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Bella Blu

Certificate of Excellence
Upper East Side
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967 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5103 (Between 70th and 71st Streets)
(212) 988-4624
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hudson, WI
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had been to this place three other times and was hoping for a great experience for a family dinner. The service was so bad, I could not believe it was the same place. Missing items, long gaps in courses. It was like we were not there. The place was not busy so something else was going on. Cross this... More 

Thank apgoop1
New Hampshire
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89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here as a suggestion from a friend...great food, ambiance, etc. Food was quite good; had a couple of specials that were apps..burrata and stuffed zucchini flowers, both were excellent in size and taste, only downfall is they were each $25..pricey for an app. The entries we had were yummy: veal ravioli, gnocchi, orriechitti, pasta, salads. Great flavor a and... More 

Thank perch59
North Haven, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday evening mid September. Weather was perfect for outdoor seating. Wasn't rushed at all. Cesar salad was great and pizza was good. Lobster ravioli not the best and over priced. Overall good experience and would recommend. Will visit again.

Thank tjezierny
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226 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

its a well decorate restaurant. Food is fair but not outstanding . wine selection is nice we have ordered a portion of French fries. we tasted it it seemed to be of frozen origin. The maître D mentioned its not fresh but to his taste its better than their fresh one. This was the punch line no other words necessary.

Thank Yosef L
Rockville, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

EVERYTHING was amazing!! The food, the wine, the service -- everything! I would highly recommend eating here.

Thank 81kasandram
New Delhi, India
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and very lively ambience .. Staff friendly and courteous and suggest you the right things .. Worth eating here ..

Thank ridhisachdev
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Husband and I were hoping to steer clear of touristy restaurants and "go where the locals go" on this particular evening. It was perfect. Authentic Italian cuisine served with genuine care and hospitality in a welcoming, warm environment. We shared two pasta dishes that they happily served as half orders, a zucchini and shrimp starter that stood out as a... More 

Thank Charb01
Boston, Massachusetts
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136 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We had a good meal at Bella Blu. The weather was warm so the doors were open and we had a table "half in/half out" which was perfect as we were cool from the air conditioning but able to people watch. The food was very good-- we had spaghetti a la vongole (that they nicely split as an appetizer) and... More 

Thank CaraMHutchins
Boca Raton, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The restaurant is painted in bright colors. The waiters were very attentive. The food was italian and for a small restaurant it offered many choices. We were 4 friends and we tried different main courses. Two of us had whole wheat pasta with vegetables. One tried chicken parmigian which was served to look like pizza. The 4th chose soft shell... More 

Thank Naomi C
Boca Grande, Florida
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Had scheduled reservation online for 7:30, was not seated until 8:15. This, of course colors my review. To their credit, the restaurant did provide us with a round of drinks at their expense, and when seated, the wait staff was near the best I have seen and the food was really good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $80
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 967 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5103
    (Between 70th and 71st Streets)
  • Public Transportation: The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 988-4624

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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