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Bellissimo Restaurant
Bellissimo Restaurant

Bellissimo Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.Bellissimorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 293-2367
  • 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: 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 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Been here twice, knockout food and service both times. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Delicious. If a waiter recommends one of the nightly specials, go for it...the specials are always amazing!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food. Seafood a speciality. Spinach ravioli and gazpacho also excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was very good and staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great night of dinning,food was excellent big portions. Seven in our party everyone loved their food"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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 -"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Outstanding service!!! We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and he loved it."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The dining room is simple and elegant, the wait staff is pleasant, informative, and a good balance of attentive and leaving us alone. The food is very well prepared - it's not cutting edge or avant garde, nor is it trying to be. We shared a sautéed calamari appetizer with polenta and a tomato sauce that was a delight - homey and filling. The halibut special my friend ordered was expertly prepared, and my mixed seafood over pasta had a wonderful sampling of scallops, mussels, clams, shrimp, and half a lobster, with a simple wine sauce - yum."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The restaurant staff was welcoming and warm from the start, and the atmosphere was very relaxing, and intimate. Our waiters attended to us faithfully, yet provided us with plenty of time for our own time to enjoy the food and conversation. The food was a delicious mix of sophistication with rustic and comforting flavors. We relished a warm Portobello mushroom appetizer, along with a fresh, tasty salad that was one of the specials. Dinner flavors reflected quality ingredients and traditional dishes like ravioli with a twist of more originality. The chocolate mousse spoiled us during dessert! Can't say enough about our wonderful dining experience. We hope to return before much time passes."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The restaurant is very small, the waiters were nice but the food was just OK. Definitely not worth the price they charge. You get a much better food at Cheesecake Factory for almost half the price. We won't be going back there."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This past Saturday, we celebrated my husbands birthday @ Bellisimo and could not have asked for a better experience. The staff was gracious and warm and the food was amazing! Generous portions as well. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great service and great food! Home made ravioli with lobster was outstanding!!! Food presentation was great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Awesome food! Really! Only gaffs were minor service issues (ie w $30 entrees and white linen I don't expect the waiter to pick up my dirty fork and knife from each course and put it back on the plate for the next one. Neither do I expect pretty noticeable crumbs to be left after the main course was cleared so I had to brush then aside myself fur coffee and dessert. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Northern Italy cuisine right in the heart of Fairfax, VA! Servers were Italian and enjoyable to speak with. Dinner food was fantastic and my family and I plan on going there again within the next three months for lunch. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Fine choice for our 40th wedding Anniversary. Food, wine, service all well balanced without ostentation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner after not being to the restaurant for several years and definitely were not disappointed. The food was wonderful and the service very attentive without being obtrusive. We were most pleased."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is a small, unique Italian restaurant. Our group of 10 enjoyed lunch there very much, and had the restaurant almost to ourselves. It's been there for years, so presumably they do most of their business at dinner. Among us, we had various salads, pastas, fish and chicken dishes. All agreed the food was delicious: expertly prepared and beautifully plated. It would be a lovely choice for a quiet, romantic dinner. We will return!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We've looked at this restaurant for years and we finally thought it would be the perfect spot for our 17th wedding anniversary. The meal was scrumptious and the staff was very attentive - down to the rose each female patron received. I will return and not after a 17 year lag, that is for sure! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was caotic, different wait person everytime. The restaurant was very busy. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food in this restaurant is outstanding. My husband and I went two nights in a row and the meals on both evenings were sensational. The server was very attentive and made great suggestions about food, once learning of our preferences. We do not live in the area -- we were traveling from the west coast -- but will definitely go back again on our returns to this area."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A recent trip to Bellissimo for my wife's birthday was fantastic. We each had a fish entree (Grouper and Salmon) and they were delicious. Started out sharing a tuna carpacio and an arugula salad which were also both good. Waiter was attentive and positive. Ordered house Chianti's that were served with a generous pour. We had not been to Bellissimo in years and told ourselves that we should go more often. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food from appetizer to dessert was awesome. Nice cozy feel, not big box chain!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My party was late from a show. We had 10pm reservations, but the staff kept the kitchen open until 11pm. We arrived shortly beforehand. The food was incredible, very authentic Italian. Bellisimo is definitely a new favorite as I'm sure we'll return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went the Bellissimo's to celebrate our son's graduation with family and friends. There were 8 of us and we didn't want a place where we would have to shout to converse. We wanted to thank family and friends who had traveled long distances - as well as honor our son who has graduated from near-by Mason. The service was impeccable, from the charming waiter who grandly gestured while explaining the specials, to the staff who kept water glasses filled and bread coming. The spinach ravioli stuffed with veal and topped with quail was a delight. The ravioli melted in my mouth and the quail was too good to keep to myself. We had a lovely and memorable time."
    Dined on 5/2/2014