Bella Luna Restaurant
Bella Luna Restaurant

Bella Luna Restaurant

  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • 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: 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bella Luna Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (112)romantic (90)fit for foodies (79)good for groups (68)notable wine list (67)kid-friendly (22)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (17)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Love this place.
    JCBWfav
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great place and one we will be adding to our list of special restaurants to frequent. The menu is a nice size, not overwhelming. The choices are atypical and every time I order I'm happy with my choice. The wine list is very good and reasonable. The decor is unique and interesting. The owner's Italian heritage is obvious and makes this place very special. We have sent many friends and family there for dinner and everyone loves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good food and service with one exception
    Adventure0077
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My recent dinner with 3 other friends to Bella Luna was an enjoyable evening with good food and service. One disappointment however, was the Beet Salad which was $9 and was extremely small for the price. Yes, it was good but should have been half that cost considering how small it was. My eggplant lasagna was good and certainly plenty for me but my companion who is of the male gender would have liked a larger portion of his entree which was a pasta dish of which the restaurant said they had won an award (I forget the name).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Moss
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've heard a lot of great things, but was very underwhelmed. The taste of the food was no better than what you might find at LaRosas or a similar chain that serves "Italian" food. It felt as if I was duped into thinking that I was getting a meal at a higher end restaurant because the portions were smaller, price was much higher and the wait was considerably longer. In the end, I felt as if I could have easily had better food at any other place that was a quarter of the price. Also - It was so loud in the room we were in; we could barely have a conversation. Another thing was that our table was in the room off to the right, with windows facing the parking lot -- someone pulled up with their headlights on and it was the perfect height for their lights to be shining right in our face. They sat there for at least 10 minutes; which was very annoying.
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  • Wonderful evening! The best bread pudding ever!
    luv2vacaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was another wonderful meal. The calamari was yummy & spicy...The best bread pudding in the world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wow! What a great dinner!
    Eileen
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We wanted to celebrate my daughter's birthday with a special treat and she'd been wanting to go to Bella Luna for a while. It was definitely worth waiting for! We had meatballs for our appetizer and they were wonderful! The bread was amazing. For dinner she had homemade Ravioli and I had Veal Parmesan. Dessert was a piece of chocolate cake that we shared (and we still took home part of it!). We had a nice Chianti with our meal and a limoncello to top it all off. Our server was wonderful and it was great to get to talk to the owner. I felt like I was having dinner in his home. We will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zinman
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food is usually better, but this time it was just not special and the several of our friends raviolis were not even warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    Doug
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It was good. The food was good, but not special. The interior is a little rough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BL Saturday Nite
    Notsogood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Have not been here for several years, food was very good and service by our server Brandy was excellent. They ran out of water glasses so they served our water in wine glasses which was classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bid Disappointment
    jeffw
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been going to Bela Luna's since it opened 15-20 years ago. It has always been a special place with great food. But lately we have only gone every 6 to 9 months and things changed on our visit this week. The food was terrible. My wife order shrimp and pasta ($24). The shrimp were rubbery; the pasta tasteless. I had the baked ziti. The ziti used to be baked in an individual portion. The current chef must bake a whole bunch of it in one pan then dole it out per order. That transformed it from extraordinary to something I could make at home. We ate less then half the food and left it at the restaurant. The manager asked how the food was and we told her it was terrible. She was apologetic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bo Daddy's birthday
    BoDaddy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Nice dinner for Bo's birthday. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Down home Italian
    docwest
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife's birthday is in late October, so we often go there for the occasion. The staff this week end was in costume, it's usually packed, everyone is friendly, low key atmosphere, and the food is great. It's family owned, and the owners, the Stephens, are there, (in costume), helping, chatting with customers, and Mr. Stephens will sing with band. He is pretty good, too. All in all, a great meal, nice folks, and a lot of personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian Food
    Jhbodle68
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Bella Luna offers an excellent variety of Italain dishes, both traditional and updated dishes. The service is always outstanding and the the ambiance is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Did great for 10 of us
    Novicediner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We did a 5pm seating for 10 of us. Very good service and food. Friendly staff and quaint atmosphere. Prices were a bit high but they have cheaper options (2 large pieces of chicken parm with 2 pasta for $18 was great value).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We get to eat here about one a year since it is on the other side of town. A real treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dark
    ChrissyCool
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious food and extensive menu. Bring a flash light to read the menu. Very dark. Enough food for 2 meals. Save room for dessert ~ these cannot be good FOR you because they're so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Lovemesomepasta
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very cool atmosphere with fantastic food. Would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although the food and service at this restaurant are top notch, the meal itself is VERY EXPENSIVE. I don't usually mind a restaurants prices being on the higher side, but the suggestive selling by the servers will really raise your tab!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 44th Wedding Anniversary
    iamTOG
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had to park on the street a little way up from the restaurant but really no problem. Entered into the restaurant at around 8:10 pm for our 8:30 dinner reservation, so we sat at the bar and had a beer ($2.00 each). Listened to the band and they were very good. At 8:30 on the dot we were taken to our booth for dinner. The waitress was great and congratulated us on our 44th wedding anniversary. Everything we ate from the eggplant meat balls, to the entrees of Prime Rib Cannelloni and Meat Lasagna were outstanding. For dessert we had the Bread Pudding in a vanilla sauce, it was outstanding. Near the end of our evening one of the owners came over and thanked us for spending the evening at Bella Luna and gave us a present. 5 star evening
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always deoendable!
    Foodking
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love the pork osso bucco, and the personal touch that Harry brings to the place is peerless. Nuf said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night
    MMdiners
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a 745 reservation, arrived at 740 and the place was packed. When the manager realized we had waited 20 minutes past our reservation time, she brought us the cocktail and wine menus, apologized, and bought us a drink. Our server was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and the food. Everyone who was involved in our service was very friendly. The food was excellent and we will definitely be back. Also there was live music playing in the bar area which we could hear a little from our table which we also enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Story
    sushieismooshie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant has a crazy story... Apparently the owners grandmother has like 100 kids. Slight amount of exaggeration, but there were quite a few of them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Find
    Brian
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The decor left a little to be desired with the high back simply made seating where we were seated but it was comfortable enough. Our server, Brandy, was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and was outstanding. We recommend asking for her as she appeared to sashay her way around the dining room. The food was superb in taste. For an appetizer we shared the brushetta. It was very good but only came with four small pieces. 6 would have been perfect. I had the Prime Rib Cannelloni while my wife had the Chicken Fiorentina. Again the food was prepared to perfection but the portion size, we thought, was just a tad a little undersized. The wine pairing was good as I selected Chianti but I did note I selected a 2008 but was served a 2010 vintage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to love it
    TableforfoirVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love the food and the family, but the congestion when waiting and the slower service take away fr the experience. Friday night there was a band, a trio, which added an unnecessary amount of Noise to the congested feel of the evening in a small place. Maybe a little guitar music but I don't want to hear the band in the back dining room as I'm trying to catch up with my husband. Will go Back but will call ahead about music and whether reservations are running on time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but loud
    Toomuchfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and staff were fantastic. Unfortunately, our table was right outside of a large room where a very loud group was eating dinner. Several times many of the inebriated guests from the group would spill out of their room, standing directly behind me. They were so noisy it was hard to hear my date and it was as if they didn't realize people were trying to eat dinner. My date was shocked people could be so rude. Not necessarily the best for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Whewell37
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    By far the best Italian food in the Queen City. Courteous service and fantastic atmosphere makes for a wonderful night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasions
    Josh
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love going here for special occasions. Will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    mbgfoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We enjoyed a great evening out with friends and felt like we were at home. The restaurant has a homey, comfortable feel that makes you want to come back. The food was delicious and the desserts are amazing. You can tell that the food is prepared from scratch- this restaurant is family owned and operated, not a chain. We prefer to support local businesses, and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorite restaurants!
    bb104
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Came this time for my birthday. Loved it. Thanks for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our favorite Italian restaurant. Amazing food and the best service. The owner, Harry, walks around and interacts with the customers. He is a top notch person who cares for his customers at the restaurant and beyond.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We dine at Bella Luna regularly and we are never disappointed! We had the lasagna and the seafood special and both were delicious. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The bread pudding is the best that we have found anywhere. We love the seasonal variations and this time we had the pumpkin bread pudding.....delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid italian food experience
    JTDagVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great neighborhood italian restaurant. Building and fixtures are a bit dated, but the italian food was solid, and not too heavy, and the desserts were excellent. The bread pudding was wonderful, and the portabello ravioli was good, although I was a bit surprised that it did not contain peices of mushroom, but rather was prepared as part of the pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    PJ00
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I drive by this restaurant every day and finally decided to go in for dinner. Don't know why I waiting so long! It was amazing! Definitely something you should try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    mv616
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had always wanted to try Bella Luna so my husband and I went for a date night away from the kid. I excpected a "fancier" crowd but there were a lot of shorts and tshirts and jeans, which is fine if that's what they're okay with but I always thought it was a more upscale restaurant. The food was amazing. Started with the eggplant meatballs which were good - not sure I got a big eggplant flavor but still tasted great. I had the prime rib cannelloni and my husband had the pork shank - they were both incredible. We shared the dessert trio - the tiramisu and bread pudding were outstanding. Server was very friendly and prompt. Definitely going to go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mj26
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great service, food and welcoming by the owner Gay. Nice way to celebrate my Sister's birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Favorite!
    Bellanotte
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    People from the Chicago area run the risk of being disappointed by Italian restaurants - not this time! The service was attentive without being obtrusive, the ambience was intimate and clean but not fussy and the food was terrific! The owner came by the table to ask about our experience and was friendly and interested. We will definitely recommend Bella Luna and look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very delicious!
    Oliveyou11
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've eaten here before and each time have been tremendously impressed with the selection and quality of food. The first time, we went straight back into a dining room and it was beautiful-very simple and elegant. This time we turned right into a separate dining room, which seemed a little more chaotic (plus we were sitting all around the homecoming groups which wasn't ideal for an anniversary dinner). However, the food is really amazing! We had the eggplant meatballs and bruschetta (sp?), which were both superb. I chose the prime rib cannelloni as an entree while he had the eggplant lasagna. Everything tasted amazing! Definitely check this place out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So wonderful!
    Adddg3
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The staff was beyond friendly, the owner and his wife greet you at some point. Food was great. All around awesome experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife's lasagna was superb, but I know why the prime rib cannelloni won a top award at the 2014 Taste of Cincinnati. Friendly fun place for an excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night out
    Saturday9694VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had another excellent experience at Bella Luna. The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night but we were seated right on time per our reservation with Open Table. The waitress very helpful with questions regarding the dishes and the food was excellent. We will certainly dine at Bella Luna's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bella Luna Experience
    thats1amore
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our birthdays for the occasion to dine at Bella Luna. Bella Luna is our favorite Italian Restaurant. The food is authentic Italian, which you just can't get many other places in the Greater Cincinnati Area. We love the atmosphere and the staff. Always get treated very well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.