Bellissimo Restaurant

4.6
1220 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A small, cozy neighborhood restaurant that serves Northern Italian food in a warm & inviting ambiance. We are chef-owned and operated and offer a diverse menu featuring seafood, homemade pastas, meats and homemade desserts. We offer a full bar and extensive wine list. We now offer outside seating so you can enjoy a dish of homemade pasta and a glass of wine in the sun enjoying the beauty of historic Old Town Fairfax right across the street from the Old Town Hall.
We are open 7 days a week! See you soon.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1220 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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bienmanger
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although we have not been able to visit for a year exactly, we returned to the same exceptional service and food preparation as always. Our heartfelt thanks to Elba and Rey for their wonderful service and welcoming remarks to us, and praise goes to the chef for a delicious meal! We will return.

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jfsworld
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time coming to this neighborhood restaurant. We came to celebrate restaurant week. The special was a 3 course meal that was both perfect amount of food and favorable. The service was attentive and friendly. We will be back.

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HoneyE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Twas a busy night, i don’t think they were prepared after the quietness of covid saga. Orders where mixed up from other customers. Thankfully ours were not. The workers did there best and were thankful for the customers support for coming which is so nice. Covid go away so we can be back to normal.

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Annandaler
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant Week lunch was outstanding - food, service, and ambiance. Covid protocols fully embraced - we felt very safe and comfortable. Can't wait to return.

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Captain2008
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great family run restaurant. Was amazing to go to one after ages. The service was excellent as was the food.

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GGGG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

It was my mom’s birthday so I definitely wanted her to have a good time. When we walked in, there was no one up front. Then the lady came out and sat us... without the menu. No biggie. She seemed really lost tbh but then again she was the only one(?) serving. The food wasn’t great either especially the dessert. That tiramisu was super dry

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DavidM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Renaut was very attentive without being obsequious. Food was done to perfection!

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SallyB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great, the salmon was some of the best we have ever eaten. We felt safe because the servers wore masks at all times and there was an acrylic partition located next to our table to ensure social distancing from other diners.

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CariH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. The food was excellent! And because we had mentioned that it was our anniversary dinner, they brought out a beautiful, large tiramisu on the house 🥰

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RichardO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never had so much as a bad glass of water at Bellissiomo's. It is outstanding in all aspects ambiance, menu, presentation, wine list, service, etc.

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Stef
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

For the price of the food, it was not very good. The ambience and our server were great, but overall, would not recommend going there. We would have rather gone to Olive Garden for mediocre Italian fare and paid half of the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thia is a wonderful, family run Italian restaurant. You cN taste the love in the food.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on December 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! This means a lot! Hope to see you again soon.

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KevinB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This was our 3rd visit to Bellissimo and each time has been very enjoyable - good food and good ambiance. During covid, they had plexiglass barriers in place, reduced number of tables and staff wore masks - this made us feel extra comfortable coming here.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on December 14, 2020

We are so glad that you felt safe with us! We are really trying and it means a lot that the plexiglass barriers are helping you feel comfortable. We hope to see you again soon!

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richardg
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food was very good.I like the serene setting. I knew when I picked this restaurant it would be up to par. On the whole a 9 out of 10.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thanks for your kind words! We appreciate your business and can't wait to see you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friend’s birthday

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vipWilbur
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We use Bellissimo as our “go to” for special occasions and this time was for my birthday. I never look at the menu, the chef always has several specials that can not be passed up but if you do peruse the menu you’ll see all your favorites. Drop any plans for tonight, make a reso and let Rey’s team take care of you just as if you were dining in Florence!

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vipwillyh
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice restaurant. Food and service were both exceptional. We had a grand evening. Take your special someone there and enjoy!

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JohnB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit here in less than a month. Did not disappoint.

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vipNWDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great. As Italian as you can get. Will be back again soon

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RicardoS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow, just wow. Came here last week for my 10-year wedding anniversary and it was nothing less than phenomenal. My wife and I both got the 5 course gastronomic. I highly recommend it. The attentive yet not too pushy service was also greatly appreciated. Really found a good one here and will definitely be back. Great health and safety precautions too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I came here for the first time tonight for a much needed date night. The food is exceptional; You cannot go wrong! The staff was very attentive and met our every need. Finally, the ambiance was just perfect for a date night. We will certainly be back!

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JohnB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recently discovered but has been available since 1999. Truly excellent in every aspect. Probably the best restaurant in Fairfax City and within a five mile radius at least. Attentive service. Bellissimo has been struggling since the onset of COVID-19 limitations. Deserves community support. Will not hesitate to return when occasions present themselves.

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Franciscop
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it .. it was excellent. I would recommend it to everyone ..

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vipChristina
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. A little noisy sitting outside. Would go back.

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EmilioJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant for a pleasant meal in Fairfax City. Friendly and attentive service, nice decor, a decent menu selection, good portions, and reasonable prices.

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Matt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bellissimo was a fantastic experience. The staff was incredibly warm and welcoming. They were very helpful in explaining the menu and in providing recommendations. They had a great and very manageable wine selection. The food was excellent. I strongly recommend doing the gastronomic menu. The chef did a great job providing a variety of tastes and we tried things we definitely wouldn't have ordered (and we loved it). The sidewalk seating is very authentically European. My wife and I cannot wait to go back and we are looking forward to taking our friends and family to our new favorite Italian place!

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GuyS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and of great value. We will go back!

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KateF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Every dish that we tried was GOOD but it wasn't interesting or exciting. To be entirely fair I went during Restaurant Week so by definition they picked a smaller, universally appealing subset of their menu to mass produce and I knew that was what I was choosing, but that's what it tasted and felt like.

Our server was excellent and gave the experience a more elegant feel. He gave me a good wine recommendation and didn't just try to upsell me which I appreciated. He was very attentive and the courses all came out with a well-time rhythm (I'm a slow eater so this is worth mentioning to me!) so you could see that he was attentive and experienced.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had not been here for several years. Went back with friends for restaurant week. 3 course menu had nice variety and all of our meals were very good. Appropriate social distancing in place and did not interfere with service or quality. All were in agreement to return again.

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JetDel
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Restaurant week - what a bargain! Good service. The recommended house Montepulcianno ($35/bottle), was very nice. The persons ordering lamb shanks liked them a lot! My pasta with salmon and peas was bland and needed salt and seasoning. But I'm the one who ordered a nondescript dish. The olive oil served with bread and Parmesan was pale yellow with little flavor - I like spicy ones. We had a wonderful table in private alcove for four people although we had reserved a table online to sit outside. But there were only a couple of unattractive tables for 2 on the sidewalk added for covid. Plan to go elsewhere for nice dinner outside in a garden or patio.

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KentG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good outside table on Main St.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu for restaurant week. The star ingredient of the dishes shined without being overly seasoned or masked by other flavors. Ambiance could use a refresh, but otherwise great food and service. Would recommend!

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vipJEV17
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Outdoor dining was a great option.

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Paul
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We came out for restaurant week and Bellissimo didn’t disappoint. I had the arugula and beet salad that was excellent and my wife had sausage and beans that were equally as good. We both ordered the veal porcini and thought it was really good. They serve the veal thin cut into medallions and topped with lots of mushrooms, onions and Demi glaze. I finished with the meal with cheesecake for dessert. A very good meal, I would recommend going here for lunch or dinner.

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BrianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Not a great place to sit outside. Lots of noise from the street and any foot traffic on a narrow sidewalk. Food was pretty good though.

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vipRenee002
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

My significant other and I dined for the second time at Bellissimo recently. The décor does not wow because the carpet is old and tattered, the placement of dark hardwood floors would be amazing and make the restaurant look refined along with a few other things. Otherwise, there were a few stumbles but this experience was definitely better than the first visit.

My significant other ordered the following for his three course meal: Fried Calamari, Lamb Shank with noodles and vegetables, and cheesecake. I ordered the following for my three course meal: Caesar salad, crab ravioli with lobster sauce topped with two pieces of shrimp, and tiramisu.

We received bread for the table that was slightly warm and served with an olive oil cheese dip. It was okay but would have been better served fresh and hot with soft butter.

My significant other and I shared appetizers, both were good. I am not crazy about lamb, but I tasted his entrée and it was okay. The noodles with the sauce were really tasty. My S.O. loved the lamb and ate every bite of it. His cheesecake was good.

My crabmeat ravioli was fine but the lobster sauce was absolutely fabulous. I would not order the crabmeat ravioli again but if lobster ravioli was offered with the same sauce, I would order it. My dessert of tiramisu was flat and missing something, maybe it needed more coco or sweetener. I ate it but wouldn’t order it again.

Our server was personable, attentive and willingly conferred with the kitchen about mine questions on the menu. It was greatly appreciated.

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FieldenD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

pleasant meal, sat outside which is on the street--very noisy

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vipJWong
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Except dessert, the overall lunch menu for restaurant week was good. 3-course for $22 is worth not much complaint.

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vipmurfneil
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We came here for restaurant week. First it was great just to find a place that wasn’t part of a chain. All tables were outside—ours was on the sidewalk out front and they had more around the corner carved out from the street. We were greeted by a very efficient runner who not only gave us our setups but offered us each a squirt of hand sanitizer—very nice touch. Every morsel of food was out of this world, from the freshly baked bread served with olive oil and Parmesan. Our apps were a ‘tower’ of tomato and mozzarella with basil. My wife has a pet peeve of being served cold tomatoes and these were perfectly room temperature. I had grilled squid on polenta with the most savory sauce—so much better than the usual fried calamari. My wife had delicious crab-stuffed ravioli in a lobster sauce that, to her delight, were served with a few shrimp as well. Delicious. I had the linguini with scallops and shrimp—perfect sauce, perfect portion—beautiful and so tasty. Even the house bottle of Montepulciano was great for $35. A cannoli for my wife and strawberries sabayon for me—perfected to a great meal. We’ll be back!

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KentG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took advantage of good weather for outside table on Main St.

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You can order delivery directly from Bellissimo Restaurant using the Order Online button. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 293-2367.

Bellissimo Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1220 OpenTable diners.

Bellissimo Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.bellissimorestaurant.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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