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Permanently Closed - Nizza La Bella

3.9
299 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Nizza La Bella is a French restaurant located in Albany, California that specializes in serving wood fired pizzas and French and European comfort food. The restaurant offers a bistro type atmosphere for casual dining.

Nizza La Bella is open for dinner daily and also serves brunch on the weekends. The menu at the restaurant features a vast array of hors d�oeuvres and small plates, entr�es, pastas and wood fired pizzas. House specialties served at Nizza La Bella include steak frites, roasted chicken, bella burger with frites, baked macaroni, spaghetti with Manilla clams and baked macaroni with meatballs. Pizza options at the restaurant include la Lombardi and la Proven�ale.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch/Lunch/ Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00PM Slunch; 3:00 to 5:00 PM Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(510) 526-2552
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eleanor Triboletti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Solano Ave.
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PARKING
Street parking is plentiful during the day and in the evening
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Special events & promotions
July 14th Bastille Day Celebration

Beaujolais Nouveau on the Third Thursday of November

March 17--Nizza La Bella's Birthday--Fun and Our Very Own Tradition:
the Jameson Shot
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Fun, eclectic menu, mussels provencal delicious, even a little European flavor to the atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2016

It's always a pleasure to dine at this unassuming neighborhood restaurant. The food this week was perfectly tasty - the mussel dishes are a favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Hadn't been here in 3 or 4 years. Still remembered the Old Fashioned with mulled fruit and a tempting menu. Each one in our party of four had a dish they thought was the best at the table - satisfying flavors, great drinks, a cozy booth, and pleasant waitstaff. Must come here more often!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2016

It's a good neighborhood restaurant. Drinks were good. Salad Lyonnaise was really tasty. Onion soup was traditional.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Table (booth) was ready on time. Rather unusual menu left with us to take plenty of time to decide - interesting cocktails while we talked and made our decisions. Small menu but great variety of basically Provencale dishes, moules, buoillabaisse, etc. some plates larger than expected, others OK - all quite filling. Small selection of French, Italian wines - OK. Coffee OK, desserts looked fine but we were full. Good service.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2016

A wonderful discovery for us--convenient, not too crowded (we were on the early side), easy parking. Everything we tried was great-- the Salad Delice Aux Cerises with "baby spinach, michigan cherries, toasted walnuts & chevre with cassis vinaigrette," served two. Two of our party of four had the Poulet Fermier Roti Feu De Bois and declared it delicious. I had the Pasta Au Muscles Du Fra Diable, "spaghetti with mussels, spicy pomidoro sauce & fresh basil; served with garlic bruschette, " which I loved. There was enough to take home extras. We were too full to order dessert, but they sounded wonderful, too.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2016

The anchovy- dressed salad was amazing as was the Moules Provençal with aioli and frites. Attentive waitress, relaxed vibe but still classy, a neighborhood gem! Wine options limited but ok.

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2016

We've been coming here for years and talked our friends in Napa into coming down to have a great red wine dinner. The food was not bold as it has always been, and the waiter was noticed by everyone at our table as inattentive and dismissive. For example, he came by, asked how the food was, and as I turned to tell him he was walking away. We won't be back, very sorry to say.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Every dish is carefully designed and executed. Starting with the best French Onion Soup I've ever tasted, followed by one of the best Bouillabaisse, the entire experience was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2016

The wait staff was so nice and helped us celebrate a birthday. The food is always great. If only they had beer on tap!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Always decent bistro food with reasonable prices. Friendly, warm atmosphere, good service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2016

Neighborhood bistro. Casual ambience. Elegant food. Wonderful fire roasted half chicken, steak frites, and pizza's. Superb salads. Consistently good. Good full bar. Excellent French and Italian wine list. What more can you want?

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2016

This used to be a nice friendle neighborhood gem. It's become shabby and careless. The food is okay, the wines are boring. For those who like cocktails there is a full bar, and I hear the mussels are still good. But it just seemed dreary. My Niçoise salad was okay but my friends Lyonnaise had two pieces of frisée and was drowning in dressing. The flat bread is unique but ours was burned and served without apology by our rather surly waiter. With Rendezvous right around the corner I won't go back unless for a quiet drink.

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1.0Dined on March 12, 2016

A few dishes were good, but overall the food was nothing special or just okay. The restaurant was not even half full on a Saturday night when everywhere else was packed. We made a reservation, but we didn't need to. Regardless, they sat us right next to the waiter staff station with only a view of their prep area. The service was efficient, but not at all warm or friendly. Price isn't usually a big concern for us, but this was one time when the meal and the overall experience were not worth the prices. It feels like no one is trying. But, we'll try harder next time to find somewhere else.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2016

We really like this restaurant. Seating is never that comfortable, but we like the neighborhood feel. Cocktails are usually quite nice. We were a party of five originally to be seated in a booth that is just comfortable for four, they added a chair at end of the table at our request but the fifth person would have been half way in to the narrow aisle leading to/ from the busy kitchen...We moved to a front window space in front near door which could be prime real estate!... the owner said the cold air from people coming and going on this very stormy night might bother us. Actually, the problem was the very heavy self-closing door...it would not close because the hardware is not working...so it stayed open blowing over us most of the night. We took dozens of turns getting up, asking people coming in to close the door, and some other diners started helping us...wait staff tried to keep door shut....kind of irritating knowing it is just a matter of maintenance. it is a very cozy room, the owner was right there, never looked back!...ruined it for me..burger was good, great fries, nice wine.....our umbrella got taken. oh well.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2016

We had an egg dish with sausage and potatoes. It was delicious, as was the bread served with it. And they make good coffee served with a nice white cup, and plenty of refills.

Four stars because it was cold, and the booth is uncomfortable. They need to have some heat and some padding and all will be well.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

Wonderful, as always, for an intimate supper. The drinks are 'way too expensive compared to other restaurant bars

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2.0Dined on January 23, 2016

We were a party of 4. I had been there about 2 years ago and had great food and service. We were all disappointed with our food. Pasta was gloppy, tuna salad was supposed to have seared tuna and it was some marinated mess. French onion soup was too hot for too long. Mussel dish had a really thick tomatoes sauce. Waiter did not know menu, said he had to bring starters and main all at the same time, never checked on us, even forgot to bill us for a second bottle of wine, didn't clear dishes. Disappointing experience.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2015

The relaxed feeling of a little corner place in southern France comes over me every time I eat here. Basic bistro food done very well, and a great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Great French salad, fish, bread, and cocktails in a comfortable neighborhood spot near the movies.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2015

Very good food, nice waitstaff, and no real initiative about clearing plates or bringing condiments filling water glasses, whether restaurant is busy or not. Everything was tasty save for my French fries, which were undercooked. Will not go back for brunch. Restaurant was almost empty, on a Sunday, mid-day, and we waited thirty minutes for a sandwich with cheese and tomatoes and a BLT with forgettable, overdone scrambled eggs. Consistently good dinner food, however.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Good food, a pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff and fair prices.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2015

If you`re going to the Albany theatre to see a movie,
Nizza La Bella isvery convenient being just around the corner.
We had the anchovooy salad, their version of a ceasar salad, which was very
good. also had mussels Provencal and boullabaise. Both were
good. And Chocolate mousse for desert.

All in all, a nice local bistro.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Steak was cooked to my likeing. Hamburger bun was a little harder than I like.
The server Eric was good. I would revisit them to try the dinner menu.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

We've been to this restaurant a few times and always enjoyed our meals. We're both chefs running cooking schools and are completely over lukewarm food that looks like its been played-with, thankfully there still exist restaurants like Nizza where the food silliness ends. The menu is solid, the flavors true to this southern France region, and the wood oven is the real thing.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2015

We've eaten at Nizza La Bella numerous times before, but our experience this time was mostly disappointing. The Mussels Provencale were the highlight, and the mixed drink was ok, but the Epinards Niçois lacked the usual sparkle, and the trout entree came with a sauce that detracted from the fish.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2015

varied menu with interesting choices from meat balls & spaghetti to steak with frites asnd mussels, onion soup or salmon. Wines are not spectacular but drinkable and inexpensive. Casual, calm and unpretentious. Enjoyed it with 3 friends.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

I loved the feel of this place. It is Nice not "nice" food, so it is French with a hint or twist of italian as the City of Nice is. The ambiance is a French Bistro. The food was great, the service great and I can't wait to go again.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2015

Delicious! Both my daughter and I each ordered the roast chicken. Wonderful. However we each wished for more salad and less french fries. (-;

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2015

We wanted to try Nizza La Bella because we are fans of Ms. Slomon's pizza cookbook. The pizzas were fine, but there are much better options nearby (esp. Benchmark) for quite a bit less money. The website is a bit out of date, and cocktails are 50% more at the restaurant than what's listed online. Nothing was bad, but the food left us underwhelmed given the cost.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

I had a hard time picking what I'm wanted to eat, because there were so many things on the menu I wanted to try! I ended up with chicken breast that was juicy and delicious. My friend got mac & cheese with a tomato sauce topping. He really liked it. Can't wait to go again!

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2015

The pizza was okay however it hardly had any fennel sausage on it. The chicken breast sandwich was so thin that the it must have been pounded so flat, henceforth, dry and small.
The server was nice and the only staff that they had front of house.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2015

we like nizza la bella for the cocktails, and french bistro feel. Bouillabaisse, and Mussels with frites are our favorites. Desserts are homemade.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2015

As always, we ordered the large bowl of mussels with garlic sauce, and the epinards (spinach). Both were delicious as usual. We also shared one of the four-cheese pizzas - excellent if you like a pizza with a very thin crust.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

consistently good food and good ambience. a reliable neighborhood dining experience.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2015

We have been here many times so we're really surprised at the lack of attention and service. We walked in and no one greeted us so since tables were open we took one. We waited probably 10 minutes or more for someone to acknowledge us and bring menus. Then multiple people finally asked if we wanted water. Reservation was made noting an important birthday but wait staff made no mention of it. Food was fine so no complaints there but we would certainly reconsider for any other special occasion.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2015

When we arrived, the restaurant had not received the confirmation from Open Table. Even though we showed them the confirmation on the cell phone, they had no record of it. We had to wait 35 minutes for a table. We don't know at which end the problem occurred.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The parking is horrible. There is a lot next door which is empty but not open for parking after 6pm. Solly!

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2015

Group of six. Wait staff very nice and obliging, however there were only two (and one was also tending bar) so we sometimes had to wait a while before catching someone's attention. The food is solid and if you like strong flavors you'll love most of the dinner menu choices. I especially recommend the bouillabaisse.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Prior dinner visit in February -- Valentines day was great, albeit crowded at the time and resolved to come back. So expected dinner on New Years Eve would be similar experience. Alas, was disappointed with the food we ordered. Burger with Blue Cheese, Meatball Spaghetti were cold and lacking in depth of flavor. Mussels with Fries and the Manila Clams with Pasta was OK not like last time. Must be an off-day at the kitchen. Hopefully, next time will be better as I prefer these kind of local establishments be the perks/pride of living in Albany.

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