Bettola

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$30 and under
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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.
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Denver
107 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Lived sitting outside. Wish tables had been closer to fire. Menu limited except for pizzas. Pizza crust a little soggy. Tasted burned. Calamari was soso. Need more pasta options food came pretty quickly but it seemed slow getting drinks.

SB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Always good!

FG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away! From a fellow foodie to you, this place needs to bee on your speed dial.

OT
Jacksonville
59 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good value.

TT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and wonderful as always. Susan is a terrific server, we always love being at her table.

The only thing I have noticed with the new outdoor tables, is that they have very sharp edges on the underside.

It’s easy to get multiple cuts and scrapes if you aren’t careful. I don’t know if there is anything that can be done about it, but that is the only downside!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, although it was quite warm in the restaurant. We were sitting near the oven/cooking area. Unfortunately, that took away from an otherwise wonderful experience.

Bettola
Responded on October 9, 2019

I deeply apologize for the temperature in the restaurant that evening, we've been having problems with our A/C. Please visit us again soon, and we will send complimentary appetizers to your table. Please call 205-731-6499 extension 5 and I will make a note on your reservation. Thank you Jen Lavene General Manager

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MW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was a bit surprised to be seated at the first table just inside the door for a 21st Birthday dinner. Yes, I put the occasion in the notes at reservation. Our waiter was adequate but his appearance was not very professional. He asked us if we wanted to order our entree immediately after we ordered the appetizer which meant he wasn’t aware of the occasion. In fact, he said nothing at all to the birthday girl. We ordered the large charcuterie starter which was delivered to the table with no explanation of how the cheeses and meats we placed. The entrees were fine but nothing to write home about. Long story short; it was just ok.

Bettola
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi Maxann, I deeply apologize for the inconvenience Saturday night. I would like to invite you back to Bettola so we can right your experience. Would you be available for another reservation this weekend? We will take care of all appetizers and desserts. You can make a reservation on open table or call the restaurant. If any problems occur, ask for Jen. Thank You, Jen Lavene General Manager

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt polite service. Gulf fish was sumptuous. The Manager made my visit from out of town very special

Bettola
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the positive review. Safe travels back to New York and we hope to see you again soon! P.S how was the Gnocchi?

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as for our food and experience. The only thing I’d say we noticed was the lady expediting orders that night was a bit loud on the kitchen side. If we return we’d prefer a table on the side that’s not where the kitchen is located. It was great to watch the chefs work, but the expediter was unusually loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. If you are looking for great pasta, this is the place. Good and timely service. Old Fashioned was perfect.

RO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BETTOLA..

James has many reasonably priced and fabulous
enters dishes. The pasta dishes are mostly under 20$.
We love the new Pasta Campainalle which is a zesty pasta
with chicken and pepper sauce. The snapper with risotto is my
favorite. The salads have been rated the best
by many reviewers. We love the tomato salad
and the salad erbe. Betola is still the best buy and best food
in Birmingham. The ambience and outside seating are fabulous.

F
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Had okra, tomatoes salad, and fish on succotash. Delicious! Wine was excellent, although they ran out of rosé. We ate at the bar and had to ask on 2 separate occasions for silverware and napkins. Other than the slower than normal bar service, everything was excellent. We miss Mark at the bar!

WA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a girls night out! We ordered several appetizer items and made a meal out of it. The charcuterie board and tomato pie were the highlights. Great ambiance and excellent customer service.

RO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BETTOLA..

James has many reasonably priced and fabulous
enters dishes. The pasta dishes are mostly under 20$.
We love the new Pasta Campainalle which is a zesty pasta
with chicken and pepper sauce. The salads have been
rated the best by many reviewers. We love the tomato salad
and the salad erbe. Betola is still the best buy and best food
in Birmingham. The ambience and outside seating are fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as usual!

C
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner with family.

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great first time. If you’re out of cucumbers and they’re on the menu in the heirloom salad, run to Publix. Seriously

SB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a minute for them to seat us.. hostess seemed confused. Once we sat- service was great and the food was awesome. Sat outside and new tables/benches... great addition

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

It was super hot - all else good but hard to enjoy the meal or company

J
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant. Consistently great food, great service! one of my favorite restaurants, not just in Birmingham, everywhere!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food great. A/c not working properly.

TS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, the Burrata was to die for and the snapper cooked to perfection. Just wish they still carried those Sicilian wines that pair so well with their menu. An Italian restaurant without a Sicilian wine is like a day without sunshine

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but the seating is very close together

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant ran out of menus. We had one menu between the four of us. We also had to wait a good while before the server greeted us. The server was attentive after he finally made it our table. Otherwise it was a wonderful dinner!

RO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James has many reasonably priced and fabulous
enters dishes. The pasta dishes are mostly under 20$.
We love the new Pasta Campainalle which is a zesty pasta
with chicken and pepper sauce. The salads have been
rated the best by many reviewers. We love the tomato salad
and the salad erbe. Betola is still the best buy and best food
in Birmingham.

CS
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bettola is an excellent restaurant. Except for one visit with a large group, my experience has always yielded good that ranks at least 4 out of 5 and occasionally a certain 5. Service is usually quite good as well.

SL
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a pasta dish and a salad. Both were good. Will definitely go back

A
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed food and service was great ! Food came from kitchen in a timely manner!
Awesome experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was perfect!

C
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Server was kind of surly: she seemed to resent every question and/or request. Never cracked a smile and obviously didn’t want to be there. But food great as always. Large party right behind us was really loud but that’s understandable as there were 10 of them: they had to shout from one end of the table to the other to be heard.

p
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a 5:30 reservation which is perfect for business meeting-not crowded/less noise. Our waiter Trey, was perfect! Guided us through the menu, helped us choose the right entree and checked in us just enough without being intrusive. Our entrees were so delicious-scallops and I had the heirloom tomato salad with grilled fresh snapper.

e
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Birmingham restaurant. Wonderful ambiance, extremely nice, knowledgeable service and delicious, reasonably priced food. None of those $14 two bite plates with snooty servers!

BB
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got reservations for a light meal prior to going to a play. Our server, Nate, was on the spot and kept us on schedule. After reasonably priced drinks, we has nicely done salads and split a pizza. The pizza was tasty and made a light meal for two. The noise level was such that we could easily talk. We certainly would go back, perhaps for a more leisurely meal. Great job!

RO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James has many reasonably priced and fabulous
enters dishes. The pasta dishes are mostly under 20$.
We love the new Pasta Campainalle which is a zesty pasta
with chicken and pepper sauce. The salads have been
rated the best by many reviewers. We love the tomato salad
and the salad erbe. Betola is still the best buy and best food
in Birmingham.

TC
Birmingham
74 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and a fun place to go. Sorry they have no more outside dining however.

Bettola
Responded on August 6, 2019

I apologize for the inconvenience, however we are only doing renovations to our patio. it will be back open August 13th.We hope you will join us for our debut of our brand new patio!

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A
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience at Bettola. The food was great. Our server was attentive and personable. My only critique was it was a little loud so not always easy to hear conversations.

R
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall very good! Service was good only exceptions was other server delivered someone else’s starters but immediately came back to get it because our server knew that was wrong.One in our party changed order and our server just forgot to change it.Food was very good except hangar steak was tough in places.The mistake on order was left with us to eat at no charge.The regular order was served.We were not charged for the mistake.We all overall enjoyed the meal.Very different.Thanks to all who served and prepared our meal.

E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience with Marsha as our waiter. She was very knowledgeable and helpful about making our selections!

GS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dining experience! I could not pronounce many of the names of the dishes but they sure were tasty! The Tiramisu was delish and our drinks were awesome!

A
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good new find for us. The service and food were great. We will be back.

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