Ciao Bella

4.6
382 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Worth the Drive
Ciao Bella (which translates to "hello, beautiful") is a reminder that Italian food can be much more than lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti. "The Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world". "Just good, authentic food made with love and passion. Pair with a beautiful wine and it's wonderful".
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation

Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(219) 322-6800
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent regular meal choices with real Italian flair. Very nice daily specials.Great soups.

Report
Helpful
DM
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was really warm inside. After asking about the air conditioning, finally it began to cool off. I don’t want my servers sweating over my food. Staff was nice and accommodating. Nice place.

Report
Helpful
LA
2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

It was so hot it was hard to enjoy our meal. We were sweating, it should not be like that when you are paying the amount of money you pay to eat here..
It was one of the hotest days of the year and the temp inside the restaurant was the same as outside.

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The restaurant was very warm making it uncomfortable. We had a few problems with the food we ordered, but the waitress was outstanding.

Report
Helpful
JF
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

One of the best nice restaurants in NW Indiana.

Report
Helpful
S
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Wonderful food! The piano player (& accordion) was excellent! He was too loud at times and a perfect level at other times. Our server, Jasmina, was great! We’ll be going back!

Report
Helpful
DS
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Sam was our waiter and handled the service wonderfully. We arrived 1/2 early to get a drink at the bar - but at 6PM on a Friday - there were no empty seats. We enjoyed the energy but the noise level in the room east of the bar is high. Listen for the specials! Salads are also varied and excellent. I think everyone was pleased. The Risotto was different - so make sure you are ready for a large bowl of it. Overall, pleasant experience.

Report
Helpful
JI
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I was blown away by the service. The food was tasty, and authentic. There were plenty of great seats. Definitely coming back. Also loved the only e reservation tool.. genius

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awesome place with excellent food.

Report
Helpful
GP
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food, wine and service are awesome. The only complaint is the noise level is a bit high. If the acoustics could be altered to absorb some of the noise, this restaurant would be perfect!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The bolognese sauce is soooo good! The gnocchi is excellent! The Filet is very good! Just love every dish I have tried!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great wine selections on half price night. Daily specials never disappoint
. Service was very good as usual. We will come back soon.

Report
Helpful
TH
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

I always have a good meal at Ciao Bella. Will be back again.

Report
Helpful
CR
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food and service was wonderful. Came here to celebrate Mother's Day, took the last reservation at 11:15 AM. The restaurant still accommodated our group of 6 even after being 15 minutes late, seated us right away. Dishes were appropriate sized, not too big where you'll have a lot of leftovers like most Italian restaurants. Considering it was Mother's Day, they should have had free mimosas for the females as a "special." They had a special Mother's Day menu, but prices were still the same, no discounts. Food was good, the burrata salad was my favorite. There was no kids menu which was unfortunate, and no pizza offered at the time for brunch so check before going if they have kid friendly options. Overall, I would go back, food was tasty and authentic.

Report
Helpful
OT
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was my birthday. We made reservations and received a confirmation call. Showed up 20 minutes early and waited 40 minutes after reservation to be seated. We talked to the manager after 30 minutes of waiting and received attitude from him and he never checked back again.

Report
Helpful
SH
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I would not go again. I got the risotto di mare in white wine garlic sauce which tasted okay, but was primarily squid and calamari. The squid was improperly cleaned and unfortunately I but down very hard on a beak. I told the waiter, who attempted to convince me it was a part of the tail of the only shrimp in my risotto. My mom had the linguini di mare in the white wine garlic sauce, which had the sauce all in the bottom of the dish and the noodles were tasteless-- it was also primarily calamari, and small clams. We also got the grilled vegetables-- which was primarily peppers rather than vegetables. Overall, I was very disappointed. I got no apology and no discount for the improperly cleaned squid with the beak present.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food is fantastic the service is phenomenal. My wife and I have been going to this restaurant since it opened and it has Yet to let us down.

Report
Helpful
PC
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Good food, good service and reasonably priced. Definitely enjoyable.

Report
Helpful
j
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

great entertainment and the service personnel were very friendly especially for a Saturday night

Report
Helpful
VS
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Everything was just OK. The Salmon I had could have been grilled a little longer. Just not exceptional like it was the last few times I was there. I had reservations yet I still was given a table near one of the main paths to the reception desk. There were plenty of other open tables and no one was waiting at the door for a table.

Report
Helpful
M
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I frequently dine at Ciao Bella and it is always a great experience. The food is wonderful and the service is always prompt. I have taken family and friends alike on many occasions. Love the ambiance!

Report
Helpful
SB
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our dinner at Ciao Bella was delicious. I had the bolognese and my husband had the white fish in lemon caper sauce. Both meals were so delicious that we shared. Our server was beyond excellent and very freindly. We will be back soon.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Outstanding Italian in NW Indiana

Report
Helpful
HF
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It’s always a good experience here! If you’re in the area, you have to try!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

You can always count on a great meal, prepared perfectly!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food as always! Friendly, efficient server!

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We really enjoyed Easter Brunch! The assortment of food was great! There was scrambled eggs, French toast, potatoes & sweet potato, ham, prime rib, tilapia, salmon, chicken, sausage & vegetables, pasta, pasta salads, Ceaser salad, fresh fruit and a dessert table! (I’m probably forgetting a few dishes!)
The serving staff was very tentative.
We did have to wait about 20min for a table even with our party of 4 reservation.
The room that we were sitting in was very cold.
Drinks were not included with the brunch prices.

Report
Helpful
MA
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food, great ambiance

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

When I made the reservation we were seated right by the door (chilling day) while there are plenty of other table we could have sat in. Otherwise great food and service!

Report
Helpful
L
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always a wonderful experience. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Staff very attentive and equally attentive to our children.

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food and service was great!

Report
Helpful
OT
2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had a 6:30 reservation. Arrived at 6:26. We were not seated until 7:00 although other groups of 10, 6 and 2 were seated prior to us even though some of their reservations were at 6:45. Way overbooked tonight. Table we finally were given was against the windows and set up like a head table at a wedding. Very uncomfortable.

Report
Helpful
B
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

WOW! Excellent as always. The service, food, and atmosphere was outstanding.
I wish more restaurants would run like yours. I hope you keep expanding.

Report
Helpful
JH
4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The restaurant is very noisy. The music is loud and it made it hard to hold a conversation. The tables are crammed into the dining space. The young couple at the table next to us had the same problem with it being too noisy. The food is good, service is good. We might go back, but I doubt it.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent service and food. The waiter was very patient with us. We had dinner with a couple we had not seen in 10 years. Very highly recommended

Report
Helpful
B
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday dinner here for my hubby and BFF. Great service, food and ambience. Our server was knowledgeable, efficient and personable as was the rest of the waitstaff. Had 2 daily specials and 2 menu items that are Ciao favorites-all were served very hot and very tasteful, portions adequate. Will definitely return and recommend to others!

Report
Helpful
DM
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Best lunch buffet in NW Indiana. For $10, chicken, pasta, spuds, salad, & meat balls. Very, very good!,

Report
Helpful
P
4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I/we go there for their grilled salmon. Loved the special octopus appetizer for Valentine's Day, the salmon always good, and the pistachio gelato. Good cappucino. Sam was excellent. Happy that they had a bottle of Eruption available because so popular always LOW availability.

Report
Helpful
JM
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As usual, we had a great time and a great meal for Valentines Day. Calamari and salads were superb. Chilean Sea Bass was presented perfectly. We'll be back. Sam was great and knowledgeable on both food and wine.

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The place was great. Loved the vibe. Very comfortable. The hostess could have been a little nicer. But we only had to deal with her for a few minutes. Our server was great!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
10