Bella Blu

4.6
954 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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The Infatuation
7.6

Walking by Bella Blu, you might assume it’s just like every other mediocre, stuffy restaurant in the Upper East Side. Stuffy, it most certainly is. But it's actually far from mediocre – as long as you order correctly.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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New York Area
429 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good - place was very lively, and tons of specials in addition to the menu items. Food was tasty (but somewhat expensive). Service was charming. Wine list overpriced.

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CH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unusally quiet fr Bella Blu; good food and service as always!

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BN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my friend's favorite restaurant and we always go on birthdays. The food and service are always good, if a little slow, and not a little noisy - but that's part of the fun.

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S
New York Area
183 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A narrow peculiar room with a woman who seems dressed for the beach on a cloudy, cool day marching back and forth attending to business.. Prices are at least elevated to the nabe for lunch. My saltimbocca was a generous, attractive looking plate, despite wilted asparagus tips. Taste varied from bite=to-bite as if a spatula used for fish alternated with the veal. A glass of decent Arneis was charged an extra $4. When pointed out it was rectified, if a bit grumpally. There are better spots in this area.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best a Italian restaurants in New York, not to be missed.

Exceptional food, atmosphere and service.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fun at Bella Blu and this time the pizza was as good as it has ever been.

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FE
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always the food is terrific at the restaurant. A great deal of variety and the service is excellent. The only downside is the noise level -- sometimes it is hard to hear what others in your dinner party are saying.

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RW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food! A favorite restaurant on the upper east side.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered a salad asking for the addition of gorgonzola. Came with something else, maybe Cheddar but definitely not Gorgonzola. When asked I am not sure what the waiter did but say he asked for Gorgonzola. Never got any. Irritating. Waiter did say he wouldn’t charge me anything extra for the cheese.. I was surprised that they would have charged anything even had the cheese been correct

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BF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good Italian food with great pizza and nightly specials. Reasonable priced, very attentive service.

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JA
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot recall ever having a bad meal there.

Their menu selection is excellent.

I especially like their salads.

But I cannot understand the noise factor.

We last went there very early for dinner.

The music was deafening.

When we requested they turn it down, they did.

However, minimally. It still drowned out our conversation!!!

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DS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Good ambience. Good experience.

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d
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Impeccable service. Excellent food. Shared a number of things and the waiter knew exactly what to do as far as having everything split in the kitchen. Some restaurants just come out with the one dish and a blank dish and expect you to do it yourself. This first-class establishment knows how to treat you, and it was our first time dining here. Had a nice bottle of wine. No room for dessert. Would definitely return to be with all the beautiful people.

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c
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A true neighborhood gem!

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ZT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place for any occasion. My favorite in NYC.

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W
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great table, service was excellent and the food was also excellent. Not cheap but worth the price.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

If money isn’t your first consideration and you want some decent Italian food on the UES then this is your place. I enjoyed my partner’s food but my pasta sauce didn’t impress me. Dessert was good. You’re not going to have a bad time but you’re not going to be blown away.

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DS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service.
Good ambience.
Enjoyable evening.

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! We had to wait 15 minutes for our reservation but the food was well worth the wait. We got eggplant parm, bufalina pizza, chicken parm and and the ravioli with truffle sauce was unreal. We will definitely be back! Great little neighborhood spot.

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MM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bella Blu! Small, Intimate, friendly, spectacular food classic Italian style with contemporary options too! This is a hidden gem on the upper east side for us! Small space, but tables are large enough to eat and converse comfortably. Menu selections are great, wine is fine, friendliest and best servers.

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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent, high-end Italian. Always the nicest service. A restaurant we return to again and again...

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Bella Blu is a very popular, noisy restaurant. We arrived promptly at 6pm and weren’t served until 7:00! My friend had bronzino that they said would take longer, but 1 hour!
We had to eat and run in 15 minutes to get to our appointment for which we were late. The waiter was very nice but unable to do a
anything other than make excuses for the fact that the food was so slow. My Bolognese was satisfactory.

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U
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent, particularly the cozy quiet corner in the back for our hearing impaired friends. Without that the great food and service would have been a waste.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service and dining experience. Always!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely neighborhood gem that is very reasonably priced. An utterly delightful dining experience in every aspect

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D
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful every single time! Great food excellent service

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza!!!!!! Everything is amazing

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J
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really good place to eat italian food. Lobster pasta were amazing!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious food. Service was excellent. Only negative is the NOISE.

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K
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Had reservations, didn’t matter, had to wait 30 mins in a squeezed in bar entrance area. Finally got seated, again, waited forever to get water and a menu.
Finally after another 30 mins a nice waiter took our order.
The pasta was not hot , but the other dishes was really good.
The noise level is very high and you cannot hold a conversation unless your near on-top of each other.
I don’t know? is the food that good it’s worth the wait?
Depends on who your with. :)
i like this place by myself at the Bar.

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always excellent service and great food.
One of my favorites in the neighborhood

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Super slow, didn’t seat us over an hour after our reservation!! 3 times pasta came wrong

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OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Thank you Diana for truly making my aunt’s birthday a special one! The table was perfect, the service more than efficient and the ambiance perfect. I can’t thank you enough for a special evening!

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W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Thank you, Marco!

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LR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter, Ellis the food - so delicious! just a great place to eat

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l
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely artichoke salad. Scrumptious soft shell crabs

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Attentive, well-informed waitstaff and excellent food!

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We told the waiter that we had one hour for dinner. He took our order right away and we were sure he would bring the food in time for us to enjoy our dinner. However the main course did not come until late -- after we asked him and the hostess about the status of our dinners. Both said it would be right there, but clearly had not checked with the kitchen or done anything to assure our main courses were served in time for us to enjoy them. Very poor service, and did not even acknowledge or apologize for it.

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J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Only negative is that at one early dinner (6 p.m.), they were already out of several items.

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