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: 5103361180
  • 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
134 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (93)notable wine list (50)special occasion (49)romantic (30)great for brunch (27)great for outdoor dining (24)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (18)good for groups (11)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    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
  • 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.
  • Love this place!
    missvick33
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Bellanico is always a special treat. The interior feels like home, but in a restaurant setting. The food is really excellent and for reasonable prices. We had a small plate of Caulifower Fritters that I could have ordered 10 more plates of they were so melt-in-your-mouth-delicious! All of the food was excellent except that the edges of the filled pastas were a bit dry and undercooked. That said, the oxtail filling was fabulous. Unfortunately, there was a woman sitting next to us that was literally screaming for her companion across the table to be heard (he had a hearing aid). This was very uncomfortable, but we asked to move and were accommodated, so can't blame the owners for that. Bellanico is truly a neighborhood gem!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian food & friedly place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love Bellanico food! Creative, refine Italian. We did the pre-fix menu and was delicious and fun! The prices are very reasonable. Wine pairing perfect. The environment was too noisy; we have been there several times and this was particularly noticeable. Still really enjoyed it, will continue to recommend and go back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid and interesting
    jakiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We eat here quite often. Each time the menu is interesting and delicious; the wine choices we've made complement the dining; and the whole experience is one which is satisfying and, when we bring guests, notably impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible time at this restaurant
    artc
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was just decent, borderline below average. But the reason I would never return here is because of the service which was absolutely horrid.
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  • Lovely meal
    ChaladayVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've eaten here before but didn't recall the lengthy enticing pasta menu. We had Sunday's fixed price dinner. Exquisite melt in your mouth fish cannoli; likewise for the pork belly. Cauliflower fritters and beet pasta were quite good. Zeppolini (little doughnuts with sage custard and chocolate sauce) were good. Only disappointment was ricotta, mission figs and toast dessert, all of which were dry and uninteresting; could have been improved with drizzled honey. So we ordered cookie plate,too; the light little chocolate hazelnut ones were to die for. I'm bringing back friends so we can order all the pastas (which come in two sizes).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lulu
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been here many times and the food and service are always the best. It's really a special place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It is truly a neighborhood gem. Consistently wonderful food and wine, excellent service, and very nice ambiance - one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing except for the wine.
    fine2dine
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had dinner here once before (7-8 months ago) and thought 2 of 3 dishes were very good but this time the food was adequate but not anything I would want to have again. I felt the flavors were not very distinctive, especially sauces that were meant to enhance. I tried two different white wines (glasses--generous pours) that were suggested by the server and liked them very much, and my companion liked his dessert.
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  • Reliably great food
    HowBVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Been there many times and always enjoy the food. Menu changes frequently, but it is all great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great meal...excellent service. I had a lovely time. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful staff, delicious food, all in all really a fun time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely neighborhood find
    brunch
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here on a week night. The staff was professional and friendly. Food was very well done. Flavors subtle, not overpowering. I had the pork chop, very good. My wife had the crusted tuna, also excellent.
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  • Great food, iffy service
    winenerd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food, interesting menu, great to share dishes around the table, and an excellent wine list. Service can be iffy, especially on busy Saturday nights. Being given four menus creates confusion and a lot to look over. A meal at the bar is always a good option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Find
    pwob
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. Menu includes. a fixed price menu with supplemental wine pairing that is quite the deal. Restaurant is small so make reservations although drop ins can sit at the bar. Pastas are fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu am wine pairing
    nomnom100
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I went here for Friday night dinner. It was good that we'd made reservations because this place was packed. We decided on the four course tasting menu($35 what a value!) and wine pairing ($15 great value!). All the food was creative and beautifully presented. Service was top notch. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The best food in the East Bay - Consistently perfect dishes - ALL of them!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love the malfatti- I can depend on the quality of the food - like the local farmers mkt touch service is good - in my neighbor hood -sort of
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    ZoeZ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went out with new friends and were all very pleased with the food. My husband said his duck was the best he has had in the States. My chicken was wonderful - very flavorful and perfectly done. The squash blossom appetizer was also wonderful -very different. A real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy authentic Italian
    deadlyapp
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Came here for dinner on a Wednesday night after finding myself in the area and seeing some excellent reviews of the place. Food was very good with nearly perfect portions as opposed to many italian restaurants that over or underserve. Make sure to get the selection of cicchetti, perfect for two people to get started. Don't be too scared by the italian named dishes, the waitstaff are definitely accustomed to being asked questions about what the dishes are. Entrees were perfect and desert was very good. The pre-arranged wine flights are definitely worth it and seemed to be an excellent value. Wine list seemed a little underwhelming for a restaurant also billed as a wine bar, but I'm sure they have more if you ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Get pork shoulder, not tuna!
    Hooperdrivestheboat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The tasting menu was a good way to go. The cauliflower fritters were good. The peppered tuna was not. Dont think the tuna was fresh and i was very dissappinted with it. But the pork shoulder made everything worth it. It was fantastic
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HowBVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food is reliably tasty and imaginative. Energy (as in noise) gets ramped up as evening progresses. Service is great. We have been here more times than we can count.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delizioso
    LisaZ
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It felt like I was back in Italy - Great food, great wine, nice ambiance. No AC so it was pretty warm - The waiter opened the door and the place cooled off pretty quickly. We will return
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's always good!
    jennydoneit
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Service is not great some night but the food is fabulous and interesting and always well balanced. I have a particular diet which isn't extreme - no dairy, no starches, no wheat products -and they are always more than happy to accommodate me and make a fabulously delicious meal that I can really enjoy and eat everything served. That's top notch cooking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent each time i go there,
    foodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    highly reccomened. food and service excellent. Will return often because of prompt service and food was appropriate temperature when served. Our waiter, Maurice, was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly unique and special place.
    theHAMMER
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food here is art. What a gem. We're thankful that they are in our little neighborhood. We stumbled upon this place last year, and since then we've been to Bellanico a couple of times for special occasions. I had family coming in from out of town that are well traveled and not easily impressed. At least, not easily impressed by most restaurants! Everything was delicious, and the atmosphere was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service A+
    grewUpOnGrits
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had an 8:15 reservation for a party of 3 to celebrate a birthday. We arrived on time and were told the party at "our" table was lingering. We were seated about 20 minutes later at a 2 top that was made into a 3 top by positioning 2 tables together (making it pretty crowded around us). The front of the house thanked us for our patience by comping us wine--and that made us feel a whole lot more positive. Dinner was delicious and so was the wine. Nice recovery!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This restaurant offered gtest food, great service and great atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Great food and service, an excellent neighborhood restaraunt
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    camy1000
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a lovely dinner on Father's Day at Bellanico. It's a relatively compact restaurant, so when it's full as it was that night, it can get very loud. The 4-course tasting menu was a great way to sample many of the regular menu items in somewhat smaller portions and was a real bargain. The service was well-planned and efficient, but the server was a little too detailed (for our taste) in his description of each dish and each wine selected. We will definitely be back to this very good (and good value) Glenview gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food. Horrible smell!
    Rebecca
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I made a reservation for 5 for Father's Day brunch. The food, as usual, was delicious. The problem was that we were seated in the back of the restaurant and the smell from the restrooms was horrible. It smelled like backed-up sewage and chemical cleaner. So nauseating that it gave all of us a headache. I've been to Bellanico many times and have never had a problem like this. We love our neighborhood restaurant so it saddens me to leave this review. Still, the smell was absolutely unacceptable and ruined what should have been a great Father's Day brunch.
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  • Great Local find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Larry
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    ON our initial visit to Bellanico all 4 of our party were very pleased with the quality of the food, size of proportions (not too large) and the friendliness of the staff. This is a find that is unusual in the Bay area. We plan on making additional visits.
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