Bellissimo Restaurant

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1166 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A small, cozy neighborhood restaurant that serves Northern Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance. We are a fine dining restaurant with a friendly, welcoming environment. You don't need to wait until a special occasion to visit us- we'd love to see you anytime! Come and visit so that you can try our chef's popular daily specials including homemade pastas for lunch or dinner. See you soon!

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4.4
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d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a neighborhood favorite for us. We love eating here. The food is always excellent, nice wine selection and nice ambience. The pasta is not to be missed. Definitely a great night out for a special occasion or just a Tuesday. We have never been disappointed.

D
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Bellissimo for a birthday event and everybody from the party was talking about how great the service and the food were. The staff was friendly, handled our party's needs without any issues, and even gave the birthday guest a special surprise that will be remembered. My only complaint is that I wish there was more on my plate because finishing my meal felt like finishing a really good tv show... You only want more.

We will be coming back in the future because now we must try the other items on the menu!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Food was excellent for the price but wait staff were rude and inattentive.

t
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a table in a corner next to the window, set apart from the rest of the restaurant. It was perfect to catch up with friends and enjoy a leisurely meal. The service and good were excellent.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on March 4, 2020

We are thrilled that you had such a good time with us! Hope to see you soon.

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, excellent menu selection and perfect background music. It's like being transported to Italy without having to pack a suitcase.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on March 4, 2020

Love your review! Thank you!

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LS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Our meal was decent but nothing spectacular. We were a group of 6 on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not even half full. Chicken Marsala was the best of the meals I tried. My husband’s lobster bisque had shrimp in it instead of lobster. One of our friends didn’t get the right dinner but settled for what they brought to not have to wait. Cheesecake may have been the tiniest slice of cheesecake I’ve seen.
For the food and service, I would go back to Dolce Vita over Bellisimo in the future.

S
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood dish was outstanding

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food for 2/3 dinners was good, not great. Fish was suberb; good apps & ambiance. Price was high, but not off-the-charts.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The mashed potatoes had clearly been plated well before my fish was done as they were cold. Literally, the bites of potatoes and broccoli touching the plate were cold. My husband’s veal was tough. For approximately $35/entree We could have eaten so much better elsewhere. Service was friendly and attentive but we will definitely not be back.

4
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We celebrated 25 years together. We couldn’t have chosen a greater place. We will definitely be returning in the future.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Day dinner

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was very good. My husband and I both had the lamb shank over pappardelle. Two glasses of house wine that were average. The wine glasses were not the cleanest. That is a peave of mine. The service was adequate. Not friendly at all. We did not feel welcomed in the least. I expect superior service that is personable in such a quaint restaurant.

EK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We throughly enjoyed our meal and will be returning. Although cetainly not inexpensive, the prices were reasonable, especially for the quality of the food.

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant in Old Town FFX. Friendly staff, good food selection.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been here a couple times now and it always impresses, great food, great staff!

VT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal served piping hot. Attentive service. Always enjoy the food and ambience.

g
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a perfect setting for my husband and I to have a quiet dinner, and enjoy delicious food.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Little overpriced special I wasn’t wild about the way they did the duck

Parking is a nightmare

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you for your comment. There are 4 public parking places just a few steps from the restaurant! Please give us a call before you come again and we can tell you where the lots are. So sorry!

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. The staff is awesome. Will definitely go back.

RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was most charming. Food was excellent

JE
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I had heard such good things about Bellissimo's from a friend and sadly our experience just did not meld with that. We were there during Restaurant Week, but on the night that we were there there were only 3 other occupied tables the entire time we were in the restaurant. It took around 25 minutes for our dinner order to be placed; and 15 minutes after that was when our appetizers arrived. I'm not sure how long it took for dinner to be brought out... all I know is that my husband was continually shooting hungry looks my way, so perhaps a while! Food was fine to me (the stacked tomato and fresh mozzarella appetizer was the highlight)... but we will not be back I'm afraid. All in all, I'd say to skip it.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Annual Restaurant Week dinner was outstanding in every way.

L
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Italian restaurant. My wife and I ate here on Wednesday and then came back to eat again on Saturday. All was delicious.

PJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good location, tight entrance, parking on the street is not always readily available, good service, nice starters and main courses but desserts were lacking. Would consider going again.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great staff! Highly recommend! We had a great evening here.

J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! Definitely want to return when it is NOT Restaurant Week to pick from full menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was really good

F
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and food. I had to ask them to turn down the music which they willingly did. It’s a tight squeeze with tables on top of each other. I would recommend it, just not for an intimate dinner because of the closeness of the tables where everyone is listening to each other.

L
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dinner experience. Server as well as the food was excellent. We have always had a great dinner experience at Bellissimo.

BO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Italian food. I would consider it pricey if not for restaurant week specials.

SL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service. A wonderful meal as always.

DJ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Truly a neighborhood gem. Prompt service and great food. Looking forward to a return.

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wine! It’s a casual little restaurant with exceptional service and atmosphere. We liked that we could come in for a relaxed dinner on New Years Eve without having to commit to an expensive fixed multiple-course menu, but it was still nice enough that we could get dressed up and feel like we were treating ourselves. They easily accommodated a 7-person party. I got a seafood pasta that was reasonably priced and delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

I was excited to eat here after reading positive reviews. Sadly, I was disappointed. We had Saturday night reservations for six and our table was ready when we arrived. The dining room is small, but intimate and a nice ambience. The waiter told us the specials and we ordered some glasses of wine and apps along with entrees. The apps and wine were fine. Shortly before the apps arrived, a different waiter brought two entrees over for us; they were for a different table. He actually put them down in front of us even though we told him there weren't ours. Then when he figured it out he just took them straight over to the other table. When our entrees did arrive, they brought four out of the six and then my wife and I had to wait thirty minutes (yikes!) before the last two arrived. Everyone else was done eating and we were just getting served. Then when my mother in law ordered another glass of wine the waiter did not know that they had run out of that variety. We skipped desert and went out for ice cream. The food itself was decent, nothing to write home about but tasty enough. It felt like several of the other diners were regulars but the place could certainly do better.

GY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

We were the first table to be seated in the entire restaurant. About 15 minutes after we sat, the staff seated a table of 6 adjacent to us. The entire restaurant was empty and they seated two tables next to each other, makes absolutely no sense.

We went with the standard calamari for an appetizer and we were extremely disappointed. It tasted freezer burnt and half of the pieces were extremely chewy because of it. Way over seasoned with salt as well. The pasta dish was okay but not worth $28.

There are many options that serve delicious Italian cuisine for way less than what Bellissimo charges.

Overall, very disappointing, overpriced, and dated.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Pleasant staff. I especially enjoyed the lamb shank

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful feedback! Glad you enjoyed the lamb shank. :)

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four adults and one four and a half year old granddaughter enjoyed extraordinary food and service Christmas at 1:00pm. The staff was accommodating with reconfiguring two tables placing the “youngun” at the head of the table.
The menu was the CHRISTMAS MENU and absolutely enticing ....was hard to decide. In my eating experiences with the others, I have NEVER see all of the entree plates at the end of a meal empty! The youngun did take a doggie bag home to be enjoyed later.
Portions were large and so reasonably priced.
The ambience quite pleasant and the wall murals, paintings, and flowers gorgeous. The noise level was a tad higher than pleasant but the restaurant was fully occupied so well understood.
Thank you.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hurrah! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful time with us! You have made us smile and we hope to see you again very soon. Happy New Year!

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful experience all around. I would highly recommend

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you soon in the new year!

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EH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Restaurant was good but not as good as it used to be. Fell from exceptional to good.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your thoughts - we appreciate it. If you'd like to speak with us in greater detail - (we are the same owners for 15 years!) we would love that so that we can get some specifics. Call me on my cell 202 262 3726. Mary Thanks!

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