Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos
Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos

Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinebellavita.com/
  • Phone: 650 917 0300 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday To Friday: 11 AM 2.30 PM
    Dinner: Daily: 4-30 PM 9.30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Marco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bella Vita Private dinning avaable cater In or out for more information please vizit www.dinebellavita.com or contact Bella Vita ristorantebellavita@gmail.com

    Your Host is I.Jan Unlu
  • Special Events: I. Jan Unlu will work with you on any Special or private evens we have beautiful wine room or Italian cortabella for private dining
    Information under Catering thank you Bella Vita

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Main Street and San Antonio Road
  • Public Transit: VTA stops at First and Main Streets.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking or street parking is always available.
A word from Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos
Ristorante Bella Vita is located in downtown Los Altos on First Street and serves Northern Italian Cuisine. Our dishes are prepared the finest and freshest ingredients featuring ever changing daily specials we will prepare any special meal to meat your diet. Gluten free and whole Wheat pastas available on your request We offer a full bar with an exceptional Wine list.We have Private dining available for any to gathering and catering out.
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Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (17)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (12)romantic (12)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Quaint dining spot
    HMBJoe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've eaten here many times and have been consistently satisfied. It's a quaint spot with a charming atmosphere and very good food (plus, the bread pudding is TERRIFIC!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    searchinggoodfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was confusing - we were taken care of by 2 different servers who brought duplicate utensils, etc. and didn't notice. But it was prompt. Food was good/not great. We were on back patio - VERY NOISY!!! For that reason, I may not return, except I'm guessing it's quieter in the front dining room.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicioso!
    Mollybee
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Yummy specials and great ambiance. I recommend sitting in the patio as it isn't as dark as the main restaurant. Great location to downtown and to the freeway. Easy to park which was nice on a Friday night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant. Am crazy about their basic version of carpaccio manzo, even without the cheese (am milk intolerant). They have mastered their preparation of GF pastas, too. The vongole entrée in a chardonnay wine sauce was wonderful. My companions practically licked up their plates tho I can't recall what they had--too busy enjoying my own.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    NectarVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the outside the restaurant doesn't look like much. It's low slung and surrounded by parking lot. The first impression once in the front door is of renaissance Italian revival interpreted circa 1992. However the welcome from the staff at the door was warm and genuine and that extended to the wait staff. The decor had me resigned to a mediocre meal but the Caesar salad with grilled salmon was delicious. The salmon was very well prepared with a light char on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. The place is obviously popular with locals and the lunch salads at the tables around us all looked fresh and tasty. I would go back. It was good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot for a quiet lunch
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My friend and I had a nice lunch of salads and hot appetizers. Nothing either wowed or disappointed us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodAddict
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was excellent (except for cannoli's--see below) nice presentation, pleasant waiter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TravellerVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always consistently good food and service. Veal dishes are flavorful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent value
    JanettaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    we come often and with our friends all pastas and veal dishes are good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good Italian dining
    JanettaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service is good Food is excellent lobster ravioli wonderful good bread
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Authentic Italian Dinner
    happydiner75
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a great time and the food was classic. Very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too warm & a bit noisy
    pamjayonfir
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The 4 of us enjoyed our meals, but because of a loud diner at the next table, we had trouble hearing the waiter explain the specials, etc. Also, we were tucked into a corner & it was very warm. We should remember to ask for a table on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Neighborhood Favorite
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have enjoyed this restaurant for several years and seen it improve recently into a lovely, varied, dinner venue. The atmosphere is pleasant and unpretentious, the food has become much more imaginative - especially the appetizers and salads, and though prices have risen, it is still a reasonable place to enjoy. We often see friends and neighbors there and some staff members have stayed over time - often an indication of good management. It is also a fine family celebration spot. We recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Halibut!
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The halibut was to die for! It was absolutely scrumptious. It was extremely tasty, moist and prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, good food
    PMac
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    First time ever ate there. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the atmosphere was nice inside. The food was excellent, portions a good size, and the service was great. Feels family run, like you're being taken care of by people who care. Parking is easy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pasta
    Jand
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We usually order pasta But the crab cakes and portobello sandwich were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    LosAltosNative
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have been going here since it was the 'Black Forest Inn' as a kid. I have not been here for over 5 years and I was so impressed with its decor and remodel that kept with the same spirit as the cozy predecessor. Service was impeccable. Food and its presentation was fantastic. Selection of wines was staggering. My friends and I loved this place and it is a given that we will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Italian Place
    CalvinRooney
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Can't go wrong with Bella Vita. Nice location, charming decor, pleasant ambiance, excellent food and service. On the expensive side but hey you're in downtown Los Altos. I would recommend Bella Vita for any special occasion like a graduation celebration, birthday. Come to think of it, this restaurant would be a perfect spot for a first date!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understaffed at 6 p.m.
    Pamela
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have had nice dining experiences at Bella Vita in the past. This time, however, we had a reservation for an early 6 p.m. dinner midweek. Service was terribly slow. Water was poured immediately but we had to ask after waiting awhile for drink ordering. We were assigned a courteous server who explained ours was not his table but he would be glad to take care of us. He was wonderful (kudos to him), but our food was unacceptably late coming from the kitchen. Food was good, once served.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to recommend ...
    mfowler
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our entire experience was one disappointment after another - Having to order from an unadvertised Mother's Day Brunch 'special' menu 80% sparser and 50% pricier than the regular lunch menu - if we hadn't had a party of 7 and my 88 year-old Mother with us, my wife and I would have left then. Two of us ordered ground beef lasagna, which arrived cold, meatless and with 15 minutes between first plate and last. Entrees came without garnish, vegetable or presentation - a square of lukewarm lasagna on a plate. We could have added a salad, but at $26 for a garden salad... seriously? After finishing our entrees, we asked for our check, left a 10% tip, and, hungry, walked to Draeger's Market to purchase bakery treats for dessert. We'd had enough...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a nice place!
    LividdavidVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Just right for a Mother's Day Eve dinner! Good service. Nice specials. Nothing weird. Many happy family groups. Attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Ristorante Bella Vita - Los Altos reviews archive.
  • Fabulous Authentic Food & Ambiance
    Lisasdeets
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised and enchanted on our first visit. Excellent food, ambiance and service. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Los Altos
    Fritz
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food, service, ambience- amore! Everything is special here. Going here for years. None better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I enjoyed the
    sf53sls
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. We ordered a glass of wine and expected it before our dinner came. However, I had to remind our waiter to bring our drinks. In addition, our dinner came before our wine was brought to the table and the meal was not totally hot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    HeathVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Went there for lunch the other day. I had the spinach salad with chicken. It was great meal.Nice ambiance, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    Diner
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We enjoyed a quiet evening with a comfortable environment, friendly and efficient service with being intrusive. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch
    InSFonBus
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I took a group here for lunch. Great food. Drink service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    Sonnyj
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Found this restaurant in late Nov. Back for the 3 time. Thos time brought friends. Very enjoyable evening. There was a slight slippage in usually excellent service. Still a very good overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Funny tasting water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Everything was really quite nice except the water had a very funny taste and the place smelled a bit like kitchen cleaner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi
    Katerine
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I would give this a higher grade with the exception that I ordered something off menu and they got it wrong - I am part to blame for ordering off menu - they are part to blame because it is such a common alternative method of serving the dish, that I am surprised that they got it wrong
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable Restaurant
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This is not a fantastic but comfortable restaurant. The price is OK.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Bella Vita
    Cindy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Good food, great people. Staff have been there for a long time, provide great service. Food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Sonnyj
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We found Ristorante Bella Vita about 2 momths ago and had ro return. As before food was excellemt, nice wine lost, wait staff knowledgable and helpful. A delightful dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little off tonight
    LisawskiVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I'm glad i've been to Bella Vita before, because this wasn't the best. I ordered a special (vegetarian lasagna) and it was luke warm. I guess i expected it to actually have vegetables in it - not so much. that said, the food here is normally really good. its hearty, authentic and tasty. I'm just going to write this off as a fluke and we'll still go back and try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet restaurant
    Winenut
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Romantic lighting. Attentive service. Good food. Not noisy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extra effort
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    For New Year's Eve the menu was a shortened version of the regular menu. We asked for a couple items off menu. Not only was the staff very accommodating, prepared and served us what we wanted but they were carefully prepared and delicious. The good food and pleasant service made it a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Note from a local
    LAH13VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We have enjoyed Bella Vita for years. Good menu, great service. We eat there 8-10 evenings a year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of Italy in Los Altos
    Reallyrichard
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Located on a quiet side street in Los Altos, Bella Vita reliably delivers excellent Italian food. The basics are done well and the specials are often really special -- like the duck I had for dinner on this visit. Service is friendly if a tad slow. Not a place for a quick meal, but Bella Vita delivers quality food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional Italian Restaurant, GF!
    lockjaw1VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Just had dinner last night, wonderful service. Had to wait for my husband who was coming from work, had a great glass of Chardonnay with some amazing clams while waiting (45 minutes!) and they were not worried. They are able to substitute Gluten Free pasta for regular pasta and the server was very knowledgeable about what items on the menu would not work for us. I had the Risotto with seafood and it was FABULOUS. My husband had the salmon with veggies and potatoes, so no substitutes were necessary, and there were a lot of other choices like that. The decor is perfect and the service very attentive. Will definitely be back, probably with a group from work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Los Altos Find
    melodyVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Excellent food and service. I'm vegan, and their Penne Siciliani (without cheese) is excellent! My husband had the sole and loved it. He also had the split pea soup, and I had the house salad. Wonderful food and service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.