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About Bellissimo Restaurant

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!!

10403 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030-3302
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
We are open 7 days a week!
Monday-Friday 11:30 am until 10 pm.
Saturday and Sunday 4 pm until 10 pm.

Cross Street:
Main Street and University Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 293-2367

Website:
http://www.bellissimorestaurant.com/

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.

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(236).

Executive Chef:
Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Bellissimo Restaurant has partnerships with The Fairfax Symphony and George Mason Center for the Arts. Ticketholders of the Fairfax Symphony Concerts enjoy a 10% discount on the evening of performances.
In addition, ticketholders of George Mason University's Center for the Arts Opera Series enjoy a $15% discount on evenings of performances. Please bring your tickets to us and we will be happy to honor your discount. Feel free to contact Mary at 202 262-3726 or info@bellissimorestaurant.com for details.

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Private Dining

Bellissimo can accommodate private parties of up to 65 people for lunch or dinner any day of the week. We have experience in a wide range of private parties, including anniversaries, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, graduations, office parties, business meetings, fundraising events and holida

Bellissimo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
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Special Occasion (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Romantic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Authentic (13)
Cozy (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Casual (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food. Different combination of flavors. Would return with friends

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is definitely one of, if not the best Italian restaurants I've been to in this area. The ambiance is great, the staff is extremely friendly, and the food was fantastic. They seem to genuinely care about the product that they put out. They also bake their own bread, which was also fantastic. The only possible criticism I could give was that there is not an extensive wine list. But not being a big wine person, that did not bother me so much. Being that I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and have eaten in some of the best Italian restaurants, I can truly say that Bellissimo does it right.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Bellissimo is our go too for "non-chain" Italian food. The restaurant is very small and intimate but you are not rushed through dinner in order to achieve a "high" turnover. Portions are large enough for sharing with 2 people.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great meal and great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was very good. We had veal which was very tasty. The fried calamari was a bit tough. The cocktails were excellent. There were several options we thought would be good on menu so we'll need to return to try them out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a very disappointing experience, especially since my family was looking forward to a nice Thanksgiving dinner. We arrived for our reservation on time, and we were promptly seated. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. Even though the restaurant was mostly empty, the servers were very slow to come to our table to deliver menus, water, take orders, and deliver food. When we received our turkey dinners, the mashed potatoes and dressing were cold. The turkey was lukewarm. In addition, the food tasted like someone only knew of one seasoning--salt. Everything was very salty. In summary, I would not recommend this restaurant based upon the poor service and food.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food and good service. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Delicious meal, great service. Small place so make sure you make reservations. Definitely worth the trip.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

A warm welcome on a cold, windy weeknight. Were were early and saw only three other guests, or our ambiance score might have been higher. Loved the background music and the fact that it was in the background. So pleasantly quiet! If my tenderloin had been a bit more tender and my medium rare not medium, our food score would have been higher. But the excellent salad and the impeccable service will bring us back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and ambience. Perfect for a date night .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We enjoyed the entire experience. The staff, the service, the food, the drinks, and the pricing all exceeded out expectations!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. The food and service is consistently excellent! Friendly and warm atmosphere. We enjoy each and every visit!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Last review, i said we wouldn't go back. Shouldn't have.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our second visit to Bellissimo, this time for an anniversary dinner with my wife.
Service is prompt, though it should be, as it was not very busy. (Note - it was Sunday evening at 7pm)

I've only had pasta dishes on my 2 visits and they were excellent both times.

I thought it strange that we were sat at a table, only to have the only other table of diners to be sat right next to us. We would have enjoyed a touch more privacy considering the restaurant was otherwise empty.
The table that was finishing when we arrived, and the table that was sat next to us were both clearly regulars.

Would go back for the food, perhaps at a busier hour to experience a different take on the ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Amazing food, excellent service and quiet place place for romantic dinner. First time there for my wife's birthday and she was very happy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Meal was great except for waiter trying to upsell when we said we just wanted dinner and he said how about a ceaser salad for the table, for which we were charged 33.00 dollars!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good food, liked that it is small and quiet, waitress:Jennifer, very good

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice place with SLOW everything. Service slow, attention to basic dining needs, slow. Desert offering and delivery, slow. Took forever to get check and then they couldn't process credit cards..... Had a choice of leaving credit card info for them to run when their credit card equipment returned to service or.....pay cash. (over 100 for 2) Ouch. I'll try this place 1 more time but I have to get over the first try...... Make sure to leave for your reservation early enough to find a parking spot (free garage a block or 2 away or the Huddleston Mem. Library free parking) and walk to your food. Allow at least 2 hours for dinner if you're going anywhere after your meal.
I'll try this place 1 more time but....... I'll pretend 1st time didn't happen.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Bellissimo in the very heart of "Old Town Fairfax City" is a great spot for a pre-concert or sports event at the Eagle Bank Arena of G.M.U., which is a quick Uber ride away. With abundant free public parking within an easy walk of this restaurant, getting to events is a snap! But, of course there is the reward of great Italian Cuisine and attentive service with a bonus find: a very talented barman! We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Tremendous experience. Every meal was fantastic. I would have preferred to not have been seated by the door where numerous walk-ins hovered seeking tables, but it did not detract greatly from a lovely evening.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was good and the restaurant is nice and clean. However, the best part of the dining experience was our waiter. I can't remember his name, but he's. Sweet, 85 yo Sicilian man. And he was just perfect. Nice, funny, he even sang. My dad is sicilian and he absolutely loved it! My family is out-going and friendly, from the Midwest; and we just thought he truly made the dining experience excellent!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was very disappointing. We had been to the restaurant many times in the past and were looking forward to returning. The ambience was nice (small and cozy), the waiter was gracious, and the noise level a real plus (we were able to converse with our friends. However, three out of four members of our party found the food barely acceptable. We won't return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Absolutely amazing. We go only on special occasions and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Had reservations for a special occasion and it took one and a half hours to get our meals. Waiter wouldn't even come to our table to serve us drinks.

Surprised and disappointed, we won't be back.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The dinning experience was dull - no social interaction between us and the servers - we ordered and left without a smile. The entres we're okay, but did not measure up to the price of the dish....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Some interesting dishes like Calamari Urnido, and the specials were delicious. Among 5 diners, Veal, Lamb, Chicken, Halibut were all satisfying in taste and amount. Appetizers were also enjoyable, Toretti Di Mozzarella and Carpaccio Di Carne. Service is good and accomodating. Very small space.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We frequent this lovely, intimate neighborhood gem frequently. Everything is consistent I.e., food, service, ambiance. As par the course, we had a lovely evening. Thank you Bellissimo!
The Penn's

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Dinner with my daughter near her college. Really a delicious meal AND Great Service!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great place. Even though some of the Yelp reviews were a bit negative. We found this place to be quite charming and the food to be especially good

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Do not believe the information that is posted on their website.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent dinner experience. Food was delicious, service is outstanding.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Expensive and mediocre. The salmon Special was overcooked, and I thought the fish was past it's prime. My son had a chicken dish, which he finished and said was good. My wife's pasta was overcooked and there was a lot of water in the bowl, indicating it had not been properly drained. I won't be returning, even though the restaurant itself is quite lovely and intimate. Ambiance counts, but not as much as food, and in this case the food was way off the mark.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food and servicewas fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a very lovely evening and a wonderful meal. Would definitely visit again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food. We have been here several times. Service was a bit off last week but they were very busy during restaurant week.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We have always had a delicious meal at Bellisimo at this Northern Italian restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Enjoy fine Italian cuisine? This is a great option to explore the charming ambiance of Bellissimo Italian Restaurant in downtown Fairfax City. Creative dishes of varies tastes, and flavors to enjoy. Notable wine list. Very attentive service. We always enjoy the chance to share our experience of the service, and tastes of Bellissimo with our clients. A great treat for a special occasion. Plenty of free parking is available in several Fairfax City public lots seconds from Bellissimo Restaurant. One lot is located behind Bellissimo (South on University) at the corner of University Drive and Sager Avenue. Thank you for another enjoyable evening!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food at Bellissimo. The service was excellent with the server providing useful recommendations. We will definitely recommend Bellissimo to our friends. The only issue with Bellissimo is parking. We were fortunate to find an empty slot at one of the nearby Fairfax City lots.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We've enjoyed several meals here and this met the usual high standard. The bonus was that it was Restaurant Week with a special menu and reasonable prices. The most delicious item was the tomato bisque soup. Veal ravioli was great too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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