Bellissimo Restaurant

4.5
1043 reviews
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Italian
A small, cozy restaurant that serves exquisite Northern Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance with excellent service. We are a fine dining restaurant with a very friendly, welcoming environment. You don't need to wait until a special occasion to visit us- we'd love to see you anytime! Come and visit so that you can try our chef's delectable daily specials for lunch or dinner. See you soon!

Open Seven Days a Week!!
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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We will be offering a special Easter menu and we will be open extended hours! We look forward to celebrating with you!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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RO
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but expensive since portions are small. Atmosphere and service both excellent . Np specific parking spots but not far for free lot. Probably good for special occasions where cost is not significant

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I've had better Italian food at lower cost. The champagne sauce with the butternut ravioli dish was heavy on the flour almost to the point of being a poorly constructed Bearnaise sauce. The arugula/beat/feta cheese salad was lacking in that it had no punch in either allowing the arugula to come forward or allowing the chevreaux fromage to make a point above and beyond the oil. The shrimp/scallop linguine was good with the shrimp butterflied and baked prior and the scallops done absolutely terrifically with respect to texture but lacking a bit on taste. The marinara sauce for that dish was good- not great. Could have made better with just a few more spices and maybe even a hint of lemon. The wine list is far too overpriced for the wines offered. They need a Sicilian Grillo white, although the restaurant sells itself as being "northern Italian" as though there is something wrong about southern Italian and something authentic about northern Italian? Really bad part was the $30 per plate price on the specials that were not told to our table when we ordered. Definitely not worth that price. I'm a formally trained chef, so a restaurant has to do more than serve average retail Italian food at "special" prices when it is clearly not that caliber. By the way... what's with the northern Italian bent? I had the best meal of my entire life near Paestum, Italy in a seaside restaurant where I paid maybe 25 Euro a plate and would have given them 100. It was a phenomenal mix of light fare with each bite having familiarity with the dish you were eating, yet each bite had its own uniqueness. That is special. This restaurant is not in that regard, but prices itself as so.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little restaurant in the heart of Fairfax City serving authentic Italian food. Some of the best Italian food we've had in this area, including DC. Brought us right back to Italy and the delicious food we had there. Great service, great ambiance. We will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time we were there during Fairfax restaurant week. The host has a great personality he made everyone feel celebrated.

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We had the opportunity to go to Bellisimo during restaurant week. Great value. Food was excellent. I would definitely go here again without restaurant week.

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Boise
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall, I thought it was a nice place, but it rang in as pretty average for me. The food was good, but not great. The Manhattan I had was a 6 on a 10 scale. Wine was good and reasonably priced. It was super noisy due to the packed house and close quarters. Waiters were good but a little too slow for me - we waited for quite a while for bread, and then quite a longer while for olive oil for the bread. The lamb shank was tender and very good. My wife's seafood fettuccini was so-so. The tiramisu was very good!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a cozy atmosphere with a wait staff that feels like family makes eating here an incredible, memorable event.

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L
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat Italian food in Northern Virginia area. Our server Joe was from Sicily and was excellent. He helped us pick out a great Italian wine as well as taking good care of us.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and it had by far the biggest menu selection of any restaurant week menu I have been to! The food was very fresh and tasty. Small restaurant so the tables are bit close together and it can get loud, but great attentive service from Fred and we will definitely be back!

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L
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Italian food around. Went there on Thursday night and going back this Saturday (2 days later)

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RN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visit Bellissimo several times a year. We greatly enjoy the hospitality provided by the head waiter. He is friendly, full of recommendations, and entertaining. This time we found the chicken marsala to be slightly under par for Bellissimo. The chicken seemed a little tough.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The place is cozy and at first, the service was great. We moved to a corner--after the choking smell of air freshener (automatic spray in the bathrooms) was apparently unchangeable--and then it became far more difficult to get our waters refilled. The food was quite nice--no complaints. Lobster bisque, salmon, etc. - all good.

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just soooo good from the appetizers to the dessert!

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J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

we happened to go when there was a large table of older women , They spoke loudly and were having a great time which is wonderful. However the restaurant is too small for that type of gathering . It was so loud and very disturbing. But the restaurant did their best to keep up with orders on a restaurant week busy lunch.The food was delicious and well worth the price ...I will be going back!

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing restaurant and we will definitely be visiting again!

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Only one waiter and person cleaning tables so service is slow. Restaurant is small so every time the door opened cold air blew through. Food was good, but was surprised to only receive 2 shrimp in my linguine dish...

Ambience is nice with appropriate background d music.

We went for restaurant week dinner to celebrate my birthday.

It is our second time at the restaurant.. we will be back.

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m
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The wait staff needs to be more attentive to the needs of the diners. Several times we had to wave our arms to get their attention when we wanted more wine or the dessert menu or whatever.

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a very cozy restaurant. The food was really good and the services was fast and attentive. Because of the size it was a little nosier than expected. Still, we had a really good dining experience.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, delicious food; Nice ambience for dining.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came for a regular Friday dinner but were not aware that only a special Valentine's Day menu was being offered. Average appetizer was $14 and average entree $35. We had the snails and mussels to start which were good but nothing spectacular. No butter for the bread, only some cheap olive oil and grated mozzarella?? The linguini Cleopatra was very good but not excellent. The sauce was a bit bland although the plentiful seafood was cooked nicely. The Ossobucco was just good. The meat was no where near tender enough. The sauce was a bit salty and not based on a traditional recipe. We skipped dessert and had some coffee and amaretto instead. At $35 each, the entrees were way overpriced. $25 would have been a more reasonable price point. Service was acceptable but spotty and lacking at times. Staff looked a bit disheveled. First visit and probably our last. Not terrible but too many other better choices.

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for our Valentines dinner and couldn’t have been more satisfied.. The service was amazing and the food was great (thank you so much Joe, which was my servers name)! This was so much better than going to one of those big, stuffy chain restaurants. If you’re on a date - GO HERE PERIOD

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great valentine’s day date

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Quaint independent authentic Italian restaurant in downtown Fairfax. Nice ambiance; however, we went on Valentines Day and tables seemed to be rearranged to accommodate a lot of two-party diners that were seated very close to one another. Hard to have a private conversation with your special someone when you are seated inches from other couples. Service was unimpressive, but not bad. Some dirt on menus. Dishes/silverware were everyday type. Food was very good, but for the price I would have expected a better experience to accompany it.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Need a better wine selection.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. Friendly wait staff. Every meal and appetizer was fabulous. Try this restaurant!

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CY
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Decidedly meh. Slightly above average food, cheap wine (but expensive) and less than white glove service.

The waiter wrote down the wrong order... brought it out and was corrected. .. due to the delay it would have caused... we accepted it. .. and were charged full price for the wrong plate. .. at almost twice the price of what was ordered.

The waiter came by at one point and scraped off the table, while we were there.

The desert was significantly over priced and tasted similar to a Jello instant mousse.

All in all, pretty disappointing. Can't endorse.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Delicious. Wonderful, knowledgeable staff. Our favorite in Fairfax.

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R
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with lots of charm.

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B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food.
We are so happy we found this restaurant.

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D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our Restaurant Week experience so much, we went back during the extension. Especially loved that the RW menu offered many options, not just three or four as many other placed do during RW. RW served its purpose and has made a regular customer out of us.

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Bellissimo during Restaurant Week 2019. Were very pleased with the food, wine, and service. A great meal for a great price.

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f
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with friends. We came for dinner & met some friends during Restaurant Week. This was the 2nd time in a week that we'd come. Our food was so good the first time we decided to invite some friends to meet us. It didn't disappoint us. My favorite item this time was the dark chocolate mousse.

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for restaurant week. First time. The food was delicious. The tuna carpaccio was yummy and the lamb shank and linguine with scallops and shrimp excellent. Deserts were the cheesecake and tiramisu. All excellent. Warm and cozy place.

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BB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Bellissimo. It was restaurant week so the menu was abbreviated but everything was outstanding. Service is always top notch.

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D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It as, well, bellissimo! Excellent food and loved having so many choices for restaurant week. A bit chilly by the door.

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r
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant, based on a friend's recommendation. We went there before attending an event at the GMU Center for the Performing Arts which is very close by. It is a cozy space, and, being from NYC originally, it was reminiscent to us of a Greenwich Village restaurant in style and vibe - which we really liked. (My only caveat is that, because they are right on Main Street in downtown Fairfax, parking around the restaurant is very tight, especially during inclement weather.) There were 4 of us - one of which was my 92 year-old Brooklyn Italian mother - and we had the "Restaurant Week" menu. The cocktails were well-prepared and potent. The service was very attentive and well-paced. And the food was beautifully presented, portioned well, and absolutely delicious! We all cleaned our plates - and everyone was sharing tastes with each other. And the space filled up to capacity while we were there which is a sure indicator of its popularity. We are definitely planning to return - highly recommended!

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JC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We wanted to try a new restaurant during Winter Restaurant Week and picked this one. Everything was fine but not remarkable. The service, not the food, was the most remarkable aspect of our dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the 2nd time that my wife and I have eaten at Bellissimo Restaurant. Both times have been for dinner during Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. The food is terrific and the service is very good. A variety of items were available on the special menu, including one or two vegetarian options.

While there is free parking in the area, spaces in Downtown Fairfax can be hard to find at busy times.

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N
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant. Always pleasant and helpful staff. Owner is the head chef who delivers food that is beautifully presented to the eye. Every dish is beautifully prepared in his kitchen. Fresh flowers and cloth table and napkins. Have been going their for 5 years and have never been disappointed. All dishes are reasonable priced as well. I always look for his lunch specials.

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