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Bella Blu

4.7
4.7
1116 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 20 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 1,116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Lincoln

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!!! Love this restaurant!!! Excellent service; food delicious- perfect! The staff is warm and friendly!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent creative Italian food.
  3. NN

    NativeNYC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner of vitello tonnato (in January: yay!), whole lobster on spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce, veal chop milanese. Buonissimo!
  4. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waiter was ok But didn’t pay attention do details when food came out It was a table of 9 entrees didn’t come out together But overall we had a nice time
  5. JN

    JonNYC

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience!!! Entony did a fabulous job!! JS
  6. PB

    PaulB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is amazing! Love the homemade gnocchi. The Veal Mileanese is also excellent. The desserts were each amazing. One of our favorite NYC spots.
  7. N

    Novatwinmom

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was fantastic. Warm staff and delicious food!
  8. S

    Susanlee235

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lively bar and table scene. Food very good and a fun place to dine.
  9. Z

    Zigzag

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always like this place. Food is consistently good and service has no attitude. One of my favorites!
  10. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Noise level has become unbearable. We are locals and go fairly regularly, but I practically had to sit on my friends lap to hear what she was saying. Food is consistently delicious, but they need to bring in a sound engineer.
  11. FR

    FRUSTRATED

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Birthday brunch with beautiful atmosphere but very limited menu. Egg whites were not an opt in on and no substitutions. Prefer eating dinner here which has never been a disappointment.
  12. MA

    MikeAp

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and everything in between Thank you
  13. H

    Hallway

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service! Perfection every time.
  14. D

    Dbf22

    New York Area

    174 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the very best food and outstanding service it’s our favorite neighborhood spot
  15. j

    jody

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    We have been going to Bella Blu for years. This was the first time we ate outdoors and it was, frankly, awful. The ambiance was horrendous -- noisy, not very good service. The food was good, not as hot as it should have been but tasty. We will continue to go back, but never to outside.
  16. e

    esob89

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner.
  17. YK

    YasmineK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was so professional and all of the servers were great. The food was delicious!
  18. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food consistently delicious. Only issue here is the noise level is a bit high if you are sensitive to it.
  19. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service at Bella Blu is consistently outstanding. I’ve never ceased to be impressed with how warm, welcoming, friendly and efficient they are. Food is always good. While a bit pricey it is a great neighborhood choice. Very dependable.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Amazing staff!
  21. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite neighborhood place
  22. d

    direel

    New York Area

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We dined indoors at a comfortable table and lovely setting. Service was very good. Especially patient as we took our time with the menu. Menu has many choices and the printed list of specials with varied items of interest. Good portions. Only downsides are pricing. Food is 30 to 40% higher than the menu in OpenTable. The list of specials has no pricing at all, which is a pet peeve of mine.
  23. G

    Great

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites in City! Love the outside dining option! Service always great as well as food!
  24. VB

    ValB

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The waiter couldn't have been any nicer. The food was priced differently then it shows on the website. I understand prices have gone up but the menu on the site should reflect that. The pastas were good but pricey. It was nice sitting outside with the heaters.
  25. AM

    AMALIAK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, nice atmosphere and great service
  26. l

    lac15

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian in NYC. No contest. Warm artichoke salad is a must.
  27. s

    sfeater

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this place: it's in my neighborhood and the food is excellent. The pappardelle with duck ragu and olives was superb and so was my daughter's veal milanese. We even had desert: a creme brûlée with an excellent caramel crust Our waiter was superb: attentive but not hanging over us. My daughter actually went to the manager and told him how good the service was. If you haven't been to this restaurant, you are missing out. Go as soon as you can get a reservation:-)
  28. y

    yummo

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always top notch. Look forward to coming back.
  29. AF

    AndrewF

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alessandro the maitre d could not have been more gracious and helpful. Radu our waiter was so friendly and helped make our dining choices which were superb Alberto the owner along with his brother were full of energy and made entire restaurant vibe very exciting. We loved the venue. Very European and the clientele all seemed so happy to be there as they were greeted at the entrance.
  30. G

    Great

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at Bella Blu! One of favorites in NYC! Dined outside! Great setting! Server was great!
  31. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual the food was great and service terrific. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant with a fine outdoor set up. It’s become a favorite.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in New York. Best service. Best food. Best ambience. Best neighborhood. Love their soft shell crabs!
  33. v

    vegandiner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian food. Great service.
  34. LT

    LucienneT

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my first stop when going into the city, quality Italian food, guaranteed great service, overall amazing place!
  35. l

    luvgoodfood

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were at the restaurant for 1 hr and 20 minutes. The check was over $400.00. We paid the check and 5 minutes later we were asked to leave. They needed the table! Will take my business elsewhere
  36. AW

    ArtieW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    Food was excellent. We ordered 3 appetizers to share, among 5. Two of the five have a shrimp allergy, we requested when we ordered the appetizers that they do not have shrimp in them, the waiter agreed. When the appetizers arrived the shrimp was part of the dish. This is very dangerous!!! The size of the table for 5 people should never been used for more than 4, there was no room to place the shared dishes on the table, so when I complained they added a table to extend the size but this did not help get the food in the middle of the table to share. This is my fourth time at Bella Blu, and the first time I had 5 people. Summary good food poor service.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere and incredible waiter named Alessandro.
  38. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. We had a toddler with us and our waiter was great in filling a sippy cup with milk and being attentive. The chicken palliard and salmon were both outstanding. They have a great outdoor set up. Have really invested in making it very comfortable and as close to the indoor seating as possible. I very much recommend. .
  39. ML

    MarvinL

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was really good
  40. A

    Asgl

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food delicious. They went above and beyond to accommodate our group which was a few people more than we made the reservation for. Our waiter did a great job and was so friendly.

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

Bella Blu is rated 4.7 stars by 1116 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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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

  • 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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