Bellissimo Restaurant
Bellissimo Restaurant

Bellissimo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellissimorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7032932367
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bellissimo Restaurant offers catering for both small and large parties. In addition, we can offer carry-out for those lunches or evenings when you would prefer to eat at home or in the office. Please call Mary for more details at 202 262-3726.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bellissimo can accommodate private parties of up to 65 people for lunch or dinner any day of the week. We have experience in a wide range of private parties, including anniversaries, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, graduations, office parties, business meetings, fundraising events and holiday get togethers. Please tell us what kind of party you would like, and we will help you plan the perfect evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Killay Lavayen 2022623726x
  • Special Events: Bellissimo Restaurant has partnerships with The Fairfax Symphony and George Mason Center for the Arts. Ticketholders of the Fairfax Symphony Concerts enjoy a 10% discount on the evening of performances.
    In addition, ticketholders of George Mason University's Center for the Arts Opera Series enjoy a $15% discount on evenings of performances. Please bring your tickets to us and we will be happy to honor your discount. Feel free to contact Mary at 202 262-3726 or info@bellissimorestaurant.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street and University Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many PUBLIC PARKING lots available to Bellissimo diners that are steps from the front door.
    Public parking lots include: one block behind Bellissimo (south) on University Drive; one block north on University Drive next door to the Town Hall; one block east on Main Street(236).
A word from Bellissimo Restaurant
A small, cozy restaurant that serves exquisite Northern Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance with excellent service. We are a fine dining restaurant with a very friendly, welcoming environment. You don't need to wait until a special occasion to visit us- we'd love to see you anytime! Come and visit so that you can try our chef's delectable daily specials for lunch or dinner. See you soon!




Lunch reservations are accepted Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 am until and 2:00 pm.
Dinner reservations are accepted Tuesday- Sunday evenings from at 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.




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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bellissimo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (73)romantic (72)fit for foodies (54)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • They were "slammed?"
    Fairfaxneighbor
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was very poor--we had to ask for a wine list. It was difficult to get the attention of the wait staff. The wine choices were extremely limited by the glass, and a bottle was way overpriced. The quality of the food will bring us back but not on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food.
    GoodFood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Didn't realize they were doing resturant week until we got there. The special menu was delicious and the four of us each had something different. None of us were disappointed. Our friends making their first visit there said they needed to add Bellissimo to their favorites list. All in all an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guest
    Boris
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to Belissimo for the first time even though we live close by. The restaurant is small, but comfortable, and reservations are recommended. They had special prices for the Restaurant Week which enabled us to sample their menu without breaking the budget! And it was awesome - each dish ordered was attractively presented and was delicious. The service was attentive and helpful in choosing items from the menu. We will return soon and sample more dishes from their extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Mjeanb712VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I came here for restaurant week on Saturday night and it was amazing! Everything from the service to the food was just perfect. We spoke with the owner for a bit as well and she was so sweet and personable. Can't believe it took me so long to try this place! Looking forward to bringing family in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and willing to please
    hometowngirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A tight fit for our party of five, but still an enjoyable evening. We ordered from the DC Restaurant Week menu: Main dish with sides of summer squash tasted very homemade, desserts were standard, but still yummy (cannoli, tiramisu, strawberries and cream). Wait staff was eager to please and made us feel welcome. A nice night out. We will try again to explore the full menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu for Restaurant week was outstanding with many choices. The food was amazing and the portion was more than adequate. The owner came over to make sure we wee enjoying the meal. She was very pleasant and helped out when there was a mistake on the bill. Also gave us a lovely after dinner drink.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food
    laffy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great! Came here for restauraunt week. Service was good as well. It is a small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice Italian meal
    KANDJ
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great. Service was also great. I liked it. Probably the best restaurant near George Mason Univ. It is a small place. No close parking. Parking s a block away. Worth going to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have a few favored Italian restaurants in the area, but we decided to try some place new for restaurant week. So glad we did! We have a new go-to place for really great Italian. Even though it was very crowded, the noise was not too bad. We could hear each other talk without shouting, which seems to be a more common problem as we get older. The wine list was very short, but we had a nice Amarone. The service was attentive without being rushed or oppressive. Most of all, though, the food was simply wonderful. The ravioli was meaty and full of flavor; the agnolotti was tender and rich. We can't wait for an excuse to go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant
    Turn2food
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant is truly a gem. Visited during restaurant week for lunch. The staff are friendly, food was top notch, ambiance was enjoyable. I'd definitely recommend this spot for all Italian food lovers. Cream of Mushroom soup, calamari, tilapia with a tomato broth, and the tirmasu were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS GEM
    georgesfamily
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After having a great lunch at Bellissimo, I couldn't wait to go for dinner to experience the bigger menu. It was absolutely wonderful. The food is superb. We started out by sharing the deliciously seared scallops in a divine, creamy pesto sauce. We shared two of the specials (which I highly recommend ordering since you will definitely want to return and the main menu will always be available). The seafood linguine was full of delicious seafood and had a light, unique, yummy sauce. The homemade spinach ravioli was mouth watering. Of the four dishes I have shared there, they have all been amazingly delicious. We are foodies who love to cook, and are often disappointed by restaurants. So glad to have found this quaint, superb gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding meal! Very attentive staff and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the impressed
    firsttimethereJR
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was alright but not great.... The fried calamari was overcooked
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Mac3051
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Having never tried Northern Itilian food I found the service and food amazing! I live near Baltimore but will be sure to make the trip again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal and service
    Jerseyboy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was excellent, especially the calamari polenta appetizer. Many dishes to choose from as well. Our waiter was friendly and patient and very enthusiastic. Was very pleased with the overall experience - much better than my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint with delicious food
    georgesfamily
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We are foodies. We went for lunch, which was fabulous, but I can't wait to go back for dinner! We started by sharing the soup of the day, which was a cream of fennel with crab. It was divine! We then shared the Agnolotti Alla Panna and the Fettuccine al Pesto. It was a perfect split. The Agnolotti was absolutely sinfully delicious, but was a bit heavy. The fettucine with pesto nicely balanced the heavier cream sauce and was also delicious. The sauvignon blanc and montepuliano house wines were unremarkable. I cannot wait to go back for dinner.
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  • Love this place
    CoreyS
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Been here twice, knockout food and service both times. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful from beginning to end
    Lotus
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went there for my birthday in the evening. The food, waiters, ambiance- everything was top notch. My favorite restaurant in Northern Virginia. Lovely evening. Will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Dinner
    RomanticDinner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My highest recommendation. We had a wonderful, delicious, relaxing dining experience. The staff treated us like family and made sure we felt at home, even ensuring that we were able to depart in time to catch our show at the Kennedy Center including directions on the best way to get there. We will definitely dine at Bellissimo again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bello, Bello, Bello!
    ElleMartini
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food and service were excellent, lovey dining room; it's not often we order more than an entre and glass of wine. But we went for the whole nine yards: escargot and mussels, two specials (which were exceptionally good), four glasses of wine (between the two of us), and shared a chocolate mousse desert. Price wise, we can't do this every night, but we will be back as often as we can. Millie grazie!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable dinner
    titoVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    food and service was great, nothing negative to said. food was great, the Tuna carpaccio was great, so overall great dinner. We were at INOVA waiting for sister to get done with surgery.. open table gave us the place.. and the reviews were good... so if you want some italian food, good service and food and around the area... go check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again!
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    How impressive is it when you hear the wait staff doscussing the available open shifts at "Olive Garden"? Or, the discussion between servers and chef of whether or not the "Special" we ordered contained "chives" or "chili". Even more concerning they were spelling the names of the ingredients to the chef. Well, they guessed wrong, the chili powder in the glaze on the veal was so strong neither one of us finished our $30+ dinner special. Bottom line, way over priced and poorly prepared food. No wonder we were the "only" 2 guestes in the resturant for the hour and forty-five minutes we were there on a Friday night!
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  • Lovely Luncheon
    kiley
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The gazpacho soup was excellent and the waiter entertained us for most of our luncheon and even had another waiter come to our table to sing quite elegantly "Happy Birthday". Delicious sauce on our fresh strawberries.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, but not for a special night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Came here for our wedding anniversary which was noted in the reservation. The place is small and intimate, but we never felt crowded. Service was prompt with appropriate attention to detail. I had a salad appetizer that I found to be a bit bland, but we both ordered seafood specials and found them to be plentiful and very good. I would note that other high caliber restaurants typically do something to make special notice of an anniversary such as a glass of sparking wine, small hors d'oeuvres, your names on the menus...something. At Bellissimo... not even a congratulations. It's not a major ding and I expect us to return for the food, but I probably would consider a restaurant that goes that extra mile for special dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome seafood and pasta
    Uvajillybean
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Delicious. If a waiter recommends one of the nightly specials, go for it...the specials are always amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    sashadog
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Bellissimo is a wonderful, particularly for special occasions. The food is great and the staff is wonderful. It is a gem of a small restaurant in Fairfax
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yum
    myob
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food. Seafood a speciality. Spinach ravioli and gazpacho also excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why Didn't We Try It Sooner?
    TwoBabyBoomers
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We wanted something nice for our 34th anniversary, but didn't want to drive too far from home. I'm a bit of an italian food snob, but we'd heard about Bellissimo over the years, and it was always good, so we decided to go for it. The menu is extensive, with ample choices among pastas, meats, fish and poultry, and all have that authentic Italian character that I'm always looking for. I don't think you can go wrong with any choice. It is a cozy place, and that makes it somewhat romantic. I highly recommend Bellissimo for a special dinner or for a casual get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Romantic Dinner
    Talullah
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Took my boyfriend for birthday. Service was excellent. House wine was quite good. We had the fried calamari to start and it was perfectly cooked and not at all greasy. Boyfriend had Rockfish which was one of the specials and enjoyed it. I had a veal dish. While the overall dish was good, I found the veal just a little bit tough. The restaurant was nice and quiet and conducive to conversation which was a pleasant relief from other restaurants. The service was gracious and the timing of the courses was perfect. We enjoyed it very much and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening.
    Diningout2
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We tried this restaurant because of the excellent reviews on Open Table. It was great! The staff was competent and attentive, and the food was delicious. Very quiet, and nice for couples or foursomes. We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small but Grand!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Bellissimo provides a truly unforgettable dining experience, especially for a special occasion. The ambiance, service, and meal are truly outstanding. We can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beth
    bethels
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was very good and staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Raving
    Musttry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to GMU, where we were attending a performance on a Saturday night. We were a table of 10 and it was our first time. The service, atmosphere, and food were top-notch. A real find. Everyone one of my guests was still raving about it on Sunday. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Memorable
    Ninjaneer
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Since discovering Bellissimo several years ago it has become our favorite Italian restaurant. My wife used to work for the Italian embassy, is an outstanding Italian cook herself and insists that this is among the best she has ever tasted. I agree. The food is simply fantastic, the portions generous, and the service old-world gracious. Lighting is just right and acoustics are surprisingly good for a place of such modest proportions. Parking is plentiful and free at a lot about a block away. We will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Happymeal
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great night of dinning,food was excellent big portions. Seven in our party everyone loved their food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    culturevulture1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband to Bellissimo for Father's Day. From the moment we walked in the staff ensured that we had a beautiful dining experience. The food was beyond excellent, both in presentation and taste. Our waiters attended to all of our needs without hovering and every aspect of the experience was attended to. We will definitely go back again. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm taste of northern Italy
    OaktonLocal
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This cute little Italian restaurant has always looked attractive from the street. With the incentive of a Living Social voucher my wife, 16 year old daughter and I went in for a birthday dinner. We were very pleased. The food was well spiced, not bland Italian fare. The seafood and veal were cooked well. The staff were warm, attentive, and paid good attention to detail without hovering. The decor was thoughtful and authentic. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were greeted quickly and warmly. Specials were told in great detail and service was attentive without being overly crowding. The food was excellent. We were happy to find Bellissimo and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    LizLobsterLoverVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was excellent. We wanted the menu gastronomique AND and appetizer but we couldn't add an appetizer for some reason. The tiramisu was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely amazing
    Birthday
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Outstanding service!!! We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and he loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.