Bella Blu

4.6
979 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 979 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot to dine! It’s delicious and service impeccable

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Good service. Space can be improved, too tight!

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

RO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. I love the restaurant style.

CE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rado was an excellent server!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

on a very hot day they had the from open so that the AC wasn't effective.
Food was god but service rushed us. Noise was high.

S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the neighborhood and they never disappoint. Food service and staff (Diana hostess with the mostess and Marco the Manager always delightful. I had the Caesar salad and ravioli with cream sauce very delicious, my husband had the sirloin steak another yummy dinner and our friend had gnocchi with red sauce and it was delicious. To top it off the chocolate flourless cake to die for.

D
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best restaurants on the upper east side. The food is delicious and the service impeccable!

GF
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten several times at Bella Blu, and it never disappoints! We are from out of town & love coming here when we are in New York. It has a great neighborhood vibe. Appears to have lots of regular local patrons. And the food is excellent! I highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Marcello and Diana are the best. Service and food are great! Everyone make she feel at home always a fun night out!!!

ZB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very European atmosphere with vibrant staff and good food! My friends and family of varying ages all enjoy coming here. You can count on an enjoyable time.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You are greeted warmly when you enter and treated like a member of the family throughout the meal. The bread and dip are superb. Soups were wonderful. Beet salad was great. Dover soke and Chilean sea bass were outstanding.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first wine was warm. Waiter had attitude. Waited 20 mins for bread.

BF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant!!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There wasn’t a morsel of food left on anyone’s plate! Food was delicious! Branzino was huge, filleted, moist and flavorful, seafood risotto was outstanding as was pasta with butter the food is consistently excellent.

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal, great ambience, the best of upper east vibe for Italian food. Nice people, great service.

BG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Expensive dessert and they don’t know anything about biscotti - sad.

B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We have been coming here for a few years but our recent experience was unpleasant due to the excessive noise level, the aggressive crowding and
The poor service. The waiter was cordial but got my entree wrong-probably because he wrote nothing down-and even getting a glass of water was a
Challenge. The food was quite good but my experience is that there are better choices on the UES at these prices.

GF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I ordered fried zucchini flowers. I have often had them in Italy. The order was from the frozen variety available at restaurant supply companies. They were tasteless and soggy.
My salad was adequate.
The apple tart for dessert was very good.
The restaurant was very noisy and very crowded.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottle of Amarone was corked....

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been coming to your restaurant for over a decade. Halibut was over cooked-very dry the rest of the plate was not the quality I have been come accustomed to over the years. Service ok

k
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and waitstaff seemed authentically Italian. Thanks!

T
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Worth it as usual

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artichoke appetizer was amazing!

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaurant! Best food &!best service!
Always a wonderful experience

S
New York Area
433 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
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.

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!

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.

S
New York Area
193 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
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

BF
New York Area
22 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.

JA
New York Area
23 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!!!

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

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

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.

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

Excellent food and service. A true neighborhood gem!

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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