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Bellissimo Restaurant, Fairfax, VA

Bellissimo Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1527 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A small, cozy neighborhood restaurant that serves Northern Italian food in a warm & inviting ambiance. We are chef-owned and operated and offer a diverse menu featuring seafood, homemade pastas, meats and homemade desserts. We offer a full bar and extensive wine list. We now offer outside seating so you can enjoy a dish of homemade pasta and a glass of wine in the sun enjoying the beauty of historic Old Town Fairfax right across the street from the Old Town Hall.
We are open every day but Monday! See you soon.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of operation
    Sat, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 293-2367
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
  • Catering
    Bellissimo Restaurant offers catering for both small and large parties. In addition, we can offer carry-out for those lunches or evenings when you would prefer to eat at home or in the office. Please call Mary for more details at 202 262-3726.
  • Private party facilities
    Bellissimo seats up to 65 people for lunch/ dinner. We personalize your event to match your needs. Experience in a wide range of events, incl. anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, graduations, office parties, business meetings & holiday events! Vegan, gluten-free & vegetarian options. Full-bar, wine.
  • Private party contact
    Mary Killay Lavayen (owner): (202) 262-3726
  • Neighborhood
    Fairfax
  • Cross street
    Main Street and University Drive
  • Parking details
    There are many PUBLIC PARKING lots available to Bellissimo diners that are steps from the front door. Public parking lots include: one block behind Bellissimo (south) on University Drive; one block north on University Drive next door to the Town Hall; one block East on Main Street( Route 236). www.bellissimorestaurant for maps
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,527 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,527 Reviews
  1. PJsreview

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All four of us enjoyed the food! Service was very good. We will return!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were surprised to find out that they still had only the Valentine prix fixe menu in place, no other option, but the food was amazing, if a little pricey. Our waiter made a wine recommendation of a new addition to their list that was also very good - a Pinot Nero from Friulli, but he misidentified it as a Montipulciano. ? I felt a little awkward in pointing this out to him. The experience was otherwise excellent for our party of 4, as usual. I definitely recommend Bellissimo.

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  3. Valentine

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    MARIO!! he's amazing at his job and makes you feel welcomed. Enjoyed the entree and bread 100% would visit again.

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  4. Rich

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Dined in a quiet part of the dining room. A real Valentine’s dinner treat!

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  5. Diyoyonah

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bellissimo has a charming atmosphere and excellent service. The duck breast was overcooked, but the recipe and presentation were pleasant.

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  6. stan

    Puerto Vallarta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for lunch. Very nice restaurant with tables very well set with white tablecloths and beautiful glass. The food was amazing with delicious sauces. We had fried squid, green lip mussels , penne puttanesca, a veal dish. Delicious and the prices were not bad for what we had. Highly recommended.

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  7. novaellen

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dinner was lovely. The ambiance was cozy. The service excellent. My husband had the rockfish and really enjoyed it. I had the seafood pasta fra diavalo . It was excellent, a bit spicer than I prefer but my husband thought it was fine. This restaurant is one of the few local places with quiet atmosphere and great food.

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  8. LisaP

    Baltimore

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. As always good food and great service!

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  9. Melly

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. The wait staff were so nice and friendly. The food was excellent!!! I will DEFINITELY be going back.

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  10. VirginiaDiner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Restaurant Week menu offered two price point options that included 3 courses. Great value and delicious offerings.

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  11. Dottie

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our delicious 3 course selection during Restaurant Week. There was five of us ladies so they gave us a beautiful private area to enjoy our delicious lunch together.

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  12. ShanitaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was nasty. It had no flavor. The polenta was watery and well as no seasoning on the shrimp. The ravioli tasted frozen. And when the food came to the table it was cold. It came fast but it was not fresh or hot. The cannoli tasted like a fried wonton and the cream consistency tasted like curdled milk. it was just bad. I will never return.

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  13. Mark

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our 5th visit. Always excellent. This time we visited for Restaurant Week. A appetizer, main course, and desert for $40 or $55, depending on your selection. Excellent value. Value means nothing without tasty food, attentive service, and good ambiance. As always, the restaurant excelled. Main course was a salmon with a surprising delicious orange-flavored sauce. Tiramisu for dessert also excellent. Tiny complaint. The noise level is a bit high. Far from painfully high, just a minor nuisance.

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  14. Justin

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was awesome as always. The staff was great. Mario and came out and sung happy birthday to the two birthday girls. We will for sure go back, this place is great!

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  15. Debra

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my birthday at Bellissimo. We lucked out. It was Restaurant Week. Three-course meal for $25. Great value! The Caesar salad, pasta and Tiramisu were excellent! My friends from Maryland thoroughly enjoyed everything! Will definitely be back and highly recommend! Thank you!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance and the food! Service was a 10!!! Highly recommend!!

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  17. Rina

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I lives in Fairfax for long time and this is the first time went to this restaurant. Quiet place with lots of public parking nearby. Food was awesome, especially the lamb shank. the bread was crispy outside and soft inside, paires great with olive oil and cheese

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  18. BGM73

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have always enjoyed our dining experience at the restaurant. The food is great and the service warm and efficient. Restaurant Week makes it even better!

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  19. MichaelP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very charming old school Italian vibe. Excellent food and service. Not to be missed if you are in the area.

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  20. LaurenA

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A delicious restaurant with wonderful waitstaff. A great way to celebrate a birthday

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  21. RustyR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was innovative, delicious, and overall outstanding. We enjoyed the wine selection too.

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  22. StevenR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and warm friendly atmosphere. Perfect for get together with friends.

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  23. henry

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a special dinner for my daughter and we had an amazing meal. Thanks to the outstanding service by our waiter Mario the Lawyer. Thanks for a great dinner We will be back next time we visit.

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  24. SheryllP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I would definitely recommend this place for a date night because it is very quiet and simple.

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  25. VirginiaMike

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another wonderful New Years Eve meal at Bellissimo! My Ossa Bucco was delightful, so tender and flavorful and perfect with the accompanying saffron rice. My wife greatly enjoyed her Veal Scallopini, and we both loved the cheesecake for dessert. O yeah, my bottle of reserve Chanti was the perfect accompaniment to my veal shanks. All in a a great evening, and we will be back again in the future!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent . We had a group of 6 and had wine, appetizers , salads, entrees and desserts. Every single dish was excellent . Will definitely be returning

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  27. rbrestaurant

    Tucson

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food preparation, quality, presentation and taste is excellent. Servers are very nice and attentive.

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  28. MargieR

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bellisimo was great as always!! their veal was tender and tasty and the service was extraordinaire! The waiter came around to make sure everything was good or to see if we needed anything and water and coffee service regular also. Cannoli was delicious, as expected.

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  29. SandyK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent shrimp dishes - my husband's with pasta and mine with slivered zucchini. Appetizer salad also delicious. Chocolate mousse was OK. House cab sav was good and affordable.

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  30. ShelleyJ

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One is guaranteed an excellent dining experience at Bellisimo. We enjoyed Christmas dinner. The halibut was creatively prepared and included artichoke hearts. The lamb shank was tender and the filet mignon was very delicious. The ambiance is lovely and made for a wonderful Christmas sinner.

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  31. PatriciaC

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m assuming this restaurant was sold at some point. The service was sub par as well as the food. The presentation of food was nice but quality and taste here a definite NO. It’s extremely small inside but has some charm due to the age of the building which appears to be a 100 years old. The carpet was filthy and appears to be 25 or more years old. Never again! $275 with tip for 3 people for the food quality and service was crazy.

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  32. Bart

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to eat here. We had a wonderful three course Christmas lunch. Service was wonderful and the food was incredible. We make it a tradition to eat here on Christmas Day when our relatives are not in town and have always had a wonderful meal.

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  33. MaryM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service! Primary server was personable, attentive and committed to our complete enjoyment.

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  34. AlbertP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is very quaint, the food is excellent, and the service was some of the best I have ever had - just delightful. If you want a casual, friendly place to go for a pleasant night out, I would highly recommend Bellissimo.

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  35. debbieg

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant! Great service and great food. Lovely decor! Always a delight to dine there!

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  36. ZaksMimi

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, we had the server I had read about in reviews. She couldn't speak or understand English well, and appeared befuddled and not experienced in taking food and drink orders. She could not remember orders even though she appeared to be writing them down. Agree with other review that it may be the owner's wife pressed into service for busy evening -- and not happy about it! Personally, I wasn't impressed with menu choices when we had visited some years ago -- and was the same last night. Others in our group of 8 enjoyed their food though. The server did not even ask if we wanted dessert as she began clearing our tables; we had to ask her! We shared tiramisu for dessert and it was excellent!

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  37. Mclh

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best Italian restaurant in the area. The food is consistently delicious and the service is excellent.

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  38. LisaP

    Baltimore

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and excellent service! My husband enjoyed the seafood special.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I and another couple went to Bellissimo last night and had excellent service and amazing meals. Our waiter, Mario, could not have been more knowledgeable or more professional. Staff constantly circulated and filled water glasses, etc. How good are the staff? I knocked my full glass of red wine over, soaking the white table cloth and hitting one of my party. Mario et all came out with a number of cloth napkins to mop up the spill and then to cover the table, all the while assuring me that it was no big deal. He even topped off my glass, something I did not expect. A+ to Mario and crew. Thank you all around. We will be back.

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  40. Deni

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was outstanding! They were the busiest I had ever seen them with a GMU concert and the Fairfax Tree Lighting going on, but service was still very good. It is a very small restaurant so I would make reservations. This is authentic Italian food, perfectly seasoned, and wonderfully presented.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bellissimo Restaurant using the Order Online button. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 293-2367.

Bellissimo Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1527 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bellissimo Restaurant

10403 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030-3302

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street and University Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Fairfax
  • Hours of operation
    Sat, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There are many PUBLIC PARKING lots available to Bellissimo diners that are steps from the front door. Public parking lots include: one block behind Bellissimo (south) on University Drive; one block north on University Drive next door to the Town Hall; one block East on Main Street( Route 236). www.bellissimorestaurant for maps
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 293-2367
  • Catering
    Bellissimo Restaurant offers catering for both small and large parties. In addition, we can offer carry-out for those lunches or evenings when you would prefer to eat at home or in the office. Please call Mary for more details at 202 262-3726.
  • Private party facilities
    Bellissimo seats up to 65 people for lunch/ dinner. We personalize your event to match your needs. Experience in a wide range of events, incl. anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, graduations, office parties, business meetings & holiday events! Vegan, gluten-free & vegetarian options. Full-bar, wine.
  • Private party contact
    Mary Killay Lavayen (owner): (202) 262-3726
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