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.
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
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.
Unusally quiet fr Bella Blu; good food and service as always!
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.
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.
One of the best a Italian restaurants in New York, not to be missed.
Exceptional food, atmosphere and service.
Always fun at Bella Blu and this time the pizza was as good as it has ever been.
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.
Excellent service, delicious food! A favorite restaurant on the upper east side.
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
Consistently good Italian food with great pizza and nightly specials. Reasonable priced, very attentive service.
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!!!
Good food. Good service. Good ambience. Good experience.
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.
Excellent food and service. A true neighborhood gem!
It is a great place for any occasion. My favorite in NYC.
We had a great table, service was excellent and the food was also excellent. Not cheap but worth the price.
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.
Great food. Excellent service.
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.
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.
Consistent, high-end Italian. Always the nicest service. A restaurant we return to again and again...
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.
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.
Incredible food, service and dining experience. Always!
A lovely neighborhood gem that is very reasonably priced. An utterly delightful dining experience in every aspect
Wonderful every single time! Great food excellent service
Best pizza!!!!!! Everything is amazing
A really good place to eat italian food. Lobster pasta were amazing!
Always delicious food. Service was excellent. Only negative is the NOISE.
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.
Excellent food and service
As always excellent service and great food.
One of my favorites in the neighborhood
Super slow, didn’t seat us over an hour after our reservation!! 3 times pasta came wrong
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!
Great experience. Thank you, Marco!
Loved our waiter, Ellis the food - so delicious! just a great place to eat
Lovely artichoke salad. Scrumptious soft shell crabs
Outstanding experience. Attentive, well-informed waitstaff and excellent food!
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.
Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Only negative is that at one early dinner (6 p.m.), they were already out of several items.