Bella Monte
Bella Monte

Bella Monte

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellamontevb.com/
  • Phone: 7574256290
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For over 25 years, Bella Monte has been providing the best in custom catering, from the most simple of parties to the most elaborate of affairs. If you're a discriminating customer, you'll appreciate the Bell Monte difference. Quality, detail, service, confidence, unwavering consistency and flair for for producing an event that is uniquely "your own" are qualities that have put Bella Monte in a class by itself. From decor consultation to menu structuring to wine service, Bella Monte makes the occasion unforgettable.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bella Monte, while not having a private room, does offer secluded areas for your private party needs. We customize the menu for each client to ensure your event is a special one. Bella Monte can accommodate parties up to 100 people. From rehearsal dinners to office parties, we will work with you to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Robin Tuite 7574256290
  • Entertainment: For the past 6 years, Bella Monte has been home to one of the finest Cabaret artists in the country. Charlie Wiseman has played in over 200 venues throughout the U.S. and U.K. From behind his 9-foot concert grand, Charlie gives you an evening filled with a captivating variety of theater, music and comedy. It doesn't get any better than this! "The best all-around entertainer in Hampton Roads!" - Eric Stevens, Splash Magazine "Keep playing and you can make a living!" -Duke Ellington

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cardinal Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bella Monte
Bella Monte is possibly one of the most unique dining and shopping experiences in Virginia Beach. With over 7000 square feet of space, we feature an exceptional restaurant offering always fresh and flavorful dishes of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. With fine wines, world class entertainment and friendly staff, Bella Monte is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Bella Monte also has a gourmet marketplace, deli and wine shop filled with the finest foods and gifts in the area.
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Bella Monte reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)special occasion (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)fit for foodies (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Consistently good
    Colonel
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food is a good value, service attentive, reservations on line worked well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justme
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Most enjoyable evening; excellent food. Very nice to have the piano/singing in the background.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I used to go here a lot bc my friend used to be a cook way back when. However I have not been here in a year and ALOT has changed. The menu is a lot smaller and so are the portions. It took ten minutes just for the waitress to get our drink orders, there was only 3 other tables that were seated and triple that in staffing. I ordered the same thing I always have the penne ala vodka with shrimp. It was cold and the sauce had little flavor and was thin. I added on the reservation it was my husbands birthday and they didn't even say happy birthday. I'm very disappointed in the service and more so the food. I'm sorry to say that I won't be dining here for a long time :( it used to be my favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wednesday nights are special
    Terry
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Wednesday Nignt's "Wine & Dine" at Bella Monte is a great bargain. The "Wine & Dine" menu presents some really interesting and tasty entrees. Service is always excellent and Charlie Wiseman's piano entertainment always make Wednesdy night dining a really enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers day family dinner
    babycakes
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our family gathering here. One minor issue was our close vicinity to piano which was too loud, too often, preventing discussion. Although a nice touch, tone it down, please.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • manda59dinner
    BellaMonte59
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our dinner was quite good. The restaurant was noisy but the noise level is better than it used to be. Our waitress went home before we were finished and there was some confusion with the bill. I don't know if she quit or what the problem was. They had a large party there but I did not think that affected us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly Enjoyable
    Dragonfly
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was girls night out (Wed) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our waitress (Jacquelyn) was excellent - attentive w/o being intrusive. Food was very tasty and the piano music really was a nice touch. They also offer a "Wine and Dine Wed" which is 2 salads and 2 entrees for $35. My Hubby and I will be back for that special. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 192 reviews are from the Bella Monte reviews archive.
  • nice find in a strip mall location
    rumbagod
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    we were visiting from out of town and a friend recommended this place. we were impressed with the friendly staff as we walked through the gift shop side (pricey for eclectic type stuff if you're into that). the better deal was the 3 for $26 wall of wine, quite the selection and the though we never heard of any of the wines before, the descriptions were fitting and we were not disappointed when we tried a bottle the next evening. the appetizers were amazing and the main course was stunning. the servers were friendly and attentive. we would definitely recommend and revisit this place again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I am a runner, and I sign up for races in the Virginia Beach area, just so I can go to Bella Monte. I make the reservation here before I even pay for my race number. Then, I go into the shop and find a Mothers' Day or birthday present for my mother (depending on the time of the year), and a great food treat for myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always; "Wine & Dine" was
    Terry
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    As always; "Wine & Dine" was a very pleasant experience. A great menu, pleasant atmosphere with Charley's piano playing and excellent service. Our favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was attentive.
    Lola
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service was attentive. The food was splendid. We had studied the menu online and eager to try certain offerings. To our surprise, they were offering a special valentine menu only. Everything we ate as wonderful. We will return to try more of their offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time open table users
    Thomasfam
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We used open table for the first time to find somewhere to eat on the day after Valentines Day which I was quick to learn is just as busy as Valentines day for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my reservation went through without any issues using the Open Table option from Bella Monte's web page. Bella Monte is one of our favorite places so we had a really enjoyable night and yummy dinner. The rigatoni alla vodka is our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Mike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for Valentines day and ordered off of the special Valentine's Day Menu. For appetizer, we had the Calamari and it was just the right amount. The marinara sauce was the best sauce I've ever tasted, and the little bit of the smoky cream sauce on the side was an excellent idea. We split the Poached egg Caesar Salad. I have never heard of putting a poached egg on a Caesar salad and it was amazing. It added a creamy deliciousness that complimented the Caesar dressing perfectly. My wife got the Lobster risotto, she thoroughly enjoyed it, i got the crabmeat filet mignon, medium rare. The steak melted in my mouth and the crabmeat and mashed potatoes made it a hearty meal. We also enjoyed the complimentary bread and the house wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locals favorite.
    roxyvb
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    As usual it was noisy..having a piano bar near the entrance keeps the noise level high. Everybody seemed to be having lots of fun…very busy, large group in the back…special event. Food was served hot and was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    Dreamer
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Although there was a mishap with my entree, the manager came over to us and apologized for the poor food plate that I had. She was very nice and made our first time visit pleasant.... I appreciate what she said and what she did for us and would definitely return. Thank you also to our waitress and the great service she provided....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Gene
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We love this restaurant! The mood is great and the piano adds the elegant finishing touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and the Eggplant
    Terry
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great service and the Eggplant Napoleon on the Wednesday night menu is really good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super good time
    Molar1
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    When we feel like being around good friends, good food and good music, we trek on down to Bella Monte. The staff is wonderful and warm...makes you feel right at home. The service is friendly, promt, and caring for your night out. One of our favorites!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Tybee
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We go to Bella monte fairly often. The wait staff is wonderful. In fact, we had to be at a play, and she made sure we were out in plenty of time. Food is always yummy and specials are always notable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    Lifeisgood
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Always consistently good food. Great salads. It's best to have reservations in the evening. Love to go for lunch when it's not so crowded. Also enjoyed the piano player at night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Familiar excellence
    Ready2dine
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Bella Monte is my favorite local spot. It is an upscale casual atmosphere with an intriguing decor. The food is always excellent whether a standard or feature menu item. And, the live piano music adds to the ambience as Charlie's expertise provides wonderful renditions. It is a definite recommendation for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three strikes and you're out.....
    GoodToGoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We have dined here a number of times and they always fall short of the mark. Tonight we had a reservation and arrived on time. There was no hostess at the desk so we stood waiting for more than five minutes. What a way to welcome guests! When seated our server was very apologetic about our wait. After reading the menu I had a question about an item. I checked with our server and she answered my question and was able to make a slight change to my choice. However, when my dinner arrived it was not what I ordered, but I ate it anyway. While she was very apologetic about the mistake and offered desserts, it did leave a bad taste in my mouth! Some things are just better left unsaid....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great night with friends!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    It was a great dinner with good friends! The food and ambiance was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    uvachiefVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Had a business lunch at Bella Monte recently. Very good food. Nice menu. Would like to try it for dinner. Nice decor. Food items for about any craving. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant.
    Lovvb
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    One of favorites restaurants to eat at when we come to Virginia Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out well spent!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Great place with sumptuous dishes. There is live music on Wednesdays as well as an outstanding special! Great authentic experience with a fun store attached.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I go to Virginia Beach just to go to this restaurant. I run the Shamrock and the ROck n Roll and find this as the perfect pre-race place. I do wish it was open on Sundays so I could go the next day as well. I like the little store that is attached as well. interesting items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carb load before a race
    Bell
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We had a wonderful experience at Bella Monte! The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I visit this restaurant whenever I am in town and my favorite dish (fettucini alfredo) was no longer on the menu. They prepared it for me anyway! Our server was very helpful in making suggestions with the wine, dinner and dessert. We requested a table away from a window for a more cozy feeling and loved the ambiance. This is a wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    infrequentFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Bella Monte has what looks like an amazing menu, but the true draw is the Specials menu. There are things on the regular menu I have yet to try because I have been lured away by the options on the specials. We love the selection of wine as well. The attached store has eclectic kitchen gadgets that you never knew you needed. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    jojoatthebeach
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I had been once before with a group of ladies. This time I brought my husband and had dinner with another couple. My husband ordered the dinner special, tuna and I ordered the Capellini d’ Pomodoro with the house Italian Sausage. I asked the waitress if I should get the sausage or the chicken. She suggested the house made sausage. My dish was wonderfully amazing! My husband loved it so much he ate half of mine as well as his! The night we dined, they had a pianist playing/singing/entertaining. They also have a lovely shop that I must come back to check out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always have a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We always have a great meal at Belle Monte.....food is superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PLEASANT
    IRENE
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    AS SOON AS I WALKED IN, I WAS GREETED BY PLEASANT PEOPLE (RYAN BEING ONE OF THEM) AMONG OTHERS, AND WAS ASKED SEVERAL TIMES IF WANTED TO SEAT AT MY TABLE OR WAIT FOR THE OTHER PERSON BY WAITING AREA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Monte
    Susan
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Very cute place. Good atmosphere. Nice little store with Italian food and gift items attached. We went on a Wednesday night while they were holding a $35 two course dinner with a bottle of wine. The food was very good but the portions were extremely small. We were all still very hungry after dinner and ordered desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately no note had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Unfortunately no note had been made of our request for a window seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay restaurant. When our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Okay restaurant. When our party of four got to the restaurant we were shown to a table where late day sunlight was streaming through and no way to get away from it. As there was a table across the way, out of the direct sunlight, I asked the hostess to seat us there. She informed me that this was "the usual table of regulars". I then said to her "did you really just say that"? She then said "go ahead, sit there". Our server was friendly, accomodating, and overall the food was good. My husband and I shared a Caprese salad and it was served split on two plates - nice touch. The tomatos, however, were not as good as mid-summer tomatos should be - and way too much chopped basil. More is not always better!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Nicely Done
    waterguyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    This is a restaurant that has good food combined with great service. You can tell that the owner cares not only about the patrons but about the staff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One good - One bad
    Ronn
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Everything was fine except my wife's dinner. It was well below par and what Bella Monte should be serving to the point it was almost sent back. However, it was not eaten as the taste and warmth was not there, so she ate some of mine. Ths is however the first time we hav had this happen at Bella Monte.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so happy..
    notsohappy
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    The pizza was great the meals weren't sent 2 back reordered to take homeI ordered the egg plant not cooked enough hard and bitter,Sam had speg and meat sauce it was dry and had a sour taste it was a fun resturant loved the shop but came in to eat,we put both our meals in the trash.Very dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find, will definitely return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Creative menu, interesting decor, excellent food & service. A little loud, but of you sit in the corner it still feels cozy & intimate. Be sure to look around the adjoining store after you eat-- all kinds of cute & cool items ranging from scarves, cute kids clothes, & gourmet kitchen & bath items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The shrimp scampi on the Wednesday
    Terry
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    The shrimp scampi on the Wednesday night menu is really good. Service as usual was excellent. We love Bella Monte!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate