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“Unpleasant oily and greasy food”

La Bella Vita Ristorante
Ranked #29 of 151 Restaurants in Bar Harbor
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We waited for about 20 minutes to get a table and were really looking forward to a romantic meal on our honeymoon. The atmosphere in the restaurant was a bit noisy and busy and, without any background music playing, it felt a bit like a canteen rather than a place for a romantic meal. The restaurant also felt a bit stuffy and hot (and it's very unusual for us to feel hot as we like the heat!)

The gnocchi starter was very oily and the potato dumplings tasted as though they had been fried in the same oil which had been frying everything else that the restaurant was serving that week. One of our main courses was not as described. The panini was served on greasy fried bread rather than on fresh Italian ciabatta. The pasta main course was swimming in oil also. We sent back the panini as it was too oily to eat and, to the restaurants credit, we were offered a complimentary dessert. Unfortunately, our evening felt ruined by that point and we just wanted to leave. So we declined the offer for a complimentary dessert and left to find somewhere else to eat.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I had breakfast at La Bella Vita. The restaurant is small but very nice and has incredible views of Frenchman's Bay. The food was very good but pricey. Service was decent.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We ate outside on the patio the heat lamps gave a nice glow and kept us warm. We had a lovely view of the town with the ocean in the background. We had Halibut and our meals were excellent the ambiance was very special. We had a 4 year old with us and the wait staff was wonderful with him. The plates were garnished beautifully and we were not rushed. I would recommend this to anyone. It was on the pricey side but worth it. I'd go back again anytime I'm in Bar Harbor.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Ambiance is the main thing this place has relative to other nearby places in Bar Harbor.

Luncheon menu was extensive. Not inexpensive but I felt it was worth the price.

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Thank Martin F
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

A group of us went for dinner and we all did the create your own pasta dish menu item. Lots of choices to make what you want. Only 2 complaints: I forgot to order the small serving (and the waiter did not ask) and the asparagus was too crunchy and finely chopped stems only (cheap short cut). The atmosphere was very nice. Parking was an issue. Overall a good experience. Would consider going back.

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