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“Slipped a notch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Luna Bella Ristorante

Luna Bella Ristorante
Ranked #6 of 252 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Columbia, Maryland
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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Slipped a notch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I've been to this restaurant several times in the past year. The service is usually very friendly and attentive. I tried the eggplant dish and it was a bit tasteless and disappointing. Usually the staff comes around and grinds pepper on your salad and grates fresh parmesan cheese on your pasta but I was on my own this time. I had to ask and then was given the shakers to do it myself. They also ran out of about 4 desserts that night by the time our party finished the meal. We had to ask for bread and then couldn't get a refill.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank hoosiermomma76
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English first
Clarksville, Maryland, United States
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127 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good food, reasonable prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Luna Bella has consistently provided us with tasty Italian food. The salads are generous and the calzones are delicious. Sometimes the pizzas are hit or miss (thin crust and unique sauce), but overall we keep going back and enjoying ourselves there.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank David M
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Washington, DC
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93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Always a favorite for my extended family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Whenever any of my family come to visit, they always want to visit this restaurant. Service is always friendly and attentive and the food is always excellent. My wife has a bunch of food problems and they have always managed, not only to work around them but to provide her a delightful meal.
Our last visit I had a mussel dish that was just perfection. The food is abundant and fairly priced. The restaurant is small and a bit noisy but that is a minor issue compared to the rest of the pluses.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Little_Lew
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Columbia, Maryland
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“The perfect Italian dinner for the birthday girl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

It was my sisters' birthday today and I was making dinner plans for her favorite food "Italian". I was considering the safe places but lately a new friend of mine has turned me on to trip advisor to start looking at others' reviews. The last few days it has been incredibly helpful. That is how I found this little piece of heaven tucked away in the back of a shopping center. I have lived here 21 years and did not know it existed. Today I made reservations with Tim, who was so kind on the phone I knew I was in for a good time. As we walked in we were so warmly greeted and then the server was immediately there. Extremely attentive and friendly. We ordered and everyone's food was wonderful. Very nice size portions for the prices. The dessert tray came and there was at least 10 different homemade delicacies . We had the chocolate mint cake. Delicious. Shockingly after dessert Tim came up to the table introduced himself, inquired about the food and then said he would go tell the kitchen staff we enjoyed it. Nice touch because the kitchen never gets the props. Ok our family is hard on a restaurant as we own one in columbia. That being said, if you haven't been here, put it on your restaurant bucket list! It is small and cozy so you should be safe and get reservations. I could find nothing negative to say. We shall be back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Vicki H
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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good Italian Fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is another of my frequently visited restaurants.

When I was in high school, one of my best friends was an Italian-American, and his parents were born in Italy. His mother's cooking was amazing. She did sauce from scratch, made her own noodles, etc. She even showed me how to cook a few things. Long and short of it is that I know what good Italian cooking should taste like.

For me, this restaurant comes pretty darn close to what I remember. As I've noted elsewhere, I am a vegetarian, but this restaurant has lots to offer! Everything is good, from the salads, the appetizers, the pastas, the pizzas, right on down to the specialty dishes.

Ambiance has been considered at this restaurant, too. The seating is a tad tight, but once you are seated, you'll be ready for an excellent meal.

Oh, and don't forget to have one of their great desserts!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank musicapp
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