seafood best. We went to Bella by the Bay for dinner a few weeks ago. I hadn't been out to that area since "Clark's by the Bay" was there in the early 80s, which, I found out, is now Bella's. The people were really nice, service was good. I got the steak and fried shrimp combo for $26 and it was disappointing. Not much to the steak, plus it was medium-rare and I ordered medium-well. My wife got the seafood pasta and it was very good, a lot of seafood in it. We'll return, but I'll stick to the pasta.
We are so glad Bella reopened.
Bella is the perfect quiet place to enjoy a meal with family or friends. The servers don't rush you and are not overly attentive. The food is fresh, tasty, and reasonably priced, with great atmosphere (on the water)
The restaurant is large yet intimate and not to noisy. The perfect Friday night or weekend get away
(get there early on weeknights for happy hour and have a drink or two before dinner with someone you love or go for a walk out back along the marina.)
If a noisy atmosphere, fast food, or fast service is what you seek, Bella is not for you. Sit down, soak it in and enjoy the evening. We love this place!
Good food, on the water, relaxing atmosphere, friendly service, good prices, what's not to like!!
See you soon................Michael
Great Place for parties, banquets or wedding reception.
A few months ago I had my wedding reception at Bella by the Bay. My husband and I chose this restaurant for our reception because it's one of our favorites. What better place to have your event. It's the best value around for this type of event too. We were on a tight budget, yet wanted a really nice reception. And that's exactly what we got.
We started with drinks and appetizers on the patio facing the water while we had our wedding sake ceremony in the gazebo next to the patio. It was a nice sunny day out, so it was a perfect setting. Plus they have glass wind shield to block any winds. Then we went inside for dinner, etc. The service was impecable, the food was delicious. We had the main dining area downstairs reserved for our guests which was right next to the bar and even had a nice size dance floor next to the dining area. All the guests had a great time and complemented the wait staff and the food. At the end of the night the restaurant staff even helped clean up and made sure we didn't forget anything. So if you're looking for a place for your wedding or other event with a great view, and hospitable, friendly service where you don't have to ask for anything and don't feel like waiters are intruding, and a place with delicious food and a full bar, THEN CHECK OUT BELLA. You won't be disappointed. And you definitely can't beat the price.
We will never come back to this restaurant.
We waited for a long time to be seated. The seating area dirty and the customer service was very bad. We were seated near the bar area and several customers were watching the baseball game on TV when some woman sat down and asked the bartender to change the channel which he did. The customers started to get upset, the manager was called in and he basically told us there wasn't anything he was going to do and he wasn't changing the channel, and then he sat down with that woman!! I guess he showed us--that was he final reply to our dilemma--If we didn't like it oh well!
The food poorly prepared, and if you want to be treated badly, and eat food which is not good and be treated by your servers and management as if you were second rate, then please go you will probably enjoy this place. UGH!
I was shocked and quite frankly confused by your review. It appears that you had a terrible experience but fortunately it is not possible that the experience was with our restauraunt. Our restaurant suffered a fire over the holidays and was closed from 12/13/07 thru 06/20/08. Your review was posted 01/30/08.
Your average bar food. From the description, I thought this might be a mid-scale restaurant. In actuality - it is just your average bar food served in a better atmosphere and surrounding. I ordered the prime rib which was overcooked and fatty. It was a good thing I did not paid the full $22 as it was on special. Salad was OK and so was the fried oyster appetizers. Service staff was good but not enough to bring up the food quality. If you want a good steak - just go to a national chain like Outback or Lonestar. To be fair - I did not try their seafood. But if you going to put prime rib house on your name - it should be above average.
Stale Crab and Poor Service.
We were attracted to try out this restaurant due to a B1G1 entree promotion through a company discount card. We confirmed it at reservation time and at ordering time that we can use the discount card, but when we were about to pay our bill, they refused to honor it! The reason is out of the 4 entrees that we ordered, 2 of them were their specials. I believe they would've refused it regardless even if you have only 1 person out of a party of 20 ordering a special. It would have been nice if the waitress did not misinform us though. Serving of the entrees are quite slow, food is mediocre, some appetizers are ok portion, some on the small side. The worst part is the crab in my crab cioppino smells and tastes stale. I don't believe a good seafood chef would ever serve a crab that smells stale. Waitress is not particularly friendly either.
The pros about this restaurant is they do have a nice view and some decently (or more reasonably) priced specials. So if you are budget minded, want to dine at a restaurant with a nice view (which applies only before sunset), and don't care about your food too much, it doesn't hurt to try it out.
However, if you're expecting great seafood, there are much better places around the area.
A Great Find. Arrivederci & Bella restaurant was a great find for us newcomers. We've gotten window seatings all three times we enjoyed dinner there. Everything we've ordered, especially fresh seafood, has been prepared and served well. It's our favorite restaurant outside of San Francisco.
Editorial Review. Bay views accompany a dinner menu including prime rib, lobster, pasta and more, plus pizza, sandwiches and salads for lunch.
Been there twice...first a disaster. Seated ourselves, waiter never gave us anything and another waiter questioned his abiltiy in front of us and other table had left since they waited so long. An hour from time to order to get the food, had to ask for everything at least twice.
Second time...seated by hostest who tried her best to get us a window seat. Prompt service and only asked for anything once or not at all such as water. Food was GREAT and you canNOT beat the value. $12 for prime rib, potatoe, veggies, and bread. Dipping au jus and horse radish included. I don't know what nkwan is saying but prime rib is SUPPOSED to be fatty....marbeling for you chef types out there. And the VIEW....overlooks the bay and the 92 bridge and a little marina. VALUE in the bay area?!?!!? i WILL repeat
Overpriced for a fatty steak. The service at Bella was very slow. It took us an hour to get our steaks. The steaks were not even top quality like the menu said it would be. It was more fat than meat in the steak. We also didn't get any refills on our water and drinks. When we tried to get the waiters to come to us, we got their attention and they said they would be right over. They didn't come over for 20 minutes. I would never go back there again.
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