Ciao Bella

4.6
391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
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
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(219) 322-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service is always exceptional here. Food is flavorful and fresh. I highly recommend this place for family or date dining.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good. Nice selection on the menu and great wine selection. If you like great Italian food, you'll enjoy it.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Air conditioning was not working. So the dining area was closed. We were seated in a side dining room next to a table of eight noisy people. In a small corner table. We should have been notified that the air conditioning was not working and we would be seated in a crowed room.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The food and other aspects were good but the noise was seriously loud and it was not possible to hear table-mates except one sitting next to you.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great food, grilled calamari best ever, salmon special cooked perfectly with an outstanding sauce. Roxy made sure everything was perfect for us even having tables inside and outside; she worked hard. Joe (owner) came to our table to make sure all was well, when he found it was my birthday, he sent a round to the table. Looking forward to our return visit.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Very friendly staff super great dinner had the chicken risotto awesome dessert Jeff was a great server

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was excellent as always!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

A bustling, happy place filled with music (keyboard, accordion) and engaging people. The service was outstanding as the waitress and bus people did their jobs perfectly. The wait was not long (with a reservation) and the food was worth it. Do not expect gourmet level variety or presentation, but if ample quantities of somewhat above average Italian food appeal to you, you should not be disappointed. Note the online menu is slightly different than the one presented at table, but not markedly so. Certainly, this may not be the place for a quiet, romantic dinner as the noise level is high and seating snug, but as a place to fill yourself with good food, listen to lively (and sentimental) music, and elevate your mood, it is difficult to beat.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Came here for my birthday dinner, we all left very happy! Appreciated the free shots and desserts; the owner and the staff did everything to make our evening satisfying. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

One of the best nice restaurants in NW Indiana.

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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!

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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.

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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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awesome place with excellent food.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Outstanding Italian in NW Indiana

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food as always! Friendly, efficient server!

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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.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food, great ambiance

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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!

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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.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food and service was great!

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