Bella Aquila

4.5
1080 reviews
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Italian
Bella Aquila is a “ristorante romantico” with linens on the tables along with fresh flowers. The most beautiful patio in the entire Treasure Valley overlooks the North branch of the Boise River and is framed by two large rock fountains. Dress up and have a romantic dining experience with your special somebody or have a casual meal with friends or family. Private dining available for groups up to 50 people, inside or out. Italian cuisine featuring house made pastas, sauces, breads and desserts prepared with the freshest local products available. Our Menu is a blend of traditional dishes from all over Italy as well as some twists and local flavors. We keep things interesting by offering seasonal, monthly and daily specials to highlight our culinary team’s imagination and skills. Our delicious food is complimented by a wine list that brings some of the best that Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, California and Italy offer.
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BH
Boise
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 4. Seated outside on railing so we had a perfect view of river. Great service. Great food. Great ambience. Could have not asked for more. Have been here lots of times. Never had a bad meal or service. Just the opposite. Perfect

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent and seating on the patio was great.

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PL
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! I love Italian cuisine, and this was the best ever. The atmosphere was perfect. Background music so fitting. A little Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, not that I listen to this ever but exactly what you'd expect in an Italian restaurant. We truly had a great time! Did I mention the food was out-of-this world!!

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Boise
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We especially love the Sunday Brunch on the river-side patio! Everything is great, food, service, ambiance, and all. Water noise from the 2 water features is a bit overwhelming so sitting in the middle between the two is best. Live music is always enjoyable. Dinners and late afternoon cocktail times are excellent as well.

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ST
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely early Saturday evening, we sat on the shady patio. The service was great, the food was great and noise level was low. Even inside the noise level is normally low and I really appreciate that.

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L
Boise
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with great service. Our go to place for a nice dinner

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B
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with wonderful atmosphere seated outside with a beautiful view of the river. Service was excellent and engaging. Anxious to return soon!

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is my go to restaraunt for reliably very good food/great service/and I love being by the river.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanx, Bella Aquila 4 a marvelous & scrumptious dinner on the most beautiful of patios in Boise! You made our evening most special! We’ll b back soon, I hope!

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BV
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have been here many times and usually the service is outstanding but it took a long time to get drinks and food and they weren't that busy. Asked for more bread and by the time it showed up we were ready to leave. We noted a couple times that it was my father in laws birthday but no offer of a free dessert. Also the waiter just seemed to be going through the motions, not friendly at all. Just not the experience we've come to expect. My husband felt that since we were a party of six and the tip was added on automatically the waiter had no incentive to work hard. We spent almost $200 for good food but not great service. Sad.

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RO
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Please, if you want an honest review do not require a certain amount of characters. It may be that a nice review can take place with 10 or less.

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DW
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Beautiful setting but... the white wine we ordered took 20 minutes to arrive and was served warm. The dinner was terrible. Such a beautiful setting and such a shame the dinner was terrible. Bad service and bad food can’t be overlooked.

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RA
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Surprised and disappointed because this restaurant was reputed to be nice. Food was absolutely nothing special. The Halibut portion size was very small, especially considering the price. Menu options were tired and outdated.

Service was good - attentive and friendly waiter. The only really redeeming quality.

Was hoping this would be a good option - oh well...

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CL
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant located along the Boise River in Eagle, Idaho. Seating on the patio beside one of the waterfall water features is our favorite. The staff is wonderful. The food is fabulous. Elegant but casual dining. You are never rushed but encouraged to linger and enjoy every second being there.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view. great service. accommodating kitchen. delicious food. a wonder evening

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ST
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location-patio was wonderful-waitree was excellent. Food and wine excellent as well. Annabelle was a delight!!

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D
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time eating at Bella Aquila. I like this place. The service was good and our server was personable. The food was good with large portions. We were seated in the banquet room off of the main dining area. It was perfect. There was very little noise, so conversation was easy. Bella Aquila is in a nice setting right on the Boise River. I'll go back.

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OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch on the patio

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I decided to take my neighbors to Bella Aquila for dinner as a thank you for a favor. The service and ambiance were fantastic, however, I ordered the halibut and was very unhappy with my food. The first plate I sent back because it was overcooked and rubbery. The second plate was not much better. The halibut was still overcooked and the broccoli was so salty I couldn't eat it. The bread was very salty as well.

I thought the halibut was pricey and expected it to be much better.

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MH
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, outstanding ambience on the patio with great views of the Boise River!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place! Service and food were great.

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service during summer it is great to eat on patio beautiful view of Boise River

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We sat out on the patio and had a beautiful view of the river and the trees were so nice and shady. Our drinks were great and the wine selection was average, focusing on a lot of local wines. Our waiter, Mark, was professional and friendly and there when we needed him. The issue we had was the food. Disappointing at best. My pasta was dry as were the tasteless meatballs. I was “lucky” enough to get a wedge salad as our waiter told us they were sold out. Since when does an Italian restaurant run out of lettuce and tomato? I asked for blue cheese dressing instead of the Green Goddess that was offered, and it tasted like straight out of a grocery store squeeze bottle! My husband did enjoy his cioppino, but was disappointed no bread was served with the meal. Overall the value is simply not there as it used to be with this restaurant. Side note.. wear bug spray if you sit outside!

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We won't return. Despite great service and lovely food we were denied eating out on the nearly empty patio because we had not specified that with our reservation. We were told that the patio was "full" from other reservations. During our dinner the patio never became more than 30% full, nor did the dining room. We were there specifically for the patio experience and will not try them again. They lied!

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue with a great view of the green belt. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and the food was very good.

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JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location and food! Can't beat eating along the river in Eagle with beautiful weather! Food and wine was awesome! Ran into friends same night and sent them over to eat as well.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time. We loved the service, food, & ambiance. Tyler was our server & he was outstanding! The entire staff worked well as a team.

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JS
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was a little disappointed in the quality of the food. The veal picatta is a weird interpretation of veal picatta, one of my dining companions found. All the food was OK but not spectacular. The antipasto platter is a rip off: 4 very thin slices of salami, 2 slices of prosciutto, 6 very small wedges of cheese, and I do mean small, 6 grapes, 4 thin slices of apple (not even a quarter of an apple) and toasted baquette for $18. A good lesson to never order that again. Funghi with polenta was great! I recommend that as an appetizer any day. It's a great place to go in the summer time and sit on the patio, great setting, but don't have high expectations for the food.

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T
Boise
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful evening

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c
Boise
37 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had friends visiting from out of town, so wanted to take them to a restaurant on the river. We sat on the terrace and it was lovely, except for the mosquitoes. Also, we sat next to the fountain which was pretty but loud and the sound made conversation difficult as two of our party have hearing issues. There was live music, which was enjoyable and at an appropriate volume. I had Chicken Marsala, which was well-prepared. My friends had Eggplant Parmesan (tasty), but another friend had Cioppino (sp? Seafood stew), and there was no broth...None of us had ever seen it served that way. It was not a hit. The bread (pizza dough?) was served hot and was very delicious, served with a cheese spread. I could have eaten it all! So the food quality was a mixed bag. The servers were friendly and attentive.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been many times and always have been very statisfied with the experience. The staff is always friendly and courteous.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

THE AMBIANCE WAS VERY NICE OUT ON THE PATIO NEXT TO THE RIVER. THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD BUT NOT OUTSTANDING.

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MM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was pleased with our first visit to Bella Aquila.
We sat outside on the patio with a nice view of Boise river. Really enjoyed the ambiance.

Server was really good and attentive to my gluten allergy. It took a while to get our salads which was only downfall because we were pretty hungry when we arrived. Portion sizes were good and presentation decent.

My boyfriend was slightly disappointed with the cannolis. They gave him 2 large cannolis but they are pre-filled making the shell soft. Also the texture of the filling was different because it was made with both marscapone and ricotta.

Overall, being from the east coast and my boyfriend is Italian, dinner was a good fix for craving Italian food.

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OT
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and very friendly staff. Dining on their patio is perfect, the waterfall is relaxing and beautiful!

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food quality was poor. Overall experience was disappointing

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d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful way to celebrate our 46th anniversary

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CC
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio, most pleasant view of the river. No too busy, so the ambience was nice, service and food were impeccable.

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LO
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Bella Aquila is my upmost favorite brunch go to restaurant.Such delicious dishes,service,and wonderful ambiance. 😍

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OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate my birthday

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CG
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at Bella Aquila. Our waiter was the best and the food was delicious. We were there at 4:15 p.m. on a Friday and the atmosphere was quite and peaceful. By the time we were leaving (around 5:30 p.m.), people started crowding in and the noise level began going up.

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