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“What You Would Expect I Guess” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bella Italia

Bella Italia
20-22 Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RB, England
0191 386 1060
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Ranked #105 of 251 restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Hong Kong, China
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79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“What You Would Expect I Guess”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We had stopped off in Durham on the Sunday afternoon and Bella Italia was the best option available at the time. The food was ok, nothing special but then in a chain restaurant I suppose that is what you expect. Location is great but the conservatory glazing looked like it had not been cleaned for years. Staff were freindly and as I say, because it is a chain maybe attention to detail is not quite up to the mark.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“great location, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This restaurant is situated next to the river with part of it actually overhanging the river. There is an outside eating area surrounded by trees which on a warm evening would be a very pleasant place to eat. We were glad we had booked because when we arrived there was a party of 28 people just arriving too. We were worried that service would be slow because of this but they coped very well. The food is what you would expect from any Bella Italia, good but not amazing but the service was exceptional.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“not bad-nice setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

since this restaurant is a franchise you already know what the menu is like if you have eaten in any other one, however this one has a really nice setting right on the river Wear and the staff are very friendly.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice food, good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

We turned up without a reservation on a busy Saturday evening and the staff were very accommodating and found us a table. The choice is quite standard but well cooked and and very tasty. The service was very good as was the espresso which was really excellent.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful view overlooking the river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Visited with a friend on a Saturday lunch time. Service was attentive and staff were very friendly. Food and atmosphere were also very good. The view over looking the river is beautiful and such a bonus to this restaurant. Overall a lovely experience!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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