Bella Notte

Bella Notte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellalexington.com/
  • Phone: 8592451789x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Toyoda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us know about your office lunch, an off-site party or any other event that we can cater for you. Choose from our full menu or let us know if you have any special requests. No group is too small or large!
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a couple options available for private parties including an intimate room accommodating up to 23 people, and a romantic patio (heated/cooled, depending on the weather) with a fireplace and white linen covered tables, which comfortably seats up to 60 people. We offer several differently priced set menu options and we are happy to accommodate any special requests to the best of our ability. Contact our private party manager to set up your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Tiffany Blair 8592451789x
  • Entertainment: Dine with us Friday or Saturday evening & be amazed by our magician while you're enjoying your meal!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rojay
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient parking is available in the front parking lot or next door at Surf's Up Grill.
A word from Bella Notte
Bella Notte means Beautiful Night in Italian. Join us at our table & let us create your beautiful dining experience! This is a place to satisfy the appetite with Italian gusto. Enjoy the season's freshest ingredients and some unique dishes that are sure to become your next favorite! Remember, in Italy food & drink don't just make it possible to live, they're a part of what makes life worth living.
Italians say, "A tavolo non s'invecchia".
(People do not get old at the table)-spend enough time at ours and you'll believe it's true!
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Bella Notte reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (15)romantic (15)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner with my Wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our first visit and we will return the food and service was outstanding and we will return when we visit Lexington again, outstanding job staff and management we plan on recommending this great restaurant to all our friends in Lexington KY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Best Itailian restaurant Ever! Wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Popular for a Reason
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is good, the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. This restaurant is often busy due to its accessible menu and knowledgeable wait staff. I haven't eaten in any other Italian restaurants in Lexington, so I can't compare. This one is good enough to have earned my repeat business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extrreme Disappointment!
    pickypassengerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Extremely poor service and food preparation, even after very careful ordering, with the server acknowledging our special request for al dente pasta, which could not be done because all the pasta is already boiled. This place is not inexpensive and not half the food quality, service or consistency of Carrabba's. After I tracked down the manager and made my case for dropping a fresh batch of dried pasta in boiling water to my desired al dente consistency, first he said it couldn't be done because they were too crowded, and then he somehow found a way to do it. Of course, I was eating my side pasta way after I had finished my entree. Skip this place and find a Carrabba's.
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  • Nice place. Good food
    MikeAnd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was a bit concerned seeing the restaurant in front on a mall but not to worry. Food was outstanding. Had Baked Rigatoni Romano and Penne Gorgonzola. Portions were large. Maybe a but too large. No room for dessert so we settled for "caps". This restaurant is very inexpensive given the quality of the food. My only criticism is the noise level which is on the high side.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We go there often. It's always a pleasant experience....nice in every way. Also, they offer a nice variety of glutten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an enjoyable experience
    Arthight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Well-trained wait and support staff - attentive without being intrusive. Love the food and the new (to us) wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing establishment
    DateNight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Came here for a date with my girlfriend, food and service was excellent. Has a nice atmosphere for any occasion and a great menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    charmandatmosphere
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is a good restaurant but would not call it outstanding. Food was good and reasonably priced. Souffle was very good. Probably will return but perhaps not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Charming and friendly. Great spot for dinner after the races!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious food at reasonable prices. The warm bread and olive oil with herbs for dipping is a genuine treat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice in a week
    Steve
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have jutted moved to Lexington and we're trying out many new restaurants before we move into our new home. We liked Bella Notte so well we have eaten there twice this week. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food and great service. I arrived around 15 minutes earlier than my reservation but was instantly seated!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and food
    JimmyM
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Busy Saturday evening dinner. We were promptly seated when we arrive with our reservation, and noted they were super busy with people waiting to get in. Ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and food arrived very fast. Wife's dinner was great, but my steak pasta dish was a little over cooked. Server noticed it and the manager came over and offered free dessert to appease the situation. That was not necessary but we appreciated it. Would recommend and go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BNFAN
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Repeat customer. Stella card holder. Have traveled and dined extensively, enough to know that Bella Notte has a unique combination of superb food, excellent service, and ambiance/decor. Overall, an excellent value. A must visit when we have out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food - Great Service
    JenB
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had dinner there the other night. Very nice inside… tables a little tight. Service was awesome. Great job Paige.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, respectable service.
    Miya1Luv
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Thank you, to my waitress, the manager, and the other co workers that where so helpful & attentive. Simple dining, was truly a simple pleasure. Great place to dine. The food was made to perfection, with the perfect wine paired.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service
    Elen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bad service , ok food... Was expecting more for the money. Nice atmosphere but, they need to train their staff
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice
    Spicycat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was good, value good, service was nice if a little slow. Overall a good experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but room for improvement
    jj1313
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I think the food was good. We had a lot of fun for my birthday. My thoughts mostly is some improvement with the way the food and presentation on how family style should be served to the patrons. It could be smoother and less Kaos. Support from other waiters to help each other in serving would be most helpful, professional and expedient. The bread is fabulous! One item on the menu had too much pepper. The rest scrumptous. With a few tweets it would really be perfect. All in all, we would go back. Nothing that isn't fixable from management training.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LCSB
    LCSBVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was delicious. Preparation requests were accommodated. Server was friendly and attentive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!
    PickyPalate
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great low-key girl's night dinner. Our server was attentive without hovering and knowledgeable when asked for wine recommendations. Bella Notte never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Jbeam
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I would highly recommend Bella Notte! The atmosphere was wonderful. Very romantic for a dinner date. We will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 338 reviews are from the Bella Notte reviews archive.
  • yummy Italian
    TNPrincessVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Herb mix for bread is out there of this world. Would definitely go back when I'm in Lexington.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Stevenlex
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Title says it all. The only mistake they ever made was discontinuing 'angel hair' pasta for about six months. This was some years ago! The food, wine and ambience can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh and fabulous
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Terrific dinner! Sea bass was wonderful. Nice wine selection, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope to Return
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a delightful meal, due to quality food and a waitress who steered us toward some smart ordering. We were going to order 2 appetizers, but she suggested the mixed one with fried zuccini, mozarella, and calamari. My meal was a penne arrabiata with a choice of shrimp or chicken. I was having a hard time making up my mind, so she offered it with half of each---no extra cost. It was excellent. My husband had a rigatoni with sausage that was also delicious. The berry dessert with limoncello cream was the best dessert we've had in a long time. Creamy and yet light. Highly recommend this place. The food is more inspired family cooking than gourmet. (Approx $65 for the above plus 2 glasses of wine, inc tax and tip.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Debz
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great food. Chef is willing to please individual taste. Waitress was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Karen
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food and service excellent. Many families out on Sat. Night. We had scallops on linguine which was very good. Also asparagus grilles was just great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent find!
    ciaobaby
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We picked this restaurant due to the convenient location and because its Italian. We hit the jackpot! Great menu, numerous choices. Food was excellent, service was outstanding! If I'm in or near Lexington again I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Note - supremo!
    lexDiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our table for 8 was waiting. It was a hopping atmosphere, lots of energy. Our waiter was superb, catered to every need, on the spot. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little bit Italian
    Nessie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Pity it was located on the edge of a mall...car park was full at.6.30pm. Few folk were waiting but thanks to open table we walked right in. It was very noisy with tables of 5 and 6 kids per family but a fair number of couples. Had a good sized wine list but only 4 reds from Italy...very disappointing for anyone with a good wine sense. A couple were from Argentina but most were from California...this gave me the feeling that this was not owned by an Italian....the food was good overall and would encourage us to return if in the area...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, and atmosphere
    AJMBLAZER
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My fiancee and I love Bella Notte. We've never had anything but the best food, service, and experiences while dining here. The prices are more than reasonable and the quality of the food is amazing. I've been to other places that were less authentic than Olive Garden but twice as expensive as Bella Notte. If you want Italian in Lexington, go to Bella Notte.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect fit
    MoCo4VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our evening gathering of friends who hadn't been together for 30 years could not have been more wonderful thanks to the ambience, food and staff at Bella Notte. In fact, it was so perfect we got take out from here for lunch the next day. You cannot go wrong here
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to normal standards
    Scarlett
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My family recently dined at this restaurant, it was my 3rd visit. This visit was on a Sunday night, and it was not busy. The quality of the food was off. The server could not tell us what beer they had, and they don't have a beer list. 2 people didn't like their dinner, and the desserts were prepared and baked incorrectly. For example the apple crisp couldn't be eaten by 4 people, it was way over spiced with cloves. The cappuccino machine was broken.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian dining
    Keenelandbob
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Found this spot by chance on internet looking for dining spots near Keeneland. Great food and ambiance. Will definitely go back to this spot the next time I am in Lexington!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was horrible had 4
    Mbowler
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Service was horrible had 4 different people that came to table and couldn't even clear plates and empty glasses. Issues with two of our parties entrees that were sent back and a manager couldn't even bother to stop by and apologize oh and that was after our entrees came at staggered times in a 6 minute time span. Would never go back back.
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  • Great food large portions
    BR8675309
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Need to share due to large portions , family style is fun to sample variety!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy
    losingstreaks
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Bella Notte was busy on this friday night. despite this we were seated near out reserved time. the service was very attentive and the food was very good with the pasta perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday evening, after the racetrack
    iggy32
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was my first time visiting this restaurant and I will be back. Diana knew it was our first time and was patient even though it was a busy Friday 6 p.m. Calamari was five star, not greasy and a "single" order was more than enough for two. Three dipping sauces were offered, a first for me and each was good. The wine list was "just enough", not overwhelming and Diana knew her stuff! Pasta's came very hot! (Thank you!). Grated cheese was plentiful (Thank you!). I rarely order dessert, and the flourless cake called our name. Very tasty! Many servers tended to our table of two, thank you, we will return! Leftovers rock!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.