Great service and a menu with
Great service and a menu with a good variety of appetizers , salads/soups , entrees and deserts. Will dine here again.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
A nice neighborhood restaurant,
A nice neighborhood restaurant, decent food, staff friendly and obliging, and I like the Italian decor.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our dinner very much
Enjoyed our dinner very much with each menu item exceeding our expectations.
Will certainly go back for more!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food, service and ambience
The food, service and ambience was great and I would definitely like to try dinner there next.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in LosAltos!!
We love this restaurant. It never disappoints. It is the best in Los Altos.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Italian food in Los Altos
First visit to this restaurant that I've driven past for many years. Went for dinner on Saturday night. The place was packed with couple and families. We had to flag down a waiter to serve us, but after that, service was fine. Food was good -- solid, classic Italian fare. Penne pasta with eggplant was a standout, veal with capers was ok, not outstanding. Expect to return, perhaps for a weeknight dinner.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Good Dining Experience
I have been eating at the Bella Vita for a number of years now and it is my impression that they are constantly improving the quality of the food, the service and the overall ambience. I would rate it the best restaurant in Los Altos. Our latest experience was most enjoyable. The service was nicely paced without being smothering. Our table was bussed in a timely fashion and our waiter was very professional. The menu has a nice variety of Italian specialties prepared with expertise and are nicely presented. Bella Vita has earned and will keep my patronage
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best in Los Altos!!
Wonderful neighborhood gem. The best in Los Altos!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food, always a
Always good food, always a great wait staff. Been going here for years and will continue to do so.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming and Tasty
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Bella Vita. We were seated in the back, an area we've not noticed in the past as we have tended to sit near the front by the large windows. The back has a patio feel, with natural light and lovely art. Charming and spacious. There were other larger parties (ours was 7) dining there but we had plenty of space and were able to hold conversation across our round table easily.
The food was delicious. Sea Bass was the specialty that night and we dove in. A finish with Affogato and life was good!
Highly recommend this lovely intimate dining location.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Lovely Bit of Italy
Had a lovely table next to a fountain; food was fabulous, service good but the waiter did seem to be spread a little thin. Nice place for a date, special occasion.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Three of us went for a birthday celebration, and it was perfect! The waiters were charming and attentive, going out of their way to make the evening special. Fun, summery drinks, good wine, really tasty, fresh food . . . and wonderful dessert. All presented beautifully. We were not rushed, and it was very comfortable. I would definitely go back. I also hope to schedule our next office party there!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good Italian food with an authentic menu. Went for Mother's Day so they offered a specialized menu with not quite the variety it normally offers. If you're looking for spaghetti and meatballs and veal parmesan this isn't your spot. You'll get veal with asparagus prosciutto and mashed potatoes, lobster ravioli, lamb shank and other authentic dishes. There is a cool salad they offer that is sort of a caprese salad: tomatoes, basil, mixed greens, plus beets. A very good menu and a nice selection of wines too.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tried for the first time on Mother's Day. It was delightful. Would like to come back on a non-holiday to try the regular menu. Salads were truly excellent. Canneloni and braised lamb shank were both delicious, though it would have been nice to have something else (like a vegetable) on the plate. Chocolate mousse and Tiramisu were both very good, but we've tasted better.
Customers who were waiting for a table were too close. We felt that they were hovering over us to the point of being unpleasant--even rude. The host should have asked them to remain at front of restaurant, away from tables where people were still eating.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is always great, especially
Food is always great, especially the veal. But after three visits in as many weeks, it seems there is a wide variance in the attitudes and competence of the service personel, starting with the hostess and extending to the servers.I also tried to arrange for a special birthday dessert with attendant song. I even made a special trip to the restaurant, talked to the night manager and to the hostess. Reminded them of this when I arrived for the dinner. They totally ignored the request. Last time I go there for special occasions.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, this place makes
As always, this place makes me want to come back. They have a very nice way about them, always making you feel special and offering to "make a surprise dish" for you, for any occasion. This particular evening was very festive and lively and it felt like you were in the "city" as opposed to our very quiet little town. Loved it and will go back again, for sure!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a comfortable place to dine. Quality food and great service. I eat out most nights of the week and this stacks up to most.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
54th Wedding Anniversary
Excellent meal, good wine, nice ambiance and just as good, if not better than the 1st o ne.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lava cakes I've ever had! All the food was great. Awesome service.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Place for Special Occasion
Excellent courteous service and just the right amount of attentiveness by the entire staff. Very good pasta dishes. Their willingness to split our salad to share, and the complimentary birthday dessert were nice touches. Still many attractive dishes to try so we will be back for lunch and dinner.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for couples or a big group
This is an outstanding neighborhood Italian restaurant. A good place for a casual weeknight dinner or a big weekend event.
I've dined here with my wife and hosted a celebration dinner for 15 in their private Wine Room. Each time we've been well taken care of and made to feel welcome. Our group dinner was especially enjoyable. Service was attentive but we never felt rushed or bothered. The staff went out of their way to make the event memorable.
The food is excellent. Their pasta dishes -- ravioli and spaghetti Bolognese are especially good.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I just returned from Italy and were looking for an authentic local Italian restaurant to keep our vacation alive and found it at Bella Vita. The pasta's were amazing.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Plan to Return
Been there twice now.
Ate grilled salmon both times and love it there!
Was sad that a neighbor business was cutting tile during our mea and one very loud visitor talking to staff person
really disrupted the serenity for a time.
We go for excellent food and a lovely, serene environment to visit with friends.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
rare restaurant patrons thankful
We don't go out a lot. Great food and service made for a memorable night.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always reliable tasty food
I go to this restaurant every week with a good friend after a yoga class across the street. The service is friendly and they know my tastes pretty well. I have tried many things on the menu, all of them have been quite good. My favorite is their arugula salad with grilled salmon. THey serve excellent bread before the meal, and their olive oil has a goo flavor. They have good pasta also. I occasionally get a fish special, and that is always excellent. Good value for the money, as the ingredients are fresh and the servings generous.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, the service
The food was great, the service was to notch, and the summer heat was totally unacceptable. No air conditioning, not even a fan blowing in the background. I'd return, but problably in the winter.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service! Would definitely come back :)
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is the best. Have yet to find something I haven't loved!!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had nice meal. Nothing great. I asked to add chicken & was surprised at the 'measly' portion. I then said... do tomatoes come with salad. Waiter: Would you like tomatoes? All of a sudden, it started to actually look like a salad that was entree size
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
CHECK MY PAST REVIEW ON B.V.
CHECK MY PAST REVIEW ON B.V. HAS NOT CHANGED PLEASE DO NOT REPEAT INQUIRIES ON THIS RESTAURANT IN FUTURE. WE GO THERE OFTEN !!!! INCIDENTALLY, YOUR "NOISE LEVEL" INQUIRY OPTIONS ARE NOT ADEQUATE FOR ANY RESTAURANT.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Unpretentious but good quality
Unpretentious but good quality Northern Italian food...The portabella mushroom/spinach appetizer is delicious. I had a seabass special that was simple, but nicely done--very yummy. My husband had the lobster ravioli which was nicely done, but a little bland in flavor. All in all, a homey, comfort food experience. We wil definitely come back again.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time here and we will return often. Easy to reach location with easy parking, beautiful ambience, reasonably priced with great food and service. Our waiter, Brian, was outstanding. Service was efficient but not overbearing, they were able to accommodate our dietary needs- substitute or adjust spices on items. Nice wine list and glad ro see gelato and sorbet , rather than ice cream, on dessert menu.
We went to celebrate our anniversary this time. Plan on returning even when not special occasion
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM