Bellissimo Restaurant

4.5
1206 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A small, cozy neighborhood restaurant that serves Northern Italian food in a warm & inviting ambiance. We are chef-owned and operated and offer a diverse menu featuring seafood, homemade pastas, meats and homemade desserts. We offer a full bar and extensive wine list. We now offer outside seating so you can enjoy a dish of homemade pasta and a glass of wine in the sun enjoying the beauty of historic Old Town Fairfax right across the street from the Old Town Hall.
We are open 7 days a week! See you soon.

Support Bellissimo Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

We will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12 noon until 10 pm with inside & outside seating as well as take-out. Our menu includes a traditional turkey meal with all of the trimmings. Also, turkey family meals for four are available- must oder by Nov 20th to be picked up Nov. 24 and 25.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2020

Bellissimo will be open Christmas Eve and will offer our special holiday menu! We will also offer take-out and curbside pick up. Check out website to see the menus.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2020

Bellissimo will be open on Christmas Day for inside/outside seating as well as Take-Out and Curbside pick up. We will offer our special a la carte holiday menu. Check out our website for details.

What 1206 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWilbur
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We use Bellissimo as our “go to” for special occasions and this time was for my birthday. I never look at the menu, the chef always has several specials that can not be passed up but if you do peruse the menu you’ll see all your favorites. Drop any plans for tonight, make a reso and let Rey’s team take care of you just as if you were dining in Florence!

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vipwillyh
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant. Food and service were both exceptional. We had a grand evening. Take your special someone there and enjoy!

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JohnB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here in less than a month. Did not disappoint.

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vipNWDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great. As Italian as you can get. Will be back again soon

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RicardoS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, just wow. Came here last week for my 10-year wedding anniversary and it was nothing less than phenomenal. My wife and I both got the 5 course gastronomic. I highly recommend it. The attentive yet not too pushy service was also greatly appreciated. Really found a good one here and will definitely be back. Great health and safety precautions too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for the first time tonight for a much needed date night. The food is exceptional; You cannot go wrong! The staff was very attentive and met our every need. Finally, the ambiance was just perfect for a date night. We will certainly be back!

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JohnB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently discovered but has been available since 1999. Truly excellent in every aspect. Probably the best restaurant in Fairfax City and within a five mile radius at least. Attentive service. Bellissimo has been struggling since the onset of COVID-19 limitations. Deserves community support. Will not hesitate to return when occasions present themselves.

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Franciscop
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it .. it was excellent. I would recommend it to everyone ..

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vipChristina
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A little noisy sitting outside. Would go back.

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EmilioJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant for a pleasant meal in Fairfax City. Friendly and attentive service, nice decor, a decent menu selection, good portions, and reasonable prices.

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Matt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bellissimo was a fantastic experience. The staff was incredibly warm and welcoming. They were very helpful in explaining the menu and in providing recommendations. They had a great and very manageable wine selection. The food was excellent. I strongly recommend doing the gastronomic menu. The chef did a great job providing a variety of tastes and we tried things we definitely wouldn't have ordered (and we loved it). The sidewalk seating is very authentically European. My wife and I cannot wait to go back and we are looking forward to taking our friends and family to our new favorite Italian place!

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GuyS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and of great value. We will go back!

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KateF
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Every dish that we tried was GOOD but it wasn't interesting or exciting. To be entirely fair I went during Restaurant Week so by definition they picked a smaller, universally appealing subset of their menu to mass produce and I knew that was what I was choosing, but that's what it tasted and felt like.

Our server was excellent and gave the experience a more elegant feel. He gave me a good wine recommendation and didn't just try to upsell me which I appreciated. He was very attentive and the courses all came out with a well-time rhythm (I'm a slow eater so this is worth mentioning to me!) so you could see that he was attentive and experienced.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been here for several years. Went back with friends for restaurant week. 3 course menu had nice variety and all of our meals were very good. Appropriate social distancing in place and did not interfere with service or quality. All were in agreement to return again.

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JetDel
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week - what a bargain! Good service. The recommended house Montepulcianno ($35/bottle), was very nice. The persons ordering lamb shanks liked them a lot! My pasta with salmon and peas was bland and needed salt and seasoning. But I'm the one who ordered a nondescript dish. The olive oil served with bread and Parmesan was pale yellow with little flavor - I like spicy ones. We had a wonderful table in private alcove for four people although we had reserved a table online to sit outside. But there were only a couple of unattractive tables for 2 on the sidewalk added for covid. Plan to go elsewhere for nice dinner outside in a garden or patio.

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KentG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good outside table on Main St.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu for restaurant week. The star ingredient of the dishes shined without being overly seasoned or masked by other flavors. Ambiance could use a refresh, but otherwise great food and service. Would recommend!

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vipJEV17
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outdoor dining was a great option.

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Paul
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came out for restaurant week and Bellissimo didn’t disappoint. I had the arugula and beet salad that was excellent and my wife had sausage and beans that were equally as good. We both ordered the veal porcini and thought it was really good. They serve the veal thin cut into medallions and topped with lots of mushrooms, onions and Demi glaze. I finished with the meal with cheesecake for dessert. A very good meal, I would recommend going here for lunch or dinner.

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BrianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not a great place to sit outside. Lots of noise from the street and any foot traffic on a narrow sidewalk. Food was pretty good though.

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vipRenee002
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My significant other and I dined for the second time at Bellissimo recently. The décor does not wow because the carpet is old and tattered, the placement of dark hardwood floors would be amazing and make the restaurant look refined along with a few other things. Otherwise, there were a few stumbles but this experience was definitely better than the first visit.

My significant other ordered the following for his three course meal: Fried Calamari, Lamb Shank with noodles and vegetables, and cheesecake. I ordered the following for my three course meal: Caesar salad, crab ravioli with lobster sauce topped with two pieces of shrimp, and tiramisu.

We received bread for the table that was slightly warm and served with an olive oil cheese dip. It was okay but would have been better served fresh and hot with soft butter.

My significant other and I shared appetizers, both were good. I am not crazy about lamb, but I tasted his entrée and it was okay. The noodles with the sauce were really tasty. My S.O. loved the lamb and ate every bite of it. His cheesecake was good.

My crabmeat ravioli was fine but the lobster sauce was absolutely fabulous. I would not order the crabmeat ravioli again but if lobster ravioli was offered with the same sauce, I would order it. My dessert of tiramisu was flat and missing something, maybe it needed more coco or sweetener. I ate it but wouldn’t order it again.

Our server was personable, attentive and willingly conferred with the kitchen about mine questions on the menu. It was greatly appreciated.

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FieldenD
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

pleasant meal, sat outside which is on the street--very noisy

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vipJWong
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Except dessert, the overall lunch menu for restaurant week was good. 3-course for $22 is worth not much complaint.

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vipmurfneil
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here for restaurant week. First it was great just to find a place that wasn’t part of a chain. All tables were outside—ours was on the sidewalk out front and they had more around the corner carved out from the street. We were greeted by a very efficient runner who not only gave us our setups but offered us each a squirt of hand sanitizer—very nice touch. Every morsel of food was out of this world, from the freshly baked bread served with olive oil and Parmesan. Our apps were a ‘tower’ of tomato and mozzarella with basil. My wife has a pet peeve of being served cold tomatoes and these were perfectly room temperature. I had grilled squid on polenta with the most savory sauce—so much better than the usual fried calamari. My wife had delicious crab-stuffed ravioli in a lobster sauce that, to her delight, were served with a few shrimp as well. Delicious. I had the linguini with scallops and shrimp—perfect sauce, perfect portion—beautiful and so tasty. Even the house bottle of Montepulciano was great for $35. A cannoli for my wife and strawberries sabayon for me—perfected to a great meal. We’ll be back!

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KentG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of good weather for outside table on Main St.

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shawnh
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and perfect for date night, lamb chops were amazing! We will be back!

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JulieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the special - crab ravioli in lobster sauce... amazing!!!

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BAHar
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time, I hope they can make it through COVID. We went and sat in the outside tables for our Anniversary. Great service, everyone was very good at their COVID protections, and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic and the food was amazing, can't wait to go back!

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PaulK
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, great experience. My wife and I routinely come here to celebrate specific anniversaries because the service, food, and ambience are outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level is only based on outdoor seating and traffic - not a complaint at all (thanks for having it available!!) Food was delicious and service was excellent :)

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vipJessicaG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for date night. Staff was very attentive and quick. Food was delicious. Social distancing was done well and temperature checks were done before being seated. We’ll definitely come back. This was our first visit here.

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vipTeamWCJR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Food and service was excellent and all safety protocols were followed

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Tyler
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great veal, great service, great wine. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good Italian spot in the area.

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JessicaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is always amazing and the service is outstanding!

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FWZ2
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were the only diners for most of the experience, and the service was friendly and fine, except that we were seated next to a noisy portable dehumidifier - a strange choice for an empty restaurant. But the real issue was that we found the food sub-par - tough, rubbery chicken with too little of the promised sausage that would have made the dish interesting; a mozzarella/tomato tower that was too cold, lacking in (wilted) basil, and not even made with fresh mozzarella; a small serving of lackluster Costco-like bread, and no cracked pepper for the table. Even the cannoli - my favorite! - was lacking the signature mini chocolate chips that would have made it tasty. The wine list was just OK, yet priced as though it were special. We paid a lot to break our COVID eat-in streak at Bellissimo, then looked at each other saying, "We could have done better at home!"

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BeverlyR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to support our local restaurant with the reopening of dining rooms after Covid-19 shut downs. Not only was the food, wine and service at its normal impeccable level, the attention to protections for Covid-19 were also thoughtful and mindful, yet not intrusive on the dining experience. Reliable, reasonable, accessible elegance.

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vipKarlaJimenez
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

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vipdonna
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood favorite for us. We love eating here. The food is always excellent, nice wine selection and nice ambience. The pasta is not to be missed. Definitely a great night out for a special occasion or just a Tuesday. We have never been disappointed.

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Davey
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bellissimo for a birthday event and everybody from the party was talking about how great the service and the food were. The staff was friendly, handled our party's needs without any issues, and even gave the birthday guest a special surprise that will be remembered. My only complaint is that I wish there was more on my plate because finishing my meal felt like finishing a really good tv show... You only want more.

We will be coming back in the future because now we must try the other items on the menu!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bellissimo Restaurant using the Order Online button. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bellissimo Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 293-2367.

Bellissimo Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1206 OpenTable diners.

Bellissimo Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.bellissimorestaurant.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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