Bella Vista Restaurant
Bella Vista Restaurant
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Bella Vista Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bvrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6508511229
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:30PM.
    Closed: Sunday, Monday.
    Available for private luncheons upon request.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Walter Alas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have Three (3) dining rooms at the Bella Vista Restaurant. Two (2) Bay View Rooms, and One (1) Fireside Room.
    Our South East Bay View Room has the Bay View and Seats up to 50 guests. Our North East Bay View Room has the Bay View and Seats up to 90 guests. Our Fireside Room has a Fireplace and seats up to 50 guests. It is not a room with a View.

    Rental Fees and Food and Beverage Minimum expenditure requirements vary by day of business, room or entire restaurant needed, and season... We do lunch only on a private party rental basis but we do a lot of them and do them well. We are normally a dinner house. We only request rental fees &/or Food and Beverage Minimum Expenditure requirements when warranted.
    We make every effort to keep cost down in every way possible with private events. We want to find a way to make a beautiful event at every budget. This is why we get so many return group and individual business.
  • Private Party Contact: John Ward 6504001938
  • Entertainment: New Year's Eve Dining and DJ with Dancing at 11pm through New Year's... Great party to follow wonderful dining experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: CA Hwy 92
  • Public Transit: Bella Vista Restaurant is not accessable via public transportation. Taxi's can be called to give rides to and/or from Bella Vista Restaurant, but we do not work with a specific company.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Two large, private parking lots directly in front of, and adjacent to, Bella Vista. Customers park on their own and walk in to restaurant.
    Handicap parking spot are directly in front of restaurant and adjacent to the wheelchair ramp. Please let us know if any help is needed in to Bella Vista.
    Limousines, Shuttles, Taxi's and Busses welcome to park in front of Bella Vista.
A word from Bella Vista Restaurant
The neon martini glass out in front of the Bella Vista has been a landmark to identify one of the most prolific dining establishments for generations.
Bella Vista sets itself apart for a number of reasons, one is its unique sweeping panoramic views of San Francisco's South Bay and Silicon Valley that always get Oo's and Ah's! Combine this unique country ambience with our famously delicious food and a long time staff of professionals that know how to serve you, and you have what we all seek; a great dining experience.

Our concept is easy to describe; Very large portions, prime ingredients, deep, rich sauces served hot and on time for a fair cost. How many times have you gone out to dine, and looked back on the experience and said, "What just happened? I'm still hungry and I just put out hard earned money and feel taken-"
Bella Vista is not inexpensive, but is a big-time value. We are criticized for over-serving, not under-serving, like so many other fine restaurants.
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Bella Vista Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Attention to detail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    I've lived on the SF Peninsula most of my life and heard great things about Bella Vista, but never made it for dinner there until recently. It is small but charming and hosts a wondrous view. The key though is the attention to the small details that add a level of service that other restaurants can only wish they had. The wait staff was attentive and engaging to each of our party of four. We were celebrating my wife's birthday with friends who were celebrating their anniversary which made for a great evening, only enhanced by the exceptional dining experience that Bella Vista provided. Well done!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff was excellent. They
    accordnguyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The staff was excellent. They were cordial and pleased to assist in any way. The food was outstanding; however, I thought the drinks were a little pricey (the same as hotel prices). I was a little surprised that the restaurant was rated $$. There were few entrees that at that range. Our seating was great (in the dining room, corner table, facing the east bay). Spectacular view; however, it was a relatively small room and, during the evening, the odor of cooking permeated throughout the room and reached us at the end. The smell of smoke was rather pungent. I would still recommend Bella Vista - the view, the food and the staff make the cooking smell worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Matt
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Been here several times. Classic menu with several standards. Service is pleasant and efficient. This past time I got the duck and my wife the chicken Curucao. Food was well prepared, but the chicken was a little bland. The food can also a bit heavy on the butter. Caesar salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Vista is appropriately named
    JohnR
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Situated high above the San Francisco bay amongst redwood trees, the Bella Vista restaurant astounds the eyes with a view that stretches on for miles. When the sun set, the twinkle of the bay lights and low flying airliners added a sparkle to the ambiance of the surroundings. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We almost felt like we were their family. And then there was the food! All of our entrees were prepared perfectly. The menu was full of many flavorful choices, in fact, so many that it was difficult to choose. We loved our dining experience at Bella Vista.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    EatMe58
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Went for the view, and loved the food! The Filet and Steak Diane were both excellent, but the Grand Marnier Souffle was the BOMB!! Our waiter, Victor, was expert, personable, attentive and very knowledgeable. The view of the San Mateo area was great and the whole staff was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't trust your gps
    Nexbell
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Before anything call the restaurant and ask for directions..the GPS will get you complete lost This is a great hidden restaurant my sweet husband took me for my Birthday And it was phenomenal from the spectacular view to the tasty food great service And special desert this is definitely a place worth the while. My husband went above beyond He is the Best!'
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    "Bella Vista Restaurant" is a Great Romantic Setting In The Beautiful Redwoods with Fabulous Views... Very Rustic and Old With Great Ambience. The Waiters were Outstanding and Kept The Table nice and Clean ! You could talk and feel comfortable. It was a great Experience. !!! Very Friendly Waiters I had the Abalone ! It was excellent !
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dining
    Jerry
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Great spot for a special occasion. Food is very good, and wait staff are also excellent. It's slightly noisy and tables are close together, but it's acceptable regardless.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Rustic Setting
    Craiggy36
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This place is so close to the city...but, so far away at the same time. Being there feels like something special and yet, there is a very down-to-Earth vibe. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to when we return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For over 40 years-
    nll94002
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Bella Vista remains that special place where a panoramic view of the bay compliments a scenic selection of fine food, served with tha certain flair making dinner a specil event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good time
    msTT
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We went with our friends and their new baby, (bravely on the part of our friends I felt) for dinner, and Bella Vista were very accommodating. The baby was very well behaved, but the folks at the restaurant made a real effort to situate us at a table where the stroller could be parked right next to us safely and would not get bumped, which was extremely helpful. The service was excellent, as usual, as was the ambience. We usually go as a couple to this place, the view across the Bay from the dining room is beautiful, and there is a great bar as well to hang out in for a drink before dinner. I definitely recommend Bella Vista, never disappointing. Good selection of food (not health food) and the souffle is exceptional. Solid wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration at Bella Vista
    Beve
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We went to Bella Vista frequently over the years for our anniversary. Always a wonderful meal, beautiful view and spectacular service. We had not been there for a few years but when I was thinking of somewhere to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday it was the choice; he loves the steak Diane and spinach salad. Nothing had changed in the experience we had at this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A best kept secret
    KenMcL
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Even though Bella Vista is often referenced as the most romantic restaurant in the Bay Area, it is amazing how many people have never heard of it or been there. That's fine because it means an easier time for the rest of us to get reservations. There is no better place for a special occaision and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food overall is mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The food overall is mediocre. My wife had the duck breast which was overcooked and a bit chewy. The accompanying vegetables were unimaginative. I had the sole which was over-battered. Although the menu indicated that it was done with a Chardonnay sauce, it was no where to be found. The salad was well drenched with dressing which overwhelmed the taste of fresh vegetables.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed This Time Around
    SpSsVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Disappointed with the service this time around. Could not get it right, even after sending it back. Will think twice about returning. Iron Gate is a much better value - better food quality and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful romantic destination
    Perplexed
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    My wife and I have been coming to Bella Vista for almost 18 years, since we first met. The quality of the food, service, and stunning view down into the valley continue to bring us back every year. The food is always amazing - Excellent quality, perfectly cooked, and perfectly presented. We usually arrive at 7pm for a 7:30pm reservation. This gives us 30 minutes to enjoy a quiet drink in the cozy bar area before being seated. The window tables offer an amazing view to the valley as dusk falls, with the lights of Palo Alto and the peninsula twinkling far below. A bella vista for sure. The pace of service is perfectly pitched... we never feel rushed through courses, making it a relaxed evening of dining. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like old fashion fine dining,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Like old fashion fine dining, well done. Top-notch service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is right out of a movie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Everything was perfect--the view, the dinner, the service...I will be coming back here again. I'm still dreaming of the abalone...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular view
    RafaelVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    As usual, the food was excellent, the service tremendous and what a view. The best in the bay area (west side anyway).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding "old school" charm.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Outstanding "old school" charm. Very romantic setting with great views.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view was grest, the service
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The view was grest, the service commendable and the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that the table (for four) was a little small, so we felt somewhat crowded.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been to Bella Vista several
    foodie1
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    I've been to Bella Vista several times and it never disappoints for the food, views of the bay, service and ambiance. Great for special occasions. My favorite!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the same ambiance as sister
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Not the same ambiance as sister restaurant "the Iron Gate" and the steak diane was NOT prepared at the table, but lovely mountain setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Vista yummm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Appitizers,food and deserts were fabulous! Look forward to going back there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey, but one gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    A little pricey, but one gets what one pays for. A very nice place for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Vista is a classic gem rusti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Bella Vista is a classic gem rustic warm interior not one of those overdone interiors that tries to steal the show that you get so wowed over that you overlook the food and the service BECAUSE Bella Vista is all about FOOD and SERVICE - cozy room can't go there without trying the abalone. Always looking forward to coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a remarkable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This iconic restaurant truly is remarkable. The cuisine reflects a time when dining really was a special experience. The food superb, service impeccable, the view spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything good. Loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Everything good. Loved the flattened scallops, creme brulee, Pinot Noir. Gorgeous view in daylight. And sparkling with lights at night. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Treat to step back in time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Treat to step back in time to a classic restaurant - tuxedo servers, sauces/salads created as you watch, distinct courses especially souffle'. Had issue with excessive 'smoke' after prep of one type of sauce which appears to happen often since everyone had jacket/sweaters to wear when outside door had to be left ajar
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    We had a wonderful time at Bella Vista. After having been in the area for 20 years and having heard about Bella Vista forever, we finally came here for a birthday celebration on a Friday night. It exceeded our expectations. The calamari steak was outstanding! The souffle for dessert was incredible as well. I'm was extremely impressed by the ambiance, food and service. Oh yeah...did I mention the view...wow. We will definitely come back and won't wait for a special occasion. Thank you Bella Vista!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great views. We had just server..Da
    SamSVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Great views. We had just server..Dante for 10 tables. Service was slow. The food was mediocre... Slightly cold when it arrived. The soufflés were excellent. Tanya was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful evening
    JuneauVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We had a wonderful evening with a great seat by the window. The service was very attentive and food was wonderful. It feels a bit like you have stepped backed in time at the Bella Vista which adds to the romance of the experience. We were celebrating a special occasion and it was the perfect setting. Everything was delicious but especially the strawberry souffle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellissimo Bella Vista!
    cherrypieVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Had a wonderful evening! The service was attentive and friendly. Thank you Fernando and Tanya! The view is to die for. And the food is superb. It's not Michelin star fancy but it's inventive, cooked well and tastefully presented. I love the bacon and spinach salad - warm and just slightly sweet. I had the filet - yummy! The dessert souffles are pillows of wonderfulness. And the bar can mix a good drink. Can't think of anything I'd change except slightly bigger tables but it was nice to be close to my special guy. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dinner was memorable,
    MarjorieVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The dinner was memorable, right down to the Grand Marnier souffle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply the best food and service
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Simply the best food and service of any restaurant that I know of. The view is great. It is far away (long ride up a hill) and expensive or we would go there more. We save it for special occasions. Again Simply the BEST food BEST service and great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite outdated menu. Reminded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Quite outdated menu. Reminded me of a menu from the 1960s or 70s. Overpriced for average food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the nice things about
    Smore
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    One of the nice things about this restaurant is it's a throwback to the times when restaurants did tableside cooking, such as Steak Dian and wilted spinach salad. The whole wait staff was very attentive, but not overbearing. We were thrilled to see souffles on the menu, but if they weren't there, they had other great dessert choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a fine dining restaurant,
    Disappointed
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    For a fine dining restaurant, it was disappointing. The food was dry and poorly presented especially the souffle dessert. The service was just OK. The maitre d checking everyone in wasn't very friendly. Unfortunately, I wouldn't return or recommend others.
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  • Always,always, always, outstanding!
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Always,always, always, outstanding! I have been coming here for over 27yrs & it consistently exceeds our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going out to dinner here is
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Going out to dinner here is like stepping back in time, but in a good way. From the tuxedo suited waiters to the table side food preparation, everything is just as it was back in the day. Oysters Rockefeller is as good as anywhere in the country and the steaks here are the best in the Bay. The service is stellar and attentive without being intrusive. Desert souffles end the perfect meal on a high note. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate