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Mon, 11/28
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great Location on Beach Drive
1. Great Location on Beach Drive
"Great location across from the water"
John R
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2. Best Pizza in St Pete
2. Best Pizza in St Pete
"best pizza in St Petersburg. Nice restaurant, superb location"
Safari307725
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3. 7-Layer Lasagna
3. 7-Layer Lasagna
"The service in this place is beyond compare. The food was excellant"
Larrysavino
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About
Specialties Casual yet urban in feel in the heart of Beach Drive in Downtown St. Petersburg. Smart, friendly service. New World Italian cuisine with modern flair. History Established in 2005. After visiting the Tuscany region of Italy several times, we were hooked. We decided to open a restaurant here in St. Pete and bring a little of Tuscany back with us.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I went to the one in st Petersburg and the food was really good prices were reasonable our waiter Joshua was attentive friendly and overall awesome I'd recommend this place thank I Gerry and gary

Date of visit: November 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Gary.

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Reviewed February 15, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant is terrific. All four people in my party had pasta. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauces were outstanding. The calamari appetizer was also excellent. It was light and crisp with two great sauces. We were lucky enough to take advantage of...the happy hour drink prices too. Our waiter was efficient and personable. The atmosphere is tasteful and inviting. We had a very enjoyable evening.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I went here two weeks ago on a Friday night. Ambiance and service were wonderful, but the food was just OK. First, the bread that was served before dinner was nice. Crusty on the outside and good texture on the inside. We...didn't care for the herbed butter served with it, but that's just preference. Although we both LOVE garlic, the garlic flavor (mostly likely raw and fresh) was just too overpowering for the delicate bread it was served with. If it was a denser flavored Ciabatta bread, it might have been different. My Eggplant parm was very good. Nice and crispy, which is what I prefer as oppsed to a soggy deep dish of mush. Flavor was also very good. The pasta with pesto sauce that came with it had a nice flavor but overall it was VERY, VERY dry and could have used more moisture, wether it be a drizzle of olive oil or something. Just too darn dry to make it stand out. My friend got the Lasagna Bolognese which honestly, had almost zero Bolognese inside. If there might have been 2 or 3 very small pieces of meat that could be spotted when cutting into the piece and aside from that it was pretty much just pasta with cheese. Very, very disapointing as we both love Bolognese Sauce. That was the most dissapointing because the fact that a trained chef could let a plate of Lasagna Bolognese go out to a table with almost zero Bolognese is a big strike out with me when it comes to reviewing a restaurant. That's just poor service in my opinion. So there's my review. Would I try them again? I think I would as every restaurant can have an off night. We'll see!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very gracious staff, lovely outdoor setting, great food. My husband had the Margarita pizza which was really good. I had the ravioli Genovese which transported me to culinary heaven. Food was reasonably priced. All around a great dinner

Date of visit: October 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much!

Reviewed October 1, 2022 via mobile

Have been several times, it's always great food and atmosphere. Tonight we had Joseph, who put in a special request on a dish that changed the majority of it. And the kitchen staff went right to work to make it happen. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2022

Thanks so much!

Reviewed August 27, 2022

My dinner tasted great and they were very friendly. I recommend this place. It was a bit pricy, but it was worth it.

Date of visit: August 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2022

Thank you!

Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

Great lunch or dinner spot. Outdoor dining is fun during season. Nice range of options on menu and well executed. Italian specialties, seafood and salads are all tasty and the staff is friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: August 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2022

Thank you!

Reviewed August 16, 2022

The food here is always great! Many Happy Hours selections to choose from. Had a glass of wine and a red sangria. Bread was offered and accepted LOL. Hubs ordered a MARGHERITA PIZZA with MOLINARI PEPPERONI (he orders this a lot and stated that the...pepperoni was slightly different than on previous visits, but pizza was still good), and I ordered the PASTA AL LIMONE (includes grilled shrimp which is so good). We had pistachio cannoli which was perfection. All of this is actually expected as we have been coming here for years. The reason for this review is the SERVICE. Our server was awesome. According to the receipt his name was "Bryn". We sat at table #98 Check #78 on Monday August 15th, 2022. Please give him props for being just the best. In this "new world" it is truly hard to find a GOOD server, let alone a GREAT server. He has an upbeat attitude, was attentive to our table without rushing us and was a pleasure to talk to. Great job! Add the beautiful weather (cooled off a bit) for dining outdoors and it was money well spent!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2022

Thank you!

Reviewed July 26, 2022 via mobile

This is the third time I went to this restaurant. Always delicious, until this time. My husband dish, seafood a Diavolo, was so spicy that it burned his mouth for 24h. I would recommend to place a warning on that dish on the menu. Also,...why does it need to be so spicy? The flavor of the seafood gets lost.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2022

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed June 29, 2022

This place was recommended by our trolley driver. It was wonderful! We had the vegetable pizza which was definitely enough for two. The crust was thin, vegetable bite size cuts and fresh, and the cheese amazing. Service was understanded. Very relaxing environment.

Date of visit: June 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2022

Thank you!

Reviewed June 14, 2022 via mobile

We eat here several times a year when we are visiting. The service is always great. My husband and his friend both got the chicken Parmigiano. They always modify it to red sauce and traditional noodles. I got the eggplant Parmigiano and unfortunately it was...not good this visit. Way over cooked and too chewy. I would skip this dish and stick with other things.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2022

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. I have already discussed your excperience with chef and we are working to correct any flaws in preperation. The dish was seemingly overcooked. Please contact me privately. I would love to invite you back as...More

Reviewed June 8, 2022

Our 4th wedding anniversary on May 18, 2022 was a big hit of a celebration thanks to Bella Brava and it's Bistecca prepared, plated and served by Nicole to perfection. I had this fabulous NY strip steak the day before it debuted on the menu...and it was outstanding, cooked medium-well as ordered, and melted in my mouth like a sexy, creamy chocolate bar. The Asiago cheese and butter melting on top of this steak served on a sizzling cast iron platter, on appearance alone, was worth ordering another immediately. Moist, flavorful, perfect amount of seasoning and great portion did this steak heavenly justice. If you question the price, then take it from me - ORDER THIS STEAK, IT'S WORTH EVERY CENT! Ask for Nicole to get great service - and savor the experience of steak-a-liciousness! Thanks Bella Brava, we'll be back!.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2022

Thanks for the outstanding review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your excperience! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed June 7, 2022

I have visit several times this location during my visit to St Pete's. You can go alone or with a date or with your family - easy to find a nice place and a dish for each moment! It is trendy and a great point...of meeting new people; the service is super friendly and i find it very accommodating. My favorite point is the food as it is super creative and consistently delicious.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2022

Thanks for the great feedback Ana! We are thrilled you love our restaurant! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed May 2, 2022 via mobile

my wife and I arrived on Sunday May first, 8:30 pm. We were told by the hostess, that the restaurant wasn't taking any more people. The restaurant was supposed to close at 10. My wife and I have worked for restaurants for over 15 years,...and we had to Uber to your restaurant. When we pulled up it was pouring down rain, we got soaking wet, only to be turned away at the door by a hostess. Incredibly unprofessional way to run a restaurant business, we will not be back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2022

Our apologies. We were closing early that night for repairs and mainiance projects. That information should have been relayed to you but obviously was not. There is never a good time to close a business early and we feel terrible that you were so dissapointed....More

Reviewed April 14, 2022 via mobile

Four for lunch outside at St. Pete location. Nice table and location. Unfortunately, our server hardly spoke to us and knew little of the food. We strained to listen to a nearby attentive server at another table describing in detail the different entrees and options....We ordered and our meals were brought out by other help. We noticed bread rolls on other tables and asked if we could have some. Had appetizer, three delicious entrees and a pizza that was left over. Asked our server for a box for the pizza. She brought us a styrofoam container. The other waitress went and got us a pizza box when she saw our frustration.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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rlsanderson41, Owner at BellaBrava, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2022

Thank you for your review, Tom. We will discuss your comments and work on improvements with our service team.

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Open lunch thru to dinner and after.
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There is street parking on Beach Drive that is metered, and on side streets there is some parking that is free but timed. We have valet parking available with validation for $6 in the evenings and on weekends. Sorry for the... More
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They do have seating and accommodate large groups. Contact them directly.
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BellaBrava is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4