Bello Giardino

★★★☆☆
  • 71 W 71st St

    New York, NY 10023

    Cross street: nr. Columbus Ave.

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  • 212-875-1512

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Mon, 5pm-10pm; Sun and Tue-Thu, noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11:30pm

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We keep going back for the food- it's no-frills and delicious, and better priced than some of the other Italian places in the neighborhood. Be sure to bring cash, they don't take credit cards.

3
★★★★★

We keep going back for the food- it's no-frills and delicious, and better priced than some of the other Italian places in the neighborhood. Be sure to bring cash, they don't take credit cards.

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Do not go here. First they are cash only, which you do not know until you read it at the end of the menu. Then they leave the lunch priced fix menu with the lunch prices on dinner menu then charge you more money for the same meal because its "dinner". (They don't change the lunch to dinner menu because "it would take too much time".) When confronted nicely with the confusion about not being told the difference, they argued with us to the point that the manager basically told us and the people at the next table not to come back I've never encountered such unbelievably bad behavior by a business owner, particularly where the product is not exactly to die for.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Do not go here. First they are cash only, which you do not know until you read it at the end of the menu. Then they leave the lunch priced fix menu with the lunch prices on dinner menu then charge you more money for the same meal because its "dinner". (They don't change the lunch to dinner menu because "it would take too much time".) When confronted nicely with the confusion about not being told the difference, they argued with us to the point that the manager basically told us and the people at the next table not to come back I've never encountered such unbelievably bad behavior by a business owner, particularly where the product is not exactly to die for.

Pros: A garden

Cons: Rude unprofessinal management; mediocre food

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i have been to this place a number of times and have never had a bad meal. I was greeted by the owner nicky with a warm hello and seated in the outdoor garden very quickly. The staff was very nice and even gave some great ideas for apps and the main course. I eat out 7 nights a week in NYC and wanted something different. When i requested something that i didnt see on the menu, the owner came over and said he would make it himself, and it was amazing.The bartender megan was friendly and sweet. After dinner we sat at the bar for one last drink . My girlfriend requested a drink i never heard of, and megan not only knew it, but made it better than the place where she had it last. I say its def a place to go and enjoy good homestyle cooking at a good price...and dont forget to get the meatballs. They are just like mama's

2
★★★★★

i have been to this place a number of times and have never had a bad meal. I was greeted by the owner nicky with a warm hello and seated in the outdoor garden very quickly. The staff was very nice and even gave some great ideas for apps and the main course. I eat out 7 nights a week in NYC and wanted something different. When i requested something that i didnt see on the menu, the owner came over and said he would make it himself, and it was amazing.The bartender megan was friendly and sweet. After dinner we sat at the bar for one last drink . My girlfriend requested a drink i never heard of, and megan not only knew it, but made it better than the place where she had it last. I say its def a place to go and enjoy good homestyle cooking at a good price...and dont forget to get the meatballs. They are just like mama's

Pros: great food ,good prices

Cons: none

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The WORST service I have had in forever. Was my friend's birthday on a very empty weeknight. Waiter did not pour wine, did not get plates cleared (Even though he was 12" away at the station). Service was SLOW and was not acknowledged. Plates were not cleared - had to flag down a bus person. ummmm... let's see.... waiter would basically ask how we were while he kept on walking by..it was like he worked for the DMV. did not ask if we wanted coffee after B day cake brought over. Just walked away.. HUH????

0
★☆☆☆☆

The WORST service I have had in forever. Was my friend's birthday on a very empty weeknight. Waiter did not pour wine, did not get plates cleared (Even though he was 12" away at the station). Service was SLOW and was not acknowledged. Plates were not cleared - had to flag down a bus person. ummmm... let's see.... waiter would basically ask how we were while he kept on walking by..it was like he worked for the DMV. did not ask if we wanted coffee after B day cake brought over. Just walked away.. HUH????

Pros: none

Cons: service, food

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We were a party of six, which would please any resturant in this economy. We stood waiting to undertand if we seat ourselves or if we needed to wait to be seated. Finally, a waiter came over and asked our number of people and seated us. The food was great, no question about it. But there is an attitude about the staff. The food is great so deal with causal dress code for staff (sneakers & jeans), chasing a waiter for more water, then serving yourself instead of waiter serving everyone at the table. Bad recommendation on the cheesecake. Waiters have no ability to field simple questions on menu. Again, the food is great but it takes more than great food to make a great meal. Decor, atmosphere, waiter knowledge of menu, friendliness, service, service, service. Thank you.

2
★★★★☆

We were a party of six, which would please any resturant in this economy. We stood waiting to undertand if we seat ourselves or if we needed to wait to be seated. Finally, a waiter came over and asked our number of people and seated us. The food was great, no question about it. But there is an attitude about the staff. The food is great so deal with causal dress code for staff (sneakers & jeans), chasing a waiter for more water, then serving yourself instead of waiter serving everyone at the table. Bad recommendation on the cheesecake. Waiters have no ability to field simple questions on menu. Again, the food is great but it takes more than great food to make a great meal. Decor, atmosphere, waiter knowledge of menu, friendliness, service, service, service. Thank you.

Pros: great food

Cons: service needs overhaul and education, decor upgrade.

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This place used to be lovely. We went there , 2 couples for a birthday dinner. What a mistake.
The bar was a local hangout which when we asked for drinks to be transfered to our table the
barmaid sighed with a "OK!" in a very rude manner. Then the special? vodka sauce tasted like it was out of a can. Then the waiter seemed to be so engrossed with the locals at the bar, our food was not hot, and the salads were wilty. I can not believe a rest could go so far down hill. Then the owner. This man is so rude. We overheard him yelling at a woman who didnt know she had to use CASH only. It was a horrible night. This WAS a great place. The staff is bored and maybe drunk. The owner is rude and nasty. The food was terrible Ive had better with stouffers. I would not recommend this more than I would a deli on any corner in NYC , I think they are much better and fresher. Truly to have such a beautiful space and to ruin it with rude service, terrible food, cash only...is a disgrace to the uws. The owner is not a nice guy. And I think it caused the whole place to go down the tubes. Dont go here. Also people were smoking , the staff, right outside the open windows, and you could smell it in the rest. The coffee. Was also uneventful. Very rude staff waiters and terrible food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place used to be lovely. We went there , 2 couples for a birthday dinner. What a mistake.
The bar was a local hangout which when we asked for drinks to be transfered to our table the
barmaid sighed with a "OK!" in a very rude manner. Then the special? vodka sauce tasted like it was out of a can. Then the waiter seemed to be so engrossed with the locals at the bar, our food was not hot, and the salads were wilty. I can not believe a rest could go so far down hill. Then the owner. This man is so rude. We overheard him yelling at a woman who didnt know she had to use CASH only. It was a horrible night. This WAS a great place. The staff is bored and maybe drunk. The owner is rude and nasty. The food was terrible Ive had better with stouffers. I would not recommend this more than I would a deli on any corner in NYC , I think they are much better and fresher. Truly to have such a beautiful space and to ruin it with rude service, terrible food, cash only...is a disgrace to the uws. The owner is not a nice guy. And I think it caused the whole place to go down the tubes. Dont go here. Also people were smoking , the staff, right outside the open windows, and you could smell it in the rest. The coffee. Was also uneventful. Very rude staff waiters and terrible food.

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Dinner for 2 came to a little over $80. My entree arrived slightly warm on a dingy plate. While we were still waiting for our entrees, the busboy asked if he could take our olive oil which we said was ok since no one came back with more bread for our bread basket. Service was slow. We ordered an appetizer of fried zucchini and it was not great, and too small a portion for 2. We waited so long for the zucchini to arrive I started to think it would arrive the same time as our entrees, but the entrees did come later.

On the plus side, our waiter was friendly and informative. I liked the wine and the dessert was good, but in general I left there thinking we could have made that whole dinner (better) at home and not spent that much money. This would be a good place to go for dessert and an espresso after a show at Lincoln Center, but I don't recommend it for dinner.

1
★★★☆☆

Dinner for 2 came to a little over $80. My entree arrived slightly warm on a dingy plate. While we were still waiting for our entrees, the busboy asked if he could take our olive oil which we said was ok since no one came back with more bread for our bread basket. Service was slow. We ordered an appetizer of fried zucchini and it was not great, and too small a portion for 2. We waited so long for the zucchini to arrive I started to think it would arrive the same time as our entrees, but the entrees did come later.

On the plus side, our waiter was friendly and informative. I liked the wine and the dessert was good, but in general I left there thinking we could have made that whole dinner (better) at home and not spent that much money. This would be a good place to go for dessert and an espresso after a show at Lincoln Center, but I don't recommend it for dinner.

Pros: Good dessert, friendly waiter

Cons: Food arrived late and not hot, slow service

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A friend of a friend is a bartender here so we often go since she is generous with the wine. There is a small bar that almost seems like a mini Cheers in that people go here all the time and they all seem to know one another. While that is nice, the real draw is the great food. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very tasty. I had a ministrone soup here once and it was to die for. I really reccomend this cute, and unassuming place for dinner.

4
★★★★☆

A friend of a friend is a bartender here so we often go since she is generous with the wine. There is a small bar that almost seems like a mini Cheers in that people go here all the time and they all seem to know one another. While that is nice, the real draw is the great food. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very tasty. I had a ministrone soup here once and it was to die for. I really reccomend this cute, and unassuming place for dinner.

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I was really surprised to read some of the previous reviews on this place. It is a local favorite of a few of my friends, so I joined them with my husband for dinner last week. The staff was amazing and gracious. They even gave us a free sampling of desserts at the end of our meal! This place has great classic italian fare at very reasonable prices. The seafood risotto and penne ala vodka were my favorites! There is a beautiful/charming outdoor garden (hence "bello giardino") with tables set underneath grape vines!!! Great place for a romantic date!!! Haven't found many places like this in all of NYC.

2
★★★★★

I was really surprised to read some of the previous reviews on this place. It is a local favorite of a few of my friends, so I joined them with my husband for dinner last week. The staff was amazing and gracious. They even gave us a free sampling of desserts at the end of our meal! This place has great classic italian fare at very reasonable prices. The seafood risotto and penne ala vodka were my favorites! There is a beautiful/charming outdoor garden (hence "bello giardino") with tables set underneath grape vines!!! Great place for a romantic date!!! Haven't found many places like this in all of NYC.

Pros: Service, ambience, romantic

Cons: Decor could be updated

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The food has really gone downhill. Too bad good neighborhoos restaurants like this get sloppy as they mature. The food was too greasy, and didn't feel really fresh, like it came out of a microwave. Time to find a new place in the Upper West Side...

1
★★☆☆☆

The food has really gone downhill. Too bad good neighborhoos restaurants like this get sloppy as they mature. The food was too greasy, and didn't feel really fresh, like it came out of a microwave. Time to find a new place in the Upper West Side...

Pros: neighborhood place

Cons: subpar food

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My dinner at Bello Giardino was the worst experience I've ever had in restaurant. I went there for the first and only time with my husband and infant son, who was sleeping in his stroller. We went for an early dinner because we had the baby and were hoping to avoid crowds. When we got there at 5 pm the place was empty, but I asked the waiter to seat us someplace where the stroller would be out of the way. Halfway through our dinner, the owner came over and started yelling at us to move our stroller so he could use the table next to us. I told him that we had been assured by our waiter that the stroller would be fine. He then called our waiter over and loudly demanded that he bring us our check, effectively kicking us out before we finished our meal. I was discussing the situation calmy with my husband when the owner again came over to reay the table next t us, and when he heard me talking he came over and pointed a finger in my face and shouted that I could never come back, and did the same to my husband. By this point, he was causing such a scene that fellow diners were watching in shock. He was unbelievably rude and unprofessional. I would advise you to avoid this restaurant if you want courteous service because this man seems like a loose canon who truly ruined our evening. I had gone out of my way to make sure the stroller would not be a problem, and we would have gone somewhere else if the waiter had simply told us it would be in the way. Instead, the owner blamed us for the waiter's mistake and forced us to pay for a meal we couldn't finish. Please do not support this business, there are so many wonderul restaurants with better food and owners who appreciate their customers.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My dinner at Bello Giardino was the worst experience I've ever had in restaurant. I went there for the first and only time with my husband and infant son, who was sleeping in his stroller. We went for an early dinner because we had the baby and were hoping to avoid crowds. When we got there at 5 pm the place was empty, but I asked the waiter to seat us someplace where the stroller would be out of the way. Halfway through our dinner, the owner came over and started yelling at us to move our stroller so he could use the table next to us. I told him that we had been assured by our waiter that the stroller would be fine. He then called our waiter over and loudly demanded that he bring us our check, effectively kicking us out before we finished our meal. I was discussing the situation calmy with my husband when the owner again came over to reay the table next t us, and when he heard me talking he came over and pointed a finger in my face and shouted that I could never come back, and did the same to my husband. By this point, he was causing such a scene that fellow diners were watching in shock. He was unbelievably rude and unprofessional. I would advise you to avoid this restaurant if you want courteous service because this man seems like a loose canon who truly ruined our evening. I had gone out of my way to make sure the stroller would not be a problem, and we would have gone somewhere else if the waiter had simply told us it would be in the way. Instead, the owner blamed us for the waiter's mistake and forced us to pay for a meal we couldn't finish. Please do not support this business, there are so many wonderul restaurants with better food and owners who appreciate their customers.

Cons: lame ambiance (cheesy pictures, tacky flowers), ordinary menu and food, rude owner, tables too crowded

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After a long Memorial Day weekend, my Lady Friend and I decided to eat something that was not barbecued or fried. We decided on Italian food. Since my Lady Friend is Italian, her bar for her country's fare is high. However, she went patriotic with a salad and grilled chicken. I had the penne a la vodka. The best thing about Bello Giardino was the garden in the back. Covered by a canopy of vines and leaves, it didn't feel like NYC. I imagine that the staff was short because the service was a bit spotty but very friendly. I'd recommend this for a casual dinner, but make sure you sit in the garden.

2
★★★★☆

After a long Memorial Day weekend, my Lady Friend and I decided to eat something that was not barbecued or fried. We decided on Italian food. Since my Lady Friend is Italian, her bar for her country's fare is high. However, she went patriotic with a salad and grilled chicken. I had the penne a la vodka. The best thing about Bello Giardino was the garden in the back. Covered by a canopy of vines and leaves, it didn't feel like NYC. I imagine that the staff was short because the service was a bit spotty but very friendly. I'd recommend this for a casual dinner, but make sure you sit in the garden.

Pros: The garden, my date

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My girlfriend and I dine here on a regular basis. Our food has been consistently good, and we can always walk in and get a table. Prices are very reasonable. The bill for the two of us is usually around $60, including drinks, tip, etc. While the pasta dishes are good, I highly recommend a chicken or eggplant dish. This place can have a romantic feel to it when it isn't crowded, but when they are busy, the acoustics make it seem a bit noisy. Overall, I find it to be an enjoyable experience.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I dine here on a regular basis. Our food has been consistently good, and we can always walk in and get a table. Prices are very reasonable. The bill for the two of us is usually around $60, including drinks, tip, etc. While the pasta dishes are good, I highly recommend a chicken or eggplant dish. This place can have a romantic feel to it when it isn't crowded, but when they are busy, the acoustics make it seem a bit noisy. Overall, I find it to be an enjoyable experience.

Pros: Promt Seating, Good Food

Cons: Cash Only, Can Get Noisy

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went w/ several friends based on the previous reviews...unfortunately it seems the restaurant must be under new (& disimproved) management. food was mediocre (bland & served luke warm) & service was inconsistent (attentive @ first and then nothing near the end). but the worst part was dealing with the rude manager. our party would have left were it not for the fact we were there for a bday celebration. suffice it to say we will not go back nor ever recommend the place to anyone unless we happen to hear there is new management.

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★☆☆☆☆

went w/ several friends based on the previous reviews...unfortunately it seems the restaurant must be under new (& disimproved) management. food was mediocre (bland & served luke warm) & service was inconsistent (attentive @ first and then nothing near the end). but the worst part was dealing with the rude manager. our party would have left were it not for the fact we were there for a bday celebration. suffice it to say we will not go back nor ever recommend the place to anyone unless we happen to hear there is new management.

Pros: ambience

Cons: , manager

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DO NOT GO HERE! In my 4 years of dining out in ny, this was the worst. the place was cute enough, but it was prob the worst italian i have had in ny. (vodka sauce tasted like powdered milk & chicken was dry, appetizer portion was way too small) but worst of all, the manager was so rude and confrontational. despite the fact that everyone had ordered, he tried to make us order more food & wine. if i were the owner, i would first fire the manager/bartender. Once the service improves, i would fire the chef.

0
★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT GO HERE! In my 4 years of dining out in ny, this was the worst. the place was cute enough, but it was prob the worst italian i have had in ny. (vodka sauce tasted like powdered milk & chicken was dry, appetizer portion was way too small) but worst of all, the manager was so rude and confrontational. despite the fact that everyone had ordered, he tried to make us order more food & wine. if i were the owner, i would first fire the manager/bartender. Once the service improves, i would fire the chef.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: , food, managment/food!!!

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What can i say? It was a great place. Some friends and I, all college students, decided to go there for a friends birthday, expecting an okay place in the two-$$ range on city search. Wow, were we suprised!! The food was great, the wine list was, well, better than we expected. Granted, it was a thursday night, but the service was wonderful. Great decorations, nice background music, and, above all, clean bathrooms. It's hard to go wrong here. Total bill for 6 people, with wine and grat: $150.

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★★★★★

What can i say? It was a great place. Some friends and I, all college students, decided to go there for a friends birthday, expecting an okay place in the two-$$ range on city search. Wow, were we suprised!! The food was great, the wine list was, well, better than we expected. Granted, it was a thursday night, but the service was wonderful. Great decorations, nice background music, and, above all, clean bathrooms. It's hard to go wrong here. Total bill for 6 people, with wine and grat: $150.

Pros: menu, service, ambience

Cons: a little expensive, no credit cards

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This is my absolute favorite place - I bring everyone I know here! The owner and staff are wonderful. The food is some of the very best and the outdoor garden is delightful. This has all of the other UWS side places (including those with Columbus Ave. outdoor seating) beat hands down!!! Give it a try for lunch or dinner!

2
★★★★★

This is my absolute favorite place - I bring everyone I know here! The owner and staff are wonderful. The food is some of the very best and the outdoor garden is delightful. This has all of the other UWS side places (including those with Columbus Ave. outdoor seating) beat hands down!!! Give it a try for lunch or dinner!

Pros: food, outdoor garden, price

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There are many Italian Restaurants on the Upper West Side, but it is hard to find a good one. This restaurant has the most authentic Italian food at really easy to swallow prices. The Garden, with it's Monet-Like Murals is such a pleasure to have dinner in. Honestly, this place is top-notch!

2
★★★★★

There are many Italian Restaurants on the Upper West Side, but it is hard to find a good one. This restaurant has the most authentic Italian food at really easy to swallow prices. The Garden, with it's Monet-Like Murals is such a pleasure to have dinner in. Honestly, this place is top-notch!

Pros: Inexpensive, Outdoor Garden Dining, Authentic Italian

Cons: No Credit Cards

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The food was wonderful and at a great value. It's crowded, but the casual and intimate setting was perfect for an evening out with friends.

2
★★★★★

The food was wonderful and at a great value. It's crowded, but the casual and intimate setting was perfect for an evening out with friends.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, Good music

Cons: Crowded

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Bello Giardino is great for lunch. The lunch menu special includes soup or salad with a pasta dish. You can sit out side where there is a beautiful pation surrounded by trees. Inside is very romantic and rustic. The food is yummy too! I had my bridal shower here and they were very accomodating for 20 guests and they kept the lunch special on a Saturday. The only problem is they don't take credit card but it's all worth it.

2
★★★★★

Bello Giardino is great for lunch. The lunch menu special includes soup or salad with a pasta dish. You can sit out side where there is a beautiful pation surrounded by trees. Inside is very romantic and rustic. The food is yummy too! I had my bridal shower here and they were very accomodating for 20 guests and they kept the lunch special on a Saturday. The only problem is they don't take credit card but it's all worth it.

Pros: Lunch specials, good food, good ambiance

Cons: no credi cards accept

 

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