$30 Brunch Tasting menu with an optional wine pairings.
A la Carte Brunch menu also available.
Peach Bellini's, Mimosa's and Pomegranate Prosecco!
Sunday, April 1, 2018
i’m a fan of this place since they opened. i’ve never been dissatisfied.
Awesome food, as usual. Late reservation, told on the phone as long as we arrived by 9:45 we’d be fine! Wish the waitress had heard that message!! Very rude as we arrived pointing out the late hour...pulled tasting menus out of our hands saying it was no longer available. I explained what we’d been told it would be offered to us and that we arrived at a time we’d been told would be ok.
Did relent and hand back the menu though in a very curt and unfriendly way. Continued this treatment throughout our dinner.
Sad bc our favorite neighborhood restaurant and second time with beyond bad service.
Come on!!! Lots of great waiters in the Bay Area!! Need to step it up Bellanicos!
Delicious food, many intriguing combinations. Exciting. Food reasonably priced and exceptional is the reason to go.
Bellanico just doesn't go wrong. It is a perfect small sized restaurant in the lovely Oakland Glenview neighborhood. Neighbors dine there regularly, but so do people who travel to it because it is worth seeking out. What makes it great is that the food is very innovative California style cuisine, the owner and management are friendly, knowledgeable, it is reasonably priced, and although it is casual dining, you always think it is special.
Excellent food. Attentive service without hovering. Very knowledgeable server. Great ambience.
Food was simply okay, wine flights, great! Small restaurant that has maybe one too many tables. Would recommend to try something new but wouldn't place any big bets on it.
This was my first time at this restaurant. We had the tasting menu. It was perfect. I will definitely recommend.
We've walked by this neighborhood gem for many years but were prompted to make a reservation after a glowing report on Check, Please. The food is quite simply wonderful. There is a lovely tasting menu for $40, $57 with wine pairings. Truly a bargain. Our only concern was the noise level (we're seniors and struggle to hear across the table!) and a glitch in the kitchen that delayed our entrees. Neither were enough for me to really blame anyone. To avoid the noise, I think we'll go during the week when it's not so crowded. The Italian wine list was very impressive, with our waitress leading us nimbly through. We'll definitely be back and plan to try lunch and brunch.
When we arrived the table by the front window we always request was way too cold and we asked if we could move. Despite the restaurant being only half full we were told that we could only sit at the bar which we did. Throughout our meal the restaurant was never more than half full. In fact, when we left there were nine open tables.
Each dish was fantastic. Every bite was beyond belief. We absolutely loved this little gem of a restaurant. Cannot recommend it enough. Service was impeccable also.
Creative tasty food. Diverse wines by the glass. Yum.
I have visited on and off for many years. Usually I sit at the bar, which is intimate with neighbors, but it’s the bar. This time we were seated between two other couples at the side-wall, despite there being 4-5 empty tables available closer to the door. Not sure why we were crammed in between others. The side-wall tables are about 4-5 inches apart which is VERY close. You basically have dinner with your neighbors at the tables on either side. Forget about privacy or an intimate conversation. The closeness of the tables requires the server to sneak up from behind since they can’t approach from the side, startling me on more than one occasion. The server was rushed and this energy was transferred to us. Not a relaxing meal. The server recommended a wine only to come back and say they were out of the wine. The “taste” of the wine by the glass was more of a whiff since only a drop or two was offered to taste. On the other hand, I very much like the half servings and the food is good. My advice to management would be to keep up the good food, calm down the servers (perhaps a nice glass of wine before duty), and remove at least one table from the side-wall to enable another inch or two of privacy. Not sure if I'll be back soon.
As a visitor to this area, it was nice to find this neighborhood gem...about 20 tables with a friendly vibe. Salad was large and delicious, with interesting vegetables. We enjoyed the Hanger steak, vegetables cooked perfectly.
We've dined here virtually since day one. Unbelievably, Bellanico's food now seems better than ever. Have been twice in the last two weeks (lucky me). In my view, Bellanico is serving some of the best Italian and Italian-inspired cuisine in the Bay Area.
Food was perfect! Service was great. One of the best Italian restaurants in the Bay Area!
Such fine food, service and wine. Wish I could eat here more often, but it does get pricey. Still an excellent choice for a special dinner with special people. I loved the risotto with nettles and funghi...just fabulous and a gorgeous shade of green! Other guests quite satisfied, too.
Love the wine flights/options for 3 oz pours. The tasting menu (4 courses) is really a good value. Sformato, tuna crudo, pastas are always excellent. Fish is always perfectly cooked. And desserts are not too big and not too sweet. Overall my favorite Italian place in the east bay. (If only parking were easier! 15 minutes of circling to park several more minutes away.)
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.
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.
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.
Tasting three course lunch with wine pairings was full of flavor and artistically presented.
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.
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.
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...
Meal was excellent. Nice ambience. Great location.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Excellent authentic Sicilian cuisine. Wonderful housemade burrata and scrumptious pastas. Crusted meatballs were also delicious. Nice neighborhood vibe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friendly ,unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. Creative eclectic menu,excellent tasting menu. Prices very reasonable,definetly go back again
Very pleasant, attentive service, variety menu convenient location
Great as always
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 ;) )
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.