Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellanico.net/
  • Phone: (510) 336-1180
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Luce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellington
  • Public Transit: AC Transit #18
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking.
A word from Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar saves some tables for walk-ins, please call Bellanico directly for large party reservations.
Bellanico is a continuation of Chris Shepherd & Elizabeth Frumusa’s successful restaurant in San Francisco, Aperto in Potrero Hill. Bellanico is a neighborhood restaurant located in the Glenview district of Oakland. The name Bellanico is derived from their daughters’ nicknames, Bella & Nico.
The Bellanico staff take great pride in food, service and wine. Jonathan Luce, Chef, serve rustic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. They are dedicated to serving the best seasonal, local, sustainable and organic products that they can find.
Bellanico features Pitman Farms Chicken, Prather Ranch Meat, Duroc Pork and only wild caught fish and seafood. It also features a wine bar offering Old World wines with an emphasis on Italian wines. There are more than 25 wines by the glass & 6 different flights of wine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (105)fit for foodies (96)notable wine list (52)special occasion (41)romantic (28)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (18)kid-friendly (14)hot spot (12)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Must be a change of ownership?
    jennydoneit
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    This was a favorite spot for us for years but we hadn't been there in a while and decided to go for my birthday dinner. Wow we're we disappointed! The menu was similar, but the cooking certainly was NOT. We think it might be an ownership change as we saw all new staff - but whatever it is we won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely Restaurant
    FoodieFinder
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Went there for brunch, and it was a great experience. Good food, Good coffee, Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm ambiance, authentic food, great scene
    BurrataBabe
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I took out-of-town guests to Bellanico and the experience blew away my expectations. The service was warm, attentive and very professional. We had the tasting menu and a bottle of wonderful Puglia vino rosso. The bartender gave us samples of wine before we ordered. The food was delicious, with bright flavors, unexpected combinations, and good portion sizes. Many items, like the cured meats and fresh cheeses, are made in-house. It can be noisy and the tables are close to each other. The bar is my favorite place to sit and take in the hustle in the open kitchen, as well as all the diversity and beauty of Oakland's homegrown foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    food was excellent. The prefix course menu was stellar especially the squash flowers and the persimmon dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    readyourworld
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a great time at Bellanico. The stuffed squash blossoms were amazing. Great food, great location, great kitchen and staff. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was the first time dining at this restaurant. We went because we're celebrating an anniversary. The food was absolutely delicous. I ordered from the Dinner Tasting menu which is a great deal, and my husband ordered separate dishes including the duck breast. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 courses with wine great price
    TbtbVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The fritters were amazing! Love the trout too. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always like it, but...
    Nancy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The place is wonderful. But it is VERY noisy, and tables are inches apart.Try to figure out how to go not at peak times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down one of Oakland's top!
    mamamelisVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This place is consistently stellar. The food is so fresh and delicious. Portions are great. Service is perfect. It is definitely one of Oakland's best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always!
    Lola
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I'm so happy you're in our neighborhood! I always bring out of town guests and local friends for special occasions and you never disappoint me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    TontheTownVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Bellanico is my favorite Oakland restaurant. Always delicious, surprising -- I'm always trying to parse out what makes the dishes so delicious -- but it's inventiveness is for the quality of the flavor, never silly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time dining here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is the first time I have dined here. The food was extremely tasty and the waiter answered all my many questions. He also recommended a great wine to go with my dishes (vermentino). The pasta (Orecchieitte) arrived and although it was delicious it was not hot maybe lukewarm. It took a long time for the entrees to arrive but that was ok. The tables are extremely close together and you have to go out sideways. I am little and it was a squeeze for me. Aside from the above I would go back as the food flavors were very good and the vibe is relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Lovethevibe
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was very much looking forward to taking a friend who had not dined here before and needless to say, neither of us was disappointed....everything was wonderful from our starters to,the delicious chicken....it is a new found treasure in my neighborhood that will continue to be a first choice "go,to"...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Really outstanding food. Delightful service. Sadly we were seated under an air-conditioning vent or something even though it was a cool evening, and so we were too cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MichelleM
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Dined here for our twins 22nd birthday. We were squished into a table in the middle of the room....two in our party are about 6'4", so a little tight for them. The food was good, but I was disappointed they did not bring some dessert out for the kids b-day. I had put in the reservation note that it was their birthday and our waiter greeted them with a "Happy Birthday", so they were aware of the celebration. But overall it was a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner was excellent.
    oaklandron
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great location, parking is fairly easy, service is wonderful, and the wine pairing menu was a favorite of the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speck
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant and a wonderful place for a celebration. Using OpenTable, I requested not only an early reservation (5:30) and a window table, but also noting it was my friend’s birthday. I was delighted upon arriving that a window table was awaiting us. We ordered a flight of red wine and selected our dinner from the tasting menu. The timing of delivery of the courses was perfect--not too soon and not too late, and the food was outstanding. When dessert was served, my friend’s chocolate panna cotta had a lit candle on it--they had paid attention to my online request. This restaurant never fails to deliver on service, food, and ambience. I will continue coming here and recommending it to friends for a very long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality in the lunch
    Berkeleyadventurer3
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Their farro salad is the best I have ever had, often with slightly different ingredients each time I go there and always delicious. I can't order anything else!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We each ordered one of the 2 nightly dinner tasting menus offered which gave us a fabulous introduction to the skill and creativity of the chef and kitchen staff who enjoy using fresh, local organic ingredients that are beautifully prepared. From the meatballs and cauliflower fritters to the baby beets and figs to the steak with roasted vegetables all the way to the cheese plate and chocolate panna cotte...! However, I would go there for the Malfatti alone - amazing, they are not to be missed... While this may not have been a meal for everyday living, it certainly was one to remember. We can't wait for an opportunity to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shockingly Fantastic Food
    use2beachefVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I am always surprised at the terrific cooking and food one can find in small, family owned restaurants around this area. This is not exception. The entire meal was terrific. Great cooking, ingredients, simple presentation...Will be back with more friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellanico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I've been here a few times and it's consistently fabulous. We've done Sunday brunch and dinners, including the tasting menu with wine pairings. The service has been really good for the most part as well. Definitely check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    PoodleCK
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went with a group of friends and everything was delicious. We shared various hors d' oeuvre and they were delicious. The hangar steak I had as my entree was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    Lola
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've never been disappointed with Bellanico. The food is always interesting, fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented. It's always a reliable choice and we bring visiting guests frequently who are always impressed, no matter where they come from-NYC, SF, LA, Seattle, Europe. What a neighborhood gem! The only drawback is that it is sometimes very noisy and the tables are very close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for celebration
    sherrae
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was the birthday of a friend and we gathered to take him out. We were 5. Waiter handled everything including questions in the most agreeable manner. One of our party, a woman with an incurable illness, felt cold and the waiter was even able to bring her a blanket. Food was interesting, portions were generous, lighting just right. Even though it is nearby we had never tried it, though it has a great reputation. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Athena1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was outstanding and service very friendly and not pushy. Brought in a bottle of wine and that was no problem-helped with chilling wine. Great variety of courses on menu and there is also a wonderful prix fixe four course dinner for $34 per person and you can get wine for each course for an extra $18 per person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and delicious
    YumEVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I came to this charming little place for the first time a few weeks ago and was very pleasantly surprised! Everything we ordered from the apps to the desserts were super delicious. And I'm not well versed on Italian wines so I told the waiter what I wanted and he knew exactly which one to recommend --it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyyetloyal
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Friendly local spot with superior food and service. Not high end; just a great place to enjoy an evening or a brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an original surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Interesting food/flavor combinations; well prepared and presented; not your usual Italian faire with lots of tomato base sauces---much more original; enjoyed the prix fix meal and wine pairings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We shared the SWISS CHARD MALFATTI, BROWNED BUTTER, SAGE, GRANA PADANO & GRILLED PORK CHOP, CHARRED ESCAROLE, BLACK MISSION FIGS, RED ONIONS, GRILLED POLENTA, SMOKE BRODO. Both were excellent. The service was wonderful. Thank you Bellanico's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a real treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The squash blossoms and the liberty duck are my favorites. Great service. Friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality in neighborhood setting
    hiccupVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The cooking is complex yet hearty. Tasting menu and tasting samples are quite generous. The staff was right on, it is nice to have such a terrific place right around the corner from where you live. Watch out SF.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    PdotVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our only regret is we don't live close enough to make this our neighborhood restaurant. Always welcoming, and with food that changes around a solid core of Italian offerings. This time the red beet stuffed raviolis were just outstanding, as was the duck breast with confit leg. Especially loved the Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms! The wine flights are a nice addition for those less familiar with Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The most amazing Italian food
    bayareaprofessionalVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been to Bellanico a few times now and the food is consistently excellent, the service warm and friendly, overall just great value for the money. The $34 four-course tasting menu was incredible.....
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, one small problem...
    AcedVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love this place, what a find. The dishes are creative and for the most part well executed. My only complaint was the dinner (duck and porkchop) were not warm, although the confit portion of the duck dish was toasty warm. We did tell the waiter, they need to work on timing a bit. Otherwise, no complaints. Squash blossoms and squid app were great. And the peach blackberry tart was one of the best desserts I've had in a while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I hate this place
    ek903VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is the best in Glenview. I want to keep it from getting to popular so I can always get a res, but I have to give kudos for a fine restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bellanico = very chic-o
    Lunchwick44
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Delicious food, different but not weird- love the beet stuffed raviolis and goat cheese -cake. You can take a friend there without fear of disappointment. Staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    Oneofourfavorites
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been coming to Bellanico for special occasions for the past 5 years. First, because we live across the street, now because it's one of the best dining experiences for the price. Chris and team really make us feel at home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bellanico just keeps getting better
    foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    and the bar has already been set very high...the food is delicious using seasonal food and imaginatively prepared and beautifully presented...the prix fixe with the wine pours is a great deal...we wil go back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very intimate, neighborhood gem. Fresh ingredients with some items, (salami & cheese) made in-house. Fantastic wine list and they offer wine flights for under $15, as well. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious, as usual
    havnagoodtimeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love Bellanico Restaurant, which is a go-to for special occasions and dining in our neighborhood. The food is always delicious, fresh and creative without being precious. It was full and noisy at 7 pm when the place was packed. If you go on a Friday or Saturday and want a quieter dinner hour, try early or the later seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.