Bella Luce

4.5
220 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time dining here it is a very beautiful place very comfortable chairs, friendly waiter made sure everything was on point. It was my friends birthday made her feel special with a candle in the cheesecake, very delicious food, drinks and dessert. The price was very reasonable for three people, they had a dj that night which really made it a fun experience, would definitely go back.

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

The food was amazing. Our waiter Christian was awesome. Our second time here and we will be back again. Great nightb

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KS
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was great!

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AV
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Can’t wait to go back... would definitely recommend to friends!!

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and had a seat at the bar. Bartender was very friendly and nice. When our group arrived we were seated immediately. the eggplant carbonara complimentary appetizer was delicious as was the bread that accompanied it! We had a few appys and they were great. Our dinners were served in just the right amount of time.. not rushed at all so we had time to enjoy the company. I had the stuffed shrimp special and it was delicious. Desserts were also very good. We will return.

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CO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was wonderful! The service was great, food was delicious (had good gluten free options), and the atmosphere was nice! The noise level was a touch loud but there was a birthday party happening while we were there so that contributed to the noise. Other than that it was great!!!

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FT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous time. Dinner was great. Good service and well worth the visit. Highly recommend it!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Luce is the best!! Food is fabulous!! Can’t say enough...

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RF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and large portions. The service could stand to be better though. We arrived minutes behind our reservation and had to wait at least 10 minutes with no explanation of why we were just standing at the hostess stand. We finally took it upon ourselves to get a drink at the bar and then our table became available. The place was packed but I only made a reservation 2 hrs prior and they had lots of space then. They just seemed to busy to be able to handle all the people. Our server also never asked me if I wanted another drink so I never ordered one. Just poor service in my opinion. Prices are high for a Nutley restaurant especially including the fact that they have a liquor license. I was looking for an alternative to the Montclair scene, but this was not it. It’s a typical NJ Italian restaurant. If that’s what you’re looking for then this is the place.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Probably the best tasting Italian food in NJ

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N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went two nights in a row and the food was inconsistent. Food on Saturday was better than the food on Sunday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was excellent

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DV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. This was the 2nd time we have been there and will be going back again!

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H
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only disappointment was we didn’t get complementary eggplant appetizer like usual

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SD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable. Food is the reason to go. Lots of very appetizing items on the menu to choose from. My wife ordered the Veal Chop Parmigiana which she loved. The serving was a very generous one. The Short Ribs Papparadelle was very good too. Worth going to.

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Saturday lunch! Our server couldn’t have been more pleasant and accommodating. Food was delicious and seating was comfortable. Would come back again in a heartbeat.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here numerous times and this place NEVER disappoints. Food, service, staff, value. 5 stars all the way!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my GF, food was great definitely will be back

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place...and local! Our entire party was delighted with the visit. The food was delicious and fresh. The service was excellent and there is plenty of municipal parking.

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Bella Luce is amazing; from appetizer to desserts. The chef is from Italy and makes everything perfect as well as acts as the pastry chef (all homemade desserts!). The atmosphere is great and has a nice vibe. Joe, one of the owners, was a great host and sat with us a few times to talk and was very kind and generous and even after we had our dessert, he wanted us to try his favorites and provided us full size samples! This would definitely be a great spot to grab dinner with your significant other, friends, family, etc!

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Staff attentive. Portions generous. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

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RH
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my first visit to the restaurant and I will definitely return. I was given the name by a client and was pleasantly surprised at just how delicious the food was coupled with excellent service. Joe the owner went to great lengths to make every guest feel welcome.

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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there last saturday for the first time. I selected this place based off the reviews online and decided to try it for lunch with a large group. We were all very impressed with the restaurant. Ambiance was really nice, food & service were great, and the prices were reasonable. We would definitely return when in the area again. My only recommendation was they need a blind in the front window because the glare during the afternoon was terrible.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Every time,ice gone to bella luce ive left extremely satisfied. The food quality is good, the staff is friendly, and the ambiance makes you feel comfortable. Every waiter ive had there would visit the table frequently but never made me feel rushed. Perfect for a date night or just looking to have a good dinner with friends.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

My husband and I go here every New Years Eve- we go early to avoid crowds. This year it was just us two as usual but every single large group of people received their food before we did- even people who came in after us. I feel like we were forgotten about.

Also we were never given a wine list- and the waitress only checked in on us AFTER over an hour of waiting for our food.

We will never be going back.

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DN
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and staff was extremely friendly!!

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C
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fantastic time with my family celebrating Christmas Eve. I highly recommend it for any event.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove passed this restaurant on a Friday evening and thought it looked interesting. We are always looking for new restaurants to try and after checking out the impressive menu online we booked our reservations for Saturday evening. From the moment we sat down, the vibe was friendly, wait staff very nice and the food and flavors were outstanding. Big portions at a reasonable price. We loved the eggplant dish complements of the restaurant when we first sat down. We thought it was very nice that the owner took the time to personally stop by at our table to introduce himself, tell us a little about the restaurant and asked us if we were enjoying our meal. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend for large groups, small parties or just two people looking for a great Italian restaurant.

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JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fourth time I’ve taken my Christmas party guess they’re, always great food great , The staff were very accommodating . Always Great experience. The owner is a really great guy!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, service was impeccable and genuine.

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l
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Despite it being kind of a noisy restaurant, the food was incredible. There was a bit of a wait before each course but when it came, you immediately knew the wait was because it was all being made fresh. Enjoyed an antipasto dish with the family and then had the seafood dish in a red garlic sauce. They forgot the ciabatta bread but by the time we realized, we were basically done. The white chocolate cheesecake was unbelievable. Planning on coming in again this week because the pasta looks divine.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to dinner with a friend. Food & service was great. We had an early 5pm reservation. I just got the feeling they wanted us to finish & leave,even though there were at least 3 empty tables. That made me very uncomfortable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Bella Luce never disappoints!

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A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bella Luce has a nice set of specials on their menu. We had 2 orders of the Grilled Octopus on our visit.
My husband and I split a salad. They were kind enough to split the salad in the kitchen. Our entrees were huge and very satisfying. Enjoyed it very much!

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PC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time for Thanksgiving dinner. Good choices for those not liking turkey

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BR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for Thanksgiving dinner and was delighted at what a great deal and dinner it was.
Most restaurants aren't even open on that day, but I was pleasantly surprised to be able to snag a reservation. The dinner was excellent from the wine to the salad, mancotti, delicious turkey and sides and dessert.
Will definitely be back!

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n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were a bit underwhelmed having been to Luce's years before. The noise level was too high as we could barely hear ourselves talk. The pasta was cooked improperly. It wasn't aldente, it was cooked where part of it was cooked, and parts were not. I was't really happy and it turns out my wife wasn't either. First time we went there in a year or two and probably wouldn't go back. Too many other good restaurants in the area.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, creative Italian dishes! We keep going back because there are too many things we want to try to fit into one night! I rarely enjoy eating in Italian restaurants, because I can and often do make most of the dishes at home. But this menu goes beyond the traditional standards, and offers many options that I simply could never duplicate in my own kitchen. The drinks are fabulous, and the service is wonderful, too!

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LN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my family’s favorite restaurant the food is excellent and the staff is beyond friendly.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal at Bella Luca. We were greeted warmly and were attended to by staff and management in a way that few restaurants can do. So delicious, so accommodating. We can't wait to go back

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