BellaVista

3.9
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Savor authentic flavors of Italy in the heart of downtown Stockton. BellaVista offers an exquisite dining experience with a charming atmosphere, along with the best views of Downtown Stockton on their rooftop terrace. Valet Park from 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(209) 949-2104
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rima Barkett
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Private party facilities
Planning a special event? We have several private dining rooms and spaces available. Each area offers something special both indoors and outdoors. We will gladly customize a lovely event of any size or budget.
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Private party contact
Nicki Mesenburg: (844) 501-8056
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Weber Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking Everyday after 5:30pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for 8:45 on open table and it was confirmed. On arrival restaurant closed!!!!! And then could not book a new reservation on open table!!!!! Not good !!!!

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San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated and served quickly - a plus when you’re on your lunch hour. Food was served hot, and it was delicious! Loved the $9.99 lunch combo 😊

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Bella Vista twice now before attending the theater. The food has been delicious, the service excellent and the atmosphere fun. We would recommend this restaurant to our friends and family.

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JE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

if I could rate this a 0 I would. terrible food , service was horrible

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HP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was only sad that this restaurant was so empty! Its really great!

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J
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Basic Italian food. Stale bread. Overpriced food,wine,and cocktails. Won't be back.

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V
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I am always happy with the service and the food at Bella Vista. It is a lovely place to go for lunch, as well as dinner - either as a destination place to dine, or for dining before or after a movie. Cannot beat the convenience. In fact the only slightly discordant note we found was the light gray/white decor - rather than feeling warm and cozy, which is what I associate with an Italian restaurant, it felt a little cool with a Cape Cod sort of feeling, as opposed to the warmth I associate with Tuscany and northern Italy - but that is just a personal assessment and would not stop us for going again. The food is excellent and the service is always wonderful.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

There was a party upstairs that we were told moved into the dining area at 9:30 p.m. There was music blaring, people dancing in the dining area and not a nice dining experience.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were very disappointed in the new "all day" menu. We, along with another couple, were celebrating our 50th anniversaries and were looking forward to the fantastic Italian cuisine we've had at Bella Vista in the past. We thought we'd been given the lunch menus and inquired about getting dinner menus. We were told this is the menu now. Mostly sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas. Only 2 entrée items were offered....chicken Parmesan and baked salmon. No yummy veal scaloppini, picatta or saltimbocca. Not even chicken versions of these classic dishes. I settled for a past favorite, house made lasagna. Even it was a bit of a disappointment. The pasta noodles, which in the past were light and airy and most likely handmade fresh pasta sheets, were thick, ribbed, dried pasta. The filling was heavy on the béchamel sauce and light on the meat sauce. Half the restaurant area was closed off and we were seated in the area that accommodates large group dinners. There was one going on and it was very noisy. Very hard for us to carry on a conversation. The saving grace was our server, who we recognized from having worked at some of Stockton's finer restaurants. She was attentive and professional. Others have complained their wait was long and it took a while for their food to come out. I can't complain about that, it was not our experience. We were seated right away and our food was promptly served.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 2

The waitress, Susan, was GREAT!!! However, the wait time for our food was incredibly looooong!!!! We had a reservation for 11:30am. Our group only has an hour for lunch and we were told we would not be able to get them lunch special (it was Friday ) and never really got a clear answer as to why not. Our food took 40 minutes to be served! We also asked for separate checks and this created a problem although we all arrived separately and it was just a work day lunch of co-workers. We will not be returning for lunch but it seems like a nice enough place if you want a leisurely meal.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service and food were good but it took a long time to get the food. Delay seemed to be the kitchen not the waitress. If you are not in a hurry it's great.

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited about 20 minutes before being seated despite our reservation. Then we were seated away from the main part of the restaurant and then forgotten. We sat for about 15 minutes before we left. Greatly disappointed! We noticed another group of patrons also got up and walked out too.

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MC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Very understaffed for a Saturday evening. Took more a half hour to get a drink, let alone dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother’s birthday was a success at Bella Vista !. She’s not a big fan of Italian food but she had a bite of chicken Alfredo and was in loved ! The food was yummy and seasoned to perfection. Not so bad for our first visit here :).

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DF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday night. I checked online and it was dining until 9 pm and a DJ scheduled to be playing Mo Town music until 10 pm. The last Thursday night he played Latin Music on a Thursday night but certainly wouldn’t do it again especially when Friday nights are Latin Music nights. (I went on a Friday night and enjoyed Latin Music with invited friends that wanted Latin and Mexican Music.) The $9.99 all-you-can-eat pasta dinner and $2. a glass wine specials on Thursdays are great.

But going up on the rooftop area where we expected over an hour of Motown Music on a Thursday was a huge disappointment again.

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MS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service is terrible the first time I went in December and it is still terrible. They forgot our cocktails, we waited 30 minutes before they were delivered after we reminded the waitress. There was no one at the bar to work the bar. They were no busy, hardly anyone in the restaurant. They brought our entrees before we finished our salads, so the entrees got cold sitting on the side. My friend and I were sat by the exit door, when there were plenty of seats to choose from. The food is good, but I can get it to go, because the service is terrible.

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t
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a deal! Thursday night is all you can eat pasta night for $9.99 which also includes delicious focaccia bread and a nice salad. Service was excellent and pasta was delicious.
Restaurant is lovely and quiet enough to actually have a conversation with friends. We brought an out of town friend and were very pleased that we chose Bellavista.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Maybe the best Italian in the entire valley. One would have to travel to San Francisco to try to get a better meal.

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Terrible food and watered down drinks. This is Italian that tastes like it came from a school cafeteria. Don’t waste your money.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

very disappointed with the overall service and taste of the food. we went there on a Friday night, and since it is located by the theater, I assumed it would be busy. There were a total of 3 waitstaff and not too many tables, but it took forever to get service. When I ordered a cappuccino, the foam on top was curdled and sour. They were out of two menu items and just overall not a great place to eat dinner before a movie.

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A
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

No one seems that excited to make this a above normal restaurant. Waiter wanted to go home early and the Pasta I can do at home, better. Nothing special. Drinks half full.
Needs more attention and a better staff.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Easter brunch! Great food. Excellent service

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stellar service. Salmon was perfect, ravioli were delish.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening. Our waiter was outstanding and was attentive without being over bearing. My only negative comment would be the chicken. It was tough even to the point of not being able to cut it. We should have said something but everything else was so excellent we let it pass. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We will be back soon.

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j
San Francisco
245 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to a concert at Bob Hope Theatre and Bella Vista is a few short blocks away. Had dinner beforehand. Really good food; nice preparation. We were only offered the $30 per person, 3 course, limited choice menu. Gluten free pasta was available.

Service Hours Very Confusing: Note the restaurant has limited days/hours for dinner service, but it is apparently open before concerts at the theatre. A little confusing because the website and Opentable website states the days they are closed, and they have signs in the windows stating when they are closed! This was supposed to be a "closed" day, yet they were open!?
Parking hint: the parking meters and the downtown streets nearby (where we parked) have NO signs posted stating the hours the street meters are active. We asked a waiter...meters are not enforced after 5 p.m. That's not on signs anywhere...who knew?

I would definitely go back. Tasty, nicely prepared meal. Make your reservation on Opentable (but I would call to be sure they are open if you plan to go before a concert..just to be sure :))

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SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately and given our menus at a choice of tables or booth. Our server was gracious and patient with my friend's many questions and requests. When making the reservation I had noted that one of us was vegan and another gluten free. The other two of us ordered the salmon ravioli and they both said they found it rather bland. The gluten free rigatoni with tomato cream sauce order was found to be "dry" and also bland but when requested she was brought a generous bowl of additional sauce and took home the leftovers to "rev it up". My vegan spaghetti with pomodoro sauce was delicious but someone had put cheese on it. I didn't say anything because one of my friends had been so demanding (which our server was very kind and accommodating). I was actually embarrassed!

In advance I had let my friends know the this was more northern Italian cuisine and not to expect "traditional" southern style spices. Next time I'll come back but let them go to Strings. ;0

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JT
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Single meal menu where they tried to have us order from a limited menu and it was 3 courses. Our group consisted of mostly 80 and 90 something year olds, 3 courses was too much. Food was just okay, not exciting or great. Service was very slow, even though we mentioned that we were on a schedule to make an event. We know that our party was larger (7) but we had a reservation.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went in for a first time dinner. Nice and quiet! They don’t play background music which would have hindered the conversation. There is a nice bar, centrally located, with a single TV, which also kept the noise level down. They take reservations, which is a huge plus; they also honored my request for a booth in the reservation. Service was excellent, with a waiter who was very attentive, and took time to talk about the restaurant for a few minutes. The food is top shelf! Had a salad with a fantastic balsamic vinaigrette dressing; as well as an excellent bread/olive oil-vinegar appetizer. My date had minestrone soup and a large salad which she thought was wonderful. I had a chicken dish with carrots and red potatoes in a very tasty sauce. I was totally impressed with this whole experience, commented to my date that it would be a great place to take friends, and was still able to make it to the theater on time. Five stars.

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HA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

In town for a college basketball game at UOP.
We had an early dinner and enjoyed the food and service. Reasonable prices too!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great find in Stockton! Nice ambiance, GREAT service and food tasted wonderful. Very pleased with our meal! Nice wine selection, big menu with lots of options and amazing desserts!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a reservation for 8. There was no table ready. They did bring out a new one for us. Food was decent, prices were high.

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G
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted fresh and delicious. Salmon ravioli was delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very plain food. Not what you would expect from an upscale Italian restaurant. Not what you would get from an Italian fast food place either. Service was fine. Food was bland! Will not be back

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The place is nice service was okay nothing special my prime rib was not appealing at all nor was the flavor,
My husband had the pasta which was really hard definitely not al dente.

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L
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s dinner. Great ambiance. Wonderful bar. Everything, right down to the pasta was handmade from scratch. I tasted everyone’s food and the flavors were amazing. We all left very full and happy.

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M
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in everything but the Panna Cota. The best advice I can give is go four blocks south and eat Greek food. Seriously, the food was tasteless and presented very poorly. Our server was very friendly but by the end of the night, I was annoyed by her apologizing for her poor service (she was horrible and slow). My prime rib looked and tasted horrible (who ruins prime rib?) The lasagna and fettuccine had no flavor. Their tiramisu was like eating warm slop. If this was the best effort, I hope the next restaurant is a Chinese place!

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RO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and ambiance. But they need valet parking. Not comfortable finding parking and getting back to car at night in downtown Stockton. Will not be back unless they have valet parking

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JA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This restaurant says it is Italian, however the lasagna was horrible, the meatballs seemed as if they came out of a can of Chef Boyardee.
Drinks were not good, I ordered a basil mojitio , it had absolutely no flavor.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The only thing that was nice was the wait staff.

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KS
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We had heard that the food was good but neater me or my wife could even finish our dinner, the salad was very Wilty and very overdressed not sure how there staying open we went at 545 on a Friday night and it was dead, should have left then WORST FOOD IN TOWN

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San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Well put together Restaurant Week menu - generous portions, wonderful flavors, nice ambience!

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