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“Great Steak - not so great Chicken Marsala and salad” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
405 South Lake Avenue, Canal Park, Duluth, MN 55802-2307
+1 218-727-4921
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Ranked #17 of 200 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Classic Italian dinning and Wine Spectator award winner since 1999 Bellisio’s restaurant conjures up images of highly skilled chefs, fine wines, superb service, and fresh Italian food. And while all this is most certainly true, one must not forget that Bellisio’s is above all an experience. An exceptional dining experience, to be precise, but one that takes place in a casual atmosphere reminiscent of the quaint eateries and wine bars of the Italian countryside. And no wonder. The experience is fashioned after the small village of Bellisio, Italy, home to the owner’s ancestry. Imported direct from Italy are the beauty, comfort, romance, and glorious recipes. Specialty dishes include perfectly prepared pasta dishes using the finest imported and local ingredients; fennel roasted rack of pork; homemade risotto dishes; grilled steaks; shrimp; seafood; and a fresh catch feature every day. All served with a world class wine menu to match. Bellisio’s has received Wine Spectator’s prestigious “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since we opened in 1999. It’s a simple, colorful, elegant, and exceptional dining experience.
Barnes, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Steak - not so great Chicken Marsala and salad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The great atmosphere, excellent beef tenderloin and the "Wine Flight" feature (taste 4 different wines) made this a restaurant we will visit again. Skip the salad - wedge salad was a nice wedge of iceburg but the other greens were wilted. I tasted anchovie in some bites - wonder if they had just made a ceasar and reused the utensils. The chicken breast on the Chicken Marsala was DRY and overcooked. In fact I think it may have been precooked and just heated then topped with the muchroom sauce. Parmesan mashed potatoes were to die for. Their touted homemade focaccia was COLD, not room temp but COLD when served-big disappointment. Why would we go back? Now we know what to order. The steak was worth the trip (had a real charred flavor and was cooked perfeectly as ordered.) Excellent Vodka Gimlet and the wine selection mellowed out the evning. Great waitress - very professional - made the evening special.

  • Visited November 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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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I always make sure one of my dinners during a business trip is at Bellisios. Always have had a great dinner and excellent service. Great atmosphere also. I highly recommend!

Visited June 2013
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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234 reviews
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“Good choice for the wine lover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is our favorite restaurant in Duluth. It is convenient to the hotels on the Canal, the food is good and the wine list has to be one of the best in Minnesota (OK, so that may not be that big of a compliment). We enjoy trying wine flights from their huge selection and always end up finding a new wine to buy. The prices aren't too bad considering this is a tourist area. Their warm bread is some of the best we've had and their red sauces area very good. The Alfredo with grilled shrimp is too thick and by the time you are halfway through, it is just a glob of solidifying cheese and pasta. Stick with the red sauces.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Worst Italian Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I ordered Gnocchi...it could have stretched over a foot long. It wasn't cooked, so i was served dough balls. The waiter took it away eventually, but it was too late to get anything else. My wife and I shared her pasta, which was okay...sausage and red sauce in a pasta. Something I could have made better at home, which isn't why you go out. WORST GNOCCHI OF ALL TIME. even the flavor was poor, no salt or anything. Basicallly Grandma's version of Italian, which is why it's so blah.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Minocqua, Wisconsin
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“Yummo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My partner, his daughter, her friend and I ate at Bellisio's last night to close out parents weekend at UMD. The food, wine, atmosphere and service were all top notch! We ordered the seafood puttanesca, seasonal lobster macaroni, roasted Italian chicken and spinach ravioli with Alfredo sauce. Each if us was moaning with pleasure throughout the meal...it was delicious!! My wine was a fabulous mid-priced Valpolicella (can't recall the vineyard) our waiter recommended to go with my puttanesca; the pairing was perfect and my partner kept sneaking sips. This is NOT the Olive Garden...thank goodness!! If you are looking for better quality Italian, you will not be disappointed.

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