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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!!
Fairfax, VA 22030-3302
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.
Main Street and University Drive
$31 to $50
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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.
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).
Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I found this restaurant to be a very lovely little place. It was stunningly quiet inside. You merely had to whisper to hold a conversation. I have never been to somewhere like that. It was very very relaxing. The food was to die for! They serve nicely controlled portions that don't make you feel too full. Finally, the services was fast but not so much so that you felt rushed. I will definitely return for another quiet night of fine dining!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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