Ristorante Bella Vita Italian Bar and Grill - Los Altos

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Ristorante Bella Vita, is located in downtown Los Altos on First Street and serves Northern Italian Cuisine. Our dishes are prepared the finest and freshest ingredients featuring ever changing daily specials we will prepare any special meal to meet your diet. Gluten free and whole Wheat pastas available on your request. We have Private dining available for any to gathering and catering out. NO CORKAGE FEE on the first two bottles. Our most popular dishes are SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE (Ground veal with chianti wine sauce), PENNE CON POLLO (Chicken breast with capers, artichokes, marinara sauce), and RAVIOLI CON FUNGHI (mushroom stuffed ravioli with gorgonzola sauce, and walnuts). Our most popular dessert is the STICKY TOFFEE (dates blended into a cake, toffee sauce, vanilla bean gelato), we are famous for this dessert out of the United Kingdom. WE GUARANTEE the quality of our food. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED, if you are not happy with any item, we will be more than happy to fix the issue.
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Daily 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Closed. Out of business.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Got there after making reservations, and restaurant was closed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately Bella Vita was temporarily closed. There was no indication why it was closed nor when it expected to reopen.

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

Drove from San Jose to here and the restaurant was closed. There should be some homework done on allowing reservations for a place that is closed.

a
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed and yet still takes reservations.

DG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got to the restaurant and there was a hand written note that they would be closed for an unclosed period of time. How come Open Table didn't know this? Reservation was made the same day.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed unexpectedly even though Open Table confirmed reservation. It has a note of apology on the door. We had to find somewhere else to go. Very disappointing.

SG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The owner indicated his partner has closed the business as of Tuesday!

PG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately when we arrived the restaurant was closed; there was a sign that just said they had to close. Not sure if just for that night or indefinitely. We have always had a great meal so hoping they will be back.

E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Normally, I love the restaurant. When we go there the doors were locked. Someone said it closed. No notice. Lots of people waiting to get in.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People are always friendly. The service and the food consistently good.

FC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Pasta portions were small for the linguine vongole and the seafood pasta.

S
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Italian restaurant with great food and service.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t leave without getting the Toffee Ice Creme Desert! It is to live for.

C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good drinks and food but our favorite was the wonderful waiter— very professional and warm!

c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

If you are looking for good Italian food, this restaurant will hit the spot. We had a variety of different menu items and everyone enjoyed what they had. My only real complaint was the noise "management." We specifically asked to be seated in a quiet area and instead, they put us right next to the main path through the virtually empty restaurant, surrounded by running fountains (the "patio" section). Then a large, noisy group came through and literally stood behind our table having drinks for about 20 minutes before moving into their separate room. Eventually, it all calmed down and we were able to enjoy the rest of our meal. The staff did accommodate our request to turn off the fountains, but did nothing to move the other group through to their own reserved room. So, I'm not sure why this restaurant was on the list of "good for conversation" choices.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food to die for and no Corkage Fee. I like that!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and ambiance here, parking is easy and service is excellent. Have eaten here many times and would do so again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.

R
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian food and desserts.

DH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is super friendly, which makes eating here perfect. Food is delicious. Thanks for an enjoyable meal.

FX
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly services. We have been there many times. Great restaurant for family and friends getting together.

L
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6/1/19 As usual a delightful evening. Excellent food and service and friendly atmosphere.
I think this restaurant is the best in Los Altos !

DS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy this restaurant every trip. The service is exceptional. I enjoyed the fish special: red snapper. A birthday dessert made it even more special.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family get together

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place. Tasty food and reasonably priced.

SJ
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7 and were given a round table which was perfect and very thoughtful. The wait staff was attentive and not overbearing. Food was very good and I'm looking forward to a return trip. Thank you Bella Vita for a wonderful experience.

PC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The special, Red Snapper with artichoke hearts, capers, and white wine sauce was very good. Served with mashed potatoes and a mix of green beans, carrots, zucchini. The undisclosed price for the special was $32.99. They are no longer open for lunch. When we were there (Saturday night 6:30pm - 8:00pm), there was only about 7 tables of diners. Not sure why business is declining, as it used to have a robust business during the dinner hour. Hoping this restaurant will gain back it's momentum and stay open.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Sorry, but this place looks like it's about to collapse. There's water stains and what appears to be mold in the first area, the main dining space smells funky. The food is pretty bland at best. Really on its last legs all together. Would not recommend

CH
Central Coast
68 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We returned to Restorante Bella Vista because it reminds us of the restaurants we ate at in Italy! The location in a small shopping area is perfect for this authentic restaurant. Not only did the menu have a wide selection of main courses, but our server told us of the several specials for that night. Portions were served hot and were large- I brought home half of my Eggplant Parmesan and enjoyed it the following day. Entrees were served with al dente vegetables and pasta if that were not the main course. Both our server & the owner stopped at our table to make sure everything was prepared to our liking.

There is a large wine list as well as a dessert menu.

p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We had chicken parmesan and chicken saltimboca. Both were overcooked, but the saltimboca in particular was like shoe leather, inedible.

NM
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrations - yes, meet friends - yes, comfort food - yes, special desserts - yes!! Had to have celebration at Bella Vita for cannolli. First experience with cannollis was at BOS little Italy Mike's Pastries; and immediately located only Bella Vita in area with these desserts. Must go for these little pastries - tasty, crunchy, layered with fruit, pistachios, and strawberry/raspberry sauce. Server made sure that number of pastries for each guest (don't want to have a fight over who gets last bite??!) Classic dishes with little extra flavors. Discovered owners are originally from Turkey. Started with calamari - lightly battered, chewy - complimented with tartar and cocktail sauce, and lightly dressed greens. Green lentil soup reminded me of Turkish red lentil with enough crunchiness to lentils in each bite/slurp. Pomodoro cappellini was delicately coated with tomato, capers, lemon, olive oil sauce. Only issue was sat at window booth which meant that conversation from next booth was loud and distracting.

AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant ambiance . The waitress was friendly and prompt and quick to refill our water.

TB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

NIce, comfortable setting with extensive Italian menu and wine choices. Very pleasant and attentive service. Most food items were very good, though chicken in the saltimbocca was not tender and too chewy. Pasta was delicious. Wine prices, especially by the glass expensive and very over priced--for example the glass price often more than the whole bottle retail price.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Excellent and attentive service. Could not have asked for a better evening.

OT
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow.. exceeded expectations. As fine Italian food as we’ve had in the Bay Area!

Started with clams in a liquid which we soaked up with fresh bread

Minestrone soup was flavorful but light. Fresh veggies loaded in - perfect

Three entrees: Lobster ravioli in a red and white sauce, pasta hand made, just right. Then mushroom ravioli in Gorgonzola sauce - incredible!
Finally, a classic eggplant parm. Two huge portions, lighting breaded and fried.. tender and tasty along with pasta and broccolini.


Dessert, tiramisu was fine and a surprise - something called sticky taffy - our server insisted we try it - wonderful, sweet but not too much, gooey and yummy.

Service, friendly and efficient

Just a wonderful meal

r
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We went early and place was nice and quiet. Not enough hear. Place was cold.

g
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great Italian food, nothing fancy but very delicious.
They served Brussels Sprouts with their mixed side vegetables, unusual.
Worth the time to get there from Campbell.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Quiet ambience.
The only complaint I had was with their chicken Caesar salad. The chicken was not mixed in with the salad.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of our favorite restaurants in Los Altos

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