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“Amazing Food and incredible service!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Valbella

Valbella
1309 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878
203-637-1155
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Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Riverside
Price range: $50 - $50
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Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Saundbeach Avenue
Description: Valbella, which since 1992 has been a celebratory place and a regular haunt for the locals who pack it most nights of the week both for its sumptuous food and its astonishing wine cellar, containing 1,450 selections and 16,000 bottles. Downstairs in the wine cellar is where many people hold private parties of various sizes,and what a splendidly beautiful room it is, done in polished wood, with a lovely fireplace, the tables impeccably set, the stemware thin, the temperature geared to the maintenance of the wine. Also an outstanding feature of the wine cellar is a heated granite table that can accommodate up to sixteen guests.
Rye, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amazing Food and incredible service!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I have been to Valbella many times over the years and always enjoyed the spectacular food. Last year my wife and I had our rehearsal dinner here. Nick helped set everything up and could not have been anymore helpful. Everyone who attended said it was the best meal they have ever had. From the huge shrimp and lobster appetizer to the pasta and desert everything was amazing and the staff bent over backward to be helpful. Nick even had a special surprise for us and had a big celebrity who was dining there come in and give a toast.

Last week we went back for our anniversary and said hello to Nick. Again the meal we had was amazing and the service again was amazing. At the end of the meal the waiter came over and told us the bottle of wine that we drank was on the house and he wished us a happy anniversary. Wow.

From the fresh seafood to the incredible pastas and fish dishes this is aplace to go and you will not be dissapointed!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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White Plains, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Outstanding...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The whole experience was awesome. Service was over the top. It was a Monday.
Veal dish was as good as I have ever had. More like steak..

Will return for all special occasions...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Top notch service & excellent food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My fiance took me to Valbella as a surprise my birthday dinner earlier this month. The service at this place is outstanding. We each had a glass of wine at the bar prior to sitting down for dinner. The bartender here sure pours a healthy glass of wine and also gave us a complimentary plate of cheese & soppressata. For dinner we sat in the wine cellar and were fortunate to sit right next to the fireplace. The ambiance in the wine cellar is very relaxing and makes for a tremendous dining experience. Our waiter - Juan - was one of the nicest waiter's we've ever encountered. He was extremely patient with answering our questions and as attentive as a waiter could possibly be. The food at Valbella is amazing! We shared the pappardelle appetizer which was outstanding. For our main course we each had a veal dish that was one of the specials for that evening. The Chocolate Souffle for dessert was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening.

All in all I couldn't have been happier with my birthday dinner at Valbella. This is the type of restaurant you leave feeling extremely content & satisfied. I look forward to returning there very soon!!

Thank you Fiance and Valbella!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Bay, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We were with a family gathering & they treated us like royalty. The food was delicious, and the service beyond spectacular. Definitely worth it. Valbella's is amazing!

Visited June 2013
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White Plains, New York
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227 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Always good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

No matter what you order here, you can't go wrong. You pay the price but it is worth it. Great wine list. Excellent wine list. Good service. Place is very noisy so if you want a quiet romantic dinner, this may not be the spot. You could eat downstairs in the wine cellar and escape the noise.

Visited September 2012
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