Bella Monte

4.6
462 reviews
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Bella Monte Restaurant and Enoteca is one of the most unique dining experiences in Virginia Beach. Our Enoteca wine store features over 300 selections of wines as well as 16 self service wine stations. Simply make your wine selection in the Enoteca and we will take that wine to your table at no additional charge. The restaurant offers always fresh seafood dishes and flavorful dishes of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. With fine wines, world class entertainment and friendly staff, Bella Monte is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
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Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Monte has become one our favorite Dining Destinations! Tony and Chris have done an amazing job of re-creating a classic and expanding the menu to include some fabulous offerings. From traditional Italian fare to seafood, steaks and specialty entreés, (even amazing Pizzas and Roasted Garlic platters), you will certainly find a number of items to choose from. The entire team is professional and excited when you arrive and do everything possible too ensure your visit is phenomenal!

Amanda and Julie are two of the wonderful bartenders that keep the bar happy (with food and beverages) and service the entire restaurant effortlessly. Make a reservation and get ready to be delighted with above and beyond service while enjoying a memorable dining experience!

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VG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandy , our server, was excellent and very attentive. The food was superb. Bella Monte continues to be one of our favorite dining places and we will definitely be back.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Loved our table the waiter and our dinner

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RS
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good
Service better than last time
But aways to go

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RS
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good
Service was very poor

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CB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food, wine selection and superb service!!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cannot say enough about the food and excellent service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Mostly empty on arrival yet seated close next to one of the few other occupied tables, plus loud (even though not close to full), so conversation challenged.

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l
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

New server...several mistakes....very slow

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The garlic and feta appetizer is enough for 4 and excellent. Ive eaten here dozens of tomes and have never been disappointed. The coconut cake is outstanding.

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RF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Special place for ladies lunch. Always enjoy going there.

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KK
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate on the balcony - Walnut crusted chicken was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great staff, food and wine...and deserts!

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in VB! Food was fresh, different and service was great.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! It’s nice to go to a restaurant and get delicious gluten feee food!

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w
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was sketchy although restaurant was not full. When our server was available, he did fine.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner had a fabulous evening

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CU
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways, as always. My choice of restaurants when visiting Norfolk, VA.

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DD
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent anniversary dinner

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PB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Would have loved to see someone playing the piano.

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CR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere. Just had appetizers but they were wonderful. The wine price by the glass seemed high but was very good. Good service!

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JN
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice menu with many choices. Excellent wine selection.

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KB
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time eating here. We enjoyed this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bella Monte is an old Italian restaurant with a youthful twist on their dishes. My wife and arrived around 5:30 and there were already a few tables full. Our server was a wonderful young lady with a very pleasing personality. She presented two entree and two appetizer specials right after taking our drink order...the way it should be done. Let me say that it shows a lot about a restaurant when the server knows the specials instead of reading the specials, and our server knew everything about the specials.

Drinks arrived promptly and were exactly as expected. We order our meals: my wife had one of the specials, broiled Chesapeake Bay Rockfish; and I had a Ribeye steak. We opted out of appetizers, so our entrees arrived in about 20 minutes. Both entrees were perfectly prepared and artistically presented. They both were delicious.

As I said, it is an old restaurant and could do with a facelift, but it was quite acceptable and clean. We shall go back. I suggest you try it.

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l
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Everything came out cold and overcooked. Eggs for Benedicts were hard, very little sauce. Paid too much for so long if a wait.

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H
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent spot with great food. Definitely recommend the scallops.

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PD
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Monte was a great option for a couple of out-of-towners unfamiliar with the area. We were looking for Italian food specifically to carb up for the Shamrock Half-Marathon the next day. The service was prompt and friendly, and the portions were big and delicious. I ordered the smoked pork ragout and it was excellent.

If ever back in Virginia Beach, I'd go back without hesitation.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Bad club music blaring throughout the restaurant and patio. Just okay lasagna for way too much $$. Wine prices were reasonable.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary dinner. The environment was dimly lit which made it feel romantic and private. The server was very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. Prices a bit high for pasta and steaks but it was delicious, so still very much worth it. Loved the wine selection, there’s literally one for every palette. We will definitely be back for special dinners, casual lunches, and are looking forward to trying a Sunday brunch. Also LOVE that they allow pets on the patio as we will be bringing our pup in for some lunch when it gets warmer. Thank you for a lovely experience and dinner!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a fantastic meal and the service is always perfect!!

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R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Lewis is a master! The escargot was magic, the beef was perfectly cooked as were the scallops!

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic night! Incredible (and huge) lamb shank dish perfectly cooked. Server(s) wonderfully attentive.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing in every way! This is by far my new favorite place to eat!

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RI
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The service was good and tge food was excellent. Especially loved the braised lamb shank and coconut cake!

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good time the food is good. The service is not so fast. Nice

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal. Enjoyed our dinner.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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TH
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening. We ate early so it was more quiet than normal (less busy).
We were fortunate to have our favorite waitstaff again tonight. Mandy was terrific.
The four course Valentine's Day meal was worthy of writing home about. Most excellent!

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L
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late to our reservation due to traffic and when I called to inform them, they were very accommodating and told us it would be fine. We arrived 20 min late but they were very friendly and seated us right away. We were greeted promptly by the host, server and even the manager. Wine list was awesome and very reasonably priced. My husband and I came here to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our 13 months old (we didn’t have a babysitter) so I was a bit nervous but the restaurant sat us at a great spot with plenty of space so we be in other people’s way or ruin their romantic night out if our toddler decide to get a little fussy. We chose from their 4 course pre-fixed menu (which they called to let us know about their limited menu a week in advance). We each picked different dishes to try. I had the lobster bisque (which was the best I’ve ever had - it had chunks of lobster in every bite), scallops, salmon and trio truffles (which were to die for)! I am still drooling over the thought of the dessert. My husband had oysters, shrimp, spicy seafood pasta dish and creme brûlée cheesecake. We both agreed that every entree was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. The service was awesome! Our server Mandy was so sweet and very attentive. She checked up on us often and our food came out on a timely manner. The ambiance was very pretty too. We are definitely going to be back!

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