Valbella Connecticut

Valbella Connecticut

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://valbellact.com/
  • Phone: 2036371155
  • 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 WinnerItalian
Valbella Connecticut reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)notable wine list (27)romantic (20)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (7)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terry
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Javamary2
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great- service and food was perfect . Recommend the sea bass
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not good, average
    Alpha
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We ordered beef carpaccio and pear and gorgonzora cheeze salad for apetizer, lobstar linguine, salmon and steak and all the foods are on average, no heart moving taste
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Greenwich Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    a superb restaurant for lunch - excellent service but it's the food that sells the restaurant. one can conduct business without the usual noise and chatter.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 169 reviews are from the Valbella Connecticut reviews archive.
  • Lynn's Birthday
    PeterMVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We always think of Valbella's for special occasions as we are made to feel special when we dine there. Bone on Filet Mignon for my wife and venison for me both excellent. The staff is attentive without being intrusive and Lynn was treated with a tiramisu in honor of her birthday. a nice finishing touch to the evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    JuniorPastryChefsParentsVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Always great! Food, ambience, service. Nick is a great host. Love Val, Lino, Christina, Emilio, all the staff. Well behaved children are well received.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and great service
    Patrick
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Amazing options for appetizers and dinner. The service is knowledgeable and attentive. Vast wine selection with volumes to choose from.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valbella...Bella!
    AndyMorseVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nev disappoints...service and food wonderful...Vitelli martini outstanding..my wife preferred pollo martini..not on menu...chef delighted to accommodate. While the restaurant's location on Rte. 1 in Riverside, CT is far from beautiful...one can hear the truck horns from I 95 clearly...the elegant atmosphere of Valbella starts inside the front door. I suspect Valbella should be saved for an occasion...as it is costly. Andy Morse
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible steak
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I had the T-bone steak which came highly recomended by the waiter. Meat was full of fat and very grizzly. Horrible. Overall good service average to below average food
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  • Top Notch!
    RVBethel
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The Food was Great! The Homemade Pasta with a Veal Ragu was amazing... The Cold Antipasto and the stuff shrimp appetizer was done very well. Appreciate the free Lemoncello and Italian Grapa and the end of the night... The Wait staff was tops as well... Overall loved everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Fest
    Samos
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our return to Valbella was memorable. Our appetizer special of zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and placed atop a small portion of garlic mashed potatoes was INCREDIBLE! We highly recommend dining in this long established Italian restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    Mauilance
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I remember Valbella when it was Humpty Dumpty's in the 1950's when I used to have birthday parties at this location with sawdust on the floor and a very different ambience. How times have changed in Greenwich. Valbella is not what it used to be in it's hayday. The food quality has gone down hill dramatically. While still being very good, the excellence and the attention to every little detail is gone and the restaurant was empty on a Thursday evening. Literally there were only 2 table being used and the rest of the restaurant was empty. I don't expect them to keep the doors open very much longer with a dwindling following like they have now. I ordered the Rack of Lamb and was only server 5 ribs. I showed them a rack is 8 ribs on my ipad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinning experiance
    Dino
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Another great evening at Valbella. Have never been disappointed on any visit to this wonderful establishment. They serve you with a smile, and professionalism from the minute you walk in, until your fantastic night is over. The food & presentation are top notch as is the ambiance & service. Will always recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff could not have been
    likegreatfood
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The staff could not have been nicer; the service was great and the food was absolutely fantastic. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Right from walking in the door the staff was wonderful and everything was perfect
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine disappointment
    ValentineCouple
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Let me start with saying the food was exceptional, definitely top shelf. Let me end with saying the service was slow (30 minutes after seating to drink order, 75 minutes to appetizer)- we were not alone with service speed ...Valentine is a busy time but restaurantsl like this know that and should plan for that. Cannot recommend this restaurant for special occasions - they cannot handle it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    SP27
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good, wine list was impressive, but nothing extraordinary. Prices were a little high for a good but fairly average italian meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    JennyW
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Everything is prepared to perfection here. They timed our meal perfectly, and I love the cheese and meat they bring with the bread - perfect when you arrive starving! The wines are amazing, and they make a mean martini, too. Absolute favorite is the grand marnier souffé HEAVENLY! Just a couple of quibbles. First, the valet attendant. This is the second time we've gone and the second time that he hasn't opened the passenger door first. Isn't that a basic rule to open a ladies' door first, especially at an old school place like this? He's just rude in general. Another issue: a bathroom attendant! WHY?! All I wanted was to be alone to pick a piece of meat out of my teeth! Even my 3 year old can wash his hands by himself.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valbella-Bella!
    MikeC
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Can't say enough about this restaurant--food and drink, ambience, service, all excellent. Recommend dining in the beautiful wine cellar if it's available. Wear something warm, since the cellar is intentionally kept cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining
    ctcathybVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Valbella. Service was spotty at first - but some might think they didn't want to rush us. We had a leisurely dinner with very good food, service and ambience. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable evening
    GreenwichTT
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was great. Good wine. Friendly service. Saw Regis as everyone says he's always there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.