Bella Blu

4.5
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1089 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipGloryJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

I visited Bella Bleu last Saturday at a time when the 50% occupancy rule was in effect as a result of the coronavirus . The restaurant was packed to 90% capacity. I spoke to the manager and asked why they were not complying with the 50% rule and he told me “it was an economic decision” not to comply. Shocking that they risked the health and well-being of their patrons and staff to satisfy their greed. Will never return.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true neighborhood gem that consistently makes you feel like family and never disappoints with everything on the menu from the sautéed artichokes, the home made pasta to the tiramiso and all in between!

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vipmikeyclimb
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

a strictly neighborhood gem. decent pizza and pastas, good wine list but overpriced as one would expect for the neighborhood. meatball so so. can't compare with Carbone
pizza ok but not great, pasta was quite good (fettuccini with a duck ragu)
this was our second visit. -in an upscale neighborhood full of moderately priced (for the area!) Italians this is in the middle

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vipLoulegal
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal can’t beat the hospitality and atmosphere. The veal p,pasta and fish all were great. The wine was perfectly matched and our large group had an excellent experience will be back soon!

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vipTerryG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No need to go to Italy.Italy comes to the UES. It is lively and a choice for any taste.

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vipEileenandsteve
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta perfectly cooked with mushrooms branzino. The appetizers with artichoke are spectacular. Warm lovely atmosphere. Service is wobderful

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MichaelJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have only been to Bella Blu for lunch meetings. Excellent food and service, great environment.

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vipBFues
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great value and excellent service and food!!

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viplucky
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful for lunch and dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Marcelo was an excellent waiter. Will come back just to have him wait on us

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vipALHL
Los Angeles
142 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s our go-to restaurant on our arrival to New York!!

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vipRisaP
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Huge menu full of so many great choices. We had the frisée and Gorgonzola salad, artichoke ravioli and veal ravioli.

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AndKar
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food incredible staff excellent service!

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vipcandyl7
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great. Menu is amazing. Food is fab. Love this place. Tables are very tight though so be prepared to be tempted by dining neighbors food when it comes out before yours!

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rere
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food greAt service greAt atmosphere! Will definitely go again!

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DorianM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a place to meet a friend for lunch that was midway between our work locations. We are both walking distance to Bella Blu and decided to give it a try after hearing rave reviews from many other friends. Fabulous food, stellar service...so glad we tried it. We both had the beet salad and a Quattro Stagioni pizza...both were superb. Can wait to back and try other menu selections. Great place, eat there!

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vipPacer
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Bella blu has been a favorite for many years. Still a most popular restaurant at all hours. I guess that’s why they’ve added so many two tops in the aisle. Difficult to get around and increased noise levels. Not their fault, but because tables are so close, rude customers are even more annoying. We couldn’t get away from woman who kept lifting her long hair over our table. Food remains delicious, interesting and plentiful. Food also came as requested. Definite difference between rare and medium rare salmon. I do miss the chopped salad of yore. We had a 5:45 reservation and place was packed. When we left at 7:30, crowds were out the door. Speaks well of this old stand by.

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vipMargot
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Too cramped. Too noisy. Too expensive. (e.g., we asked for some garlic bread and received 4 thin, tiny ovals of bread dusted with garlic, for which we were charged $10)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Would recommend

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vipLadydi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just ok. Food was undercooked

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JOSE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!! Life is Chula!!!! #lifeischula

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vipSJKMc
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Title of review... DON'T GO TO BELLA BLU ON A HOLIDAY. My husband and I went for lunch to Bella Blu on Valentine's Day, one of our favorite restaurants when we go to the museums nearby. We were looking forward to their pizzas, which are always delicious and we were told that they were not making them that day. We overheard a conversation at a nearby table between a waiter and a customer (who was also looking forward to the pizza and was disappointed when told there would be none) where the waiter pretty much indicated that on holidays they don't offer the pizza. Lunch cost us $187 (including a bottle of wine), so I gather this is the reason behind the "no pizza on holiday" rule.. customers will spend more money if the pizza is unavailable. I am going to think twice about lunch at Bella Blu again. Too expensive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, amazing food, great wine section!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Bela Blue. It’s a spot that never disappoints - there is good energy and the food is authentic. Love the murals

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

$25 a glass of wine. I assume they made a mistake on the bill. Fish was terrible- should have been sent back. Otherwise fine meal

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TIMK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Bella Blu was more like Bella Blaaah. While the staff were very accommodating, the digs are fun and the food is passable, it would be a fair value if it were half the price. For a price point $130 for 2 people: 2 simple salad appetizers, a mushroom fettuccine, a single size pizza and 2 beers, I expect a whole lot more. The ingredients were standard fare, the execution nothing special. They need to kick up the food significantly if they're expecting people to shell out $33 for a mushroom pasta. We have a pick of Italian restaurants with far better food for half the price. That said, the service is notch higher than places for half the price, but after all we didn't go to eat the service! This one's a pretender rather than the real deal.

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JillE
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While Bella Blu is usually a dependable and delicious choice in my neighborhood, I found the service and noise level quite unpleasant this time. Not up to par unfortunately

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The chicken Paul lard was rubbery

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vipDianaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A reunion with a high school friend was made so pleasurable—the pasta was perfect and service attentive and kind.

A great luncheon!

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vipLoriM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The waiter kept coming over to have us pay the bill and we felt we were being rushed out

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vipjewele
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

They are so rude. Always make you feel unwelcome always make you wait after they’ve made you guarantee with a credit card. Better values in the neighborhood

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vipCamR
New York Area
13 reviews