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Bellanico

4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602-1312
510-336-1180
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Ranked #6 of 1,065 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wellington
Transit: AC Transit #18
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UK
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Surprisingly average. They may have changed their chef! Starters where not great - meatballs deep fried, and the cheese was nothing special. Wine recommendations at the bar were not great. Main course was good. I always saw this as the best place to eat in oakland - no more!

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

One of the best Italian restaurants in the east bay! I can't go here without ordering the MALFATTI. They always make you comfortable and at home here. Wine selection is good and affordable.

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Oakland, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Recently we saw the Check Please Bay Area segment on Bellanico and it made my mouth water! We brought some friends from Seattle here on a Wednesday evening and had a very memorable time. I'm pleased to report that Bellanico is even better today than I remember from 5 years ago. We all ordered from the sample menu: excellent choices... More

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Richmond, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This Oakland partner of San Francisco's Aperto is one of my favorites. It's small, as in intimate, with a tiny kitchen, a bar and maybe tables for thirty patrons. The food is all about Italy and great ingredients. They offer a four course wine pairing (All Italian) menu that is a bargain at $34.00. The chard Mallfacci, dumplings in a... More

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Orinda, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We have eaten here many times and the $34 menu is a particularly really good deal. With the 2 of us, we shared more than8 items. The food is always very good to wonderful. Our problem continues to be around service and environment. They always over-book making a wait inevitable, the tables in the back are dark and stuffy. It... More

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piedmont california
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76 reviews 76 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A local neighborhood California style restaurant where the prices are reasonable but still use all the freshest California ingredients. There is always a 4 course set price dinner for around. $30. I love their cauliflower fritters and their pasta and grain dishes

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We ordered the four course tasting menu with wine parings. Everything was good, but the wine parings (all Italian) were excellent and the goat cheese cake was outstanding. Service was exceptional. Beware of the neighborhood parking shortage. I wouldn't dine here if rain is forecast. Be prepared to park many blocks away.

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Oakland CA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Named for 2 of the owner's daughters this eatery is a charming place right next to my vet's, the Cheshire Cat. I can stop here while Banjolina is getting helpful care at the Cheshire Cat and refresh myself with reasonably priced, delicious Italian/American/Mediterrean fare. The care in the cooking and serving shows and almost never fails to delight my taste... More

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Schweinfurt, Germany
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

First, we looked at the menu, we almost left, it was sooo intimidating. We are not used to fancy dining. The nice man near the door convinced us that its not as intimidating as it looks, he explained what the items on the menu are to us and we decided to try it out, just because we had a nightmare... More

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Oakland California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Much to my surprise this neighborhood café was tucked away in plain sight for several years and its reputation has been building. We were a party of three that arrived at six PM on a Friday night to find the entire place filled with the exception of one four top on the wall with great view for the two on... More

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