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La Bella Managua

16 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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South American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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La Bella Managua is a restaurant in Toronto, Ontario that specializes in serving Nicaraguan style cuisine. The restaurant features traditional Nicaraguan dishes and is the only restaurant of its kind in the area.

The menu at La Bella Managua features a variety of appetizers, main dishes, pasta, vegetarian options, sides, desserts and kid-friendly options. Appetizer options include the restaurant�s famous ceviche, calamari and the soup of the day. Entr�es at La Bella Managua feature dishes like pollo a la parrilla, carne asada and bisteck encebollado. The restaurant also provides several vegetarian options including tajadas con queso, yucca mixta and bandeja tipica.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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South American, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 913-4227
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jesus Morales
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Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 29, 2014

We had a wonderful dining experience at La Bella Managua. My daughter said the food reminded her of her trip to Ecuador. The plantain was just how it was made in Ecuador and tasted as good. The food is different from the chained restaurants which is loaded with spices and salt. The chef put just enough spice to bring out the natural flavours of the ingredients. We tasted the sweetness of the plantain and sweet potato in the soup with the beef. We loved the bean and rice we asked to substitute the white rice that came with the fish of the day. We were too full for dessert and would definitely try some next time. We are looking forward to our next meal at La Bella Managua soon!

4.0Dined on July 4, 2014

After a half an hour of back and forth, a friend suggests La Bella Managua - a restaurant that had been recommended to him by a co-worker. It was said to be really good and authentic food. And it was. When we arrived, it didn't appear that the experience was going to be all that great. The restaurant was not very busy, and looked maybe at first glance a bit drabby. BUT our server was great, made some great recommendations and we had Great meal. Make sure you try the cerviche and the green fried plantains

5.0Dined on June 28, 2014

The space needs some TLC (flaking paint, crumbling plaster) but the food is amazing.

4.0Dined on June 26, 2014

The décor is deceptive, at first glance you might pass this gem up, but after you get over the dingy appearance, the service and food more than make up for it.

Every dish, I and my friend ordered was tasty and seasoned well and the portion size was phenomenal for the outrageously low pricing.

I had never eaten Nicaraguan Food, but am recommending it and will definitely be back!

4.0Dined on June 20, 2014

Food was great. Service was a bit uneven but well intentioned. All of our food came at the same time so I recommend ordering in stages. Very friendly, easy going environment.

5.0Dined on May 14, 2014

The quality of the food and the portions were both excellent. I hadn't had Nicaraguan food before. The chicken dish and shrimp dishes were both terrific.....flavourful ...seemed very fresh and home- cooked. It's a simple place. No pretenses. The service was particularly attentive and friendly. I would certainly return.

4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

Don't remember if there was any music and the decorations are very, shall we say "tacky". That being said, hawt damn son! The food is OFF THE HOOK.

Very reasonably priced too for the portion size and quality.

5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

this is an excellent place run by charming people

4.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Very happy to have stumbled across La Bella Managua. A great Toronto find - might be one of the best bang for your bucks restaurants in the city. Food is great and the owner, Jesus, is extremely hospitable. Definitely returning.

1.0Dined on February 8, 2014

When you reserve a table you expect that a table will be ready when you arrive. This restaurant had no table reserved and wanted to plunk us in front of the door. Not a great spot in the middle of the winter.

From their reaction when we said we had a reservation it was clear they did not check their open table system.

Not impressed

5.0Dined on September 8, 2013

The fish of the day is a must. Fried whole red snapper comes with avocado salad, plantain and rice.
We also ordered the fried calamari, it was lightly batter and tender. The mix ceviche comes with plantain chips.
I wish they start selling the plantain chips in a bag.

4.0Dined on August 30, 2013

One of Toronto's top Latin restaurants. Great food, great value, very tasty.

3.0Dined on August 8, 2013

Not fancy, but good solid food. Very natural.

My wife had their chicken, and that was definitely the highlight there. You can taste the charcoal grilled goodness in there.

My bisteck steak was ok, but for those that don't like tendons, move on to the Carne Asada.

The size of the mains were enough to fill us, we didn't need more as they came with rice and a side salad as well.

We'd come back if we were looking for something simple and affordable. It's not the fanciest. It'd be better if they had a more extensive bar menu.

3.0Dined on July 17, 2013

Ambiance isn't great, decor leaves something to be desired, but if you want authentic Nicaraguan cuisine this is a good place to go.

4.0Dined on April 10, 2013

I'm always hesitant to tell people about places like this, for fear that word will get out and I'll no longer be able to get a table whenever I want one. The food and service here is always great, the plantains are delicious, and the fish was great too. As a bonus, there's a great bakery around the way that makes ice cream sandwiches, so save a little room if you can!

4.0Dined on December 9, 2012

The food and service was fantastic. The restaurant itself needs a facelift.