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Bellissimo Restaurant
Bellissimo Restaurant

Bellissimo Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.Bellissimorestaurant.com
  • Email: info@bellissimorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 293-2367
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, 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 (202) 262-3726
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Food, service, and ambience were excellent. This was our first visit and we plan to go there again. Service was very friendly and attentive. We very much appreciated the low noise level and pleasant surroundings. Restaurant is small so reservations are recommended."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A wonderful dinner before the opera - great food, great service and wonderful wine choices if a bit pricey. It was a special occasion, though, and totally worth it. We really enjoyed our experience and will go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We found Bellisimo for dinner before the Branford Marsalis concert at GMU. Not only were our meals absolutely fabulous, but the relaxed, neighborhood feel of the restaurant was quite welcoming. It's not often that we find ourselves singing along with the Maitre D. We look forward to returning very soon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Bellissimo's took good care of us on an early Sunday dinner for 8. Service was excellent; salads, seafood, pasta, veal dishes perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. World class tiramisu and cannoli. Very satisfying. Note that for some reason they were not accepting Amex that day so check ahead if that is your preferred method of payment."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Bellissimo, and we were not disappointed--though neither were we blown away. Waiter filled our bread plates with olive oil & parmesan, leaving no place to put the bread. The spinach & fennel salad was O.K., but nothing special. The main courses, however, were very good. We had the veal scallopini special in a champagne reduction with green beans & mashed potatoes, and the seafood linguine in clam sauce. Both were very flavorful, well prepared and delicious. Dessert was dark chocolate mousse with Frangelico & homemade tiramisu. Both great. The prices, however, are little on the high side, making the value boderline. We'd probably return, but for these prices, there are other places we'd probably go first."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Average food, table for 4 very small with everything crowded on table. Had to sit with bread basket on lap because there such limited space on table for entrees. No place to wait in restaurant for your table since and had to stand outside until they had a table free. All in party agreed that for us, it was not worth a return trip."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a perfectly nice dinner at bellisimo, but the food was average. We had the vegetarian tasting menu for two. We started with a carrot soup, but the cream overpowered all the other flavors and it essentially tasted like a cream soup. Next was a spinach, fennel and parmesan salad. The ingredients were fresh, but the spinach was slightly wilted and the dressing lacked tang. The cheese also didn't have much flavor. Next a feta/ricotta ravioli. The tomato sauce was delicious, but the cheeses were very mild. Next was a vegetable saute with pesto over polenta, this was very tasty. It had sugar peas, zucchini, onions, portabellas. We ended with a tiramisu that was quite good, but we felt like this was an uninspired choice for a tasting menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have dined at Bellissimo's for over 3 years. We invite friends to join us all the time. The waitstaff is outstanding especially the head waiter who also speaks French. The food - delicious!!! Seafood and veal dishes are spectacular. The ambience is lovely, serene, romantic and quiet. With seating for 50 or less, the intimacy does not go away yet it is equally as great for a quiet business meeting. We are wine snobs and Bellissimo's serves a very discriminating taste! Would recommend highly although we hesitate because we don't want it to get crowded!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has it all. Cosy atmosphere, terrific service, great food -- what more could you ask for? The head waiter was very attentive and walked us through all the specials without rushing. He gave us an excellent wine suggestion, far better than the one at which we originally looked. I'd been once before and knew it was good; this second visit confirmed all my positive impressions. For those who like that European style dining, it has all those wonderful elements of style and high quality dining. The chocolate mousse was exquisite! We definitely will go back again!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Superb dinner for 8. Celebrated 2 birthdays. Staff couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. Food was done to perfection. Rivals higher priced DC restaurants for quality with better prices."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The moment you walk in the staff makes you feel at home. The amibiance perfect for a romantic dinner or a fine dinner with good friends. We loved every bite. Thanks Bellissimo!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I haven't had a bad meal - or even just an average meal - at Bellissimo. The specials are always delicious, and any of the homemade pastas can't be beat."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After living near Brescia (midway between Milan and Venice) for three years, my wife and I came to love northern Italian cooking. This place did not let us down. Warm atmosphere, excellent dishes, and exceptional service. We brought a group of 7 and all had a wonderful time. This is fine dining near DC without the pretense of dining in DC. We will become regulars here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was the best Italian we've had in Northern VA. Service was absolutely top-notch, wine list was sufficient without overwhelming us with choices, and dessert was wonderful. We will be back again as soon as we have he opportunity. The sommelier was amazing & made the experience one we wont forget soon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful evening. We will definitely return. The food, service, and hospitality were superb. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful dinning experience with friends. The appetizers and entrees were superb. The only glitch was that they forgot about our Decaf Cappuccino's. After reminding them a couple times they finally served but it was not what we asked... it was normal decaf coffee... we let it go and enjoyed our normal coffee. This lapse is unusual at this restaurant so we were surprised."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went to Bellisimo for my husband's birthday. It was a Wednesday evening and not crowded. Special appetizer of mussels on half shell and snails was unique and very good. Special "Veal Sinatra" was great. My husband really liked his Red Snapper special. Treat from the restaurant of tiramisu with a candle for birthday was unexpected and appreciated, not to mention light and delicious! We will go back!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Everything about our dinner was outstanding. From the moment we arrived, greeted and immediately seated; to the very last bite of dessert, outstanding. My wife and I ordered off the specials menu and were very impressed by the presentation, quality and quantity of the food. Easily one of the top ten meals I have had, perhaps in the top five. Will definitely eat there again, a fun and enjoyable evening. Only "other" comment is price, not cheap, but certainly worth the money. A must visit while in Fairfax, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Bellissimo never disappoints! After telling our friends for a number of months that we should trek to Fairfax for one of our couple's dinners, everyone finally agreed to go and celebrate 3 of our March birthdays together. There were 8 of us total and we had a fabulous time (which had a bit to do with all the wonderful wine ;-) My friends now believe me when I said I could drown happily in the seafood & linguini sauce. It is like silk and so full of seafood ~ yum ~ my favorite dish! The service, as always, incredible. The Bellissimo staff are so very warm, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. This small restaurant is the eiptome of "a neighborhood gem" and more than worth the trek from Warrenton & Lovettesville. Coming back soon!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Bellissimo has long been our favorite restaurant to dine at for very special occasions. The food and service are both top notch, and we highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "An otherwise fine dining experience was marred by a large family (adults and children) celebrating at a nearby table. Their behavior was decent but it raised the noise to a distracting level in this intimiate setting. We have dined at Bellissimo before and have found it to be a top tier restaurant. This was probably an aberration - and we will dine there again. Food was excellent, though a bit saltier than we prefer."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Belissimo is a special restaurant. Whenever I want a restaurant for a special occasion, this is it. The restaurant is in the heart of Fairfax City with plenty of parking in a lot across the street. The food is absolutely excellent and the service is the greatest. Their Tiramisu is wonderful. Light and tasty, a must try. My wife and I have enjoyed dining here several times over the past two years, and will continue to patronize it in the future."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Started going here 15 years ago. Had not been in 3 or 4 years. Better now than I remember. I will be back"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great evening. Amazing food. Generous portions. Great service"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My wife and I dined for the first time at Bellisimo and thoroughly enjoyed it. Both of us focused on seafood dishes. We were pleased, particularly with a special linguine with clams, lobster, scallops, etc., which was spectacular. We finished the meal with a perfect house-made tiramisu--light and not too sweet. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner at Bellissimo. We love the intimate setting and the feeling that we're back in Italy! The food is delicious and authentic. I had one of the specials, a halibut with capers, olives, and tomatoes, which was so flavorful. We drank the house merlot, which was very good. The desserts (chocolate mousse, tiramisu) are a great end to a great meal! The restaurant owner handed me a rose as we left, a nice touch for Valentine's Day! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I just celebrated Valentine's and my birthday here. The place was perfect for a special occasion. Highly recommend if you're looking for a romantic evening out! The restaurant is cute and intimate and I thought the staff was very friendly and helpful. One of their staff even provided me with a rose. How sweet! We enjoyed our dinner. You definitely want to get an appetizer here though because the dinner portions are not large (though probably the size you should be eating lol). Thanks Bellissimo. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The whole experience was great, including the food and the waitstaff."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is very small and quaint. We were seated by the window. I really liked that the waiter did not rush us. The seafood linguini was excellent! It was actually too much food. The House Merlot was fine. They gave me a rose as we left which was very nice. All in all, I would definitely go back for a special occasion due to it being pricey."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bellissimo is a wonderful restaurant. It is quiet with wonderful service and, most importantly great Italian food. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place that isn't a chain."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service. Great for a quiet dinner or small group."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We dined at Bellissimo's last Sunday evening following a concert. From the moment we walked into this intimate and elegant (yet very comfortable) restaurant we were served graciously and warmly by the maître de and the staff. Our delightful waiter, Ennio, recited many specials which all sounded wonderful. I chose the halibut which was prepared perfectly. The antipasto of salmon with lemon capers, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and eggplant was delicious. Accompanied by a lovely cabernet, complimentary bread with olive oil and fresh parmesan (prepared at the table) and perfect tiramisu, this was an outstanding dinner. Even the coffee was great! What a lovely gem of restaurant. We live 2 1/2 hours away...we'll still come back!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Bellissimo is a small restaurant in downtown Fairfax City but charming with very good food, and a relatively quiet experience. Many selections on the menu and a very nice evening."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Bellissimo did a lovely dinner and I recommend it highly. Don't bother with the menu, simply order whatever is on their special list the evening you dine. We ordered three of the evening specials and all were excellent. Serice was quiet but very knowledgeable.."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We went for a special occasion, on a week night. The restaurant is small, and was almost empty. The service was impeccable, and friendly. We found the food to be exceptional - true for all three entrees our party had. The bread was hot and wonderful. The restaurant would not be an "everyday" restaurant for us since prices are a little higher than we would normally choose - for a party of three our bill before tip came to almost $100, including no drinks, one salad, and one dessert. However, for the the occasional treat, we would recommend it most highly!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This little gem of a restaurant was perfect for our small business meeting. Service and food were top notch and all my guests were thrilled. Thanks to the management for making our visit memorable."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed an exceptional meal with great service while reconnecting with some old friends. The service was great--the staff was clearly concerned with caring for their customers--and the meal was outstanding (and the wine suggestion superb). No question this will become "our place" for special occasions! We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "overall a very good restaurant. Initial problem was that we had to ask if they had any specials. Once we were told what they were, we actually ordered them and they were excellent"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We wanted our out of town guests to have an especially good dinner experience, and they wanted Italian food. We chose Bellissimo based on on-line reviews, and hoped it would measure up. It most certainly did. Our table was ready when we arrived and everything that followed was lovely. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive, the food was delicious, and although there was chatter all around, we could easily hear each other speak. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I'd been wanting to try Bellissimo for some time. A friend and I had lunch and enjoyed a wonderful glass of wine, outstanding pasta and delightful cappuccino. The service was excellent and the ambience was perfect....I will be back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014