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About Bella Trattoria Italiana

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.

3854 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 12-4pm; Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5:00pm-9:30 Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm. Sundays 12-9pm.

Cross Street:
3rd Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 221-0305

Website:
http://www.bellatrattoriasf.com/

Catering:
call David to customize a catering menu to fit your budget as well as your catering needs.

Parking Details:
parking can be especially difficult on the weekends we recommend using lyft or uber to enhance your dinning experience.

Public Transit:
Muni 38 Geary bus

Executive Chef:
David Gonzalez

Private Party Facilities:
Bella Trattoria is the Perfect Party Venue for all Your Special Occasions. Our Italian dishes for private parties are served family-style, making them perfect for sharing. Keep us in mind for your next holiday party to a prom dinner, military event and retirement banquet, throwing a great party is what we does best! Holiday Parties-Graduations- Rehearsal Dinner-Wedding Reception-Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, Wedding Reception - Baby Shower -Reunion.

Banquet spaces available for parties sized 12-75 guests. We have three different rooms to accommodate your event.

Private Party Contact:
David Gonzalez: (415) 218-7133

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Bella Trattoria Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Casual (26)
Cozy (22)
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Authentic (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Comfort Food (16)
Romantic (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

I went on Valentine’s day, and the atmosphere was uniquely intimate and felt exclusive. The dining room is small and dark, and the host podium blocked entrance to the dining room until they confirmed our reservation. We were nearly 30 minutes late, but called ahead and the staff were friendly and accommodating.

All of the food was at least very good. I had the beef saltimbocca as a main, and it was spectacular, but I was also impressed with the terra misu for desert. Even the bread was delicious, served simply with olive oil and sun-dried tomato. They were offering a 3 course meal because of the holiday, and even though the menu was small I still felt like I wanted to try more than I could have.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was outstanding--fresh and delicious and all from scratch. Service was great--this will definitely be a place we will visit again!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Went for a date night with my wife. The main restaurant is very nice but if its full and no reservation, they may offer to seat you in the Osteria next door. That is more casual and louder but they will respect your choices if you prefer to wait. I had a reservation which was honored on time and as we liked. The service was excellent, some of the most attentive and kind service I have had from the moment you enter. The wine list was moderate but well thought out with something for everyone's taste and good Italian choices. The prices for the wines were moderately priced and a bit less than they probably could charge in San Francisco. For appetizers we chose the Meatballs and some Olives. The olives were fair and designed to please all tastes. The meatballs were excellent. What stands out is the obvious freshness in ingredients that were used to make the sauce. It reminded me of some of the great sauces I had in the Boston North End. For the mains, I had the Frutt e' Mar which was had the squid ink spaghetti as well as a selection of seafood. Again, the sauce was amazing with very light and fresh ingredients. The calamari was cut small and mixed well with the sauce while the mussels and clams were nicely distributed on the side. The squid ink spaghetti was perfectly al dente and not as salty as I have had in the past which was a welcome surprise. While I would have preferred more mussels and clams, it was a very well balanced and absolutely delicious dish. My wife had the butternut squash gnocchi. The gnocchi came in a broccoli cream sauce that my wife actually preferred over the gnocchi. The sauce, in some ways, overpowered the gnocchi which were better when tasted without the sauce. The sauce itself, with the broccoli, stood out on its own. The desert choices were short but present an opportunity to grow. The tiramisu was good. Loved the experience and we will definitely be back with friends and family!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Pasta was fantastic, as usual. Best gnocchi in SF!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This was our first time at Bella and we will definitely be back! It’s a charming neighborhood Italian restaurant. Nice ambiance, phenomenal service (Zoe), delicious food. We tried many appetizers (favorite - burrata), entrees (favorite - carbonara) and desserts (favorite tiramisu) and not a single complaint from anyone in our family. In addition, they have another room next door with a bar, pool table and a menu for any size group. What a find!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

When we got there we were a bit surprised about the darkness of the restaurant. But we saw that there was light there were we ate, good. We ordered the food and were waiting for it to arrive. To say is we had our boy's night out, chatting away and didn't pay very much attention to the service. So it happened they forgot to serve us the wine we had ordered. It arrived quickly when we mentioned it again to the waiter. Together with the wine and the apologies we got served an extra appetizer of great Italian cold cuts. What a lovely gesture which we really appreciated. The food was very good. We hat the maccarun, the zucca gnocchi and arrabiata spaghetti, we really enjoyed it. Skipping deserts we got offered a delicious sample of panna cotta, another nice gesture. We felt treated very well there that night and I only can recommend this place. Sure, we will be back again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent comfortable place with good Italian comfort food. Superb service. I would go back and recommend to my friends.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our second meal, and some of the dishes were good, but some were just so-so. For appetizers, the salads and brussel sprouts were quite good. One of us had a pasta dish that was undercooked. Another person had the trout, and it was fairly good but swimming in too much butter. The meal was fairly good overall, and the service was excellent, but I'm not sure we'll return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service, lovely staff, helpful with menu and wine list. Incredible gluten free options for my celiac Mom. Delicious...Overall great place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The chef was very attentive and our food was delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The personal service and attention paid to us was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Server was so nice. Delicious and cozy. Will 100% return.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Attentive staff, competitive pricing, great food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had the trout that was overcooked and dry. The spinach on it was good & garlic-y, the Merlot also good. The cappuccino was weak! Weak cappuccino in an Italian restaurant? The waiter seemed rushed and unable to listen. The bus person was a far greater alternative for requests.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Really good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I love Bella. I've been there several times, and it's consistently high quality. Someday I'll try something else, but so far I've never been able to get farther than their pastas, which are some of the best I've ever had. Last week I had the maccarune, which was hearty, slightly spicy and perfect for a dismal winter night. My vegetarian partner always has multiple interesting pasta options, which we greatly appreciate. The portions are generous, but we always leave without leftovers because they are so darn good we can't stop eating. My one small niggle is with their bread, which I find a bit too soft and squishy to stand beside the hearty pasta.

One of the best features about Bella, besides the food, is how they manage to make a small, pretty standard San Francisco restaurant room feel like a romantic getaway. Judicious use of lighting, candles, and closed shutters give the place a mysterious feel, making me forget the obnoxiously busy intersection of 3rd and Geary is just steps away. It's always busy, but somehow secluded. A Friday night plate of pasta at Bella feels like an event. Good job!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Saw it on check please and it is a warm friendly place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Free dessert! Wow!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was my second time going to Bella. Love it the first loving it even more the second time
The restaurant treated us with appetizers and dessert wine. It was lovely. Great music and great food
Will definitely go back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Both food and service were amazing!! The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service, ambiance, and food are excellent!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Bella has always been a reliable go-to neighborhood place, but they seem to have stepped up their game, possibly in connection with taking over the space next door which, though very awkward feeling, is well worth a visit, since it has roughly the same menu, with the welcome addition of a burger and a TV set to whatever sports are on. So you get to choose--Italian gastro/pub or trattoria, and you won't go wrong either way.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This restaurant is so popular that the service has slipped, for example, after the entree, the table wasn't removed of crumbs when the dessert menu was plonked on the dirty table. Of course this negative can be easily corrected. On the whole, I would recommend this trattoria to friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a very early dinner with our 5 year old in tow. Ordered two appetizers and two entrees and everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. First, Risotto stuffed w mozzarella and Brussels sprouts. Brussels were fantastic! Then carbonara and the rigatoni w sausage and red cream sauce. They were both great. My son even loved the carbonara as well as their bread w olive oil. Very good service overall!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I have a gluten allergy. When doing internet research, I came upon this restaurant. As I live out of town, I wanted to call to ensure they do have gf menu items and work to prevent cross-contamination. I called twice, no answer either time. The second time I left a message with my number and the reason for my call. It's three days later and I still haven't received a call back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Having booked the New Years Eve Menu for 6 people at 8.30pm we arrived in good time and asked to go wait in the bar down the road, they would come and get us. No-one arrived, so when we walked back in, the restaurant was full and we were led into the bar area. The menu that we had booked wasnt available so we were given the general menu. Whilst the food was good, we just felt that they had overbooked and we were an after thought. Not the best experience to enjoy New Years Eve in San Fran.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was new years to be fair, but the place had non-existent waiters who forgot who ordered what and took FOREVER to take our order. I would say, go during the week but not on a busy night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent Italian food in the Inner Richmond district of SF. Very friendly management and staff, a nice wine list and reasonable prices by San Francisco restaurant standards. They even gave us a complimentary panacotta dessert. Our only complaint is that it is so dark inside that it is like eating by candlelight in a cave. Many diners, including us, were forced to use their cell phone lights to read the menu, see what was being served, etc. Not sure why they feel compelled to keep the place so dark but it is the only reason we would hesitate to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great fresh pastas, veg and seafood. Good Italian wine list and responsive friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Please make aware that for lunch reservations it’s located next door to the restaurant - the bar area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Bella's is a very nice restaurant. I went for the Hanger Steak (I remembered how wonderful it was before) but I was a little disappointed this time. It was a little tougher but still with a good taste.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great, romantic place with amazing food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food; great service! Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. I’ll definitely be back again!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The home-made pasta was great. The sauces are tasty. The pork ragu in the pepperdelle I ordered was phenomenal.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everyone who works here is really friendly and warm. Great service without being intrusive.
The food was fabulous- we had a large range of options- all 4 of us getting different things and all were perfect. Lovely wine options and the waiter made a great mid-price range selection of what would be good with out dinners

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything was great other than waiting 20 minutes to be seated when we had a reservation

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very good food, been going here for years and has never failed to impress.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A nice place to meet a friend or two and have good Italian food, especially pasta. Wines very good but slightly overpriced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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