great prix fixe lunchI very much enjoyed lunch at Bellanico with four friends. Everything on the prix fixe lunch menu was delicious, especially the farro/beet salad and the chocolate rice pudding dessert. Wines were great, service was perfect, noise level was fine. All my friends liked it.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBellanico in OaklandThis was a Mother's Day dinner for my wife and I and a first time visit to Bellanico in the Glenview district in Oakland, CA.THe restaurant doesn't look upscale polished and shiny. But the courses served are beautiful and terrifically tasteful and varied. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and willingly helpful about the menu and wine list. Bellanico has the friendly feel of a neighborhood hangout. We had a chance to converse with a young couple with an infant about food and parenting. This place seems to engender an open and casual atmosphere even among strangers.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and great serviceI love this place: close by, family run and innovative, creative dishes.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA Surprise and a GemUpon a friend's recommendation we brought DC visitors to Bellanico for lunch. What a pleasant surprise! Tucked in a neighborhood storefront, the layout is simple and unassuming. But the food! Every selection was fresh with simply delicious flavors. This is "Italian" food, but not like any I've experienced before! European portion sizes meant we could savor several items and still leave the place feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. Our waiter was patient - the menu is surprisingly extensive and varied - and very knowledgeable. My wife and I shared a glass of a very good Piedmontese white. Reasonable price, too: $84 + tip for the four of us. This place is worth a special trip, and is now on our "have to go back again - and again!" list.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAn unexpected delight!Visited this great find before the A's Ball game and didn't want to leave! Service was incredible- very attentive and informed.
Menu was intriguing with a variety of ingredients. Salumi appetizer delicious. Duck breast was cooked perfectly, flavorful and plentiful to share.
Will go again!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMHad dinner with 5 friendsHad dinner with 5 friends - everyone had a great meal and the service is top notch. Big winner on Park Blvd.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth going out of your way forHaving heard the review on "Check Please Bay Area" as well as knowing their wonderful sister restaurant in San Francisco "Aperto" - it was an easy choice when in their neck of the woods to try to get in. The service was superior, attentive but not over the top. The food was excellent - a special shout out to the risotto, which was vegan (except for the cheese) but was as hearty as any with meat sauce! Would recommend and will be back when in the Oakland Hills.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place is a real gem--greatThis place is a real gem--great staff, nice ambiance, and the food? Outstanding. They can do plates like sweet potato gnocchi with lamb sugo (absolutely incredible), but also put out something simple like a grilled pork chop and have it be just as impressive. The portions are just right, too. For two people, sharing a large primi and a secondi is plenty.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat recommendation fromGreat recommendation from Open Table. I had the porkchop which was a little too pink for my taste and my partner had the risotto. Overall, the food was good. We sat outside because of the nice warm evening and they have outdoor heaters to accomodate that. Ambiance was terrific and could easily be a romantic setting for special occasions.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMhidden place near montclairhidden place near montclair with great food and even great veggie options. definitely coming back. try the roasted beet ravioli with poppy seeds. really unique and delicious4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMI had a friend visiting SanI had a friend visiting San Francisco from Los Angeles and talked him into coming over to the East Bay via BART for this dining experience. HE LOVED IT - we three had the steak, pork chop, and children. Each of us talked at length about the quality, smells, and, of course, taste of these delightful dishes. Each felt as if it had be prepared just for us. My friends had white wine - lots of it - the Spanish and Italian varieties - I'm more of a merlot man. For appetizers, we had the combo - that's a taste of all the available items - the meatballs were to die for - as was everything else. This is the prefect place to bring a date, partner, family, work colleagues or out of town guests. No one will be disappointed! Louis4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorites. TheOne of our favorites. The food is consistently great, and the service is warm and efficient.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMReceptionist called to confirmReceptionist called to confirm reservation. Upon arrival,friendly greeting; promptly seated (restaurant 3/4 occupied). Great decor, lighting; comfortable. Waiter - friendly, introduced self, brief explanation of menu, with time for us to review; returned - knowledgeable on food & wine; helpful recommendations. Food promptly served but with enough time to know it was prepared for our order; well served. Water glass never empty. Waiter ck'd back just right # of times. Artisan Italian Food - EXCELLENT! - served hot, enticing presentation, cooked 'just right', incredible flavors, ample portions. Attentive waiter responded with birthday desert presentation. **** Mgr thanked us as we departed. Very enjoyable, reasonable prices. Will return.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Neighborhood SpotSome of the food just okay, most of it outstanding. The 4-course dine and wine tasting is the way to go, but watch out - it is a lot of food and you will be stuffed by the time the main course arrives! Wines that accompanied each course were excellent. Server was top-notch. We'll definitely return next time in town.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMTruly, one of the best restaurantsTruly, one of the best restaurants in Oakland. The food and service is always exceptional.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAlthough, the restaurant wasAlthough, the restaurant was very busy..the four of us had a great table right in the window. The food was outstanding
and we chose two appetizers and our entrees which were delicious. The ladies had the frittata and the men the beet filled raviolis in butter sauce. Our appetizers were assorted meat, pate, olives and bread and the second one was a malfatti...either spinach or kale were was outstanding...wine was from Portugal...all in a great meal with great service..3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting menu with lotsInteresting menu with lots of unique tastes. All is well prepared. The 4 course dinner was a little sparse on some courses like the soup. She called it a "tasting" and that's what it was - a little taste. This was not apparent on the menu but still a reasonable price for 4 courses.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food, fair prices; sometimesgreat food, fair prices; sometimes hard to get a reservation and seeting can be a little crowded.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBellanico is not to be missed.Bellanico has fantastic food and an interesting wine list. It's a great find to be cherished. Make sure to try the home-made burrata, and lemon verbena panacotta.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome neighborhood findI took my hubby here for a date night after seeing it reviewed on check please. We both LOVED the whole experience. The food was deliciousious, the service was great and I love the neighborhood. If you go during the weekend I do suggest you make reservations.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBellanico's hits the mark.The food was outstanding. Everything we had hit the mark...especially the garganelli pasta and the pork chop. The pork chop was the most tender pork I've ever had. I see why it's Michelin rated. The service was great. And to top it off, they are dog friendly. :-)2/28/2013 12:00:00 AMNice creative delicious dinner.Nice creative delicious dinner. We enjoy this place, have been often and look forward to our return. The char was fabulous!2/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA true neighborhood gem! QualityA true neighborhood gem! Quality of food/ingredients is always excellent. And, the staff is very accommodating of kids.6/17/2012 12:00:00 AM