Wonderful authentic Italian
Wonderful authentic Italian dishes. Would recommend and go again! Reservations are definitely necessary.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really love this classic Italian!
Great ambiance, in part due to friendly staff and waiters.
We met for a Sunday birthday lunch -- everyone enthused about the food, and the place was just perfect for a celebration.
very accommodating and attentive waiter!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Bella without any
We went to Bella without any expectation and it was a great finding, a neighborhood gem! The food was tasty and the service was outstanding. It is a small quaint restaurant with limited table but we did not feel rushed. They really left us alone to enjoy our meal thoroughly. It is more European style dining in a relax atmosphere. The owner and the staff are friendly and very accommodating. We will definitely be back here to try different dishes. All of our meals were flawless and tasty. Yummy.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pastas, attentive service,
Great pastas, attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, tables not too close together, decent wine list. The bread must be improved though! I would take off another star for that, except that the pastas make up for it. Nice antipasti plates and appetizers too. We were slightly late for our reservation but they politely made no issue of it.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great place to have in the hood. Good basic Italian fare with a flair
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tight but just right
Tight quarters but very nice food!! Read another review about them working on their bread and I agree, with the good food you want to fall in love with the bread and it was yuk! Butternut squash was small so definitely get an appetizer. Seafood pasta was light, with a bit if cream but wonderfully delicious. Not very kid friendly unless you have an angel child!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem in the Richmond
Good service, large portions of homemade pasta. Staff is friendly without hoovering over your table.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service.
Great food, great service. I will be a regular at this place.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood gem. Excellent
Great neighborhood gem. Excellent everything. We will return. Very nioe people who work there food was outstanding
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Find in Avenues
Food & Service was great! Atmosphere very much old Richmond District neighborhood. Great value for dollar for food - wine list expensive and not very many choices, although the one we had was good, way overpriced.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pasta was fresh and perfectly
The pasta was fresh and perfectly seasoned. The waiter rocked my world by allowing me to taste two different wines. He even wrote down the name of the awesome wine I had so I could find it in the store.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bella Trattoria was recommended by my son's girlfriend, who is a native San Franciscan. Its on the edge of the Richmond district, which normally I would know nothing about. What a gem! All of the sauces, and seasonings were "fresh"/fusion renditions of traditional Italian. The only thing I missed was to have butter with the bread, in addition to their sun dried tomato oil, and an entree that included pasta. My husband got the gnocchi, and I got the pork cutlet, and sharing half and half with each other was perfect! Very good wine, too! I would love to go back!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
After meeting friends for a late afternoon at the museum we "took a chance" on this restaurant. The reviews are correct. This is a great restaurant with great food and ambiance. From the first step through the door to the last good-bye, the evening was wonderful. Our waiter and hostess were cordial, professional and very helpful with describing the menu and wine list. The food was executed to perfection. Every bite was wonderful. Loved the lasagna. Save room for dessert. Definitely will return.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was attentive and
Service was attentive and not over bearing.Staff was friendly. Food was tasty. I had the whole roasted trout and it was very good-crispy skin and tender and flaky on the inside.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I have eaten at Bella many times. The food and service are always good. I especially enjoy their gnocchi and their Sunday pizza.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Birthday Evening
We had a fun birthday celebration here and had delicious food and great service. We came here on the recommendation of a friend and will be back!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place is small, so reservations are highly recommended, but everything else about this restaurant is top quality. The waiters are on the spot with great recommendations, specials, and anything you need help with. The place had a romantic, low light ambience around 7, and the waiters even brought candles to our table. The food I ended up ordering was the Pasta Special that night, and was a burst of many great flavors. The best part is that this place is relatively cheap for how nice everything is. Great place, I highly recommend this for people on dates, or if you just love Italian cuisine.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
a pleasant surprise
Looking to get very good Italian food in the avenues. Bella Trattoria was a welcomed surprise. Large salad were indeed large and was very tasty. Had the paparadelle - fresh and had a great consistency. The ragu sauce deep with flavor. The staff was kind and also treated us a panna cotta finisher. Great time and really enjoyed dining at Bella Trattoria.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, authentic, Italian!
Delightful, small restaurant in great area of Geary with extremely limited parking..The food was fabulous..be sure you have a reservation, several people came in hoping for a table only to be told, not until 10 pm..My husband had rigatoni and sausage and was very enjoyable! The butternut squash ravioli was excellent! Wine list was interesting with lots of choices!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our son and his roommate there during our visit - five people. Could not have found better quality fresh food or more attentive service anywhere else.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had butternut squash ravioli-melt
Had butternut squash ravioli-melt in your mouth, wonderful homemade pasta. Our group also ordered gnocchi w/ sausage-very good-large serving(enough for lunch the next day). Seafood stew-delicious broth w/ lots of seafood. Their warm homemade bread was perfect for soaking up the broth. Linguine w/prawns-we requested a red sauce instead of the white sauce-not a problem. The cook and waitstaff were very accommodating.
Will definitely dine at Bella's again.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always delightful. One of my top three spots when in San Francisco. Leave yourself a little extra time to park.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was looking for a good "real"
I was looking for a good "real" Italian Restaurant and found it here. Authentic Italian food with Italian servers. Looking forward to the next visit!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My spouse and I took two long time friends to Bella Trattoria this past Saturday night for dinner. We had a very enjoyable experience. We had the special appetizer and a couple of others, and entrees and a dessert. We brought our own bottle of wine. All went to together very nicely. The tomato based sauces were the best, and I would highly recommend them, to the point of even asking the waiter about the sauce. They added to the meal, really perking up the pastas. Staff was attentive without hovering. Kitchen was a little slow getting the food out but we were not in any hurry, so it was not a problem. Recommend it highly!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Red Sauce
It is really hard to find a good red sauce that is the foundation to southern Itslian dishes. Bella's comes very close to my Nana's homemade sauce. We will definitely be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Good Time
This is a terrific authentic Italian restaurant set in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Both a neighborhood gem and destination restaurant where you'll find delicious food and an excellent wine list. I've been yo Bella a number of times and have never been disappointed in the service or food.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over the many years we've
Over the many years we've been coming to Bella it has been consistently satisfying. The quality of food and service would be right at home in a much pricier establishment. Enthusiastically recommended.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bella! Bella! Un Favorito !
We had a party of four at Bella Trattoria - the first visit for each of us, spurred on after seeing a "Check Please" episode on KQED. The food was fabulous - fresh, warm, wonderful, tasty, and perfect proportions. The gnocchi - light & heavenly - the best we've had since Venice. Service? Impeccable - just the right level of checking in, yet never feeling rushed. It is a place we will return to often.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian in a neighborhood
The food here is spectacular! Authentic Italian in a neighborhood place. All dishes were delicious, the house wine was good and desserts to die for. The service was good, the waiter friendly and the room is nice. We had a special night there when it was my birthday and I was with my whole family.
Belle did not disappoint. The lasagna was hands down the best I've ever had!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time here, were coming from out of town to meet our grandson who studies at SF State and to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We ordered 2 large antipasto dishes that were fabulous, were gobbled up within minutes with 4 teenage boys. They wanted more salumi and cold meats, the cold vegetables were yummy. Pizzas to die for, Banger steak was the best ever with lots of mushrooms. Daughter had the Osso Buco with polenta, she cleaned her large plate it was so good. Special of the day was a ground pork and beef Ragu with papardelle, 2 people ordered this and cleanded it up. The only thing mediocre were the wines, but I'm usually not impressed with Italian wines.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
No more free corkage :(
Bella is a delightful little neighborhood joint serving up excellent pastas of all types. Nearly everything on the menu is a winner. The only downside is that they no longer offer free corkage M-W, which was a huge motivation for us to go.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite Italian
This is our favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this place is Italy -- a small space, hand-made pasta, Italian wine and waiters. The food is quite good and comes out fast. If you let him, your waiter will have you fed and out within an hour. So if you want to make an experience of it, order your win and wait to order your dinner. And if you bring a date, ask for a table next to a window -- otherwise you'll be in the traffic flow.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and great service
It is a great neighborhood restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the service there. Wine choices were great too.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This cozy trattoria in the foggy inner Richmond is a gem. Home made pastas are terrific and the service is friendly but professional. We went with a group and enjoyed a large selection of excellent appetizers, reasonably priced but delectable wines (both red and white), pasta dishes for all and a sampling of all the desserts. Pastas range from the expected tomato, Sugo and sausage or mushroom sauces to a creative black squid ink pasta with sea urchin. The space is small and can get busy so do consider a reservation.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Party of 14
I've dined at Bella Trattoria over the past 20 years. It was based on their consistently outstanding food and service that I chose Bella for a very special occasion for a party of 14 on October 22nd. David was extremely helpful with menu suggestions and the evening was perfect. Our friends were delighted by the quality and preparation of the food and by the attentive, but not intrusive, service. I believe Bella offers a better dining experience for the money than virtually any other fine restaurant in San Francisco. Recommended with enthusiasm. You won't find better gnocchi or carbonara anywhere. Richard S.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went here for a birthday dinner, not knowing anything about this place but seeing that it had gotten pretty good reviews on Yelp. We arrived about 45 minutes early, but the host seated us right away anyway, saying our table was waiting for us. The burrata special appetizer we ordered was creamy and delicious. My son likes carpaccio, so we also ordered that as an appetizer and loved every bite. Between us, we ordered the trout, the amatraciani, the gnocchi and another pasta dish with fettucini. All were delicious and well prepared. The service was great also. The waitress we had was there when we wanted her but did not hover. Overall, a very good experience. We will definitely be back!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place offers some of the best Italian food that I have tried in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the service, however, is a little rushed, and I was asked three times whether I was done before I was actually done eating. But the food definitely makes up for any shortcomings in service.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic authentic Italian
Located in the Inner Richmond/Laurel Heights area of SF, Bella Trattoria Italiana is a gem hidden on a non-descript corner of Geary Boulevard. Inside you will find subdued lighting courtesy of retro Edisonian bare bulbs and tabletop candles. You know the food will be authentic since all the workers speak Italian. The housemade pasta was prepared perfectly. The wine selection (entirely from Italy) was broad in variety and price. The dining area is not large, which makes for tables being squeezed together a bit closer than ideal - perfect for small groups but not so conducive to a romantic night out. Service was acceptable, as we were planning on a leisurely meal, but was inconsistent - probably explains the free dessert which was delicious.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second time celebrating my birthday at this restaurant. Always know it will be a good dinner.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate and diverse
This is a place I will have to come back to try more items on the menu. We went for a simple pizza and salad dinner complete with dessert but the pastas looked amazing as well! The service was attentive and friendly, the vibe was romantic and intimate [I had a date with my mom!] and the food was really good. The salads were a bit overpriced for starter portions but they were really good. This is a neighborhood gem that I now understand what all the high ratings are all about! It truly was a wonderful experience.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I needed a place that would satisfied picky eaters and food lovers. This place was perfect. The design is appealing and the service very good. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. What other people say about it us true. The portion sizes are not huge but if you get appetizers it should be enough. I loved the gnocchi! They were also able to be flexible when we needed to add another person to our reservation last minute, which I greatly appreciated.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
best Italian in the Richmond
My girlfriend and I love this place. The service is amazing and the food can't be beat.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We head to this restaurant about once a month. The food here is fabulous...pastas, the steak, salads, great appetizers. We keep wanting to go to other places in that neighborhood but then always decide that Bella's is the best. Service is amazing, such nice people. We love it.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
All the food was delicious. The service was efficient and speedy. My group and I were extremely satisfied with the whole overall experience!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
delicious and hospitable
I love Italian food but dont eat it very often, so i dont know what everything is when most of the names are in italian. Waiters were all very helpful and knew that menu through and through. Very fresh, great flavor, and plus side they can substitute gluten free pasta with most of their dishes. Can't wait to go again!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy and friendly with great food!
Bella is one of my favorite Italian spots in the city, and surprisingly it's owned by a Mexican chef! He certainly has done a great job of exploring the authenticity of Italian food, and the menu offers a wide selection of handmade pastas (the Carbonara and gnocchi are the best), tasty appetizers, and unique carpaccio. They used to offer free corkage Monday through Wednesday, but are no longer doing that. Still, corkage is only $15 so if you want to bring something special, it's worth it. But they do have a great wine list! Best of all, for service is friendly and reliable. A great hidden gem in Inner Richmond!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and tasty food
Enjoyed the warm welcome and well prepared food. Pastas were al dente with excellent ingredients. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. I really appreciated the gluten free pasta!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful experience. Incredibly
Wonderful experience. Incredibly friendly staff and outstanding food. Highly recommend the bone marrow appetizer!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
It does not matter who I bring to this restaurant, EVERYONE loves it here!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM