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2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
603-319-8213
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Casual Italian Dining

We were the first customers in the restaurant this evening. Decided to sit in one of their spacious booths. Very comfortable. Brought our own bottle of wine. Sipped while we waited for our food to arrive. Soups were a great way to start. Fresh, hot, and flavorful. My wife's veal dish and my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2014
JoeNH
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New Hampshire
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Wells, Maine
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

What a wonderful surprise....while surfing the internet for "good deals" at restaurants in the Portsmouth area, I came across a "BYOB" in Portsmouth - La Bella Italian Restaurant and Pizzaria. Located in a large shopping strip mall area and open for lunch and dinner. The foyer area leads into a dining room with ten or so tables and an area... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Everything was fantastic from the moment we walked through the door. The Hostess greeted us promptly and was so friendly. The waitress was also very pleasant and friendly. The place was very clean although it could have been a bit warmer. My party had the Veal Parmesean with Linguine (2), Chicken Alfredo Fettucine, Mixed Seafood over gluten free Penne. Three... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I agree with Jennifer S. below, these guys provided us several entrees, appetizers, and desserts that were enjoyed tremendously by every single person at our large function for many family & friends. Many people asked about who prepared the food......wanting to go to their restaurant location the next day! Also, they were very professional to work with and went out... More 

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

You guys rated a 12 on a 0-10 scale!!!! You catered our big party last > night at the Homewood Suites in Dover, and you guys were awesome, and > the food blew us away! The people that delivered the food and picked > up the pans at the end were so professional and so kind. I would like >... More 

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Portsmouth
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

So So food with a forgettable atmosphere which is BYOB. They allow customers to bring in all kinds of beer/wine and spirits but God forbid if you bring in a soda they do not carry themselves. I guess personal choice only to alcohol. Do not like the way I have seen employees treated here, for that alone 2 strikes and... More 

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inas a, Owner at la bella Italian Restaurant and pizzeria, responded to this review

I'm sorry you feel this way but we don't have any employees, here. It is 100% family owned and family run. More 

Portsmouth New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a great locally owned restaurant with consistently good food and service. It's a BYOB, so in some cases makes dinner easier on the wallet. We have been here several times and always enjoy what we order. They have also been very accommodating for special requests on the food. The cook does like seasonings, you will find lots of... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Tried La Bella for the second time. Didn't like it the first time so we thought we would give it another try. Service was so slow. We ordered an appetizer but never got it. We had to ask for water refills. We ordered pizza and didn't get a pizza server so had to use our hands. Seems like they were... More 

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New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is by far my favorite Italian restaurant. The staff is incredibly friendly, the food is outstanding and the atmosphere is wonderful. Everything is so fresh. Highly recommend the gnocchi and bruschetta. If you are visiting the NH Seacoast it's definitely worth the stop.

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New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were the first customers in the restaurant this evening. Decided to sit in one of their spacious booths. Very comfortable. Brought our own bottle of wine. Sipped while we waited for our food to arrive. Soups were a great way to start. Fresh, hot, and flavorful. My wife's veal dish and my eggplant parmesan delightful. Their meatballs, oh so... More 

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The restaurant is located in a mall. It is small and very inviting with soft colored walls and beautiful pictures of Italy and coastal NH. Our waitress was very good abad brought our drinks promptly. It is a BYOB and will supply the glasses for wine or beer. I had the iced tea and you could tell is was brewed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-319-8213

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?