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Sette Bello
Sette Bello

Sette Bello Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://settebellofla.com
  • Phone: (954) 351-0505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Franco Filippone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayview Dr
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking in rear of restaurant
A word from Sette Bello
Franco Filippone, owner and Chef of Sette Bello Ristorante, started his career in the restaurant business at the side of his father, after the family emigrated from Palermo, Sicily to open their now historic restaurant in upstate New York. After a long apprenticeship in the family restaurant, Franco relocated to Fort Lauderdale, where he applied his culinary skills at such world class restaurants as The Addison in Boca Raton, Cafe D’ Angelo and the much lauded Casa d’ Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. Now he brings all his many cooking talents to his charming new restaurant, delivering new twists on classic Italian dishes.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Absolutely delicious meal! Fresh and hearty italian food to make your taste buds sing. Great service and caring people. My new favorite!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "outstanding food experience. By word of mouth this restaurant was recommended. The service was out of this world and the food was outstanding. A real diamond"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "food great!!!!!!!!!!!!! service better !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Bevan is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoy Sette Bello. I did miss the older gentleman that usually greets us, he is so kind. I do have to say it is always warm in this restaurant, they should raise the air or get a larger system to cool off this restaurant. Love the food, the chef is great. Always EXCELLENT, never a bad meal We will be back again"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Awesome place to eat. Totally Totally would recommend. Awesome place to eat. Totally Totally would recommend. If I could make one change - it would be to print the specials (even if they change daily) with the prices included. Your specials are awesome, but by the time the server gets to the third dish-the guest has "zoned out" in confusion. Then there is so many (which also is good) but you hate to ask the server to repeat or to run get the price, so you just go back to the regular menue and order what you know. I think people would definitely select the specials if they had the time to study them. Just my opinion. You are doing a fantastic job ! Food is out of this world."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The specials are a little pricey but exceptionally good. The grilled calamari steak over greens with olive oil and lemon was an excellent appetizer. The frutti di mare was amazing - served over linguine with clams, salmon and a huge lobster tail. The snapper livornese was also excellent - even the side of pasta was delicious. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu and wines. First class tiramisu for dessert. There are many more moderately priced items on the regular menu which, based on our dinners, we imagine are also of the highest quality. A great restaurant!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to the restaurant and again, it was fantastic. Great food, great service, amazing specials.....Definitely will be back.. Thoroughly enjoyed it"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to sette bello. They are most accommodating. We took people on a Gluten Free diet and they made the dishes to order. Everyone enjoyed their meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "in fact, I have used Open Table close to 100 times and I only post when we discover something really good...or really bad. This place fits into the former. Certainly a neighborhood type of restaurant. If we lived close we would be here once a week. I consider restaurants like this where it is filled with locals (whom always know the best places) to be our favorites. I think we were the only people there who wasn't personal friends with everyone who worked there. Service was outstanding, food was better. Pricing was fair not cheap but certainly not expensive. I wish they served more than beer and wine but that is about the only negative I can come up with. This place is certainly worth a try."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is a hidden gem. A white table cloth, nice crystal type place with better than average food, better than average recipes and good service. However, it is a bit pricey with too many of the entrees and all of the specials $30 or more. With a salad or appetizer, entree and beverage you are looking at easily $100+ with tax and tip -- which is well beyond what a middle class post-great recession couple wants to spend on a non special occasion dinner. Shame. I would like to go back but simply can not afford it."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food is wonderful and always inventive. The wait staff are warm, friendly and very accommodating. Love going there - it a delight to eat there."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Restaurant is pure perfection, only problem is noise level truly ruins the dinner. Its a very busy restaurant especially on a Saturday night but surely somethng can be done of absorb some of the conversations from other table. Personally l enjoy the quiet while having a beautiful dinner not 100 voices around me."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I saw the reviews and everyone rated it 4-5 stars and now I know why. I rate it 5. Great food all around the table. Great service from Bobby. The chef/owner, Franco, is the real deal from Italy. We just returned from Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast and Venice. Sette Bello will now save me $2900 for air fare to Italy. You must go to this restaurant and say hello to Joe Cadillac who greets you at the door and has been a staple at the best front doors in South Florida for decades. I know him over 25 years and he is the best front man anywhere. Bravo to Sette Bello."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Outstanding service and quality of food. The sausage and onion appetizer special was delicious. The meatballs tasted like my italian grandfathers! Will come back again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "GREAT food, service , ambiance!!!!! Great place!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love coming here for some nice authentic Italian food. They always have amazing specials and we have never ordered from the menu. We love the specials. It is a little bit expensive but they have groupon deals and living social, so we take advantage. Always a great place for a random date night or celebrating special occasions."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Don't let the location influence your dinning experience . GREAT but costly Italian food. Located in a strip center off of US1, a true gem. Fish, meat, pastas all prepared with expertise. Give it a try. Great dinner"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It is the best restaurants I experienced in South Florida, a hidden Gem! Enjoyable all the way around! Staff was very attentive to our every need and the chef cooked for us like we were his own flesh and blood."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have lived in the area our entire lives and never gave Sette Bello a chance - shame on us. This is going to be a staple in our places to visit."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Delicious authentic Italian food and a visit by the Chef to our table!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sette Bello is one of the great neighborhood Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Don't let the strip mall location fool ya, this place puts out some of the best Italian in town. The dining room could be more modern, but we go for the food and service which is very friendly. Chef Franco also makes the effort to visit his guests tableside."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "How refreshing to dine at a restaurant doesn't rely on flour, breading and sugar!!!! FRESH REAL FOOD! Kind, accommodating, smiling waitstaff!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "drinks way too expensive- Food outstanding. great meatballs, pear salad, veal piccata and best pasta. No vodka drinks, so only wine. Martinis would help."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Found the restaurant through Groupon and I am glad we did. Everything was great. The meatball with eggplant app. was terrific as was the chicken parm. Service was excellent. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Picked this restaurant to celebrate birthday and was not disappointed. I would list this as one of the top 3 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. The fish was perfect as well as the meat. Highly recommend it! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Moving to FL about 3 years ago it has been hard finding a good Italian place. ESPECIALLY considering that I come from an Italian neighborhood in NY (Howard Beach). Sette Bello is must. There are 3 things that my husband and I judge good Italian by, 1. Their bruschetta, 2. Their chicken parm and 3. Chicken Marsala - we have had all 3 (#1 comes to all guests) and it was FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Having passed by this restaurant numerous times without noticing it, my wife and I found it online as benefit of a daily deals website. We're very glad that we found it, since our Saturday evening experience there was a pleasure. With our Opentable reservation, we were warmly greeted immediately upon arrival and taken to our reserved table. Our server was engaging, and went over a large number of appetizer and entree specials. The setting was attractive and energetic, but still afforded us the opportunity to enjoy dinner conversation. The appetizers, pasta, and veal was all fresh and delicious - My only regret is that we were too full for dessert! This is a great local spot, and we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This resturant is one not to be missed Food and service was outstanding The most difficult thing to do was choose what to have as everything sounded great Will be back"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Sette Bello is one of our favorite restaurants for any occasion, the food and service is always out of this world. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Best Italian food I've had in the USA. Attentive service, very good wine list."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We love this place because it's quaint and not commercial in any manner. The food really is high quality, creative specials, and well trained waiters that take their role seriously, which is SO HARD to find in South Florida. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "the food is great and BEVAN THE SERVER IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed a really fantastic meal at this restaurant. The fine menu of Traditional Italian Delights was accented with extra special specials - the Grilled Calamari & Veal Chop were my favorites. Sette Bello is a little tucked away but well worth finding... a real gem!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Come here whenever I'm in Ft Lauderdale. The food and service is excellent. Chef owner Franco always stops by the table and gives a warm creating, nice! Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes, he was prompt courteous and friendly. The Maitra d’ Joey Cadillac is from the Bronx and gives s a warm feel to the restaurant. The veal chop milanese is superb my wife had the seafood pappardelle special also excellent and home made. The wine list provides a nice variety. The ricotta cheesecake is light and delicious, yum! Sette Bello does not disappoint. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Sette Bello's parking lot is always crowded, but that's for the chain restaurant at the other end of the strip mall. This little Italian restaurant is only moderately well known. The food is constantly delicious. Be prepared for an evening list of specials that usually doubles the length of the menu. Attentive service, and little extras make it a treat. The space is somewhat cramped, so I can't give it full marks for romantic ambience, but they do what they can in their setting (Roman columns, accent lighting). Fish dishes are always top notch. It's not an inexpensive place for dinner, but worth the treat."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service and food were both outstanding. We had the zucchini flower appetizer and fish specials. The server was excellent and poured 5 different wine tastes until I found one I liked. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal at Sette Bello, first time for my invited guests who commented it was the best Italian meal they have had in years!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love this chef makes dining experience a dream come true. Will return many more times. Thanks for being here in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "great service begins walking in and lasts until you leave. Veal chop is world class! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Searched for Italian Restaurants while vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale, and fortunately found this restaurant on Open Table. After reading recent glowing reviews, we immediately made a reservation for dinner. Dinner at Sette Bello did not disappoint...turned out to be one of the highlights of our visit. This is an exceptional restaurant in every way...exceptional food, ambiance, and service. Located in a small strip shopping center and unpretentious from the outside, you will be very pleasantly surprised on the inside. Easily one of the best restaurants in the Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach area and should not be missed by anyone who enjoys fine food and dining."
    Dined on 5/1/2014