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“Better than we expected” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon

Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon
170 W California St, Jacksonville, OR 97530-9237
541-899-1770
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Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Brookings, Oregon
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Better than we expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We hadn't been to this restaurant in decades, and only ended up here because most everything else seemed to be closed for lunch on Monday, but we were pleasantly surprised. Located in a historic building in Jacksonville that was rebuilt either in 1970 or 1979, depending on what you read, the ambience is 19th century. The outdoor courtyard looked very inviting and was packed, but the temperature was already in the high 90s, so we opted for the air-conditioned inside. Service was very friendly and helpful, and relatively quick, given the lunch rush. I opted for the chicken breast sandwich, with the chicken marinated in walnut and gorgonzola cheese pesto and topped with salty prosciutto and fontina cheese. I asked the waitress for dijon mustard, then didn't use it because I didn't want to mask the exquisite flavors. What a great sandwich! I washed it down with their good strawberry lemonade and the refill arrived without me even asking for it. My wife also enjoyed her stuffed baked potato and side salad. The prices seemed completely in line with what we got. We couldn't think of a single thing we didn't like about this restaurant, hence the excellent rating. Maybe we just hit them on a good day, but we were impressed.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Ate a late lunch here on a Saturday. We were one of the few customers eating inside because it was pretty warm outside. Food took a long time to arrive, but was very tasty.

Visited July 2013
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Medford, Oregon
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Perfect Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have been to Bella many times and with guests from Colorado we headed out to jville and to the wisteria covered patio. Very humid hot evening but we never sit inside. 9 of us at the corner table on the deck. Christian was our super sweet, patient, and busy waiter ( my bro in law was shall we say particular) Big pitchers of beer (yeah ! ) and our pizza was delish. We tend to stick with pizza here, because it is a good value and consistently tasty.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ashland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“nice setting, food mediocre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Food has steadily gone downhill in past 5 years and is now barely average. But nice atmosphere if you just want a drink. Avoid the wine though.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sparks
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Neat restaurant in quaint town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We were a group of eight couples in Southern Oregon on a golf trip. Waitress had no problem giving couples individual checks. Orders were taken and drinks, salads, and entrees were all delivered sequentially to everyone at the same time. Everyone was pleased with their choice of entree. Wine list was extensive and many very good wines were available by the glass. Service was very good. All agreed this was a find and back on our list of restaurants for next year's trip.

Visited June 2013
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