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Bella Italia

4-6 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, England
SS1 1TJ
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Ranked #308 of 458 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Aug 28, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Decided to go with a few girls from work. There were 8 of us, took 20 mins to acknowledge us and take a drinks order. Staff were not friendly, no smiles. I was the only one to order a starter , crab cakes which were cold and still frozen in the middle. Took several mins to get as waiters attention,... More

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went in because I booked a table through gourmet society but even with the discount it wasn't worth it. The courgette chips were nice but our fish came back raw in the middle then the replacements came back burnt. It was a lot of expensive frozen food that I could have made better at home. The honeycomb and banana... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The staff are so bad no smiles which gives the restaurant no atmosphere , makes you feel like they don't want you there. Commented on how nice the cheese and dipping bread platter was and the older man didn't even crack a smile it was such an effort .the drinks took such a long time when you have a full... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Haven't been here for a while but went to celebrate a friends birthday. Staff were friendly but the food was quite disappointing. We had the baked cheese & bread to start but although the cheese was melted it was almost cold by the time it got to the table and was lacking flavour, some herbs or garlic would have helped.... More

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have passed this place many times but never been drawn into it. No special reason for that but on Saturday night, we were looking for somewhere local and were thinking about perhaps ASK but stopped to check out the menu here on the way. I am a committed Vegetarian and would have had the pizza in ASK (I don't... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We tried this restaurant before going to Southend Cinema. The staff are not very friendly and do not make you feel very welcome. We had a (limited) amount of various bread for starters which came with a ridiculously large amount of cheese for minimal serving of bread. The main course and desert was quite nice. The cappacino we finished with... More

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Essex, UK
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16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After a couple of iffy meals at Pizza Express recently, we decided to venture into Southend and spend our Tesco vouchers at Bella Italia, part of the Tragus Group stable which also includes Café Rouge and Strada. These corporate places can be OK, but if they get it wrong - they really get it wrong. Yes, we dared to move... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went to Bella Italia to have something a little nicer to eat with my partner. At first we entered the restaurant and were told we had to of booked which i was upset about. However waited around for a couple of minutes and were seated and given our menus. But then we felt invisible nobody served us for ages!!!... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The pizzas looked good but I had a salad. The leaves were all wilted and there were trimmings from salad preparation in it, including rock hard avocado stem bits. The waitress's small daughter was dropped off after school and sat behaving well eating doritoes and cakes at the next table. I thought this was a bit weird but didn't mind... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We popped in on a Sunday evening not to long ago and swiftly wished we hadn't. Our starters were nice but our main courses appeared as though theyd been sitting under a heat lamp all night, they were abit cold and glued to the bowls, what was more annoying was that the waitress ignored us after we said that we... More

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