Bella Vista

4.7
297 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Bella Vista Restaurant located in the historic north end of boston! We are a family owned and operated restaurant for over 30 years. Come in for lunch or dinner and feel at home with our old school family style cooking. With our big portions and affordable pricing you will never leave hungry.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before Bruins game.. had fried calamari for appetizer and veal cacciatore. Portions were very generous and both items were Cooke perfectly.. All at a super reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal - Tony was amazing. Hands down best restaurant in Boston ❤️

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vipSpunkybrunette54
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quaint little Italian restaurant with excellent service. Be prepared to be entertained by family stories and relishing in the past. You’ll feel like family and the food tastes like nonna made it. A must in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dinner! Restaurant has great ambience and the food was delicious!

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vipallenD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place. Not as glitzy as some of the other places on Hanover street but maybe that’s a good thing-easier to get in. Amazing food. Piccata was the best I’ve ever had. Will definitely go back!

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vippickyeater
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the real thing! Old fashioned Italian. The manicotti is outstanding. Chicken dishes have such tender and well seasoned meat. We loved the service and felt like we were made a part of their family. We will be back!

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vipSeafoodFan
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining here for over 30 years and Bella Vista never fails to delight.

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MARKB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a lovely little restaurant family owned and run. Food was excellent and staff was great.

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lsdinner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast. They made us feel so welcomed. The food was amazing and the service was top shelf. Thanks for a great visit.

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vipRich
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best food on Hanover Street! The service was exceptional with pleasant, friendly, and attentive waitstaff. Wonderful ambiance & a fantastic value compared to the overpriced fare at other nearby restaurants. If I could give it 10 stars I would! I can’t wait to come back next time I’m in Boston.

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PhoenixRising
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the Italian restaurant of memories: opera in the background, classic dishes, and the feeling of family. The pasta is fresh, the sauce is a lovely blend with the taste of ripe tomatoes, and the espresso is fantastic. Is it pretentious? No. Is it delicious? Yes. No photos, because we were enjoying everything so much that we forgot!

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tiara
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff and service!! We love this place!!

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been dining at Bella Vista for over 20 years. I now live across the country, but at least one night each Boston visit is dedicated to the North End and Bella Vista. Their food is always delicious and likely one of the more affordable in the neighborhood. I also love that the same people (servers/hosts) are there to great us. I highly recommend!

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vipSteven
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sold Italian food in the North End.

Family run. Good service and value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing and the food is beyond phenomenal

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vipCUthere
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - friendly and attentive service!

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Tandn
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Waiter was brusque, no eye contact, didn’t ask us if we wanted drinks before our meal. Food was adequate but we didn’t feel welcome.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great , was not to expensive, good date spot

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JimmyV
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. The service was good. The decor was neither here nor there. Nothing remarkable or disappointing. Just there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I visited Boston on a whim and knew we had to find authentic Italian food. We stumbled across Bella Vista and decided to give it a try. We do not regret our decision. The food, service and overall experience was amazing. Every bite of food melted in our mouth, the flavor was out of this world. Not only did we receive our food quick, we didn’t have to touch a thing on our table. Tony made sure that we didn’t need to lift a finger, except for our forks and wine of course. I highly recommend Bella Vista. We will be back the next time we’re in Boston.

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vipNCBH
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience.

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vipJudithA
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Bella Vista in 2 years. Food was exactly as we remembered it. Delicious and fresh, hearty portions for good value. Staff is friendly and unobtrusive, doesn’t rush old friends who like to linger over a glass of wine or cappuccino to catch up since the last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint Italian spot in north end that took off with traditional Italian style salad and concluded with an expresso. Bring your appetite!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant with a true Italian family feel. Service was simply fabulous, food was delicious.

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vipAislinnM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend! Delicious food and fabulous service! A new “go to” for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem, outstanding food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old school Italian, treated like family, excellent food, lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. Old Italian and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my former job I dined here with clients many times over many years at this family owned, North End Boston gem. Their food is always delicious, authentic.
Our group of 5 last evening ran very late getting there but I called and Anthony was more than helpful in moving our reservation. Everyone loved their meal (as I knew they would). They are a beer and wine establishment, so if mixed drinks are a necessity, that may be an issue for some. But if you are looking for excellent Italian at reasonable prices, I recommend Bella Vista.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! I’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best Italian we’ve ever had in the North End…from the bread and oil, antipasto, chicken and eggplant/veal, chicken ziti broccoli, chicken piccata— all top notch! So reasonable too — cannot wait to return! Still full!

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Raymond
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing!!!!

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VincentB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in the North End with a menu offering traditional Italian dishes. It appeared to be a family owned and operated restaurant. Anthony, the owner was very attentive to our needs and the food was delicious.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing, we have been to a lot of places in the north end and so far this has been our favorite even our kids agreed. We will be back, this is our new go to restaurant in the north end.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best dinner, the staff is absolutely wonderful and the food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great table…Thank you Tony for the unforgettable experience

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debraf
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was a bit apprehensive when we arrived and there were no other diners in the restaurant but all fears were erased the minute we started to eat! The food was exceptional! Not the heavily sauced drowning in cheese fare you can see sometimes in the North End. The flavor in every dish came through - from the manicotti to the chicken saltimboca - it all tasted great. Portion sizes were perfect (I hate when you are served a disgustingly large amount to hide that there is no taste - not the case here!). Attentive service without feeling rushed. We will be sure to return!

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vipMEC5
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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TIRRELLS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I selected the restaurant as the first dinner for our anniversary trip to the Boston area. The staff was absolutely incredible at this smaller gem within the North End Little Italy district. They were not only friendly and attentive, they were great ambassadors of Boston, giving my wife and I great advice about the city and all it had to offer.

I can’t say enough about the food, from the antipasto salad to the pasta fagioli, to the breads and entrees. It was evident that everything was made with the care and that only comes from an effort of love in a dynamic not focused on volume.

I don’t take anything away from the other Italian establishments in the North End, but as far as I’m concerned Bella Vista represents the best in the neighborhood.

FAQs

Bella Vista offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 367-4999.

Bella Vista is rated 4.7 stars by 297 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.