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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

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (20)
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Romantic (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Bar Seating (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Valbella. We enjoyed a 4-course meal that was excellent. We didn't have room for dessert but I have no doubt that it would have been very good. Everything we ordered was delicious including the scallops w/cognac sauce appetizer, the salad with cranberries and spiced pear, the gluten free seafood pasta (lobster, crab, shrimp), and the chicken fra diavolo with hot cherry peppers and cognac sauce. The Cabernet by the glass was bold and delicious and paired nicely with everything we ordered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Beautiful cozy dining room with fireplace. Excellent service, always there when you need them, great advise. Best was food, had a grilled octopus appetizer to die for

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was my second time dining at Valbella. Another wonderful experience. Our waiter from our first visit was behind the bar this time and recognized us though it’s been months since we were there. The team treated us like regulars and we had a great time for my wofe’s Birthday dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent as always! This restaurant is always worth the visit. My go-to for a more formal Italian dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have always loved Valbella and patronize it quite regularly. We brought our whole family (9 people) for a recent holiday and enjoyed a delicious and well served meal. There was a special pasta dish, which 3 of us ordered as appetizers (half servings).

When we returned home I inquired as to the bill and was told that it was more expensive than customary because the HALF orders of pasta were $75.00 each. When a “special” is that expensive, I truly believe the price should be listed OR the waiter should mention it. (All other FULL orders of pasta were in the $25.00 range, so this was completely unexpected).

We enjoyed our meal but unfortunately we now feel that we were mistreated.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Classic Italian restaurant. Not a lot of surprises, but does everything very well. Food, service and ambiance are all first rate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had New Years evening dinner. Service was good, but 2 of 3 entrees were cold and had to be sent back to the kitchen. Disappointing as entree's were $40+ dollars each. I think they just weren't prepared for being sold out for the holiday.
Wine list is OK but very pricey.
You pay for the neighborhood here - this is Greenwich Ct - hedge fund heaven.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always perfect!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food / Service off the charts as usual, We were there for the 1st time probably 20 Years ago and have been there several times over the years. The food and the service was fantastic 20 years ago and has always been consistent. Recommend this place to everyone.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and amazing atmosphere! Great for date nights or special occasions as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Holiday lunch. Great decor. Comfortable setting. Outstanding service and excellent food. Highly recommended. Apps were delicious (oysters, half Penne). Wine kept flowing! Entrees were also delicious and plentiful (scallops, Chilean sea bass). Service was attentive. Food served at proper intervals.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Overall, consistently excellent. The food, service and wine selection first rate.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very disappointing. The Ceasar salad was not great and who puts cucumbers on it? The veal dish was boring. Beautiful place and great service but totally overrated and overpriced. No comparison to my favorite place La Cremaillere. Sorry.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I used to frequent this restaurant and came back after an extended break. The holiday decor was inviting. We were well dressed but perhaps not a known customer and we were seated in the room where folks were dressed more casually than in the other dining room. Aside from that, we can state unequivocally that the service was impeccable; prompt, attentive, sophisticated and never intrusive. The food was great: burrata, ravioli with short ribs, pappardelle. The cocktails were excellent. The chocolate souffle was wonderful but the cheesecake was just a sliver. It seemed dwarfed by the berries that accompanied it. This is expensive, fine dining -- but worth the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always wonderful food, lovely presentation and well trained wait staff. We had friend from Asia and they enjoyed themselves and seeing the wine cellar. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very accommodating staff, food very good, noise level a bit high if you're seated near a large party

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A nice place to hang with couples and friends. The food and wine was delicious and the service was attentive. We had a great time with friends and they accomdated my food needs. Thank you! Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the Italian food and beautiful ambiance. Celebrated a friend's birthday at this venue and the staff was nice and attentive. I recommend this place for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were in town for a wedding and after reading other reviews about this restaurant, we booked it and asked for a quiet table. Other reviewers had mentioned the noise level and since this was in Dec we thought it might be more energetic. When we arrived, the host acted like we had just walked in and wasn’t sure where to put us. We were seated right by the entry door and near where the food was being brought in. We asked for another table after mentioning we had specifically asked for a quiet table, evidently this table was our only option. Needless to say, it wasn’t a quiet dinner after all, although the food was good and the service was attentive. Apparently, a lot of the locals were well known to the host and were seated in other rooms that we could not see.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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