Bella's Restaurant
Bella's Restaurant

Bella's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellas-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4343274833x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Menu

    Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    (CLOSED 4:00pm - 5:00pm)

    Dinner Menu

    Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday 5:00pm- 11:00pm
    Saturday 11:00am- 11:00pm
    Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: William Cooper
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do it all. Give us a call.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bella's Restaurant
Bella's is an authentic Roman Italian family style restaurant. Bella’s values are to treat customers like family and provide them with great Roman-Italian food at an affordable price. We provide an authentic Italian atmosphere of Family, Food, Happiness.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bella's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (41)neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (34)romantic (20)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great service
    LaReine
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. Loved the family style dining. Carbonara was tasty but bit dry and no trace of eggs. Overall, nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    SigEpBill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nice to find a great local restaurant - enjoyed the 'family style' as we were together as a family. Daughters 16 & 19 were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta and friends
    Rstars
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went a group of 10 college students (son's 21st b-day). Been there before and preordered before this trip. Big portion sizes and no lack of quality. Live in NYC but try to stop in every time we make it to Cville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • snarky waiter
    jaybird
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have dined at Bella several times before and understand the portion options of 2 or 4, etc... But we wanted the smaller single portion for spaghetti meatballs for our 10 year old and specifically discussed this with the waiter; he brought the serving for 2 and we did not realize until the bill came and then he was very snarky about it and would not budge. He should have gotten the manager and had him handle it. Will not recommend Bella.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excallent
    Lcaudill
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent service and food. Cant say enough good about our Service which was outstanding. Fun as the food is served family style and there is more than enough to go around. Neat twist on italian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • if you love good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    if you love good food Bella's is a must. Quality and unique Italian dishes. ingredients and presentations are superb. Customized some vegetarian alternatives. service was a bit slow at times. A fine dining experience for a family or for special date. highly recommended i
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Eat Lasagna
    Ashman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food is very good, but the lasagna (Pasta al forno) is out of this world. The best I have ever tasted; nothing else is even close. However, it is the friendly relaxed atmosphere, augmented by the family style dining, that has made this my favorite restaurant in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stubie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    on the upside, we had a person with a garlic allergy and that was addressed quickly and to great satisfaction. we were not told about the special (which I would have ordered) but heard it being presented at the table behind us after we had ordered. The food was quite good and the service of sufficient size, but the background music seemed to cause the guests to talk louder and we had a difficult time having a conversation. After the second request, the volume was turned down. All in all a nice dinner with friends and we will go again - this time we'll ask for the specials!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great Food
    Wallycat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have eaten at Bella's a number of times, both for lunch and dinner. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is welcoming, though professional. Our service has always been outstanding. The last time we were there, the noise level was a bit high. No one was being unruly, but a number of large groups were eating and talking, making it difficult to hear our own conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall very good
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food. Good service. Table in front is preferred. Family style dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The service is good, food is hot and fresh coming out of the kitchen. Ambience is perfect for all occasions. Very cozy and friendly. Nice neighborhood place for food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find; great food
    Easy2please
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to Bella's twice in the last week and it has been excellent both times. Casual dining with great food and a nice wine list. It does serve family style which can be a little awkward with a larger group, but the quality of the food more than makes up for it. Sincerely, it gets my highest recommendation for non-formal dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Third Place
    FoodCity
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I wanted a surprise birthday party for my husband with our two grown sons and a few of our dearest, long-time friends. It had to have excellent food (as my husband's a great cook in his own right), be casual and friendly, yet have an authentic, urban neighborhood feel, like Boston's North End or Richmond's Fan. Bella's on West Main fit the bill. The wonderful waiter worked with me to get the right chianti, the right dinner combos for eight (it was terrific fun sharing the caprese, ceasar and house salads, and the primavera, carbonara and chicken parmesan entrees) and the right birthday message on the cannoli and lemon pound cake. This pitch perfect evening will be fondly remembered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way over priced
    DIningwithFriends
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Bella's is a charming little place. It reminded me of retaurants back home in Brooklyn. The food was average. Nothing special. The prices were steep. Can check it off the list. No need to go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy, but good food
    jeannieeats
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Bella's. The service was quick and friendly. The food was good, served family style, so be ready for that. The noise level and closeness of table spacing were the only things that detracted from our experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and filling
    OnlyEatsMeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to Bella's with my parents for my father's birthday. He loves lasagna, so I wanted a place that would do it right. I had been to Bella's once before and enjoyed it, but this time they knocked it out of the park. We had a caesar salad (for 2) that was enormous, a couple appetizers (one would probably have been more than enough), and ordered the pasta al forno (lasagna) and veal alla parmigiana - each also for 2. The caesar was good enough that we were saying that would have made an excellent dinner by itself, and the lasagna and veal parmesan were outstanding. We couldn't even pick which we preferred between the two, which will make it tough to try something new the next time we return to Bella's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    CvilleFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to Bella's with a party of 7. Had small portions of 2 appetizers, 3 salads, and 3 entrees, which was plenty of food for all of us. The food was delicious and the service was great! The tiramisu with "Happy Birthday" in chocolate sauce on the plate for one of the members of our group was a nice touch and finished off a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    PollyT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been to Bella's twice and the food has been consistently outstanding. The family style portions are huge, and we think it is a great deal. We look forward to eating our leftovers tonight!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere - OK food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I thought the concept of a "family style" restaurant serving meals to share (serving sizes for either 2 or 4) was an interesting concept and worth trying out. The server was very friendly and the food was prompt. We enjoyed the atmosphere, but the food, unfortunately, left much to be desired. We ordered the spaghetti and meatballs for 2. The noodles were overcooked, the meatballs were dry and crumbly, and the portion seemed to be on the smaller side, maybe a lunch-sized portion for 2. Afterwards, the coffee I ordered was delivered in essentially a bowl with a uselessly tiny handle. I found this to be rather awkward and hard to drink from. In summary, a nice place with friendly employees, but with food that was just so-so.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Belindatucker
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food and service were too notch. I took my co-worker to celebrate second year bank school at UVA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday
    Belindatucker
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We celebrated my husbands birthday. Awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood
    kdutas
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I really enjoyed this experience; it was romantic, had a good wine list, and well-priced. Excellent quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mid week birthday.
    Occasionaldiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful diner for my wife's birthday. Enjoyed the large portions of excellent food. The wait staff was great too. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I'll give it an average overall as there were some great pieces to the meal and some bad ones. The arancini appetizer was fantastic, hot, and delicious so we were hopeful. Good wine and drinks too! We over ordered despite the staff's warnings. The small portions really could feed two adults and probably more. I'd give them a 2/3 for our entrees. The penne bolognese w/ meatballs was delicious, hot and everybody's favorite. The eggplant parm was cold. I would go back, order much less food and focus in on our favorites. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere is terrific. Would be a great spot for a date night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    goodeats1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were visiting the area and found this restaurant. Would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    bigd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We joined them for dinner on a weekday evening. The service was great and prompt, the food was tasty, the Gorgonzola salad was excellent as usual. The only complaint would be that the tables are very small and close together. Staggering them would seem less intrusive by other diners. Drinks are expensive, but the food was more than we could eat in one sitting. It was great the next day! We did not have room for dessert though, but I bet it was good. The noise level was less than on prior visits, due to the lack of children. Not really a child's restaurant anyway! But if they are there, they are close, by so be forewarned. Can ruin the romantic ambiance. Overall, highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great grilled romaine salad
    yummytummyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The best part of our dinner was the grilled romaine salad with gorgonzola. It was about $9 for three halves of romaine topped with yummy cheese and crunchables. Thought recommende by our server, the ragu with papparedelle lacked flavor or interest... nothing much, and certainly not as good as home-made. The arancini balls were made way before hand, I think, and though large, filled with a lot of rice and some gooey cheese. Not the best restaurant in Charlottesville, I hope.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great italian cuisine
    CharlottesvillianVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fantastic Italian food, great service. The only problem - beware of the size of the servings - the menu is unusual in that most dishes are sized for 2 or 4 people. What if there are three diners? That was our situation - we ended up with lots of bagged food. This is why we gave 4 stars rather than five for the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good All Around
    weezy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Bella's really has it going on. The service is excellent, with the staff being very knowledgeable and attentive, but not too attentive. The food is wonderful and the portions are huge. I always have some food to take home for the next day. Although the restaurant can be very noisy, it is worth the visit. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy in Charlotsville
    PRZack
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Reminded me a lot of Little Italy near Baltimore's Inner Harbor: family-owned and run, real Italian dishes, top-notch, very lively and upbeat service from entering the front door and throughout the entire meal. Free on-street parking (we managed to grab a spot directly in-front). The waiter really added to the ambiance and experience, he knew ever nuance of each dish and suggested options. The portions are large and well-prepared. Keeping with the "flavor," the seating is a little cozy, but comfortable. As a bonus, the owner and his wife (recipes were all her mothers direct from Italy, she told us...) both visited our table, chatted. An easy call for a return trip. Finally, think of Bella's as an experience, rather than a meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Snstates
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Bella's is great. Always fantastic food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food for Larger Parties
    Drive2Eat
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My favorite go-to place for entertaining friends when they come to town - large portions to share and easier on the budget as a result. Finally had the grilled gorgonzola salad and it did not disappoint! I would highly recommend this as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service ruins good food
    goodeatsVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Worst service I have ever had! Sadly, food was tasty but hard to enjoy when service was so awful. Tables too close together so had to hear our neighbors the entire time, service from waitress was almost nonexistent, took hour+ to get apps and when we complained to manager was confronted with obnoxious, condescending attitude - basically saying that "everyone had to wait tonight, you should have noticed it was a busy night." On positive side, after an email, owner was gracious & apologetic. However, I wont recommend C'ville location to anyone any time soon. Good food can only gets you so far in restaurant biz, offensive service will sink you and, if C'ville location doesn't change some staffing, I'm afraid that will be their fate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • smaller portions
    dicky
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This visit included entrée and calamari orders much smaller than normal disappointed
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time experience
    Ricci2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Amazing dining experience from start to finish... Dinner began with the caprese salad, followed by maincourse pasta Al Forna and lastly finishing up with a liimoncello poundcake. Looking forward to my next visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Italian - Large Portions
    imichu
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our whole table was pleased with Bella's and even ordering conservatively, we had plenty of leftovers to take home. Food was excellent and service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food
    Delicioso
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, were pleased with our service and liked the ambience. Despite the generous portions, we devoured almost everything we ordered. No doubt we were hungry, but the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that the noise level was quite high, making it difficult to hear conversation. Then again we were a big group ourselves and probably contributed to the noise level. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like dining in Venice
    firstofthecville450
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Nearly everything about house salad and dinner special of pan-seared chicken over penne, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms in cheese sauce was perfect. The server was outstanding. We tipped 25%.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for a Fun Evening!
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've eaten at Bella's twice and love to take our guests from out of town. They are always impressed with the fabulous food and fun dining experience. Most people are in groups; large or small and everyone is having a good time. We always eat too much because the food is amazing traditional Italian cooking and the wine is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really like Bella's.
    CvilleRev
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is mostly excellent, the service friendly, and the atmosphere pleasing except for the incredible noise level we encountered at our past visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.