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Bella Blu

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Upper East Side
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967 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5103 (Between 70th and 71st Streets)
+1 212-988-4624
12:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 23:30
Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 00:00
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. We came here twice for lunch with family who come often. Reservations are an absolute must - this place gets packed. The service was comfortable, low pressure, never hurried, always friendly. The food came on time and was superbly prepared. The bright and busy decor helps mute the noise so patrons can converse without... More 

Thank James F
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I needed a quick meal before a ceremony at nearby Hunter College early one Friday evening. I walked in hoping they could find room for me. I was greeted with a broad smile and seated immediately at one of the tables for two near the front of the restaurant. The two tables next me were occupied by obvious regulars -... More 

Thank NormG1
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313 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate dinner here with my wife and six friends. Had to wait 45 minutes to be seated despite reservation -- but the food was so good, it was worth the wait. Close quarters at most tables as this place was packed; every table taken and bar full. Place is tastefully, interestingly decorated and all the waitstaff (all men as best... More 

Thank CharlieinTexas
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked into Bella Blu this evening and owner met is at the door. Even though restaurant was packed on a Friday evening, he sat us in less than 2 minutes. Wine was awesome, and salad and entrees were delicious. We are from San Antonio Texas and have preen frequenting this restaurant for 16 years. We were seated next to an... More 

Thank griffinharry
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I've been here several times and came back b/c I had one good meal there. But will NEVER go back. They don't honor their reservations, do not stand by their food, and really just get by b/c of they're neighborhood location. The staff, and hostess are nasty. The food is very expensive and the pizza place next store is better.... More 

Thank cp17171717
New York City, New York
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155 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Colorful noisy room, personalized service at bar, coat check, table. The branding was large but tasteless as was the tricolor salad. Overall an enjoyable evening at an 'in' place.

Thank ronaldfairbairn
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145 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

A pleasant, light and friendly Italian restaurant on Lexington Avenue - caters to nearby residents, not tourists. Food is good, atmosphere and service are pleasant.

Thank pico1
Stuttgart, Germany
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Tasty, friendly, nice setting but a bit crowded, place is clean and not particularly cheap. would repeat any day

Thank Stuttgal
Youngstown, Ohio
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great food, in a classic, NYC setting - upper east side. One of our favorites. We have been patronizing this establishment for years and we've always had a great meal. Wood fired oven delivers authentic pizza and other Italian favorites, with an acceptable wine list and very good service. Dinner seatings are always crowded, noisy and fun. Hey! That's Italian!... More 

Thank 1231Bill
East Anglia
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

A good experience for dinner with friends. Good food and wine, good service and busy enough to have good atmosphere.

Thank wht1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 967 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5103
    (Between 70th and 71st Streets)
  • Public Transportation: The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-988-4624

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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