house Riesling. The wait staff was attentive and accommodating without being overbearing."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We celebrated as a family for Father's Day, including 3 children, here at Bel Lago. My husband and mother were very impressed with the brunch and the offerings. Many seafood items, which they are very fond of. I'm not a seafood lover, but the things I had were good. I prefer to order off of the menu and HIGHLY recommend that (though it is not an option when dining during brunch). There was a little time between refills and the bread items seemed to be dry (biscuits and bagels). Also, I would suggest NOT taking children for the brunch as the price for a child is very expensive...at least my children did not eat enough to warrant the cost of the brunch. Both husband and mom would love to go back for brunch...I'll wait for another time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "it's so sad but I really try to like Bel Lagos but everytime there seems to be poor service.(slow) Also, there were dead little gnats on the table. I know we were on the porch but really the table should be clean. Also, the portion size for the cost is a problem with me. Also, the hostesses need to be trained more regarding greeting skills coming into the restaurant and leaving."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed our brunch on Father's Day. We were pleased that we got to sit on the veranda!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food! We alerted our waiter of our gluton and dairy allergies and he went with us to the buffet--yes I said buffet but this was not a "typical" buffet. Mustard crusten salman, king crab legs and shrimp were awesome! We were able to sit on the veranda and it was a gorgeous evening!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The scenic view, friendly service and quality food made for a great father's day brunch experience. The wine list had some interesting selections. We will definitely be back with kids and without."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved it! Great food and ambience. We choose to go at 1:30 so we could have both the breakfast foods and dinner as they changed over at 2:00 PM. Enjoyed the Bloody Mary's for $5. The seafood was wonderful and fresh. We had been to Bel Lago several times for dinner, and the brunch food was just as tasty and well-prepared. Even though we couldn't request the veranda on the reservation they were able to seat us there. The view is gorgeous. Couldn't have asked for a better experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The brunch was a special treat for my husband, with all the excellent seafood."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Dining by the water was so calming. And having the advantage of the fresh air without being in the sun was wonderful and uplifting. Great ambience and service!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We finally had the opportunity to dine at Bel Lago for Father's Day. The buffet was outstanding. I was really impressed with the quality of the food. The staff were also very friendly and attentive. We were able to sit on the veranda and the weather was perfect with the windows open. It was an overall wonderful experience and we would certainly return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I requested a table by the water when making my reservation. When I arrived (actually, a few minutes early), I was told it would be an hour to obtain a seat by the water. I thought that's what reservations were for??? While sitting in the dining room, I watched several parties be seated on the water, having only been seated 15 minutes at the most. I was very disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Loved the view and fresh air on the veranda. I ordered the eggplant parmesan. Eggplant was over salted. Pasta was very bland. I had to order more sauce and extra parmesan to add flavor. Service was excellent. We go mainly for the ambiance. Food needs improvement. The veranda was very noisy. Somewhat difficult to carry on a conversation without shouting."
    Dined on 6/13/2014