Sette Bello

4.5
649 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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BH
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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P
Miami
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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G
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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LA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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JF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
46 reviews
Dined on February 3, 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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E
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Just fair, nothing to separate it from every other mediocre Italian restaurant. That said, the service was great.

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

Great food! Great service! Favorite go to place. Always offers creative specials.

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P
Chicago
195 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all ordered different items and everything was delicious. Especially the desserts. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed dinning here.
Will definitely return in the near future. Also the decor was very relaxing, made us feel we were in Italy.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Greeting relatives from overseas

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RF
Miami
159 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

On time for our reservation, we were initially sat at the only tiny table in the restaurant. Once we asked for a larger table, we were

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F
Miami
62 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have written many reviews before food is very consistent staff is always great always a pleasant meal always very satisfied I’ve been coming here for years and hope to continue JH

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A
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place with on open kitchen and good service.

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H
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

in our opinion one of the best restaurants in the area. There is nothing else to say except recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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r
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. My wife ordered a chicken dish which should’ve had sausage in it but it did not. She said it was not very good. I ordered a Salmon but later told they were out of but recommend the sea bass. The sea bass was a very small portion and was 50 plus dollars. What a rip off. Should have know the place was half empty on a Saturday night.

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I discovered Sette Bello when we were in Pompano beach last winter. We have now been back 4 times already this year. Excellent Italian menu and always a long list of delicious specials. Very friendly neighborhood restaurant. If you like Italian food, you will Iove this place

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9
Miami
124 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

GREAT AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT. THE FOOD IS EXCEPTIONAL. MICHAEL, OUR SERVER WAS GREAT. THEY WILL PREPARE ALMOST ANYTHING YOU REQUEST, IF POSSIBLE. JOE, THE MAITRE D KEEPS THINGS RUNNING FLAWLESSLY.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived for our reservation & were seated promptly. Service began attentively but as restaurant fill up , service slowed. Waiter said they had more walk ins than anticipated. They only had 2 servers. But the food was great. Good size portions, at a moderate price. Will certainly try again.

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D
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their dinners. Always fresh high quality ingredients!!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent as was the food. We were greeted at the door by “Joe Cadillac” who made us feel welcomed and important. My wife mistakenly ordered a dish made with veal, which she doesn’t like, instead of chicken and the waiter immediately took it back to the kitchen and replaced it. “Joe Cadillac “ stopped by the table a couple of times to make sure we were being well taken care of and we were. Can’t wait to go back. Bill of Pompano

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AC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice old fashioned Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy but very friendly atmosphere and really good food. A perfect place to go with friends to catch up.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place! Go yearly since we don't live in fl. But courtney our waitress remembered us! Amazing specials! Can't say enough great things!

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OT
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wine, food, and service were outstanding.

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f
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service . Will come again for sure

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s
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We are fans of Sette Bello and have been there many times. The food is always wonderful and the service usually spot on. We have been there every New Year's Eve for dinner each of the last 3 years, but this was the most disappointing. We specifically go there because there are no seatings nor "special" menus, just the regular menu with a few specials. The food, as always, was excellent. The shared appetizer and all entrees were as ordered, delivered hot and delicious. The rest unfortunately was not up to their usual high standards. Of course we realize it was New Year's Eve, but the last two years were perfect.
We arrived at exactly 8PM for our 8:00 reservation. The usually friendly and efficient host was curt and confused, and just told us to wait outside. No sorry for the delay or any indication of how long we would be waiting. It was a full 40 minutes, after he came out and asked our name at least 3 different times. After finally being seated, it was obvious why everything was backed up, there were many large parties with children, which isn't very common in this restaurant, who were taking their time and keeping tables occupied even after it was obvious they were finished. The live music was pleasant but a bit too loud. Our waiter was great under the circumstances, but we weren't able to interact with him as we usually would as all the servers were running constantly. Certainly a big difference to their usual outstanding service, but under the circumstances, we will still be back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette Bello never disappoints. Outstanding food and service every time.

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F
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tried out this restaurant first time on New Years Eve (coincidentally my birthday). Veal excellent, very tender. My wife had penne a la vodka which she mentioned was very, very good with a lot of flavor. Since it was my birthday they comped me a nice gelato with a candle on top! Ask for server Rezo. You won’t be disappointed.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great bang for the buck. Mike was a great server.

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F
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Rip off specials. They don't tell you the prices. Regular menu is reasonable . I had to ask prices of specials.
Zuppe de pesce $62. ? Are they kidding me? Other ones in the $40!s. And it's a dumpy place!
I will not return

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice meal with good service.

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DB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 10 % of Italian restaurants.

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M
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Der Patron begrüßt selbst seine Gäste, der Service ist sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Die Speisen schmeckten vorzüglich (hier: Snapper). Das Restaurant stellt von Ambiente und Qualität her zweifellos einen „Edel-Italiener“ dar.

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KC
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food. Love the chicken marsala and chicken piccata. I love the salads, bread. Everything is great! One of the best places around!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as usual. Service attentive and prompt.

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