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“Just alright . . . wouldn't go again” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bellini's

Bellini's
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Maryland, USA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Just alright . . . wouldn't go again”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2009

We visited this place after seeing that it was highly recommended in a travel book, and seeing multiple advertisements for it.

The setting was very romantic - the deck is right on the beach in a quiet bay.

Other than that, Bellini's is nothing special. For the amount of money we paid ($100 USD total for a 3-course meal for 2 people and 2 sodas for each person, + 20% tip), I would expect slightly better service than I would at Chefette (the local fast food joint), but no such luck. Our waitress was pretty disinterested in us. She wasn't mean - she just didn't treat us the way we are used to be treated in an upscale restaurant.

The food was fine, but it wasn't worth the money. I had a salad, swordfish with fresh salsa, veggies, and potatoes. My boyfriend had a salad, coconut crusted chicken with veggies and potatoes, and we both had dessert. If I paid $100 in the United States to eat at a place with such sub-par service and mediocre food, I'd be outraged. In Barbados, I think it's kind of expected.

This experience at Bellini's uninspired us to eat at anymore of Barbados' "fancy" restaurants, and we've just been going to more reasonably-priced restaurants, which offer comparable service and food quality for half the price.

I will end on a good note. In the United States, I often feel like servers are pushing you along with your meal, bringing out main courses before you've even taken a bite of the appetizer, but this place was laid back and let us take our time. Of course, there were only a few other parties in the whole restaurant when we were there, and everyone in Barbados seems to be on "Island Time", so no surprise there.

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barnsley
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2009

We ate here last year and the food was lovely.This year however the food was not great.we are a family of 2 adults and 2 children and we were all disappointed and we all left most of our food.service was average,wine was good though!
In my opinion,you would think the owners had changed or at least the chef.

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Oslo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Average place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2009

This is average in every way, you will find many better places to eat in the vicinity. The setting is fine, by the sea. Service is average, food is average, prices are average.... Are you bored? So were we.....

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Stourbridge
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“Nice setting, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2009

The restaurant is situated right on Little Bay just as you turn into St Lawrence Gap. To say that the eatery is in such a prominent position, the prices are very reasonable.

Bellini's is only vaguely Italian. Don't expect to be wined and dined by some fellow named Luigi or Massimo. Nevertheless, you'll get a nice meal made with quality ingredients, with highly adequate service.

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Canada
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“Beautiful views, right on the water and very fresh food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2009

My husband and I dined at Bellini's on our recent trip to Barbados and the food was amazing. The seafood was incredibly fresh and well prepared and the atmosphere and service were excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant, definitely reserve a table right on the patio edge overlooking the water.

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