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Ristorante Divino, located in Belmont on Ralston one block North of El Camino, offers true regional cuisine of modern Italy. We are open for Lunch Tues-Fri and Dinner Tues-Sun. The knowledgeable staff and incredible food allow for a memorable dining experience. Chef/Owner Vincenzo Cucco's kitchen is born from a love of all that is Italian in both traditional and creative cuisine. From the homemade to the seasonal variety, Cucco's tempered cuisine is considered one of the best in the Bay Area. Divino promises to become a destination restaurant.Ask about our special events and private dining room.
Belmont, CA 94002
Italian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner:Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
El Camino Real
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a limitless menu tailored made for each private off-site event. Only food is provided.
We have a private lot in the back of building. There is a public lot on the side street. Also, street parking is plentiful.
Cal-train to Belmont. Proceed one block North.
Private Party Facilities:
On days that we are closed, we can accommodate up to 60 guests. At other times, we can offer a semi private dining room for up to 30 guests. All private parties will have a prix-fixe menu.
Private Party Contact:
Rosanna Marks: (650) 620-9102
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Divino Ratings and Reviews
We were very disappointed at the very bland food, distracted waiter, loud noise and terrible ambiance. The ceaser salad tasted like mayonnaise on bad lettuce, and the recommended specialty, their pork chop, had no flavor. Linguine with clams was the same! Biggest complaint is that there was no seasoning on the food. Way over priced for portion as well.
We've been going to Divino for over 10 years and always enjoyed this neighborhood gem. Last night was a terrible disappointment and I doubt we'll return. We had to wait 5 min when we entered to be greeted. Although the bar was bustling with people, somehow there was no one to welcome us, confirm our reservation and seat us. This set the tone for the evening.
Our waiter, Danny, was distracted the entire evening, never checked on us to find out if everything was okay. When asked for bread, he forgot and after 2 reminders finally brought it to the table after 15 minutes but did not replace the olive oil bowl. He took well over 10 min to bring fresh cheese to grate for my pasta dish and again, this was after 2 reminders. By that time, I had already eaten much of it. The Divino salad, always a favorite, but last night it amounted to a bunch of salad greens poured from a bag, drenched in dressing, with a few bites of cheese and pecans on top, it lacked the care of presentation that we'd come to expect from Divino.
We brought 2 bottles of very nice wine, the waiter was judgmental since he'd never heard of either winery and gave us a patronizing look. That was on top of the $20 per bottle corkage fee. We expected a corkage fee, although its not stated on the menu, and were surprised for a restaurant in Belmont, that it was $20 a bottle.
The care and attention to detail we've experienced in the past was missing. The owner or chef usually comes out to our table and asks about our experience and meal, last night no one was in sight. We brought another couple with us to introduce them to Divino and were embarrassed afterward since we had talked it up so much.
Food was delicious - from the calimari and the meatballs and the other appetizers to the duck, pork chop, trout, fresh pasta and soup. Service was fun, attentive and informative. Great for our friends to gather and enjoy interesting food. i loved the apple tart with carmel drizzle and ice cream!
We have been going to Divino for years. It is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Carlos, Danny, and Fabio always take good care of us, remembering our favorites and making sure that my order is prepared gluten-free. The Chef Vincenzo's dishes are delicious-- my family's favorites are the spaghetti and meatballs, the gnocchi, the handmade ravioli, and the rosemary lemon chicken. While it isn't always on the menu, Divino's beet salad, with its honey lemon drizzle, is my favorite beet salad anywhere.
Unfortunately, my experience was not the best. It started off with them not finding my Open Table reservation. They attempted to seat us at a makeshift table for two they set up in the middle of the entrance to the dining area. At first we said alright but after a minute with everyone, including waiters, coming by us constantly we got up and said we would wait for a regular table. We ordered pasta as our first course to split. Not only did they bring the wrong pasta, it was very underdone, and very small portions. We sent it back. They brought out the correct pasta and again it was underdone and very small portions. My husband had the veal and I ordered the red snapper special. My husband was happy with his. My fish came out in pieces, rather than a filet, and was covered in a funky, reddish sauce which did not match the description in the menu. I barely ate it. We declined on dessert and espressos and asked for our bill. I guess the waiter knew they had screwed up as, even though we said nothing, they provided us with small glasses of limoncello. I like Divino but service and the food have been spotty this past two years. I would ask that they take more care with the preparation of their food and up their game with service as well. It is a small restaurant and need returning clientele
to stay in business.
We had the butternut soup and the salad of the day, similar to a caprese...excellent.! The caesar salad (lettuce) was a bit limp; but entire salad flavorful and the fish of the day, which was salmon, very good. Dessert: something chocolate and a sorbet was excellent again....and the wine was exceptional! The server was very attentive and he had quite a personality, added to our very pleasant experience!
Dinner with our travel agent. We enjoyed Cesare, Calamari Canellini, Sedanini, Pappardelle, Pollo, Sogliola paired with 2010 Fortis Pine Ridge NV, Martinis, GL Chianti Cutrer Chard, Brunello. Always great food. Our table by the window was quite noisy walls reflected room noise directly upon us. We moved across room to a quieter spot.
This is a very good restaurant owned and operated by Italians, which is a rarity these days. And it shows in the food and service. The night we had dinner there they had a large group that really clogged up the bar for a while, was quite noisy and took away from the whole experience. Likewise that large party clogged up the kitchen and had us waiting quite a while for our food. What was disappointing was the server (and i think part owner) never told us that my entree (Very good pork chop) was going to take a while and should have really guided us to order around the large party. So not five star for those reasons. But really good Italian food, and a nice bar.
Things were ok. The food was adequate, pricing was ok but for the food could have been a bit lower. The service was quite bad. I sat at the table wondering where our wait staff was three or four separate times. Also, they brought our wines to the wrong table on first try. And the entree took a very long time to come out.
Everything was great as usual. I enjoy the gluten free (GF) options and have never had a problem here except this meal. I ordered the quinoa and clams/mussels/shrimp. Should have been GF, however I was sick about 2 hours after I ate dinner. Bummer. I definitely told the waiter, but there must have been a mix up in the kitchen. I will be back because this is an amazing restaurant, but I will emphasize "intolerance to gluten".
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