Bettola

4.7
765 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 765 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CullenW
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Burrata is a must order, and they have awesome wine specials

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KarenC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I got the scallops and buccatini and it was droolworthy!!

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AnneH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, great prices, and great atmosphere!!

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CheI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Madison
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 13, 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.

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Bhamfoodie
1 review
Dined on February 12, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 12, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friend’s birthday! Great service and yummy food

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MarieClaire
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 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😍

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Collin
1 review
Dined on February 11, 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.

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vipJlgonzo
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SusanC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 10, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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.

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bhamfoodlove
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and our server, Elvis, was fantastic!

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MattR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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.

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Zeke
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, love the ambiance.

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vipMelissaC
Memphis/West TN
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 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.

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NormaM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 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

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AmyM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Great atmosphere.

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WesleyM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipjohnh
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Birmingham

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LandJ
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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.

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JamesH
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter leaving foe school.

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CaseyN
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. I will definitely be back

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MarshaG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipAndyS
Birmingham
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.

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vipErikaV
Atlanta
9 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.

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vipSusanM
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
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.

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MorganB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PatrickP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAloyisios
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, especially snapper. Very friendly and knowledgeable server.

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vipCalW
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Italian restaurants in Birmingham

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Krisarm3
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnneH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, easy atmosphere, very personal staff!

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vipSusanM
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great night! Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good!

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RichardN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Spacious outdoor seating with wood-burning fireplaces and great service.

FAQs

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

Bettola is rated 4.7 stars by 765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.