Bella Trattoria Italiana

4.6
1471 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bella's notorious homemade pasta, cozy & inviting atmosphere and friendly service await you. We feature cusine from Southern Italia- slow cooked sugos, braised meats and various carpaccios.
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San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a salad, I can’t find now on the online menu what he ordered but it was good. He had ginocchi, I ordered the veal with piccata, loved the arugula side dish that was with the entree, infused with capers, and garlic flavor that added to the arugula (slight bitterness :). Restaurant gave us a complimentary dessert, like a white-color flan with slice berries fruits, it was delicious.

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JF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a reservation for 4 and were seated on time. My only comment is that we were seated by the door (although other tables were available) and every time the door opened we were hit with a cold blast of air. Next time I will insist on a table away from the door. By the way, beer and wine only.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Dinner was on valentines. It was my first time here so I didn’t know what to expect. Yelp reviews seems pretty good so decided to dine there for the special day. The ambiance for the night surprised me. I was hoping for some traditional Italian music or romantic style music. Not that big of a deal but noticeably surprising given the day. Service was outstanding. The head server brought samples over on two separate occasions- nice lil surprise for my date and I. The food was good and the pre set menu had a diverse selection. The overall experience was just ok but didn’t quite meet my full expectations given the price point for two people for the night. Would recommend dinning here first prior to committing to a special occasion. I would come again on regular night.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend has a really picky taste but this is by far her most favorite place in the Bay! She loves it! That being said, I love it as well because of the amazing food and date-like ambience.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

When we arrived, the host told us to have a seat at the bar, but when we got there, there were no seats at all at the bar/ no bar service. I would suggest they just say, may we request that you wait at our bar area or place a few seats there. The server seemed a but impatient with us when placing our order, but otherwise great cuisine and nice ambiance.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually excellent food but this time I had the lasagna which was heavy, seemed old and not very hot. It seemed reheated. My friends dish was very good.

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f
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly, laid back while being attentive - the service was great. The ambience was low key and conversation was easy. Some dishes were very good and some were ok.

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Trattoria is my FAVORITE Italian spot in the city, and quite possibly my favorite restaurant in the city. They welcome you in like you are family and have very attentive and kind staff members. Their food is exquisite and their wine selection vast. My partner and I love to go in, and we always leave feeling like we were pampered. We usually see the owner in house encouraging his staff and rolling up his sleeves to help. This is an all around positive, friendly and good vibe environment. Thanks Bella!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and ambience. Perfect for a date night - you can actually have a conversation without having to shout at each other!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Two of the entrees were way too salty. Took forever to get our main courses.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been going to Bella for years and I think it is a fantastic spot for a date, casual dinner or dinner party with friends. The gnocchi is the best in the city in my opinion and the ragu and eggplant parm are not to be missed. Love this little neighborhood spot!

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CB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always a treat to dine at Bella Trattoria Italiana - well prepared, fresh Southern Italian dishes and friendly service. I’ve never been disappointed in any of my many visits. It’s low key and you are never rushed by the staff. Only wish that parking was not so challenging.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, great time

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CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a sea of mediocre Italian options in San Francisco, Bella Trattoria stands alone. If you've never been here, you should give it a try.

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h
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely charming and so cozy. The food is delicious and the staff so helpful and friendly. We come to Bella Trattoria each time we visit San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, lovely service, and fair prices are found at
this neighborhood gen.

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KB
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a gem! The food was outstanding - my husband enjoyed the special that night, lasagna with a beef and pork ragu. Better than his Sicilian mother makes! My daughter had the butternut squash gnocchi which was delicious; I had the potato gnocchi with sausage, and it was incredible as well. We started with roasted brussels sprouts; ended the meal with spumoni and zabaglione. You leave feeling satisfied, but not stuffed, wanting to come back soon. Service is extraordinary as well. Loved everything about it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food. Never disappoints

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AB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful little restaurant that has been here seemingly forever. There are a few restaurants in San Francisco that serve wonderful food and seem to be hidden gems that the “foodie” crowd somehow overlooked, maybe because the portions were to large or there wasn’t enough kale for them.

However, if you want some vey nice traditional Italian food with some nice modern improvements, this is a nice restaurant with reasonable prices, a nice list of Italian wines, and I have no idea why I don’t come here more often. For example, the gnocchi is made with rice flour, so it’s basically gluten free — but that’s not the point. With wheat flour, to get the ultra-soft texture, you’ve got to walk the razor’s edge — one misstep and POW! Potato soup! But with rice flour, you get a really nice soft pillowy consistency to the gnocchi. I mean it’s a tiny bit gummy like all rice products, but only I noticed. In fact two other of my friends declared it the best, softest gnocchi they ever had.

Anyway, the food is wonderful and unpretentious. Plus, if you know Italian, you can practice speaking it with the staff.

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b
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite with a friendly staff that make a welcoming, warm dining experience.

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very attentive staff, a cozy and intimate ambiance. Everything I hoped for.

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Bella. The food is unique to this restaurant only, and we look forward to their specials along with the regular menu. Nice people too. Delisioso!

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NE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My meal was delicious and balanced. I had a mix of organic greens which were perfectly dressed (lightly) and the ricotta cheese tortellini with artichokes, green beans and tomatoes in the sauce. So tasty and just the right size serving. My dessert was the panna cotta topped with fresh, sliced strawberries. Perfect! I left feeling pleasantly satisfied, not that uncomfortable stuffed feeling.
There isn't much ambiance but the meal made up for it. Our server was also good.

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SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food that delivers every time. Everything we had was delicious. Fettuccine Carbonara is wonderful, and so different from most Carbonara dishes.

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S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at Bella Trattoria, and it did not disappoint. I have food allergies, and they were extremely accommodating. To be able to enjoy rich, delicious gnocchi with a gluten allergy - heaven! The service was terrific, the wine list was robust (I had a wonderful rose), and the food was perfection. I definitely will be returning. This is a neighborhood gem.

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KV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really wonderful little restaurant in the Richmond on Geary. Lived here for awhile and never noticed it, but had an excellent meal the other night and glad we found it. I plan on going here a lot in the future. Perfect for a really nice meal at a reasonable price.

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed their Fruita de Mar with squid ink pasta. Wish they would add that back into their menu.

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TH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Trattoria Italiana is great little trattoria. The gnocchi is pillow soft and absolutely wonderful All of their pasta's a obviously freshly home made.

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IJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My wife and I eat here about once every two months and often for birthdays and anniversaries. Good food, great wine list, and overall good value.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've come here a few times over the last few years, it's definitely expensive and there's no prices on the menu really. So when i went there first time i about spit up their fine wine when i received the bill. I was untrained and of course trying to impress a girl. However it is 100% worth it. The ambiance is relaxing, candles come out and the shades are drawn. They perfected the romantic feel from the movies. The food is outstanding and portions arent huge but they are hardy enough and so full of flavor that i left fully satisfied. I could dream about their food, it's an explosion to the senses, huge compliments to the chef. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, their presence never became a hindrance to the experience but only add to this little beauty's glow. I cannot stress how amazing this restaurant is. I'll definitely be coming back there with my significant other, it has become tradition. And don't get it confused with bellas right down the street which is a pizza place.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At Bella you get great service and special food. There’s always something extra that you don’t expect.

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D
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food continues to be of high quality. This was our first time in the Osteria. Service was very quick and friendly.

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j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate space with great food and service.

New Year's Eve dinner here was fabulous. Food was perfect - delicious, creative, fresh. Staff was attentive and engaging. We'll be back next time we're in town.

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PP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant had a pre fix menu which was absolutely not worth the $90 charged per person. It felt like there was no thought put into the menu or the food being prepared and was thrown together hap-haphazardly. Each course got progressively worse with respect to quality. The vegetarian options were quite limited, even though they were nice enough to try to make something specifically vegetarian for us. Furthermore, the waiter would always speak with his face extremely up-close to our face which was quite uncomfortable. I would not recommend this place in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Please please get the Gnocchi, it was amazing.

Service was good, not amazing. A little chaotic.

Overall, great restaurant. Worth a visit.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Limited menu and needs to provide more entree choices.
Need more meat entree for example chicken or veal or beef.
Great service, accommodating and friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Been coming here for two decades and it hasn’t let down one bit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The spaghetti quality is not as good as I had before. But the service is great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and kind staff, delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great home made pasta, good wine list and very cozy

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