Bella Notte

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Welcome to Bella Notte, where our mission is to serve New York City delicious handcrafted food made from the freshest ingredients in a relaxing, joyful atmosphere. We operate a full-service restaurant and bar in Riverdale, where each member of our staff is proud to care for you in a way that will make you feel at home and like a member of the Bella Notte family.
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JF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant is very loud. Music was playing loudly too, we also with for television screens. The hostess was lovely and the staff was lovely, but after they brought us our appetizer salad, it must’ve been at least 45 minutes before they brought us our main dishes, and it turned out that one of them had bacon which I do not think with this thing on the menu, and I am allergic to bacon, so I couldn’t have that.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was attentive without being annoying. The food, especially the stuffed pork chop, was Excellent.

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food. A neighborhood gem. Definitely worth going back.

MM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food in a friendly local spot. Been here several times. Most dishes are excellent. A recent Fettuccini Alfredo dish didn't have a strong enough parmesan cheese flavor for me, but was remedied with (a lot of) added parmesan. Great service. Has several large screen tv's above the bar.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Okay experience - Seems like the restaurant is coming up into its own, slowly... give it a try.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Birthday dinner celebration was great!!

Bella Notte
Responded on November 26, 2019

So happy to hear that you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Best, Sydney Director of Guest Services Bella Notte

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t
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Did not disappoint! Our waiter was very attentive and everything was delicious.

Bella Notte
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you, thblock! We appreciate the positive review and look forward to serving you at Bella Notte again soon. Sincerely, Sydney Director of Guest Services Bella Notte

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P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special but a place to go in Riverdale for an Italian dinner.
I think it’s rude that they expect a credit card to be given for a reservation on Open Table.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was disorganized. I've had better octopus. Mussels were lukewarm but the sauce was hot which was odd. Grilled chicken was too salty for my liking. They're great for take out but I'm not sure if I would ever go back here to dine in.

RM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent , excellent, excellent! A place you can actually enjoy the meal and conversations without being hurried along.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

It was just ok... nothing to brag about... waiter was extremely busy so drinks and food took way too long but I guess that is Mother’s Day for you !!!!

WP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Considering this is a local neighborhood restaurant in Riverdale, this one is quite good. The hostesses and staff were very nice, and one of the chefs came by to say hello. The one minor issue was that my mother didn't want a certain vegetable so they said she could have spinach instead but they brought her broccoli. If they ran out of spinach, it would have been better if they said so when they knew. Other than that, all was good!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new location! Place was clean, food and service were outstanding. There was a constant flow of people coming in with reservations and always a group waiting outside hoping for a table.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A nice neighborhood addition. The food is hearty; best bet is the pastas. Keeping cost down, no veal or steak on the menu.For me the loud recorded jazz music is annoying. It works better for the bar crowd huddled close than for diners trying to hold a conversation. The servers try hard and are affable but are not yet fully in control.

HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Notte was fantastic with my family; each dish was tasty, plentiful and very reasonable priced.
Please keep it up.

Bella Notte
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words, HankC. We look forward to serving you and your family again! Sydney Hoff Director of Guest Experience

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Love their new space and expanded menu and specials. Was always the best restaurant in riverdale. Now it is the very best and outstanding. Delicious delicious delicious.

Bella Notte
Responded on August 15, 2019

Myra, thank you so much for your positive review and thoughtful feedback on our new restaurant. We are thrilled to hear you love the food and we are excited to continue serving new unique and delicious specials each week! We hope to see you soon. Sydney Hoff Director of Guest Experience

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FA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and food variety. I will be back.

Bella Notte
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you, FabianA! We look forward to serving you again soon. Sydney Hoff Director of Guest Experience

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d
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first time at Bella Notte, and we were very impressed. The food was all plated nicely and was quite tasty. The noise level was just right, with background recorded music that still allowed conversation.

f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is a new restaurant and still working on coordination between the kitchen and the wait staff. They will get there. The food, the value are there. They just need to work with getting some of the wait staff to improve their abilities. A definite positive for Riverdale.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks arrived too slowly. Also the martini was not served in a martini glass and was served over ic.
Dinner service was excellent.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great time. they were very accommodating and attentive.

DL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The staff is always helpful and accommodating. They serve gluten-free pasta here, so I was able to get a dish that I could eat. The ambiance is pleasant and the service was friendly. We will be back again many times.

BF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The server was very good.
The service was on the slow side. It seems that they were
not prepared for the "Valentine Day Rush".

KB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it great good nice music and good lighting. Service great. I have already recommended to friends.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I thought the food was mediocre. It's red gravy Italian, which is fine, but it was not very good red-gravy Italian. The ambiance was upscalish, as was the presentation, (and the price), but the food was only so-so.

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a newly reinvented Bella Notte, having moved from another nearby location. THis is a huge improvement. There's bright wonderful ambiance, and a truly alert and helpful staff. The owner's presence adds another element of 'class'...he makes the rounds of the tables to make sure everyone is happy! I've been to this new location twice and have not been disappointment in the food or service. My own complaint is the music level. They're still trying to find a consistent, moderate level. But I personally don't really need to have background music to enjoy my meal. Mostly I just want quiet conversation with whomever I'm with.

HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad for your new dining room, we will back soon in 2019!