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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
  • "Bella Luna is our new favorite restaurant! The food is outstanding and the service is over the top awesome. Our server, Lashondra, was not only friendly, personable, and extremely knowledgeable, but went the extra mile to give us a fabulous experience. We tried just about everything we wanted to on the menu as small plates - even if they weren't listed. The house chardonnay is wonderful and a great price during happy hour. You have to sit in the bar area) This felt like a tasting experience, not just another dinner out. BTW, it was my birthday. It was my birthday and I was presented with a handwritten note with a gift card. What a special touch! We will be back very soon for another wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The new menu keeps all the great items that made this place an all-around favorite. It adds a lot of creative great dishes, many lighter on, or without, the pasta. Broader array of (lighter) choices and the chefs continue to be really excellent and dependable. A true 4gem of a restaurant - neighborhood favorite spot, but also a destination."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary. Everything demonstrates the personal touch of the owner, from the music, to the pieced together décor, to the slightly eclectic menu, to the owner stopping by our table and talking to us about what an honor it was for him that we had chosen his restaurant to celebrate out anniversary. Nothing here is the same old same old; everything has the personal touch."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian food. Great local atmosphere. Excellent service / friendly staff - always smiling and happy. Very New York city "local" neighborhood restaurant feel. (Been there - loved that)"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Absolutely devine!! The ambiance, the food, the sevice - top notch!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great authentic Italian. A real gem! Loved everything from the mussels to the bread to the cannelloni. Great service. Loved choosing the wine from the bucket - "mystery wine". Had an absolutely delicious dining experience. The staff was very attentive and made our first experience a joy."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is amazing!!! The staff was so friendly and helpful. The food was delicious!!!! I would highly recommend this place. My entire family LOVED everything!!! The Osso Bucca was crazy!!! Save room for dessert, they were amazing too!!! They also had a fun wine bucket you need to ask about:)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My mom and I sampled several dishes at the Taste of Cincinnati and she quickly knew this is where she wanted to have her birthday dinner. Our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive which made our experience very enjoyable. We started with a pitcher of white sangria and the Bella Bruschetta which was delicious. There were 3 of us and only 4 pieces of bruschetta and we could have fought over the extra piece. My mom had the scallops, I had the lobster and crab ravioli and my grandma had the award winning prime rib cannelloni. All excellent choices. We finished our evening with The.Best.Bread Pudding.Ever! My mom was gifted a $10 gift certificate to use at her next visit, which we thought was super nice. We WILL be going back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Excellent as always , the food, atmosphere and servers are top notch. The servers are always well aquainted with the menu, very friendly and always willing the make the experience as pleasant as always."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Bella Luna several times and have never had a bad visit. The service has always been spot on and the food is fantastic. The owner will also stop by your table to make sure everything is great. If your coming to Cincinnati to visit or live local and haven't yet been, it's a must."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is my all-time favorite Italian restaurant. The food is authentic, delicious, and abundant. The service is impeccable and Harry, the owner, makes sure all of your needs are met with his warm, personable attention. You couldn't ask for anything better for an enjoyable evening out!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, service was excellent, food a little pricey. Good for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Simply put, this is the best Italian dinning experience you will find in the greater Cincinnati area. It's not just about the food, it's about the experience. The parking is horrible, reservations are a must, the seating areas are a bit on the cramped but comfortable side, the service is outstanding, the food is phenomenal and the way Harry makes you feel like you've been welcomed into his home and you're life long friends...honestly, can anything be more Italian. Kudos to Harry and Gay for bringing a wonderful slice of Italy to the region. Dinning at Bella Luna always reminds me of my time back in Italy. If you like Italian food and ambiance, then you'll love Bella!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I don't mean exactly healthy -- I mean with nice sized portions, hot & authentic food. You feel like you deserved this night of not cooking. You are warmly welcomed & Mr. Stephens stops by the table. The service is personable & they are sure what they are talking about when describing menu choices. There was no rush as we progressed thru the ample appetizer platter of meats, cheese & peppers. Salads are big with varied ingredients. Our table had chicken parm, prime rib cannolini, spaghetti & meatball. Having grown up in the very ethnic Northern Ohio, I can spot some good Italian cooking where the accent is on original not on feeding the masses. Dessert sampler also appreciated -- some for each of us."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I recently took my grandfather to Bella Luna while he was visiting me in Cincinnati- I had never been to the restaurant, but it was recommended to me by a coworker. The whole experience was wonderful! I had made a reservation the day before- when we arrived, the friendly hostesses took us right to our table and our waitress, Jade, was fantastic. The food was so delicious- unique dishes that you can tell are made with high quality ingredients. The owner came around the restaurant and stopped to check on us. Very lovely person who I felt like genuinely cared about our experience at his restaurant. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant! I felt right at home and will definitely be going back soon :)."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was out of this world! A taste of heaven on a plate! Can't wait to go back :) The staff is very attentive going over and beyond to assure we were well taken care of making you feel like your family!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Bella Luna is our "go to" Italian restaurant. They have a great Happy Hour. Every dish we have tried has been very good, but after trying several different dishes, we go back for the Pork Shank Osso Buco and the Prime Rib Cannelloni."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "What a great restaurant, from checking in for our reservation to our great waitress (Emily) to the cordial and personable owner (Harry) and the food was superb. Starting with the delicious appetizers the prosciutto wrapped asparagus was great and ending with the bread pudding (not a big fan of bread pudding but this was delicious) and everything in between. Our waitress started by explaining a brief history and then made great recommendations on the menu she was personable, prompt but not over attentive. The owned stopped to ask how things were, but not the normal obligatory walk by, he actually engaged in conversation and was genuine and engaging... A great evening..."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Don't know why we waited so long, was great find! Food, atmosphere and servers were excellent"
    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
  • "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
  • "Food was outstanding and the service from Leandra, our server, was AMAZING. She was professional, passionate, and very helpful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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