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7:00 PM
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Bellissimo Restaurant

873 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
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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.
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Phone number
(703) 293-2367
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
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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.
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Cross street
Main Street and University Drive
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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).
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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 for details.
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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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

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What 873 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaelC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

I took myself here for dinner on a Sunday night and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of my meal and service. I have been to several Italian restaurants and I even lived in Italy for 2 years. Bellissimo is one of the best Italian restaurants I have visited. I will definitely be coming back.

4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service was great and the food was excellent. Overall it was a great dinning experience.

KarlB (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nicely prepared food. Elegant restaurant. A bit pricey.

DanL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Immensely charming service, quiet atmosphere, white tablecloths, killer red sauce. Your mileage may vary, but this is the sort of Italian restaurant I (Italian family, Jersey born) am conditioned to expect.

I've only been once, so I'll save a star on the excellent food until I've sampled more of the menu. For what it's worth, every bite I sampled from my girlfriend's plate was just as good as what I ordered.

A tad pricey, but it's not like they're hiding that from you. It isn't S'barro.

viptellitlikeitis (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The place is small and the seating a little cramped. It appears to draw an older crowd. That said, the food is very, very good and the prices are very reasonable. It is authentic in an old school way. We would much rather come here than go to a Great American Restaurant outlet, for example.

Theburgh81 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening! The service was great and the food was incredible! The restaurant itself is not the biggest so I would suggest making reservations.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience was disappointing. The food was bland and unremarkable. We had 2 servers waiting on our table and they did not seem to be communicating with each other so we were asked multiple times if we had already ordered various courses. The price was quite high compared to other local restaurants.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Awesome food and service. The Crab Ravioli special was very tasty.

LAR6265 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We love this restaurant. Good food, good service and Old World charm.

ArcherJ (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We lucked out that it was restaurant week so the meal was inexpensive. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the regular menu so the selections were limited. The only other problem was since we were going to a concert close by and were running late it wasn't as leisurely as it could have been. Not the restaurant's fault.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was horrible with the server bringing out the wrong appetizer and main dish. We went during Restaurant Week but it wasn’t busy at all. The people dining next to us on both sides actually thought it was pretty comical because the server kept making the mistake. Not even an apology even though we had to wait a long time for the right food to come out. Also do NOT order any cocktail as their drinks are made horrible. Most likely because there is no bartender and the server makes the drinks. Not a good experience at all. Food was good though!

Eric (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was very good and their restaurant week menu was good as well.

vipmeee (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Went for restaurant week. They had an excellent selection with lots of choices. We had the hardest time choosing. The service was excellent and the waitor was very helpful and patient as we chose a bottle of wine and our dinner order. The wine recommendation was excellent.

For starter we ordered Crostina di Polenta Calamari and Cotechino Con Fagioli. I have never had grilled calamari that was so tender. It was absolute perfection. The sausage was also delicious. For entree we ordered Vitello al Porcine and Fettucine al Ragu Salsiccia Caprino. Both were delicious but I think the veal was tastier. Dessert was incredible. We had the strawberries with cream and cheesecake. Amazing.

I definitely recommend this place of you like a cozy little restaurant with excellent food and service. We got there a little bit early which I think was great for getting a little extra attention from our server. They do get quite busy as the night progresses since they split the restaurant between 2 servers.

We did not have any trouble finding parking across the street. Maybe also a benefit of being a bit early.

vipNorm (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants!!! The executive chef owns the restaurant and is a master in the kitchen while his wife does the paperwork. Having been in the kitchen of various Italian restaurants he combines all his skills and knowledge in his own kitchen and is able to produce meals from all the regions of Italy. The wait staff are true professionals that glide unobtrusively around the dinning room look to serve your every need. A wonderful older gentleman from Sicily was my server and was extremely helpful in my dish selections. You can not go wrong in selecting anything on the menu!! The lamb and veal dishes were recommended by Chef. This was and remains one of best restaurant week bargains. The dining area is oh so comfortable and warm.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

The bread was amazing, our waiter was extremely charming and entertaining, the ambience was perfect and the food was delicious. Cannot think of anything to criticize! Would definitely go back again if I had the chance.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We tried lunch during restaurant week. Bellisimo's menu was the best value in our area.

Don't know if regular prices would convey the same value.

JEV17 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent service and food was great.

BrunchRegular (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the first dining experience at Bellissimo for my wife and me--and, frankly, was chosen at random, largely because of its location. We had not been out on a "date" night in quite some time and Bellissimo ended up being a serendipitous selection. It was romantic, the wait staff attentive--without being excessively so, the food was very good, and it reminded us of several places we frequented while dating before marriage--adding immensely to our enjoyment. We have already recommended Bellissimo to friends who enjoy Italian food.

vipPaul (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a wonderful evening the food was and service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and personable. We will definitely return.

JosieZC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We ring in the new year at Bellissimos for the past three years. We have really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food is spectacular! The presentation is very creative. The owner/Chef has come out to ring in the new year!