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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Special Occasion (32)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for a Date (24)
Cozy (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Tasting Menu (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Authentic (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Worth the Drive (14)
Romantic (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Healthy (11)
Casual (10)
Seasonal (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We were there for Saturday brunch. All of our dishes were well crafted and delicious. Service was good but there were a few glitches that required second requests.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The host/manager was rude and dismissive. The food was the worst food I have had at a restaurant. The food was undercooked, under seasoned, and lacked creativity.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This is a very nice place but the food was a little overkill. I felt like every single dish we had was close, but too much. My favorite was the beet ravioli, a dish I had never had before but it was very good. Again, it was overdone by being doused in poppy seeds...maybe an entire tablespoon. The foie gras was ice cold and cut in huge, rich slices on top of tiny crositini. The steak was very mediocre. My boyfriend ordered a white fish covered inn prosciutto which we sent back for being raw. It was incredibly salty but he ate it and later got sick. The desserts were overbearing. I think the service and people are great, the menu just needs simplified.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Tasting three course lunch with wine pairings was full of flavor and artistically presented.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Love Bellanico and would recommend it to others. . We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing which we have had before. This is an outstanding value; the food is creative and the wines are usually delicious.

Recent visit for dinner on 2/13 missed the mark. Many of the options were high in fat and didn't include any vegetables. Smoked Trout Cannoli with sumac and horseradish was just too strong and had a bitter aftertaste. Burrata was bland and served with a tiny dab of jam. Prosciutto wrapped ono was dry and too salty even though the fish was served fairly rare.

Braised beef sugo and the cauliflower fritters were exceptional. Beet and ricotta ravioli was good but dry inside even though the butter sauce was generous.

Usually I enjoy all of the wines served on the pairing menu. This time I thought the Vermentino I Fiori to be really medicinal. I drank a little of it and told the server that I didn't like it. She didn't offer to replace it with another wine. This isn't typical of the accommodating and solicitous service that we usually receive at Bellanico.

Overall this is a great neighborhood restaurant with an innovative menu and terrific wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This small neighborhood secret offers food that rivals the most expensive restaurants in S.F. Knowledgable wait staff - constantly changing menu - and great all around dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

bellanico continues to improve on an already impressive menu and concept. the food is great, the staff is lovely and the wine list extensive. the four course tasting menu is a grand bargain! and of course, we shall return...

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Meal was excellent. Nice ambience. Great location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I love this place. The food is always excellent and the service has improved a lot over the years. The red wines they offer are good, but I do wish they had a wider selection of white wine styles. I find their's very lean and very dry, primarily from Southern Europe, Sicily, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia. I know there are better wines from these regions with more fruit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is an old favorite of our family - we've been coming to Bellanico for about 10 years. We love the food, the ambiance and the wine. The service this time wasn't amazing - the snippy and disorganized girl at the front of the restaurant lacked the charm and professionalism that we usually find here. But that was a one-time issue - everything else was fantastic as always. The wines are yummy and interesting, and the food is just delicious. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food at Bellanico is great -- really interesting. I had the malfatti and a salad and it was a great meal. However, the restaurant has its tables way too close together. When we go back, we will ask for one of the two central tables instead of sitting along the wall. Despite the traffic going by these tables, at least you won't be tooth to jowl with your neighbor!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A lovely neighborhood restaurant that rightly deserves its Michelin recommendation. Have been here a number of times. The Tasting Menu is fun and a good value, especially nice combined with the wine pairing. The service is usually excellent but the last time disappointing, long wait between some courses. Hopefully it was just an off night as we enjoy this restaurant very much.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent authentic Sicilian cuisine. Wonderful housemade burrata and scrumptious pastas. Crusted meatballs were also delicious. Nice neighborhood vibe.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We went for restaurant week and the food was awesome as well as the service. We had a small appetizer followed by 2 courses and dessert all for $40. Great deal. Only down side was the tables are really close together.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for restaurant week. Food was great, I like the possibility to order from the regular menu as well. Italian wine list is great, we did a tasting flight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Honestly we really wanted to like this place. Went for restaurant week and ordered the pre fixe menu with wine pairings...first course was very good, second okay, on the third the waitress completely forgot our wines and our dishes were given to us cold! Haven't had service that bad in quite awhile when the bill is over $100...not worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for Oakland restaurant week and got the four course pre-fix menu with the wine pairings. We were late because of bay bridge traffic but they still sat us and we didn't feel rushed. The attention to detail with the pairings was great and the food presentation was excellent. The desserts were our favorite part! The waitress was also extremely attentive and fun. Unfortunately my friend's steak was served cold so she didn't enjoy her main dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Friendly ,unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. Creative eclectic menu,excellent tasting menu. Prices very reasonable,definetly go back again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very pleasant, attentive service, variety menu convenient location

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Friends and I wanted to celebrate Restaurant Week, and I was taken in by the delicious multi-course meal described by Bellanico. So many tastes, textures and seasonings were represented! The care taken with each dish was evident, the wait staff was sweet, responsive and impeccably clear, and we had a blast. I can't wait for a special occasion to return! (Or maybe even... a made-up special occasion, since the prices were reasonable for the excellent quality ;) )

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our server seemed to be distracted or too busy managing too many tables. Our food took longer than we expected, and none of it was particularly memorable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Came for Oakland Restaurant Week. Been here several times & we're never disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 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 December 31, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 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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