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Ciao Bella

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Back Bay
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240 Newbury St # A, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2626
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Good for:
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Fave

I stop in once or twice a month --- that should be enough to say I love the food! I enjoy taking my wife or taking my co-workers. The setting can be romantic or corporate and the staff has always been accommodating. Recommended to me originally by my sister Sashiri who also attends on a frequent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2013
Jessie M
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Boston
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I stop in once or twice a month --- that should be enough to say I love the food! I enjoy taking my wife or taking my co-workers. The setting can be romantic or corporate and the staff has always been accommodating. Recommended to me originally by my sister Sashiri who also attends on a frequent basis.

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Ciao Bella, we should have said bye bye to this place the moment I walked up to the door. Us new yorkers know are restaurants and I know there are way better places in Boston, but the only reason I came here was because a "hook-up" said this was one of her favorite restaurants. I wish we could have sat... More 

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United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

We were quickly shown to an outside table of our choice, which was very good to people watch on a sunny evening. The waitress took our order and quickly returned with the drinks - unfortunately the food took a lot longer and did not always replicate what we had ordered. The food was very poor and all of our party... More 

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armagh northern ireland
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218 reviews 218 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

we visited this restaurant for lunch and had 2 bowls of pasta and 3 glasses of wine.........all for $100.............incase you are wondering the wine was $7 a glass. the food was ok but i was totally shocked with the price...........crazy!!

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Gran Canaria, Spain
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

Wonderful location at Newbury street, with a wonderful terrace. Italian food is good, but not great, quite a few of the pastas have the same tomato-y based sauce and land up tasting very similar. However some of their dishes are more than original. Staff is good, prices are reasonable, altough slightly higher that expected.

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Fort Worth, Tx
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

My wife and I decided to do some restaurant hopping on Newbury, and Ciao Bella was one of the four we ended up at. It was restaurant week, but we wanted to be different so we did appetizers and wine at each (we ended up not being hungry enough for a full dinner at the first place we started at)... More 

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Mexico City
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

I ran into Ciao Bella yesterday at lunch time. The place was full and that always means it might be good, so I came in and sat in the terrace. The service was excellent from the start. I had the lobster sandwich and I liked it very much.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

We had the crab cakes, and two pasta dishes. The crab cakes were very small for the price. You could have taken one bit to eat them. The pasta dishes were $20-$25 and came in small bowls and were something I could easily make at home. Not worth the $ at all! The server was great though and we sat... More 

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We wanted to eat at another restaurant but it was too crowded and we would have had to wait a long time. This was next door and I was starving so we dropped in. I ordered the chicken parm sandwich. The slices of bread were thin and full of holes. The pasta sauce was seeping out of the holes and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Decent Italian, though you can do better in Boston. Also, parking in the area is always a nightmare.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 Newbury St # A, Boston, MA 02116
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: (617) 536-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating

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