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Bella Blu, New York, NY
Bella Blu, New York, NY
Bella Blu, New York, NY
Bella Blu, New York, NY
Bella Blu, New York, NY

Bella Blu

4.8
4.8
1193 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The memorable Northern Italian Cuisine makes this Upper East Side restaurant special. The Spaghetti Lobster is the classic signature dish of this Mediterranean treasure. The Wine Spectator awarded extensive and serious wine menu is carefully selected by owner Enrico Proietti. Very often a private wine tasting is happening at the corner table
making the wine list more notable every season. The one of a kind brick oven offers a variety of dishes, exceptional pizza and foccacina rabbiola that is hard to find in this city. For something sweeter-the deserts are impressive! The atmosphere is charming in this power playing neighborhood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 988-4624
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    For Special Events please contact: Events@ProiettiGroup.com
  • Private party contact
    Event Director : (212) 802-5587
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    Between 70th and 71st Streets
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available on both sides of Lexington Avenue in front of the restaurant. Also, there is a public parking lot on 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.
  • Public transit
    The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,193 Reviews
  1. Greg

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For more than fifteen years I have been bringing out-of-town family and friends to Bella Blu seeking their exceptional only-in-NY dining experience. The service, the energy/ambiance, the wine list, the FOOD! NEVER disappoints.

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  2. NancyS

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service in a vibrant atmosphere. Loved it.

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  3. Dbf22

    New York City

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic meal and great service it’s a neighborhood gem

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best! Great music, amazing staff, and good food and vibes

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  5. NYer

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Service a tad slow. Restaurant is very loud. All said, I can’t wait to come back!!

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  6. Ellllllllllllllllllllll

    New York City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is a little expensive for what you’re getting but fun restaurant and good service

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  7. Jeff

    New York City

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful. Food and service couldn't be better. Recommended.

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  8. NativeNewYorker

    New York City

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Blu has been a family favorite for over a decade. The food is always fresh and delicious. The bread is divine. The staff is very helpful and courteous.

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  9. reviewer

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, not great. While our server was good, the service in general was not. Felt a bit like a diner where dishes were removed from table as last bite was taken and before everyone at table was finished. It was not even as though table was needed as on a Saturday evening from 7-9:30 the restaurant was half full. Took a while to be asked if we wanted cocktails, to get first glasses of water, and had to have them hold the check when we asked for coffee and dessert

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  10. Mackenzie

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service. Spent Valentine’s Day here and it was so special. Authentic italian.

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  11. GaryG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter and service was awesome! Loved the food too!

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  12. AmandaA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    such a great dinner, food, service and everything was great.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Tried to pack too many people in outside area very uncomfortable

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  14. Bianca

    New York City

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. One of the few restaurants with a large selection menu which we miss these days. They have not not changed to a small selection like most restaurants after Covid and it feels good frankly and one can revisit. Always a great vibe and always great food. We had a wonderful Primitivo from Puglia called "Torcicoda", really fantastic. We were four and ordered Ceasar Salad, Tortino di Calamari Gamberi and Carciofini, Pizza San Daniele, Linguine Nere with crab and shrimp in slightly spicy tomato sauce, Orecchietti with Saucage, Broccolini and Peperoncino and Garganelli with Veal Ragu. Tortino di Calamari and the Garganelli were not great. The others were very good. The Tortino was too oily and heavy, and the Garganelli were too soft and not warm enough - although we had it just a few weeks ago and then it was great. The service was not amazing. We had to wait for basically everything just too long and had to keep asking. But it is always a good time, good atmosphere and good food, so we will be back.

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  15. Mims

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, reasonable prices. We love Bella Blu!

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  16. BethM

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a new find for us and it was a beautiful experience, from the warmth, friendliness, professionalism and attention from the staff to the exquisite food. We loved it and will definitely be going back. It’s a little noisy but we were able to hear each other and enjoy a wonderful meal.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently my favorite Italian restaurant in nyc. Service and food is always AMAZING and such great atmosphere!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last minute reservation. Everything about this place is FABULOUS! We will be back.

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  19. thandb

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was packed and bustling on Friday night. Great, lively atmosphere with outstanding service, and delicious food!

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  20. iluvcheese

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They use the same sauce on everything Pasta Pizza Apps

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Nasty and condescending server. Server bought an extra child’s drink by accident. We respectfully sent it back. He became infuriated. Angry and impatient rest of meal. Bus boy was amazing and respectful. Delicious pizza. Impossible to justify the steep price to be treated like dirt. Server would not let me see the bill before paying. Truly terrible experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. BarryE

    Atlanta Metro

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, nice place. Only quibble was very expensive unpriced entree (fish - over $70) which was not highlighted.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service Don’t miss Bella Blu

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were amazing. Best Risotto in have had in US.

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  25. wes15

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience. Will definitely add it to our rotation of restaurants.

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  26. 2ndtimer

    New York City

    80 reviews

    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 3 for dinner. We arrived at 6:00 and had a very nice indoors corner table. We were able to carry on a conversation since there was little music. A very nice specials menu. The tempura zucchini flowers were excellent. So was the rigatoni with wild boar ragu. One of my companions was disappointed with the lobster and spaghetti. She said it was flavorless. She loved the martini. By 7:30 the restaurant was full and the music level and chatter made conversation impossible without having to raise our voices. Next time we will sit outdoors

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service from everyone and the food delicious.

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  28. JonathanS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent place. Staff is super, food excellent. real quality

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We showed up 30 minutes early and were still sat right away. Sat outside and service was excellent. Great food, especially Caesar salad, duck special, fresh bread, and dessert’

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great Our favorite go to place Never disappoints

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  31. maremarev628

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Blu was a great experience our server Marcelo was the best!! Thank you all for a great night! We will be back

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  32. MarvinL

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    One of my guests was brought the wrong meal and we all had to wait while the kitchen prepared what he had ordered

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly great neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food, service and decor. Always a wonderful experience.

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  34. AndrewF

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our relatives visit from Italy and took them for dinner at BellaBlu. They were thrilled with the entire experience. A most accommodating and friendly staff, excellent wines & spirits, outstanding food and desserts. My wife and I received so many compliments from them. Thank you all, especially the two Alessandro’s and Marcello!!!

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  35. AndrewF

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An outstanding attentive staff, mixology top notch and Italian delicacies often not found outside Italy itself. What more can one ask for in this beautifully designed space with a devoted upper East side clientele. Our maitre d’ Alessandro and our waiter Marcello treated us like family and made our guests feel so welcomed and relaxed. Thank you BellaBlu!

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  36. Dbf22

    New York City

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best Italian restaurant on the upper east side!!! Our favorite neighborhood gem

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  37. ChuckR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool vibe with great energy. The service was fantastic, and the food was really good.

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  38. Manhattan1

    New York City

    290 reviews

    5.0

    290 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food always very good. East Side bistro with good ambience. Service a little spotty trying to flag a busy waiter down. Overall very good experience and we’ll be back. PS. Very good wine list with some reasonably priced selections.

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  39. Hate2cook

    New York City

    135 reviews

    4.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a good go to neighborhood restaurant. Food is good, if a bit pricey. The biggest draw back is the noise level which makes conversation difficult. Not to mention the waiters signing happy birthday to one table after another, I think 4 times in the hour and a half we were there. I continue to go because it is convenient, the service is very good and the waiters delightful. And as I said the food is good.

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  40. Dori

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Bella Blu always but this time the good was just below the norm. It was good but not great as usual.

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FAQs

Bella Blu does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates.

Bella Blu is rated 4.8 stars by 1193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bella Blu

967 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 70th and 71st Streets
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available on both sides of Lexington Avenue in front of the restaurant. Also, there is a public parking lot on 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.
  • Public transit
    The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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