RivaBella

RivaBella

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivabellarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3102782060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner

    Monday & Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

    Happy Hour

    Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gino Angelini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from RivaBella
Introducing RivaBella West Hollywood, a fine-dining Italian concept in partnership with renowned chef Gino Angelini that features a sprawling indoor-outdoor space, evocative of stepping into a rustic Tuscan farmhouse accented by sleek, ultra-stylish contemporary elements. RivaBella honors traditional, ingredient-based Italian fare and classic techniques, while embracing a dynamic, modern approach to the dining experience. With a lushly landscaped 2,800-square-foot al fresco dining area and expansive wine cave, guests can experience a taste of Italy while overlooking the Sunset Strip.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
RivaBella reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)romantic (49)special occasion (49)great for outdoor dining (40)good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (28)notable wine list (21)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (12)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (12)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good pastas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had the eggplant parmigiana appetizer, risotto, and lemon pasta for dinner; the dishes were all above average. The ice cream made at table side for dessert was very good. Drinks were above average. The quasi-outdoor environment with creative lighting provides excellent ambience; however, it is still dark and my friends had difficulty reading the menu. The night we went was extremely noisy. There were numerous birthday celebrations and fire crackers were constantly going off. Service was good. Overall, it was a good experience but not stand out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    Allaboutdeb
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was great I have been to Italy several times and it brought back memories . The food and what the waiter recommended was perfect . We will go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go on Sunday
    larsandVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Despite the loud music and a somewhat empty room, the Sunday Night Supper is one of the best deals in town. Your get a choice of two appetizers (including 2 delicious pizzas, or salad), one pasta (the best lasagne), one main course (flat iron steak or salmon) and dessert. A feast for $25!!!! Check out the website....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now THAT'S Italian>>>
    pogiVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had our first meal during dine LA week - had tom come back to make sure it wasn't just a lucky night. Best beef carpaccio I have ever had - fine neopolitan pizza - and pasta that had flavor that was better than most in LA - which is saying something. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    Cindy51
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love in the Bay Area and this was my third time back to this place! Every time I come the food is spectacular! Highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude Hostesses, Great Server!
    Greatserver
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were greeted by two most obnoxious Hostesses, named Patty and Emma. On September 6, 2014, a few celebrities were dining there and I guess it had gotten to Hostesses' heads that they were celebrities too and too good for their job to be polite and respectful towards diners. However no matter how rude they were to me and my boyfriend, it was made up by our server for the night, Arron, who was polite and gave us great service and also the manager, Josh, took care of a $15 dessert we had eaten, when I complained to him about the rude hostesses. I do recommend this restaurant but make sure you have minimum contact with hostesses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb staff
    mitchVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had been to RivaBella before and enjoyed it. Our expectations are always more or less moderate, when going to a restaurant operated by large multi unit operator, but we were surprised at just how good both the food and the staff were. The staff is absolutely outstanding-attentive but not meddling; pleasant and low key, efficient but relaxed at the same time. And of course, the wonderful open air room is a great place to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celeebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is amazing, the service is 5-star and the atmosphere is delightful. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Improved Restaurant in area
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We wrote some bad reviews of this restaurant when it opened, but we kept going back because it is so close to our home, and I am happy we did. Our biggest complaint about this restaurant when it opened was poor service. Since then, they have gone from poor service to excellent service. The food has always been outstanding. We couldn't be happier with how this restaurant has evolved. It is now one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently exceeds expectations
    GsPalate
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Another memorable dinner at RivaBella. With its romantic ambience, creative and authentic seasonal Italian cuisine, and exceptional service, one can always find something new at this sister restaurant to LA's renowned Osteria Angelini. While we love the latter, we have little reason to leave our neighborhood for exquisite Italian fare. The sea bream crudo bursting with flavor was the perfect antipasti; the pasta special with crumbled sausage, comfort food at its best; and the rib-eye with salmoriglio not only cooked to perfection but flavorful enough to please both foodie mom and our 10 year-old, who ended her meal with vanilla ice cream made just for her. The authentic tiramisu (rare in LA) was the perfect end to the parents' meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • penny1cent
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our 3rd awesome meal there! We love it. Great with friends or family or for date night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Experience
    Donatello
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    RivaBella is one of those restaurants that, if you know what to order, and you go in with an open mind, you're going to have an amazing evening. The staff is top notch, the food is superb, and ambience is outstanding, all pulled together for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb italian
    rogerH
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dropped by this italian restaurant on the way to LAX, found it by accident. Ground floor of an office building, but has a very nice lush outside dining area with trees, and an overhead arbor. I had the Nidi di Rondine, and my friend had Bacantini. Both were fantastic, and very reasonably priced. Service was excellent, all servers look after all tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, meh service
    adl625
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food - delicious. Get the mushroom risotto and you won't regret it. The other entrees were ok. The server was extremely pushy, and not in a fun way. I honestly thought he might yell at me if I didn't order his suggestion. Not the most pleasant service experience. But the ambiance is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Customer service!
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Having managed Manhattan bars for a decade, I always hope the servers will be welcoming and AT LEAST introduce themselves. Our waiter never told us his name, forgot my boyfriends drink after he was reminded 3 times, was in NO rush to check up on is after our food came, and dropped the check In the center of the table as if it were a wet rag and walked away. The sad thing is, I know there is a waitress/waiter out there who actually needs the money and needs the job at such an amazing place like Rivabella, but won't get hired because this guy is just putting gratuity on everything and making a great living. Nobody should he entitled to a job like this.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good or no good?
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The hostess killed it at first. Not very nice. The waiter made up for it and even offered to buy us dessert for our anniversary (though he later forgot to take it off our check) since he forgot to keep my husbands salad dressing on the side. Oh well. On the way out the hostess seemed more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FoodProfessor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant. However, the frightfully expensive food was mediocre at best. More importantly, we were not treated well. The staff is very unprofessional. We requested a patio table, but were escorted past several empty tables on the patio to a small, noisy room in the rear. When I asked about the patio, we were told it had been booked "for months." Months? Really? The room to which we were shown was clearly the place they seat everyone under 21 and over 40. The acoustics were so poor we could barely converse. Our server had a poor attitude; she scowled and mumbled through the whole evening. The have a bunch of gimmicky table-side dishes. Don't fall for the show.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice Dinner
    LindafromLAVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a wonderful booth, a terrific waiter and good food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long Wait With Reservation
    RegularPatronVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our reservation was at 9:15. We got there 10 min early and still had to wait 25 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went there as a party of 7, and we had a great time. The service was wonderful, and the food was very good. Everyone enjoyed their food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WHAT A PLEASENT SURPRISE
    MrljbVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    WENT DURING DINELA WEEK. ONE OF THE BEST DINELA MENU'S. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AS WAS THE SERVICE. FROM THE TIME YOU APPROACH THE RECEPTION DESK TO THE WAITER AND HIS ASSISTANTS THE ATTENTION IS GREAT. CARMILLO WAS OUR WAITER AND HE WAS MARVELOUS. MY SPOUSE AND I WOULD DEFINITELY RETURN.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere!
    Blanket
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Absolutely loved this place. We had lunch on a Tuesday and we were surprised by the beautiful open garden surroundings, the comfy booths, food and service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    DLPA
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved everything about this place. Was worried it was going to be pretentious and overrated food but it turned out to be excellent in every way. Extremely polite and attentive personal service, and really really good food. Portions are large so order sparingly if you're a small eater. Music was buzzy enough to be lively, but not too loud so you can't hear yourself talk. Such a fabulous restaurant, I'd definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!!!
    hhillsfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We loved the ambiance and the food !!!! Thomas was awesome attending. The liquid nitrogen ice team was a fun viewing experience and very tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be prepared to wait
    Over50charactersVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's pretty remarkable to see no hint of the former Hamburger Hamlet space. Phenomenal transformation! RivaBella has great food with impressive portions. The corn chowder and carbonara pasta were outstanding. And the ambiance is gorgeous. It's rare to find a pairing of great food with a stunning backdrop. Unfortunately, we're not rushing back. We waited nearly 40 minutes for a 9:00 p.m. reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuesday lunch
    macbeth12
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sunlit patio with plenty of shade, one of the loveliest spots in town. Food terrific, interesting choices and large portions. Our waiter gave us great service and was knowledgeable about everything, food, history of place, their wine list. Very quiet as it was a small amount of people lunching which surprised us. When its full the noise level is buzzy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Great Restaurant
    JayFagnanoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Riva Bella is a great special occasion restaurant. It ain't cheap, but it's worth what you spend! Food was absolutely delicious, I can highly recommend the Octopus as a starter - but everything that all four of us had was really good. Service by Jason the Waiter was very professional but he was also willing to roll with the punches at our table and he had a great sense of humor. We stayed a good three hours and just had a great time with friends and enjoyed great food and a great all-around experience. Also, the patio is beautiful - I know this restaurant was red-hot when it first opened but they weren't full this night - not sure why because it's better than a lot of similarly priced restaurants in WH/BH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience...
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wonderful experience, great choices by the sous chef
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even Better the 2nd Time
    ThoRoughVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Love this place. Great ambiance and consistent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delizioso!
    DB818VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant for it's beautiful décor, fabulous menu and great service. I recommend the corn soup, tuna tartare, and nidi pasta. Make room for dessert too!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stilesVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Beautiful restaurant w/ great service. Everything we had was wonderful. The special ice cream desert was terrific. Recommend the risotto w/ porcini mushrooms done in the parmargian wheel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Each time better
    Likebutta
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Our first visit was near opening of the restaurant and was very loud and crowd was more bar scene noisey. We have since come back twice and learned to go early in the week and found the service,food and noise level very acceptable. I believe they continue to refine the menu and keep their offerings interesting. What they offer is done extremely well and the room is a wonderful atmosphere to dine and converse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great service, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Impressive wine selection and very good food. The menu only looks small, the portions are almost enough for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Beautiful ambience. Tuna Tartare is excellent. But the rest of the food is just okay. Nothing special. The desserts are good though
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous restaurant; stunning patio
    SantaMonicaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    RivaBella is GORGEOUS...truly a special location and ambiance, and worth visiting just for the beautiful patio setting. Stunning room - one of the best patios in LA. The service is exceptional, and the ambiance is outstanding...both worthy of 5 stars. Their cocktails and food are very good and worthy of 4 stars. We sampled a few of their specialty house cocktails, and each were good, not great. We enjoyed the following dishes: Octopus salad (excellent; must try); Prosciutt O E Burrata (very good); Kale salad (average); Risotto with Mushrooms (excellent; must try); Mixed wild mushrooms (very good). We were a bit rushed, and did not get to sample their main courses nor desserts, but hope to be back to give them a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HRHR
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    great looking place. excellent service. regular food.
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  • Best ambience Best food
    reneeVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We love this restaurant for its beautiful setting. It doesn't really matter where you sit, because it is lovely from every angle. The food is interesting and always delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I have been there many times and have always had a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the RivaBella reviews archive.
  • Quality food, small portions
    Satnightforus
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Cool decor. Convenient location. Menu is limited. Portions are small---and prices are high for small portions. I didn't find any of the food choices we ordered to be amazing. We did the nitrogen ice cream for dessert- eye catching but again super small portions! Service was adequate---but we didn't feel well taken care of. The hostess was a bit snobby. We asked for a booth when the restaurant was empty (6:15 pm) and we were there for a bday. They snubbed us and then gave in. Weird. Bread guy was nice. Decor is really hip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time dining here
    Hollyk
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our favorite Italian restaurant was closed for Memorial day so we took a shot at a place that was new for us but in our neighborhood. We liked everything about it...the waiters, the food, the comfortable table, but for me I loved the light and open space.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for date night or family
    Papaletsgo
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This is my first review but we have been exploring new restaurants for date night & fun to get outside of our goto spots. we decided to include our kids in the hunt for great food for family dinners as well but fining dining and kids ?? like many Europeans, family dining is important quality time for us. So we went to Riva Bella and they couldn't have been more attentive. The patio is gorgeous and they made according to our 7 year old thin crust pizza critic "the best pizza he has had". (No small claim) Our 16 month old girl enjoyed the fresh blueberries. The steak was cooked to perfection and the wine list is extensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.