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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.

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About Bella Blu

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.

967 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Brunch/Lunch
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
Friday - Saturday - Sunday 4:00pm to Midnight

Cross Street:
Between 70th and 71st Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 988-4624

Website:
http://www.bellabluny.com/bellablu/media/websitebellablu.html

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.

Private Party Facilities:
For Special Events please contact: Events@ProiettiGroup.com

Private Party Contact:
Event Director : (212) 802-5587

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 5:15PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

Bella Blu Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
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Great for Lunch (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

If you visit Bella Blu on a Sunday night, make it early. The place is totally packed with families bringing energetic kids in tow. Wine from the extensive list helps. Salads are many in number and spectacular - share one. The branzino was out of this world - simply prepared, fileted and served beautifully. Pastas looked excellent. Bella Blu is clearly a neighborhood staple and worth a revisit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fun birthday event

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Hot, noisy , overcrowded , service poor ......the prices don’t warrant the former.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Consistently loud but also consistently great food. Waiters navigate the crowded room as best they can. Have tried many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. Quality food costs $ but you get what you pay for here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Bella Blu never fails. Always the same fabulous food and service. And the bread and dip......

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The ravioli was good, soup was marginal and one was not even touched and waiter was unconcerned. Seems like a regular crowd, and had a good turnout for lunch... location was best of its attributes, since not many places around that area. For that high an end place, expected the bread to be better. The positive is the tables were not overcrowded.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The service continues to be abominable. We have tried the restaurant three times and each time the service has been awful which is unfortunate as the atmosphere is nice and the food is fine. Each time we hoped the last time was an aberration. We now know the poor service is the norm and we will give it no more tries.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Bella Blu. The Dover Sole was delicious and so was the white truffle risotto. My wife and I like the authentic Italian and family atmosphere. All of the waiters are friendly and very professional. This was probably our 6th or 7th meal at the restaurant over the last 5 years and they were all pleasant evenings.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Place is pretty lively at lunch and staff is super friendly. Even though it’s brick oven pizza, it was not good. Friend sent back the pasta because it was undercooked. Was not impressed other than with the service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Lunch was an assortment of salads and an individual pizza, folllowed by ice cream and a creme brûlée. Salads weee okay though not particularly exciting or crisp...a little too much dressing was wilting the veggies. Pizza with prosciutto and arugula was too wet, the crust was soggy and the prosciutto was so tough that you couldn’t break it apart with your teeth. Instead, you needed to cut it with a knife and fork, making it impossible to eat in any way remotely elegantly with your hands (and teeth, no matter how sharp they might be).

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Every thing was terrible==food, service and response of the manager.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

restuarant came highly recommended. we were highly disappointed and left after appertizers. waiter was "curt" & highly un-knowlegable, knew nothing about the wine list & was as equally as unknowlegable about the menu. then we recieved appetizers in reverse order. the tuna tartar was to come before hot pulpo & shrimp. the waiter then blamed us. we ate the apps & paid there rather high checkk and walked out. food that we ate was average at best.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice and good lunch with friends
Children friendly

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food is consistently great! Just wish they'd update the decor. It's been the same since the day they opened - ugh!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great dinner. Our server was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Waiter was brusque, curt and very impressed with himself. Other than that the food was delicious, pretty table by open doors at sidewalk. Great place to grab a bite with a friend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Awesome delicious, love the space and out waiter was outstandingly gracious

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

MARCELLO WAS A FNNTASTIC WAITER AND THE SERVICE WAS TERRIFIC

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Noise level too high. Deafening. Food good, priced fairly high. Service good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and great service but the music was a bit loud

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The menu has a terrific variety for tastes and dietary preferences. The food was good, but not what the pricing would lead you to hope for. Artistic decor.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Waiter completely disregarded me... only spoke to my father. Very sexist.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A warm, inventive decor with top of the line service and, most relevant, wide ranging menu options and very good cuisine.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Nice and quiet when we arrived at 6:00, but unbearably noisy when we left at 8:30.food terrific, but the din made it difficult to converse with my friend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Waiter was friendly and attentive, and food was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Bella Blu is so much fun and the food is excellent! Great service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Fabulous meal every time we go. Staff is always friendly. Great bar.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good food, good service and never disappoints! Neighborhood gem! Always a great meal!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Charming attentive waiter., good food., terrific table near the open door which mitigated the deafening roar of a full restaurant.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of my favorites! Staff is friendly bar is always crowded and fun. Top Italian food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great menu choices and very good food. Excellent service. Would recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

A very solid and well managed neighborhood Italian restaurant with excellent pizza--but especially many outstanding specials from the kitchen. We were really impressed and our waiter was a seasoned professional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

This has become our favorite neighborhood spot. The wait staff is always cordial and welcoming. The food is always good, authentic and dependable. I don't feel like I have to order 3 or 4 courses when all I want is 1 or 2.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Always fun and food is always fabulous!! The best neighborhood bar. Can always talk to someone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We were a party of 6. After we ordered dessert, they wanted to move us to a smaller table so they could seat another party at our table for 6. There was no incentive to do so, so we opted to leave and find dessert else ware.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Friendly efficient staff serving delicious fresh food. We never order pasta when dining out Italian but we did this time and loved it! Looking forward to the next time.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

A neighborhood favorite that never disappoints....

Tags: Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The grilled shrimp are delicious as is the swordfish. While noisy, the service is good and the food is delicious as long as you order well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Great local hangout. If it's too hot outside they don't do the pizzas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I went for my friend birthday so much fun

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, People Watching
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