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About Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar

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. Jonathan Luce, Chef, serve rustic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. They 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.

4238 Park Blvd
Oakland, CA 94602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Wellington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 336-1180

Website:
http://www.bellanico.net/

Parking Details:
Street Parking.

Public Transit:
AC Transit #18

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Luce

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Special Occasion (28)
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Cozy (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Authentic (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Business Meals (12)
Healthy (12)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous food at a reasonable price with excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant. The food is always on point and and love the staff. They were really accommodating when I brought my baby with a stroller. Its a small place but we made the stroller fit in back. In terms of the food, the menu changes often with what's seasonal. We came during Oakland Restaurant Week and the prix fixe menu had a variety of yummy morsels to choose from. Its great restaurant for a date, special occasion, or just because. Can't recommend it enough.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Disgraceful. I have been to this restaurant several times now, and every time I leave wondering why it's so popular. I find the food to be very hit or miss. Tonight, great salad, awful entree. The server was great. However, the food coming out was crazy slow, and they'd jammed some extra tables down the middle so that the waitstaff had trouble getting by, and I spent half the evening leaning in to let them by. We ordered right away, didn't linger, and minutes after they brought coffee, they asked us to give up the table for a guest who'd just arrived. Seriously?! Since they'd jammed so many tables in there and there was no place to wait, we had to just scoop our stuff up and leave, coffee half drunk, and they never even brought us our leftovers. I understand they can't always control the kitchen, but they could have at least offered to comp us something. I'd like to give two stars for the server and salad, but this was a birthday dinner, and they should have done better. Never again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I took out-of-town friends to Bellanico for an excellent brunch. We were able to walk there from my house - good exercise before you confront the scrumptous brunch selections. The food was exceptional, wonderfully prepared from fresh ingredients and the service was impecable. The noise level was find but the restaurant was half-full. During dinner it is aloud, lively place. The food is consistently excellent and reflects the talents of the kitchen by providing interesting twists on traditional Italian fare. Bellanico is always a winner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and imaginative food, nicely presented. A neighborhood gem that we just discovered!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. They don't disappoint! Very good food and a fun atmosphere!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Restaurant week meal at Bellanico did not disappoint! We enjoyed the four courses and all were very good. The dessert sampler was exceptional. As always our two biggest favorites are the caulifower fritters (not to be missed) and the malfatti- how can you go wrong with sage, butter and cheese. Thank you Bellanico for a consistently great experience with knowledgeable staff. I always get a good wine recommendation when I ask too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

What an incredible value! 5 course meal with wine pairing is sooo inexpensive.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Have been to Bellanico many times. Food is wonderful, kid menu is a nice touch, servers are helpful, and we always enjoy ourselves. Today we took my 4 year old son and they were very accommodating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Really great New Year's Eve meal. When the early tables lingered and they couldn't seat a number of us on time for our later reservations, the hostess brought free drinks for everyone and kept us updated. Well handled. We loved everything.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time we have been as on vacation from Europe and given a gift card as a Christmas present. Loved it. There was a warm atmosphere, great food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bellanico without hesitation is great! We were a dinner party of 5 adults who had never been there before. We loved everything about this restaurant, especially the exquisite food. From the time you enter, you are greeted by a delightful hostess who immediately makes you feel welcome. The staff is professional, attentive, warm, and courteous. The highlight of course is the food, everything we ordered was superbly cooked, beautifully presented, and most of all delicious! I had the wine braised beef short ribs that were succulent and cooked to perfection served over creamy polenta, crisp vegetables, and a marrow sauce that’s bursting with flavor.. I am still raving about this dish. There is an extensive wine list to choose from, which we also enjoyed.
We all decided that we would go back to Bellanico in a heartbeat and it will be soon.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reserved a table for an anniversary dinner. Were seated very close to the kitchen. Very noisy and smelly. Our seafood didn't seem to be washed properly. Unlikely we will go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sad that their sister restaurant, Aperto, on Potrero Hill in the City, is no longer with us. BUT, very happy we can still come over to Bellanico before Berkeley Rep -- great, varied, affordable, delicious menu and diverse, interesting wine list. Friendly service as well -- love this little place, and kudos to the owners for many years of enjoyable, high quality meals at both locations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We met friends whom we have not seen in over a decade. The appetizers and the salumi board were wonderful. The burrata was fresh and the cured meats were excellent. The fig jam was a great counterpoint to the richness. The pastas, gnocchi and malfatti, were on-point and seasoned perfectly. It was well-sauced and portioned correctly. Could not leave without the cheesecake which was tart and not-to-sweet. We lingered far too long and our friends from Greece appreciated the European style service and enjoyed the leisurely pace of the meal.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I eat here several times a year, and it is consistently very good. Just simple, well prepared food with helpful servers. I also really appreciate the ability to order one of several wine flights.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Party of five, everyone loved the food, great service, flexible staff. Its small, no place to wait, noise level is manageable. Good bottle of wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food, excellent service. We both ordered from the chef's menu and enjoyed the meal from beginning to end. Only thing... sardines were on the menu, a little strong smelling for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great wine list and well-executed food with high quality ingredients.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

This place was really great!

The menu was seasonal, creative and delicious. The Italian wine list was extensive, and our waitress offered plenty of advice and "splash tastes" of several different wines.

The restaurant was quiet enough that we could easily converse (but it was a weeknight- could be louder on weekends).

The service was really good- cheerful, helpful, unobtrusive.

Prices were not cheap, but totally in keeping with other similar places. Maybe a bit less pricey, in fact.

I will highly recommend Bellanico to others!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Seems to be a local favorite with regulars greeted upon arrival. Server was friendly and helpful with menu descriptions and wine pairing suggestions. Sadly, most of our dishes (salad, antipasti, pastsa, entrees) were too salty or bland.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My wife and I discovered this restaurant nearby us several years ago from reviews in local papers. We have truly enjoyed each dining visit for the quality, service, and ambiance. A true neighborhood gem.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Super friendly service for quiet lunch with an old girlfriend.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Sat at the bar.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I’m a longtime loyal visitor to Bellanico. This week I took an old friend from Boston for lunch while we waited for his wife to complete a health appt. My friend is accustomed to good food and great restaurants. Bellanico was Perfect! Warm and casual with exceptional food! My favorite neighborhood restaurant!

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our first visit on Sunday for brunch. The four of us absolutely loved the brunch tasting menu and options. The burrata was over the top as were the duck hash, smoked salmon dish and the mushroom quiche (hen of the wood mushrooms). Wonderful food, nice quantity and amazing flavors. Well done. We'll be back for dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always hard to say when one is asked what their favorite restaurant is, but I can easily say Bellanico. I have been going here since they opened. So many times restaurants lose quality after being open for a number of years, but Bellanico keeps
getting better. I get the burrata for a starter and the preparation is always different and addicting. The roast chicken is perfection. Without fail, I have the goat cheese cheesecake. I dream of it. Our server was Kia. So fun and attentive and she gave great recommendations for wine pairings. A wonderful lunch!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Everything was perfect. Received my requested seating, service was great and the food was out of this world. Best lunch experience I had in a long time. Thanks you

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful food as always. Perhaps because I usually get the same thing, the lovely beet ravioli!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Some of the tables have no light over them, so I felt as though I was sitting in the dark at my small table; it made reading the menu almost impossible without the using a flashlight. I moved to the bar which was lighted enough for my 55 year old eyes, and the bartender was great, knowledgable, and gave great recommendations! Very enjoyable time!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant-- delicious food and excellent service. Recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went in for our traditional PORK CHOP anniversary dinner! They were delicious, and the wine the bartender recommended to go with it was great. We also had some delicious appetizers! Totally recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I took my wife here for her birthday... as we’ve been coming here regularly since it opened. They went above and beyond to create a special dinner for her.

This restaurant is a gem. 💥

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food but tables are very close together making conversation difficult

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent meal! Impeccable timing on food service. My date ordered from the 4 course tasting menu and I am more of a small bites kind of person but they were perfect with having my meal come out with his primi dish. Restaurant was busy but service was smooth & attentive. The value & price are well aligned - not too little and not too much food for the cost. Nestled in a charming Glenview Oakland neighbourhood - worth the drive from both bridge and tunnel. Good for small groups of 4 or 5, or for couples.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Bellanico is a delightful place with excellent food and good service.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always excellent food and attentive service! Food is interesting and I have never had anything that wasn't carefully prepared and flavorful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Haven't been here for some time but the food and service was just as fabulous as we remembered. Very good food, service was fantastic and nice wine list.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Loved it, a real, true restaurant with dedicated staff, well-run and a perfect wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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