La Vita E Bella
La Vita E Bella

La Vita E Bella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lavitaebella.us/
  • Phone: (206) 441-5322
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Forte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We do catering up to 250 people.
    Free of charge delivery

    Weddings,
    Rehearsal dinners,
    Birthdays,
    Anniversary
  • Entertainment: Accordian Player

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battery st
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Vita E Bella
At La Vita E Bella we provide authentic Italian food made with homemade sauces and pasta. We offer many seafood dishes inspired by our Sicilian roots and fresh Seattle offerings. Thin pizzas are baked fresh for our mouthwatering customers. We have a large wine selection and many antipasto platters (appetizers) that are perfect for a quick drink and snack on the go. With a live accordion player, our restaurant has a romantic atmosphere and welcoming environment ideal for locals and tourists alike. Owner Giuseppe Forte strives to offer affordable cuisine that pops with flavor and value. He personally buys the groceries several times a week to insure the best products, allowing prices to remain low and fair for our customers. If you prefer, you can always call 206-441-5322 for an amazing meal TO GO!
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La Vita E Bella reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (16)romantic (14)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (9)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Collegeparents
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was outstanding. Centrally located. Service was excellent. We will definitely be back when we're in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious lunch visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    had an excellent lunch with coworkers for a working lunch. The food selection was great and tasted even better. Service was attentive and timely and the food was fantastic. The post lunch cappuccino was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but where's the waiter
    Rad76dude
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our party of 6 could not have been happier with our food! Each person devoured their entree, felt full, but still wanted more because it was so good! We had a reservation but the wait staff still seemed confused about seating us. Then he had trouble opening the wine bottle we brought. When we were finished, no one brought us a bill or checked in on us for quite a while. We finally got up to go ask for our bill. But man, the food was rich, flavorful and worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella!
    Happy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    After saying "we really need to try this place" for years, we finally double dated and it is wonderful! Not too pricey, great food, wonderful service. Can't wait to go back. :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day With my Girl
    Mrcoolbreeze
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Staff was very nice and our waiter was a "linguist" and knew the wines. I am a college student, but for my girls bday this place met the criterion to take her somewhere nice. She really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pre-show meal
    ChampagneCharlie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my family to La Vita E Bella before the Elton John concert. We parked at the Key Arena and walked both ways. It was a pleasant walk. The food was very good and the wine matched perfectly. I have three kids ages 12,15 and 18 and they all found something they liked. My wife and I each had one of the specials and they were delicious. We had desserts too because they have some unique twists on classic favorites. I am looking forward to my next visit with a group of Friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Stef
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went to Seattle for an overnight trip and found this restaurant on open table. As our tastes differ it was a great choice. We had the fantastic home made pasta, salad and one of us ate fish. The food was excellent, the atmosphere cosy and the service good. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Bad pizza. No cheese! They were out of the wine we ordered, the one recommended as a substitute was not the same quality but we were charged the same. We went on a Monday and wondered if the cooking staff was the second string?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Seattle favourite
    patsyj
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is my 4th visit in 10 months and each time is as good as the last. Guiseppe is a great owner/host, food is always great and we have discovered some fabulous Italian wines recommended by Guiseppe to accompany our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Delicious
    Carnivore2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Third time to visit, but first time to try the outdoor seating. The noisy commuter traffic on 2nd Avenue eventually becomes background noise, because you end up totally focusing on the consistently delicious food. Service seemed harried and busy from the get-go, but anticipated our needs during our meal. Entrees and drinks selected were spot on. Entrees included a ravioli special, spaghetti carbonara, salami pizza, and farfalle with salmon. Desserts tried were Grandmother cake and two orders of tiramisu. Coffee was a bit overpriced for only a partial cup each, no refills, and provided milk not cream with the service. I've now been here with six others over three visits. Minor missteps, but the actual food will bring me and others back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Ballroom with a Twist
    Sortor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was great. The food was good. It was fun to dine outdoors with the Space Needle in view. It was cool to be in Belltown and people watch as there are many fascinating people in that neighborhood. The restaurant is small, the oven vent blows on you if you sit outside, our flowers on our table had lost their luster, and it was a warm evening and there were large fans blowing air from outside to the inside. Even with all that, the character and charm of the restaurant was fantastic and we loved our service. The food was good. We will go back because this is a unique neighborhood gem that we want to support and enjoy forever!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Visiting Seattle, stayed near Belltown, needed a relaxed restaurant for a family dinner within walking distance. La Vita E Bella fit the bill nicely. Not too expensive, lovely spot, and enough variety of Italian food offered that we all found something we liked. Service was very good. Our waiter had been there 5 years and knew the answers to all our questions. We all tried each others dishes, very yummy. Walked to the Chihuly Museum and the Space Needle afterwards for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Visit to Seattle
    didi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A great Sicilian restaurant with delicious spaghetti and rigatoni.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inattentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food at La Bella Vita is good with a nice variety of pastas, salads, pizzas, etc. However, the service is spotty, and the wait staff can be a little surly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food at a great price!
    parkmice
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I brought my Fiance here for a birthday date. I wanted to impress her, without spending a ton of cash. The place was very romantic, service was excellent, and the food was so amazing! I really hit the jackpot here, it was perfect. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Vita E Bella on the sidewalk
    Andy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    With every trip to Seattle we always manage either lunch or dinner in the sidewalk enclosure at Giuseppe's La Vita E Bella. The service is stellar (Lori is a gem) and the food recommendations are worthy of consideration. This visit was for a late lunch so the three of us opted to share two Caesar salads and a New York pizza with our favorite bottle of Lavignone Barbera D'Asti. The sidewalk ambiance is always energetic (this is on 2nd Avenue in Belltown) and Giuseppe quickly moved and set up a couple of tables to accommodate our party of three. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service.
    ace4k2
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Last minute find for a family of 5. Had something for everyone, and all loved the food. Would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the La Vita E Bella reviews archive.
  • A great place 2 return
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food, the service and atmosphere are wonderful and always reminds me of Italy. Lori is a terrific server, even during the busiest of times. It's a charming place in a walkable neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighborhood gem
    BelltowngirlVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had a great meal great wine and great service. We really enjoyed it. The server was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best crepes
    Rolly
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The best spinach crepes,in the world,came all the way from LA,CA, to have them,for the fourth time,also the service was amazing from Marcus and the rest of the crew
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JEVB
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    A fabulous dinner in Belltown (Seattle). Excellent and friendly staff. Accommodated gluten, soy, dairy, and egg food allergies. We are going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night location!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Suggested by a friend, I grabbed a reservation at La Vita E Bella for 2. The walking violin/guitar duo put a great feel into the space -- I found myself creating a pleasant memory before even ordering. It was quiet enough for intimate conversation but loud enough to not be distractingly quiet. The food was excellent -- full of flavor, wonderful aromas and nicely sized portions (a bit larger than we needed).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    BostonDiner29
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The restaurant does not acknowledge reviews made on Open Table, and it took us considerable time for a staff member to even greet our party. Staff was rude, and the food did not make up for the very low quality of service - overall very poor experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch for the bunch
    ThatBooVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We have a monthly lunch of 5 N.Y. high school friends who now live in Seattle and while the ICON Grill is our normal spot, we decided to eat a little Italian this month. Not that the portions were small at La Vita E Bella, the food was plentiful and good if not outstanding. We had a great time watching the World Cup and enjoying the comfortable venue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent
    eastcoast
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Been there several times, always happy with my choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian
    LoveToEatVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This place is a small neighborhood restaurant. They have outdoor seating, but we sat inside. They have small tables, for up to 4 people. We had 5 and they put a chair at the end, which was just fine (they did offer to put another table together for us). For 3 adults and 2 teenagers, we ordered two entrees (one menu regular, and one nightly special), a pizza and an appetizer. It was plenty of food and all of it was very tasty and flavorful. Even the teens were saying how good it was. Intimate dining and a nice small bar. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Erik
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. The food was great! Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sfseattleVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    For dinner had a refreshing Liguria salad (with red onions, artichokes, cannellini beans, etc.) followed by a very tasty and filling spaghetti carbonara. A basket of sliced Italian bread with an olive oil/garlic dip preceded the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tastytreatsVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Good food and fairly priced. Nice price, generous pour, and selection of house wines at $8. Outdoor seating available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sfseattleVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious plate of lasagna embedded with tender and juicy shreds of wild boar. The lasagna was a nice portion, also tender, and was served hot. A basket of sliced Italian bread and a tangy olive oil/garlic dip preceded the meal. Lori again provided excellent service and made the dining experience especially pleasant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST TRY!
    alwaysjose
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    What a wonderful, comfortable, and romantic place. We were a party of five and each of use walked away very pleased. The food was very good (try the duck) and the knowledge of our waiter was well appreciated. Thank You La Vita E Bella for making my dear friend's birthday dinner one to remember!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    classof2014prom
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was fantastic, and I was very happy with the ambience of the restaurant. But I called twice to try and move and change my reservations, and I called to confirm as well, which was perfectly fine over the phone, but when we arrived the reservations hadn't been changed or moved at all. And our server wasn't very kind, he seemed like he didn't want to serve our table, and seemed to try and get us to rush out. But the restaurant is beautiful, in a nice part of town, with fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly great place!
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This wonderful eatery is a hidden gem with truly great Italian food and FUN service! It's a slice of Italy in Belltown with years of great service. Carefully set tables - and a charming outdoor patio - are tended by a great staff, its owners, a son-mother team. It cannot get any better :) The food is authentic and well prepared/presented!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sfseattleVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Had a Restaurant Week 3-course lunch for $15. Several choices were offered for appetizer and entree, and 1 choice for dessert (a light, melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu). Enjoyed a refreshing and large salad prior to a deliciously prepared gnocchi in a tomato cream sauce with spinach and mozzarella. A basket of sliced Italian bread and a tangy olive oil/garlic dip preceded the meal. Lori provided spot-on service.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always nice service and good
    Katie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Always nice service and good food. Great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I absolutely love this place. I have yet to have a dish which is average. Great prices and the service is amazing. Food is comparable to that which I had in Italy.I've made it a point to dine here on every spcieal occasion I've had since high school.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything you'd want in Italian!
    JamesE
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    So much fun for two couple friends out on Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    fl013
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Although we had been to La vita e bella previously, we hadn't been there for about a year. It was a pleasure to eat there again. The food was delicious, and the wait staff pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a good dinner and have already recommended this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food mediocre, my seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food mediocre, my seafood spaghetti had no flavor. Service was lackadaisical. We had been waiting to order for a while and the waiter walked by without checking in. I had to call him over. I had to ask for a bowl for my seafood shells, they should have known to supply that. They were out of the Peroni that I ordered and the special. They had to return later to the table to tell us causing a reorder. Restaurant seemed a little run down with uninspired photos on the wall. it was a Saturday night and difficult to get reservations elsewhere but easy to get it here which made it feel like we were not at an "it" place. The restaurant was half empty and a little depressing. I'm not going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok
    JRinGAVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Great service and wine but the food was nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate