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Bella Luna Restaurant
Bella Luna Restaurant

Bella Luna Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellalunacincy.com
  • Phone: (513) 871-5862
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday & Sunday: 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Gulisano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • 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, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a private room that will accommodate up to 36. We specialize in rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Entertainment: Friday Nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the Bluebirds. A blend of jazz, standards and blues.

    Live music every weekend.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine every Wednesday during our Wine Down Wednesday events. Bella Luna frequently offers special events such as Wine, Women & Song, the perfect girl's night out, and Pizza & A Pitcher, where guests enjoy a delicious Bella Luna 16-inch pizza with two toppings and their choice of either a pitcher of one of our craft beers or a carafe of Italian red wine for just $27.50 every Friday and Saturday night.

    Now offering Harry's Hellsapoppin Happy Hour Tuesday through Sunday. Join each day for specials on appetizers and drinks, 4:30 to 7:00, bar area only.

    90 Point Happy Hour, available on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Four wines that have scored 90 points or higher will be offered by the glass. The wines will change based on availability and will be offered in the bar area only. Try something new!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beechmont
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot
A word from Bella Luna Restaurant
Tired of the same old cookie cutter restaurant? Bella Luna is fun, funky and eclectic! Choose from one of four unique dining rooms, sample authentic Italian dishes made from family recipes, check out the unique wine program and make sure to save room for dessert! The Bread Pudding with Amaretto Butter Sauce has won the prestigious Best of Taste Award at the Taste of Cincinnati! Owner Harry Stephens greets you at the table and will tell you about the menu and his family. Need a space for a party or meeting? Bella Luna can provide both the space and service for your event. Enjoy great hand tossed New York Style Pizza, give this great pie a try! Come to Bella Luna a stranger, leave as part of the family!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We not only had one of the best Italian meals ever, we had a great time talking with the owners and finding out a little of the history of the restaurant. If we come back tyhrough the area again, this will be a must stop for us."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our anniversary and first time there. The Hostess and staff all wished us Happy Anniversary and gave us a Thank You card with handwritten sentiments inside. Probably the most friendly and attentive service I have ever had at any restaurant. Was very impressed. The food was great. I was a little put off by the Hostess wearing jeans and casual button down shirt -unusual in most restaurants with a hostess - it took away from the first impression of a nice restaurant. The rest of the staff had all black on."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I are in our early 40's, so young enough to remember solid service standards, but too young to have experienced personalized service like this where you're treated like family. They think of everything, things are automatic, you don't have to ask, and the entire staff treats you as if you are their guest, not just your server. And the food... The FOOD, well, nothing short of delicious. From scratch with fresh ingredients and such flavors, wow, just WOW. GREAT prices for the quality too. We are just sad we don't actually live in Cincinnati (my in-laws do though, so we can come back!), because if we did we'd make dinner at Bella Luna a regular event. If I could I'd give them 6 stars."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The deal that I got from Groupon helped to make this happen for me and my partner to celebrate our anniversary together. Great wine list, servers are attentive without being over bearing, more than just Italian food to choose from. The owner and his wife are very engaged with their customers and I saw them working right along side their staff members. My partner and I were pleasantly surprised when the owner came over and gave us a gift certificate for a return visit since he found out we were celebrating our anniversary there."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My nephew recommend Bella Luna to us for our 21st Anniversary. The food and service was fantastic. The waitress was attentive and helpful at all times. We live in Oxford Ohio and it take us a hour to go to Bella Luna. It was worth the ride and we will be returning soon. We loved it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. We started at the bar with appetizers, drinks and live music. Then moved to our seats with an amazing waitress who gave excellent suggestions and shared the summer menu. We tried the chilled Brussels sprouts, Atlantic cod and mushroom ravioli and finished with the dessert trio (bread pudding, cannoli and tarimisu). The owner came by every table to check on things and was very nice. A visit with the whole family is next."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "From the moment we were greeted by the owner, the hostess and the bartenders - to the time we left - the staff and owner at Bella Luna made sure we felt special and welcome. The food was delicious and we loved the mystery wine bucket and the fact that our leftover wine could be corked and bagged to take home! As I had mentioned on my reservation via Open Table that we were celebrating our 26th anniversary, the staff gave us a wonderful booth - a great table location. We will go back and take our friends and family."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Bella Luna is a nice place to go for Italian Fare. Comfortable - not stuffy. Food and service are good and you are not rushed. A place to go with friends."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Don't know why we waited so long, was great find! Food, atmosphere and servers were excellent"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I grew up in Boston and move to Cinci awhile back so I feel I know Italian Food. The food is very good and you have many options. In particular Bella Luna allows a number of choice for gravy (sauce) with their pasta. The pasta was prepared well. The other options my girlfriend enjoyed were very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went there for dinner to celebrate my 50th birthday and our daughters engagement. The food and drinks were excellent and the service very attentive. Harry stopped by to give us his best wishes and made us feel special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten here for the past two years for our anniversary. The staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable. They have bands come in on various nights. The owners are completely delightful; we met Harry last year and his wife, Gay, on our recent visit. THey even allowed us to bring in special wine glasses for our celebration. Highly recommend this to anyone."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Harry and the crew are always welcoming and the experience is always top notch. Our favorite place!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Had dinner Sunday night and all I can say is great! Great food, super service! Our waitress (can't recall her name) was excellent! She knew the menu inside-out. Very attentive even with her "rookie" waitress in tow. If you haven't tried Bella you should."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Bella Luna is our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. The atmosphere is welcoming and intimate so it's perfect for a romantic dinner. At the same time, it's also perfect for a large gathering. This night my husband and I were celebrating his birthday. I can't imagine going anywhere else. And the bread pudding...best you'll ever eat! Every time I see Harry I try to get the recipe but he's not giving it up so until I figure it out, I'll just leave the cooking to the expert!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was outstanding and the service from Leandra, our server, was AMAZING. She was professional, passionate, and very helpful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Bella Luna's for the first time. We both ordered the crab and lobster ravioli. The food was excellent, much better than the chains. We will return to try some of the other menu selections. We liked the Wednesday night 1/2 price wine when you buy a bottle. The ST-Michelle Riesling was excellent. Service was on the slow side. Atmosphere was modest. You had privacy at your booth. Overall nice setup."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "They have great food and awesome desserts (bread pudding is about the best any where) however it is a little pricey and they have a horrible way of showing you the checks. Very confusing ... I wanted one wine but got a sparkling wine - it was ok but would have liked the regular wine. Also they added on a 20% gratuity and did not tell us for our party of 8 and I thought that was not right - we leave a tip on how good our server is and sometimes it is way over 20% and sometimes way under. But that should be our choice."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "As always we had a great meal. We took the whole family including Grammie, and all had great food! A little noisy with tables pretty close together but highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had made reservations and requested a booth. When we arrived we were seated immediately and our request was honored! All staff were friendly and our server was very attentive and did not rush us. Our food was very flavorful and prices reasonable. We love coming to Bella Luna because we can always expect a relaxing dinner, great atmosphere, and good food!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We sat outside, so we didn't experience the indoor atmosphere. We ate dinner, so I can't speak for the brunch options, or the alcoholic beverage options (I'm under 21), but a friend and I noticed this nice-looking Italian place close to Lunken Airport, where were right before dinner, and made reservations. Although we were early for them, we were seated right away. Everyone was very friendly and willing to help. We split an appetizer -- the Mozzarella in Carrozza -- which was delicious (the sauce was so flavorful!), each got an entree (I got the ravioli with the Puttanesca sauce, which I highly recommend), and split the chocolate cake. It was delicious, but huge and rich so we finished less than half of it, but took the rest home."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I made a reservation, and I was told that I would have to wait until my reservation time. When I said that I had a time limit, I was taken back to my table. When taken to my table, there was a room full of empty tables. I found this unacceptable. I'll never go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The waitress was very nice & helpful. The owner stopped by and everyone was friendly. The food was great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food at Bella Luna is consistently outstanding. This is a go-to restaurant, especially for special occasions. Save room for the bread pudding!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Bella Luna! The service was fantastic, the mystery red wine bucket was fun, and the food was great. Not sure if some would count this as super authentic Italian, but it was delicious and they had some fun spins on standard Italian dishes. The desserts were amazing! I definitely recommend this place and will go back again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is one of our absolute fav restaurants. The ambience reminds us of our trip to italy. The food is always tasty"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "we visited for the first time last weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and have recommended it to our friends and co-workers."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We first discovered Bella Luna on a gift card, & have been back many times since! Usually the food is amazing, tonite it was not!! The entrees were like warm, the seafood canlloni was bland, and the usually stellar osso buco was average! I'm gonna chalk it up to either a chef change or us dining there during the taste of cincy, but if you are overextended participating in the event, maybe run limited menu in restaurant? Just hate to see our food experience be anyone else's first!! However the lone bright spot was Kelsey who was spot on with drink reccomedations & appetizer selections, along with being incredibly hospitable!!!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went for our 7 year wedding anniversary, booked via open table 2 weeks in advance. Arrived and were seated in middle of everything at small two person table. Asked to be moved but were told we should have made a special request for seating in advance and we could not move. The waitress took about 15 mins to get our wine open and water on the table. Food came in decent time, but my Chicken Parmesan was terrible. The chicken was sliced into pieces barely noticeable, think lunch meat, at first I thought they had accidentally given me egg plant parmesan. Needless to to say I doubt we will ever go back, esp not for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. Neither of us had ever been, but I have driven by a million times thinking I wanted to try it. We had reservations and were seated right away. We got a little table in the corner that was private but not too secluded from everything else. It was perfect. Our server was fantastic. She told us about the history of the restaurant and knew the menu very well. She had suggestions but wasn't pushy. Our food was great. We started with bruchetta which was fantastic, although seemed a little pricey. $10 for 4 pieces. Our meals were both great. And we ended with tiramisu which was amazing. The decor is eclectic and fun. The owner made his rounds asking how everything was, which was nice. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always great service and good food. Serving sizes are enough but not overwhelming or chinzy. Eclectic and comfortable atmosphere. Super excited that they opened a lot across the street, the parking lot was always crazy. We were also able to redeem the gift certificate they gave us from our anniversary. A great neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything about the restaurant was nice. The food was good, the service was good, etc. However, our only complaint was that the food kept coming out before we could finish each course. First the appetizers came out and we were enjoying them, then before we could finish them the salads came out, then before we could finish either of those our entrees came out (etc etc, you get the point). The table was not big enough for all of the food and it was crammed. Generally speaking people want to finish each course before the next one, however I was pleased with everything else. I guess it was better for it to come out hot then to sit under a lamp for 15-20 mins. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Service was outstanding. Food very good but pricey. Good evening though. They need to change billing method. They list a 20 percent gratuity AND a 20 percent service charge. Waitress explained it's the same thing. Said she was getting tired of explaining but management still hasn't changed the way they do it. Overall a good experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A great Italian restaurant with an eclectic flare. Fun place to dine with great food and service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I had the "third place award-winning" sacchietti, served in a watery sauce, and a flavor of truffle overwhelmed the entire dish. One of my two guests had an entree that was about 1/3 the size of the others. Nice people, but very mediocre food. Definitely not worth the price. Only good thing was the half-price wine."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Recently while my parents were visiting from out of town I took them to Bella Luna (their first time). As always the service and food were excellent. However I was shocked that my mother's order of scallops came with only 2 scallops. This entree has a price of $27, not a good value for the price."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Bella Luna has been my favorite restaurant for years. The food is delicious authentic Italian at prices that won't break the bank. The dessert tray is to die for. Do yourself a favor and get the house honey balsamic dressing on your dinner salad. Bella Luna has recently expanded their drink list to include local beers, two of which are brewed exclusively for Bella Luna. The owner is usually there and goes out of his way to make every customer feel important. The restaurant has a very contemporary but comfortable vibe. Bella Luna consistently wins awards at the taste of Cincinnati for their desserts and various dishes. If you've never been here, you're missing a true gem of Cincinnati."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "It had a few months since we last ate at Bella Luna. The menu has changed slightly, and we were pleasantly surprised to see the quality of the food is up. The small salads, which are included with the main courses, are much better, and the main courses themselves seem improved. Congratulations on the changes, all for the better. We'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food at Bella Luna is so amazing. Each time we go I we are reminded over and over again why we like Bella Luna. The staff and food is unlike any other place - they are amazing. Lots of Gluten free options. And the staff is gluten free savvy. No rolling of the dice that dishes will be prepared/served gluten free."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice buffet. Not the best prime rib and as the center piece of a $30 meal it should've been a better quality cut if meat. Instead it was too fatty and just ok. I'm used to better food from Bella Luna."
    Dined on 5/11/2014