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Bella Blu

4.7
4.7
1094 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The memorable Northern Italian Cuisine makes this Upper East Side restaurant special. The Spaghetti Lobster is the classic signature dish of this Mediterranean treasure. The Wine Spectator awarded extensive and serious wine menu is carefully selected by owner Enrico Proietti. Very often a private wine tasting is happening at the corner table
making the wine list more notable every season. The one of a kind brick oven offers a variety of dishes, exceptional pizza and foccacina rabbiola that is hard to find in this city. For something sweeter-the deserts are impressive! The atmosphere is charming in this power playing neighborhood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 988-4624

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For Special Events please contact: Events@ProiettiGroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Event Director : (212) 802-5587

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between 70th and 71st Streets

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available on both sides of Lexington Avenue in front of the restaurant. Also, there is a public parking lot on 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.

  • Public transit

    The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,094 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. G

    Great

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites in City! Love the outside dining option! Service always great as well as food!
  2. VB

    ValB

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The waiter couldn't have been any nicer. The food was priced differently then it shows on the website. I understand prices have gone up but the menu on the site should reflect that. The pastas were good but pricey. It was nice sitting outside with the heaters.
  3. AM

    AMALIAK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, nice atmosphere and great service
  4. l

    lac15

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian in NYC. No contest. Warm artichoke salad is a must.
  5. s

    sfeater

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this place: it's in my neighborhood and the food is excellent. The pappardelle with duck ragu and olives was superb and so was my daughter's veal milanese. We even had desert: a creme brûlée with an excellent caramel crust Our waiter was superb: attentive but not hanging over us. My daughter actually went to the manager and told him how good the service was. If you haven't been to this restaurant, you are missing out. Go as soon as you can get a reservation:-)
  6. y

    yummo

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always top notch. Look forward to coming back.
  7. AF

    AndrewF

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alessandro the maitre d could not have been more gracious and helpful. Radu our waiter was so friendly and helped make our dining choices which were superb Alberto the owner along with his brother were full of energy and made entire restaurant vibe very exciting. We loved the venue. Very European and the clientele all seemed so happy to be there as they were greeted at the entrance.
  8. G

    Great

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at Bella Blu! One of favorites in NYC! Dined outside! Great setting! Server was great!
  9. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual the food was great and service terrific. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant with a fine outdoor set up. It’s become a favorite.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in New York. Best service. Best food. Best ambience. Best neighborhood. Love their soft shell crabs!
  11. v

    vegandiner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian food. Great service.
  12. LT

    LucienneT

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my first stop when going into the city, quality Italian food, guaranteed great service, overall amazing place!
  13. l

    luvgoodfood

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were at the restaurant for 1 hr and 20 minutes. The check was over $400.00. We paid the check and 5 minutes later we were asked to leave. They needed the table! Will take my business elsewhere
  14. AW

    ArtieW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    Food was excellent. We ordered 3 appetizers to share, among 5. Two of the five have a shrimp allergy, we requested when we ordered the appetizers that they do not have shrimp in them, the waiter agreed. When the appetizers arrived the shrimp was part of the dish. This is very dangerous!!! The size of the table for 5 people should never been used for more than 4, there was no room to place the shared dishes on the table, so when I complained they added a table to extend the size but this did not help get the food in the middle of the table to share. This is my fourth time at Bella Blu, and the first time I had 5 people. Summary good food poor service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere and incredible waiter named Alessandro.
  16. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. We had a toddler with us and our waiter was great in filling a sippy cup with milk and being attentive. The chicken palliard and salmon were both outstanding. They have a great outdoor set up. Have really invested in making it very comfortable and as close to the indoor seating as possible. I very much recommend. .
  17. ML

    MarvinL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was really good
  18. A

    Asgl

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food delicious. They went above and beyond to accommodate our group which was a few people more than we made the reservation for. Our waiter did a great job and was so friendly.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  20. JK

    JoyceK

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food terrific although too hot for the pizza oven. Fun atmosphere!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding! Can’t wait to go back!
  22. D

    Dbf22

    New York Area

    168 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this restaurant it’s one of our favorites
  23. CM

    ChrisM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience - food was so delicious and service was incredible.
  24. H

    Hate2cook

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The food was a bit of a mixed bag. Appetizers were excellent. Two of the four of us were satisfied with our entree, two were disappointed in the branzino and pasta. Our server was exceptional and very lovely. The noise level was a bit overwhelming at times. The iced cappuccino tasted more like iced milk than anything. I thought for what we had, it was a bit pricey. If one lives in the neighborhood, it’s a decent choice, but wouldn’t travel to get there.
  25. TB

    TracyB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fabulous! Our waiter was amazing! This was the second time I was there and will return again. One of my favorite places in the city!
  26. CB

    CBNYC

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The vibe is great if you like a crowded fun place. Because of the crowds, the service was very slow, although very nice. The food was so off. It is a mixed bag. Sometimes very good; and last night less than stellar. We were very disappointed by the quality of the shrimp and chicken paillard. The branzino was not great either.
  27. GP

    GipsyPop

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service, but felt rushed as Bella is very popular and there was a line waiting for tables.
  28. S

    Stevie

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Bella Blu always fun great service great food and always fun
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our Waiter was amazing!! while the Manager quizzed and questioned our reservation with rudeness, the Waiter seemlessly took care of our party of 6 with a smile and ease. Food was delicious and ambiance with fun & lively.
  30. BL

    BigL55555

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best pizza, by far, in the UES. Pasta, Fish, Meat ... all the rest amazing as well.
  31. M

    Margo

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine here
  32. NN

    NativeNewYorker

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious. The service is great. Very loud and hard to hear - but a great spot.
  33. n

    nina

    New York Area

    283 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    283 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Busy busy Thursday evening! Great weather. Love the care in the outside area - white tablecloths, very comfortable. Sharp waiter and staff. Delicious pasta/tuna and veal milanaise, enough for 2, was outstanding! Love their pizzas also. Great for special lunch/groups.
  34. c

    christinea

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every app and main course was Excellent!! Will be back to enjoy another meal here soon!
  35. g

    greggs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service at the bar and the table. Wine recommendations were excellent. We will definitely be back
  36. GJ

    GloryJ

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    I visited Bella Bleu last Saturday at a time when the 50% occupancy rule was in effect as a result of the coronavirus . The restaurant was packed to 90% capacity. I spoke to the manager and asked why they were not complying with the 50% rule and he told me “it was an economic decision” not to comply. Shocking that they risked the health and well-being of their patrons and staff to satisfy their greed. Will never return.
  37. SW

    SusanW

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true neighborhood gem that consistently makes you feel like family and never disappoints with everything on the menu from the sautéed artichokes, the home made pasta to the tiramiso and all in between!
  38. m

    mikeyclimb

    New York Area

    163 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    a strictly neighborhood gem. decent pizza and pastas, good wine list but overpriced as one would expect for the neighborhood. meatball so so. can't compare with Carbone pizza ok but not great, pasta was quite good (fettuccini with a duck ragu) this was our second visit. -in an upscale neighborhood full of moderately priced (for the area!) Italians this is in the middle
  39. L

    Loulegal

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal can’t beat the hospitality and atmosphere. The veal p,pasta and fish all were great. The wine was perfectly matched and our large group had an excellent experience will be back soon!
  40. TG

    TerryG

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No need to go to Italy.Italy comes to the UES. It is lively and a choice for any taste.

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Bella Blu does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates.

Bella Blu is rated 4.7 stars by 1094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Bella Blu

967 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 70th and 71st Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available on both sides of Lexington Avenue in front of the restaurant. Also, there is a public parking lot on 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.

  • Public transit

    The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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