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Bella's Bistro Italian

#170 of 2,193 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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1445 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2X4, Canada
+1 613-724-6439
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Calgary, Canada
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed a nice dinner here with my partner. The wine list is limited but adequate. The menu is good, if a little limited. Still, portions were ample and the food fresh and well prepared. I enjoyed the chicken parmigiana and my partner had a veal dish with Gorgonzola. Both were delicious and the pasta was clearly freshly made. Portions... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't even know where to begin... this is probably a restaurant that deserves 5 star in the Michelin guide, if it doesn't already. The food, the ambiance, the history of the Italian family here is priceless! It is a more upscale restaurant and every bite of their food makes me forget about the price tag as I even find... More 

Thank Stephke1983
Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Ive been a few times with friends. Never disappointed! Homemade pastas, sauce, and pretty much everything. Portions and flavours are just perfect! You'll be full but not coma stuffed! I love their soups and im not even a soup person! They are super flexible and friendly if you dont like certain meals with certain sauce etc... very catered to the... More 

Thank diutran88
Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Bella's offers traditional Italian dishes prepared and served with care. The gamberi in camicia (an appetizer serving of shrimp wrapped in prosciutto on puff pastry with an Amaretto cream sauce) is delicious. The Caesar salad is the best I've had in Ottawa -- the dressing is obviously in-house and is creamy and lemony. The pasta, also house-made, is tender and... More 

Thank Nancy B
Ottawa, Canada
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132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Normally we only go to restaurants after reading other reviews (we hate to waste money on restaurants that aren't up to par). This time we headed to Bella's based on a personal recommendation - and are very pleased that we did. The restaurant is located in an old home, so there are issues of accessibility, and it does have a... More 

Thank Chris W
Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Among the many Italian restaurants in Ottawa, Bella's would not be a bad choice. The food is good, as should be expected. But not great. Nothing that we had was memorable. A veal dish especially appeared to have been sitting too long waiting to be served. Situated in an old house, the restaurant presents a faded retro charm that makes... More 

Thank CdnTraveller43
The Road
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409 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

... it would have been the best restaurant in the city. It's a nice room, perhaps not elegant, but clean and well set up. The menu is a bit bland, and there was nothing either of us wanted for an appetizer. Our main courses were fine, though, and the tiramisu was really very good.

Thank WandererOnTheRoad
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

I just had a delicious dinner at Bella's Bistro. The meal was relaxing, the waiter, Nick was attentive and funny and the chefs (Andrew and Sean) made my meal enjoyable. I am on a sodium restricted diet and usually I phone restaurants ahead of time to see what there is that I can eat. Tonight a friend and I just... More 

Thank Cynthia S
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Have visited Bella's several times over the years, you can always count on for quality and the service. The menu is simple and food consistent, a little pricey. The Owner still cooks in the kitchen, that will explain the consistency and quality. If you’re looking to have a romantic dinner, this spot is best on a week night; weekends are... More 

Thank Michael T
Ottawa, Canada
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We've been a few times. Went on New Years Eve. Had reservations. They seated us upstairs, a very steep narrow staircase even though I protested. I don't do well with stairs and my father uses a walker. Lots of empty tables downstairs but they didn't care. $40 for a filet and it was awful. Service was SLOW. We waited over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1445 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-724-6439

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