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“Still excellent after all these years”

Bella's Bistro Italian
Ranked #122 of 2,870 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Bella's has been a favourite of ours for the past two decades, and the restaurant's high rating on TA will not be surprising to long-time Ottawa residents. I hadn't been there for a while and decided to have lunch with a business colleague. The restaurant is a nicely decorated old house. While the restaurant is small and the tables are close together, somehow the noise level is not bad and you can have a private conversation. Both the food and service continue to be excellent. A small bonus of this restaurant is the free onsite parking -- most other restaurants in the trendy Westboro area do not provide parking.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I went to Bella's for our 26th wedding anniversary. We had an early reservation (5:45pm) which guaranteed privacy and quietness. The waiter was very professional, perfectly attentive.
Our evening was never rushed; the atmosphere remained personal while the restaurant filled up.The appetizers and the desserts were our favourite parts of the meal. Our mains were perfectly cooked and presented in a lovely fashion.
Bella's is on my list and my husbands to try again in the future.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Bella's Bistro is still one of the best restaurants in Ottawa. I have dined there many times in the past and recently visited again. I was struck by the consistency of the food and service. When you enter Bella's you are treated with class with seemingly effortless service and attention. The 2 brothers who run it with their Mama are absolutely devoted to their business and one can experience that dedication from their staff as well. Unlike other so-called good restaurants, as a customer you are made to feel special. The style and cadence is remarkable and of course so is the food. They have a small but appropriate and well priced wine list along with a perfect menu of italian fare. I have had many different selections over the years from the veal dishes to simply fresh pasta dishes. A good selection of appetizers starts things off right and the mains are truly delectable. The attention to detail does not go unnoticed and is a testament to the long standing clientele that the restaurant has built over the years. They have 2 floors with very similar traditionally decorated dining rooms. Prices are very reasonable for the dining experience offered and please don't leave without having dessert! Kudos to Bella's for still being at the top of their game!!

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Best food. Went during the week not so busy. Restaurant nicely decorated, small but there's an upstairs. Service was great. Reasonably priced. Had Cesar salad.... dressing was hand made, the best i've had. All in all it was fabulous.

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3  Thank Forgottentraveler
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Hadn't been to Bella's in years. Decided to give it a try for lunch. 6 people in our party. Very pleasant environment and service. All our meals were delicious - arctic char, gnocchi, lobster and crab ravioli... Will go back!

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