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Bettola

4.7
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702 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 702 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnaS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved Bettola! Can't wait to go back! The Burrata was SO good!

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MPMK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best!!! Food is always great & love how they extended the outdoor patio. A favorite for sure!!!

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vipAllen
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow we were surprised by the food. So good! Definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

In-laws in town

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We had a reservation for two at Bettola for 8:30 pm. It was my boyfriend's first time and I was so excited to bring him there. Sadly, our service was pretty poor. We had two waitresses, neither of whom introduced themselves or gave us any information about the menu. Between the two of them our table was visited a total of 3 times and it was very clear they wanted us in and out. I am super bummed because we had made a reservation and were looking forward to a special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful service and delicious food and wine!

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RebeccaG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Bettola is outstanding. The fresh flavors and effort put into the preparation blows you away. Our evening was spent on the patio space which was really lovely. Service was outstanding and on point with recommendations.

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Delta
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambience on the patio for a nice dinner and wine. Loved the patio lights and fireplace. Happening enough to be fun but not loud and boisterous. And the food was amazing!

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KyleK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Salad was great as was the entrée. Dining room was clean and the server was very helpful. I look forward to eating there again next time we are in Birmingham.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere. We sat outside and it was wonderful

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JohnD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed hanging out with friends at Bettola’s

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JenniferY
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food was fabulous - still dreaming about the okra.

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KendraT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both excellent! Highly recommend the charred okra, truffle pizza, and tiramisu. Loved that the reservation system allowed us to select outside seating.

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vipEHD1
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect place for dinner and drinks!

Large patio allowed for separation of parties. Food was super yummy! Wonderful selection of cocktails, wine and beer. Service was a bit slow but the waiter was nice and apologetic. We will most definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food was good. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to enjoy my time in this place. We sat at the bar and the bar tender didn’t wear a mask, he was trying to talk with us in close proximity and for me was too much. We still in the middle of a Pandemic, I don’t feel comfortable going out yet, however and knowing that the restaurants and the small businesses need us I have been in a few places eating. This was the first time seeing a bar tender with a mask. Also we were close to the screen were they process the payments and a few employees arriving there took the mask off. Bad very bad.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Bettola. Service atmosphere and wine list wonderful. They are doing a great job during this covid time. I encourage you to make a reservation and enjoy!

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MH87
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual!

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LaurenF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bettola was great! We loved sitting outside and enjoyed everything.

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williamjh
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Enjoyed sitting outside on the patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ingredients combined to make for a delicious dining experience. Our 2nd time back in a week and, it was just as good. Service excellent. Be sure to sit at the bar and say “HI” to one of Birmingham’s best bar tenders, Tyler.

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vipDavidS
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience. For the price, some of the best food in Birmingham. Will go back and definitely recommend to others!

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JohnH
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pasta and pizza! As good as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, awesome downtown atmosphere, overall great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was overpriced for what it was. Nothing special and could of prepared the same quality at home. Originally no hostess or anyone to greet us for over 15 minutes. The reservation was messed up on their end - booked for outdoor seating but they did not go by reservations so no outdoor seating left.

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KevinM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience, the outside sitting was nice.

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JulieS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a very good experience with fresh, thoughtfully prepared food, utilizing local ingredients. Our sever was very knowledgeable about the menu and paid just the right amount of attention to us. We sat outside and it was pleasantly comfortable. The tomato salad was outstanding. The grouper was very tasty and fresh. The 4-cheese pasta with homemade sausage had a rich, homemade flavor. Good beer and wine list.

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vipjohnh
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James may be the best chef in Birmingham. The tomato salad was phenomenal. I had the snapper and the accompanying succotash was the best I’ve had.

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PaulP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor meal. Great patio, food and service. Loved the charred okra appetizer.

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MKS08200
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great atmosphere! Love the patio!

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vipJanetT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent socially distanced dining experience out on the patio. Food was excellent as always.

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CourtneyD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing waiter i wish i could remember his name. it was my 22nd birthday & they made my experience very enjoyable! great food, drinks, & atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on the patio was great! Our meal was perfect, everyone wore masks, and we felt safe the whole time. Highly recommend, we will definitely be back soon.

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Jody
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a joy to dine at Bettola. So glad it survived the pandemic when so many great restaurants have closed.

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KaylaO
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! Best italian food I have had in Birmingham by far. Such a nice atmosphere as well!

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LindseyS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good with fun cocktails, great wine and outstanding food.

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CherylK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious at Bettola's. The outdoor seating makes it a place that my husband and I can dine as we try to stay safe during this pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Really good drinks! Service was good. Got the calamari which was overcooked and very fishy tasting. The other appetizer which was a bread and mozzarella dish was really good. Entrees were 2 pasta dishes one of which was incredible, and the other was just okay. Pretty pricey overall for what I would characterize as a mediocre experience. I’d be willing to give it another shot though as I continually hear good things from others, so maybe our experience is an outlier.

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maryc
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were seated outside of the covered area which was fine, but, we did not receive much air flow from the fans that were in the covered area.

The patio is lovely, but, at the end of our meal (luckily) it started to rain. I think perhaps some vines or some type of planting over the pergola could provide some shelter during the rain or perhaps table umbrellas since Bham is known for lots of rain.

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CharlotteG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from scratch! Incredible ambience outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect delicious food great service

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bettola using the Order Online button. Bettola also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 731-6499 ext. 2.

Bettola is rated 4.7 stars by 702 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.