Bellissimo Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Want to spend time with family and friends instead of cooking? Have Thanksgiving at Bellissimo! We'll offer traditional Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixin's as well as many other specialty dishes.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 1110 People Are Saying
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EA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, unsurpassed service, and unequaled ambience. Easily the best restaurant in Fairfax City.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine. Will go back in a heartbeat!

D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quaint little authentic Italian restaurant. Wait staff were good but service started out a bit slow, but was more attentive once the orders were taken. Food was excellent and plentiful for us. This was only our second time at Bellissimo. We will definitely return.

LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful fairfax gem. Cozy and quaint. Fine Italian food. Wonderful tender veal. Great wines

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bellisimo was a wonderful place to celebrate a loved one's birthday. Food was outstanding, service was attentive and friendly, free birthday tiramisu was a delicious and lovely touch. I'm a fairly severe critic of American Italian good after having lived in Napoli for three years, but Bellisimo is terrific.

L
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dined prior to show at George Mason. Got the seafood linguini special for $37 which was huge. Very good, a little spinach. Too much food for me without enough veggies, but my husband enjoyed it very much. Disappointed the cappuccino machine wasn’t working. Tiramisu strangely dry. But very cute place.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was incredible!

Food was outstanding !

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I have no idea why this restaurant has more than 2 stars. The food could not have been more bland. That it hard to do with Italian food. The service was great, very friendly, but this restaurant itself is dirty and dingy looking inside and the food is lacks all appeal.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly authentic and such great service. I will be returning soon!

w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal porcini was excellent with a wonderful arugula salad, delicately dressed, and a bottle of Amarone wine with delicious cannolis for dessert. Bellissimo is an elegant Italian gem in Fairfax. The service, as always was impeccable, and the atmosphere is relaxing and inviting - right down to the beautiful, fragrant fresh roses on every table. They continue to provide the little touches that so many restaurants no longer do. We will definitely be back.

Y
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was outstanding and can’t wait to go back!

f
Washington DC
139 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner with my husband & granddaughter. I ordered one of the specials which was a pasta with seafood in it. It was delicious. The restaurant put together some linguine with marinara for our granddaughter. She really liked it and then had cheesecake for dessert. Our waiter was great & had so much personality.

LE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to dinner during the extended restaurant week. Haven’t been in a few years and definitely not as good as I remembered. Food quality and service not as top notch as before. Maybe because it was a prix fix menu, but I thought that was supposed to impress the diner to return.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 25, 2019

Hello Lamya: We are so sorry that you didn't enjoy yourself this time. It's the same chef as always since 2003 and many of the same servers! Come again and give us a try, if you are up for it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Bellissimo is a tired restaurant with a lackluster menu. Admittedly it is "Restaurant Week" but the menu was uninspired and very pricey for the equally weak quality of the food. The glowing reports on the wall are from a decade and a half ago. Perhaps it was amongst the best, but I am hard pressed to see how it could still be.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

We are so sorry about your experience, but appreciate your letting us know. We are the same owners/chef for the past 15 years- so there have been no changes. We will keep on trying to do better!

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RW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the dinner. Unfortunately they serve coffee only with milk . We like our coffee with half and half.... otherwise it would be a great dinner
Hope the owner will provide half and half for coffee..,

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 24, 2019

We have cream! I am not sure what happened. So sorry for the inconvenience.

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MH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was there for restaurant week. They offer a lot of options for the three course meal. The wine by the glass is not stellar by an means. I had the tiramisu which was not as sweet as typical. The cannoli and the cheesecake looked to be good. The best part of the meal was the sauce. They do a great job with the gravy.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience with us. We really appreciate it. We hope to see you soon. We have an extensive wine list and the house wines change all the time. We'd appreciate your suggestions- really! Please send us and email with suggestions- that would be great!

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TR
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy the delicious food and the excellent service at this local favorite.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

HURRAH! Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Bellissimo during Restaurant week August 2019. We enjoyed the Crostina Polenta, and Toretta Mozerella as our first course. The Crostina Polenta was a nice mix of textures and well seasoned. Second course was Veal Porcini and Chicken Florentine. The Veal Porcini won that round because the veal was tender in a rich sauce. The Chicken Florentine was tasty and wasn't overcome by the fontina. The Strawberries Sabaglione was light, perfect for summer. Cannoli is a trusted standby and was crisp on the outside with a flavorful cream. The food is good. You wont' be disappointed. What makes Belissimo a better than most restaurant is their waitstaff. Attentive without being pushy, with a bit of conversation. The Belilissimo is cozy and clean. We will be going back in the near future.

DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Visited during restaurant week. Food is good but they need more wait staff. The person helping me had no idea how to efficiently service tables. Even when I asked for my bill before the entree was even served, I had to wait until after dessert was cleared. I knew it would be like that, which is why I tried to be proactive, but oh well...

The food is good; just don’t expect a waiter/waitress who is keeping an eye on you.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

I would love to get more details about your experience with the waitstaff. Could you please call me on my cell 202 262-3726. This would help us tremendously! We want to do better. Mary (owner)

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GG
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner during restaurant week at Bellisimo. Rey is very accommodating with recommendations and the servers attentive. Food was delicious!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thank you for your great review! We are thrilled!

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N
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant in Fairfax City. Family owned with the executive chief being one of the owners. Never miss Restaurant Week. Omar's children might be serving you. Every dish is well presented in a timely manner in a very cozy atmosphere.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review! Yes- our kids have been working as busboys over the summer! Can't wait to see you soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and fantastic service! The bread is light and toasty. Combined with the olive oil and Parmesan made the perfect Start to lunch. The gazpacho was fresh and almost smoky. After that I was not surprised that the Chicken Granchioli was perfectly cooked, juicy with melty cheese. The sabaglione was light and fluffy; perfectly paired with tangy strawberries to make a light and satisfying end to lunch. Will definitely be back!!!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It puts a smile on our faces!

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TS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff was extremely accommodating and I have no complaints on that front. Honestly, I think Bellissimo is overpriced given: a) i've had much better Italian food (for less money) at nearby restaurants; and b) the inside of Bellissimo needs some serious attention. It would be one thing to pay as much as Bellissimo charges for the food if the atmosphere was 5-star, but it's not. Baseboard moldings are gouged and discolored, the paint on the walls is faded and worn, door trims are beaten, etc. I would simply expect more from a restaurant that charges top dollar for a dinner.

W
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal! Every group of friends I’ve brought to Bellissimo loves it. Our server Ennio made our meal complete with his charm and excellent service. Gazpacho was a huge hit filled with flavor. A few of us ordered the salmon, others the shrimp special. The calamari was one of the best my friend Linda has ever had. The desserts were beyond wonderful. I’m sure my friends will be back as will I. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled that you had a great experience with us and we are looking forward to seeing you again very soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was great! Attentive and made sure I was pleased

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

That's fantastic to hear! Thanks for the positive feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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JG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A nice surprise. Hearty portions, yummy food, attentive service

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for your lovely review! We appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

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u
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ennio, our server was very polite and is a very humble person. The best service !!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2019

Ennio is the very best! Thank you for letting us know about your experience!

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RP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were not impressed at all with our dinner this evening. The gluten-free pasta was hard and pasty. It said it was linguini - when it was actually spaghetti. The server was polite. The food was mediocre. The shrimp was chewy. The specialty fish was very good and the sauce was great but the presentation was bland. The dessert was mushy. We had ordered the mango sorbet that wasn’t even very cold because the freezer was not working. The server provided us the orange sorbet which was colder. However, he still charge us for sorbet- which didn’t make sense. The cost of the wine at $35 a bottle for an average house wine was extreme. Disappointed::-(
We had a reservation for 15 people in August – – and came to check the place out in advance. Because we weren’t impressed, we are canceling that reservation.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on July 16, 2019

RP and DP: Thank you for the feedback about your visit. We appreciate the time you took to write this to us. We are very sorry that the mango sorbet wasn't cold- our refrigerator was on the blink that night! It is now fixed. You shouldn't have been charged for the orange sorbet, though. Also sorry you didn't like the house wines. The good thing is we are always changing our selections- so any recommendations would be appreciated. Hope you'll give us another try!

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D
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat in a window table away from the main dining room. Cozy and quiet spot. Food was great. Although servers were very nice, they kept forgetting things. Maybe they were too busy. Overall enjoyable experience

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thanks, Devi for letting us know. I would love to know more details about the service. Could you call me on my cell at 202 262-3726 please? We'd love the chance to make it up to you. Glad the food was great! Talk soon I hope!

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Quaint location in Fairfax. Food was a little disappointing and service was spotty. The cannolis for dessert however were incredibly tasty.

CH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been here in years. Recently returned fro Italy and we wanted Italian food for my wife’s Birthday. Very nice experience, good service, good food and nice ambience.

N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service! Food was wonderful although I prefer my Salmon a little less cooked the flavors were delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great except they need to invest in a new air conditioner asap

JO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Mediocre experience. Food was bland and service was adequate. We don't plan to return.

AK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I truly enjoyed our meal here. The maître d' was very personable and make the service very enjoyable. The house wines were excellent, especially their Brunello. The portions are huge, so much so that I would like to see this trend of enormous servings pared down a bit - although the prices are not overwhelming. As for the quality of the food, my wife's chicken marsala was slightly on the salty side and the seafood in my linguine cleopatra was slightly overdone, I'm guessing it was introduced to the sauce way too early before serving. Other than that I highly recommend and would return myself.

EH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff! We were looking into it for our Rehearsal dinner for our wedding and we will definitely be having our event here.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on June 10, 2019

Hi Elizabeth: Fantastic! We love rehearsal dinners! Call Mary at 202 262-3726 to help you plan it!

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m
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual the food was excellent. It is disappointing that a three star restaurant like Bellissimo is content to give its guests one star cutlery. Maybe people don't notice, but my wife and I do.

m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff happily moved us to a more secluded table once we realized we were next to a graduation celebration table of 16. Small restaurant that cannot hide noise but feels like a family operation. The fresh grilled salmon special was cooked to perfection. We asked about whether it would be fresh, and he answered, "We don't have a freezer! It has to be fresh!" Tiramisu dessert was delicious. Friendly place where they don't hurry you through your meal. We will be returning for special occasions. Cons: Parking can be a problem at that busy intersection of old town Fairfax City.

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around - great place to celebrate our anniversary!

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant authentic italian food. The Chef made an off menu item- Veal Parmigiana which should be on the menu. You will not be disappointed with anything you order.

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