CAFE BELLA MARIA

4.3
32 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Brunch
  • Cosy
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About

Welcoming you to our home.

Café Bella Maria is a warm, welcoming and relaxing step away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria. Tucked away in Grosvenor Place, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace Road and The Palace, you won’t find a cozier, more charming cafe in London. It’s a treasure to find, and a little place that has a well-earned reputation and fame for its delicious home cooked food.
You are in for a treat!
Bella Maria's vintage style and shabby chic feel is comfy and inviting. Take a seat in the lounge and you'll be served with a warm smile and a lovely pot of tea, or freshly made coffee in a delicate English china cup and saucer. If you've got time, stay a while and sample some of the many delights from the menu, all lovingly prepared and beautifully presented on your own very individual plate.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
English, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 8:30am - 5pm
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Phone number
020 7976 6280
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Victoria station
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Takeout
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4.3based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service a bit slow but good value

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

Nice place. Nice service. Menu included great options for breakfast which is why we chose it. Lots of other places only cater to afternoon tea on Sunday so I was lucky to find this gem centrally located in the city with reasonable prices. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Perfectly charming traditional cafe. Very well located for all things Royal and Afternoon tea.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, when we got to the cafe, they "didn't have" our reservation, and we were told it "was a problem when they had large groups". Some organized group was sitting inside and filled several tables. I'm guessing they prefer the business from the organized groups, but in any case, we didn't get to dine there.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is very cute, service with a polite smile!!

A great stop for breakfast for us.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Reserved table and it was all waiting for us.
Lovely breakfast...pot of tea superb
Waitress could have shown a smile which would have given this 5 stars for service!
Would use again due to location and price and the loveliness inside-very quirky but some staff could just do with some customer service training when competing with others in the area for business as people may not return or recommend to others based on this

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

really friendly staff, nice ambience - three generations. Good food and reasonable prices. Will come again as easy for Victoria station and food range good.

B
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love supporting independently owned establishments and this one was wonderful. Intimate and quirky, a very comfortable environment making us feel welcome. The veggie omelette was made with fresh ingredients, the size of my entire plate and served with two thick slices of a delicious multi grain bread. The cranberry and brie panini was a generous size, very flavorful and included fresh spinach leaves. This is a not to be missed spot.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were looking for breakfast near Victoria: lots of choice, great coffee, good portions . Set my wife and I up for a conference nearby .

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

Lovely cafe just around the corner from Buckingham Palace. It has a lovely eclectic mix of tables, chairs, teapots, cups and saucers. A very cosy atmosphere, we had a voucher for a cream tea but also had a delicious tuna panini. I would recommend a visit if you are the area.

j
London
76 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice cafe with lovely shabby chic decor. Panini and omelettes are not going to be wildly exciting but both were tasty enough. Good selection of teas and other drinks. Better value than other places round Victoria. Pleasant waiting staff.

Y
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little hidden gem in Victoria with good solid cafe fare and a relaxed English country cottage feel to it.

Y
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great hidden gem in Victoria. Causal atmosphere and good wholesome british cafe fare

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great homemade soup. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and respite from busy surroundings.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Chose this cafe because of good reviews on trip advisor for a surprise birthday lunch for my husband. The cafe is decorated nicely and the food was tasty. The staff (understandably busy) were not very efficient, friendly or attentive and took around 20 minutes to take a drinks order, another 20 minutes to bring it over and almost 45 minute wait for food (panninis and soup). The location is good for visiting Buckingham palace and convenient for Victoria station but I wouldn't be rushing back here.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is very quaint and although the menu is not extensive, the quality is excellent, and they will adjust things for your taste. The staff are friendly and efficient. Attention to detail in the decor make it a really interesting little gem of a place. Te tables are close together so there is a bit of jostling as people come and go, but this did not ruin our experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2016
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

A typical English decoration with very nice food, jacket potatoes are my favorite, and in center of Victoria but cosy and quite quiet.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked our table for 9 in advance as its not a very large cafe but service and food was great. Great location a few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace. Would certainly return when in London again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing scones. great value. cute space. I'd come back for sure.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A small, friendly cafe with character. Plain, good value food. A good menu so long as you want something straightforward. Be aware that on-line reservations are a myth! Use the phone.

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2015
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I booked a reservation online but when we arrived there was no reservation. I was told by the waitress/host that to her knowledge they don't do online reservations. We were seated but we were not acknowledged for 15 minutes. At that point I found a waitress as I thought perhaps only counter service was provided. She promptly took our order. The food was good and there were vegetarian/vegan options available (more than in most London cafés). It is a cute, quirky little cafe. The location is very close to Buckingham Palace. If you are touring the palace and grounds, this location is a nice option. Personally, I would try them again....maybe they were having a bad day.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Closes at 5pm so better not to book a table at 4pm otherwise a great place away from all the hussle!

C
London
57 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Cute little cafe which serves a limited menu. More of a tea shop than a restaurant, easy to pop in and grab a bite but the food is a bit dated, both the menu and presentation. The cakes looked delicious.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This place is very comfy and makes you feel like you're at home. The prices are very reasonable, too. So far I've gone there for afternoon tea but I will definitely try the dishes there.

LL
London
90 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

cosy little cafe in victoria which is a rare find. food was good but bit pricey for the portion served

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation through OpenTable, I received a reminder and confirmation before I arrived in London. We ran through busy Victoria trying to find the place as we did not want to be late for our booking and the theatre show finished later than I expected. Imagine my annoyance to arrive and find the place was locked up tables on chairs. No sign on the door showing their opening times. I will never be using OpenTable again.

CC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2014
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Not sure why this place has such a high score. May be because it's not expensive. But the food is very basic - more "English" than Italian if you like.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent Saturday lunch for four here. Decor is colourful and proto-rustic. The staff were welcoming and attentive. Drinks and food came quickly. The special salad was fresh and delicious. Good white wine, reasonably priced. Strong tasty coffee and good lemon drizzle cake. Busy enough to feel fun but not heaving. We lingered over our coffee and felt no pressure to consume more. We will return.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very happy that I looked on Open Table for places to eat near Victoria station. This was a real "find". I have just started working in the area so knew nowhere to take my brother for lunch. This place is perfect. We both said it was like being transported far away from the frantic madness that is London and into a nice serene, peaceful space. Food was simple but very good and will definitely keep going back

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There's a nice shambolic atmosphere about this place that goes for the quirky decor without the sense that some marketing bod has had a hand in it. Service is pleasant and unobtrusive whilst the breakfast (I had the full English) though perhaps a tad smaller than this hungry lad is used too was spot on to set me up for the day.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We made a fairly large group booking here. The staff handled it excellently, and were very friendly and accommodating. The cafe itself is very charming, beautifully decorated and with fresh flowers. The hot foods and the cakes were great - the scones and cream, not so much. This is a cafe that I will be coming back to more than once, I'm sure!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited this cafe for brunch on a Saturday morning. It looked like an Italian cafe from the outside but it was beautifully decorated inside - it looked like an English tea room inside. The decor is shabby chic with mismatched furniture but is attractive with plenty of room between tables. It had a slightly warming vitage feel to it. The full English breakfast was good quality and value for money, prepared and served by delightful staff. Good, flavoursome food with a wide selection to choose from. All the food was freshly prepared and the staff were hospitable, friendly and welcoming.