Bella Luce

4.3
346 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.
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PeterI
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!!!!!!!! Cooked perfect! A little noisy but hey! All Italians are! Get use to it! Lol definitely will be returning.

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Overpriced for what you get...ordered a chicken dish...included NO sides..that's extra...for a $27 dish 🙄 glass of wine $13 for a 1/4 wine glass..server came to our table twice, never asked if we needed anything...disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous cocktails by Nicole and the food was delicious as always !

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

we were seated next to a group that was inconsiderate of all in the restaurant. They were so loud, we could not be heard by our friends who were only 3 seats away from us. I was disgusted that the restaurant owner/manager did not ask them to quiet down. They also were loud because they had drunk people at the table meaning they should have cut them off.

In essence, I would not recommend your restaurant to anyone. We paid a lot of money for our meal with 8 people and felt like our brains were blown out from the noise level. Just disgusted. I think you owe me an apology phone call.

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vipBetty
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We've dined here quite a few times and always enjoyed the place and the food. Last night there were large exceedingly loud parties in both rooms.. so loud we couldn't hold a conversation. The service was good, the food only fair... we won't be back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always and the wait staff was great. We will be back again for sure

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food great. Waiter great. Kitchen took forever. Once food arrived, it was really good but be prepared to wait and wait and wait.

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Patty
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waiters was rushing us out of the restaurant.

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vipChar
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food is just incredible! Good portions & excellent service. The atmosphere is amazing! Definitely will be coming back again!

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JohnF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and owner attention to details and our comments was sincerely heard! The food was excellent, meatballs were moist and perfectly seasoned with a delicious "gravy". Both of our entrées included risotto which was extremely creamy and very cheesy. Prices were reasonable and I would HIGHLY recommend Bella Luce !

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Disappointed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made and confirmed our reservation on OpenTable. All appeared normal. Upon our arrival, we were advised the restaurant was closed for a "Private Party". We were told we could remain and have dinner. However, the noise level was incredibly loud with a DJ blasting music. There would be no opportunity to have a conversation at the table.
The room setting and ambiance was, in a word "stark" and requires a complete make over. Needless to say we will not return.

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vipLeslieAnne
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Disappointing! Service was completely nonexistent and zero recognition we were even in the restaurant. Sat for 40 minutes and had to flag down owner to take our drink and dinner order. Waited two hours for our entrees. Had to ask for out check. Need I say more!

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vipMaria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Luce never disappoints. Food is always delicious. My husband always orders the pasta with short ribs. He just loves it. Staff is always nice and friendly. Will definitely go back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was outstanding and we were treated exceptionally well by the staff.

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BruceC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 4 . We had Pork Chops , Scallops & Chicken Francaise .
All were very outstanding . The best Pork chops & Scallops ever.
We've been here many times , it's always great.

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Italian food!!
Will definitely come back and bring friends.

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ProfessorDuncan
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, especially the risotto. The service was superb! Be aware there is a transaction fee if you pay with a credit card. I will definitely be a returning customer.

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KMH25
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful meal and wine! Would recommend and will be back!

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Bella
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly owner who makes an effort to greet patrons. The people working there are friendly and accommodating. The overall experience was really nice. There were some standouts (the salmon entree and the Thai calamari appetizer) but also some opportunities to step it up a bit (the hacked up bread, heavy touch on the creme brûlée crust). The bar is pretty ordinary and the decor is a bit stale, but the patrons who are there seem happy! I will probably be back because it’s local and there are some good things happening at Bella Luce.

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PaulS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time spent at Bella Luce. We were not rushed through our meal and our waiter was friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic, making suggestions as we ordered. We should have been given the bottle of wine list to choose from. The waiter's choice of a $42 bottle was excessive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this cozy restaurant for my birthday dinner and it was amazing, from the ambiance to the food and the service was exceptional. 100000/10 would recommend and come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of state visitors

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JerryO
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A first class Italian restaurant.Very friendly service. Portions were good creative items on regular and daily specials.

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Lillie8664
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I was undecided on having a drink or not prior to meal. So, I said O didn’t want any. My sister ordered Fuiggi Water. They gave her bottle. And without asking me , they poured me some. I refused to touch it, as # 1, I do not like this water at all,&! I never was asked again when my Caesar salad came if I wanted maybe seltzer , diet soda, or wine. Also attitude of waitress when my sister said was seafood pasta made yet, she can’t have garlic. Waitress said it is already made. Instead of saying, it actually was cut big and you can take it out. Or we can make you a new one. Customer service was not great.,also Caesar salad had lemon in dressing. It gave me agita. No where else do I get it like that. No weight watcher/keto friendly, sugar free desserts on menu. No low fat items on menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meatball recommendation was spot on! Curious that they don’t have a wine/beer/cocktail list? Service was superb, and a huge thank you to the hostess for being such a delight!

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WalterG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was pretty good, some loud people at the bar, slow service, like everywhere else these days they seemed to be short staffed but I will return.

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ANATASEIAR
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went to celebrate my friend bithday. They have the best calamari. Its made with ginger, the meatballs was FRESH NOT frozen. And there pork chops are out of this world right along side their drinks. Definitely will return

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DesireeB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the antipasto to start and the risotto with shrimp and the scallops special. All of the food was delicious and the service was good.

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vipMichaelR
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places… Never disappoints

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vipRedhand
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another nice night with friends at Bella Luce - all good

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vipSabrinaM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our host and server, Gina, was amazing!!! The food was delicious.

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vipJJRJR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great hostess and server's

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was real attentive, food was delicious. Will be back again.

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JoslynP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Bella Luce to celebrate our daughter’s graduation from her Master’s program and we loved it!!!! The food was excellent!! They had a DJ there for the first time since the pandemic and he was great (we loved it!)!! If you are looking for a quiet dinner, go when they don’t have entertainment. We have been there twice and have loved it both times! We will definitely be returning.

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vipJoseF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing bar was great, wish they had a cocktail list but cannot wait to go back. It was Mother’s Day so a bit busy so service was a little slow but still great experience.

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Chris
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic, good service too!

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vipMine17
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly and professional. Food was very fresh!

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tonypope
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Second time there, will always go back

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FlorenceR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was Mother's Day weekend so this review may not be fair. The noise level was too high to have a conversation without yelling cross the table. My only other complaint was that the bar staff was slow in giving our drink orders to our waiter. Our waiter Sal
and the food were great.

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Bella Luce is rated 4.3 stars by 346 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.