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About Bella Luce

For the many people who thought Luce Restaurant in Caldwell was the ultimate mix of “good food, good people, and good prices” you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Bella Luce in Nutley actually surpasses it as the quintessential dining experience in Northern New Jersey. Opened in March of 2015, Bella Luce picks up where Luce left off and has been transformed into a trendy, yet casual, atmosphere, serving authentic Italian cuisine highlighting signature dishes.

507 Franklin Ave
Nutley, NJ 07110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(973) 661-4300

Website:
http://www.lucerestaurant.com/

Bella Luce Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Bar Seating (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Sports (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had a delicious dinner with A1 service. Cocktails were great too. The only flaw was the parking and it's not the restaurants fault. We spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how the meters work. We literally almost got back in our car and left. Completely frustrating!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is very good and different. Good wine. Service at the table was very good. Went to the bar after for drinks. The bar was busy and we had get someone to get the bartender for us and she didn’t look too happy but overall it was very good! Would definitely go back.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food, with enormous portions. Split two appetizers between 3 people and we had leftovers. Only ate 1/2 my entree and took that home.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Was excited to have Christmas Eve dinner there we ordered the beet salad with goat cheese there was barely any goat cheese and it was overloaded with vinegar then proceeded to dinner at the crab cakes tasted like somebody used a half a pound of salt on each, they were over fried and tasted fishy the risotto dish we ordered was bland and had too much going on I did not like the tomato sauce should've just been a white wine sauce overall I would not return

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was Christmas Eve so maybe they were too busy, but the food was just okay. The server was nice enough, but we asked for simple things like salt & pepper and never got it. One busboy took away my silverware when I hadn't even gotten my meal yet, had to ask for more. Never refilled our water glasses. Little things like that, attention to detail rate in my book. So, just meh.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I went for Thanksgiving dinner and we loved our experience! We were seated on time..our server was excellent and the food was fabulous

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was delicious! It was very noisy though and the bus person kept throwing the dishes in the bus pan which was very Annoying . The staff could use some polishing for a restaurant of that quality.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Love this Place! People R Great! Food is delicious and plentiful! I’ll Be Back!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food. Great service. Jonathan is a fantastic server. Attentive and knowledgeable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was a little slow, but I️ believe it was due to them giving you time to eat and talk with friends. Incredible food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time to the restaurant after hearing good things about the quality of service and food. Both turned out to be exceptional. Our server John was great with the exception of allowing us to order the entire menu. The food was that good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic cuisine ! We enjoyed six different appetizers and a salad -- as our meal; a great plan!
Each of the selections were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Bella Luce. The desserts were phenomenal -- we had tiramisu and the cannoli extravaganza. Thanks for a sensational evening of fun fine dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Went for a private party and decided to go for dinner. It was terrific. Definitely will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our waiter Christian was fantastic

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My husband and I reside in Nutley and enjoy dining at Bella Luce! Whether we dine there for lunch or dinner, it's always a pleasurable experience. The ambiance is upscale causal, the service is excellent and the food is delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

As first time diners on a Sunday evening we 2 couples enjoyed our meals immensely, but found the main dining room somewhat noisy. The proximity of our table to the open kitchen and the bar, coupled with a high tin ceiling exacerbated the noise to a level of distraction. Will surely return for the food, but recommend requesting a table in the secondary dining room, which from a noise perspective was night and day.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service improved after a while, food had way too much garlic, have never seen so much garlic on top of veal...not to my liking for sure!

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We went to celebrate my boyfriend's mom's birthday and she loved it. Our server, Christian was fantastic. He knew the menu inside out and all his suggestions were amazing. I was a little scared since his mom is a cook and Italian, but she loved every dish and the attention the servers gave us. The portions are huge! So be prepared to be satisfied and have some to go.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great Find!
The owner was welcoming and friendly. He immediately made us feel like he had known us forever although we have never met. The menu choices are creative and have a lot of variety. The food was delicious and the drinks were made well. I will definitely be going back very soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Chef Erm Firmani does an amazing job in the kitchen. The vibe and energy made for a great night out with friends. After our delicious dinner we had drinks at the bar to listen to the great live music. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Jonathan our server is always attentive and courteous. Great service always.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Birthday dinner for a friend. The food is very very good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

My girlfriend and I traveled from the shore and finally had the chance to see Ray Cetrell perform. The show was outstanding as well as the service and food. I would highly recommend Bella Luce. We will definitely be back. And it was also nice to visit my hometown Nutley.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

First time, had lunch, was exceptional! Will definitely try dinner. The pasta dishes look authentic. Can't wait to get back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

First visit. Truly culinary worthy Italian food. Outstanding wait service by Melissa

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I very much enjoyed my dinner! My seafood dish was fresh, and the eggplant spread with the bread the waiter/waitress gives you instead of butter positively mixes it up.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food is excellent, everything made fresh and it is exquisite ! Service is exceptional - Jonathan was our server and he is simply outstanding. We both have food allergies (garlic, onions) and Jonathan made sure we didn't have anything that would bother us. It was a perfect meal at a perfect place. We'll be visiting it again for sure. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Bella Luce. The food is excellent. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Delicious meal, attentive wait staff, wonderful wine list and an all around great meal! On the noisy side, but probably made worse because of the tin ceiling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

It's our 2nd time here. Came on a Thursday with a 6:30pm reservation for a party of 7. The food was fairly good. Ambiance was nice. However, service was super slow! It was like pulling teeth waiting for our food, the dessert menu and even the bill. My mother inlaw asked for butter when the bread was served and it took 20minutes from the time she asked to the time it arrived. The staff was friendly but their pace and time management is poor. I did notice there were certain tables they favored more. Overall, won't hurt to give it a try!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I came with my family. We got our appetizers fast but the entrees took an hour after that. I was incredibly bummed and the poor waitress was overworked. Had to get up 6 times in the ridiculous 2 hours it took to eat there. The comped our apps. I still had a bill of 160. I'm not happy. We should have not paid for the kids food. Who makes a kid wait an hour to eat? I'm a restaurant manager in my profession- this was not the servers fault. This Was just poor management.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was great! I'm not sure if the menu was a special mothers day menu but I hope the short rib lasagna is on the main menu, because I'd love to get it again!

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food and service always "on the money". Nice atmosphere. Music on Thursday nights.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent fresh food great long table with cushioned seats for 8 people 3 kids nice job service very slow?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Awesome locals place! Friendly staff, delish italian food; specials ate great. Never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This was my second time and I was a little disappointed with the food. Just not what I preferred and it was on the expensive side. Service was excellent though and the owner came by to make sure everything was ok. Not sure if we'll come back and give it another chance.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food and service always good in this restaurant. Another asset: is in the neighborhood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Service and food were excellent!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 17, 2017

We Loved every dish we ordered! Our first time so we ordered a bunch of dishes to share. Everything was great down to the fantastic desserts.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

I have visited this restaurant several times, it always has good food and good service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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