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“Place to go for charm and good italian food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of D'anna's Cafe Italiano

D'anna's Cafe Italiano
1317 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225-4714
360-714-0188
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Ranked #3 of 396 Restaurants in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Albany, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Place to go for charm and good italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Downtown location you need to search it out. Great relaxed atmosphere, good for families. Excellent service. The raviolli sampler was delicious but order the small size and ministrone soup was tasty. 4 adults and one 9 year old each enjoyed the meal. No complaints. We took home three cartons of food so portion sizes are big. Price is moderate and a good value.

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Okay American Italian Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

First is that they give you lots and lots of bread (Focaccia). It was in the appetizer and a few of our entrees. Seafood was good. Decent clam sauce. However, the rest of the meal was mediocre. Lots of cheese on everything. Their pasta sauces were very bland.

  • Visited August 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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Bellingham, Washington
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88 reviews 88 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Good dishes, fair dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Overall I like D'anna's. Had some good meals there over the years. The gnocchi and the ravioli dishes I think are their strong suite. Also, some of the chicken dishes are very good. I tend to stay away from the "baked" items such as the lasagna and manicotti are just flat and very dry, not really very good in my opinion.

Also, if they are somewhat to very busy..... go somewhere else unless you have great patience and time to kill. While the service has improved greatly in the last few years food can take a very, very long time if their busy. Which is actually a good thing because they are actually cooking not reheating. We actually stopped going there for a few years when they first opened, but the service is much better now.

My comments are not meant to steer you away, just so you know what to expect.

  • Visited August 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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34 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Easily the best Italian restaurant in Bellingham!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

A perennial favorite Bellingham establishment and easily the best Italian restaurant in town. It's not fancy; it's rather small; it's not particularly inexpensive (although it's an excellent deal); there's no view or special atmosphere... Instead, it's all about the food and the service, which are both outstanding! We took a large group there (14 adults) and everyone raved about their meals. Authentic Italian cuisine, many choices, large portions, but always delicious. Also, service was exceptional: gracious, accurate, accommodating, and totally professional. D'Anna's is almost always packed, for very good reasons! Go early, else be prepared to wait. It's a little easier during clear, warm weather as al fresco dining available on the sidewalk adds additional seating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Downtown Location & Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I tried the shrimp scampi and it did not disappoint. The shrimp were good sized and the sauce had a nice kick to it. I really enjoyed the downtown location in that after dining you can take a nice long walk to burn off a few Italian calories.

  • Visited July 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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