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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
  • "This was our second journey to Bella for supper. The service, ambiance and food were all top shelf. I requested an extra ingredient with my pasta and it was as I ordered it. In most restaurants these days the server makes substitutions or additions to a recipe a big deal, not at Bella! This will be our "go to" for italian."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I made the reservation at Bella Aquila at the request of my in-laws. They live and Boise had been wanting to go to the restaurant. I live in Portland Oregon and wanted to take them to a nice restaurant to celebrate my father-in-laws birthday. When making the reservation with OpenTable I added that we were celebrating his birthday. (I did not order him the optional flowers) I thought the restaurant would do something special, I even made a point to mention it to the waitress incase she didn't know about the note in the reservation. I thought they would bring him a little desert with a candle. Not a huge deal, just disappointing. Why ask the question if no action will be taken to help with the celebration."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was a disappointment. Desserts tasted stale. The appetizer bread was hard and tasteless. I had such high hopes."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "It was a dinner to delight the palate that could speak for itself; though the staff seemed a bit not confident of this based upon the constant asking how was everything. Which dampers ones allowance of a romantic evening with one special person and moment shared at that particular place and time. (A celebration of a connection between people, where food is a intimate means of expression of this occurrence). It is much like going into a fine art gallery and a person speaking real loud and/or continuously chattering and not allowing each individual the moment/space to be spoken to by the artwork itself. It is a respect for the art of food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The scallops Christian were the best. Tender and fast in a delicious sauce. Some fun drinks on the menu."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Third time here, not as good as last time. Server did not know much about meats, salads or wines. We asked for organic no-sulfite added wine and manager recommended Frog's Leap, but it's not organic and has added sulfites. They don't have wine that is organic, no sulfites added. Server said salad was mixed greens but it was romaine. She said the cut of meat was not sirloin, but it was, and she said this cut was "closer to the butt." She forgot to bring chocolate sauce with dessert. Tasted like Hershey's out of a bottle. Berries were frozen, not fresh. Manager was not very friendly when we asked when live music was supposed to start. Should have started at 6:30 pm, but we never heard it start until around 7:30 pm. Staff was smoking outside."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Finest Italian food in the Treasure Valley period, there is nothing that can be done to improve this restaurant from the front door to after dinner cocktails."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We recently went to Bella Aquila for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We ate outside and enjoyed the fountains and the trees and the lack of noisy background music that is so common in other restaurants. Our server was sweet and did a great job. However, we were quite disappointed with our meals, especially because of the prices. My husband's shrimp linguine was dry and needed more sauce. He did not enjoy it. My seafood fettuccine had the smallest pieces of seafood in it and was mostly noodles. We probably won't go back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, only one thing could be improved. The Sea Scallops had way too much onion in the sauce. The waitress was excellent. The cheese cake was excellent. Wine list was good. We will return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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