Bella Luce

4.4
313 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JoslynP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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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
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic, good service too!

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vipMine17
San Francisco
8 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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Jiji
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond superb, everyone was so warm and welcoming, parking was also very convenient. 10 outta 10 hands down.

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vipsototravels
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, we tried several appetizers, soups, salads and entree's. Will definitely go again. Evening we where there they had a DJ.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited 30 minutes, nobody came to the table, saw a different table that came later that was attended, still waited afterwards, then we left before anybody attended us.

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vipNJFoodie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food in a sophisticated, sexy setting. It's great for a special occasion, a romantic dinner, or just a drink at the enormous bar. The menu is changed regularly, and the specials are different every day. When in season, try the fried zucchini flowers and pork osso buco. The meat and cheese plates are amazing. And dessert is terrific, too! I love their warm apple crisp with ice cream. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for a get together to celebrate a wedding. The food was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed it.

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ReesaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came on a night when a singer was there and sat in the back. Food was great. We had appetizers and desserts too. Highly recommend the pork chop.

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JoseP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

I have dined here pre and post covid. Unfortunately there was a big difference . Severely understaffed, yet the waiter worked the room, singularly quite well. Hostess struggled with multiple tasks. Arugula salad lacked flavor and the entrées were disappointing. Hoping this was just a bad night and not the norm. Also, there was DJ playing music from the 80's, which added to the inability to have a conversation.

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PHILHERR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Food is always GREAT!
Only 1 waiter handling a the whole section across from the Bar which meant LOOONNGGG Waits for drinks and to get our Food.
We were there on a Saturday night; 7:30 PM reservation. The DJ didn't start until after 8:30, and wasn't that good. When we came 3-4 weeks prior, now THAT WAS A GREAT DJ! Had he the big monitor and the 70's/80's music going,,,, Much Better entertainment. I do not know if same fellow, I doubt it, BUT get him back!!!

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NicoleP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Delicious! Delicious

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RobinF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. They did not rush us and allowed us to spend our time together. Unfortunately my dish was not not as fresh as I had hoped for. They tried very hard to correct the situation. My friends other dishes were perfect.

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vipTheGr8santini
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding! Consistent, creative and delicious

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Yummyyummyyumyums
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Meal was very good and the DJ (not too loudly) played video's of Motown songs it was brilliant!

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Cheryl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Much too noisy and crowded. Food was good; atmosphere was poor.

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LyndaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service
Very friendly and considerate

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RuthyL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Luce never disappoints! You go there and you’re treated like family. It seems they have a whole new staff but nonetheless the service was amazing! Food is delicious and quality ingredients go into each dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is our first time back since covid and the food was just as good although their menu has been modified and a bit more limited. Service was excellent from the hostess, bartender and the waiter.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed but was still able to make a reservation on OpenTable. Restaurant website had conflicting information about open hours.

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ChrisJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to go in town. Always great food and a nice place to have a meal.

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AlfonsinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I'd definitely come back because the food and drinks were just that good. The service could be better. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed and inattentive due to how crowded it was. Thankfully other waiters helped in to serve and attend to me and my party when our waiter was busy. I had the rigatoni bolognese and it's probably one of my top 5 favorite Italian dishes I've had at a restaurant. The music is very loud and it's definitely not a place you would take anyone for a quiet or intimate dinner. My party and I had a really good time and would probably come back again.

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BriannaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went here for my birthday on a whim after another restaurant having an over hour wait and it was the best decision we ever made. Bella’s was delicious, the kindest and most attentive wait staff, amazing atmosphere and I will definitely be coming back again soon! They do not disappoint.

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Tara
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful. The appetizers were out of this world with the zucchini flowers being the topper. My salmon was cooked to perfection. The service was out of this world, and they had a DJ playing great music in the background. Overall, great evening of food, service and ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was so pleasantly surprised how great this place was. Food, service, etc., were 5 stars, and the people were so attentive, I was lucky do get in on Valentine’s Day. Going back again later this week. Highly, highly recommend it.

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TheresaD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always!!! The shrimp appetizer and the chicken were delightful and the cheesecake for desert was divine. Our fiends ordered the cavatelli and the salmon which was cooked to perfection. The meal, the service and atmosphere were lovely. Joey and the entire staff go out of their way to ensure you enjoy the experience. The food and service at Bella Luce is always Top Notch. The restaurant also has an air purifying system so we felt very safe dining there. Always one of our favorite restaurants and we highly recommend it to all our friends.

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IzzyEats
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is INCREDIBLE. I’ve had everything on the menu... but my favorite it the stuffed zucchini flower. It’s not on the regular menu so you have to call to see if it is available.

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GinnyN
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bella Luce is not even open so I don't know why Open Table allows reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

New Year’s Eve! We had a reservation but waited 15 minutes upon our arrival to be seated snd then another 15 minutes to see a server at our table BUT the food was amazing and made it all worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Very cozy, excellent service and delicious food. The owner was very nice and friendly too. Would definitely go back

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vipMGAndrews
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were exceptional. 3 of the 5 ordered the short rib pappardelle and they all said that it was SOO good. I had the bucatini amatriciana which was meh because they used pancetta (salty!!) instead of pig’s cheeks.Will definitely go back there again. My only complaint is that the noise level was quite high as the tables were so close to each other. We could hear the conversations from the other table!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Bella Luce. Food was delicious. If you haven’t been here before, recommend you give Bella Luce a try.

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vipwinedanddined
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly consistent and excellent food with a great selection. Everyone is amazing, Service is outstanding, Jonathan is truly an outstanding server and Arturo makes sure the food is delivered in a timely manner, he has a great attitude and is a very hard worker, always helpful, everyone is super friendly and food is delicious if you like Italian with a bar. We are there often and it’s one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

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DavidN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bella Luce is the perfect go-to spot for great food and drinks. We went on a Friday night with the kids and it was very busy. Luckily we booked reservations on here and didn’t have to wait. The staff was great and the owner Joe even treated the kids with ice cream sundaes. He’s really the best!

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viplastminutefoodie
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, but parking was a bit hard

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable meal
Great service at the bar

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Bella Luce is rated 4.4 stars by 313 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.