Bella Trattoria

4.5
1057 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of Downtown, Bella Trattoria features authentic, Northern Italian cuisine. Our menu offers original, classically prepared, traditional recipes from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy! We utilize the highest quality, seasonally fresh ingredients served family style in a comfortable, home-like setting.
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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We've been coming to this restaurant for years, through its incarnations as Acacia (it was very good then), the Peruvian cuisine Reina (meh), and this is the third visit for it as Bella. Unfortunately, we won't return until whatever is the next iteration. This group has three other establishments in Frederick, and one gets the impression they're in the process of doing away with Bella to go to the next chapter, but not letting anyone know. The menu was knocked down to a few basics from what previously had been a rather nice range of offerings. The two pasta dishes we had were tasteless, dry, lacked any visual appeal and were overpriced. The service was disorganized and indifferent. After waiting approximately 20 minutes for the server to take the credit card with the bill and then complaining to the barkeep, we got not a hint of apology from either him or our server once he finally showed up. If you're interested in superb, reasonably priced Italian food with attentive service, drive five minutes north to Rafi's. Bella is a lost cause.

LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!!! Great but small menu. The beet gnocchi is out of this world.

j
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the start of our anniversary weekend. We were actually using a BOGO coupon from Frederick Magazine. Not only were they gracious about the coupon, but they also gave us two free desserts for our anniversary. We felt guilty accepting since we were already getting a great discount. Such great customer appreciation. They noted we have been there before, which was also nice to be remembered. The bolognesi was delicious and the special pasta with peppers and meatballs was also wonderful. We can’t wait to go back. Another BOGO coupon in today’s Frederick magazine. ❤️

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service was excellent. We were well taken care of my all of the staff!

L
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first time at Bella. The service was decent and the food was good-not great. Frederick has become a foodie town over the years with numerous great to fantastic options available. Therefore, expectations are high. The food was good and priced accordingly.

HR
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service! 3rd time. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our meal.

g
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable cuisine, nuanced and product-centered. Service knows what its about and is friendly but never cloying. Prices are what you expect for this level, very fair.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great birthday dinner with family. Great food and one of our favorite spots in downtown Frederick in the outdoor patio in the rear.

FD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was no waiting, which was surprising considering it was Father's Day. We got outdoor patio seating. The weather was delightful and the ambience was perfect.

Our server was great and attentive. We ordered three appetizers and we were impressed by the eggplant cheesecake app. The combination didn't sound right but it was quite tasty. Worth having again.

We ordered two entrees. One was a pollo pasta reina dish which had pasta noodles shaped like a rooster crown. Very creative! The other dish was a customized napkincloth pasta with pesto and scallops. A nice combo.

Definitely worth visiting and not as crowded as other more popular restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good for the most part. Small portions. Dessert left a lot to be desired. Service was awful. Had 7:30 reservations. Restaurant was far from busy. Three plus hours later we left. Slow is an understatement.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Lunch! Everything exceeded expectations. Will definitely return!

SB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at a table right at the window and enjoyed watching The first Saturday activities going on downtown while dining. The food was delicious and the portions were so big we had plenty for lunch the next day. The staff was friendly And even though there was an event going on in the back of the restaurant they were still attentive to what was going on in the front.

PB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great meal at Bella. Reasonably priced wine choices and traditional Italian fare prepared and presented well.

M
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, classy place on a main drag in buzzing, foodie paradise that downtown Frederick has become. We had a very nice table in back near outside patio, quiet enough for easy conversation. Drifty server, young guy who had trouble focusing. Five of us got our entrees piping hot, but one of us had to wait 10 minutes for his chicken parm. They must have been chasing it down Market Street.

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food/drinks! Can’t wait to come back here.

MW
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We started with a glass of wine at the bar and Eric was wonderful . He enthusiastically told us about some of his favorite dishes and made excellent recommendations. The happy hour specials are extensive and a good value. Dinner on the patio was lovely and Nicole was an excellent server. I will be back!

FS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Alfredo pasta should be more seasoned and flavorful and the bread should be free with food

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Compliments to the Chef! And our server Travis! My party and I enjoyed the dinner....

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Most everything was good. Only thing that wasn't quite right was timing. Our warm pasta dish came out almost the same time as our salad. The main entree should have been delayed a little while longer.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We brought my grandmother here for dinner while she was in town visiting. There are a lot of traditional Italian options on the menu, everyone liked their meal. There are not many seafood options. It was rather quiet since we were there for dinner on a Saturday, they didn’t seem too busy. Overall a good experience!

TK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Secluded Terrace patio dining is delightful. The interior is hip it looks out to garden and patio. A definite place to go for a pleasant time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner in downtown Frederick! Best Italian restaurant by far in Frederick and the full experience will not let you down. Prego!!!

P
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This place has amazing food, but our waiter was intrusive and coerced my boyfriend into getting a meal he didn't want to get. The other staff seemed fine, I think we just got a difficult waiter. The portions are very small for how much it costs, so eat before hand or bring some money. The alcholic drinks looked very good, but were also expensive. It's a beautiful place though, a good cheat on your budget and your diet kind of place. Some of the best Italian food I've ever had... And my mother learned to cook from 100% italian grandparents!

PL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, lovely setting, attentive waitstaff; a very enjoyable experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was just so-so. Was expecting better. Minestrone soup was thicker/ more tomato based than you might expect. Spaghetti Pomodoro was dry/ not very saucy. Bread - just okay. Mixed drink from the bar - just okay. Would go back if someone else wanted to go but would typically try somewhere else first.

DT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had reservations and were sat right away. It was so crammed in the we literally had the back of a man up against our chair. But the complaint is really the service. The waiter came to us right away and informed us he would have bread out shortly and we let him know how grateful we were because we were very hungry. He passed by us 3 more times to which we asked about the bread and he told us each time it was coming. After a long wait our food was delivered by another server who we let know that we never got our bread. Halfway through our dinner the bread arrived. I don't think any further explanation is needed as to why the service was rated a 1.

g
Caribbean
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The six of us arrived in different groups due to parking. But they did not ask the first group if they wanted drinks. The second group did not even get offered water. After everyone was there is was pretty obvious we had been overlooked. Finally they took our drink order and food all together. When the starters came out we had not yet even dished them out yet when the entree’s came too. Awful.

The food was fine.

It was partly our fault for not all arriving at once.

But the service was really bad.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuimos para celebrar mi cumpleaños. El mesero Seth fue espectacular... muy amable y atento a nuestras necesidades. La comida estuvo muy rica también. Yo pedí la ternera con gnocchi. Aunque no me gusto el gnocchi mucho, la ternera con pancetta estuvo deliciosa.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I took a friend who was visiting town. It was the last Saturday of restaurant week, so it was pretty busy. The food was great! Because it was later on Saturday night, they had run out of 2 of the appetizers, one of which was my first choice, the other of which was my second, so that was a bit of a bummer. But it spoke highly of the quality of those items, so I took it as a good sign. The appetizer I ended up getting was a buratta with toast points. There was a tomato and red onion salad on top, which I thought overpowered the softness and sweetness of the buratta, so I scraped it all off. It also could have used more balsamic vinegar reduction. But the buratta itself was great! For the entree, I had a seafood cannelloni that was amazing! It was piping hot though, so it took a while before I could actually dig in. Once I did though. It was outstanding. My guest had the crab risotto balls, and he loved them. He also really enjoyed the wild boar ragu over pasta (he practically licked the bowl!). We both enjoyed the dessert as well. Oh, and the cocktails were on point too! I will definitely be going back here to check out the full menu.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, with many choices that went beyond classic red sauce Italian. Nice portions, fresh ideas, attentive service. Only downside was that it was a bit noisy on a crowded Friday night.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

What a terrible job Bella Trattoria did showcasing themselves during Frederick Restaurant week! The place was filled and they were not clearly not prepared to handle a crowd. Our waiter was attentive but seemed overloaded - something was clearly wrong and he made me feel uncomfortable. The meal started out badly as they were out of their calamari appetizer for a 6:30 reservation. The waiter recommended a brushetta appetizer and then came back with a beef salad. When questioned he admitted he described the wrong thing but this salad was what he meant. The salad was supposed to come with a dressing but it was missing as well. My husband ordered a hot sausage sandwich with fries. He got a meatball sub instead and the fries were delivered after he finished the sub. He didn't even bother to send the meatball back as they seemed so backed up in the kitchen. Another member of our party ordered a steak medium rare. It came back medium well. And 2 of us got their signature dish made special for restaurant week and recommended by the waiter- seafood cannelloni. If it had seafood in it, it was hard to find. All I tasted was ricotta cheese - very disappointing! We got gelato for dessert. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't gelato supposed to be smooth, fluid and creamier than ice cream? The gelato we got was hard like ice milk. That experience was definitely not worth what we paid.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Eh. Food was pretty common. There are solid Italian choices downtown. Bella needs to do better if they want to stick around. Service was ok, if a bit confused. Food just didn’t have any personality. If I’m spending $15 or more for pasta, it needs to have some character.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Waiter seemed overloaded.

MM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The cocktails were delicious but the water glasses weren’t refilled during the meal. The crab balls were too salty and the chicken cacciatore was not salty enough and I had to ask for fresh Parmesan. The restaurant was busy and they were clearly understaffed.

HC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with great service and good food.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sorely disappointed. Went there for Restaurant Week and you would think they would be prepared with respect to both service and food. We sat for over an hour after putting in our order before we even got the appetizers. The waiter kept blaming the kitchen over and over to the point that it was so annoying. I asked to speak with the manager and told him the delays were not acceptable. He literally just stood there and stared and me and didn't say a thing. That was bizarre.
BTW - we also saw many tables who ordered after us getting their meals well before we did, so that indicates it may have not been solely the kitchen. Regardless, it's a team effort and everyone is responsible. The sauce for one of the appetizers was like eating pure salt. The group that runs this runs some of our favorite places in Frederick, so we were surprised by how far off this place was. We won't be back.

BF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu here is fresh and exciting; the food never disappoints. Service is excellent. This is my new favorite eatery in downtown Frederick.

h
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here. Immediately seated in the well appointed dining room. Our server, Chase (I think) was extremely attentive. He was new to serving, but very motivated to please and genuinely pleasant. He didn't hover excessively. The super fresh, meaty mussels in garlic butter light and wonderfully NOT too salty broth was delicious. I ordered Gargarelli and my spouse ordered the lasagna bolonaise. Both came to us as generous portions, super hot fresh steaming (NOT microwaved). Nice wine list available. They only serve draft beer, no bottled beer, in case you need to know. Overall excellent experience and we will be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Sat in the back dining room - 2 adults. We had the Ribbon Pasta, spaghetti and meatballs, wine and the Granny Apple desert - just lovely.

Our server, Sefton, was wonderful- very polite, kind, soft spoken in a very nice way and professional. We will be back.

Nice bar in the front area and a nice selection of choices.

SH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food food wonderful salad very reasonably priced. Would definitely revisit

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