Valbella Connecticut

4.6
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$50 and over
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Italian
Valbella, which since 1992 has been a celebratory place and a regular haunt for the locals who pack it most nights of the week both for its sumptuous food and its astonishing wine cellar, containing 1,450 selections and 16,000 bottles.
Downstairs in the wine cellar is where many people hold private parties of various sizes,and what a splendidly beautiful room it is, done in polished wood, with a lovely fireplace, the tables impeccably set, the stemware thin, the temperature geared to the maintenance of the wine.
Also an outstanding feature of the wine cellar is a heated granite table that can accommodate up to sixteen guests.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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RS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Valbella continues to deliver! Food, service, and experience was awesome! What a great spot to celebrate a special occasion!

GF
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, good food, nice wine selection and a comfortable ambience. We would go there again.

T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a great time. Service was ok although the waiter was earnest. The hosts/maitre ‘d were great. Food was good but perhaps not worth the high cost. Was with a group of 6 so wasn’t keeping track (maybe someone ordered expensive wine?) but was a bit surprised at my portion of the bill. Overall a nice place and good for a special occasion.

ND
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening from the minute we entered as there is a welcoming, hospitable greeting by the manager and the hostess. The food is delectable.... or bettered by the first class service!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Expensive for little value. Couldn't figure out who the waiter was. Table next to us was offered a table in the wine room because they ordered a higher priced wine. I requested downstairs for a birthday surprise and was seated upstairs. So I needed to spend an extra 100.00 more on my bottle and then I would've been seated downstairs? I think they are too big for their britches. Applausi which is not too far from Valbella, supersedes this place with food, service, price and ambience all wrapped up in one!

TT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dinner portion was skimpy. Waiter never came back to check on us after dessert.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

My fiancé and came here for Valentines Day, and it didn’t not meet our expectations. Once we were seated it took about 10 minutes for our waiter to deliver us our menus and asked if we wanted anything to drink. A new waiter came and presented us with the wine options, we ordered. When our wine came, we placed our dinner order. The waiter insisted that we order dessert now or we would have to wait longer after diner. We didn’t know if we even wanted dessert, so we just said no. After the waiter took our orders, a couple came and sat down at the table next to us. Their service was much more pleasant and professional. However, what angers us was that they got their appetizers and main entrees, before we even got our appetizers. The waitstaff could clearly see we were frustrated and upset. 30 minutes went by when our waiter said, the food should be out in about 10 minutes. The food finally came out and was average at best. For the service, quality of food, and price, we would rather go down the street to Lugano’s. The service, price, and food is better. We will not be going back to Valbella.

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Valentines night.

MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day is always special here and they do an amazing job transforming the restaurant into small intimate tables. They offered both a special and their regular menu which was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place to go for a fancy dinner! Made our Valentine’s Day just perfect

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Service was very poor and food was poor going to this restaurant for twenty years will not be rushing back

JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

It was one of my top 3 worst meals I’ve ever had at a restaurant. My dinner was just very bad.

My wife thought I was exaggerating and she tried it. She had a bite and couldn’t believe how bad it was.

MY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Valbella. Spur of the moment decision to go out mid-week because hubby felt like dinner at Valbella, and they did not disappoint. Food was perfect as was the service.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is top notch here. We had a small issue during dinner and the manager could not have dealt with it better, he was so nice and truly made us feel special.

SA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I've ever had.... very accommodating and wait staff is extremely attentive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was terrible. It took almost an hour between appetizers/salads and the main meal.

KC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Our server recommended an excellent Brunello di Montalcino. My first time at the Greenwich location but not my first time at Valbella. I will definitely be back!

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valbella has become our "go to " restaurant for special occasions. It is just magnificent in every way.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service.

SS
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The ambience is tremendous. Most men were wearing sport coats. The menu is diverse and the food is excellent. The service is fantastic. I recommend the Valet parking because parking on the street is limited. I am anxious to go back.

L
New York Area
223 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

you always get a great meal here anytime and all the time friendly professional staff all in a nice setting.....reservations are aq must

R
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest Italian restaurants around. NYC quality located in CT. Excellent food, plenty of specials and outstanding service. Our favorite restaurant in the Tri State Area.

m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food in a warm and welcoming setting. We sat next to the fireplace which was delightful. Always an enjoyable meal at Valbella.

C
New York Area
400 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We had been wanting to try Valbella's for a while and going early on New Years Eve seemed like a good idea. Overall the dining room atmosphere and the service were very good HOWEVER the food was a big letdown. The $21 meatballs we decided to start with were cold and tough and the salads were flavorless. One of the fish entrees was good but the Branzino entree was a huge disappointment flavor wise and the portion consisted of half a fish (one side). Not sure what all the hype is about considering the food quality does not match the sky high prices. We really wanted to love it but there are so many places around that serve much better food.

SB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. The food and service is excellent.

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for our family on Christmas eve. It took awhile to be seated because the restaurant was busy. The wait was well worth it. The food and service were excellent. It was an enjoyable experience.

S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Holiday dinner

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Anniversary

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed amazing ambiance in the wine cellar for our private party coupled with delicious food and incredible service! #winning!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Valbella for great food, lovely service and we try always to celebrate special occasions there..

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent
The service is most attentive
The atmosphere is quite welcoming
We always enjoy both lunch and dinner

BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing food and and experience. Highly recommended!!!

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Staff made us feel
Like a regular. Excellent! Will
Definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience overall but we had two filet orders - the med rare came out med well and even after a redo, it wasn’t a juicy med rate and overall both were dry and tasteless

DS
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way. Tuesday evenings they offer 50% off wines prices at less than $100

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maitre’ds were phenomenal. True professionals that provide a personalized experience. Food is up to its typical excellence.

CD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

too noisy in the big room...much nicer is the smaller room

T
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous way to celebrate a birthday

LH
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I was surprised at how high the menu was priced. What happened?? The noise level was unbearable. We were a table of 4 and we couldn't hear one one another. This was a favorite go to restaurant to celebrate special occasions. Not sure I will go back!