Bella Luna - NYC
Bella Luna - NYC

Bella Luna - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellalunanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128772267
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private upper level seats 30 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Guray Yuksel 2128772267

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 88th & 89th
  • Public Transit: 1,B,C trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Paid public lot on 88th and 89th St
A word from Bella Luna - NYC
Bella Luna open since 1988 is a friendly neighborhood restaurant offering quality Northern Italian fare in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
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Bella Luna - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (13)special occasion (8)romantic (7)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (5)fit for foodies (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food good value
    Noodles
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wanted local Italian. Food was good had shrimp with linguini. Prices were reasonable would go back. Didn't love our waiter but so it goes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    Raymage
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What can I say? We loved it at Bella Luna! We arrived and were seated immediately. The staff was attentive, very courteous and appreciative. The food was absolutely delicious. I Will recommend to others and will visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I always keep coming back! This was the first business meeting I had at the restaurant and it was perfect. I really appreciate how the wait staff knows when you are in the middle of an important conversation and when it is OK to interrupt. It's really the little details like that why I keep coming back... and the food of course.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Having just moved to the upper west side and having an open table credit coupon, we were going the pot luck route. We tried Bella Luna and were not disappointed by the food or the service. This is a basic but strong neighborhood Italian go to restaurant. Nothing frilly about it and maybe a bit tired on the decor side, but you won't leave hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent By UWS Standards
    KappaxVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, OK dessert, great service but nothing outstanding. Its a good restaurant by UWS standards.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have dined at Bella Luna for a lot of years. Unfortunately, our experience last evening was disappointing. Both our main courses were tasteless. And, not to their usual standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have always enjoyed Bella Luna
    TampaDave
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a great evening at Bella Luna. The menu includes many favourites and creative nightly specials at a very good price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So great
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent as always. Was there for brunch but had the pollo salad which never disappoints. Those mushrooms! yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joeygVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Candyce is the best bartender and makes you feel at home always!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Great Food
    NYCRockerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is the probably the 12th or 13th time I've been to Bella Luna (my family only lives 3 blocks away) and all I can say is the store is consistent. Not any better, not any worse. Same great food, same great service. Three things I have issue with: 1. Restaurant layout is important and Bella Luna could use a re-design to minimize noise from the bar in the dining area. I also find the split-level seating plan a bit distracting and potentially dangerous for older customers. 2. No kids menu. Bella Luna serves Italian food, How hard is it to portion out pasta & meatballs or chicken dishes for a smaller appetite? C'mon guys. 2014. People dine out with their children. 3. Poor hostess stand, Looks cheap and poorly situated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Luna Is A Community Treasure
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Locals repeatedly dine at Bella Luna because of its consistently good food, friendly welcoming service and reasonable prices. Its $10 pasta dishes and lunch specials are particular bargains. A light dinner of cold vegetable antipasti for two, beef carpaccio with salad and shaved cheese, one drink and two espresso cost $42. My older guest and I enjoyed everything about this pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch!
    Westsider
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Always great. Food, service and ambience...it has it all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice & Reasonable
    Dlkdance94VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Mussels appetizers very good. Fresh and nice sauce with wine and fresh basil. our pastas were good but nothing to write home about. Prices are excellent! Can get a price fixe including dessert for under $20! Nice service and wonderful outdoor seating for nice weather.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terri
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    As always, all aspects met expectations. This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. The Rigatone a la Norma is excellent - a dish I frequently order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaddogVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Very good neighborhood Italian at very reasonable prices. No ambiance but consistently good food and attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Westsider
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food, service, prices and ambience continue to make this a great find. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 384 reviews are from the Bella Luna - NYC reviews archive.
  • service
    foodiedoody
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great service and cozy ambience. They have a lunch menu with a wide variety of pastas. Also, the salmon is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better option than Gennaro's?
    AlwaysUpperWest
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Is that Blasphemy? I know Gennaro's has been around for years. But so has Bella Luna. Gennaro's had/has a reputation for an excellent meal, with amazing prices. And my meals there ARE always fabulous. But a family meal can certainly add up. Bella Luna... I don't think it has a reputation. But for an Italian restaurant that has been in the same location for at least 20 years... it deserves high praise (and they take credit cards!) While Gennaro's is fabulous... if you don't get there prior to 6:00pm, you may be out of luck for a table. And they pack you in. At Bella Luna, it's a very civilized dining experience. The staff is very friendly (although service was a little slow) when we were there Sunday night. We'll be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual.
    nativeNY
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I have been going to this restaurant at least three times a month for the past five years. The ambience is great. The service is excellent. At this point, we know almost everyone. However, the food seems to have dipped in quality lately. I had heard that the chef of 20 years or so hadleft a few months ago, but if the restaurant wants to stay relevant, they are going to have to revisit the recipes or the new chef's ability to cook them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delish!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent food and service! Did not feel rushed and it was Mother's Day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    JimDVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The restaurant is attractive. The greeting was ok. The table was just ok. The service was a bit slow. I asked for red pepper twice and it never came. The food was not terrible but watery pasta at an Italian restaurant should never happen. The bill was fine. What can I say. There are many better Italian restaurants to choose from.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    wslaura
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The ambience is nice, and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The salad misto was good. I had the shrimp scampi which was good, but I thought the portion was a bit small, but, then again, the price was quite reasonable. This is one of my go-to places when I want a nice meal, and where the noise level is low.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ISPROUDVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner sitting outside on Columbus Ave.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Luna
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I have been here many times & the food is always excellent. The prices are reasonable & they have a great $19.99 special w/ 3 courses appetizer, main course & desert, with quite a few selections, not just one or two. Worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mumsy12345
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have been going to Bella Luna for years but hadn't been recently. Took my grown kids the other night and was disappointed in the below average VERY garlicky pastas. Are they using that precut garlic from a jar???? Bruschetta and salads good, service was quite good, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Easter Brunch
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went there with friends for Easter brunch and sat outside. Looks like they got new tables for the patio. We ordered from their brunch menu: pesto sandwich, spinach omelette and the special of the day salmon omelette. I myself had the pesto sandwich and it was delish. Paired it up with a glass of Amaretto on the rocks and my friends took advantage of their 2x1 mimosas. We all shared a tartufo dessert to end our marvelous experience. This place never disappoints. Our waiter Diego was also super attentive and seemed happy to be there (which is a plus on such a busy day). David the manager (who kind of looks like Chris Kattan ha!) was also doing rounds and making sure everything was satisfactory. Will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner.
    1pricesavvymom
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My son,husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bella Luna. Food is consistently good.. My son had the rigatoni wi/ eggplant, tomato sauce w/ ricotta cheese. I had the meatball & spaghetti prix fixe meal @ $20. My husband had the sea bass specialwhich was also prix fixxe but $5 more. The prix fixe has choice of soup, salad, or appetizer with entree and gelato for dessert.. I told the waiter that my son turned 13 that day. Even tho my son did not order the prix fixe meal (rigatono only $10 ) he got a double scoop of his favorite flavor, hazelnut.w/ candle on top .What a nice surprise! The service and food are very good, is inexpensive and the restaurant is big enough to accommodate a big group as well as intimate dinning.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I was looking forward to Bella Luna- it was a dinner for our anniversary and it had gotten some pretty good reviews. We weren't impressed with the service or the food. Overall, it was okay. Don't think we will go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Dependable
    Westsider
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This restaurant continues to be one of the most reasonable with incredible pre-fix offerings, excellent service, good food and lovely ambience. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Fiona
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Nice "girls night" spot. Food, wine, service were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Italiano!
    Henryp
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great neighborhood dinning complete with excellent, attentive service. My date and I were there for hours and not once did we feel they wanted to turn the table. We were offered a standard menu as well as a price fixed menu. The Price fixed menu, which we both chose, provided plenty of choices and really good portions. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Wednesday evenings (which this was) wine by the bottle is half priced, how can you go wrong. A good place to have a good dinning experience without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the restaurant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We love the restaurant and have been coming here for years. Everyone is so friendly and the food is incredible!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very friendly service,
    visitingnewyork
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Good food, very friendly service, prompt and accommodating of special requests
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Always a good experience and consistently good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Great Italian
    Bwaybb
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    So glad we decided to try this one. The food was delicious. Pasta sauces were amazing. My veal piccata was not the best, but I forgive them because the rest of the meal was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great surprise
    Nancy
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I had to find a last minute place to meet a group of friends for lunch. Since I knew that no one wanted to stand on one of the endless brunch lines, I tried to find something different. Bella Luna had a brunch menu, but their regular menu looked great and reasonable. Throughout the meal, people said, " Wow, this food is wonderful,", or " It's so nice that you can hear each other in here.", or "The waiter is so nice." We had a great bottle of wine, shared a dessert, and the bill for the four of us was about $85.00. Without the wine, we would have been looking at about a $55 bill for the four of us including a nice tip. I will definitely be back, often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What I was looking for
    Traveljunkie
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I was looking for a good and reasonably priced restaurant to eat my favorite dish - veal piccata - in the Upper West Side. Wasn't in the mood to venture to Little Italy, Lower East side or crazy midtown. The service was outstanding and the veal was everything I expected it to be. Will definitely stop by here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    dispalar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I found this restaurant on Valentine's Day and it was perfect. It's a small, quaint restaurant. We were very comfortable and the food was amazing. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, as always
    Michelle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Bella Luna has been my and my husband's special place for years. Usually you don't have to make a reservation, but because it was Valentine's Day, I wanted to make sure we got a table. I made my reservations through opentable, however due to a computer glitch, they did not have our reservation. Because we are regulars and I had my email confirmation, we were assured that we would get a table. We waited maybe 10 minutes. Management and staff were great. They apologized for the inconvenience, they entertained our 16 month old and she entertained them as well. The food was delicious and I enjoyed the special "for her" Valentine's drink. Thanks to David for sitting us down so quickly and to Tim, the waiter we always ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    DiscerningOne
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Waitstaff was friendly. Food was good. Nice ambience. Def a decent little date-night place. The best part was the prices: $10 for a bowl of tasty pasta with fresh mozzarella and very good sauce. Dinner for two with one shared appetizer was $31. Can't beat that. Quibbles: bread with dinner would have been better had it been warmed up, and even better had they given us some olive oil to dip it in. We didn't drink, so we can't comment on wine/drinks. Overall, thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.