Bella Restaurant Trattoria
3854 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Bella Trattoria Italiana
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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08/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
A lady at the Legion of Honor recommended this as her neighbourhood restaurant. I had no other information and, consequently, no particular expectations.
The food was great and imaginitive, matching anything that I've had in Italy on a large number of trips. The ingredients were fresh and of high quality. The service was both attentive and prompt.
Parking was no worse than anywhere else in SF.
02/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently discovered this place and if I need an Italian fix there is no where else I would go. For starters, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service is attentive. The food is consistently delicious and and always enough of it. I order the steak pretty regularily and the tiramisu is some of the best I've had. I love this place because it's good for any occassion. I've gone with friends, on a date and with large groups and it's been fun and a great experience every time. One of the best parts is that even on a busy Friday or Saturday night, they always manage to find a spot for you. All in all, great vibe, solid food, well priced, friendly service. You can't go wrong.
02/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Well this little spot in the Richmond was definitly the spot!! This was dinning without all the flash housemade bread that was served warm and the wine list not too pricy. The decor was romantic; dimm lighting, candles all over the place very sensual...(hint hint fellas if you are looking for a valentine's spot). Service was warm but not overwhelming and we never felt rush during the busy night. My only problem was the parking, but definitly worth the hassle.
02/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been here twice and will never, ever go back.
The first time was a passable experience in 2004. I don't recall too many details, but I do remember the important parts: We found parking nearby in less than 15 minutes (our second attempt at this place failed, and we gave up and got pizza because of the parking), we got lucky again and got a great seat that we didn't have to wait an hour outside for, our waiter didn't disappear for endless blocks of geologic time, and the food was not bad. I do remember thinking it could have been better and should have been more for what we paid.
Valentine's Day last year (2006) though was one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had, period. No amount of wine, ambience, and good company will help you at this restaurant.
1) Let's start with parking: There isn't any (hey it's SF). Unless you take a cab or the MUNI 38, you'll be funneled by the staff to the Kaiser Permanente parking lot 2 blocks away, which is always closed.
2) The service, in a word, stinks - if you're not Italian. If you're Italian, you have friends for life at this place, but god help you if you're not. Even with a reservation, you'll wait an extra 45-60 minutes near the bar and rest room waiting for an open seat. Once the mostly-male wait staff stops chatting endlessly with ""family"" or flirting with someone's date and remembers you're there, you'll wait endlessly again at your table in the dark to actually be served. I'm not exagerating: We watched as many other people experienced the same level of dis-service.
3) The food, in a word, stinks. For Valentine$ you'll pre-pay $70+ each for very small portions of mushy pasta or shoe-leather ""filet mignon"" in a thin sauce. Again, I'm not exagerating - I've broiled better steaks at home.
This place isn't worth your time or money. If you want excellent Italian food and great service, take a cab to Trattoria Contadina in North Beach. We've been there 4 times and they never fail to please.
01/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I feel like a just discovered a little secret! i have walked by a million times and just gave it a try this weekend. The food is so good, I loved the gnocchi gorgonzola. It just not a pretentious place and neither is the food. My girlfriends and i hung out for a while and the staff was so inviting (not pushing us out as soon as we were done). We had a great time and will be back for sure.
01/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The ambiance is quite nice and I was intrigued upon entering, but Bella did not live up to expectations. The food took 1 hour and 15 minutes to come out and was pretty flat. It wasn't that the food was bad, but it just wasn't good. The portions small to medium but enough to fill up a person with a medium appetite. The place is crowded and the waiters bumped into my girlfriend's seat on numerous occaisions which was rather annoying. The worst part is that my friend ordered the seafood and ended up getting sick on the way home (glad I stopped for gas just before!). I won't be going back for overpriced food (based on taste) that I have to wait forever for.
07/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
What is it with this place? It never seems to dissapoint. My wife and I had one of the best meals ever! It took us back to our honeymoon in Tuscany. The service is so warm and sincere. The food seems to be getting even better. We both had the special fish and shared a pasta. The fish was cooked to perfection and the pasta was sauced perfectly. Nothing was rushed even though the place was absolutly jammed and yet we still felt as we were the only people there. Bella can do no wrong in our book!
05/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Lets see, first we called in to make sure they were open and they said they were open until 9:30..so we made a reservation. Got there at 8:55 and the hostess said they were closed. When we mentioned we had called beforehand, she then checked with the server to see if he was willing to take another table. Only if he said no, I wouldn't be writing this review. Within 10 mintues of sitting, we put in our appetizer and entree order. First course was great. As we were 20 minutes into our appetizer, our server decided to tell us that both dishes were not available. I will never pay $15 for Chef Boyardee pasta again. Only if he would have said no..
10/28/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I had just returned from Italy, and was trying to get into the pizza place around the corner. They were booked, so my friend and I went to Bella Trattoria. The food instantly brought me back to Italy -- and the wines on the wine list were the same ones I had tried on my trip!
I had the pasta sampler, and they were all delicious. My friend's gnocci was amazing. While in Italy, I couldn't put my finger on what tasted so different there compared to the so-called Italian food in the States. Whatever the difference is, Bella has it nailed -- the food is very authentic, as well as the serving sizes. Some people don't seem to realize that the plates are smaller because in Italy, pasta is just one of a three-course meal.
05/26/2005Provided by Citysearch -
i've been going to this restaurant for 2 years and it's all damn good here. I met many celebrities like Sharon Stone, & John Galliano here!! It was amazing!!! I tried everything here and they all are very authentic taste of italian food! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food!!!!!!!!!!
05/14/2005Provided by Citysearch -
What can I say? Me and my girlfriend love all the food here & we're always dreaming about the food whenever we go out of town, want to come back for more. Tagliata is my choice or veal is a very nice choice too for the meatlovers. I like the linguini pasta too; my girlfriend lov the pastas very nice range of homemade sauces here. I've been trying italian food around the town, it's definitely an authentic food of italian taste and we'd always go back for more. The parking would be challenging especially around week-end but it is definitely worth it to eat here!
04/27/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Evrything in here are so BUONISSIMA!! I've tried pretty much evrything here. EXCELLENT pastas very fresh & unique, i luv the portobello mushroom, bruschetta for the antipasti, and for the main course i luv the ravioli butternutsquash or ravioli with pinksauce! Very Yummy!! My friends ordered tagliatta or veal, these are very delicious too!! The fish (pesce), prawn plates also nice if you like seafood. For dessert, I luv the tiramisu (very fresh), and cream puff with chocolate splatter and sugar. These are just the things i tried but other things in the menu are really great too.
If you want to add a lil' romanticism, go at night where the light has a dim light + la candela on the table.
Very friendly staff, cozy environment, always great experience here!!
04/26/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I've been dinning out in San Francisco for almost ten years and I feel I know the scene pretty well......Last week was the second time that I had dined at Bella....and have to admit that was some of the best damn gnocchi I ever had.....I recommend if your one of the few gnocchi lovers out there you must try the gnocchi at bella....
04/17/2005Provided by Citysearch -
If you like prompt service, good food, and reasonable prices, then this restaurant is NOT for you. Bella Trattoria is the worst Italian restaurant Ive ever been to.
My date and I waited for an hour and five minutes for our food to arrive, and it only took five minutes for me to finish my undercooked Tragliolini. Portions were so small, I thought I was eating from the kids menu. Soup/salad is not included. You wouldn't want to order their bland minestrone anyway. The soup, served in a plate, was so shallow it barely fit my spoon.
Seating is also very crowded. The waiters bumped into my chair on at least five occasions, and never apologized. If the service and food is good, then you can't put a price on that. But when service is as poor as this and the food is worse, you question what you're paying for.
12/09/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Bravo Bella! I had such a great time when I visited Bella Trattoria, for the first time last night. One of the most important things in a restaurant to me is to feel warm and comfortable off the bat. They went over and beyond to do so. We started with an amazing Cabarnet, called- Bonna Corre-.Everything from the service to the food, was as smooth and lovely as the wine that we sipped. I can't wait to take a group of my girlfriends in to be spoiled by the inviting staff. The gnocci was amazing! Please, if you need some special time with a loved one or friend take them to Bella.
07/19/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Bella twice now and both times I've been very pleased. Although it can take a while to get your food, the waiters make up for it by being very attentive and offering lots of bread. The gnocci is the best I've ever had. I've also tried the polenta and the orecchiette and both are excellent. I've received complimentary tiramisu on both of my visits. The prices are very affordable and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. This is definitely my favorite Italian restaurant!