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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
  • "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
  • "We both totally enjoyed our meal at Bella Aquila. While we made a reservation for a Sunday evening (early), we didn't need one as we decided to take advantage of the mild weather and eat on the patio where we were the only individuals dining. Food was totally fantastic, as well as the service. Meal was pricey, but considering the event, it was worth it!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Xcellent as For of us had each a different entree and salad. I especially liked that the menu was diverse, interesting and not the same ole same ole. The presentation, quality and taste of all our food was exceptional. Their wine list as their martinis. Also we were not r ushed o"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wine was phenomenal, but I had to question whether my chicken was actually chicken. The noodles treated homemade though, so I appreciated that!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Restaurant has great food and friendly staff. I'm sure that what has kept them open for 5 years. The only thing I didn't like was the seating in the dining area too rigid."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner with you all. It was a brood experience - that's better then good. It was brood!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We had early reservations that i needed to change, so i called in and moved the time. The man was friendly and there didn't seem to be a problem. When we arrived the woman at the desk was absolutely flustered, she made us wait and then told us we needed to be finished by 6:00. The food was good, not great, but the mood and dining experience was ruined."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The girlfriend and I went here for Valentine's and it was just simply amazing! From the delicious complimentary bread to the succulent calamari appetizer and the main courses of Vitello Saltimbocca and the Black and Blue Ribeye! We did not get a chance to have dessert but I am sure it would not have disappointed either. There was only one white moscato on the wine list but considering how amazing it is I'm not sure you need many more options. This restaurant is not cheap by any means but you surely are paying for quality food, service, wine and a quaint romantic location."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had our first experience at Bella Aquila on valentines day. For such a busy night, on a weekend and a holiday, the service was exceptional. I'm sure it would've been anyway, but particularly impressed on this night! The wine was excellent, the food superb and very attentive wait staff. Even the owner made an appearance and saw that we were well taken care of. Bravo!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "After having a wait even with a reservation, we were seated and had fabulous service, amazing food and can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love this place. Outstanding food,awesome winelist, and a first rate staff!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, food & view were great and service commendable considering it was Valentines Day! Wine list always makes it difficult to choose, so many nice options! In Summer, the outdoor dining and view are even better from the patio, can't wait to go back when it's warm!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As a regular the restraint was truly saturated. Although well staffed, the crowd seated saturated the staff. Some results were slow service, (wine through the food) and two of four meals delivered were overcooked. The latter situation being very unusual for Bella Aquila. We will continue to frequent the restraint but will make a point to avoid the super crowed holiday's. Physical plant cannot handle it or they could drop a few tables and that may help."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we had higher hopes based upon reviews noted, Not that we are "experts" in dining out but after many years of enjoying various experiences, I would have to say that the quality was lacking but not the presentation. I ordered veal that was difficult to cut so to savor the meal was difficult. the sauces, although authentic, were too pervasive and left little for tasting of the sea food included. It was, to be fair, the evening before Valentines day and the house was "packed" but I think that many of the items were "pre-prepared rather than fresh. the overall experience was somewhat disappointing and similar to Olive Garden,not that we go there very often, in quality. Darn, we wanted more."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "All around very food, great for outdoor dining when the weather is warm. Love the bread and spread!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "A fit atmosphere for a wonderful intimate family dinner with my hubby and lovely daughter Tasha---who is quite the food critic. Everything went well all the way to the dessert---their tiramisu was excellent! We each had something new and all the dishes were prepared beautifully...the service was excellent. Will definitely be coming back...and inviting others to join us!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had high hopes for this place based on its appearance and price. Unfortunately, the gnocchi was oversalted as to be inedible and the linguine was not only cooked way past al dente, but tasted like it had been left in water to become really starchy. Even the garlic bread was unpleasant. The fact that we left most of the food on the plate should have been a clue that we did not find the food delicious, but the wait staff didn't blink an eye when we refused the offer to box our food and just cleared our table. If you're looking for someplace romantic, the ambiance was nice with beautiful views of the river. It was quite noisy however. While the restaurant has different areas sectioned off, most diners were seated in one small section."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great food, great selections, great service. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Fine food and service. Relaxing atmosphere without loud music, kids or commotion. An ideal place for grownups to go for conversation and enjoying the person or people they are with."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Bella Aquila is the place to go. I have taken many visiting "dignitaries" and business associates to lunch and dinner at this restaurant and they have never failed to impress my guests."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We made our reservation early, yet we were seated in a high traffic area of the resturaunt when the place was empty. We noted that the occasion was for a birthday and they didn't even acknowledge the request. The waiter was unfamiliar with the menu and chose to argue about my order. I had to show him personally, then he was rude about the situation. We have had several great experiences at this resturaunt. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident. I have seen this happen at other establishments that are no longer in business."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My wife and I came for our anniversary and had a great dining experience. The food was excellent and the service was great."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Was my daughter's first visit on her Birthday. Great experience. The food was fantastic and my coffee cup was kept filled. Very professional staff. I will pass the word about the experience and food. Thanks so much!!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent! Great New Years Eve dinner. Really appreicated the gluten free pasta dish, tasted better than the real thing. Highly recommend this resturant. Great for lunch too."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had an amazing dinner. Great food and service. Loved the view and nice ambiance. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love the restaurant every time we dine there. The only thing we would like to see are some dishes that aren't quite so rich with sauces. The service is wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The quality of the food wasnt amazing. I was a little disappointed in my pasta and my fiance was disappointed in his meal as well. The appetizer was better than the main course, but not worth the money it cost. I order a caprese salad and it tasted just like the one i can get at shari's. We ordered two desserts and they were up to par, but again... not amazing."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "From food to service to atmosphere, everything was excellent."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Went for our anniversary and has never been before. It was very romantic and great food. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Can feel as if we are dining in local restaurant in Italy"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "My husband and I had our anniversary dinner at Bella Aquilar. We love the ambiance because the restaurant is dark and romantic. Furthermore we are not subjected to the what is going on in the kitchen. My husband and I were able to focus on each other. The waitress is was attentive without being over bearing. Our food was delicious and the pace our food came out allowed us to finish each course without piling up on us."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Went there for a date with my wife. First time visitor. Great drink selection. Excellent Italian fare - had several pasta dishes, seafood was excellent. Tiramissu was awesome. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I've never had a server tell me that they had forgotten about me because it was a slow night before. My glass of wine was brought promptly soon after I sat down and ordered it, but then the wait began. I must have waited for almost half an hour until the server arrived to tell me she'd forgotten about me. The food was fair, gummy pasta that looked homemade, but was not very good. The chicken parmigiana was fairly good. I was here for a couple of weeks from the San Francisco area and wanted to like this restaurant so that I could have some good Italian food. It may have just been a bad night for the chef and the server. I'll try it again when I'm back here in a couple of weeks and give an update if things go better. Fingers crossed."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Bella Aquila knows how to make you feel instantly at home and provides attentive but not intrusive service with excellent food, beautifully presented. Everything is just right...perfection!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Dinner and desert as great, along with the wine list, a must when in Eagle. Walking distance from the Hilton hotel and St. Al's"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I had the blackened salmon amd it was superb. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the spinach was divine."
    Dined on 11/20/2013