Bella Luna - NYC

4.5
974 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A fixture on Columbus, Bella Luna offers you the quintessential Italian dining experience. Our familial service will always make you feel comfortable. The Bella Luna menu offers delicious Italian food prepared by true professionals. Be sure to try our Calamari or Penne Alla Fresco, or enjoy our 3-course pre-fix menu which is available every day from 12-6pm. Our Upper West Side restaurant has just what you are looking for on your night out on the town. Our affordable pricing includes $12 pasta dishes and an everyday wine special for just $7.
From intimate dinners to cozy wine nights at the bar, our professional team can tailor any menu item with wine and beer pairings. Bella Luna also provides accessible and elegant catering options. Our courteous staff will ensure you have a memorable experience. Whether you're a neighborhood local or passing through town, Bella Luna has the upscale yet relaxed atmosphere you're looking for. We can't wait to see you soon.
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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our daughters engagement and decided to come here because we love the food and the atmosphere. As always the food was great as well as the service. Highly recommend it!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Seated promptly, friendly hostess, good food.

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ME
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent neighborhood Italian restaurant. I had the salmon and it was perfect - silky medium rare. Noise level can get high at prime time, alas.

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W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner with another couple, the servioce was top-notch and the food was good. Portions were very large. Good place to run out and grab a meal if your in the mood for good old fashioned pasta. They also offer specials, fish etc...

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like this place a,lot
They have paid a lot of attention to potential noise level which makes the restaurant much more user-friendly. The staff is friendly, attentive and efficient. I really like the food and we'll come back to try new items

cheers

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GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great local favorite. Food is great and service is very good. Very friendly local spot.

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UW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointed. Service was a bit rude and food was mediocre. Pasta was a little bland (it’s putanesca!) and watery.

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our new go to neighborhood find. Good food at reasonable prices for the portion. Service is fast. Satisfactory wine list. Something to please everyone-fish, pizza, and pasta. Salads are fresh and very large. Can easily split. My favorite is the portobello mushroom salad with thin slices of mushroom. The dressing is light and not overpowering. The chicken Parmesan was tasty with enough for two meals. We will definitely be going back.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, our experience was great. We didn’t wait long for our food, the server was very attentive, the food was very tastey and they gave us a complimentary dessert with a candle in it because it was my husband’s birthday.

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ME
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful neighborhood local cozy spot. Family friendly as well as good for couples. Extensive pasta menu; also pizzas and meats and fish menu. Great tiramisu!

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H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been going to Bella Luna for many years. It is a pleasant looking restaurant and a nice size. I recommend the pasta dishes. They are reasonably priced and generally very good. Portions are also generous. I don’t recommend the fish dishes. Service is generally good, but it depends on the waiter. Last visit, waiter was not attentive at all and restaurant had very few diners since it was early. If you are looking for a nice looking casual restaurant with good pasta dishes, I recommend Bella Luna.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience, service, food. Want to share with chef that my pasta dish was way too salty.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall good experience. Was a average-to-low level noise but had an older crowd than I expected for my date and myself. Waiter was a bit impersonal, but fine. Good came out super quick which impressed me. Would go back.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was fast and waiter was very nice! :)

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food, ambiance, and even noise level were very good.
We had no complaints about anything except the service:
We hadn’t even finished our appetizers when they brought our entrees to the table and proceeded to put them down.
In their defense, this was New Year’s Eve. Nevertheless, there is no excuse for rushing patrons through their meals in order to get them out quickly.

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RJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service. We have been coming here for years and it’s always consistently good.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good dinner, nice atmosphere but the temperature in the room was a bit too high.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Luna was an awesome way to end our day in NYCity. My wife, daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant, and our waitress was extremely kind and friendly. We will definitely make Bella Luna our Holiday destination when we visit Manhattan during the Christmas season.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

For years Bella Luna has been a very welcoming and pleasant neighborhood restaurant. Food is good, not superlative, but that's not what I expect of a casual neighborhood eatery. Prices are reasonable. THAT is good!

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B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The friend we met here said his lamb shank was the best he ever had.

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CG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for good food, excellent shared plates and interesting varieties on the menu. Pastas are fresh, sauces delicious. Lovely Sancerre on the wines by the glass list!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine here relatively often, love the food, service and atmosphere where I can arrive dressed up for an occasion or dressed more casually and feel equally comfortable. The noise level is moderate and, depending on where you sit, conversing is easy. This past time, I was especially happy because I made my reservation online and asked for a specific table, which I got! Highly recommend this warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant.

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MJ
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered the prefix pasta dishes. Good portions, parking right on the street a plus!

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T
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening with family. Nice wines... Staff is great and food is wonderful.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Upscale, casual Italian restaurant on the upper west side. Interesting variety on menu. Delicious entrees. Reasonable pricing. Everyone in our party agreed it was a find! We will return

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B
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious pasta. Served promptly. Always hot and perfectly prepared. Neighborhood favorite.

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CW
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This time my husband and I were both less than thrilled with our main dishes - which was a change from our previous visits. We were disappointed - and the friend who came with us was lukewarm about his meal as well. We'll give them another try, but if it isn't better we'll cross them off our list. Our particular server seemed surly and indifferent to our requests. Additionally, they turned the lights down to such a low glow that it was much dimmer than it needed to be - and not romantic, just DARK! We asked them to increase the light back to where it had been when we walked in, but they were so grudging in their upward adjustments that we settled for a "dark twilight" level of illumination.

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O
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable food, reasonable prices, good service, convenient location. All of this adds up to a restaurant that never disappoints. If you like Italian food, you will be happy you came, whether you order beef carpaccio, any of the pasta dishes, even a pizza. There is a reason this restaurant has been around for a while: it's good!

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy Italian restaurant, food was delicious, service was excellent!

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant, quiet. A respite from the madding crowds lower down on Columbus Ave.

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

Excellent food, wine and service. It became busy and loud but that is to be expected on a Friday night. I would definitely go again!

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

A real neighborhood restaurant. Always welcoming Easy,comfortable atmosphere. Very fair prices for reasonably good food and service. Noise level is not punishing. When dining alone or in a hurry, the bar seating is great and efficient.

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I
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant salad lunch for four older women. Very good portobello mushroom and sautéed chicken with crisp onions salads. Very good bread served with both butter and olive oil. We know the desserts are good but elected to forego them. As requested very hot large cappuccino was a nice way to end the meal.

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DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for lunch, very good, not noisy yet busy. So blessed to have a good eating establishment in the neighborhood.

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a working lunch there. In spite of the huge crowd of students, service was quick and non-intrusive. And food was very tasty.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

As usual, food and wine was on point! Unfortunately the server Jorge, I think he is new, as I come often ans never seen him, was not good at all. Unapproachable, took a good 10 minutes after seating us to take order, I could see him in a corner chatting while we waited. Got my order wrong, to his advantage, charged for veal instead of the chicken I ordered, was unapologetic. I love Bella Luna, but I will be sure to request a different server if he is there. Apologies for the bluntness.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Luna is a neighborhood favorite with a relaxed atmosphere--friendly and warm with good service and exceptional value. The customers are of various ages--a good sign of the all-around appeal.

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

Eating at Bella Luna was an excellent dining experience! The food was delicious and the service was great.

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AB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Five stars all around!

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S
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok but nothing special. A neighborhood Italian place. My chicken was a little over cooked but not terrible.

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