Belden Taverna
Belden Taverna
  • Address:
    52 Belden Place
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Belden Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.btaverna.com/
  • Phone: (415)986-8887x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Bar: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm & 3:30pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Sunday 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Pino Spinoso
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Special Events: For our diners on New Year's Eve and Valentines day, we will be offering both a special set menu in addition to our normal menu along with tented entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kearny & Pine
  • Public Transit: Montgomery BART/MUNI station. Centrally located in the Financial District, 5 minutes walking distance from Moscone Conference Center, and 7 minutes walking distance from Union Square Area.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Options:Sutter - Stockton Garage at 330 Sutter St,San Francisco Ca, Open Daily 24 hours. Or Street Parking
A word from Belden Taverna
Belden Taverna is an Italian Steakhouse. The cuisine is a memorable blend of bold flavors and elegant refinement. We serve contemporary American classics, beautiful Mediterranean themed salads, fresh seafood dishes and we use nothing but California farm fresh produce.
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Belden Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (11)special occasion (11)romantic (11)notable wine list (9)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • NYE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have to say as far as a NYE meal and experience it was great. We had a group of 14 and we were well taken care of. The food came out quickly on such a busy night and it was really good. Everyone enjoyed their meal, except those who had the steak and lobster. The lobster was delicious- cooked to perfection, but the steaks were bland and most of them were over cooked and dry. Other than that we had a lovely time at a fair price point. I loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint
    KatHrynVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Perfect for friends to have a special lunch together! Just the right amount of food. Great tasting too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a celebration
    Debsuetay
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    A group of us met here for our Christmas get together dinner. We had a great time even tho we sat outside. The lights were on and the heater lamps protected us from being too cold. Our waiter was a sweetie and was there when we needed him, but did not hover. The spaghetti with crab was delicious. Great choice. We also split two salads that were very tasty. The host checked on us to make sure everything was good, that was a very nice touch. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls' Holiday Lunch
    LittlePuffy
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I went with co-workers as a holiday lunch. My Grilled fish was absolutely excellent, full of flavor. I also enjoyed the brussels sprout Caesar salad. Everyone else seemed to like their food equally as well. The only complaint at our table was that one dish arrived cooler than it should, as if it had waited for the rest to be finished before being served. But was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Improved Belden Taverna
    AnnPVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I love eating on Belden Street -- a wonderful little pedestrian street off of Union Square. It reminds me of Paris or the fish restaurant area in Istanbul. Anyway, I heard that Franz Meis had taken over the restaurant about 8 months ago, brought in a new chef and really improved the service so we gave it a try. Well it was wonderful. The wait staff was fantastic and the food was AMAZING. Try the pork chop. It's rumored to be the best in the city. And the pasta was delicious and is handmade every day. When we were their Mayor Lee and the Police Chief were upstairs at a private event. It's a great place and very good deal. we will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overbooked, Service Good, Food OK
    LisaGVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We made reservations, but when arrived, "we're overbooked, you will have to wait for a bit." Then she had one table avail upstairs, there was a huge party table and it was very loud. We said we'd wait for a table downstairs, or outside under a heater. After waiting for almost an hour, we finally got a table indoors, which was nice. The bartender was the best part of our experience. He was very nice and bought us a round of drinks at the end - since we ended up being the last table there. The server was just ok. He didn't make us feel any better, especially waiting so long for a table. He took a long time to serve us our food. Now the food, not the best. The meat was overcooked, no flavor potatoes and boring bread. Not happy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My husband and I went here for date night and had a great time. We were late because of traffic but the hostess was very nice and accommodating. It's your typical SF restaurant were the tables are so close together you're pretty much dining with the table next to you. It makes for an interesting evening. The food was very good. There were so many things that I wanted to try so we did a bunch of apps and shared an entree. They need to work a little on their cheese plate but I even enjoyed that. I think our server took a little long but he seemed busy and we were enjoying our conversation so we didn't care. Overall great restaurant. I'd definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food was very good, and for $40, a steak SHOULD be good. The service however was baffling. The waiter initially was very friendly, then just decided he was tired of us? We ordered food, the table next to us ordered after us, and we did not receive our food until the table next to us was finished with their meal. There was no explanation or apology regarding the delay. After another very long wait, a different waiter finally brought us our dessert menu. Dinner took 2 1/2 hours! Ridiculous. I am definitely sympathetic when waiters are busy, but ours did not seem that busy. Plus we were crammed at a small table because they overbooked, and it was loud and hard to have a conversation. I wouldn't come here again, and wouldn't recommend it.
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  • Just OK
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Had the Spaghetti with Dungeness crab (which included jalapeños, asparagus and corn - weird combo but I just had to try it). It was not too bad. Also had the gnocchi with rabbit ragu - sounded fabulous. Unfortunately the sauce tasted just like Franco-American out of the can - I am not kidding. My husband said the same thing before I even told him that's what I thought. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great live music was a nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Great live music was a nice surprise. The karaoke not so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with out of town friends
    EddieVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Great evening of food, wine, views and friends. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for lunch, but...
    TableForTwo
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    This was my first visit to Belden Taverna and it was a business luncheon. Nice place, good food, great service and very reasonably priced. But we were kind of wondering what was wrong since we were the only ones in the restaurant. Only bad thing, having to bat off the gnats that kept flying around our food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belden Taverna
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This gem of a restaurant is like being in Europe. The whole street is lined with indoor/outdoor restaurants that are very charming. Three of us had pork chops which our waiter recommended and they were extremely delicious. My husband had a fish dish which he was medium on.The plates had a nice presentation and the service was wonderful. We would all go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really loved this place!
    NCbbq
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Being in SF for a conference, three of us were over the busy scene and seeking a quiet supper. We sat outdoors for quiet. Our waiter was the happiest person i encountered in SF! He was helpful, attentive, and happy! The food was stellar (hello, bowl of bacon!) and the suggestions spot on. Best chicken parm you may ever encounter-and the chili was just what i needed. Would absolutely come here again and highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for business lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Good place for business lunch. Not too stuffy or too casual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was good, but a long
    TiffyPops
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Service was good, but a long wait for the food. We had six at our table - ended up being a two hour lunch. Waiters - friendly and helpful - nice guys.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately our lunch had
    quietdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Unfortunately our lunch had to be cancelled. Next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    Restbud
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Noisy outdoor but food was good! Lady at the front was very friendly and nice. Waiter was a bit cold!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Works well for different occasions
    alwaysplanning
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Had a large group - originally 12 people which grew to 17 - have dinner here during a busy conference week. Close enough to FiDi to walk (10-15 mins from Moscone) and they were VERY accommodating as the number of people we had in the party grew. Food was fair to good - overcooked fish but others loved their meal (stroganoff). Apps were good size and good to share. Service was pleasant and accommodating but a little distracted. We ordered tomato bisque - they brought lobster bisque which we let slide. Also I asked to split up bill by groups of 4 which they said they could do and then they did not do. I didn't push it since they were so good about the extra people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant
    KokoVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We had a dinner for 11 people. They made table at up stairs then excellent service. Staff were all friendly. Food was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for last minute reservation
    DWinSFVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Nice spot in Belden Court. Usually easy to get a last minute reservation. Food very good, especially the beef stew. Terrific hostess and wait staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Belden Alley Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    I love dining in Belden Alley, but had never tried this spot... well it's my new favorite! The menu is delightful and my salad was delightful. The service was attentive and, of course, Belden provides the best al fresco dining experience in the financial district. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Greeted by a really welcoming and nice hostess who asked for our preference of area. With a chill in the air we chose to sit upstairs away from the band. Upon sitting down no waiter showed up for some time prompting us to ask for a manager. Then a frat crowd and 2 six tops sat down in the same area. She gave her focus to the larger tables (obviously for the larger tip possibility) and got to us when she had spare time. Not really the service I recall or hoped for when I made a reservation to impress my wife on vacation. Staff may need some re-training on how to manage getting quadruple sat and utilizing assistance of fellow waiters, hostess & busers. I would have rather my tip go to the bus boy who helped us out the most.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of worst SF dining experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    My wife and I travel often to SF and have previously dinned at other Belden Place neighborhood restaurants. AVOID this restaurant for many obvious reasons: food quality was poor, bland flavoring with service mediocre at best. My wife's seafood pasta dish tasted like pasta with minimal seafood flavors and my short rib pappardelle had excess tomato sauce, minimal beef with a very bland taste. If you want bland food, this is the perfect place...otherwise skip and choose other REAL restaurants in Belden.
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  • We went to see the band...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We went to Belden Taverna because the Americano Social Club was playing on Friday night but the whole experience was great. The food was delicious. My husband loves the steak salad and usually he is not a salad eater. This has become one of our favorite places, well worth the drive up from San Jose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belden Taverna
    FoodaliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    You can find Belden Taverna located in an alley called "Belden Place". It's like a slice of Paris in San Francisco with everyone dining outside. The food was yummy. Had the Beef Stroganoff & Flower Pinot Noir. Also had a Risotto Balls Appetizer that were filled with Short Ribs & Profiteroles for dessert. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • team lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    tables were very wobbly, so good thing we were not having wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belden Taverna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Outstanding restaurant. Delicious food, extremely helpful and courteous service. Belden Pl. is a very appealing blocked off street near the corner of Pine/Kearny in San Francisco. Outstanding environment. Very romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, little privacy
    JKEatingVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Service was attentive. Crowded with very little space btwn tables. We ate outside, lunch on a Thursday. I think all the restaurants on Belden alley do this.
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  • The dine about town menu was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    The dine about town menu was great. I would totally go back for another lunch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Touristy but fun
    outoftownerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    Belden Taverna is in an alleyway described as "European-style" on some reviews, which I guess means there's a whole bunch of outdoor seating type restaurants in a row featuring huckster ladies with menus entreating you to sit down at their tables. It's hard to distinguish the restaurants from each other but the Taverna was fine - the food was good, the atmosphere fun and, for us, the weather was great. Yes, it feels a little touristy, but that's no bad thing if you're a visitor to San Francisco, right?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    The food was very good. The Dine About Town menu had a lot of nice choices and offered a real bargain at $18.95 for a 3 course lunch. The salmon was very well prepared. I can't wait to go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    The food was just okay, nothing special. I went there on my lunch break w a friend. After sitting for an hour, entrees long since finished, I had to flag someone. We were the only people left from lunch and the workers were cleaning takes and didn't check on us. They offered to give our desserts in to go cups. I understand how busy they must have been and their initial greeting when we arrived was great, but I won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun lunch spot!
    hkshopjunkie
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Love dining at the restaurants along Belden Place. The staff at Taverna is very friendly and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    CellarSnobVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I love the location of this restaurant and the first time I ate there the food / service was excellent - this time not so much. They sat us upstairs which was lovely but the service was horribly slow and quite honestly the food didn't wow me. Next time I will insist on sitting downstairs/outside - at least from an ambiance perspective it will take the experience back up a notch.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Transformed Street
    TripAdviser
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    A hidden alley transformed into a European scene. Good food and service with fair prices. Nice find near our hotel and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    I have been meaning to get to Belden alley forever. The Taverna was amazing! Very European vibe. Lots of outdoor cafe seating with heaters. Easy to have a conversation over dinner and other diners were social and fun. Amazing food and giant portions. I had the mussels. Not your usual buttery winey broth. Very rich, tasty and tomatoey. Difficult to stay gluten free since you gotta use some bread to soak up the sauce. Loved it and will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    We had a reservation for 5 but they did not have a table ready so they squeezed five of us at a 4 top, but that was not the bad part. The hostess was a sweetheart but the rest of the staff were either obnoxious or incompetent. When they finally brought the food to the table my partner and I had to sit helplessly staring at our food since we did not have any silverware. He keep returning to the table with side dishes and water but no silverware. I am not exaggerating, it had to have been 10min later after I demanded he bring it. Some other staff person (not really sure of his purpose) would stop by occasionally and make some idiotic comment. At one point he started speaking in broken Spanish (he was a white guy)...it was just off!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Located in Belden Place...the
    ScooterVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Located in Belden Place...the alley...closest thing to a European style street scene...but located in Downtown San Francisco. Hostesses/Hosts compete for your patronage as you walk down the alley..contains outdoor seating....good service, cute restaurant, good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Go-To Place
    FrancesKVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Belden Lane is one of those places with a wonderful selection of foods. If I'm with a group and they don't seem to know what kind of food they want (not French, not Italian, not Spanish, etc), Beldern Traverna has always been able to deliver for me. Hearty foods as well as lighter fare have all been satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.