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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "GREAT food, service , ambiance!!!!! Great place!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Delicious authentic Italian food and a visit by the Chef to our table!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Best Italian food I've had in the USA. Attentive service, very good wine list."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "A restaurant that we keep returning to and never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I have already rated this restaurant a few times. It's a fine restaurant, it's been our favorite since it opened. I have never experienced a bad meal there. The only drawback is I have to wait until Jan 2015 to go again since I live in Massachusetts. Franco the owner is a great chef his staff is very knowledgeable & his Maitre'd Joe Cadilac can't be more helpful. Love this Restaurant they use fresh ingredients & best quality available. Franco makes a fresh Italian cheese cake everyday. It's the best I've ever had, it's delicious "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Sette Bello always delivers a good meal at a reasonable price. Food delivered. Quiet evening with moderate amount of help. A neighborhood find. Good for gluten free patrons. Easy to recommend."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Good, food, good service, but very pricey for what is served. Portions are on smaller side. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we new this would be a special experience. Seated in a corner and served by one of the most attentive yet unobtrusive servers ever. The service was sublime and the food even better. Mushroom risotto was the best I've ever had. The Rack of Lamb was as well. I LOVE THIS PLACE. It's a little pricey but worth every single penny. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent , fresh pasta, great olive oil, they clearly know good quality in cooking...my father always told me 'If they have good bread to start with it's a good sign the meal will be good" and they did...Also the Chef came over to the table to meet and check on us! Great touch!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was excellent and fresh! Service is outstanding as well. We took our Italian friends there, and they loved it! We always enjoy our dining experience here! The list of specials seem endless, and never disappoint us...so glad we found this gem!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tucked away in a strip mall this restaurant has a truly professional staff, a list of specials that is unending, and delicious food. There is an 80 year old Maître D who livens up the atmosphere going table to table with witty remarks a-la an old Tony Soprano/wannabe godfather type."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Once again Sette Bello delivered. Great food, good ambiance, huge variety. My only comment againt them is the length of the waiter's description of additional menu items. With the easy access to internet, and printers, why not print up a page of daly specials along with prices, and let people read them Half the time you do not remember what the guy said. But Sette Bello, a great find for Italian food lovers. A bit pricey but worth it. Grilles veal chop, not the one on the regular menu, is GREAT. cervelata also fantastic appetizer"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dinner was awesome. Service was exceptional. Price was reasonable for the quality of food that was served."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It always amazes me what you will find in a strip mall in FL. Wonderful restaurant with truly excellent food. Everything we ate, from the shrimp appetizer to the veal chop special to the apple dessert was just delicious."
    Dined on 4/2/2014