Bella Vista

4.6
323 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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dond
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of ten. everything we ordered was perfect. Every meal was served piping hot and cooked to perfection. Our entire group enjoyed our night out.

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AnnY
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with family before a bruins game. Food was excellent, large portions, reasonable price. Staff friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing night and were so grateful for the tremendous hospitality, ambiance, and delicious food.

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Kelli
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very attentive
Food was delicious
Price wasn’t to bad

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vipBrianW
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere

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SandraM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Ambiance was perfect!

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Marym
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had Christmas Eve dinner with our young adult kids. Everything was superb. We will definitely be back soon. It is family run with amazing homemade. pasta dishes. Prices were very reasonable. too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing small hole in the wall. Couldn’t have asked for a better dinner! Will definitely be back!

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vipLisaR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pro: Solid meal, simple and traditional menu, fast service before a game
Con: Server(s) are no-nonsense, no smiles, abrupt. Nothing warm & friendly here.

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michael
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. The veal parmigiana, and lasagna were delicious.
The food was delivered relatively quickly after ordering on a busy night.
However I’ve never experienced a less friendly server than the one who served us that night.
I got the impression that she may have been the owners wife, but regardless, she didn’t want to be there. She was rude and acted as if she could care less if we stood up and walked out. She acted as if she was doing us a favor being our server.

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winelove
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at Bella Vista! The owners Lucia and her son Anthony were wonderful!! The four of us in our party each got something different. Everyone thought their entree was amazing !The coffee is the best coffee I’ve ever had. Tiramisu a must. Go here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Rude and extremely slow service. Food was terrible. Don’t go here especially with all the other great restaurants around.

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vipLindaAnne
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony could not have been any better. Food was excellent as well as the service. Felt like family here. Coming from nyc we will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and food. Big portions. Basic menu but good variety of typical Italian. All done very well.

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Steve
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate little spot. Food was great. Service was quick.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta is super authentic and the service was great. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience celebrating our friend’s birthday. Loved our server to acknowledged hee special day. Everything was top notch from beginning to end.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Loved the bread - asked for olive oil with it- delicious! I had the Veal Parmesan which was good- not much cheese on it, but was very tender and tasty. Pasta was not fresh, just ok.
The restaurant is very “mom & pop” but the “Pop” who greets you at the door is very snippy and made us feel like we were an inconvenience rather than a welcomed guest. It may be he was tired, or maybe he’s just plain grouchy. He even pushed my friends chair in towards the table, without even explaining why he was doing so. Weird vibe, but good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff was not very friendly. Food was decent

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JoanneB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and very reasonably priced! Will def go again.

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WhitneyH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! I went here with my 12 year old son and appreciated the "classic" Italian menu - they keep it very simple, but delicious. The portions are huge. Far more than either of us could eat. And the prices were extremely reasonable. I ordered the Linguine with Seafood for $25 and had more seafood than I've ever had in similar dishes at other restaurants. Seating is a bit tight, but I think this is par for the course at most restaurants in the North End and it adds to the overall ambiance.
Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy and romantic. Delicious food and impeccable service. Chicken and eggplant parmigiana was huge and I took more than half home which am looking forward to devouring. The fried calamari appetizer was very generous and filled me up, but irresistible so didn’t leave enough room for the dinner. Enjoyed the warm and crusty bread- again two huge loaves so we didn’t have to ask for a refill like we usually do at restaurants. Tried the homemade tiramisu with a ton of whipped cream surrounding it - decadent but worth it. Even the cappuccino was exceptional with a dollop of chocolate sauce. Very surprised that the place was half empty on a Saturday night although it was raining buckets outside. Excellent value for the North End and conveniently located right next to Mike’s Pastry. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and food was amazing!

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Birthday60
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host and Owner very personable.
Bread was warm and delicious.
Chicken Piccata dish was very flavorful , and the potatoes were a nice surprise.
The pasta was al dente and the sauce was just right
And the Chicken/Eggplant Parm dish was plentiful and tasty.

We will definitely come back!

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GermanoI
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a great set of birthdays on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in this wonderful restaurant! We loved everything about it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSpunkybrunette54
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipallenD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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
84 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
11 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

FAQs

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

Bella Vista is rated 4.6 stars by 323 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.