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About Bella Saratoga

A romantic Victorian house with intimate indoor and outdoor dining in the heart of Saratoga Village. We feature bountiful portions of award winning pastas, the freshest fish, filet mignon, thin crust pizzas, and deserts with fine wines and cocktails. Stop by for Lunch or weekend Brunch on the way to the Santa Cruz mountains or for dinner before the shows at Villa Montalvo, the Mountain Winery, or the Flint Center. Saratoga, the center of arts and culture, is conveniently located off Highway 85.

14503 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Friday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am,
Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am:
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am -4:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 741-5115

Website:
http://www.bellasaratoga.com/

Entertainment:
We feature live music for Sunday Brunch.

Catering:
We offer catering services and customized menus based on your specific needs. Please call us to discuss.

Private Party Facilities:
We welcome private parties. A private room requires a minimum of 15 guests and same rules as banquets apply. See banquet description.

Private Party Contact:
Clyde / Claudio: (408) 741-5115

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a great facility for special events. Please call to inquire.

Bella Saratoga Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Cozy (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Casual (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
People Watching (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place
Rather overbooked on 2/14 and we had a long week
But staff and owner were great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We've been coming here for years and this is the first time we've been disappointed. It has been our "go to" place for special occasions.

Granted, it was Valentines Day, but the service was slow, at best, e.g., seconds on bread never arrived, our server didn't check if we need anything, etc. A place as nice (and as expensive) as this needs to gear up for the expected crowd, most of whom made reservations, I'm sure. And how do you run out of the fish special by 6:30 pm? Overall, the food was good (as opposed to it normally being great) but the service was poor (as opposed to it normally being excellent).

Since we've come here for so many years, we'll give it another try, but if this happens again, we'll find another "go to" place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Was there for a romantic experience with my lady and not the least disappointed. The wait service was prompt, attentive and friendly. No pretentiousness at all. We have been to this restaurant on numerous occasions and never been anything but satisfied. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great tasting food, excellent service, wonderful ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great! Server was attentive even under very busy conditions?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a problem when we arrived at the restaurant. When we arrived for our Valentine’s dinner...we arrived 10 minutes before our reservation. The hostess told us that we were not on the list & we did not have reservations. I explained that the reservation had been made on Open Table. She said we were not on the list “sorry”. My husband was not happy. Then she asked when the reservation was made? I explained it was Open Table in the morning. She then admitted her list was finalized the night before....so too bad. We don’t have a table. My husband was furious by this time so I told him we could go elsewhere. As we turned the corner from the restaurant my husband was still saying this isn’t right on Valentine’s day. So we went back & Showed the hostess the confirmation email from Open Table. She still said “sorry”. We asked to speak to the manager. They finally got us a table after arguing with the hostesses. They were two young girls. The food was great and saved the evening. This makes us reluctant to use Open Table if a restaurant did not want to honor the reservation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent server delicious food, just a magnificent experience

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·Dined 3 days ago

I asked for lamb chops and was told by Morgan the waitress that since I came early it might be possible. She returned about ten minutes later and said it was not on the menu and I could not get it. I was disappointed that I was mislead about getting what I asked for. I did enjoy the ambience of the restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

In November of last year I crafted a written review that was critical of a few things which were all related to service. I stated that we enjoy our dining experiences there and will continue to do so.
This time we both commented that we did not experience any of the previous issues.
The food was excellent, and the service was above average (not great).
We will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were greeted by Saratoga locals just passing by to say hello to the owner. Love the neighborhood ambience yet a unique spot for dining.
Our favorite is the shrimp appetizer. So tasty and fresh!
Our dinner was served at a relaxed pace, yet the bill was delivered when requested since we were due at an event.
Thanks again for a fantastic meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambiance was superior, the staff was professional, friendly, attentive,courteous. Food was absolutely delicious (Italian,continental,etc). Excellent dining experience. My favorite restaurant without a doubt. Bella Saratoga is “the best” for food, staff, atmosphere, availability & pure enjoyment.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Salads are great!! All three of us had a different type and enjoyed them a lot. It was a warm day and we ate outside. Service was very friendly and attentive. Thumbs up!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was horrible. Waiter seemed more interested in talking to the other waiters than waiting on his table. I mentioned in the open table app that we were celebrating a birthday and mentioned it to the waiter. All requests were ignored. The

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We booked a table here in advance of an event at Villa Montalvo. The old house is a charming venue. The food was excellent and the wine list extensive with a great variety of California and Italian offerings at numerous price points. We will go there again when we have something in the Saratoga area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We thought the meal was pretty average. Service was good overall very nice waiter. The place has so much potential but nothing impressive at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food always great, quaint historic spot in Saratoga with a friendly wait staff!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Came for an anniversary dinner. Service was very nice and attentive and food was amazing. Dinner menu is a lot better than the brunch menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went here for New Year's Eve and were quiet impressed with the food and venue.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food here is extremely overpriced. Brunch dishes are in the $17-$21 range with mostly eggs and pastas, very expensive especially when the quality is so low. My Eggs Saratoga, highly recommended by our waiter as one of the two egg dishes on the menu, was overcooked, with the Canadian bacon dried, the eggs seemed like they had been sitting around wait too long as the runny egg yolks seemed quite dense instead of oozing out when cut into, the toasted croissant was rubbery, and the fried cube potatoes so tough and dried and had no warmth at all. Yet, the dish cost $18, which was an outrageous price for an egg dish, compared to the much more reasonably priced offering just a couple of blocks down at La Me`re Michelle. Also, servers constantly removed plates of people in our party who finished eating faster than some of us, which was quite unacceptable in fine dining service. If Bella Saratoga aspires to charge exorbitant prices for its mediocre food, then it must educate servers never to remove plates from the table until after everyone has finished eating.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wine was tasty and staff was nice and helpful. However the food was plain and average.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

No need to confirm reservation. They were not busy. I did not find the food that good. Could be premade. Not fresh. Ive eaten here for over 20 years. Gotten very pricey for not so great food. But cloth napkins and table cloths were welcome. Old world ambience and outdoor dining available in sunny Ca. One of the few left where one can eat outdoors.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our 2nd Christmas Eve dinner at Bella Saratoga. We chose an early dinner (5PM) since the restaurant really packs in tables to get maximum business. We had no problem finding a parking space. Lots of room at that time. Wine list was medium long. The Zinfindel we chose was was excellent for the amount paid. Little bread triangles with an excellent butter cheese spread was a good beginning. I had the carrot puree soup and my wife the house salad. Service was almost too quick. My main course was boneless spare ribs which seemed more like pot roast. No need for a knife. The meat could easily be cut with a fork, The sauce and the orzo was the best part of the meal. Baby brussel sprouts were cooked just right. My wife had a bone in rib eye steak that was cooked just right. By the time we left, the restaurant had filled up and felt a but cramped. We will be back next year.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was decent, I think my expectations were too high. Service was great, wine was great. We sat on the patio, not our choice on a winter night (Xmas Eve), but it was packed., And we had made a last minute reservation. Turned out to be comfortable with a jacket on and the heaters running. I would give the place another chance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The place has a Victorian look to it, which is nice from the outside, but is oldish looking inside as well. The waiters got the entrees first and the appetizers only after we reminded them again. They also missed the straws with the drinks, even after reminding them. Food was good, but service was not up to the mark.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Restroom not sccessible. That fact was not discoverable through the open table reservation system. Proves once again that one must check with staff by phone before making a reservation. Dining area was accessible.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was the first time I have been to Bella Saratoga in approximately 10 years. It used to be great for lunch or dinner. After our dinner last week, I have no reason to go back, ever. Mediocre service. I could have had a better salad at a fast food place for half the money.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This used to be nicer. We actually got engaged here so we were looking forward to a pre-Christmas dinner. Wine glass was like a tasting...barely 1/4 full for 13.00. Chintzy! I had a so so salad and bruschetta but the bruschetta was so salty I could not eat it....my 20 year old ate it, but he eats anything! Husbands gnocchi with marinara looked like it had sat around before it was served. It was all very so so and I really wanted to like it.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Exceptional restaurant. The service, food, and ambiance were top notch! Even the presentation of each course was beautiful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Overall excellent food and quiet place for nice food n conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service...so so food (the sole was very bland).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

really quite good-- plan to go again as this was 1st time--talented subtle guitarist but music was redundant

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Been going for years and will continue to go back, but like every restaurant they are occasionally off. We experienced that 'off night', at least for us, recently. Mentioned the issues to the manager who was apologetic and willing to make amends. Figured if they don't know, they can't fix it.

Food is consistently above average, portions are generous, staff always pleasant, and are never disappointed we went.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great atmosphere and service! Food always fresh and good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service was good. Value not so good......$100 for modest dinner for 2 with a glass of house wine each.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of our favorites and never disappoints. This time food was excellent, but service was somewhat inattentive after the main meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good for brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We've been to Bella a few times per year for the past decade. It is solidly reliable but not outstanding. This time was different. Sunday evening it is usually quiet and as our family of four arrived at 5PM, it started out that way. By the time we left at 7PM, the occupancy was close to 80%. There were three specials - a halibut in lobster bisque over barley, a black squid ink seafood pasta, and a bone-in ribeye. We had one of each while my wife selected the salmon grilled as healthy as possible. Everyone was delighted with their selections which is unusual for our family. My halibut was delicious and amazingly was not overly salty (my weight the following morning confirmed this). Appetizers were solid - I love the chilled prawns with avocado and pickled onion. If they brought back the hazelnut gelato from 10 years ago, I might be forced to return monthly! Good show... we will be back again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of the worst dining experiences ever! The food was ok but the service was horrendous. Had to continually ask for water, waited a long time for our meal and actually had to find the waiter to get out bill. Terrible.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This time, we returned with our family for brunch. Everyone liked their dishes and the presentation. We loved the Frittata and the fresh fruit. Johnny our server, deserves a commendation -He was very attentive and served us with a great smile all the time. Thank you!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Nice for brunch

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