Bel Lago
Bel Lago

Bel Lago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellagorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 614-891-0200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday...: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch.......: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday Dinner........: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Bel Lago reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (150)special occasion (87)romantic (70)great for outdoor dining (67)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (48)fit for foodies (38)great for lunch (30)good for groups (30)great for brunch (24)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My wife treated me to a birthday dinner. My wife had been there for brunch, my son and wife two or three times so you were highly recommended, but it was my first time and I was thrilled!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food, a gorgeous view, and spectacular service. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We brought out-of-town guests who were very impressed by the brunch service. Food was delicious and we didn't feel rushed out at all. My favorite brunch spot in Columbus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Andy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    They took wonderful care of my girlfriend and I. Food was fantastic, the view was marvelous (we didn't have any problems getting a seat on the veranda), and they provided complimentary dessert for our six-month anniversary. We were really impressed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    They were very accommodating because we are vegetarian and willing to work with us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value is Questionable
    Enjoyfood
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We experienced the Sunday Brunch for 24.95 per person. While the food was good, it was not exceptional. I have been to better brunches that boasted more variety of food dishes with better taste and flavors. I don't think the Brunch food offerings is worth the money per person. Our server was somewhat attentive. The hostess was rude. I made reservations two weeks in advance and expected a decent seating. I do not think we will return for Brunch. There are so many fine restaurants in Columbus that serve amazing food and this food was not amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, great view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Bel Lago is the first place that comes to mind for a special family dinner. Breathtaking view of the lake while enjoying excellent, innovative food from the calamari with thinly sliced lemon fried alongside to plenty of menu choices to please all tastes. Kid's menu and treatment of children by the staff as welcome members of the table is appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cobolos
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Was a great experience. Excellent service. Great food and scenery. A must go place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It's over priced and slow service. One person in the group received the wrong meal. Atmosphere is nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful Place for a Romantic Date
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Hands down, the best food I've ever had. I had the Fire Grilled Trout and my wife had the lobster mac and Cheese. Both were amazing. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and Bel Lago went the extra mile to make it special with a complementary piece of chocolate cake with ice cream. It is expensive, but definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Was much to quiet for my liking. It felt like I needed to whisper. Waitress was outstanding and very attentive but very quiet as well, almost to the point of not being able to understand her.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    LakewoodFoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Quiet, romantic dinner. First-time eating here. Enjoyed it very much. Beautiful view of the reservoir. Excellent service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great first date spot
    BLT709
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great view of the reservoir, great food, great service. She loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Management let us down
    OldNorm
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Server was excellent but the maitre d' let us down. It was our anniversary and when I booked I requested a window table. When we arrived I was told that there were no window tables available and there was another couple before. I asked why a window table could not have been reserved for us. He stated that there were many people who wanted to sit there. The restaurant was only about half full by the way. He then offered us a booth. It turned out to be next to the servers' entrance. We settled on a table near the fireplace. I'm sure that many of the people occupying the window seats had not made reservations. The restaurant was a favorite of my wife's but we will not be returning there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday celebration!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration @ Bel Lago! Comfy table by the window w/ a beautiful view. Excellent service from waiter, good wine list and extra special attention to our table. A yummy chocolate dessert w/ candle to finish the meal, compliments of Bel Lago. Service, food, wine, atmosphere top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Bday Dinner Yet!
    WinedAndDined
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Honestly, I'm a hard critic. This place is phenomenal. We went here for my hub's Bday. From the food to the service to the wine it was out of this world! I had the fall tortellini. Superb. We ordered calamari to start but the server forgot to enter it in (no big deal, we had too much food coming anyways) he eventually brought it out and apologized, taking it off our bill. Not only did he do that, he gave my husbands birthday desert free AND the manager gave us a $15 gift card!!! Are you serious?! All for one missed calamari? This place goes above and beyond! Thank you Bel Lago!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A relaxing Sunday brunch spot.
    Daisysmom
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Sunday brunch is a buffet that includes the usual breakfast fare, plus smoked salmon, made to order omelets and waffles, prime rib carving station, salads, fruits and nice desserts. It is very relaxed, the service is excellent, and no one rushes you to turn over the table. If the weather is nice, ask for a table on he veranda overlooking the Hoover Reservoir. A great spot for a relaxing start to Sunday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was average at best. We ordered the salmon which was the highlight of the meal and was very good, though very very small piece. The lobster Mac and cheese was pretty bad. It looked and tasted like boxed Mac & cheese with lobster tossed in. There were only 4 kids meal selections and the portions were very small for the money. The restaurant itself was beautiful. Our waiter forgot about us several times. It was an all around disappointment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I always enjoy Bel Lago for the view the food and the atmosphere. The fact that it is the neighborhood is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    HappyGF
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My night was amazing, it was my first time at this restaurant. It was my boyfriends birthday and he loved it! The view was perfect on the veranda and the food was delicious. The waitress brought him out a cake with a candle it was very special. Would definitely recommend Bel Lago for someone who wants a special night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING !
    WestervilleFrequentVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our wait staff was excellent !Food, view & company wonderful !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Candidate
    Joseph
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We have taken several people here for dinner as they are looking at Columbus to move here for employment purposes. They are so impressed with the view of the water and enjoyed the divine cocktails before dinner followed by the outstanding wine selection by the sommelier. The food was excellent. Fresh rainbow trout was raved about by our guests as well as the perfectly seared scallops. Finished off with a decant chocolate dessert it was a great impression of what Columbus has to offer .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, food questionable.
    Rakmup
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The view was fantastic even though you fight looking around the thick white frames. We fought flies most of the time and the food was mediocre at best. Our server was great and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We took my sister and brother in law who were visiting from Argentina for dinner. Every aspect of our experience was superb, can't say enough about service friendliness and the wonderful reservoir view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a romantic place with a view
    JR2KY
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The Beautiful Architecture Immediately Set The Tone For Us. The View Into The Hoover Dam Was Splendid. The Staff Was Attentive And Courteous Throughout. From The Appetizer To The Main Course Was Freshly Made And Exquisite To The Taste. We Will Cherish Such Memory Forever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    2nvision
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had a wonderful dining experience at Bel Lago. The staff was excellent & very helpful when needed. The food was great and I will definitely be returning. Recommending Recommending Recommending!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    Roxie52
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wine = delicious. Cocktail (Old-Fashioned) = one of the best I've had in Columbus. Service = outstanding (Frank was our server). But, my food was disappointing. I had a broccoli salad that was dry and tasted burnt. My scallop dinner was just all right; the sides didn't enhance the scallops at all. For the money, I expect something I will truly enjoy, and this wasn't it. My husband's pasta and braised short ribs was very good, though. Our previous dinner there was wonderful. Don't know if we will return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the view
    Donna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Friendly greeting at the door. Got seated at the last table with a view-beautiful spot overlooking the reservoir. Server unfamiliar with the wine selection and how the food was prepared. The food was average at best. The chicken wing sauce tasted like an upscale ketchup. The polenta was overpowered by peppers and the pasta with short ribs was described as "in a leek pesto". The pesto was basil pesto and incongruous to the richness of the short rib. Server didn't return to check on meal, and was abrupt when we requested the check and to-go boxes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    Lunch
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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