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About Valbella Connecticut

Valbella, which since 1992 has been a celebratory place and a regular haunt for the locals who pack it most nights of the week both for its sumptuous food and its astonishing wine cellar, containing 1,450 selections and 16,000 bottles.
Downstairs in the wine cellar is where many people hold private parties of various sizes,and what a splendidly beautiful room it is, done in polished wood, with a lovely fireplace, the tables impeccably set, the stemware thin, the temperature geared to the maintenance of the wine.
Also an outstanding feature of the wine cellar is a heated granite table that can accommodate up to sixteen guests.

1309 East Putnam Avenue
Riverside, CT 06878
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Optional Saturday/Sunday Open for Large Private Parties Only

Cross Street:
Soundbeach Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 637-1155

Website:
http://www.valbellarestaurants.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for our catering menu.

Executive Chef:
Frank Halili

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Valbella is the ideal venue for any occasion. Our professional and courteous staff will ensure that your corporate events or social gatherings will be personalized to your specific requirements. Our dedicated staff will work with you to customize every detail of your menu and beverage selections.

Valbella Connecticut Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (15)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced italian food.
Nice ambiance. Food was good but not worth the price. Also if only having a glass of wine the wines by the glass are of poor quality for a high end italian restaurant.
Fish was very good but not worth $60.
Most dissapointed in the wine. For $18 should be able to get a decent glass of wine.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was our time and we were staying at the Hyatt down the street. The ambiance and service is excellent, the food was only fair. If the price doesn’t matter to you, it’s worth a visit. If it does, there are much better choices. They do have a good selection of wines at various price points.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a small private alcove in the wine cellar. It was a very romantic intimate setting. It was however a little noisy from several large parties in the

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Juan Juan Juan JUAN! IS THE MAN. wonderful ambiance and food. Will definitely come back in the future. Juan truly made it an amazing experience. I hope that his boss along with the owners see this.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great experience at Valbella. My wife used to go when she was young, so we knew what we were going for. We arrived early, so we started at the bar for a glass of champagne. The bartender was nice, quick and attentive. They brought out some delicious cheese and charcuterie while we waited. Once at the table, our server was again polite and attentive, though he definitely gave us the space we wanted to enjoy our evening. The restaurant has a wonderful wine list. Although there are many extremely expensive vintages, there are some gems for a reasonable price for a young couple. We did find it strange there was no sommelier
given the quality of the wine list.The food was delicious. The specials were amazing. The only faux pas, was when we ordered a second bottle of the same wine. My wife tasted the new bottle and when she approved, the server poured the remains of the taste into her half-full glass from the previous bottle. The dessert was decadent. The caramel ice cream was superb. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love, love , love Val Bella! I have never had a disappointing meal there! They also make you feel like a queen! In the ten years I have been going there I have yet to be let down! The pasta with fresh truffles is my absolute favorite dish! And all the staff knows it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We recently had a pleasant family dinner there. The food was first rate and the waitor was both cordial and knowledgable. I admit to having sticker shock when I looked at the bill -- I had never had a $110 plate of pasta before -- but my wife informed me that white truffles were expensive and the restaurant used top quality truffles. In other words, you get what you pay for. A truffle fan, she said they were wonderful. The house wines were quite pleasant and the fish was fresh. A nice local restaurant in Greenwich.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Superb food, expertly prepared and not over prepared. Great service. Pricey, but worth every penny.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

There isn't anything new to add that others have already said but I do like that you're not rushed, they wait until everyone is finished before they take any plates away, and you have to ask for the check. Old school.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was terrific . Ambience very good . Food was very good but somewhat pricey for what you get .

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I highly recommend the restaurant. The food, service and ambiance was excellent. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Though this restaurant hosts some bold-faced names that I know of, it comes with some major caveats. The food is indeed excellent, as is the service, but the noise level on a recent Saturday night drove one of my guests out to the parking lot to get out of its power. The prices are also a bit lofty, though I suppose not for the neighborhood I was in. We left before dessert because we just couldn't hold a normal conversation anymore as the restaurant filled up. But I must compliment them on the high quality seafood dishes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Beautiful place! The decor is stunning the service is wonderful and the food is delicious. Get the seafood appetizer-you would never regret it!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Absolutely Spectacular
VeryvProfessional
Food and Sevice incredibly great
One of the best restaurants anywhere
Love it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We thought that they were putting us in the cellar because of the amount of people in the main dining area. This was perfect for a quiet dinner. It was a wine cellar with candles and a fireplace. The staff was awesome! Would definitely go there again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service was fantastic and the food A+++++

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Continues to impress. Food is delicious, old world and unpretentious. "Foodies" would not appreciate. In my opinion that is a plus, not a minus. The present trend is to throw away the old, time tested cuisine, forgetting that there is still a large segment of the population that enjoys it. Atmosphere allows for conversation with the person(s) you are with, not to be drowned out by the popular noise infused background today's restaurants are dedicated to. Tables are not welded to each other and allow a degree of privacy and ease of movement. Finally, the service remains impeccable...constant attention without being intrusive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Table of 5. Service was good. Started with a caesar salad and was disappointed. It was lacking in seasoning. My main dish, veal scallopini, was good but others had the special, Halibut, and all said it was dry. The prices are extremely high, so food should be perfect. Tonight, it wasn't.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I have eaten in many three stars in Europe, particularly in France and Italy. The pasta I had linguine with truffle sauce was wonderful. I hope they keep on the menu forever!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Expensive ... and worth it! Best pork chop I ever had in 67 years!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food and service were outstanding. The Corporate room was a little noisy, but tolerable.
Would recommend Valbella, and go back again whenever we are in Greenwich.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great food and great service but you pay for it. And it is worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Haven't been in a while. Still amazing dinning experience. Don't like the new lighting set-up. Spotlight on our table. Regis was at next table and they brought out a ladder to redirect his spotlight. This is from a guy who spent his whole life in the spotlight.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The atmosphere was welcoming, the service was good and the room is nicely appointed. The noise level was too high as the evening went along which made it almost impossible to have a conversation at our table. The food is not special and can be gloppy and oversauced. The prices are astronomical for very pedestrian food. Overall, I would only recommend it to people who can't think of another upscale alternative.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Valbella's is my favorite restaurant. I love everything about it We had our wedding there 2 years ago and continue to celebrate that date every month as much as we can.
Staff is amazing and makes us feel like family.

I highly recommend it!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

one of our very favorite restaurants period. It is a bit pricy, but it is worth it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Every time we dine here somehow turns into an unforgettable special occasion. We feel so fortunate to call this place home away from home.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was outstanding. Impeccable service by our waiter Gunny.
One of the finest places in all of Fairfield.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The staff from the person at the front desk to the waiter and bus staff were very attentive and made us feel like they cared about our enjoyment. The waiter was very accommodating for our special appetizer order.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Authentic italian cuisine in a traditional but not stuffy setting. Service was attentive, helpful with choices and knowledgable. Salad starters were rather uninspired but the Linguine Fra Diabolo with seafood was really delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant. Pricey, but worth it!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Always outstanding service and food. One of the best in Fairfield County.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 21, 2017

High quality restaurant. Prawns are excellent. Dishes are classic and well prepared. The prices are VERY high. Has a nice New England feel.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Always feel like we're as important as any celebrity that dines. Food is enough, always delicious and carefully put together for balance.
The wine list is amamzing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I specifically requested the Wine Cellar as it was a celebratory evening in relation to an engagement proposal that was made earlier in the day. Everyone thought the evening was fantastic (no one else had been to Valbella's previously). The atmosphere in the wine cellar makes that 'special night' even more special.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I had a beautiful evening taking in the warm ambiance with friends & family. I had asparagus with grilled chicken & shrimp-which was absolutely delicious! Everyone enjoyed their dinners from Gnocchi's to Chilean Sea Bass to Pork chops and salads. The service was outstanding and second to none. They also have a private dining room that can be rented out for parties and events as well as a wince cellar dining room. Highly recommend Valbella's!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We asked for wine cellar table and were seated as requested. Unfortunately, no one bothered to inform us that there was a 17pp table that evening celebrating a birthday right next to us. They were very loud. This caused it difficult to have a conversation at our own table and the service also suffered as a result. I think I should have been informed that this party was scheduled to take place in the cellar and we would have happily moved our reservation to an upstairs, quieter area.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Longtime fan favorite.
The service was outstanding.Kathy Andrew and myself had an outstanding meal.
We each had salads to start.
The Caesar was excellent as well as the tri color
The dinners were also phenomenal
The special macaroni dish with truffles was stupendous
Andrew had the steak and lobster. He said was very good just a little too much sauce.
I had the Dover Sole which was deboned perfectly and excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

All just great!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Valbella is our family go to restaurant for all special occasions. The food is always excellent and the service is superior!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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