Bella Trattoria

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Italian
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bella's been one of my favorite SF spots. I've brought many people here over the years and no one's ever ate a dish they didn't like. This is the one place that does gnocchi right.

DP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quality, Italian food served in a cozy space. Good value.

E
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They've taken over the space next to them and become bigger. For that reason, the six of us didn't feel
squeezed in like we usually do. The food was well prepared. Even the vegan, and the vegetarians at our table partook of the antipasta. Can't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes.

JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella has amazing food and service. This is our favorite neighborhood Italian place and we love to take family and friends there for special occasions and a nice dinner out.

BL
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our dinners at Bella Trattoria. The owner makes you feel like family, and the servers are friendly and welcoming. Many of the servers are Italian which adds to the experience. The food is always great and pasta dishes are fantastic. Portions are large, so we always end up with something to bring home. Really enjoyed the brussels sprouts antipasto with some pancetta. The fettuccine with osso buco was terrific - the meat was incredibly tender and the sauce was flavorful. We splurged and got gelato, including an extra scoop on the house. I hope this restaurant stays as part of the neighborhood dining scene for many more years. It's a treasure.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went there for lunch. Their food are really good, taste like we eat in Italy.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was delicious!

T
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella is fantastic. The decor is comforting and welcoming. The service is excellent and the food is to die for.

If there was one piece of feedback, it would be to re-create the menu so it is a little more readable. I don't remember now if it is the design of the layout, the lettering, or the size of the script that makes it a little challenging, but we both said things like "what does that say?" "does that say sugo?" , etc. Otherwise, we love Bella and have brought or referred many a friend and family.

CS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

When we entered, the waiter was busy talking to the table of folks but I felt our presence should’ve been acknowledged as soon as we walked in. We were standing around for a short while till he came over. But after that, it was fine. No one to greet you and what do you do? We waited for an uncomfortably short while. The food was delicious except the chef could’ve gone lighter on the dressing for the Caesar style salad and the same with the carbonara. Could’ve cut back to half the sauce. There was a funny after taste and not sure what it was from. So that distracted from the enjoyment of the dish. The linguini was cooked just a little too long to where the clams could’ve been smoother. The other dish was a ragu one and that was fine. The bruschetta was delicious as was the table bread that came with the delicious sliced dry tomatoes in oil. The side we ate was much more conducive to holding a conversation. Overall, the dining experience went well.

DD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Well, the evening got off to an inauspicious start when my wife and I showed up about 15 minutes early for our 8:30 reservation. We were "greeted" by a burly/overweight man who informed us that we could NOT be seated until my son was there also DESPITE us being willing to start drinks and order at the reservation time. The place was half full. Not good enough apparently. The we got shuffled to their attached cafe/bar two doors down to wait. When my son got there at 8:45 we were ready to be seated but noooooo...there were no empty tables for 3 although there were empty tables for 2 that we could have used. OK, 15 minutes later we were seated and quickly ordered a salad, appetizer, 2 pastas, and then dessert along with a glass of chianti. Table service was OK, just OK. Before tip, the total came to around $140. To be honest the food was just OK, altho the panna cotta with fresh berries was pretty good, but really below average in toto for SF. Coupled with the shabby treatment by a less than presentable maitre'd, safe to say, I'd rather eat at any hospital cafeteria than go back.

GL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food! Would happily go there again.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere in a "family" restaurant setting with a casual feel Hard to think this is sitting on the corner of Geary and third, but you won't be disappointed. The food is great and so is the wine. Buon Apetito!

MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food, as usual, was very good!

PS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience - started with wonderful complimentary bruschetta - then a wonderful meal and a great dessert. The food and the portions were perfect as well as the service. My husband accidentally left his phone and they found it and we were able to get it back. THANK YOU

KB
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella is always our go to when we come to town or are taking friends/family out in SF. The food is like you’re in your Italian Grandmother’s kitchen-authentic, delicious, made with passion. Gluten free options are fantastic, especially the gnocchi. Burrata appetizer is fantastic, as is the meatball appetizer. If they’ve got lasagna or Osso Buco on special, order them! Service is always great, manager is so personable. Perfect dinner every time!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Since we were in a big group, we were seated in Osteria side of things. It was noisy and wait staff was untrained. Taurus trattoria is much nicer

S
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I really loved the ambience of the restaurant and the service was good. However, I found the food to be expensive for what you got. Also, for anyone with diet restrictions/allergies/celiac etc, there is a note at the bottom of the menu, NOT to request any modifications to the menu. I found that very disappointing and surprising. As a result, there was only one dish I could eat and I left the restaurant hungry.

BG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Bella Trattoria for the great service and great food. We appreciated that our servers were on point when asking if we wanted more wine/water or if everything was ok. Some restaurants ask too early or too late.
All 7 of us especially the (2) birthday girls enjoyed our time there. We'll be back.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place overall was amazing. They sat us in a private little area, the lighting was dim so very romantic. The food was absolutely delicious, I can’t say it enough. The waitress even brought us free desert. This place was more than I expected. We loved it.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and our server was great! Very knowledgeable

MD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was under-cooked - pasta was pretty much raw.
Flavors just seemed a bit off for Italian food but maybe I'm a harsh critic because I'm Italian.
Seemed quite expensive for sub-par food.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere. Thank you for hosting us, Bella!

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Multiple people have suggested we try this place. We finally booked a table last Friday. And there is just nothing good to report. My wife and I travel frequently to Italy, and we make a point to try basically every Italian restaurant in town. From the appetizers to both of our pasta dishes, the execution was simply poor. I had a gnocchi dish and my wife had the carbonara. The flavor, texture, and presentation of everything was just off and bordering on amateurish. In the general area, you have a number of superior options, including Fiorella, Pizzetta 211, and Sociale. Go there instead.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and beautiful ambiance. Great spot for a date night!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Made a reservation at Bella Trattoria and was given a table at the Osteria next door. The two are NOT the same. Very disappointing and the service was amateurish.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wonderful food and amazing service! We didn’t love the table right by the door but it was still a great experience. Would return for sure!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by for a later dinner as we were passing through SF on our way home. Our three kids were with us and I was nervous about the reception we might get. Bella Trattoria was definitely the right place to enjoy a meal for our only night in SF. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The kiddos had a wonderful time and it was a perfect meal to end our trip.

TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such very nice people work there! Make a reservation for sure, since it gets very crowded.

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They never disappoint. I'm a fan of the food and the atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, but the service was extremely slow.

JN
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Trattoria was wonderful! It’s not you’re typical Italian menu, (i.e. spinach gnocchi) but absolutely delicious nonetheless. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and quick. The portions were slightly on the larger size, but make for great leftovers. I would highly recommend this place for someone looking for great Italian food. Definitely returning. And make reservations!!!

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little neighborhood gem! Best Bruschetta in the city!

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service impeccable! Our server Zoe was friendly and had great suggestions about what to order and wine to drink. We will return!

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

MS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pasta dishes and friendly service. Went with my dad, wife, and sons family. Little kids are welcome. Wine list bottles were a bit steep in price but excellent. Awesome bruschetta too.

CT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy- just started out with bread that was out of this world! Reminded me of my great grandmas bread. Then the polenta was the most amazing flavors! I could go on and on, will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. Felt like home.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. I had hanger steak and it melted in my mouth. Others had pasta and they said it was delicious like mine was.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Their pasta is super delicious! Their special of pork shank with fettuccine was great!

TC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is lovely. The staff is great. The food is fantastic. The ambiance is so nice.