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Bettola, Birmingham, AL

Bettola

4.6
4.6
770 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant located in Birmingham's Lakeview district. Founded by award-winning chef James Lewis, Bettola offers a wonderful array of foods from the Campania region of Italy in a warm and modern setting.

Here, we honor the farm-to-table tradition by using locally sourced meats and produce to bring fresh flavors to each dish. Customer favorites include our gnocchi, pollo pomodoro, and our charcuterie selections. Our signature Neapolitan pizzas start with dough made from scratch using caputo flour flown in from Italy, which is hand-tossed and wood-fired in our authentic brick oven from Naples. We also feature a variety of house-made pastas, roasts, and sautés, and we offer craft cocktails and wines to pair beautifully with each dish.

We’re always pushing the envelope with our creative dishes and drinks at Bettola, and we hope to welcome you in our space soon.

We will try to accommodate reservations made outdoors as best as possible! Times may vary!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 731-6499 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef James Lewis

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    29th St. S

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 770 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CW

    CullenW

    Mississippi

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Burrata is a must order, and they have awesome wine specials
  2. KC

    KarenC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! I got the scallops and buccatini and it was droolworthy!!
  3. GT

    GiuseppeT

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and nice restaurant Really good pizza
  4. AH

    AnneH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great prices, and great atmosphere!!
  5. CI

    CheI

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the fresh, homemade pasta at Bettola. Such a gem in Birmingham!
  6. M

    Madison

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a great time at Bettola for our Valentine's dinner. The food was incredible. I highly recommend the burrata for a starter. The only reason I decided against five stars was because we had originally booked for outside due to Covid. It was explained that this might be cancelled if weather ended up being an issue. It was a cold night, but I didn't receive any cancellation notifications, so we ended up going. I assumed they might have heat lamps. When we got there, we saw that they were not offering outdoor seating. We were told inside was fully booked, but we were welcome to sit at the bar. We did end up going with this option. It was more crowded than I would have liked. I totally understand that this is a pandemic and it's hard to predict weather circumstances of course, but I think I would have appreciated some sort of a heads up before we actually arrived at the restaurant. It would have given us more of a chance to order takeout, go somewhere else, etc. However, the food was excellent, service otherwise was great, so we will definitely be back.
  7. B

    Bhamfoodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Food was over priced with very little flavor. Steak had citrus like flavor and a few potatoes underneath. Which did NOT taste like the type of seasoning that should be on a steak (maybe for fish). The rigatoni bolognese tasted more like Hamburger helper beef stroganoff, and was the color of dumplings with beef on top. No real sauce or seasoning. Did not try the pizza but after our dishes arrived I looked around and that seemed to be everyone else's go to. I ordered ravioli in place of the inedible rigatoni and it was odd and ok. Small raviolis (maybe 5) in a soup like consistency rather than sauce. Would not go back to eat the food. Wine was excellent George's pinot noir was worth every penny. Would go back to drink wine and visit with friends. The staff was great, you could tell they wanted to make your experience good. Fast service, cool atmosphere. They just need to get a new menu.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at Betolla! We took some friends who were visiting and they loved it! The food was awesome and the service was so prompt and friendly!
  9. J

    Josh

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Love the food. Over the top great service. Great cocktails.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first time visiting Bettina. Food was fantastic! I can’t wait to go back and try something new. We were reluctant because we read the noise levels were high and the music was strange. We did not experience that at all. Great atmosphere!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a friend’s birthday! Great service and yummy food
  12. MC

    MarieClaire

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made a reservation the weekend of Valentines Day! When we got there our table was waiting! Our server came right out with a big friendly smile! He suggested a nice bubbly for us that we loved! We had the marinated olives and bread for an appetizer! Very tasty! I ordered Lobster Pasta and it was so delicious and creamy! My husband had snapper topped with herbs and pistachios! Our friend had steak and ravioli that looked amazing!! Our server was top notch and name was Elvis!! Beautiful place and very calm but at same time exciting vibe😍
  13. C

    Collin

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bettola is an amazing dining experience. Everyone from the hostess to the servers were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. My fiancé and I both had pasta dishes and they were phenomenal. Would highly recommend dining here.
  14. J

    Jlgonzo

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic as it always is. I love everything about this place.
  15. SC

    SusanC

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten out very few times in the past year, due to the pandemic. But an out-of-town friend was here this evening and we wanted a good meal with outdoor service. Bettola was perfect - the food has always been terrific, and we felt very safe eating outdoors with our masked server. Great job, Bettola!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was outstanding! Like, crazy delicious. Our server wasn’t overly friendly, but she brought us our food in a timely manner. Maybe she was having a bad night.
  17. b

    bhamfoodlove

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good meal and our server, Elvis, was fantastic!
  18. MR

    MattR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place, we enjoyed it and would go back. Funky menu, salads had a bit too much dressing on them but all in all the food was good and service was exceptional.
  19. Z

    Zeke

    Savannah

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, love the ambiance.
  20. MC

    MelissaC

    Memphis/West TN

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing! The service was great, too. We had two kids under the age of 10 in our party and offered kid friendly options.
  21. NM

    NormaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. And we will def come again. Great atmosphere. The food was great. And the staff is very friendly
  22. AM

    AmyM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Great service. Great atmosphere.
  23. WM

    WesleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our time at Bettola this past Saturday. Great food and the service was excellent.
  24. j

    johnh

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of the best restaurants in Birmingham
  25. LJ

    LandJ

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    not our first time to eat here. have always enjoyed Bettola. our food was fresh and prepared well - if you want a great pasta dish, try the quattro formagi. our server Danielle took great care of us; all staff we met were friendly and helpful. we'll be back.
  26. JH

    JamesH

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughter leaving foe school.
  27. GT

    GiuseppeT

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pizza in Birmingham!!
  28. CN

    CaseyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food. I will definitely be back
  29. MG

    MarshaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious here and the ambience/vibe of the restaurant was perfect for us. So glad we found this little gem
  30. R

    Rusty

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  31. AS

    AndyS

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bettola has the best Italian food in the city. We have lived in several large cities and travel frequently, and it's one of the best restaurants anywhere. It is Italian food as it should be. The recipes are well-imagined and well-executed: drinks, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. We dine there frequently, and never tire of it--possibly because almost everything is put in the wood-fired oven, including some of the pasta dishes like the sugo pomodoro. Recently, our servers--Elvis and Danielle--have been excellent, but if we ever had a complaint in our many visits, it's about new servers. If that happens, just mention it to someone in charge, and they'll make it right. Stuff happens, everywhere. By the way, if you've only been there at lunch, the experience at dinner is very different, with a much fuller drink and food menu. Bettola is not terribly expensive--about 50% - 60% of the price of more expensive and better-known restaurants in town, depending upon what you order and how much you drink. The food is as good, if not better, than almost of those restaurants, and no place in its price range even comes close--that includes many chains, where you could spend more and get only inedible mediocrity. All five members of our family are happy that Bettola has survived the pandemic, and we look forward to many more visits.
  32. EV

    ErikaV

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    I was very happy till I saw one of chefs behind bar talking to a customer with kids with his mark pulled down. He deliberately pulled it down while working on food in the pizza area and was engaging with a family. I was quite surprised.
  33. SM

    SusanM

    Birmingham

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2020

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    We waited almost thirty minutes for someone to serve our table. Then another 20 for a cocktail to arrive. Made our reservation over a month out and we sat by the hall door to the bathroom even though an identical table was open next to ours. Frustrating to say the least!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    menu was “out” of a a lot of items for an early 5:45 reservation. cauliflower app was “out” which is one of my favorites. grouper was substituted for red snapper but portion was much smaller with grouper . Not their best tonight for food . Service was good.
  35. MB

    MorganB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Have never had a bad meal or experience at Bettola.
  36. PP

    PatrickP

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink in relaxed atmosphere. My group enjoyed the carbonara, pomodoro pasta, gnocchi and rigatoni
  37. A

    Aloyisios

    Birmingham

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, especially snapper. Very friendly and knowledgeable server.
  38. CW

    CalW

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best Italian restaurants in Birmingham
  39. K

    Krisarm3

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Lasagna and antipasta for an app, wine and dessert. It was delish
  40. AH

    AnneH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, easy atmosphere, very personal staff!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bettola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 731-6499 ext. 2.

Bettola is rated 4.6 stars by 770 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    29th St. S

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef James Lewis

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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