Bella Blu

4.6
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999 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Packed. Very loud. The services was attentive. I’m going back today!

Z
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service. Very reliable. Its consistently friendly

T
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Seems like the food is going downhill. Maybe a new chef. Also, inattentive waiter and service in general.

w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

A fun energetic room but the food is mediocre at best. It's greasy, salty, feels rushed and thrown together, not an ounce of refinement to be found. Ask the waiter for guidance, and they unfailingly push the big ticket items. Tiring. I've tried a number of times, this will be my last.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is really pretty inside - a lot to look at. Every table was full so there was a lot going on, but not too noisy which was really nice. The service was really, really good - something that is usually lost in a modern dining experience. The food was good, but nothing exceptional. We had a great night!

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very overpriced, specials were $20 more than regular items

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not for dinner. Too crowded. One order came wrong. (Asked for green beans, plated spinach.). The other fish order was over cooked. Very pricey for what it is. Maybe lunch makes a better experience.

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Italian food in a neighborhood setting, great vibe, excellent service

L
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and best fish prep

SA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Blu is our “go to” when back in NYC- good for all occasions and all types of meals. Food is always excellent and service great. While we aren’t “locals” anymore, still always well treated at this local bistro

D
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was absolutely wonderful. Food is delicious and the service outstanding
Always a pleasure

S
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here. Food was excellent as was the service. Surprised at the size of the crowd for a Sunday evening.

P
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a special that was twice the price of the regular entrees and we were not told of the excessive price until we saw the check. The waiter should have informed us of the price. The entree was good but not double the other entrees the other 3 people in our party had.

EA
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our go to spot for a casual family dinner. Food is always food they are always gracious.

NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to this restaurant for years - always wonderful - whether you you sit at the bar (even better than sitting at a table sometimes as you can eat dinner and have a drink and feel absolutely at "home") or at a table - great food, great atmosphere, great service...zero complaints.

J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food is always amazing. Service is friendly and outstanding.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Did not check me in and got a strike on open table
Hot plate was not told and burnt thumb
One dish had sauce and we asked for it naked They raise off and sauté And suppose to be grilled
Service was non existent

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Asked for ice for my water 4 times...4 TIMES!!! Maitre d was lovely but tables are "cozy" as mentioned in one review. Waiters were not timely when coming back to our table. I will not be back.

D
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

D
Washington DC
9 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!

CC
Los Angeles
199 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So noisy ..could not converse w/ out screamingSlow delivery of food , we were told they have such a huge take out business..apparently that comes first?

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
129 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
16 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
11 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....

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