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Bettola

2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 731-6497
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Ranked #164 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
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- Sep 13, 2014
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English first
Washington, DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We visited Bettola on a Friday night after long work days, and were thrilled with the wonderful meal and attentive (but unobtrusive). I ordered the steak, which was impeccably cooked. We shared the calamari appetizer. In a world where calamari is too often fried to a crisp or left in a fishy pool, this was a delicious surprise. Beautifully cooked... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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72 reviews 72 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I tried Bettola for the first time during the 2014 Birmingham Restaurant Week. The deal was an appetizer (a small crostini with ricotta and tomatoes), main course (chicken and potatoes) and tiramisu for dessert for a total of $30. On the positive side, each item was very flavorful and well prepared. On the other hand every item was much smaller... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have dined at Bettola's for a number of years now and it has been a real treat to see chef James Lewis continuously raise the bar on what good food and a great experience is. There is no masking food with sauces and heavy spices. This is classic Italian and Mediterranean style which relies on fresh, top quality ingredients... More

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FLORENCE
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This was my first experience with this restaurant. I was meeting some friends for dinner and wanted to do some "research" on this place. Went to Trip Adviser and read some reviews. Most talked about the service, but I wanted to keep an open mind. It was the typical restaurant scene on a Friday evening that happens in most cities.... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Generally speaking the food is very good especially considering that there are very few Italian options in Birmingham. However, time and time again the service and overall shady nature of Bettola has made the dining experience miserable. Most recently a friend that I dined with was charged for the same meal 3 times on her debit card (the same exact... More

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Hoover, AL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Not worth going to this restaurant! Overpriced and very little to eat. The atmosphere is horrible. You get seated at a bench within elbow reach of the couple next to you. I don't know how anyone could compare this restaurant to an Italian trattoria.....and yes I have been to Italy so I'm speaking from experience.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Nothing special, pasta was okay,small portions, pizza was doughy, service was condescending, small restaurant, whole place is an attempt to be snooty and trendy...wouldn't go back

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere was really nice but the food was not very good. We had pizza. The crust tasted good but was too thin and it had very little toppings. My husband and I paid over $15 for a skimpy pizza and 2 small glasses of tea. The service was good though, prompt and courteous. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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St. Simons Island Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Ok we came in tired from moving. The waitress recommended a really nice wine. We all got different dishes but I have to say the pizza was delicious and melt in your mouth goodness. I thought the service was excellent and the appetizers wine and pizza really good. We each got different ones and shared. I hope that the previous... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Service was slow and started with the waiter pouring I've water in my chair. Later he made up for it by pouring water down my pants leg and in my shoe. Pasta dish was bland and hoping there might be some red pepper since most selections on menu were pizzas I requested pepper and got pepper... Small black pepper shaker.... More

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