Belli Osteria
Belli Osteria

Belli Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.belliosteria.com/
  • Phone: 5107041902x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: T-Th 5:30pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Oprescu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between University and Addison
  • Public Transit: Downtown Berkeley BART Station, Multiple AC Transit Bus Lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking. Multiple parking garages nearby.
A word from Belli Osteria
Located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley, Belli Osteria is a quaint and casual place to enjoy sumptuous dishes made with many local and seasonal ingredients. Our osteria began with the dream of creating a locale whose focus is not just Italian inspired dishes, but pastas and raviolis that are made artisanally and in-house. We take special pride in sourcing ingredients that are local, and whenever possible, organic.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Belli Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (20)romantic (10)notable wine list (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent dinner
    KathyCan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our first dinner here and will be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but indifferent service
    docmarty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Visiting in Berkeley, we booked through Open Table about an hour-and-a-half before our arrival. When we arrived the Maitre d' said "oh, we stopped checking our computer." There was a table available, however, and we were seated--and then we waited about 10 minutes until the server finally came over (and the restaurant did not seem especially busy). The food and wine then appeared in good time and all was very tasty and well prepared and presented. The server was very charming and friendly and apologetic, but then we were left waiting at the end of the meal for someone to come and take a dessert order. The management made up for it with a complementary gelato--which was quite good. Enjoyed ourselves despite the lapses. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive and Varied Menu
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have enjoyed Belli Osteria on several occasions. They always have interesting and tasty specials. And, the main menu varies. There are usually 2 or more choices of ravioli and they are consistently outstanding and often unique. It's a great place to dine before an event at Freight and Salvage, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theater, etc. or any time you crave non-standard Italian food in a friendly setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    foodiemomof3boys
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a great meal at Belli Osteria. Stumbled upon it on open table and decided to check it out. We were very pleased! The service was really exceptional and so friendly with our children. Food was overall very delicious--would give 4.5 stars if I could. The burrata and melon was delicious; as was the house made ravioli and linguini with seafood. "gelato" was not like gelato--more like ice cream but still good. We will be back for sure. Many thanks to the wonderful waitress Chantay for her **Amazing Service** and friendliness. For her alone--we will come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely food, terrible service.
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have brought friends here many times & did so last Saturday. Reservation asked for quiet table, one offered near open door too chilly, said they had to leave it open. Waited 40 minutes for another table, and after we were seated were ignored for 15 minutes. Friend went to host to complain that we couldn't get anyone's attention, and host completely ignored him. Saw that they had another party at table near door, and had closed the door for them. Were in restaurant 1 hour before receiving any food. They said it was because we were seated when new parties came in, but they were served before we were, even though we had been waiting an hour. Terrible. Our friends won't be coming back. The food is so good we will give 2nd chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't get better!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hands down this is my favorite restaurant in the east bay. The food is absolutely incredible. California coast albacore conserva, green beans, purple potatoes with thyme vinaigrette & spicy aioli is TO DIE FOR. The squid ink linguini with pacific octopus, venus clams & gulf shrimp with butter & chardonnay...amazing! Not only is the food so goo you will want to eat there every night, but the service is impeccable! The table is cleared after each course or used dishes/utensils, so you start fresh...who does that??! It's so subtle you don't even notice it, but you can't help but notice. Everyone there is friendly, professional and lovely. I can't recommend this place highly enough. FIVE STARS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnfromSF
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Terrific intimate restaurant with wonderfully friendly, professional, efficient staff. Delicious salads and dishes. Excellent range of good wines. The seafood black pasta is great. One of the best moderately priced restaurants in the entire Bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why isn't it packed?
    Sarah
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We've been there 3 times now and there is always a table for us as soon as we arrive. Go now before the buzz fills this place up. The food and dessert are SO good! I especially like the ricotta gnocci & my husban loves the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Tasty Menu...for Omnivores
    ieatanything
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I'm an an omnivore, so the current menu looks delicious, but my girlfriend is vegetarian, so that was one thing that was lacking. A couple of vegetarian alternatives, sans mushrooms (for her), would be nice. I hope Belli Osteria would consider that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner!
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Three of us had the squid ink pasta with mixed seafood. Unlike mostnseafood pastas, this dish was heavily laden wth seafood. So tasty! And the lamb chops was a huge porton--three double chops at a bargain price of $24. The caesar salad was unique and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in downtown Berkeley
    ChristyBVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place was fantastic! The food was excellent! I would put this up there with Trattoria Corso and Olivetos. Much better than A16.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location near Berkeley Rep.
    Dperer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great location near Berkeley rep. Dining partners said pasta was terrific
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great . . . But
    Incrd
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Restaurant noise level way too high. Will probably not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime!
    BigRed
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic food! Chef Paul is a gem. My favorite restaurant in Berkeley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just the Best!!
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We have been here several times, usually before a Berkeley Rep play. The menu is constantly changing, but everything we have had has been absolutely incredible. This time I had the beet salad and the halibut entree. Both dishes used the freshest ingredients, were beautifully presented, and absolutely the best I have ever had. Not a coincidence that my dining companions with all their different choices said the exact same thing about their dishes. The server was attentive, but not intrusive, and she was very helpful and knowledgeable when we asked for suggestions. I also appreciated how she kept in mind our need to leave at a particular time so as not to be late for our play. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JackyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Tucked away in Berkeley on one of the main streets lies Belli Osteria. Thank you OpenTable for the great find! They were out of the squid ink linguine and my mom was disappointed because that is why we came here. It was only 7:30 pm on a Sat. Good that they ran out but wow! So we asked them to be creative about the dish and they did, substituting the octopus for more manila clams. Then they said they ran out of bread? How weird... so when we asked them to be creative about it, they brought out more bread? I don't understand. But when we got our food, each dish was perfect. I do not know what happened in the beginning with being out (then not being out) of meals, but they made up for it well. Lovely hostess. Good seating. Will recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was good, but the service was terrible with the server's broken english. We had to wait way too long for our food without explanation. When we asked for more bread to mop up the sauce from the appetizer, we were told they were out of bread. This is at 9PM on a Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    MTTTVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant with interesting, fresh and creative menu choices. The menu always has an excellent fresh fish entree, which most recently was a perfectly cooked and generous-sized portion of wild salmon. The pasta dishes are unusual and delicious. The salads are outstanding, with an interesting variety of ingredients and large enough for 2 people to share. This restaurant consistently has the best and most satisfying food of any restaurant I have been to in the East Bay. It also has reasonably-priced wines by the glass and bottle.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden-Away Restaurant Spot
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We've walked by this spot many times without ever seeing it since the restaurant has a narrow front. The food is excellent, nicely presented, cooked well and very tasty. The staff are friendly and helpful with menu selections. The wine list is priced fairly with good variety and can be bought by the glass or bottle. Bravo for another excellent place to eat in Berkeley's Theatre District.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh & well Prepared Italian Food
    risermonVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The Gazpacho soup with the grilled shrimp was a pleasant combination of fresh tasting pureed vegetables with a bit of a bite to the finish. The shrimp were smoky and buttery and very good sized as was the bowl of gazpacho. Scallop appetizer was small (2 large scallops) but well done, although the scallops were a little underdone, but my wife really enjoyed them. I had ravioli stuffed with ham and cheese with a cream sauce & peas. It was excellent, although there wasn't that much to eat as is typical with many ravioli dishes. My wife had the pasta with squid ink sauce with same grilled shrimp as in the gazpacho and some clams, which I also really liked. Had some home made almond caramel ice cream for dessert, which was the perfect touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SherbearVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Excellent food served attractively with great service. Highly recommend it for before Berkeley Rep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely duck breast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Duck breast with cauliflower was lovely. It was served in a bowl which was awkward for cutting and setting down the knife between uses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in downtown Berkeley
    CASBerkeley
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I had not even realised this restaurant was tucked away next to Comal in downtown Berkeley. We had a large party and every dish was excellent - squid ink linguine with shellfish, salmon with squid ink risotto, the steak & lovely cabbage salad to start. Also loved our server. A new favourite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belli Up
    WhiningRhinoVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    No iced tea, a two day expired special on blackboard,terrible service,meh food. So close to theaters, but we won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find.
    YtheraVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I rarely dine in Berkeley but was glad to have found Belli Osteria The food was hearty & noise level moderate (i hear it can be noisy). Service was a little bit on the slow side :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Was a little hesitant, given previous reviews that complained about the noise. Food was superb, noise unobtrusive. I would gladly eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best Italian in Berkeley
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food here is really stellar. Fabulous pastas with slow-cooked meats and sauces. The menu varies regularly, and there is always something new to try. We enjoy this place a lot, and have brought a number of friends who all have had a really good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My friend has been a HUGE fan of this place, and I finally got there with him. And I must say, it was fantastic. Belli knows how to do pasta. It was the best boar ragu pappardelle I've EVER tasted, and the ravioli was exquisite as well. For appetizer, we had duck rillettes with roasted peppers & crostini. But the crostini was a bit too burnt.. other than that excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    LeoatlVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Been visiting Berkeley for a year now, having visited 5 times, and stumbled upon Belli Osteria on my most recent visit through OpenTable. What a great find! Service was imeccable and friendly and the food amazing. Started off sharing the fresh ricotta with honey, walnuts and arugula, and it reminds me what "fresh" is all about. Perfect starter. I had the tagliatteli with wild boar and it was the hit of the table. My other guest had the salmon ravioli and it too far exceeded our expectations. I can't wait to go back, kudos to the chef/owner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of Communal Tables
    michVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I've eaten here several times as part of a twosome. Every other time we were seated at a small table for two. This time, we were seated on the end of a table for 6 that we had to share with another group. Maybe it's just me, but I hate communal seating at restaurants, and I think if they are going to do it, they should warn you ahead of time. I was hoping for a nice romantic dinner with my man, and instead, I had to fight off some stranger's elbow in my face. There was a larger table next to us, where they jammed in several groups of 4. It was clear that those people were no more happy than we were to be sharing their seating space with strangers, especially, since the seats are very close together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    DeLifeFull
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We loved the food here, and the four of us are foodies. We dine out quite a bit, and this is the best restaurant we've found in Downtown Berkeley to date. Only caveats -- some of the food is a little too salty, the noise level was really high, making it pretty difficult to carry on a conversation, though we managed to, and you may have to share a table,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Fantastic meal and service. Highly recommend the restaurant. Resolvable priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of the Communal Table
    seattlefoodgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    First off, the food was delicious. We had for appetizers the Tuna Crudo w/ Watermelon Radishes and the Wild Duck Rillettes followed by the Caesar Salad and the Spring Lamb Rack. The stand out dishes were the Tuna and the Lamb. Really good! Service at our table was efficient and timely though the restaurant was crowded. The downside of the restaurant is the noise level which is loud and if seated towards the back as we were at the communal table it can be very warm and stuffy. I recommend sitting towards the front. All in all I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dolmaVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The restaurant was packed when I arrived. The host apologized for not having a table for me and asked politely if I would sit at the bar. When I agreed he brought me a glass of wine on the house - nice gesture. The rib eye steak was grilled to perfection and everything else very pleasing, last but not least the gelato.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine paring
    BerkeleyPantherVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We enjoyed all the food, but it was even better with the wine paring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 18 reviews are from the Belli Osteria reviews archive.
  • SusannaSVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I took a group of colleagues to Belli Osteria for an impromptu working dinner, on the basis of reading some fine reviews, and we were not disappointed! The food was excellent and creative, the service gentle and responsive (we were given plenty of time for conversation once the waiter intuited that we were there to work as well as eat) and the overall atmosphere was warm and friendly. It was also a very pleasant surprise to receive such great value. I can't remember when I last got a home-made dessert for $6, and the wine list had many excellent low-price offerings. This is definitely a place I look forward to returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    A group of four of us came here for dinner before Berkeley Rep. The food was fabulous, as was the service. I had the halibut for my entree, and it was the best I have ever had - very fresh and excellently prepared. That pretty much describes every dish the four of us had. This is my new favorite restaurant, and i can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Taglionini
    ECMonties
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    With clams and mussels. Others enjoyed the halibut. Desserts were a special treat.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    RubyRVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This was our second visit and we enjoyed it just as much as the first. Our server was very personable and attentive without being obtrusive. Had a great butter lettuce Caesar salad! Mmmm! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    princessdiner
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The Restaurant is kind of small but the environment was beautiful. The menu changes every week so good luck getting the same dish twice. The server was amazing and made sure we were taken care of all night. I would totally recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet