Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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Italian
Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar saves some tables for walk-ins, please call Bellanico directly for large party reservations. Bellanico is a continuation of Chris Shepherd & Elizabeth Frumusa’s successful restaurant in San Francisco, Aperto in Potrero Hill. Bellanico is a neighborhood restaurant located in the Glenview district of Oakland. The name Bellanico is derived from their daughters’ nicknames, Bella & Nico. The Bellanico staff take great pride in food, service and wine. We serve rustic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. We are dedicated to serving the best seasonal, local, sustainable and organic products that they can find. Bellanico features Pitman Farms Chicken, Prather Ranch Meat, Duroc Pork and only wild caught fish and seafood. It also features a wine bar offering Old World wines with an emphasis on Italian wines. There are more than 25 wines by the glass & 6 different flights of wine.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Pre Fixe 4 course $70 menu with an optional $30 wine pairing. No regular menu is available.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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RS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing neighborhood restaurant on Park Blvd. in Oakland. Quality of food and service is exceptional and unexpected in the casual atmosphere. We've been a few times and are never disappointed. Try the Smoked Trout Cannoli or (and) the Duck Pate. Great appetizers and great prices.

p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The staff was OK, but without any personality. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Bellanico.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

AMAZING PASTA AND DESSERTS!!!! Will definitely be going back!

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood gem! Owner is generous, helpful and food is deee-lish!

LD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. What a find

A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice menu, large and half portion options. Great service . Will definitely return

n
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Ciccheti are fun and varied appetizers. The duck breast and duck confit were the best I have had in California. The food is a real value.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We did the chef’s tasting with the wine pairing and it was fantastic! They took lots of traditional dishes (like bruschetta, for example), but put their own unique and delicious spin on them. Five-star experience!

CO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was great, but the service was really lacking. We arrived a few minutes late to our 8:30 pm reservation, granted, but only then did we learn that the menu would be limited (no tasting menus unless we had arrived 8 minutes earlier? Hmm) and that the kitchen closed at 9 pm so we had to order fast. They then turned the lights on to usher us out of the restaurant once we had finished our meal.

PB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to many fine restaurants but this is by far the best with exquisitely prepared food and a cozy atmosphere.

f
San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Farro / plum / olive salad was a good change of pace. Risotto with black figs was interesting and delicious. Intriguing wine list of Italian varietals.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nothing was mentioned about the birthday even though the information was noted in the reservation

E
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I are here over the weekend and we’re blown away! Food and service was incredible, I will definitely frequent this establishment. Thank you!

NS
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came with family to celebrate several birthdays at once, from three to 81 years old and in between. Staff was accommodating to the (admittedly charming) three-year-old and to us old geezers. Hors d'ouevres came quickly. The food was excellent. We appreciated the children's menu, which was as tasty as the big people's. Attentive staff even brought the small one a better sized fork for her pasta. Lovely to be in a family-friendly restaurant that we could all enjoy together. Thank you. We'll be back

F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The pork chop was amazing.

N
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for lunch. Same excellent menu as dinner but no crowd and no noise !!

A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, friendly service.

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and lots of options on menu from apps to small plates and delicious entrees.

Menu changes often while keeping some staple solid winners on the menu consistently.
They refresh those with seasonal items. Great value! Great wine list - especially interesting wines by the glass!

DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bellanico is one of those rare finds: it's both a local gem and a magnet restaurant. The restaurant reflects Oakland's Glenview district: healthy, crafty, and friendly. And because Bellanico nails it so consistently and so authentically, the place draws diners from all over the Bay Area. Oh, and the food and wine are AMAZING.

MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

39th Anniversary

DN
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OMG, the bruschetta is so. darn. good. We expected a palatable (it's Bellanico after all) but predictable take on this standard that you've seen everywhere, but were blown away by how TASTY their version is. Bread that holds up but won't break your teeth. So many colorful, flavorful tomatoes. And the olive oil and herb topping. We are not usually lick the plate people, but my husband grabbed extra focaccia from the table to sop up the last of that sauce. We always have a good meal here, and this was no exception, but we might be back just for more bruschetta.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We only get here every 2-3 years but are consistently impressed by it's neighborhoodly feel coupled with excellent food (and wine)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow!

SM
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed yet another wonderful brunch at Bellanico. This restaurant goes beyond every time we spend time enjoying their food, preparations, ambiance, and service. We were delighted with the brunch entrees and the preparations were outstanding. We highly recommend Bellanico for brunch, lunch and dinner.

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have frequented this restaurant many times and was excited to return to celebrate a friends birthday. Upon check-in, no host/hostess was at the door to greet us. The time was 8PM on a Friday eve. Surprisingly the restaurant was not packed, One would assume someone will be at the door to greet customers. We sat waiting for someone to acknowledge us for about 5min, till my friend decided to ask the Barman if he can check us in. He called someone who I assume was the hostess, perhaps the manager, and she was nice and seated us right away.
Service was great and waitress was knowledgeable and nice. The food, however was not as good as I remember. I ordered the duck and it was VERY salty to the point where I stopped eating it.
Lastly, while making the reservation, I commented that my friend is celebrating a birthday. I was hoping that on the dessert we ordered they will put a candle but no mention of her birthday or a candle at dessert time. Very disappointing. All in all I was not as happy as I was in previous visits.

D
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were eager to return to this restaurant after a good experience for a birthday celebration in May, but this time we were very disappointed. We had a larger party, a table of six, and we called ahead for a reservation. Although this was a weeknight, we were rush to order yet the service was much slower and not as friendly as our last visit. The food was hit and miss- some entrees were not hot, and the plating seemed sloppy. Most disappointing, a piece of wire (like from a wire basket) was found floating in the gnocchi dish we ordered! The waitperson did not seem overly concerned, and did not move to offer any remedy until I insisted that they do so. Their attitude should not be rewarded. Someone could have cut their mouth or broken a tooth had it not been noticed. We will not return.

s
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I'm a regular here, but I think they need to give some attention to the kitchen noise and poor choice of mood music. Also, I never have been a fan of "Hi, my name is X and I will be your waiter." The good news: always easy to get in for brunch in a city of hours-long brunch waits. The bad news: There's a bit of a reason for that - owners, pay attention and remedy the small things that make it less inviting.

DR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for brunch, service was slow and could have been more attentive for the caliber of food served, or so I thought. Gnocchi pasta was over cooked and somehow also cold, great menu items but lacking in execution.

k
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! We always have a good time and the food is delicious. I came with my heart set on the risotto I had a month ago, which has literally haunted my dreams. Summer squashes, white wine, a blob of marscarpone, and sliced almonds. But, the season changed and so did the risotto. Now it had figs, gorgonzola, red wine and sliced almonds. SOOOO GOOOOD! Everything else was yummy too. Can't wait for the next time.

j
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I heard about it on Check, please and the reviews were so great, perhaps I was expecting too much. It was fine-ok, but not great. The wine flights were a pretty good value although they didn't explain how they were chosen. If I had business really close by, I might return to eat there, but I definitely wouldn't make a specific trip to eat there.

MM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Bellanico many times as it is one of favorite restaurants and is not far from our home. I usually rely on the wine recommendations of our server and they are always spot on. We shared the Opah with eggplant, which was wonderful as was the risotto. Service is always great in a cozy, warm setting at a reasonable cost. Would highly recommend Bellanico.

J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Creative combinations, flawless preparation, friendly and attentive service, and fresh, seasonal ingredients.

LE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is a great restaurant we’ve been to many times. This night though most of the dishes seemed over salted and I am rating down for that

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would only recommend Bellanico for the excellent wine list and very attentive friendly service. The food is very sub par. My fish (Opah) didn’t taste fresh, and my husband’s pasta was very dry. The pate was the one exception and was totally scrumptious. I can definitely recommend the Salumi plate. Perhaps there are entrées that are better than what we had but I have been to this restaurant four times now and didn’t like most of the food I’ve tried but I gave it several chances. The only reason we visited this time was because we had a gift certificate.

C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable pleasant waitress. Delightful patrons at the next table. Food was excellent as was the recommended wine.

MM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Just need to state, as I write this, we were here on an OFF night for Bellanico! We love this restaurant, and usually it is great. And we also loved our server...she tried to do her best with things that were out of her control.

Our appetizers were delicious! The squash blossoms and the cauliflower fritters are always a hit! We then got several other appetizers delivered, and we kept having to say that they weren't for us. (Maybe someone was in training? These weren't delivered by our server.)

And the biggest disappointment were in the main courses. We had the pork chops, which are usually perfect, but we had ordered ours medium, and they came dry. Our friend ordered the chicken breast, and it wasn't warm. He did ask for it to be warmed up, but it wasn't the juicy piece of chicken he was expecting.

That said, we know restaurants can have an OFF night for some reason, and we will be back. This place is usually a true gem!

PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this restaurant many times, and each time it is as good as before. The choices, preparation, and quality of the food is amazing. Servers are very knowledgable about wine pairings and eager to help but never intrusive. Don't ever take the Beet/Ricotta ravioli off the menu!

M
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good brunch

A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great tasting menu with wine pairings

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