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Bella Aquila
Bella Aquila

Bella Aquila Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://BellaAquilaRestaurant.com
  • Phone: (208) 938-1900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 11:30pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: David Knickrehm
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bella Aquila Catering brings Italian BBQ to you. Your meal is prepared fresh at any location from our mobile kitchen trailer. Grilled food, Trager smoked meats, fresh pastas and right out of the oven baked goodness are yours anywhere.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties of 8 to 80 are possible and welcomed. Our dining room is divided into several areas and offers semi-private and more private options (limited by the size of your party). One semi-private area will accommodate a group up to 20 and overlooks the Boise River. Our private back room will seat up to 40 comfortably and our beautiful patio can accommodate up to 80 people. We offer a broad range of menu options and have a full bar, as well as beer and wine. We can tailor a wonderful private dining experience to fit all budgets.
  • Private Party Contact: Chad Cooper, General Manager (208) 938-1900
  • Entertainment: Local talent is highlighted on our beautiful patio overlooking the Boise River. Contact the restaurant for more information regarding scheduled live entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eagle Rd & Rivershore Ln
  • Public Transit: Public transit has stops within a short walk of Bella Aquila.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking surrounds Rivershore Place, the home of Bella Aquila. Turn off of Eagle Road at the signal on Rivershore Lane then left into our parking lot. Some spaces are restricted during daytime hours Monday through Friday.
A word from Bella Aquila
Bella Aquila is a “ristorante romantico” with linens on the tables along with fresh flowers. The most beautiful patio in the entire Treasure Valley overlooks the North branch of the Boise River and is framed by two large rock fountains. Dress up and have a romantic dining experience with your special somebody or have a casual meal with friends or family. Private dining available for groups up to 70 people, inside or out (up to 40 in the private back room). Italian cuisine featuring house made pastas, sauces, breads and desserts prepared with the freshest local products available. Our Menu is a blend of traditional dishes from all over Italy as well as some twists and local flavors. We keep things interesting by offering seasonal, monthly and daily specials to highlight our culinary team’s imagination and skills. Our delicious food is complimented by a wine list that brings some of the best that Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, California and Italy offer.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Our waiter rushed us through dinner from the start. We had told him in advance that we'd like to take it slow since our group of 4 had some catching up to do. His tip would have reflected our 2 hour dinner. There were empty tables around us. The food was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Our drinks, lemon drop and Knob/Coke were a bit weak. The view and relaxed setting is awesome!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My date and I had an awesome evening! As a Boise native, I have eaten at just about every noteworthy restaurant in the area. Bella Aquila is a must for anyone looking for a combination of top notch Italian cuisine in an intimate, patio setting. The service was friendly, knowledgable, and was attentive without bothering us. The appetizer was wonderful & just enough to whet our appetite for the entree. The main course was wonderfully prepared and the helping size was perfect. If there was a disappointing aspect to the meal it was the bread, which for an Italian fine- dining restaurant seemed to be a bit of an afterthought. It was the most comfortable, enjoyable 2+ hour meal I've had in quite some time!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "When we arrived, we were informed that they had just been VERY busy (it wasn't by then). Maybe this is why we sat for 15 min before our waitress came over and apologized but did now know we were her table. We ordered a bottle of wine which didn't come for 30 min. In the mean time, our server dropped an entire tray of entrees (not ours) which landed at my feet. She rushed to the kitchen to have them make new ones. It was over 5 min before anyone came to clean it up. The busboy actually stepped over it. We got our appetiser-calimari, very good (still no wine). Finally, the wine manager brought us the wrong bottle, got that fixed. Our entrees were very good. Waiters do not share tips and it shows. No working together at all."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food and service at Bella were very good. But we particularly enjoyed the quiet experience of the restaurant. So many restaurants in Boise that offer great food are so energetic that it's difficult to have a conversation without raising your voice."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our second visit and it is just not the greatest, I had sole that was iffy. One of us had the eggplant Parmesan and thought it was pretty good. The service and the setting are the best part of this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Surprised and delighted at the beautiful setting and amazing food. (Normally you have one or the other but this "escape" on the river definitely offers both.) We recently moved to Boise and are exploring some of the surrounding cities & restaurants. Bella Aquila is definitely worth the short drive to Eagle. Sunday morning brunch had a good menu from hearty to lighter fare. We ordered crab cakes benedict with real lump crab, excellent sweet potato and smoked chicken hash and bloody marys too! A pastry tray with an assortment of scones, bread pudding and other delectibles was also a lovely start. The restaurant owner, Bill, made it a point to circulate and inquire about the food and LIVE MUSIC for brunch under a sunny umbrella was a treat."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We loved the view of the river, the food, wine list, service, ambiance, relaxing music and upscale feel of Bella. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Despite it being 100 degrees, we sat on the patio and we're comfortable. Service and food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It was all great. Wish we would have had more time."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent service and comfortable atmosphere. We went at 3:30pm which was perfect. Quiet, with excellent shaded patio and view of the river. Would eat here again. Portions aren't big but we like that as you don't leave feeling like you need a wheelchair to get to your car."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went to cebelrate my daughter's graduation from high school. The patio seating was very comfortable and pleasant under the unbrellas and shade trees within view of the Boise River and the green belt. The food was excellent in taste and served hot. The Chicken Picatta entree was excellent as was the Fettuccini Alfredo with the optional chicken breast added. The third entree, the Chicken Risotto was tasty but the portion was dissapointing (5 small chicken strips) and served in a small bowl more akin to Panda Express than a fine restaurant. If the Risotto would have come with seasonal vegetables, like the Picatta did, it might have made up for the lack of meat. I must say for dessert the Creme Brulee is absolutly amazing!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the minute we walked in, this was the best dining experience I've had in a very long time. The food was perfect. Everyone at our table cleaned their plates - we laughed about licking them clean, literally. The service was every bit as good. Loved the bartender. He surprised me with a sample of an Irish whiskey I'd never heard of before. Very smooth. We'll be getting a bottle of it very soon. The outdoor patio is spectacular - we loved the waterfalls and the beautiful views."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice evening with good food and good friends. It was a pleasurable experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I look forward to coming to Boise so I can drive to Eagle and go to dinner at Bella Aquila. I love the suppli and the chicken parm - both consistently amazing. They never disappoint and the service is always great too. Relaxing experience every time I go - thank you!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Our server was excellent! Drinks were always refilled! Food was timely and delicious. Can't wait for next time!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "many great flavors in the food dishes with great service. Not too many places have the owners coming to your table side"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We went to Bella Aquila for a birthday dinner. The place is beautiful and the service and food was spot on. We now have a favorite Italian restaurant! This is as fine Italian cuisine as we have had anywhere, including Washington DC!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love Bella Aquila, I have been there both for lunch and dinner and the food is spectacular !!! I love the outdoor setting , the waterfall, the trees in back. I especially like the white lights, it is so romantic. My Husband has passed, I wish he and I could of gone there together. Please keep up the good work; so many restaurants start out big and through the years start slipping. Please don't. Thank you for having this beautiful place. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I found this place when I was looking for a nice place to have an anniversary super. We were liking for ambiance as well as a good appetizer menu. They delivered."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We dined outdoors. Ambiance very nice. Not noisy. Food, Service, Menu selections were great. We are from Chicago and were visiting. If back to Boise in future we will be back to this establishment. Had opportunity to meet the hosts and (I think) owners who were very pleasant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This has all the earmarks of a family run restaurant where the owners are present and attentive-but not too much to be obtrusive-and the wait staff is professional and genuinely there to give you the best dining experience. The drink menu is thoughtful (more bourbon concoctions please). The wine list is extensive and the menu has a great combination of italian classics and some creative new plates. The atmosphere is elegant but in a low key way. Weather permitting the river side setting is amazing and the dining room makes extensive use of the beautifully treed outdoors with a wall of windows. This place is wonderful value in a beautiful setting. GO! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is lovely; great ambiance, (including great music, they played beautiful opera selections mixed in with soft jazz standards), and GREAT food. The portion sizes are perfect, and everything is delicious. Attentive service, and reasonable prices. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife & I have eaten at Bella Aquila numerous times. I have never had a bad experience. The food and service are excellent and consistently so. The serving staff is always there to make sure everything is to your satisfaction but they do so in such a manner that you never know it happened. The owners are also on the floor saying "Hello" and thanking you for dining with them. If you have the opportunity and the weather permits try dining on the patio."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The place was busy on Mother's day but the food was great and the service was quick. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the quiet, relaxed atmosphere. We had a table by the window. Overall, the mood of the restaurant was elegant yet comfortable. Can't wait for warmer weather to enjoy the patio."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent spot to meet the girls and visit over a glass of wine and chocolate torte "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was ok. The carpaccio was sketchy, which is not what I want with raw beef. Chicken piccata was good. I thought the eggplant was tough. The homemade pasta was the best food we had. A large prom party came in and our waiter pretty much forgot about is after that. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great place for special occasions. When hosting out of town guests or business clients this is a must stop for them. It is always great good selection in both food, drink and desserts. Wait staff is always exceptional!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The service, food, wine, ambience... were excellent!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Four of us at here last Friday and all were very impressed with the food. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary at Bella Aquila and were very pleased with the experience. Our server, Kelly, was outstanding and made our evening a memorable experience. I had the ciappino - which was very good and my wife had the Mediterraneo pasta - which she felt could be toned down a bit because the flavors were too strong. We saw some of the other offerings coming out of the kitchen and we are planning to go back and give it another try. I'm thinking the Seafood Risotto or Fettuccine Bianco will be my next choice."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Excellent brunch menu. We had the stuffed French toast, smoked chicken and sweet potato hash, and lobster scrambled eggs. The food was presented very nicely and everyone loved their dish. The strawberry mimosas with a bunny Peep were a big hit."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Bella Aquila is our favorite dining experience in the entire Valley. The food is fabulous. It is apparent that the owners put their heart and soul into this establishment. They are present at all times and visited our table three times to make sure everything was proper. I ate with smaller bites than usual to make the exquisite flavors last longer. Outstanding attention to detail make Bella Aquila our number one spot to dine. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was so looking forward to taking my granddaughters to dinner for their birthday, it was mentioned it in the comment section of the on-line reservation. To my surprise no mention of their "birthday" from the staff. We started out with a Caesar salad, now I have to say, 1st of all the price was outrageous for what we got, lettuce on a dish with a couple of croutons and if there was dressing on it I couldn't tell you, tasteless sums up the salad. To the main course, each of us was disappointed. Sauces were not very tasty, "plain" is a good word for them and one of the dinners was not even very warm. So, all in all, it was a lot of money to spend to be that disappointed. Next year, we will find another place to go for their birthday."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Such an outstanding location and wonderful,well trained staff. We all enjoyed our lunch there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Bella Aquila was not only the most beautiful designed dining experience i have had, but the food and service was outstanding as well! my hisband and I came in for pur anniversary diner (1st time ever being there) and were blown away from our experience. Our waiter was very friendly and efficient. The food was to die for, and the ambiance was perfect. I am recommending it to all my friends. :)"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent fish special and the Italian dishes were very good. Also took our 6 year old and she enjoyed a small salad and the mac/cheese. It was a nice dining experience for the 4 of us and is a nice restaurant for a romantic dinner as well. Will love the patio when the weather warms up."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been to Bella Aquilla many times before for their wonderful Italian food, but tonight we went for the corned beef. One of the best we've ever had! Who would think an Italian restaurant could serve fantastic corned beef, but they did. A beautiful restaurant with delicious food year round. We love it especially in the summer because of the patio, but now a great place to go on St. Patrick's Day as well."
    Dined on 3/17/2014