Bella Blu

4.5
936 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.
What 936 People Are Saying
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DS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
6 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
4 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
46 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
54 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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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional experience. The specials almost always rival the main menu in volume and never disappoint.
My go-to for can’t fail.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made an Open Table reservation for 12 people and the table barely fit 10 and they kept insisting it was ample room when they hadn't even put 12 place settings on the table because it was too tight. Food was good, but maitre de service was not customer friendly.

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OT
New York Area
420 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a convenient, pleasant neighborhood restaurant. Food is good, pizza interesting. Lots of specials, many of which are very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Family friendly.

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

We had to wait in the rain with 2 kids even with a 6:45pm reservation. It was a Friday night so we understood a little bit of the wait, however we were celebrating a birthday and nothing was ever sent to the table to make up for the wait as a courtesy. As far as price, wines were very expensive and the drinks/beer were way over priced.

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

Typical UES restaurant. Very local and upscale.
Service was excellent, and the food very good.
We only had pizza and apps but all are worth going back for a regular meal.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent neighborhood restaurant. Can only vouch for lunch but know I can count on it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but way too noisy. Would reccomend for a friend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Don't bother trying or going anywhere else. Bela Blu is the best!

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DA
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was just too noisy and crowded and we were there at 5:00 PM. The food is as good as any other restaurant on the UES but the service was sketchy. We got the wrong salads and then had to wait quite a while for the right ones. And we had theater tickets at the Armory which is why we walked six blocks from our apartment. I don't think I need to do that again.

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LF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food, wait staff and general ambiance was classic neighborhood NY. The only negative is the noise level and table proximity.

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ML
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I selected the restaurant from the internet, something I rarely do because I go so often to New York. I was delightfully surprised by this warm, charming and very good restaurant. It was very busy and I had a feeling that it was neighborhood favorite. The service was friendly and outstanding. I look forward to going there again!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This charming Italian resto at the upper east side made tagliolini neri mix seafood to perfection!

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k
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our dinner for 4 people was much more expensive than was expected. I was shocked actually. Specials run percipitously more than the actual menu and prices are not disclosed. (I didn't ask). The wine is very good but the wine list is quite pricey. The service is very rushed and hectic...and I thought the restaurant in general was hectic. All the negatives said...the food was delicious. I would go back perhaps for lunch or an early for pasta and a glass of wine and maybe the chicken.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just Ok. Loud - food so-so

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BS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable experience. Food and service were first rate, but it's a bit expensive.

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j
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

off the menu items are unreasonable expensive, menu is varied and well priced. Good for family and dates

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NY
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special birthday for my brother.. our host waiter prepared with chef a multi course sharing/tasting menu. It was perfectly selected and portioned and delicious.. all your team was delightful and welcoming! See you next time! La bella Bella Blu ! Nancy

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