Bella Brava
Bella Brava
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Bella Brava

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellabrava.com/
  • Phone: (727) 895-5515
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Saturday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 5 PM
    Monday-Thursday: Dinner 5 PM - 10 PM
    Friday & Saturday: Dinner 5 PM - 11 PM
    Sundays: Dinner 3 PM - 9 PM.
    Happy Hour All Day Every Day until 7 PM.
    Open early on Sunday holidays with full dinner menu plus holiday specials.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: 5 HDTV's, including sports package

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Ave NE
  • Public Transit: Looper Trolley Stop 4, Museum of Fine Arts, Beach Dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking 5 pm to close every evening. Ample on-street parking available.
A word from Bella Brava
BellaBrava, New World Trattoria, blends urban lifestyle with new Italian cooking. With pasta, fish and meat dishes from Northern Italy to Rome, thin-crust pizzas, and an extensive wine, beer & specialty cocktail list, BellaBrava reminds you of the Italy you know, or wish you did. Outdoor dining and dog-friendly. Reservations accepted.
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Bella Brava reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2011
    The food and service were good. The atmosphere was over the top noisey, we had a large party seated next to us that did not (or care to) realize how loud they were. When the group left the other customers actually applauded. The servers even looked perturbed in dealing with this group. I will definately try it again but annoying first experience.
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  • Their pizzas are outstanding!
    lovingtheED
    Dined on 7/9/2011
    Their pizzas are outstanding! Wine options are good as well.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Don't miss this Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Our department ate there for my birthday luncheon. Everyone without exception had a great (not good but great!) meal there. Every dish was superb! You have the best burgers I've ever tasted and that's from coast to coast (west to east coast). Will defintely be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The signature items were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2011
    The signature items were excellent. Also, highly recommend the potato gnocci!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I made a trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2011
    My wife and I made a trip from Bradenton to Tropicana Field into a date night by dining at Bella Brava before the game. The food was tasty and the service was quite good. Our server, Rissa, was friendly and attentive. We'll be back.
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  • Meh. I found the recipes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    Meh. I found the recipes to be innovative, but the food to be merely adequate. The free bread at the beginning was awful--stale. My sister and brother liked their dishes, but I thought mine was flavorless. I think there are better options in the area, but the location will guarantee business for a long time.
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  • Bella Brava is a hotspot in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    Bella Brava is a hotspot in St Pete that continues to impress me as a good place to begin an evening out in the town. From complimentary valet, to being courteous about keeping reservations made (even if we were about 15 mins late), to delicious drinks, and hearty food (the solo pizzas were not meant to be eaten solo). Service is personal and the vibe is great. Will definitely come back there again to start a night out in St Pete on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went there for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    We went there for a birthday occasion and wrote that on the notes section when we made the reservations. The hostess asked me who was the birthday person. The waiter double checked with me on who's birthday it was. At the end of dinner the waiter asked if i would be ok if he picked the dessert for the birthday lady and put a candle on top. I said sure. Five minutes later the waiter came back and said sorry we don't do anything for birthdays. The food was good, the service was good, the noise was very loud. DO NOT GO there for special occasions!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was my son's birthday,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2011
    It was my son's birthday, which I wrote about when I made a reservation. I also asked for an outside table. When we arrived, the girls at reception were CLUELESS! No outside table ready, and the bar was deafening. Horrible. So loud I had to cover my ears. We didn't want to wait for outside table (even tho we had res, none were available) so were led to "quietest" part of restaurant. Still had to yell to be heard. Hostess was bland, unwelcoming, and I told her it was my son's birthday. She said she would tell our server. Well, she of course didn't. I had to blurt it out at end of meal. Our server was very good. But overall, 2 missed opportunities for my birthday boy. Requests in past were honored.
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  • Had a wonderful first visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2011
    Had a wonderful first visit. Had my 7 month old and sat outside so if he got loud wouldn't bother too many. Food was wonderful and a good time was had by all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great locally owned spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2011
    Great locally owned spot. Love the pizzas. Great seafood and pasta as well. Plenty of wine options and creative mixed drinks. Good beer but limited selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable. Food was
    RonnyB
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    Very enjoyable. Food was priced right and delicious. A great find!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing, best yellow
    Jasper
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    Food was amazing, best yellow fin tuna I have ever had, crab cakes and ahi tuna carpacchio were fantastic appetizers as well. Overall great experience and location is perfect, I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our entrees sat under a warming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2011
    Our entrees sat under a warming lamp for too long before it was brought to our table. The dishes were therefore dry and overcooked. Not up to the usual standards of Bella Brava. When we complained they did compensate with us with a complimentary dessert that was fabulous. The appetizer was also delicious. The problem seems to have been one of co-ordination.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Food and service were great
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    Food and service were great and very much up to my expectations in all aspects. Will visit this restaurant again when I am in the Tampa area.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good experience, would return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    We had a great time at Bella Brava. Nice atmosphere. It was rather loud, so don't expect a quiet romantic spot if that's what you are looking for. My husband got the lasagna which was just OK, I didnt care for the flavoring of the marnara. My dish was great, and we both ended up sharing it ( definitely big enough to share. Drinks were pricey, but that's to be expected. I was glad we made reservations it was a packed Saturday night and we were seated right away! Overall it was good, and I would return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in St. Pete!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2011
    Love this place. Great food, great drinks, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The grilled veggie side dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    The grilled veggie side dish I had w/the Mahi was a little disappointing, very small portion and a little over cooked.The description of the dish/Entree on the menu was BETTER than the actual cooked meal. However, the service and beverages were wonderful! The atmosphere is welcoming and have a friendly staff. In the past, I have been there during lunch, and enjoyed the meal I had then. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must Go to Bella Brava!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Took Mom and my family for Mothers Day. Food and drinks, (especially the Mojitos)were really great. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will return for sure and recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Service a bit too slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Good place. Food was creative and tasty. Service was slow...but it was mothers day so I understood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A new Mother's Day tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    My daughters and I took my wife and mother in law to Bella Brava for Sunday brunch. We were impressed by the new location as well as the excellent service. It was a busy brunch day but the management seemed to be right on top of the situation and no one was waiting for food or service. Our server was outstanding and it made for a great Mother's day meal. The brunch specials were tasty, the desserts were wonderful and my only negative observation was that my meal was slightly less than hot but no one else at the table had a similar complaint. Well done by a fine St Pete restaurant with a great location.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Busy night, so very glad we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    Busy night, so very glad we had a reservation. Food was really good and prices reasonable. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    We had an excellent dining experience at Bella Brava. Abby, our waitress, timed our meal perfectly to enable us to enjoy a relaxed pre-theater dinner. Very accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Somewhat Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    Food was very good. New menu while good does not have as good of a selection as the old menu that this restaurant had in it's old location. Bella Brava used to be our favorite special occassasion choice but no longer. This new location is not the romantic setting the old location had either. We will go back again to Bella Brava but not with the excitement and special feel we used to have. We had to wait for some time for a server to come to our table and had to ask a passing hostess to find us a server. A server finally approached us to appologize and tell us he didn't know who was supposed to be our server. We asked him to take our order and he did. A manager came by to also appologize and handled the situation appropriately.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we would eat here again and again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    love this place! we ate here all three nights while we were in town. the new space is great - ample outdoor and indoor seating with clean modern decor. we were a bit late but the table was ready and we were seated promptly upon arrival. all of our servers were very attentive, helpful and friendly. the food was fresh, delicious and well priced. there is something for everyone from vegetarians to meat lovers. they have a large menu filled with staples such as spaghetti and meatballs to more unique eats like gorgonzola fonduta. they also accommodated our special request. we ate at a few other places in the area in the same price range and you just can't compare. eat here, you wont be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal, Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    Excellent Meal, Very good Service...Made special order brunch meal for children...You will enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter brunch had a limited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    Easter brunch had a limited menu, but the French toast was spot on w/figs and marscapone. The only comment I have is that the wait staff needs to be trained on the correct pronunciation of all items on menu, when making reservation and ordering the servers did not know selections and we had an ex pat Italian guest who tried to correct but was not well received. The pizza was fabulous!
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  • I eat here often! I absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    I eat here often! I absolutely love their different flat-bread pizzas, especially the "Toscana." This is a great quick lunch place if your working nearby or if you are going out on the town for dinner. During the evening they switch from the lunch menu to the dinner menu which has larger portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    This was our first time at Bella brava, I have already made reservations to go back! The food was great, from the apps, to the meal! We were to stuffed to try dessert, but plan to try it next time we go! I usually do not like or eat Italian food out because I know I can make it better at home, but bella brava gave ne something to compete with!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Many of my friends had been
    pandb2
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    Many of my friends had been to the previous location. This was a first for me at either. I found the prices to be very reasonable, the selection good, and the service very good. We all had different items off the menu. Each of us were pleased. However, it is a noisy place. I wouldn't want to have a business or romantic mean here. Otherwise, I liked it and the place was hopping.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had requested an outdoor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/22/2011
    I had requested an outdoor table in my Open Table reservations...upon arrival I was notified by the staff that outside tables were first come, first serve...suggest adding this note to the Open Table reservation system. However,our table inside was ready upon arrival.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoy our meals. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2011
    Always enjoy our meals. I have brought many people with me, all have shared my opinion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Best restaurant downtown,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Best restaurant downtown, even better than when it was at previous location. Food is excellent, service right on time, with knowlegeable and professional wait staff. Dishes and wine have some unusual but tempting offerings. Great place to bring out-of-town guests or for just anybody who loves good food in a superb location!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would not rush back. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    would not rush back. Food was fair, noise was very loud, tables are tight. Cost was more than it was worth
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  • Bella Brava has been my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    Bella Brava has been my favorite restaurant for years, tracing back to their old location. The new location is always packed now, a big negative. They have a great happy hour wine special til 7p that includes 1/2 off glasses of a very delicious house chianti.If you have a reservation, they enforce the 15 minute hold rule ruthlessly. If you are not there within 15 minutes of your reservation time you will be bumped and placed on a waiting list. On my visit, this occured because we were 20 minutes late. We were notified via text messages of our tables status, and we were able to be seated within 15 minutes. The restaurant offers free valet parking,which is a wonderful service especially since the downtown St Pete area hosts many events
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    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bella has a great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    Bella has a great location and great food! It is a can't miss. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    What a great expreience and wonderful atmosphere combined with excellent service topped off our evening!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the dish I had. Their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    Loved the dish I had. Their web site is down or I would pull it up but it was fish and artichokes and something. LOVED it.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, a great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2011
    Overall, a great experience. It was our (my fiance and I) second time eating at Bella Brava. The first time she ordered the scallops and they were fantastic. This time the scallops she had were average and the portions were smaller. I ordered the rigatoni and loved it. Great price for everything as well.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Brava is a great place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2011
    Bella Brava is a great place. Everyone in our group ordered something different and everyone enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate