Sette Bello

4.6
679 reviews
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Franco Filippone, owner and Chef of Sette Bello Ristorante, started his career in the restaurant business at the side of his father, after the family emigrated from Palermo, Sicily to open their now historic restaurant in upstate New York. After a long apprenticeship in the family restaurant, Franco relocated to Fort Lauderdale, where he applied his culinary skills at such world class restaurants as The Addison in Boca Raton, Cafe D’ Angelo and the much lauded Casa d’ Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. Now he brings all his many cooking talents to his charming new restaurant, delivering new twists on classic Italian dishes.
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome. Service was slow

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New England
303 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good. Specials are too pricey. Great service

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FT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our first time there and the food was great. Our waiter Bob was overworked, and as a result, we had to wait to order. There were only 2-3 waiters and the place was packed. We will return. Food was outstanding! Good value.

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K
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian in FLL. Great variety of specials and menu items. Excellent wait staff who are very knowledgeable about the offerings. Lots of wines to choose from. Liquor not available so do your “pregaming” ahead of time. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always excellent.

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Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette Bello is an outstanding Italian restaurant in a strip mall in Ft. Lauderdale. Our appetizers and entrees were exceptional. The veal was light and tender. The sauce perfect. We will be back whenever we are back in town.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new to go ITALIAN restaurant!!
Great!

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MD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Let me start by saying that I LOVE this place and have dined here many times with the best food and experience. This time however everything we ordered was painfully salty. Some items we simply ate and didn’t complain but one in particular was inedible. It was short rib ravioli. The sauce was pure salt. The waiter brought it back and returned with the ravs washed off with new less salty sauce BUT the short rib meat inside was also painfully salty. We ate it but were very disappointed. Also, I ordered a split of Prosecco which yields about 1.5 glasses. The waiter brought an open split to the table and poured me a scant glass and walked away. When I mentioned it he brought me another glass
Gratis. I felt it was a cheap move. We do really love his place and this was the first time we had a bad experience so we absolutely will go back. Every establishment has an off night here and there. I still highly recommend Sette Bello and look forward to going again so they can redeem my faith in them.

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G
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here every time we visit the area. Food is exceptional, particularly the seafood and wonderful deserts. Bob is a seasoned waiter and can rattle off the extensive specials with ease. Reservations are needed for the weekends.

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FF
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Italian meals I’ve had in Fort Lauderdale. If food is the most important thing (which it should be at a restaurant), then this is the place to go. Prices are reasonable as well, so I will definitely be dining here again in the near future.

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RT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were here a couple of weeks ago and loved it so much we wanted to bring friends with us this time. The night of my first visit I made reservations for us to return with our friends. The Tuesday before I specifically telephoned to confirm my reservation and to request Michael as our server. The gentleman who answered the phoned confirmed and said no problem he would make sure Michael was noted to be our server.

Last Saturday, 3/30/19 we showed up for our reservation and I was told that Michael was busy with other tables and could not be our server. Needless to say I wasn't happy, however, Juan was our server and he was very nice and attentive, but not Michael. At the end of the evening I asked that someone have Michael come over so we could say hi. He came over and he said he didn't know we were there and was only just told.

In any event, the food was outstanding as before, we all tried different things, no complaints about the food at all. It was a very enjoyable evening and our friends loved the restaurant also, so we will be back again. I only hope that my request for a specific server will be honored.

Thanks again for a lovely dinner. We will be back.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette Bello is a gem.

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R
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique treasures of food from within my early years of family fare. Great experience for me.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and wait staff as always.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my wife and i have been to restaurants all over our country and the food is the best ever,the service was fantastic and the quality of the ingredients top shelf. we now have a new favorite restaurant!!

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DA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food as always good service will always return

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H
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Michael was excellent along with delicious food!! We look forward to our next visit to Stte Bello.
Ciao

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D
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have always had a great meal and service at Sette Bello.

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really amazing food. Every time we eat here we are truly impressed with the quality of the meals.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem we found by accident. The place is legit. From the decor and ambiance to the food, service and wine. Perfect date place. Love it.

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TH
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Wine ok, salad fine, service good, noise level, entre and pasta side terrible. Ate little of it. So salty it was unbearable. Will never return.

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T
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife had the veal chop and it was burnt on the outside. I had the beef carparcio and the meat was watery. Like it had been frozen and iced over. My pasta with white wine sauce was very dry. Have eaten in the restaurant many times and this is the first time we were disappointed.

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New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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Cleveland
47 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always try to make it to Sette Bello when we're in town, the food is outstanding and this time Reza are server was outstanding as well. I should add it looked like he was the only server for the entire place and he never missed a beat and was very friendly.
We will definitely go back

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Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

My mixed review is due to an embarrassing experience we had on a Friday evening. We had given our out of town guests a huge buildup to how wonderful Sette Bello was and we were all looking forward to a great meal. Our reservation was for 7:00 and we arrived early. We were seated immediately and it appeared that the service would be quick and responsive. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We didn’t receive our food until after 8:15 and the waiter barely gave us a glance during the wait. He eventually mumbled something about the chef not getting the paper copy of the order. In any case, he should have been on top of the situation all along to figure out what was going on with our order. No offset in the bill was offered, no appetizer or dessert on the house, nothing. We can’t be sure where the breakdown occurred, but will hesitate to return to this restaurant in the future. It used to be one of our favorites, but this isn’t the first time we’ve had an unacceptable wait - just the worst.

Sette Bello
Responded on February 26, 2019

I would like to offer my sincere apologies for your latest experience this past Friday night. Our goal is always to make sure that our guests have the most wonderful experience from food to service and obviously we failed in the service end of it. Things like this do happen but your server should have alerted the kitchen about your unusual wait. I sincerely hope you do give us another chance so we can rectify the issue. Please ask to speak with Chef Franco on your next visit.

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Miami
37 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. The escargot were delicious, as was the steak tartare. The filet was mouth watering. Well worth a visit if you are a foodie.

Sette Bello
Responded on February 21, 2019

thank you for dining with us. I am happy to hear that your experience was a memorable one and we look forward in your return with us.

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m
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always excellent as is service. Prices are moderate, always a good value for the money!

Sette Bello
Responded on February 21, 2019

thank you for dining with us. I am happy to hear that your experience was a memorable one and we look forward in your return with us.

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OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal as always.

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BH
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Think twice about choosing Sette Bello for Valentine’s Day. This is not a complaint about the food. We come here fairly often. However, this was our first and last V-day experience here. We had a 8:15pm reservation and arrived ten minutes early. Upon checking in, our name was written at the bottom of a very long list. We were instructed to wait outside. There were approximately ten couples already waiting outside and this should have been the first warning. Every few minutes, some patrons would leave after having completed their dinner. A few minutes later, the maitre D would stick his head out of the door and point to the next lucky couple. They did have a waiter come outside offering some Prosecco to the waiting parties. One (what appeared to be regular) customer complained loudly about waiting, the waiter popped inside and magically that couple became the next lucky winners. Immediately there was a rush of concerned beaus rushing inside to complain promptly followed by a belle being summoned inside. After this happened for the third time, I asked the Prosecco serving waiter what the deal was. By this time, it was 8:40pm and our 8:15pm reservation was a distant dream. The waiter simply shrugged and explained it was V-day and they could not simply ask tables who were taking too long to leave. Some convoluted explanation was offered for why all the complainers were suddenly seated, with an assurance that they were honoring reservation time order, and we were offered the opportunity to dine outside at a table that was previously being occupied by waiting couples. We declined as we did not feel like eating at a small table outside surrounded by the dozen couples waiting for their lucky table. Eventually, after gesticulating through the window at the maitre D who was staring at a large table that had not been cleared in fifteen minutes, we were approached to confirm our name and were assured we’d be next. We eventually sat down around 9:00pm.

Sette Bello
Responded on February 21, 2019

Bevan I want to sincerely apologize for the confusion with your reservation. Valentines is a very busy night for restaurants as I'm sure you know. Unfortunately We did have a major computer glitch that evening with the open table reservations. Since you have dined with us in the past you know that this is not the norm for us. We try very hard to accommodate all reservations in a timely manner. I do hope you do dine with us again in the near future ask for Chef Franco on your next visit.

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Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great, service great but they didn’t honour our reservation and had to wait for almost one hour

Sette Bello
Responded on February 21, 2019

thank you for dining with us. I am happy to hear that your experience on this special day was a memorable one and we look forward in your return with us.

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Miami
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had to wait for a table even with making a reservation. Since they were busy, I was disappointed that I couldn't substitute vegetables for the risotto, which I don't care for.

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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a great place. A little tough on Valentines Day. But the food is always good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Got off to a rough start. We weren't seated for our 7:15 reservation until after 8:00. Once we were seated the service and food was outstanding.

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LA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Food is excellent. Will definitely recommend it.

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation on Valentines Day for 7:15. When we arrived, we noticed many people waiting outside-one of them said the restaurant lost his reservation. Upon entering, we noticed every table was taken. We told the maitre’d that we had had a 7:15 reservation and he said it would be a 45 minute to 1 hour wait. We left. Obviously, the restaurant overbooked and didn’t seem to care if people waited a long time. This had been a restaurant we frequented but will never go back. Knowing it was Valentines Day they greedily overbooked knowing they couldn’t honor reservations.

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R
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Waited over an hour beyond my reservation time, will never go back!

Sette Bello
Responded on February 26, 2019

I want to apologize for the very long wait even with a reservation. We had major computer issues that evening and you should have been informed. I do hope you do dine with us again and let us make it up to you. Please ask for Chef Franco and I promise we will win you back.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was uniformly excellent. The place is attractive and orderly, if a bit crowded. Usually it is difficult to park here, but this time we got a spot close to the restaurant. The service was also excellent despite the large crowd. The only real negative is the noise level which makes it difficult for us older folk to converse. We will return soon. V

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J
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waiter- Robt wasn’t as attentive as we’ve had in past visits. Food excellent & actually too many wine selections - a bit confusing, but only choice of two beer types.
Great place to enjoy a meal in an uncrowded environment!

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a few times in the past few years when we are here for the winter. The food is consistently good and the service is always on point. We try to get to eat there a few times each year. Nice little spot tucked away in a strip mall off of Federal Hwy 1. Enjoy!

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H
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Not enough waiters.
Waited for bread, for water. One waiter for many tables. Would not return. There are many quality Italian restaurants in Boca who
Employ more help. It got frustrating waiting for everything so no need to drive south.

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