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“Terrific Dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
405 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2307
(218) 727-4921
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Ranked #19 of 229 Restaurants in Duluth
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
2 reviews
“Terrific Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The menu is extensive--lots of pasta selections from standard to unusual, with excellent presentation. It also includes some more prosaic, delicious entrees (chicken, beef, etc.) The deserts are to die for, so you need to go on an empty stomach. And the wine selection is fabulous, American, French, Italian, German, and some surprising varieties. Overall, superb!

Visited August 2013
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DENVER,CO
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great homemade italian with good wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Great wine pairings and an extensive lunch/dinner menu. Offer a limited outdoor patio dining option overlooking the lake (through the street). Parking is ample in a pay parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. Good fine and good wine..what more can you ask for!

Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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228 reviews 228 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Good Italian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

This Italian resturant was classic Italian decor & had good Italian dishes. While the menu was not extensive, there were a variety of classic dishes from Italy.
It was a comfortable place with good service to enjoy a nice meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ohio
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285 reviews 285 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
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225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in for dinner when staying at a nearby hotel and while the service was quite good, the food was disappointing. We started with the cheese plate appetizer with drinks. The cheese selection seemed more appropriate for dessert and, most distressingly, the cheese was served cold. The portion size would be suitable for several people to share. On the server's recommendation, I ordered the gnocchi, which were slightly undercooked and heavily covered with a bland spinach sauce. The portion, again, was large. My spouse liked his pasta but wished it had not been so bland. This struck me as a restaurant catering to tourists.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, Florida, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Hands down the best grilled shrimp I've ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We went to Bellisio's for the first time on Sunday, 9/1/13 when we visited Duluth with another couple who had been there many times. Parking is right in back of the restaurant and there's a $4 fee, but you're given a coupon to have the fee refunded if you order an entree at either Bellisio's or Grandma's Saloon.
Bellisio's patio is small and noisy because of its location right on Canal Street so we chose to go inside. We arrived during happy hour and we sat at a high-top in the bar and enjoyed glasses of wine with the focaccia and olive oil that our server brought while we decided what to eat. David, our server, was very good about explaining the dishes and preparations and patient as we went back and forth on what to choose.
We had eaten a substantial lunch so my husband and I decided to share an appetizer of Grilled Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes. Here's the description from the menu: "Four jumbo shrimp marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon, and fresh thyme, then grilled and served over mixed baby greens with polenta-crusted fried green tomatoes topped with garlic dipping sauce". The shrimp are skewered on a rosemary stem for extra flavor during the grilling. OMG--shrimp are one of our favorite foods so we've had them every which way, but those shrimp had great flavor and were grilled perfectly with a little char. The greens were dressed lightly with a tasty citrus vinaigrette, and the sauce on the fried green tomatoes was smooth and garlicky--I cleaned up every bit of it off the plate with my bread.
I prefer fried green tomatoes that have been dusted with bread crumbs mixed with oregano and parmesan, but the polenta crust was fine and the tomatoes were cooked perfectly. We asked our server to bring another skewer of the shrimp and they were just as good as the first ones.
Our friends shared the Fettuccine Alfredo and invited us to try a taste. It was creamy and flavorful and our friends said it's the best they've ever had in any restaurant so one of them has it whenever they come to Bellisio's.
Happy hour is in the bar on Sunday through Thursday from 3 to 6 and apps are $3 off, wines are $2 off, and beer is $1 off. Prices are a bit higher than in many restaurants, but the quality of the food is high and the happy hour specials help out a bit and sharing an appetizer or an entree makes it more affordable.
We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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