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“Excellent, must go!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Bella Vita Restaurant

La Bella Vita Restaurant
55 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.5033
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Ranked #29 of 120 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
St. Petersburg, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent, must go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Cant recommend it highly enough. It was well worth the $. We had appetizers and the surf&turf. Great wait staff great experience

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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1 review
“Nice romantic atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Went out for drinks and an appetizer. The Hurricane and the Indian Summer were tasty cocktails. Split a pizzetta, which was probably the best regular pizza I've ever had. Attentive service, reasonable prices for a high end restaurant, and a lovely atmosphere gave us a nice evening.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Queens, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awesome Italian food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We're lacto-ovo vegetarian (dairy & eggs ok) so Italian is always the first choice as it has so many options. That said, I've been to hundreds of Italian restaurants around the world, and the food here is among the very best anywhere! Of particular note is the Wild Mushroom Risotto - it was worth the plane ride to Bar Harbor! Also, the service was fantastic, particularly our waiter William, who was sincerely helpful, thoughtful, and did everything in his power to get us everything we needed or asked for, all with poise and a beautiful smile. They serve all day, so If you get there at a non-busy time you can easily get a seat by the window on the bay, which is enchanting. All in all, we'll be coming back each time we're in Bar Harbor, and we highly recommend it!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely Italian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We've visited this restaurant many times over the last 3 years and we always have a great dining experience. The food is consistently good and the menu offers many options. The location is beautiful and the service is always outstanding. We really enjoyed the bartender/server (Dianne) during our visit this weekend. She really went above and beyond for us!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carpinteria, California
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Identity Crisis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This review is for the restaurant at the Harborside. Many may not realize that there are 2 restaurants of the same name. One associated with the Holiday Inn and the other is with the Harborside. Some of the reviews I've read clearly have the two confused. The owners at one should consider modifying the name, because I rely on TripAdvisor heavily when choosing a restaurant and almost didn't go in this place due to the reviews.

I came here on two occasions. The first was just for drinks where we met David G. An awesome guy who takes his trade very seriously. He put a spin on the white Russian and added some Bailey's and chocolate syrup. It was so very good. Then we asked him to create something that had some spicy...which he then crafted something I can't remember the name but it consisted of muddled jalepeno's in tequila with some mango juice. It was out of this world and can't wait to try it at home. David's personality and creativity to his craft made us want to return the next night...hoping he would be there again (but he wasn't).

The next night, we chose this place because of David. We sat at the bar and the service was excellent. We actually chose to split a pizza because we watched the chef prepare it right in front of us. It was de-lish! The price was reasonable and we thought the service was excellent. I realize that pizza and drinks don't necessarily paint a great picture, but the food we observed coming from the kitchen and the empty plates going back is a good indication of the quality and taste. When we get back here, we'll come again and try other things. I hope the owners read this and consider modifying the name to avoid the confusion because this is a great place.

David...a special thanks to you - you made our experience worthwhile.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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