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20-22 Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RB, England
+44 191 386 1060
11:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Tue 11:30 - 22:30
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

could nt make mothers day (to busy)so we went to the BELLE ITALIA on Monday night the 27th march , . we got a lovely window seat overlooking the river and bridge, candle was lit for us nice and romantic ,we had a starter and main the food was excellent the staff were really great and I mean that,i had... More 

Thank bigbrian74
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We attended for mothers day lunch. We chose Bella Italia as we have a few dietary requirements and we know as a chain that Bella have good options and always felt that you know what you are going to get in terms of reasonable value and good service. I had attended this Durham branch about 4/5 years ago and enjoyed... More 

Thank familymclean19
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice staff. Lovely food, both main and desert. We sat overlooking the river and it was a peaceful, sunny day. Highly recommend!

1 Thank misselysia10
Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were very touched when we were given our seat at the Conservatory overlooking River Wear.It was awesome experience and the food is yummy! The manager, Beverly n her crew are friendly and helpful.I will bring my family members here again.Thankyou all for making our meals here an awesome experience. Regards Rachell Singapore

1 Thank rachellamelia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere was quite nice really - went on an evening; it was busy and lots of candles placed throughout the restaurant - can't complain about that but that was about the best it offered; service was slow, drinks took an age to arrive (as did food) and both were overpriced, food in particular ridiculously so - I ordered a filled... More 

Thank Robert H
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356 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here as a group of two families, visiting the child of one who is a student at the University. We chose here because of the discount available as a Gourmet Society card holder but knowing that we would enjoy the food. Service was good throughout and the food was of a high standard. We experienced no problems although... More 

Thank BigWoo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on saturday evening, it was very busy, we were served by Abbey, half way through our meal abbey slipped and fell, i helped her up and she said she was ok. (Hopefully she was) the other waitress with dark hair was very loud and actually laughed when Abbey fell, thats disgusting behaviour! Abbey is a credit to the... More 

Thank eddiereed46
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant for a family lunch yesterday and would not recommend it. Firstly, despite it's pleasant riverside setting, the whole place is rather tired looking and in need of refurbishment (especially the toilets). The service was not good - both our drinks and food orders were muddled and the service slow. In the bolognese there was less than... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks lovely when you enter until you get your food. Ordered 3 starters to share between the 2 of us and all 3 were terrible glad we didn't order any mains. Drinks were disgusting too.

Thank Natalie J
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

Starter was nice. Main was fine. Alcohol was dear-ish. Had to ask a number of times for water for the table. Toilets weren't great.

Thank JennyB1984

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$20
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20-22 Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 386 1060
Bella Italia in Durham boasts a beautiful city location tucked away beside the River Wear at the bottom of Silver Street. Step inside the pretty entrance and dine in the charming conservatory dining room with views overlooking the river and the bridge. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Durham Bella Italia is a popular destination not just for the lovely views but for its well priced Italian dishes such as beef and pork meatballs in a rich tomato sauce served on spaghetti or the smoked salmon, prawns and cherry tomatoes served on penne pasta with a spinach, saffron and cream sauce. Bella Italia Durham is a real gem of a restaurant.

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