Bella Luna - NYC

4.5
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1088 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
A fixture on Columbus, Bella Luna offers you the quintessential Italian dining experience. Our familial service will always make you feel comfortable. The Bella Luna menu offers delicious Italian food prepared by true professionals. Be sure to try our Calamari or Penne Alla Fresco, or enjoy our 3-course pre-fix menu which is available every day from 12-6pm. Our Upper West Side restaurant has just what you are looking for on your night out on the town. Our affordable pricing includes $13.95 pasta dishes and an everyday wine special for just $8.
From intimate dinners to cozy wine nights at the bar, our professional team can tailor any menu item with wine and beer pairings. Bella Luna also provides accessible and elegant catering options. Our courteous staff will ensure you have a memorable experience. Whether you're a neighborhood local or passing through town, Bella Luna has the upscale yet relaxed atmosphere you're looking for. We can't wait to see you soon.
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LC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong with the food at Bella Luna. We usually order salmon and it’s always been grilled to perfection. Our waiter, Jorge, is very professional. We can usually ask for a different veggie than asparagus.

PL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food! Kind staff

n
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pasta was all quite good, including the gluten free variety. Salmon was not so good. Didn’t taste so fresh, unfortunately. The restaurant was busy, but no one was waiting for a table. They were beyond gracious and didn’t bother us to leave, though we were there at least an hour after paying, catching up with people we rarely see. We really appreciated it and will be back.

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A historically "good" restaurant that changed when it relocated. It is more expensive, more noisy, and not as good as it used to be. Typical for the Upper West Side.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta Bella Luna off the charts. Other dishes looked good not great. Shrimp calamari and mussels over linguine.

C
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

For a Thursday evening the service was just so-so. We had to call the waiter over several times because he was busy with too many tables. The hostess had to jump in several times. The bus people kept trying to take plates before we were done, took silverware without replacing. It was a special bday and since we've been to BL many times, I guess they had an off night.

MF
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy to dine at Bella Luna for the last 20+ years!

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood place and has gluten free options

B
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good neighbourhood Italian.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food at great prices!

NC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. Comfortable; pretty setting; delicious fresh food; prompt and friendly service; good value.

OT
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good neighborhood spot for traditional pastas, good pizza and decent drinks.

s
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good neighborhood restaurant. Food is good. It would be nice to have a bit more variety.

MF
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a delicious meal and had freedom to linger over our food. One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants for decades!

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food and the service were good, but we were a table of four, including two tall men, and we were put into a very remote corner table. The seating was very tight and ruined the ambiance of the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good and enjoyed nice i rushed meal on a Saturday night

LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta with sea food was delicious and they did not skimp on the seafood- especially the shrimp.

AK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great neighbourhood Italian- always consistent, good all round.

MI
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bon restaurant italien, aux prix abordables. Les plats de pâtes sont bien servis et savoureux, l’ambiance est reposante et calme (ce qui est appréciable à New-York !).

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b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! My husband and I had the shrimp& pesto sauce with linguine which was amazing--huge portion, fresh pasta, grilled shrimp. Our friend had raviola which he was quite pleased with. We all had very ample and delicious salads. Shared tiramisu was also excellent!

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been here numerous times. Staff always accommodates.

JW
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood restaurant- good food, ambiance and you always feel welcomed

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a delight. and a returned dinner on Sat nite for 4 of us.

GG
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with friends at Bella Luna. Great food, wonderful service, comfy restaurant. We will be back!

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a great time. The weather was particularly nice and we got to sit outside. A reliable neighborhood place.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

There are much better Italian restaurants on the UWS! Decided to book a table at this restaurant because it was a convenient location that could accommodate a group. To their credit, the restaurant was able to increase our reservation size from 7 to 10 people the day of the reservation. That was where the good service ended. When our friends arrived an hour early, they were told the bar was full (despite empty seats) and perhaps they would like to try a bar across the street instead. WHAT?!?! Who says this to customers who already have a dinner reservation? The server was minimally attentive, somewhat cold, and not at all welcoming throughout our entire meal. I ordered the eggplant which was very bland. The chicken and veal in 2 dishes was quite tender, though again not particularly flavorful. Pasta puttanesca was the best dish at the table, although strangely it came with several whole anchovies across the top, rather than sauteed and incorporated into the sauce, as is the usual preparation. Each of us felt that our meal was "OK" but "nothing special." Each of us felt this was a "do not return" restaurant when there are so many better options nearby.

YL
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Decent neighborhood option. Food is ok, there’s pleasant ambience, and the service could have been a little more friendly and helpful.

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!!! The people working here always try to accommodate you with a cheerful attitude and welcoming stance. The hostesses are particularly wonderful. This is one of those neighborhood restaurants that I’m thankful is in my neighborhood!

w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great egg plant Parmesan. Attentive waiter. Good noise level although the music was a tad loud. Always enjoy this neighborhood place.

n
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood place for lunch or casual dinner.
Good salads,pasta and nice ambiance-inside or out...
The servers are accommodating to special needs and requests.

IN
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bella Luna is a neighborhood gem! The food is always very good. The pricing is a very good value for a quality dining experience. The outdoor tables are wonderful in good weather. The inside decor is upscale and well maintained. The conversation is spirited. I need to note that during this recent dinner we had exceptional service! While we've never had a concern, the waiter who served us outside was unusually buttoned up and lovely.

b
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have dined here before and enjoyed the food. Unfortunately Friday nights’ experience was disappointing. Service was slow, so perhaps understaffed. My entree, a prosciutto and arugula pizza, was unusual with tomato sauce, But the bigger concern was a bite that contained a hard piece of bone, which has caused a strong tooth pain, still three days later. What was even more disappointing was the manager/hostess reaction, “oh I’ll show it to the chef”, followed by “it happens”. Note this was not a piece of cartilage or tendon from the prosciutto (which I have never come Across) it was a hard particle. No one ever came Back to the table regarding the incident. No acknowledgement whatsoever. There was another wait,for the check, and we left.
I don’t t know what concerns me more, the entree issue or the indifference of the staff.
This is an establish I have dined at before but. Or may not consider again, nor recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

My wife and me are from Italy so our expectation was high. Food is acceptale but not for the Italian standard.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was very plain, no flavor, and pasta nothing special.

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great neighborhood Italian eatery. A most excellent experience.

F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service excellent. Food good especially the mussels and branzini

JB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

This used to be a great neighborhood restaurant. But to keep the prices low, the food has declined in quality. The overall service is downright surly, except for the nice young lady who took our order. She was puzzled as to why we asked her not to clean away some plates until all of our party was finished, saying that's how she had been trained. They need a new training manual. We only go there when some out-of-town friends insist. They think it has a quirky charm. It used to...

WD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s an Ok place, where you can go a decent price meal and a clear ambience. Service was a little slow but understandable but the food was fulfilling.

MM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very nice and accommodating even after we paid and continued to sit at the table talking. Food was very good and reasonably priced.

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