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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.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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.
$30 and under
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call David to customize a catering menu to fit your budget as well as your catering needs.
parking can be especially difficult on the weekends we recommend using lyft or uber to enhance your dinning experience.
Muni 38 Geary bus
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
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
Love this neighborhood GEM
I'm so lucky to live near this wonderful restaurant that I think everybody in town should know about. It's more than a neighborhood gem, really. From start to finish, the food and service are beyond compare. The food at this authentic and delicious Italian restaurant can't be beat. Right now they are serving a seasonal dish that is absolutely scrumptious. Its the lightest, most delicious ravioli, paperthin, but full of flavor and butter and filled with a dreamy pumpkin ricotta filling that is mouthwatering topped with a sprinkle of melt in your mouth fried basil, believe it or not >> biscotti, sun-dried tomatoes, a slight sprinkle of Parmesan and something else I can't think of right now as I'm dreaming of this delightful dish.
A beautiful hidden neighborhood gem with a charming interior decor reminding us more of a hip cafe/bistro in France or Italy, not the Inner Richmond!
FOOD: presentation is beautiful. Our carbonara and puttanesca pasta dishes were sublime, neither skimpy nor oversalted. The alligator carpaccio is worth trying with its citrus forward notes. Alligator in general is quite bland, but this place does an outstanding job. The bread however left little to be desired: stale and lifeless. Save your calories for the entrees.
WINE: an all Italian listing with interesting, more obscure wine varietals alongside the more popular ones. A well rounded selection for such a small place.
SERVICE: The restaurant was slammed with a full house and shortstaffed on a Friday night leading to long, long waits for table service. My server forgot my wine order so I had to remind him after he brought our appetizer. We noticed that one couple left after waiting too long for service. We also noticed that the table next to us who arrived after us and who ordered after us were served first. So the front of the house clearly needs more help. Our server was polite, professional and apologetic, but the damage was already done.
CONCLUSION: Prepare for long table waits and awkward but warm, friendly service. Nonetheless, the food is outstanding. We plan to go back on a weeknight, keeping our fingers crossed that the table service kinks diminish.
This place is a lovely find. A real gem.
Grabbed a nice dinner here on our way north. We split a tasty warm spinach salad and a seafood stew. The seafood stew had a yummy tomato-based broth and was full of clams, mussels, bay scallops, shrimp, and squid. We loved it. Lots of bread to sop up the broth. And a on-the-house wanna cotta (very light) for dessert. Service was excellent.
Just went to Bella for the first time and I'll definitely be back. The pasta was very good and they had a lot of by the glass and carafe wine options, which I always appreciate. But the best thing by far was the atmosphere. This is a small room and when we went it was completely full, noisy and lively but not overwhelming. It gave off a welcoming, neighborhood-gathering vibe. Would be a great place to go with friends, as long as you didn't want intimate conversation (it is pretty loud). And I saw at least two birthdays being celebrated, so clearly I'm not the only one who finds it festive. Overall, a good experience with better-than-average pasta and wine.
We ate at Bella Osteria, which serves lunch next door to the Bella Trattoria (same owners). The owner(s) were very friendly when we approached them, and the flavors of this Neapolitan cuisine were excellent. I had the full antipasto and pappardelle with pork ragu, both wonderful and the pasta was clearly fresh. Another in our party had the special breaded pork cutlet, also excellent, and my wife had the alio/olio pasta, very flavorful.
The portions were generous and the hosts gave us a complementary (delicious) panna cotta to round out our meal.
We requested the music be toned down, which our waiter did, and thus we can have a conversation without raising our voices.
Overall, we had an excellent experience and would definitely come here again.
Dining here is always a pleasure. The food is delicious and authentic...like eating in Tuscanny. The service is top- notch. But quiet...let's keep it our little secret...if everyone knew how great Bella is, it would be impossible to get a table.
Feels like they are a growing business but they’re doing all the right things. There are some details like interior design, staff attention to detail, etc that could use some work but maybe that’s a good thing. You can walk in and get a table and have a real metropolitan level meal. What else do you need to know?
Our meal was delicious, and the service was wonderful. There were two of us, and we had two appetizers, two entrees, and a bottle of wine. Appetizers: Bruschetta and Baked Polenta. The Bruschetta was good, the polenta was wonderful. Entrees: I ordered the Arrabbiata, which does not say on the menu that it is squid ink pasta, which I do not care for. When it came out, I gave it a taste, reinforced my dislike of squid ink pasta, and sent it back. My friend ordered the Sorrentina (potato gnocchi), which was delicious, fluffy little pillows of gnocchi, so I just switched my order to that instead. Our waiter was quick and professional in switching the entree, and understanding about the squid ink pasta. Overall it was a lovely evening, we had a very good time, and will definitely be back, esp for the polenta and the gnocchi.
Food was very good, the ambiance is very pleasant, comfortable for a couple or a family. Warm spinach salad was terrific, main courses were good, dessert was great. Server seemed to want to push us, was very fast and almost didn't break stride when he checked on us during meal. We were in and out in less than one hour, which was OK but seemed pretty fast. Very good. The prices of the entrees were reasonable, but everything else (especially wine) was quite pricey.
Bella is a fantastic example of a San Francisco restaurant that manages to flourish and grow for many years. Bella has always served the most delicious meals. There are only a few restaurants in San Francisco that have been able to maintain and extend the quality of food served. We had not been to Bella in a little over a year, having moved to Marin County. We were delightfully pleased that the food may have been better than ever, that the restaurant has actually expanded in a colorful way to the bar next door, and the restaurant was full of happy diners. Really. It was a treat. What a great place!
Dinner with friends. Great selection of starters and entrees. Everything was delicious. Reasonably priced/good value for what you get, not cheap but not outrageous either. Tiramisu was short but to die for. Next time will try the gnocchi and arrabiatta. Parking was a challenge.
Food was very good - caesar salad, spinach gnocchi (super soft), pasta carbonara, pasta with tomato sauce, gelato. The tomato sauce may have been a bit too sweet. Service was fine, although we needed to ask for bread and ask a few times for the check. Nice ambiance. Overall, a good local place since we live in the Richmond district.
I'm rarely so impressed by a meal at a restaurant that I think about the food afterward. But Bella Trattoria Italiana serves that sort of fare. The one dish they have perfected above anywhere else is their gnocchi. It's little billowy fluffs of deliciously complex Italian flavors that both stand out and meld together in a perfection that suggests the sauce is prepared slowly and very carefully. It's been several days and I can't stop thinking about that gnocchi. Plus their wine list is delightful. Throw a dart at the list and choose whatever you hit. You'll be impressed. Even the house wine is better than many other places' top shelf pours.
We've had wonderful family dinners & celebrations here the past 1-1/2 years. Something has changed since April 2017 - must be new ownership, chef and/or business plan. (There's now a lounge/dining room next door.) The waitstaff wasn't as friendly or welcoming. But more importantly, the food changed. We had the polenta appetizer (tasted boiled with an odd after taste), the carbonara (did not look or taste the same, more than the advertised 3 ingredients?), and an average/boring linguini with clam sauce. Bella has lost its charm.
My husband and I had a delicious meal here. We tried to rigatoni dish (with a cream sauce, sausage and peas - I can't remember the menu name), but it was absolutely delicious! My husband had the special lasagna - also great. They treated us with some surprise bruschetta and a light panacotta for dessert. It was a great meal and great experience. We're planning to bring my parents here on their next visit to SF.
Four of us were going there to see/expierence the new annex, but it was not open on Tuesday, and some missed communications as to when it is open. Have gone there since 95 and the food is still great. Service was a little rushed although there was no one waiting.
The wine list was unfamiliar ( Heavy Italian ) and waiter not much of help. Maybe next time bring your own. Corkage $20.00 (not listed on web site nor are the wines which would be helpful before going.)
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