Bettola

4.6
529 reviews
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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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C
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 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!

TC
Birmingham
70 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
2 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
Nashville
21 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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bettolla last night for a birthday dinner. Everything was delicious of course! That’s why we picked Bettolla— the meals are delicious, the cocktails and wines excellent, and the experience feels fun and hip. It’s a hopping neighborhood restaurant where you know you’ll eat really well and have a great time.

M
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

food quality was not worth the money, very disappointed

B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful from the ambiance to the food!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my second time to eat at Bettola. I really enjoyed the pork gnocchi. It was delicious! Our server this time was great too! The first time I ate here, the food was good, but the service was terrible. I guess it just depends on the server you get. Overall, it was a good experience.

MP
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a good meal. I did not like that our party of 5 was set in the back where the waiters and service staff come and go. I could see into the work area. These should not be seats in a higher end restaurant. Our early reservation should have allowed for a better seating choice. We walked by at least a dozen plus empty tables.

K
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham. One can get a great pizza, or something more sophisticated which is always great. Great wine list and the waiters are knowledgeable. This is a great value.

AB
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ! Fun atmosphere and our food drinks and appetizers were delicious-

CD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Did not care for the desserts... Entrees were good, pizza was undercooked though...

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I typically love Bettola and I will go back! However this was not my favorite experience. We came after an unexpected rush and our server was preoccupied. They were out of both of the entrees we ordered. Once we got our food the open kitchen burned something and the restaurant filled with smoke. These mishaps combined made for a less than desirable experience that was meant as a celebratory night.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is great. It never disappoints but there is always something with the service. Took over an hour for us to get our food.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bettola is my new favorite place to eat in BHam. We love Highlands, Hot and Hot, Bottega, Chuck’s...but Botella has been great every time.

PC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great charcuterie and cheese selections. Garden fresh salads tastefully presented. Gnocchi that makes you swoon. Attentive yet unobstrusive service that is knowledgeable and friendly. A great place to go!

R
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there was a wonderful night.Waitress was great. Food outstanding and service excellent.Matter of fact made another reservation for July.

KW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were excellent. The wait staff was very helpful in discussing the menu and explaining some of the dishes that were unfamiliar. The tiramisu and chocolate mousse were delicious for dessert. We would definitely go again

MS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wood fired pizza- best in town that i have had. Service excellent, as well

CT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food!!!

C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding as always, and a great value as well.

s
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. My server was so helpful. Great starter salad then nice hot pizza with tomatoes basil and crisp crust. Fresh bread and butter.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This would easily be a 4-5 star review had it no been for the service. Our server seemed overwhelmed and uncoordinated. I don’t really care for bottle presentation, but if you’re going to do it, at least do it correctly. She stabbed herself with the cork screw and then continued to uncork the bottle before eventually realizing that she needed to cover the wound. She later spilled water all over the table and didn’t notice, or if she did she didn’t acknowledge it. The food was great, but I do feel the portions were a little small for the price. This one experience wouldn’t keep me from trying it out again though.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty favors and good side portions. Great for date night!

CD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great!

JB
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had to wait on hostess when we arrived. Entrance to restaurant is awkward. While waiting to get seated you are dodging servers. Service was average at best. Food was very good. Way over priced for what you get. For instance I ordered the fish. Was probably a 3 to 4 ounce portion for $28. It was good but just not a reasonable portion for price. Would probably not return.

JS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As advertised. Fresh products presented in an innovative way. Pizza was great along with delicious salads. Great atmosphere and food. Will return.

D
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shared the snapper entree and heirloom tomato salad. A great combination of flavors and the right amount of food. Excellent service and a good atmosphere.
Highly recommended.

OT
Jacksonville
45 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Appetizers and main dishes all presented at same time.

LA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst service I have ever experienced, me and my boyfriend made reservations and got there at the exact time, we were waiting 40 minutes with just water. No one came to help us, so we just left on our own. I will never return back to this place I will never recommend it to anyone. I am making sure everyone I know will know about this incident. Complete and utter disrespect.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruschetta was amazing with local tomatoes. Gnocchi and scallop risotto were excellent. Wonderful service with great recommendations.

CK
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Susan, was knowledgable and delightful! Great food!

JP
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Haven't been here in a while, and I think things have changed. I ordered a pizza which is my go-to here, since the wood fired oven generally turns out an unbeatable product. If we hadn't been in a hurry to make the theatre, I would have sent it back. The middle was gummy and some of the cheeze wasn't melted. Prior pizzas have been crispy and perfect...not so this one. Companions didn't have a complaint about their food, so I'm hoping my experience was a one-off. Value for $$$ is a little lacking when you don't enjoy what you came there for.
Note: Don't let them seat you in the left side of the restaurant. That's where the open kitchen and the pizza oven are and the smoke/smells will permeate your clothes and hair as well as make your eyes sting.

NH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Manager was super sweet to my little girl and me. Can’t wait yo go back!

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