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Bella Monica Italian Restaurant

#35 of 1,219 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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3121 Edwards Mill Rd Ste 103, Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 881-9778
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 141
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 27
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  • 9
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Eggplant is fabulous!

We split a bunch of dishes and enjoyed them all. Great flavor and good portions. Shrimp was yummy. Eggplant was delicious. Good wine recommendations. Favorite Italian in Raleigh! Recommend reservations as it is always hopping!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We split a bunch of dishes and enjoyed them all. Great flavor and good portions. Shrimp was yummy. Eggplant was delicious. Good wine recommendations. Favorite Italian in Raleigh! Recommend reservations as it is always hopping!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live near this restaurant, it's always crowded and many say it's good. That being said, I have to say it's consistently disappointed me, my family and our guests. I've tried lunch 3 times, dinner 3 times and take out 2 times (I've tried very hard to give B.M. ample chances). Maybe because I've lived in NYC for many years,... More 

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Thank msglosson
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been trying lasagnas all around the area and none come close. Of course I'm want a lot of meat and pretty lite on the pasta. I'm not a big fan of the red peppers on the Caesar salad but I didn't leave any on my plate. I have taken numerous friends here and we have never been disappointed.... More 

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Thank Tom H
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good luck finding the restaurant and a parking place, but once you do it will be worth it. The bean soup was delicious, and the spinach, tomato and garlic mozzarella pizza was excellent. Good wine list, moderate prices and the bartender was edgy but good. The staff seems to care about their customers, going back to try the pasta.

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Thank lpstohler
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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150 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were in town for a function at the PNC Arena. We looked online for a good place to eat and Bella Monica seemed to fit what we were looking for. Make sure you make reservations because even at 4:30 PM they were slammed, so much so that the only seats were outside on 45 degree day.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bella Monica is popular enough that one typically needs to plan any visit days or weeks in advance. The friendly staff and excellent food made our visit well worth the effort. The chicken parm was awesome and the manager went out of his way to make us feel welcome.

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Thank Chaise C
Clayton, North Carolina
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Second or third visit to Bella Monica, and it simply outstanding. My wife is Italian, so the bar is set high, and having moved from the Philly/NY area, the bar is even higher, and Bella Monica does not disappoint! Wonderful appetizers and main dishes with wonderful cheeses and meats. I just wish we lived closer--but anytime we are over on... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I've eaten at Bella Monica several times and it's always a solid choice. Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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275 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This place is always packed and highly recommended it. My husband and I stopped in this week for dinner at the bar. He had the chicken parm - which was okay - overly salted. I had their chicken balsamic which was so sweet, it was not enjoyable. There are so many outstanding Italian restaurants in the area to choose from... More 

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Thank NancyOO7
Raleigh, North Carolina
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

This is seriously the best Italian food I've ever eaten. Clearly fresh made pasta. Fresh homemade sauce. I can't explain it, but it's traditional cooking with a modern twist. Everything is "yeah, I remember that, but what's that?". Sometimes there's an interesting twist to the food that, while sounding off is just amazing. Do yourself a favor and go.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3121 Edwards Mill Rd Ste 103, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: (919) 881-9778

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?