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“Molto Bene!”

Bellissimo Restaurant
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Ranked #20 of 416 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main Street and University
Description: Bellissimo Restaurant, Fine Northern Italian Cuisine, is a chef- owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Historic Old Town Fairfax, Virginia. We serve lunch Tuesdays-Fridays and dinner every day of the week! We can accommodate private parties of up to 65 people, and can do a special event any day of the week at any time! We offer discounts to people going to the Fairfax Symphony and George Mason Center for the Arts. See you soon!
St. Augustine, Florida
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Molto Bene!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Dinner at Bellissimo was the start of a special Symphony evening for my wife's birthday. It was simply marvelous from start to finish. Parking was easy (and free) at a lot a block away. Service was old-world gracious from first greeting to "buona notte." The maître’d even sang “Happy Birthday” in Italian, much to my Italian-speaking wife’s delight. The restaurant is small but inviting--reminiscent of similar places in Rome. Acoustics were very good and the lighting perfect for a romantic evening. The food was absolutely delicious. Presentation was good, portions were generous and serving was well-coordinated. The pace of service was relaxed but attentive, which we liked. Even though the wine list is good, I chose to bring my own and pay the $25 corkage fee. The result was a very happy sommelier with whom we shared and a modest bill at the end of the evening. We were completely satisfied and shall definitely return.

  • Visited December 2012
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7 Thank Ninjaneer1
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Arlington, Virginia
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

My wife and I ate her for our anniversary. It is a very small restaurant located in the heart of Fairfax City. Convenient parking right next to the restaurant. The food was fantastic. The wine list while not large was more than adequate with a nice selection of Italian wines in all price ranges. The service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Make sure that you get a reservation as they are very small. Convenient reservations through Open Table.

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank rob b
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Troy, Virginia
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing Locally Owned Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I would have given it a 5 except that all our food didn't arrive at the same time. That being said, everything else was perfection. The food was incredible. We had 20 people have lunch here for a retirement party. It is a small restaurant but worked for our group. The owner was extremely helpful and flexible during the planning process. We had appetizers waiting for us followed by a three course meal and I didn't hear a single complaint. Everyone was raving about the food. The prices (although not cheap) were spot on for the quality of food that was served.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank thymegrower
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Holland, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beyond Expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were looking for a good non-chain restaurant in the DC/Northern VA area and decided to try, based on other reviews. A little hesitant as we were meeting friends who live in Fairfax and know their Italian food, but never heard of the place. Everything, everything, EVERYTHING was beyond our expectations. Our meal was exquisite, presentation and service were impeccable. A tad pricey, but soooo worth it. This is now our go-to restaurant anytime we are visiting the area.

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank weezerwoman4
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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What an Incredible Find in Fairfax!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

We met up with an out-of-town coworker for dinner and, based on online reviews, just had to try it. WOW! Service was perfection. Attentive, professional and the recommendations for dinner were just amazing. I would still be sitting there if I could! Each of us had a special for the evening and the food was beyond heavenly. Oh, if I could only cook just 1 thing like that! It was truly an amazing and wonderful meal. I so hope to be back soon!

Bellissimo ~ you have raised the bar high for all over restaurants in the entire Metro DC area!

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank brettlindanick
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