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La Bella

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802 West 18th Street, Corner of 18th and Liberty Streets, Erie, PA 16502-1638
+1 814-456-2244
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: We are a BYOB restaurant and operate a full service catering operation...
We are a BYOB restaurant and operate a full service catering operation. Our menu items are fresh and homemade with very few exceptions. Gluten Free options are available for almost all items. Foods are always beautifully presented and creatively displayed. We are a full service catering operation and can provide as many or as few services as you need for your event. For over 25 years, we have catered parties from 10 to 800 people. No event is too small or large to receive our relentless attention to detail and artistic flair. Our catering menus can be used simply as guidelines: please feel free to mix and match any menus to achieve the effect you desire for your event. We can supply you with an ingredient list for people with food allergies and are even willing to produce your own recipes if you would like. We also excel in providing all vegetarian menus.
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  • 52
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem in Erie

This restaurant was a surprise. Beautiful tin ceiling, mosaic floor and a blend of antique and modern decor. Soothing lighting and competent service. Mostly Italia with a touch of Asian fusion. I had the Mongolian Ribs- more like two large pork chops with a sweet and savoury sauce, scallion rice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Phyllis G
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Toronto
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  • Local cuisine
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I spent the night in Erie and were looking for a good local restaurant. We picked La Bella because of favorable tripadvisor reviews. The place was very crowded and we did not have a reservation, but we were seated in what may have been the last seats in the place, and service was very good. The food... More 

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Toronto
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This restaurant was a surprise. Beautiful tin ceiling, mosaic floor and a blend of antique and modern decor. Soothing lighting and competent service. Mostly Italia with a touch of Asian fusion. I had the Mongolian Ribs- more like two large pork chops with a sweet and savoury sauce, scallion rice, red cabbage and pickled radish. More than I could eat... More 

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio, United States
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wandered in off the freeway hungry and up for Italian. What luck! Excellent dinner in a very friendly atmosphere. Good bread with great olive oil dip. Homemade pasta done just dente, Hers was Alfredo, mine Bolognese, both big enough to bring lunch home and just as good the next day. Note: it's BYO, but there is a liquor store handy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife and I love this place. We had our rehearsal dinner here as well as a few dates. The food has be awesome every time. Highly recommend it and it's BYOB so you can save yourself a few bucks on drinks.

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Pittsburgh Pa
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

what a charming place! I'd read reviews and when they described some of the menu items, I knew we had to check it out. so glad we did. We went on a Friday without a reservation and were quickly seated. Everyone was so friendly from the waitress to the owner Harry (who seemed to greet everyone in the place) to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Absolutely the best restaurant in Erie - cioppino used to be THE BEST the last two trips there (6 months to a year) it hasnt been as good. I mentioned something to the owner and he said that they got a new cook in that time -So whoever used to cook there - PLEASE COME BACK! I loved your cioppino!... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We were in Erie for a big rescue fundraiser and brought our dogs. We couldn't leave them in the hotel alone and didn't want to resort to drive thru all weekend, so we started looking for places we could go & bring the dogs. La Bella does not have outside seating, but when I called, they said they have a... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We had (another) wonderful dinner here on a rainy summer Saturday; the restaurant is in a very old school Italian building that encourages a very laid back and enjoyable dinner experience. Start out with the classic "Creamy Onion Fred" dressing for a fabulous salad. The meatballs were delicious, as were each of the pasta dishes. The spicy pasta arrabiata is... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

La Bella is a locally owned bistro in Erie's Little Italy. The owner is a super nice guy who takes pride in his quality of food and service. This is also a BYOB establishment which is an added plus. La Bella has an interesting an varied menu with several Italian specialties. All that being said, it is important to support... More 

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Erie, PA
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've dined here several times. After our first visit they remembered us every time after that. The third time we were there the owner mentioned they offer a vegetarian menu and pro died them when we sat down. The staff took the effort to notice we didn't order any meat dishes the first two times we were there. They are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 802 West 18th Street, Corner of 18th and Liberty Streets, Erie, PA 16502-1638
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Erie
  • Phone Number: +1 814-456-2244

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

We are a BYOB restaurant and operate a full service catering operation. Our menu items are fresh and homemade with very few exceptions. Gluten Free options are available for almost all items. Foods are always beautifully presented and creatively displayed. We are a full service catering operation and can provide as many or as few services as you need for your event. For over 25 years, we have catered parties from 10 to 800 people. No event is too small or large to receive our relentless attention to detail and artistic flair. Our catering menus can be used simply as guidelines: please feel free to mix and match any menus to achieve the effect you desire for your event. We can supply you with an ingredient list for people with food allergies and are even willing to produce your own recipes if you would like. We also excel in providing all vegetarian menus.
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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