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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for a Date (16)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Casual (12)
Romantic (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
People Watching (5)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Live Music (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

We always have such a lovely time at Bella Saratoga. The ambiance is lovely and the chef's creations are superb! Highly recommend the short ribs!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I made a reservation at this eatery for a Sunday brunch online and the website did not disclose that there were no Sunday hours prior to 5 pm. Wanted to try it out wasn't able to. The Wolf restaurant was very good though and right up the street, as was Dukes bar and grill. Stopped in at both good chicken wings, service, and entrees. i had heard good things about bellas was disappointed that the website did not have the correct information.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

A cosy restaurant with friendly staff and food worth every penny. I took the steak and it was done perfectly. My date got the seafood fettuccine and it just filled the tastebuds and soul with love :) highly recommended!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Got there early, but somehow managed not to get good service even before they got busy.

My husband ordered a 2nd beer which never came... finally our server realized and delivered the long awaited beer, but when the bill came, we were charged for 3 beers!!

Everyone around us was being offered a bread basket, but we were skipped until I pointed it out to our server. We told him it was too late to bring one, but about 3 minutes later the bus boy slammed down the bread basket in front of us...

Food was just ok. Salmon was farmed and tasty slightly "fishy" so not great value for money. Husband liked his dish though.

Won't rush back here... it's probably really nice in the summer when it's warm out as most of the seating is outside, but there are too many great Italian restaurants for me to rush back here...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Delicious Lasagna.......and my husband said his Salmon was great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Five art friends had dinner together around 6:30 p.m. after viewing an artists' reception down the street. Our waiter was cordial and efficient albeit our bread came just before our main entrees. Our wines were delicious as was our meals; the salmon, saltimbocca, and steak entrees were excellent. The restaurant was quiet for conversation but it was early on a Saturday night and I would imagine the restaurant could get exceptionally loud ("energetic") when filled with customers - there is nothing to cushion the sound bouncing off the walls. Gone are the days with carpeting in restaurants that would muffle the sound of conversations. We will return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

A special place for celebrations or romantic lunch/dinner. The staff were wonderful, we had a group of 8 and were not pushed to hurry as we visited. Will return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We came to Bella Saratoga for my birthday last Friday since the last time I was there in 2014 I was amazed by their homemade linguine and clams. We arrived 15 min earlier than our reservation and were seated upstairs by ourselves. It seemed cozy, but we may have been seated there due to our two boys, ages 5 and 8. I had my reservations regarding taking them, but it was a family event. As it was, the room filled up quickly, with a neighboring table with a couple noisy girls along with their tolerant parents. We ordered the appetizers and entrees quickly, but although the appetizers came in a timely manner, our entrees did not. My linguine with clams was cold and the noodles dry, not like the amazing one I had last time. My husband did enjoy the tuna special, although also cold. The table with more people next to us was served their entrees faster and then given the bill faster. We had to wait longer for service, then ordered coffee, and the bill arrived before we even had our coffee. It was very strange to get the bill, with the coffees charged, without even receiving them yet. We payed, received our coffee after, and then our server never even acknowledged my birthday.
Since I went out of my way to go to this restaurant in Satatoga on and for my birthday, I was thoroughly disappointed.
I will not spend my time going there or my money on Bella Saratoga again.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We dine at Bella Saratoga often. The service is always good, the food is very good and
the decor and atmosphere is outstanding. The men who operate this delightful place
were quite nice this time, as always. They do have a nice wine list and handle the wine
service with aplomb.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

To be fair, we never really ate here. We tried. We wanted to have brunch with some friends in Saratoga and our hotel recommended this place. We made a reservation for 11AM and showed up at 10:55. The place was closed and we were told to return later. We went down the street for coffee and sat for a few moments... at which point someone from Bella Saratoga called us to say we were "late for our reservation". We strolled back, only to be told the same thing by the gentleman who greeted us (who was, incidentally, the same gentleman who had told us 15 minutes earlier that they weren't open yet). There was nobody else in the restaurant, so I found it a bit surprising that being "late" for our reservation was such a big deal. Anyway, we were seated at a lovely table outside and then told that they did NOT have a brunch menu, only lunch. SIGH.
Then the fun with the menu began. Two of us ordered mimosas. Two glasses of champagne showed up with some orange in the bottom... .they were out of orange juice. Okay. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich. They were out of chicken salad. My husband ordered soup... guess what? The soup wasn't ready yet.
By this time I was well and truly fed up. We told the gentleman that we really wanted breakfast, thanks so much we would go in search of it.... and a bill for the 2 "mimosas" and the one cold coffee showed up.

Perhaps it's a great restaurant. I'll never find out.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We had a great time dining at Bella Saratoga. We shared their lasagna and grilled salmon entrees and both were wonderful. The restaurant is in a restored older home in the middle of old town Saratoga and offers inside and outside dining. We loved everything about our experience from the pleasant staff to the delicious meals.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines night.

Attentive staff, but not to overbearing

Food was wonderful.

For our first night out without the kids in many months, this was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My lady and I had a great tasting Valentine's Day here. We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

A bit of a Saratoga institution. Service usually good sometimes excellent. Food can vary but can be very good. My last visit the food and service were very very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We enjoy the meal we get and even though we consider it a little expensive we always go back. We typically go for special occasions such as anniversary, birthdays, and special occasions.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Atmosphere comfortable, good food and service. Old world charm in the middle of Saratoga village.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Menu had a large selection of food. We ordered chicken and prawns(which only came with two prawns) and pork chops(on the dry side) Food was okay, not a lot of flavor. Would order something different if I return. Service was slow but we were there on a busy Saturday night. Restaurant is located in beautiful downtown Saratoga.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Service was very slow and waiter did not acknowledge us for over 10 minutes and it was not busy. Food was very good. Service was way too slow. It was sad because we had our first date there many years ago when it was a great place to go out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The service was so incredibly poor that it ruined our celebratory mood. We were seated upstairs, which seemed to be sort of forgotten space. We had to request that our water be refilled several times (granted we were there for two hours), request utensils and waited over an hour for our food to arrive after our appetizers even though we ordered our drinks, appetizers and entrees at the onset of the evening. The waiter was not apologetic but rather defensive. When I said the wait had been too long. He said, "You got caught between two large parties. Just the nature of the business." As a business owner myself, I would know how to plan for these scenarios and never dismiss my customer's concerns.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Great place to eat before a concert at Mountain Winery or Montalvo.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Hostess was very unfriendly
we were going to leave due to menu , The waitress was awesome was able to accommodated the menu with us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We have eaten here several times over the years. We now live out of town but when we come back to Saratoga we always make sure we have lunch or dinner at Bella Saratoga during our visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Had lunch with friends, purposefully late, on a rainy weekday. Service and food excellent, especially desserts! We were there almost two hours and never felt rushed, as with many restaurants in the U.S., which I really appreciated. My first time here, very charming with wonderful outdoor dining possibilities on a nice sunny day. I will definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Organic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Always enjoy Bella Saratoga. Good food, good service. To us a quiet place is a delight. Many places you can't hear yourself talk. Charming - it's in an old repurposed home.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We loved this place! Went for a meal before a show at Villa Montalvo which is less than 10 minutes away. Bartender made me a fantastic pomegranate mojito (not on menu) with fresh pomegranate seeds--delicious. The shrimp, scallop, and mushroom pasta was fantastic, a light cream sauce. Will definitely return when next in or near Saratoga.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

This was my second time going to Bella Saratoga. The first time the service was awesome and the food outstanding. This time the service was slow and my food was good (not great). My husband however loved his ravioli. We will definitely go back, but not before a show again when we don't have time to linger.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Ate a lunch at Bella Saratoga a month ago and had a wonderful dining experience. Decided to go back for New Year's dinner. A very different experience. The service was very slow (it was crowded) and the food quality was spotty. Two of us had the halibut which we both thought was "very" dry. The salad I had wasn't nearly as fresh as the one I had for lunch and the calamari appetizer was lacking. My wife did enjoy her pasta dinner. All of us felt it was a disappointing mediocre dining experience at best.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Had some people visit from overseas and wanted a special new years eve dinner. It was a cold evening and the seating was outside covered with heaters . Our table was so cold that when the food came it became cold within minutes. Complained but was told - well we are very busy... Told them this was a disaster and the entire evening as spoiled with too cold seating a too cold food. Was told after the dinner we can move you and give you free desserts. The food was spoiled we were cold and they offered us free dessert. What a joke! I have been to many "nice" restaurants and even if the service was bad they always offered something special. Bella did not...
How was the food? Well difficult to tell as it was to cold! Any restaurant with this type of customer focus I would not recommend even to my enemies... Stay away!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We were seated within 5-10 minutes of arriving to the restaurant, and the hostess sat us at the table we requested, by the window. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Wait staff very attentive to our needs. Prompt service and nice atmosphere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Classic Italian restaurant with terrific menu and staff. Always a good dinner and evening.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

I have long been a fan of Bella Saratoga since living in Saratoga. It never disappoints. Took a friend to the restaurant on Xmas Eve and he could not stop raving about the food, bread, meal.
Thanks Bella Saratoga for maintaining such consistent quality food. Nice service as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at Bella Saratoga for the first time. We were seated promptly in the dining room which is the old front room of a very old Victorian house. Our table was the reason for the 3 stars on Ambience the tables were packed VERY close to each other. And, of course, there were a couple of large gentlemen seated next to us at a table for four with their backs to us. We had a fairly strong feeling that our personal space was being encroached upon. Fortunately they were just finishing their dinner so we didn't have that feeling for long. We had a good waiter who was prompt and got our wine while we finished deciding on what to eat. I ordered the Carrot Soup and Veal Picata. My wife ordered Buffalo Salad that had Arugula, Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, and other condiments and for the main course a Pasta Dish with Shrimp, Scallops, Mushrooms and a White Sauce. All dishes were excellently prepared with just the right seasoning. No room for dessert. We both agreed we would return her often and again next Christmas Eve.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Bella Saratoga has become our favorite place to eat, ever!!! Esam and everyone else treats us as family. A must for anyone in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Outdoor patio was very cold

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

The service was awful...so slow...not attentive at all...we had to ask twice for butter. The food was just so-so...something like you would make at home...not special at all...the pasta sauce was so thick it just tasted like tomato sauce out of a can.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Good solid meal--good serving size, tasty, no surprises. Service attentive but not intrusive. We'll go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2016

I enjoyed the food and service, but eating outside is a problem with flies. Otherwise I enjoyed my meal.

Lori M

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Lovely, fine Italian dining with a full bar, and lots of Italian wine choices. They serve great food that relies on high quality ingredients in uncomplicated dishes.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

This is one of our favorite places. The employees are always very friendly and happy. The food is always good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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