Bella Cosa Restaurant

4.1
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133 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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About

Bella Cosa is a contemporary Italian restaurant in the City overlooking South Dock. Serving a variety of pizza and pasta dishes in addition to Bella Cosa regional Italian specials, using quality Italian ingredients.

The intimate space is perfect for romantic dinners but with space for group dining in the upstairs dining room with a view, or in the private dining room surrounded by fine wine.

Antonio Calo is originally from Brindisi, a region of Apulia in Southern Italy and brings a wealth of knowledge of Italian cuisine to Bella Cosa.

After working in numerous kitchens in luxury five-star hotels across the world Antonio made it to London where he worked at Italian restaurant Enoteca Turi in Putney Bridge, before moving further into central London to Covent Garden as Head Chef of Li Veli restaurant.
Antonio is a member of the FIC, the Federation of Italian Cooks, and APCI, the Italian Professional Chef Association.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizza Bar, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Restaurant:
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm (last order)


Bar:
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm (last order)

Last food order: 9.45pm
Last drink order: 10:00pm
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Phone number
020 7132 1212
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Antonio Calo
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Private Party Facilities
The ‘Wineroom’, which is situated on the first floor, is the most exclusive area within Bella Cosa. It has a very charming unique thoughtfully selected wine display which recreates the atmosphere of a wine cave. This unique room is ideal for wine tastings, private events, food promotions and social special occasions.
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Private Party Contact
0207 132 1212: 020 7132 1212
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Cross Street
Lord Amory Way
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Parking Details
Limited parking space is available next to the Restaurant. Alternatively, NCP Lawn House Close, a large 24h secured parking facility is situated two minutes walk from Bella Cosa.
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Public Transit
Nearest Station is South Quay DLR, approximately 350m walk to the Restaurant. Canary Wharf Underground Station and Heron Quays DLR Station are about 1km walk away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 133 People Are Saying
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London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Cosa offers a great dining experience and the staff is really accommodating.
We made a last minute reservation and we had 3 children with us.

During our visit only the fine dining part of the restaurant was open however the staff was superb in making us feeling welcome.

Food is really good and it is a pity to see that such lovely place does not get the success it deserves (mainly due to the location).

G
London
44 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shame that there were only 2 other tables good lovely but place lacked the vibe

GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Very few people despite it being a Friday night. Lovely food and nice service.

NV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food and expensive

R
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was very quiet for a Saturday which meant there was little atmosphere. However the food was excellent and the service very good which still made for a very good evening.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and environment. Very friendly staffs

O
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I have dined more than 10 times at this restaurant. Always love the unique flavors of the food. This time, the price has gone up, but the food, the interior and the manager's attitude stays the same. We were not informed that sitting upstairs or downstairs means you will get different menus. While dining, you might see other guests have dishes from the downstairs menu, but you only have options from the new and more expensive so called upstairs menu. Unfortunately, those unique dishes we usually like are not listed in the latter one.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I've booked a table for two as it was a birthday dinner with my partner. I called the restaurant at 21:30 to confirm the booking but only to be told that the head chef or manager decided to close early. This was on a Sunday So most restaurants close at 10.
Very disappointed with the service and attitude of the staff that I spoke to on the phone, no apology was offered just a ruined night.

Sort out your staff because behind each table booked is a customer expecting dinner.

PJ
Essex
97 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This is a nice Italian restaurant, on two levels, with Pizza style restaurant downstairs and fine dining upstairs. The menu prices are reasonable, although wines are a little expensive.
The Octopus and the Rabbit Ragu were the standout dishes, although the purple potato puree was not a nice accompaniment to the Octopus main course and the warm Octopus salad starter was a better combination. Pasts was al dente, as I like it, but possible too firm for some taste.
Service was good, although the maitre'd explained he was teaching someone, so we showed her some leniency.
Main downside was a lack of diners, which was surprising for a Saturday night, so the ambience was rather muted. It is out the way for Canary Wharf, but was close to our hotel.

O
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great in every way. Our waitress, Erika, was very friendly and professional. Her service always enhance the dining experience. She even introduced the sous chef, Girolamo, to us, such a thoughtful act.

AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We were visiting this restaurant very often before our little girl was born and were enjoying food very much. It was one of the favorite restaurants for us. Unfortunately, everything is changed since our last visit in September 2017 :( Menu changed, kitchen chef gone, and now it's just another plain restaurant. Service during our visit was perfect, but food was big let down after our expectations.
Few dishes were over seasoned, "Trio of Smoked Fish Carpaccio" was just a very rustic style cuts of fish piled on the plate and were very bland.
Overall - very disappointing experience, after our high expectations of having a nice and tasty family dinner date.
Unfortunately we won't be back to this restaurant, as it's nothing special about the food anymore :(

I
London
39 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner here recently. Was our first time at this quiet & intimate restaurant with excellent water views looking towards Canary Wharf. Good service, great food and a very nicely decorated interior. A bit difficult to find as the restaurant is actually not on Marsh Wall as indicated, but off a turning. Nevertheless a delightful experience and a welcome find. We will be back soon!

A
London
23 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to this restaurant a number of times and it has always been excellent. It worth the trek to find it (which is not easy) - Great food and service. I will return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, especially the lady on reception.

LS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Service was excellent. I would personally prefer that water, pepper, salt, etc. are left on the table so that I may help myself, but the waiting staff were most attentive. Food was very good and the menu is broad.

AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was too bland. It was nothing special. They brought amuse bouche, beetroot puree (it was inedible) Bruschetta slection, OK, I would really think that Fried Calamari starter is same as you could eat at TGI Fridays, ordinary, Pizza was by far the best thing, good thin crust, tasty and fresh.

The Restaurant was quiet on Friday 730pm, which is OK, still everything took ages to come including the salt I had to ask 3 times, also needed to ask the bill few times.

Overall, I wouldn’t come back here again just because I don’t think their food match their ambition.

OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The downside If you're not familiar with this area, is the restaurant is very hard to find head towards the river and stuck among a very residential complex is where it sits. Inside is a pleasant surprise it was light and airy, a very comfortable setting, it had a view across the river by slightly obscured by the whopping great boat moored directly in front of the view of it, they have a small but tasteful lounge area under an aitree with comfy furnishings to sit and have coffee.
There is also no parking as this is restricted to residents. We were there for Mothers Day and were limited greatly to one 'Mothers Day Special Menu' (which is usually hyped and a bit overpriced in restaurants with very minimal food options) which I could understand if the place was completely fully booked but as it had only one or two other tables I felt they could have allowed us greater food choices from the other menus.
The food however was excellent I had the Smoked Salmon Starter followed by Duck , Panacotta coffee & petite fours all excellent and presented beautifully presented, complimentary liqueur at the end was a nice touch. The music in the background was also a hit with me as it played a varied playlist from Van Morrison to Frank Sinatra, very enjoyable easy listening.
Yes I would go back - just to warn 12.% Service charge is attached.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was beautiful but starters were very expensive, they were about the same price as the mains. Very polite staff.

JT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service in a peculiarly modernish space with a cold feeling

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Lovely restaurant, will go back.

a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and a great little, off the beaten track venue. Good food and ambience. Business lunch

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Lovely food and service.
No heating in the toilets so was very cold...

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good attentive service, food was very tasty, great wine selection, we enjoyed our evening here a will definitely come here again soon.

A
London
23 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location - Great service and food - Only slight downside was the complete absence of any other than Italian wine. - I would return and recommend it to anyone. Especially the upstairs restaurant area.

JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The location is unfortunate - it's much closer to South Quay DLR than Canary Wharf station. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was virtually empty, which meant the atmosphere was lacking. The staff are very helpful, but the restaurant as a whole falls a bit flat. Quality of the food was good, with the sage/pumpkin tortellini the highlight. The pricing is broadly reasonable, with starters often costing more than main courses.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment 2 tables were booked the service was phenomenal. The email reminders, the pre booked phone call to the great hospitality at the front entrance. The Manager and staff were very warm, friendly and made us feel so relaxed for our first experience. My 5th Anniversary at Bella Cosa Restaurant with my wife started with sparkling white wine followed by testers which were all remarkable. From the bar menu, starter, main course to the scrumptious dessert this was a gold star experience...... We will be back with a party!! Gold Star

u
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had New Year's Dinner with a group of eight at the Bella Cosa and really enjoyed the excellent and very creative cuisine. Also very friendly and attentive staff and very good value for money. We can really recommend this place!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Bella Cosa is always impeccable and the food is of a very good quality; fresh and well done won’t let your mouth disappointed

TA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 2nd time at Bella Cosa. It's a winner!

The cuisine is southern Italian, the hospitality is fantastic! I like this venue so much because it is stylist yet cosy, like going to the home of an Italian family.

Booking is easy and you get a warm welcome on arrival. There are 2 levels, a full bar on both. On the upper level is a lovely mezzanine where you can view the river while sipping on drinks & having bar snacks. The main restaurant is lovely, not overly posh and tables spaced nicely. Loos are in good order too.

We had some great selections on this outing, I was in the mood for broad beans and theirs didn't disappoint. The gnocchi was little pillows of perfection. Seafood cooked beautifully. Bella Cosa is open for lunch through to dinner & offers lunch specials too.

Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to some of the best Italian food outside of Italy. Full marks! Grazie mille Bella Cosa.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This riverside restaurant is great! Excellent food and service!

K
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is a romantic place , great wine , however the food is overpriced. Steak was just fine . Good spot for drinks I guess .

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the coustomer service they have a friendly staff.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Disappointed the degustation had been dropped though it was still on the website. But the food was very Italian and very good. So was the wine. Service was particularly friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My partner and I went here for date night. I was a lovely meal and the staff were all incredibly attentive. In fact if I was still in the restaurant business I would try and poach them. They were great! My only issue with the evening was the lights were too bright so you couldn’t really see the view outside on the water. Other than that the evening was lovely!

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food and service. Highly recommended!

r
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and great food. Great wine recommendations as well to pair with dinner. A hidden gem in Docklands.

MG
London
279 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always really excellent food and very good service. But as always at lunchtimes amazingly quiet, definitely deserves more customers!

M
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was Magnificent! Food to die for! Tasting Italia in London!

RP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Amuse bouche was to die for ( recipe please!!!) as was scallops but black fish in "cartoccio" very disappointing ( please buy sharper scissors to cut open)
All in all, for the amount we paid and what we ate ...not good value . Sorry but disappointing !

R
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is fantastic and authentic.

Everything is beautifully presented.

Staff are very friendly.

Prices are very good value.

Wine list is very good also.

In summary this place is a gem.

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