Bettola

4.7
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646 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant located in Birmingham's Lakeview district. Founded by award-winning chef James Lewis, Bettola offers a wonderful array of foods from the Campania region of Italy in a warm and modern setting.

Here, we honor the farm-to-table tradition by using locally sourced meats and produce to bring fresh flavors to each dish. Customer favorites include our gnocchi, pollo pomodoro, and our charcuterie selections. Our signature Neapolitan pizzas start with dough made from scratch using caputo flour flown in from Italy, which is hand-tossed and wood-fired in our authentic brick oven from Naples. We also feature a variety of house-made pastas, roasts, and sautés, and we offer craft cocktails and wines to pair beautifully with each dish.

We’re always pushing the envelope with our creative dishes and drinks at Bettola, and we hope to welcome you in our space soon.
What 646 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great, as always...but recent renovations have made the noise level even worse. Hoping they take some action to ameliorate soon; otherwise will think twice about frequenting Bettola. Had to shout to be heard by the person sitting next to me: conversation with the 3rd person in our party, across the 4 top, was impossible.

N
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bettola is one of our favorites! Consistently good

SB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We booked outside seating- then when we got there they were not serving outside. Last few times i have been there- service not great. Food came out quick and was good.

CB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, consistently good. Robert took great care of us.

B
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service! Will be back!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and food! Charcuterie board is even better than bottega!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great Atmosphere & Great Service!

RH
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5:45 on a Saturday. We were in and out in 40 minutes. Amazing service and great food.

KM
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! One of my favorite places in Bham!

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Delicious as always. Our waiter was excellent! Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was great, but our server was pushy and rushed us out the door. There were plenty of open seats and no one was waiting for a table so I am not sure what the rush was. Not sure I’ll come back to eat in, I’ll pick up where I can enjoy at my own pace.

RS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the filetto and salad. Also had the antipasto and drinks. The steak was the best, cooked to perfection and great in presentation. The antipasto was also wonderful with all meats really high quality. I love the place, have been many times, but keep coming back because it's so good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Bettola! For a quick bite or a special occasion, Bettola’s atmosphere and ambiance is inviting and delightful. I’ve been coming in pretty often lately and was welcomed with a hug from my favorite server! Highly recommend.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be back.

GS
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bettola consistently provides a very good dining experience

KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was really good! Our waiter Josh was amazing!!

P
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and second on Valentine’s Day! Always a great time with wonderful food with quick and friendly service. Shout out to Stan the Gm

MK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, and we’ll definitely be back. It was wonderful!

OT
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

This restaurant is disappointing for a special occasion. First, bench seating!!!— where everyone is crammed together and you are forced to listen to your neighbor’s conversation, and they get the “privilege”of hearing yours. The food came out quickly, thankfully, because we were ready to leave as soon as we sat down. The server was very kind and gracious, but we did not enjoy the food. The menu was limited and difficult to read because of the small font and dim lighting. Overall, this restaurant is better for a quick lunch but not a special occasion dinner.

SW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very well done! No complaints at all !! I recommend highly!

C
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific experience! We love this as our go-to every time.

CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot for a date night, and the food was amazing

CW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in town! We've gone every weekend for the last several weeks, and plan to go back with friends this weekend. We have yet to enjoy a meal that is anything less than excellent! Great food, great drinks/wine, and great service!

G
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to for quality Italian and wood fired pizza in Birmingham. Never a long wait. Service is top notch. Not pretentious.

PJ
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best pizzas i've ever had. We were seated right when we walked in. Our service was quick and attentive. The food was very good.

CH
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food! A bit loud for table conversation, but loved the vibe

NY
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We made our reservations 4 days before, but when we arrived the hostess tried to sit us at the bar saying that's all she had. When I complained, we got a table by the kitchen and bathrooms. The waitress was in a rush and kept trying to get us to order and finish faster. The food was bland. (Clam sauce was gritty.) However, the prices were superior! Really expensive.
There are lots of great restaurants in Birmingham. Betolla is not one of them.

R
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Such good and fresh Italian food!!! Overall great place. It was kind of loud, but we went later in the evening and the bar was getting busier. Absolutely loved the food though! Would go back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waited too long for Pizza... was unusually slow tobtable

JA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bettola is one of those neighborhood "go to" Italian bistros with charm and atmosphere and good food. Charcuterie was excellent and so are the hand made pizzas. they could improve on their wine and beer offerings but it's so cozy and comfortable, we enjoy dropping in every few months.

KL
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bettola is always a hit, I've never had a single bad experience and it's my go to when I want something extra delicious. The burrata is one of the best appetizers in town and their cocktail list is modest but so well curated you won't be missing a thing. We're always sat promptly with reservations and have had great experiences sitting at the bar when we decided to go for a bite last minute. Every meal here is very special, the atmosphere, great service and fantastic food are something for Birmingham to be proud of

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had to wait 25 minutes after my reservation time to be seated, but food was incredible and proportions were just right.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was excellent but we waited 40 minutes for our table that was booked for 8pm with an empty table in sight for 35 minutes of those 40 minutes. Unfortunate that I have to even mention this portion of the evening. The food was excellent.

k
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We had the most horrible service this trip. We’ve been there 100 times and we’re so disappointed in this visit. The manager in turn was rude after asking how our experience was. It took 45 minutes to even get bread on the table. 20 minutes to get our first drinks to the table and we were there a total of three hours- not to our enjoyment. Very disappointed in the service and attitudes of everyone we interacted with.

Bettola
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you for your review of Bettola! We are disappointed to hear that your most recent dining experience was not a clear representation of our standards of excellence. We greatly appreciate your feedback, as we use it as a means to improve. However, we do stick by our policies and the way we handle large parties.

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EL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Just was not impressed with the food or the service. I had asked the waiter if the restaurant had a martini 🍸 glass and He said yes and The drink was served in a coup ( tiny) Also we waited a long time on cocktails to be served even though the bartender was not so busy . The appetizer , charcuterie board was really kinda sad. Two Or three pieces of meat clump of cheese and a soufflé cup of olives was really kind of pathetic especially with six people eating it. Need to beef it up with a healthy portion of meats , crackers maybe. You can go to Costco and get the meat for cheap as well ......

S
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal here. The chef is wonderful with fish dishes. We will eat dinner with them again in the future.

RO
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BETTOLA..FINE GORMET NORTHERN ITALIAN FOOD

James has many reasonably priced and fabulous
enters dishes. The pasta dishes are mostly under 20$.
We love the new Pasta Campainalle which is a zesty pasta
with chicken and pepper sauce. The scallops with chorizo risotto is my
favorite. I also love the Lombatello which seared hanger steak
on a bed of arugula. The salads have been rated the best
by many reviewers. We love the tomato salad
and the salad erbe.
Betola is still the best buy and best food
in Birmingham. The ambience and outside seating are fabulous.

FK
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable for a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere.

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Service was warm and attentive in just the right way. Food was delicious! Favorites were the burrata starter and the gnocchi.

k
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.