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Belli Osteria

69 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belli Osteria is a small and cozy restaurant located in the Berkeley area of San Francisco, California. The focus at Belli Osteria is on Italian-inspired dishes that are made fresh using locally sourced ingredients. Its dining room is quaint, allowing for personal service and an intimate touch. Belli is ideal for date nights or small gatherings with friends over the dinner table.

The dinner specials are always decided daily by the chefs, depending on what they could find that particular day from the market and various suppliers. The dishes themselves vary quite a bit, but two staples that guests will often see are the salmon brandade with watercress, caviar and beurre blanc, as well as the pork chop with creamy ricotta polenta, brussel sprouts and chasseur sauce.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Dinner: T-Th 5:30pm-9:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 704-1902
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Oprescu
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Cross street
Between University and Addison
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Parking details
Metered street parking. Multiple parking garages nearby.
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Public transit
Downtown Berkeley BART Station, Multiple AC Transit Bus Lines.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEastBayGuy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2014

We've eaten at Belli Osteria about 8 times so far and will continue to go back because I can honestly say I have never had a dish that didn't delight. Appetizer, first course, second course or desert - all have been spot on and delicious. This last time we had just returned from 3 weeks in Tuscany and the meal was a trip down memory lane. Wonderful. I can highly recommend Belli Osteria!

chaia9 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2014

Their special provenance is squid ink sauce and pasta. But everything at this small gourmet gem is delicious. And the service is always gracious.

Geela (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2014

My friend and I had a wonderful meal before going to Berkeley Rep. Starting with the attentive and personable server, then the delicious appetizers of braised tongue in a rich tomato broth with nicoise olives and salad with walnut paste and cheese artfully spread along the sides of the bowl, through the sublime house-made ravioli filled with beef and marinated tomatoes, and kabocha-based pillowy gnocchi, I savored every moment. The only disappointment was that we had absolutely no room for dessert. And an unexpected treat with our check - our server reminded us of the 10% discount for Berkeley Rep patrons.

viplcsoak (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2014

Casual but not drab. Beautiful setting. Big cloth napkins. GREAT FOOD. All 4 of my friends enjoyed their entrees. I had black pasta ravioli with orange ground salmon. Interesting colors. Not skimpy on the salmon. Place filled up, but we stayed about 1/2 hour after we had eaten without feeling we had to go.

bonnie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2014

4 of us dined there on a Sunday evening. It's a lovely inviting and intimate space. All aspects of dinner from the attentive(not hovering)waiter to the perfectly prepared and presented antipasti, arugula salad, pasta and secundi were outstanding. The recommended wine perfectly complimented the dinner. Great find in downtown Berkeley(close to BART). It is an upscale dining experience not to be missed.

foodiefrmMO (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2014

My friend and I have enjoyed dinner here on several occasions prior to attending Berkeley Rep productions. The location is convenient, the service is good, and the food is outstanding and reasonably priced. The menu options are limited but each one seems to be carefully prepared and tasty.

LBL4food (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

Small place on the go to street in Berkeley (Shattuck), where there are several excellent restaurants (i.e., Comal), but found this place by chance, and while it was noisy and the service not the best, the food was excellent; great homemade pasta. Actually everything we ordered was great. Highly recommended for a great mea.

vipSherbear (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

Dined here before the theatre, and it was packed and noisy. Limited menu. Enjoyed the fish, but portions were small for the money. Good place to go before Berkeley Rep, but I wouldn't make a special trip otherwise.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

My favorite restaurant. Too bad it closed.

Roger (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

This restaurant gets crowded with pre-theater crowd so reservations are a must. Hit it around 7:45 and you should be able to get in. Limited to wine and beer; no bar, but food is great and service, when not slammed with customers, is very good. We are repeat customers and value this gem.

vipBonfire (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2014

Portions were large and the pappardelle with beef was delicious, I ate the whole large portion. Caesar salad was delicious with fried anchovies on top, but maybe a tad too much dressing. Really delicious wine and a delightful quiet Tuesday evening at 7:30pm, excellent service although the main dish took a tad too long, the waitress gave us a a free lemon sorbet which was perfect for after the meal.

vipglad2comment (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2014

Appetizers and salads are wonderful here. Great gazpacho, in particular. Pasta dishes are uneven although definitely ambitious. Gnocchi was leaden heavy, but other pasta dishes have been good. However, it is extremely difficult to get the bill, and then pay within a reasonable amount of time -- even when you have explained that you are going to theater.

chetelodicofare (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

We read the good reviews, but belli was above and beyond their reviews. Service was attentive, menu was creative and taste was extremely flavorful and tasty. Will be back soon.

Kort (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2014

Hard to beat. Exceptionally good food. Service was hooked. Noise: in keeping with current trends (shouting level). Just be quiet and enjoy the food.

JANEL (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

After several exceptional meals at Belli Osteria I was disappointed this time. The salads were excellent, but the main courses not so good. My companions had dense gnocchi and leathery ravioli, though they ate them. I sent my tripe back -- it had a nasty, gamey flavor that its overly peppered sauce failed to disguise -- and ate a second salad.