Bellissimo Restaurant

4.5
1071 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Cosy
A small, cozy restaurant that serves exquisite Northern Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance with excellent service. We are a fine dining restaurant with a very friendly, welcoming environment. You don't need to wait until a special occasion to visit us- we'd love to see you anytime! Come and visit so that you can try our chef's delectable daily specials for lunch or dinner. See you soon!

Open Seven Days a Week!!

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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate the father in your life with a fantastic meal at Bellissimo Restaurant! We will be open extended hours Father's Day weekend and will offer a special a la carte menu. Make your reservations today!

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant authentic italian food. The Chef made an off menu item- Veal Parmigiana which should be on the menu. You will not be disappointed with anything you order.

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TA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went there to celebrate our anniversary for the first time. Nice romantic Italian restaurant located in the heart of old town Fairfax. I had the Chicken Marsala and my wife had the Linguini Fruiti Del Mar. I always get the Chicken Marsala my first time at all Italian Restaurants as a bench mark. Theirs was above average than most. I was a little disappointed on the serving size but in the end it was perfect when paired with a small side salad, which was amazing! My wife’s dish was actually the better of the two. Full of seafood and a rich tomato base. For a quite romantic meal we highly recommend this place.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We asked to move up our reservation by an hour after the GMU graduation finished earlier than we thought it would. They made it happen.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We never have a bad meal or service. Love being able to have a conversation without yelling.

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SG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We have eaten at Bellissimo a number of times - and we'll very likely return. However, this visit, for Mother's Day, was far below par in terms of the service provided. The young host was dressed in a slovenly manner (including sloppily-knotted, poorly-fitted, backwards tie). Even though we had a reservation, we were told that because of the holiday, the only table they had available for a couple was right next to the door (full cold draft on every entrance/exit). Note that half of the dining room was still empty at this time (just before 6:30), but they had pre-set all but the one table for 4 or more. However, we were seated for less than 5 minutes when another couple came in, again gave their number as just two, and were taken to the back corner of the restaurant, where tables were quickly separated to permit 2-person seating. NOT a good way to treat returning (or any) guests. The water glasses on our table were very dirty, but quickly replaced when we pointed it out. Food arrived in decent time after ordering and was delicious as usual - Toretti di Mozzarella appetizer followed by excellent seafood dishes. Not once did the waiter or anyone else come by to see how the food was or how we were doing. As I said, we'll likely return, but if the service is as poor next time, it will probably be our last visit.

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YN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food is ok but the pricing is fairly high for the quality

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Mother's Day experience at Bellissimo Restaurant was delightful, as always. The meal was delicious and the service was warm and friendly.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Mother's Day lunch event for 10 people. Came at 11:15am and only 1/3 of the restaurant was full.
Food came about an hour later. Guests that came after us, were served first.
During our wait, only water was refilled. Wait staff were not as busy, but the kitchen staff seemed to overwhelmed. Was told by the manager that the delay is "out of their hands."

Food is very good, but slightly overpriced, ranging from $25 for pasta (vegetarian) to $35 for a seafood pasta dish. Bottled import beers will cost you about $7-$8 a bottle.

Do not recommend any group larger than 4 people to go.

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C
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Modest and intimate. Cozy, but delightful character.

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W
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fabulous dinner at Bellissimo! Took some friends out for dinner. Am in love with their pasta dishes, so hard to decide which one to get. They even had gluten free pasta for one of my friends. My husband is still hooked on the tender veal, if I allowed him to lick his plate he would have! Highly recommend!

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W
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time to Bellissimo and certainly won’t be our last. The restaurant is small but elegant. Our waiter Joe was very helpful guiding us through the menu and helping us with our selections. We had the house montepulciano which was a nice accompaniment to our meal. We shared the calamari which was wonderful, flash fried with very little breading. Joe recommended we split the spinach salad, which we did. Dressed with a light lemon vinaigrette, yummy. My husband had the veal scaloppine and said it was the best he’d ever had, tender and full of flavor. I had the special, seafood over pasta, very worthy! We ordered tiramisu to split for dessert. I have never liked tiramisu but really liked it. We had a truly wonderful dining experience, I think we’ve found our new favorite Italian restaurant!

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Easter dinner!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 30 April 2019

Thank you!

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EP
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I lived in Italy for several years and I am always thrilled when I find a restaurant with excellent, authentic food. Bellissimo certainly fits that bill. The food was delicious, first rate, and as good as any I'd eaten in Italy. Our waiter was very entertaining and highly amused when I tried to practice my very rusty Italian. It took a while for our food to arrive but we weren't in a rush and the wait made the experience even more authentic. We will definitely be back.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 30 April 2019

Thank you Edward for the wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was so very pleasant. Bellissimo Restaurant was a perfect choice for Easter dinner with the lamb and seafood selections. Our server Joe was courteous and attentive as always. We always enjoy going to Bellissimo Restaurant for special occasions.

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J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food is very good but if there are loud tables it will ruin your experience. The dining room is very small . Unfortunately the past 2 times I’ve been there this has happened. Not the restaurants fault, just bad luck

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 30 April 2019

So sorry about the noise! Saturdays tend to be really busy and noisy- less so other evenings. Thanks for letting us know. Come again soon!

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LG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Three times visiting and have yet to be disappointed.

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely little Italian restaurant in Fairfax City. Excellent, friendly service. All the Italian classics well prepared, great cocktails & drinks.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 30 April 2019

Thank you for your kind comments! They make our day!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The entrees are good, however the appetizers and the bread aren’t good. We have better places around.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I would rather the menu be user friendly with snapshots of the food. We are not all foodie experts or restaurant aficionado after all. If they don't want to do that for the sake of elegance at least in their website they can put detail of the menu with picture.

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DL
Richmond
84 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

How special!. Hadn't been for a while as it is out of our normal path but for our anniversary we made the trip. Love their veal dishes - not to mention even the simple mista salad. The people are very attentive, friendly and couldn't have been more accommodating to our needs. [These include many allergies, diet restrictions and even seat location due to surgeries.] Funny time as there were two other couples there celebrating their anniversaries as well, so we all had wonderful complimentary tiramisu! Very nice! Highly recommend.

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f
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would definitely recommend Bellissimo for dinner. We ate here with friends. It wasn't loud so we could hear one another. The food was excellent & service was good. I had the special shrimp appetizer with pancetta & really enjoyed it. My chicken main course was good too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing, and for the price a great value. We both left stuffed. Service was very good. We will definitely be going back

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GS
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious meal in the quiet atmosphere of Bellissimo

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EA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding. By far the best restaurant in Fairfax across the board!

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D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There were three diners in our party on Saturday evening. We had made reservations and were given our choice of available tables promptly upon entering the restaurant. Two people ordered items from the day’s specials and were delighted with them, the carrot soup and the veal chop! I ordered a homemade stuffed pasta dish which had goat cheese and spinach inside prepared in a white sauce. It sounded different, so I tried it. It was delicious! I had a chopped salad before to balance out the richness of the pasta dish. All in all, this was another enjoyable evening at Bellissimo.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was attentive and accommodating. I arrived early and asked to move our reservations up so we could dine in a leisurely fashion and make our theater date in time. This request was easily arranged.

The food was delicious! The carrot soup was a delicious surprise and my entree was wonderful.

I will recommend Bellissimos to all my friends as a perfect place to have delicious food and great service. It’s also conveniently located close to GMU’s Arts and Theater Center.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Most delicious food. Bravo to Chef! Delightful waiter from Sicily!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had 5 course meal exclusively cooked for us by chef Omar due to our diet restrictions. We are almost Vegan. Finding a best Vegetarian 5 course meal is next to impossible!!! Trust me, if you are in for a dinner date, this is one of the places to be considered!

5+ stars!!!!

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food but expensive since portions are small. Atmosphere and service both excellent . Np specific parking spots but not far for free lot. Probably good for special occasions where cost is not significant

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RM
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I've had better Italian food at lower cost. The champagne sauce with the butternut ravioli dish was heavy on the flour almost to the point of being a poorly constructed Bearnaise sauce. The arugula/beat/feta cheese salad was lacking in that it had no punch in either allowing the arugula to come forward or allowing the chevreaux fromage to make a point above and beyond the oil. The shrimp/scallop linguine was good with the shrimp butterflied and baked prior and the scallops done absolutely terrifically with respect to texture but lacking a bit on taste. The marinara sauce for that dish was good- not great. Could have made better with just a few more spices and maybe even a hint of lemon. The wine list is far too overpriced for the wines offered. They need a Sicilian Grillo white, although the restaurant sells itself as being "northern Italian" as though there is something wrong about southern Italian and something authentic about northern Italian? Really bad part was the $30 per plate price on the specials that were not told to our table when we ordered. Definitely not worth that price. I'm a formally trained chef, so a restaurant has to do more than serve average retail Italian food at "special" prices when it is clearly not that caliber. By the way... what's with the northern Italian bent? I had the best meal of my entire life near Paestum, Italy in a seaside restaurant where I paid maybe 25 Euro a plate and would have given them 100. It was a phenomenal mix of light fare with each bite having familiarity with the dish you were eating, yet each bite had its own uniqueness. That is special. This restaurant is not in that regard, but prices itself as so.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Thank you for your thoughts. We really appreciate it. We hope you will try us again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cute little restaurant in the heart of Fairfax City serving authentic Italian food. Some of the best Italian food we've had in this area, including DC. Brought us right back to Italy and the delicious food we had there. Great service, great ambiance. We will be back.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

You are so kind to take the time to let us know about your experience! We are thrilled! So eager to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time we were there during Fairfax restaurant week. The host has a great personality he made everyone feel celebrated.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

We're thrilled that you enjoyed restaurant week with us! It can sometimes be a bit crazy- but it's great to know you had a good visit. You must be talking about Ennio- our dear 86 year old waiter who makes everyone smile! Hope to see you again soon!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had the opportunity to go to Bellisimo during restaurant week. Great value. Food was excellent. I would definitely go here again without restaurant week.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Hurrah! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. We agree- we think we are a good spot for a date night! :) Hope to see you soon!

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Boise
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall, I thought it was a nice place, but it rang in as pretty average for me. The food was good, but not great. The Manhattan I had was a 6 on a 10 scale. Wine was good and reasonably priced. It was super noisy due to the packed house and close quarters. Waiters were good but a little too slow for me - we waited for quite a while for bread, and then quite a longer while for olive oil for the bread. The lamb shank was tender and very good. My wife's seafood fettuccini was so-so. The tiramisu was very good!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Thank you for your thoughts on your visit. We appreciate it and will work on our Manhattans. Please come back again and let us know if you see improvement!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food in a cozy atmosphere with a wait staff that feels like family makes eating here an incredible, memorable event.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Julia- So glad you had a good visit! We are eager to see you again soon! :)

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L
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beat Italian food in Northern Virginia area. Our server Joe was from Sicily and was excellent. He helped us pick out a great Italian wine as well as taking good care of us.

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us- we can't wait to see you again soon!

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H
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and it had by far the biggest menu selection of any restaurant week menu I have been to! The food was very fresh and tasty. Small restaurant so the tables are bit close together and it can get loud, but great attentive service from Fred and we will definitely be back!

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Thank you for your kind words. You are correct- it definitely can get loud during restaurant week- sorry about that! We look forward to seeing you again very soon hopefully. Your words made our day!

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L
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Best Italian food around. Went there on Thursday night and going back this Saturday (2 days later)

Bellissimo Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2019

Awesome! You can come every night for dinner! We would love that - :)

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RN
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We visit Bellissimo several times a year. We greatly enjoy the hospitality provided by the head waiter. He is friendly, full of recommendations, and entertaining. This time we found the chicken marsala to be slightly under par for Bellissimo. The chicken seemed a little tough.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The place is cozy and at first, the service was great. We moved to a corner--after the choking smell of air freshener (automatic spray in the bathrooms) was apparently unchangeable--and then it became far more difficult to get our waters refilled. The food was quite nice--no complaints. Lobster bisque, salmon, etc. - all good.

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