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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate the special day with your loved one here with a 4-course pre fixe menu for $70 with an optional wine pairing for $30.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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b
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was generally very good apart from one starter, the radiatori with beef sugo, that inexplicably tasted like something from a high school cafeteria, inferior to what one could cook onself or find among frozen-food offerings at a supermarket. (The beet terrine was vastly better.) The main dishes, the sausage-stuffed quail and the crab risotto, were both delicious. For dessert, the tasty panna cotta was superior to the cannoli (or rather cannolo, singular), somewhat overcooked and granitic, but that, too, was pleasing. What was really outstanding were the wine pairings, well-chosen, interesting, and very, very good.; they greatly enhanced the experience. Service was friendly and efficient, the atmosphere pleasant, and the tab quite reasonable for a very enjoyable meal.

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was (and always has been) extraordinarily good in all aspects: presentation, inventiveness, taste and serving size. But this time we opted for the wine parings and found $17 for two small glasses of wine rather dear for the quantity served; if you want more than a few sips order a bottle!

d
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good brunch tasting menu. Much better than their menu last year for Oakland Restaurant week. My only gripe is that the tables are so close together that it's VERY hard to squeeze by without bumping the table next to you. I mean I get trying to accommodate a lot of people but comfort should be taken into consideration, too. Removing just one table by the long bench would help space out the tables better.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This place used to be my go-to favorite!! Did it just change ownership? Food is still mostly good (with one big disappointment), but the staff was awful. Jerky, pompous, unaccommodating manager, clueless servers. Wow. I am so sad.

M
San Francisco
154 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered and even bread was fabulous. Shared a kale salad, rich and every mouthful delicious. Grilled octopus on a bed of polenta, divine. Fish and gnocchi dish also excellent. I had a greek white wine I loved!

C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was too salty. Risotto was crispy and squash was crunchy. Spent way too much on dinner for the service and food. Server was scarce during our visit, so much so that my friend ate half her dish before I could flag the server down to inform her about my crispy and crunchy dish.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent

OV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

As always, the food at Bellanico was fabulous. I ordered the pasta with a tomato, bacon, and spicy pepper sauce and it was delicious. The hostess noticed me setting aside the jalapenos and told me I could have requested no jalapenos (mind blown!). I appreciated her attention to detail. The only minus was waiting a long time for the waiter to notice I was ready to pay and then waiting even longer for him to come back to me and get my credit card.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant week. Good food, great service. One of our fav restaurants. Beet ravioli and goat cheesecake are our favs. Great menu.

N
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice tasting menu. Super attentive service. Definitely a neighborhood gem!!

LI
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed dinner at Bellanico. It was the first time we tried the restaurant during Oakland Restaurant Week. Three of us had the Prix Fixe menu. The radiatori pasta with beef ragu sugo was delicious. The goat cheese terrine was delicious paired with the roasted beets. We also had the crab risotto that was light but subtle. We were not offered extra cheese on the risotto but the adjacent table was offered cheese. The quail was delicious and the sausage was subtle and did not overwhelm the quail flavor. The wine flight was paired perfectly. We ordered a bottle of the Barbera for the other table members who did not order the flight. My husband said Casarecce was delicious and the mushrooms were flavorful. My son had the tagliolini which he polished off without stopping to take a breath. The desserts were wonderful. We had one of each, the dark and white chocolate panna cotta; the goat cheese cheese cake with the huckberries; and the cannoli. The huckleberries lent a sharp tang to the cheese cake and complimented it well. The panna cotta was rich and the quality of the chocolate was evident. The cannoli with the persimmon kumquat jam/ reduction was perfect. It was a fantastic meal.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a small venue with wonderful food, and a nice atmosphere. The staff was really attentive but not overbeaing, and our server was very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list. A perfect night!

LA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We found Bellanico during Oakland restaurant week as one of those places we had been meaning to try but not found the right time.. The brunch is a good mix of fresh produce mixed with hearty meats and eggs. The goat cheese beet terrine was excellent and the beef brisket hash delicious, although portions were smaller than we hoped for. We will definitely return for dinner and sit at the gorgeous long bar for their excellent cocktails.

y
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy as always and great service.

JP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happened to go during restaurant week, but have also eaten here other times. Service was efficient and friendly. Nice neighborhood vibe. Extremely good value during restaurant week - had the figs, duck confit, short rib pasta, cannoli, cheese cake and the wine pairings. Quality of food and taste was outstanding. Felt like a great treat!

JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Brunch service always seems uneven like the server wasn't quite expecting anyone. Nothing awful just forget requests like more coffee, milk, or check. Won't stop me from coming back. Dinner service has always been excellent.

b
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Have been coming over from SF before Berkeley Rep for years, touch of horseradish in the gnocchi; great wine list & flights & caring service. Unfortunately, too full for dessert! If we lived in the East Bay, we’d be regulars.

J
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Happy to be able to visit when in the Bay Area. Very much appreciate the vegetarian options, particularly on the tasting menus. Superb service, lovely people, hope to return soon.

LI
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We met with friends for our annual get-together. They live in Europe now but used to live in Redwood Heights. The pastas were amazing. My husband's gnocchi was light and not too salty, in reference to another review. I always get the malfatti. We split the pork belly and the burrata as appetizers. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. My son loved the polenta with cheese and his pork shoulder sandwich. The squash and goat cheese frittata was delicious and silky smooth. The Liberty duck confit has was perfectly seasoned with the perfect combination of ingredients. The service was well-paced and it allowed us to linger and catch up. They love returning to Bellanico since it is comfortable and relaxing.

c
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My first time to this restaurant. It was a very good experience. The food was very good. The restaurant was very nice. The only issue we had, is that I had put a note on my reservation that this was for an 88th Birthday and that I would like to have a dessert with a candle on it brought out. Apparently, they did not read the note or did not bother to accommodate the request. Otherwise, I would recommend this restaurant.

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
9 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
188 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
12 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.

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