Bel Lago
Bel Lago

Bel Lago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellagorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 614-891-0200x
  • 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: 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.
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Bel Lago reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (175)special occasion (105)great for outdoor dining (97)romantic (80)neighborhood gem (52)notable wine list (45)fit for foodies (39)great for lunch (37)great for brunch (34)good for groups (29)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Highly Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    An excellent lunch scene. Dinner is much more expensive and on the edge of pretentious. The service has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Sara
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I asked for a nice table to celebrate a special occasion with my parents. After making my online reservations, I went to Bel Lago to see the restaurant and talk to someone in person about getting a table on the veranda. The person I spoke with took me to a great table she noted in the reservation system was held for my party. When we arrived, the manager said that they don’t take veranda reservations and didn't apologize when I explained the situation and told him how disappointed I was. We had calamari, which was tough and soggy. The swordfish was under-seasoned and overcooked. The person who got the lamb shank did say it was good as did the person who got scallops. Our server was nice but slow. Overall, I would not recommend Bel Lago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The view, not much else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The view. That's the reason to go. Food is ok, reasonably priced, nothing extraordinary. Service was a little off. The "maitre d" seemed completely distracted and was unable to address or perhaps see me. All conversation was addressed to my female date. Finally got a table about half hour after our reservation, that never feels right. The maitre d just seemed odd. Don't like that you can't transfer a bar tab to the table, always a little clumsy. The waiter seemed impressed with himself, I was less so, but he was adequate when I could get his attention. Too many other great restaurants emerging in the Columbus area to go here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynnjonesax
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service and food was excellent! Can't comment on water view as we didn't have a view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Winnerdinner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had the steak and my gf had the lobster Mac and cheese. The Steak was perfect. It was so juicy and perfectly made. Very happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was looking for a special place for my husband and I to share a romantic birthday dinner; Bel Lago was the perfect place. We had great service, delicious food and a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    GMan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Took my wife here for our anniversary. Service was very good and since it was Monday all wine was at retial prices which was great. View was also very nice and romantic. Only problem was the food. Very bland. I normally don't use salt and pepper but must have shaken half a bottle of each onto the food to try and give it some flavor. Could really be a great place if they hired a good chef. Commented to my wife that even if they served Olive Garden's food quality the place would be packed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food left a lot to be desired
    FondFoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We choose Bel Lago based on atmosphere and menu. However we were very disappointed. The NY Strip Steak was $39 and it was the most bland, chewy/sinuy cut of meat. Several in our party got it - all with the same result. It was cooked ordered medium rare but was medium/medium well. The " beef fat and rosemary aoli fries" that came with it had literally no flavor. Wendy's makes better fries. The asparagus was a measly 3 spears. I honestly have made better meals at home and if you want a steak Ruth Chris is same price and 1000% better. To forgo the high price but get a Much better flavor and cut of meat try Longhorn or Texas Roadhouse. The chef should be appalled at charging that much for such a unflavorful and lack luster meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It has changed...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    New management. Menu all over the place and inconsistent food. Way way way overpriced ($28 for a bowl of pasta)?! Two people two drinks each, split appetizer, split salad, two entrees came to $124?! With tip an almost $150 meal that was nowhere close to being worth that much!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a must try
    Heatherp
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sitting outside on the covered veranda is best. Great views and very friendly and attentive service. Food is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding find
    Punkin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The view is amazing and the food great, I would recommend to anyone, you feel like you are far away, the view is a gem in this city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While the food and ambiance were marvelous - service was fine except we felt as though the wait staff was trying to rush us out the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for food and view
    Sharona
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, great service and the view is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go back to your old menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They changed their menu. Our meal was AWFUL!!! They did comp one of our meals. But it was so disappointing. Service was just ok. Good recovery from a bad meal. But other pieces were off. Cleared bread plates then brought more bread??
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cjcfac
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service. Would definitely recommend to anyone who knows excellent food to go.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steakout2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bel Lago situated on Hoover Dam has built in scenic view. The surprise is that the food is unusually delicious. Second visit was a magnetic to bringing me back again. Chef is good. Food flavors marry spectaculary which is an art.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! Very "fancy" & casual!
    nursetype
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was my husband and I's first time there. It was our 20th wedding anniversary. We wanted to go somewhere nice to commemorate the event quietly, very nice and in a casual atmosphere. Well, we sure found it! Yes, the service and food was beyond excellent! Prices were above average to high, but we got what we paid for, an all around excellent meal, great view on the veranda, treated with courtesy and respect always, service was superb, and my husband and I decided we will come back for another special event soon. This was a luxury and a treat for us. We got 2 glasses of wine, appetizer, salad, entree and desert. ALL were above our expectations. We are very happy with Bel Lago :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bel lago
    Worlddiners2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place for a restaurant in Ohio. Food was fair. Wine list was fair. The was fish was fresh, but needed some added sauce or something for taste, same as with salad dressings. Brussel sprouts, brocolli gratin was bad. This location has the potential to be a great restaurant, but the food needs to go up a few notches and also the wines by the glass. Not in a hurry to go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellant Choice
    Clayton
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dined at Bel Lage for a birthday celebration, from the time we arrived we were greeted by the courteous and helpful staff. We were seated on the Veranda where we had a great view of the water. The wait staff was very courteous and helpful as we looked over the menu, explaining each entrée. The food and presentation was exceptional. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    seasoneddiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Only comment is that Joe, the waiter took a litle more time than we thought necessary. After leaving the desert menu, we were going to order a desert but he didnt return in a reasonable time so we decided not to. Otherwise it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was not as special as it was under the previous chef. The pasta is not special and although the chicken thighs sounded good they were only OK. Nothing at all wrong but just not as good as it used to be.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bel Lago Great
    OGKillaD
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went for my wife's birthday and we were able to get a table viewing the water. The requests I made for my reservations were complete. We had a wonderful experience and the food was amazing! I would highly recommend all my friends and family members to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View of water
    DDDD
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nice setting great place to go for a romantic diner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening
    letseatout
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The menu was imaginative, the food very good and the ambience/view outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server must have been new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    He was slow at responding and it seemed to take a while for each course to be delivered. We had a reservation but they weren't ready for us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinning spot
    Cycle2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took a friend out for a retirement celebration dinner, it was perfect. I will definitely go again. I'm not a big seafood fan, but there was plenty on the menu to choose from. For me it is a bit pricey, but worth it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch with friends
    mmkgigi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed our time at Bel Lago. We sat by the window overlooking the water. It was a beautiful day. It's a beautiful spot. The menu is a bit limited, but everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    food portions small nothing special as far as taste. Salad not included in the entree
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SkyRider
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Menu was too limited. More protein options would be appreciated. Ordered the lobster Mac & Cheese. The dish needed a bit more sauce, was tasty but too dry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great place to meet friends and enjoy the food and the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not recommend
    Jude
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I dine out frequently primarily at upscale restaurants. Although I felt your food was fair, I would not recommend your establishment to others. There are too many other places in Columbus that offer a more varied selection....yours was very limited and I felt the prices were way too high for the quality of the food and the limited menu. Service was not good and margaritas at $11.00 was too high
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Surprised with the menu....Have eaten there a number of times and this was the least creative menu I've experienced. Where my food was good our options were few. The bread used to be a highlight....not any more. The view is great...best in the area!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Friends
    Elce
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Six of us dined last Saturday. We all enjoyed the experience. A concern that arose was the new menu seems to have evolved into too fancy of entrees. Gone were the flatbreads and other simpler fare. While we enjoyed our entrees, it does lessen the return decision. Even a filet was fancied instead of simple. Polenta entree lacked much other than the polenta. Other vegetables were sparse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the porch at Bel Lago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had an excellent lunch at a reasonable price-point with unbeatable ambiance ( open air overlooking Hoover reservoir).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My experiences at Bel Lago tend to be great or really not so much.... I'm afraid this one was a miss. I was literally craving their Beef Carpaccio and found it to have changed sometime between our last visit and this one, the mussels were lacking much in the way of substance but the Lobster Mac & Cheese was pretty good - even better than I remembered. This restaurant is in such a great location but the quality of the food and service are unreliable - I have a feeling I won't be itching to go back too soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GoBucks
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been a while since we ate at this restaurant. Decided to try at last minute. Food was good service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brettVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was good, but we were expecting more variety since there is a new chef. My wife is vegan and there was really no vegan option other than salad and vegetables. You might want to consider a vegan option.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resort view and decor
    Tuna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have visited Bel Lago a number of times over the past 3 years and each time met with our expectations. The atmosphere is exceptional and the location and views of the lake are very special especially for a restaurant located in central Ohio. The food is attractively presented and very good. Wine list is extensive and there are a number of reasonably priced wines served by the glass. All in all my favorite dining location in the Columbus area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Enjoyable Evening
    redE2dine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Pleasant atmosphere, good food. Took a friend for her birthday, and she totally enjoyed the meal. Had seating on the veranda where the view is particularly nice. Menu is not extensive, but the choices are interesting. Good wine selection. I would recommend it to a friend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and pricey
    ajaxVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We tried their new menu. Baby artichoke appetizer was tasteless and nothing like description. 8 oz filet was good but not 8 oz and definitely not worth $39. Striped bass was very good as was pasta in a butter sauce. Hamachi sashimi also very good. Caesar salad would have been better if not floating in dressing. Overall, good meal but very pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.