Bella Sera Trattoria
Bella Sera Trattoria

Bella Sera Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellaseratrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 6263591399
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Borrelli & Matthew Heminway
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lime Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on Myrtle and surrounding streets. Parking lot on Lemon across from the fire station.
A word from Bella Sera Trattoria
Our mission is very simple: To make fresh, delicious Italian food in an atmosphere that is familiar, modern and comfortable. In our new restaurant, you will experience Italian Food. The menu features familiar entrees you've loved for years as well as our own inventive dishes created for you and your guests.
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Bella Sera Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (10)great for lunch (9)special occasion (8)romantic (8)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Nice first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food, wine, and ambiance. It was our first time dining there and it's easily the nicest place on Myrtle Ave in old town Monrovia. I was not disappointed. Service was very good. Food delicious and very generous portions. I wasn't a fan of the asparagus starter. Very bland. Otherwise great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RDT53
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    New ownership has brought new sparkle to a neighborhood favorite. The outdoor seating is perfect for a quiet chat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great salads!!
    Eatthisandthat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Salads were exceptional. Pasta with Salmon was good. Bread was not good at all-mealy. A few more good Chardonnay selections would be nice. Overall nice spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food-good service
    TracyLee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Pleasant atmosphere when you walk in. Greeted immediately with a friendly smile. Good service and good food. I had linguine with clams. Tender clams in a yummy garlic wine sauce. My friends had: chicken Parmesan and braised short ribs with pasta-they practically licked their plates. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Sat outside on the back patio and was treated to live folk music. It wasn't overbearing at all, and added to the festive mood. Don't skip the pizza. They have a sourdough crust that's started from 20 year old dough....fantastic. Everything we ordered was delicious, sand the service excellent. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining spot
    rleeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Needed to meet out of town friends and Monrovia was the halfway point. Pleasantly surprised! Great food, nice patio and live music. Trio softly played jazz so that you could listen and hear conversation. After dinner take a walk thru the charming old town district.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a Maze In
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We booked a dinner reservation and arrived early. We were immediately seated near the bar, we had a great view of the entire restaurant. Service was excellent, our waiter was friendly and very helpful, he explained the specials and recommended several dishes. The Kale salad was excellent, I had a peach and mozzarella appetizer which was fantastic, the peaches were perfectly ripe. My strip steak was cooked to perfection. Dessert was divine . I'd go back and highly recommend Bella Sera to all my friends, my husband has already told all of his coworkers about our new find. We will be back to try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening for Birthdays!
    Abigail
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took two friends to Bella Sera for their birthday dinners. On a Sunday night, there were only a few other parties on the back patio. Tables were far enough apart that we could talk. Food and service were excellent, and prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant in Monrovia
    NiniVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are very pleased with the new and improved Bella Sera Trattoria. We have been going since the new owners/management took over a few months ago and are delighted with their ongoing efforts to improve the restaurant. The service is outstanding, the food is good and we go at least once a week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Sera is a Beautiful Night
    DIMASPQRVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Bella Sera, which in Italian means Beautiful Night, is a gem in old town Monrovia. It has recently gone through new ownership and aesthetic changes. The restaurant not only delivers great food but the ambiance is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum123VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Under new management apparently. We went for DineLA, first time ever. Salad - good portion, tossed and then plated so some of the berries/nuts got lost under the leaves, would've been better presentation if berries/nuts were placed after tossing the greens. Pasta - huge portion! Good taste. Dessert - yummy, tiramisu and canoli both good. We were treated well despite the DineLA. Definitely coming back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine la
    Gourmetnotgourmand
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went for dine la lunch special. We had penne vodka (bland) and pomodoro bucatini (very bland). Pasta cooked perfect, lack of taste. Desert was almost inedible - cannoli bland, and tiramisu odd. Service very pleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally ok
    GuidosGuide
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were generally pleased but my wife's beef dish included gristle and fat pieces which diminished her enjoyment. My serving of spaghetti and meatballs was quite good with a generous serving of four meatballs. The Service was excellent. We probably would have rated it higher if not for the beef dish. We will probably try it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst Service ever, Bad food, Loud!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm shocked that this "restaurant" is on open table. We made reservations that weren't honored (they gave our booth requested to some other party that just walked in). We had to ask for water, salt, pepper, and did not have bread or olive oil/balsamic vinegar at our table (other tables had them!) and we finally received basic condiments near the end of our meal. It was the worst dining experience I've had in my adult life! The service was awful. The waitress failed to tell the chef I was a vegetarian and was served the wrong dish. She refused to allow us to take dessert to go and She insisted that my fiancé try his dish with a "poached egg" which was served sunny side up that ruined his bland dish. It was so LOUD I couldn't hear my fiancé!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Italian in Monrovia
    Anndrew626
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Solid Italian food at a good price. Portion size was good for most of the dishes. Pasta is made in store. Should try if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Restaurant
    jazzbby
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Bella Serra is a wonderful new addition to the Monrovia restaurant scene. The food selection is great and the preparation is delicious. I love the bacon wrapped figs and the meatballs as an appetizer. There pizza is great with a delicious crust. The chicken marsala and the lasagna are winners, too! All very soulful. The waitstaff is very well trained and make you feel very well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good restaurant
    Tsutsu
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Over all the place is decent....Both food and service are good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So So
    unhappy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food and dessert were really average, kind of disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New owners
    CinnamonSpice
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The newly renovated Bella Sera has some great new perks. A facelift, happy hour, and a fresh menu. The happy hour has $5 drinks and appetizers in the cute new bar area. It ends kinda early at 6pm, but if I can get out of work on time and rush over, I can make it. Food items are hit and miss for me so far, but what is good will bring me back for more. Grilled asparagus and prosciutto was perfectly grilled and so flavorful. Calamari includes the legs. I hate when the legs are missing! Short Rib Pasta was fresh made and cooked al dente. Just right. Very good. Good sized portions. The service both times I have visited has been more than great. I am looking forward to the next happy hour and to try more things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was looking for a nice place to meet someone for a first date. This was a great choice. The service was very good, the food was good and there was no hurry for us to be rushed off. Mind you it was a Monday night but they had a good turn out which shows the locals like it too. The meat ball appetizer was very tender and nicely spiced. I had pasta and my date had chicken, both were very good. I took a quick look on their back patio, it's a great place on summer nights. I think I will get a table back there next.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • new management
    superchinkVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Return to local favorite with surprising new management and innovative new menu. Several clever new dishes were a delight to the palate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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