4632 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Bella Luna Cafe
Bella Luna Restaurant
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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Italian food done right. Attentive wait staff, and the owner makes sure to come to your table before you leave . Cozy, quiet booths are conducive to conversation with friends. A little on the pricey side, but a perfect choice for a special night out.
04/10/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I had a party of five, the bill came with a hard coded 20% tip and a 20% activity charge adding $50.00 to a buffet meal. Vegetables were cold, the rest of the food was pretty middle of the road. Think of how you would feel dinning in d?cor that has peace symbols on the table lights. Definitely nothing to write home about. I eat out a lot because my job covers Ohio Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Memphis Tn. To me skip the Bella and go to the Club
05/29/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Had dinner with a group of 8 for a bachorlette outing. Some of our group got lost due to local construction. The owner was so rude. He scoffed at us that were there, as though is was our fault. Said he'd have to give away our table if they were not there right a way. What a nasty person. He made an a$$ of himself and never apologized.
It seemed as though the other staff was embarassed and tried hard to make up for their rude boss. I feel sorry for anyone that works there.
The food was good, but not worth the hassle. Eating out is so expensive anyway, might as well go where the managment appreciates your business.
07/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
this place has the worst service. Been here 3 times. Had great food three times. Had some of the worst service imaginable three times. The owners a mean drunk, the manager is crude and unapproachable, and the wait staff is poorly trained. The first time here we waited for 90 minutes for a table when we were told 40 minutes. The owner openly complained in front of us when we refused to take a table at the cold and packed bar. The second time we were seated quicker, but it took a waiter 30 minutes to approach our table. And the last time (tonight) it took 39 minutes fo us to get bread, 40 minutes for our appetizer to come out, and we were incorrectly charged for one of our entrees. The waitress refused to adjust our bill for the mischarged entree (about $10 difference). Beware Cincinnati, if you are looking for good food this is the place, but make sure you get it to go. You have been warned..
01/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I used to be a huge fan of Bella Luna. I always looked forward to going and it was a special night out every time we went. But, over the years the prices have gone up while the quality has declined.
I've been disappointed during my past few visits and finally put them on my ""do not visit"" list. At my last meal there I ordered the cod, which was so overcooked that it was rubbery! It was awful.
If it was a one time bad experience, I'd forgive them... and I did a couple times. But they've got issues in their kitchen that need to be fixed.
07/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The setting and atmosphere were funky, eclectic and relaxed. We started with a caprese salad ($9.00) which was a meager portion size, dressed with a basalmic reduction that was quite bland. The server suggested we order the ""flight"" wine sampler ($14.00) comprised of 3 tiny glasses of wine. These were described as 2.5 ounce glasses but seemed much smaller - each was little more than a taste - I would estimate the content closer to1 ounce. I ordered shrimp fra'diavola ($22.59) which was the greatest disapointment. The shrimp was rubbery, very tough and actually tasted fishy and old. My date had veal scallopine in a marsala sauce that was ok to taste but the presentation looked like a brown pile of glop.
The bill was $72.00 before tip. I honestly feel like this is the worst value I have ever had eating out. I am not inclined to write bad reviews or complain about food - this is my first review positive or negative - but I felt obligated to get the word out on this one!
03/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We purchased a $25 gift certificate and planed on using it when we dined at this establishment. When ordering we asked the waitress if we could use this coupon. She said that it was fine. After we ordered, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we gave the waitress our coupon. She took it to the manager and the manager ripped the coupon in half. The waitress explained that it was protocol to do this. After the manager ripped the paper in half, she decided that we could not use the coupon because our entrees combined did not equal $35. Our bill with appetizers and deserts was $53. I have never experienced something so unprofessional.
The food was average at best, not that great for the price. Though I will admit that the bread pudding was very good. That being said after being treated the way we were, I will not step foot back into that establishment. And I will tell everyone I know about our experience.
12/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Bella Luna four times now. The food is fantastic, great appetizer selection (the calamari is not your typical fried calamari, it is sauteed and in an amazing spicy marinary sauce) an ever changing menu (they have a house menu but every so often they get a completely new ""regional"" menu that tastes different parts of Italy on top of the house), and the dessert....OMG I cannot even give words on how good their dessert is. The service is great, very very hospitable and friendly. The server answered all of my questions and I ended up letting her pick my dinner which turned out to be amazing! I had the baked ziti with shrimp. I cannot tell you how delicious and hot it was! They had live music, a really oddly but cool decorated dining room. Definitely get a reservation because the place was slammed!
11/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We went toBella Luna on Sat night. We did not have a reservation but were told we could eat in the bar area if we didn't want to wait for a table in the dining room. The place was jumping, they had a trio playing but no to loud. It added to the atmosphere. Our server, Lynete, gretted us promptly and with a smile. She got us started with cocktails and explained the menus..they give you two, a wine list and a drink menu.? She took time to answer any questions we had and seemed to have excellent knowlege of the food. After taking our order she told to ""sit back and relax, she would take care of everything"". She never dissapointed us! Are appetizers, entrees and dessert were all outstanding. When Lynette brought us check she thanked us invited us to ask for her anytime we came in and she would take great care of everytime. The atmosphere was cozy and fun, the service was the best we had ever had and the food was delicious! We found our new favorite place!!
11/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
we went to Bella Luna on a busy saturday and were greeted by the owner with a hand shake and a funny wisecrack, great stuff.. our party of 4 all had different meals but ended up sharing everything because of all the different flavors in each meal. I recommend the pork Calabrese!! and the scallops!! overall, great food and service.. we even got a free birthday dessert with three different items on it!! BREAD PUDDING! Bella Luna is a great romantic restaurant.. A+
09/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I loved the building and the atmosphere and decor were so much fun! The server couldn't have been nicer nor more attentive. I loved what I saw on the menu and couldn't wait to eat.
I do have to say when I eat at Italian restaurants, I am rather picky as I grew up in an Italian home where the language was spoken and the pasta was always homemade. Perhaps because of that, nothing was really outstanding although my veal piccata was good as were the lobster ravioli.
My biggest disappointment came with the wine. They serve these ""flights"" of wine, cute wine holder with 3 small glasses of reds or whites, each a different kind of wine and price range. Each person has their own flight. After finishing the 3 (they are small), we decided we would just have a bottle of the one we liked best, which was the middle priced wine. Well at this point, there are no wine lists around you are just saying ""I liked the middle one, Bring a bottle of that."" We ended up having a bottle that we have purchased many times and really enjoyed it. Until we saw the cost on the bill. They charged 4 times what we normally pay. WOW! that's a bit over the top. 2 times, maybe 3 but 4 TIMES! THEN...this is the kicker....when we didn't finish the second bottle we ordered we asked if we could take it home and she said sure and ""corked it"" which was basically taking the cork from the bottle, shoving back in the bottle and putting it in a plastic bag for us to carry. THAT COST US $8.00!!!!!!!! Now we eat out alot and generally always finish the wine on the table. This is the first time we ever took a bottle home.....are we uneducated in these things? Maybe. but I kind of expected that the waitress would have clued us in the the cost of re-corking....we would have downed the rest of the bottle on the premises.
Will I return? perhaps...I still liked the choices I saw on the menu and would like to try a few more things.
But the wine costs issues are something to be aware of.
We have been customers of Bella Luna for the past three years! We brought out of town guests for dinner on Saturday July 12 and we were treated to the same outstanding meal and prompt service that has been a part of our experience in the past.
As always, we were welcomed by Harry Stephens, the owner and seated in the enclosed patio area. The antipasto was large, the salads crisp and our veal dishes outstanding! My friend had the Scallops from the Summer Menu and raved about them the remainder of the evening. If you go, you must have the Bread Pudding - sinful and satisfying.
What we truly enjoy about Bella Luna is the warm and welcoming feeling that the staff conveys each visit. Harry visits just about every table and his family recipes are very good.
My family and I truly love this restaurant!
I took a group of 10 friends here recently and we were taken care as if we were kings & queens. We had a private party room and I had the room filled with flowers! The owners were on top of things, the servers made sure that our drinks were never dry and that our plates were full! I would highly recommend. Parking is an issue, but it should be at a great restaurant!
07/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Went there for my friend?s birthday and off the bat jerked around with our reservations; I asked for 6 and they called back and suggested 5:30 or 6:30, so I took 6:30 and on arrival the restaurant was almost completely empty?!?! (I understand why) They asked where we would like to sit and I suggest the little patio so we could smoke; I asked the hostess if we could smoke outside, and she said ""YES."" We are seated and they ran out of filet mignon, which I then went for the T-bone. The steak was very thin, even after the extremely small salad and steak; I was still left very hungry. They wine was ok, nothing special, but do NOT order the house wine. Ewwww, I wanted to shave my tongue after drinking a sip!!! After the food was done with, my friends and I proceeded to smoke and relax after drinking two bottles of wine between 4 people. We then verified again with the waitress that it was ok to smoke on the patio. It was nice for a few minutes until the manager came over and explained to us that we are not allow to smoke, but that we could smoke (honestly) five steps away from our table. I was caught up with my friends talking to the manager about it, that I didn?t even argue. Even though there were no ?NO SMOKING? signs to be found anywhere. My friend had a coupon for money off his food, but had requirements that you had to tip 18% (which is fine), spend 35$ or more on your food (which was fine), and only one per table. There were two couples and both of us spent about $75 and we each had coupons. BELLA LUNA IS A JOKE and it is JUNK with a new coat of paint on it and a sad attempt at a restaurant. NEVER see me there again!!!!
05/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Great Italian food with specialty menus that change every month or so. Potato gnocchi and mushroom and gorgonzola ravioli (summer menu) are excellent. Great wine selection. Setting is in historic old building in Linwood, near Lunken Airport. Very popular on weekends, so reservations are recommended. Food portions are good, but dessert size portions a bit excessive (sometimes, even in the Midwest, less is more). Some staff are friendlier than others. Good place to take family or a date.
03/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We live in the area and have been to the restaurant a handful of times in the last 3 months. One Friday night at 7 p.m. we tried getting in without reservations - it was packed and we decided to go somewhere else. Next time we had better luck on a weeknight; we sat at the bar. We waited about 5 minutes for the bartender to even acknowledge us; but once we did get service, he took the time to explain the entire menu to us and recommended a good wine by the glass. The food came out fairly fast and we both thought our entrees were really good. I had the chicken piccatta and it was just right - my husband had the crab and lobster ravioli and he loved it. We vowed to return. The next time we came, however, the service was even slower at the bar and we had trouble getting our bartender's attention to get refills on drinks, more dressing, and the check. It was not that busy, but the bartender didn't have much sense of urgency. Again the food was really good. Most recently we went with another couple and sat at a table in the restaurant. On a Sunday night the place was hopping and we were thankful that we had called ahead for reservations - we were seated promptly. The waitress was a bit pushy on the ""Mystery Wine"" gimmick...they must get extra commission for selling this - but we chose instead a very good and reasonably priced bottle from the wine list. Bar service for mixed drinks was again a bit slow and the drinks are very expensive...$7.50 is too much for a call drink at this restaurant. Again the food was good. The desserts while tempting on the tray were average. The best one for me was the bread pudding. Overall cost for the meal - two cocktails, bottle of wine, appetizer, bread, two entrees with salads, dessert and coffee was $120 with tax and tip. I think the bar service is a bit slow because they are understaffed at the bar and are expected to wait on diners as well as the waitstaff drinks. It's a nice place with a good atmosphere and we will return.
08/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I dropped by on a Thursday night with five close friends and Bella Luna turned out to be a great surprise. The service was flawless throughout the experience. From the bartender to the owner who was seating everyone for dinner to the waitress, we were met with a friendly, jovial attitude coupled with crisp, businesslike service.
The food was equally good. We tasted a variety of appetizers. Most of us felt the appetizer portions were a bit too small for the price, but the quality of the dishes pretty much made up for that discrepancy. The main course that followed did not disappoint us. We tried a variety of dishes, including some classics: Lasagna Bolognese and Linguini. One person tried the Filet which was great and another tried the Italian Pork Chop dish which looked great and disappeared really fast.
It was crowded, but we got reservsations at the time we wanted. When we arrived, we were seated promptly. They have an interesting bar area where a few of us lingered after dinner. The building is in a strange area... it's across the street from a factory on Eastern Ave. near the airport. You almost miss it when driving by.
Overall, it was a surprisingly positive experience. We'll definitely be back.
10/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
the service was awful: it took forever to get somebody to talk to us, even after a man (who i assumed was the owner) came and asked if we'd been taken care of: when i told him no, he said he'd send someone right over, but that didn't happen. when the waitress did finally arrive, she was both pushy and inattentive; she persisted in trying to sell us a bottle of wine even after we told her we weren't interested, and kept ""suggesting"" the most expensive things on the menu even after we told her we were just looking for something simple. the drink i ordered took 15 minutes to arrive and had to be sent back twice to get it right (besides being way overpriced at $7.50), my girlfriend's salad came with the wrong dressing, and the waitress left the wine list and specialty drinks menu on our table until she was asked to take them out of the way. and the list could go on.
my girlfriend went to speak with the owner to let him know how unacceptable this all was, and he seemed concerned and said he'd take care of it, but nothing happened to improve the service even after that (which he wouldn't know, since he never came back to ask us).
when it came, the food was nothing special, and again, was way overpriced for both the quality and the quantity. having lived in new york until just a few months ago, i can promise you that the people who compare this place favorably to a new york italian restaurant must be talking about the pizza hut on times square; i can name a dozen italian restaurants in the city that are less expensive, have higher-quality food, and give you impeccable service.
i won't be going back to this place, and would not recommend it.