Valbella Connecticut

Valbella Connecticut

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://valbellact.com/
  • Phone: (203) 637-1155
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Halili
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for our catering menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Saundbeach Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Valbella Connecticut
Valbella, which since 1992 has been a celebratory place and a regular haunt for the locals who pack it most nights of the week both for its sumptuous food and its astonishing wine cellar, containing 1,450 selections and 16,000 bottles. Downstairs in the wine cellar is where many people hold private parties of various sizes,and what a splendidly beautiful room it is, done in polished wood, with a lovely fireplace, the tables impeccably set, the stemware thin, the temperature geared to the maintenance of the wine. Also an outstanding feature of the wine cellar is a heated granite table that can accommodate up to sixteen guests.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Valbella Connecticut reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)notable wine list (27)romantic (25)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)hot spot (7)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Always outstanding
    diningtiger
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Valbella continues to amaze. We sat in the wine cellar, next to the fire place, and it made for a perfect evening. The service is spectacular, and the food is outstanding. My wife had the sea bass and I had the veal martini, and both were outstanding (although they could have gone a bit lighter on the sauce on the veal). Valbella continues to be one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid high end Italian
    DRWKBPVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    An excellent restaurant overall and Italian food on par with Boston North End finest. Decent location, and it looks like this may have been a historic home that was retrofit as a restaurant. I had a chicken far Diavolo dish that was truly succulent with exceptional flavor - there is obviously a chef in the back who takes great pride in his/her creations and the ingredients were fresh and there was great care put into the prep. Service was attentive but not overly present which is a good thing. Highly recommend - a restaurant experience that was worth the premium $$$ they charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Another lovely experience at Valbella. The food and service is always excellent. Merci!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a Dissappointment
    TheKoz
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Over the years, I have enjoyed many Lunches and Diners at this beautiful restaurant. An attentive but not over bearing staff make you feel comfortable, and well taken care of. The wine list is wonderful but pricey. However, with the right amount of time one can find the appropriate price point gems among the many choices. The main event of course is the food. The best ingredients, thoughtfully and expertly prepared from fresh Seafood to the Veal Chop Milanese to the Bone in Filet will WoW you. I might add that if you haven't tried it, the Vodka Sauce is among the best. Of course all good things come at a price. In this case, the best is well worth it. Oh, Did I say I love this place ?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Mediocre food with above average prices.... Not worth the trip
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WiltonFanVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Wow! Beautiful! What a night! A great eveneing was had at Valbella. From the greeting by the parking lot attendants to the knowledgeable and friendly service, all contributed to a 5 Star evening. Take some time with the wine list, there are several hidden gems and great values to be found with a careful eye. The food kept getting better with each course when you didn't think the next course could be better. And then there was desert, the taste of the pre-ordered Napolean is still on the tip of my tongue. Come, enjoy, and yes bring your credit card, but the evening is worth every cent and every morsel!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent... as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We go to Valbella! whenever we have an occasion to celebrate, and we have NEVER been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ValBella was Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    what a great dinner. Everything from the white truffles to the veal were exceptional. The wine list is fit for a king and I pretended to be one for the night. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were told to go there for our weekend in Greenwich and we were very happy with the food and the service, however I found the noise level off the charts. I know its busy but its noisy. Also I feel the prices are a bit much, $25 for an appetizer I think is a bit extreme. Its not a dig because we really enjoyed our meal and our waiter was terrific, but I think $60 for a piece a steak is over the top. The dessert was amazing as well! I would go back but not in a rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Expensive and Too Noisy
    Dudley10VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had dinner here last Saturday night and the dinning room was extremely noisy to the point where the four of us could hardly carry on a conversation without shouting. While the food was good, the prices were way too high, and the service was slow and spotty. The tables are too close to each other for a quiet, gourmet, dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent !
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Wonderful from the moment you come in front door! Nino is a great friend. Everything is always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but overrated.....
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very good restaurant (usually a big fan), without question. Problem I have is when they don't try because they know they are good. When you charge $52 for a filet and cajun dusted lobster tail, please make it be a decent portion. Not about 6 oz. of filet and a lobster tail that was smaller than my hand. It was almost embarrassing. I also ordered filet medium and it came out well done. Probably because it was so small. It was a special lunch I was having there and quite frankly, the $200. bill ruined it for me. I don't mind paying good money for good food, but get it right and don't skimp Valbella. It was very unbecoming of you. I was embarrassed in front of my date on her birthday lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    GreenwichItalian
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The ambiance was phenomenal. The food was delicious and as is always the case, the service was what made the experience even more memorable. I would highly recommend Valbella Connecticut.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food lover
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A true food lovers destination. An anniversary celebration with delicious food and service. Truffle pasta is a must each time we dine here. Nick and his staff are super attentive and professional. Pricey wine list so order by the glass. Never disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtablecloths
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always superb food and service AND tablecloths! Nice background music but you can always hear yourself and your guests - something you can't find in many restaurants anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite restaurant
    ajfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first visit and we had an overwhelmingly positive experience. The service was exceptional, everything from the valet parking to the wine service. The waiter recited a long list of specials (which may have been more helpful were it actually printed out for the diner) and was skilled at advising us what to choose. My party selected primarily seafood dishes (an octopus carpaccio special appetizer, lobster ravioli entrees, and a fruit de mer pasta dish) which were all spectacular. My husband had a bone-in filet mignon (still not sure how that cut works!) which he said was delicious and perfectly cooked. You MUST save room for the dessert souffle (Grand Marnier for us) which was the pinnacle of the meal. $$$$ but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4 stars
    Dollysgal
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I took my mom there on what would have been her and my dad's 60th anniversary, it was where they went for their anniversary, dad has been gone almost ten years. It was just mom and me and I wanted to do something special for her, she turned 80 in August and has had a lot of physical setbacks. We both split an appetizer and entree and she of course had her favorite chocolate soufflé. We had a shrimp appetizer on the menu and grey sole almondine that was a special that evening. The food was excellent and the service was superb. Although I am sure our bill was much lower than other people there yet we were treated like royalty. Going there made mom very happy and we will be back on September 18, 2015, looking forward to it.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No ambiance & way over priced
    JNudo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is not a restaurant to go to on a date or for a romantic evening. The dinning room has no ambiance whatsoever. It is way too bright with blurry B&W photographs, white walls and table cloths. It looks like an executive dinning room. The food is good but not special enough to be charged those prices. The Octopus starter and apple tart were very good but the Halibut and Truffle Pasta were nothing special. The worst part was that the Truffle pasta was recommended by our waiter but he never mentioned it was $120!!! It was just pasta in cream sauce with truffle shavings. Our total bill for the 2 of us with a drink and 2 glasses of house wine each was $329! Do not eat here unless you are having a business meeting.
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  • Make sure you preorder a souffle.
    Larry
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food and service, good wine selection. We were not at all rushed. But the dining rooms are not quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Kmarks
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I went to Valbella for a birthday celebration. The food was delicious. The gnocchi was amazing--the lightest I have ever eaten. My husband got the burata salad. It was also amazing. The fruits de mar was chock full of crab and lobster and didn't disappoint. The branzino special was grilled over an arugula salad and while I nice balance to the rich gnocchi was a bit dry. I would definitely go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best
    Tripletdadplus1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Best dessert menu in Fairfield county area excellent service by waiters as well as maître de great food as well as house wines . Favorite place to go when want a great meal and dining experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ricknat1VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    food is fine, old world atmosphere, portions are huge but it is incredibly overpriced
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Valbella Connecticut reviews archive.
  • A special occasion spot
    Trisha
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was very good, and it was a pleasure to have the service of proper waiters. Only disappointment was that their website shows tables on an outdoor patio and in the wine cellar, but both these areas are not really available!! However, the main dining room was very pleasant and nicely turned out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Debthediner
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very few restaurants are perfect for a special occasion and. This is one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere...food was ok
    CNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I prefer the NYC - Meatpacking location. I got the special pasta with white truffle sauce... not so special.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined here Saturday night in the wine cellar and had a wonderful night. Our waiter Juan was a perfect gentleman, never rushed us and he knew his wines. After dinner, the maitre d' Nick came to our table and was very helpful in offering suggestions on our upcoming trip to Napa. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and we will be back! Thanks again for making the night special!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Patron
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have been going here since it first opened and didn't mind the $$$ for the food; however, at our most recent visit, the food did not at all come up to expectations; was so over priced for average fare...
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TerryVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As always, Valbella is our first choice for a perfect evening. Whether for a weekday dinner or a special occasion, Valbella never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great wine!
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Excllent choices in wine: BV Tapestry; Sterling Three Palms Merlot....can't do better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have not been there for a long time. It was pricey for the quality of food. The ambience was great, though.
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  • A Memorable Evening
    DRHCAP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They set up a table for us in the wine cellar by the fireplace. The atmosphere was very cool. Our server gave us some great recommendations and some complimentary wine. It was a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful but very pricey
    bnp4foodVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    All around a wonderful evening but the prices are shocking. The quality is first rate but the portion sizes are much too large. If we were to return we would definitely split dishes. And don't order dessert when you order the meal as they request you do, wait until later to see how you feel.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    DrButtercup
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went to Valbella's for a intimate dinner for my wife's birthday. The Hostess was friendly on the phone and the staff was very welcoming upon arrival. The menu had a good selection, we tried the sea bass and the chicken rollatini plus the endive salad and the baked clams. We also ordered the desserts in advance (Napolean and Chocolate Soufflé ). Add in the fine wine and the great service and that is a great night out. Plan on returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant charges very high prices. The quality of the food does not match the prices it charges. It is a nice restaurant, but not on a par with some of the upscale restaurants also in Greenwich.
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  • Great
    Javamary2
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great- service and food was perfect . Recommend the sea bass
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Jc123
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic meal while celebrating my birthday and we even saw Regis and his wife, Joy, at the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently wonderful!
    25thanniversarydiners
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The service is just superior! Our wait staff were attentive yet not imposing. Loved our meal. Always a perfectly romantic setting.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valbella Conn.
    NewYorkFoodie16VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great restaurant with outstanding wonderful food. The service is terrific. The owners have 3 restaurants (2 in Manhattan and one in Conn.), but the one in CT is the best, and we go there all the time and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service, not cheap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Valbella is always excellent and as long as you are willing to pay the price, it is worth it. Great staff and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goodbye NY, for now...
    intheWPVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    we have moved to the West Coast and to celebrate selling our house we had to come back to Valbella, one of our favorite restaurants. We got a day between parties and large groups so the place was quiet and tranquil - just how we like it. I had some fresh oysters to start, then a veal dish in lemon sauce - which was divine. The martini I ordered was perfect. The manager heard we were moving and gave us desserts on the house - very classy. This is a wonderful place. Obviously wasn't cheap (and I did think $25 a glass of champagne was a bit much!) but we love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet