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Bella's Bistro Italian

#128 of 2,184 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Canadian
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1445 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2X4, Canada
+1 613-724-6439
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

The menu is varied and food consistent, although like many Ottawa eateries, a little pricey. But if romance and intimate dining are the goal, this spot is best on a week night; weekends are too noisy to enjoy both food and conversation. You'll be looking for a respite and quieter location to enjoy coffee and dessert after the chaos of... More 

1 Thank luluenviaje
Ottawa, Canada
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Very romantic, intimate setting. Wonderful menu, phenomenal service. Parking difficult, but well worth it.

Thank spinnychick
Manotick, Canada
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

The owner, now in her mid60's, still cooks the meals. Her sons serve. Amazing meal. Amazing service. I had the Caesar Salad and it was very good (second only to Le Continental in Quebec City). Had the chicken with honey mustard sauce, it was excellent. Very welcoming and a traditional home cooked Italian meal. Would recommend easily.

Thank Dan L
Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Love this restaurant. Have been there many times. One of the best, if not THE best Italian restaurants in Ottawa. Service is impeccable.

1 Thank Janet S
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This restaurant is always an absolutely delight to go to. The servers are so amazing and helpful to ensure you get exactly the experience you are looking for. The food is just beyond, you will not get better in the city of Ottawa. Every bite was delicious. We started with the Mussels in a cream and leek sauce....the best I... More 

1 Thank Y1756PVLindaB
Ottawa, Canada
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145 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

We made a reservation to Valentine day just about the day we were departing for a week-vacation. We were returning to Canada on the 10th of February and we wanted to make sure that we have a reserved table. It is not our first visit to this restaurant. Last time was also on Valentine day. We love this restaurant because... More 

Thank Gabriel N
Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Five of us went to Bella's for a get together over dinner. It is a great little restaurant in an old house , therefore, lots of atmosphere. I hadn't been there for a long, long time. The menu is limited and they should get it right but they didn't. The bread while warmed was dry and obviously old. The veal... More 

1 Thank Dan M
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We reserved at Bella's Bistro on the advice of a friend. Great advice! A very nice welcoming when entering this converted house/restaurant. Our waiter (one of the family) made us feel comfortable, no rushing here, and explained the menu. We ordered wine and two mussel appetizers, one with a spicy red sauce and one with a leek cream sauce. The... More 

Thank Blake N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

A family favourite! Always fresh and delicious. Not a large place nor a large menu but suitable for a family mixed with vegetarians and carnivores! Pleasant ambience makes for a nice dining experience ... Can't help comparing this to our favourite Italian restaurant in Edmonton (PiccoLino) and Edmonton wins, hands down... Still, Bella's is delicious, authentic and very nice.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

Another wonderfully nostalgic italian meal at Bella’s this weekend. Caesar Salad the way Julius himself would have wanted it, fresh pasta, tender veal and a short but very diversified wine list. Yum!

Thank Jean V

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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, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, 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?