BellaBrava | Italian at 204 Beach Dr NE - St. Petersburg FL

BellaBrava

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 204 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701US

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5on Trip Advisor, Jun 16, 2018
There with famous G David Howard and his bride
We had a fantastic server Jennifer and she is only reason your getting 5 star our flatbread was terrible, we ate outside due to our dogs ! Chef you
need to work on flatbread! You need to clone young lady.
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5on Facebook, Jun 15, 2018
Delicious. Great service. Beautiful place. more »
5on Trip Advisor, Jun 14, 2018
Very good and reasonably priced!
We ate here on a Sunday evening. Street Parking was ample. We were seated immediately and the service was great. I had the tagelle bolognase, which was delicious
. Would definitely eat here again! more »
5on Facebook, Jun 11, 2018
Great service more »
4on Facebook, Jun 10, 2018
Good food, good service and a nice dining experience! more »
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Thank you!!
5on Facebook, Jun 03, 2018
If your looking for excellent authentic Italian and a friendly staff, make this place your priority. Hubby and I stayed at the beautiful Vinoy for our 23rd anniversary and with just a short walk, we choose this place to dine. The food was nothing less than delicious, the service staff was very attentive and informative about the menu and the Moscato was fantastic! Can’t forget to mention the ambiance... cozy and romantic inside! more »
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Thanks so much Roni. Happy Anniversary!!
4on Trip Advisor, Jun 02, 2018
Group dinner enjoyed by all
I had two visits to Bella while visiting from out of town. One was a pick up order and the other a group dinner I set up for our travel swim team.
The location
is on busy and trendy Beach Street just off the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. Parking is by street, or nearby parking garage. Both are pay to park. On weekends know that parking will be very challenged. An option is to taxi/Uber.
My experience with take-out was great! I called in the order, placed it and picked it up within 25 minutes. The food was hot and the checkout efficient. I would rate the spaghetti and meatballs 3.5/5. The margarita pizza 4/5.
The second visit days later was for a group of thirty. The restaurant was very accommodating without a designated room. A text follow up was generated to confirm the reservation the day before. The business provided a 30 minute window to arrive between 8-830.
Upon arriving I was thrilled that Bella had everything set up in a corner area by a exterior door. Waters and bread were placed on the table. It looked great! It was a perfect space to have 30. They ran two tables parallel with a path to exit the door. The kids, roughly 12 and adults roughly 18 sat in different tables. The restaurant was up front with a flat 20% gratuity on all bills. Also I confirmed a $15 fee for corkage. One misstep that I wish would have been discussed prior was the bills to be attached to parent and child.
Two waiters a man and a woman took orders and the adults matched up who the were with at the other table. Everyone thought this method would work. A floating waiter assisted with keeping waters filled. The staff earned the extra star on the review. They constantly smiled, were patient and friendly with the kids and stayed on top of our party.
After all orders were taken our waiter opened up the bottles of wine that myself and a friend brought in. The staff started out fantastic. With a group this large you figure there would be challenges with timing of food and its accuracy. However, to my surprise the kids table had no missteps on either. The orders were brought out first to them which was perfect! The adults waited another 20 minutes, or so with orders strung out. However, to my knowledge the orders were accurate. No one had issue as we were enjoying a leisurely dinner.
The food was loved by the kids and I never heard of complaints from the adults. The warm crispy loaves of bread with butter resupplied once was a hit. My dish, a smoked egg plant parmesan recommended by a friend was tasty and had a gorgeous presentation. A bit of a disappointment nonetheless on a Wow factor 3.5/5.
So at the end, approximately 1.5 into service was when the bills were requested. No one ordered dessert or coffee thank goodness. This would have added to additional confusion of the tab and parents knew it. Unfortunately this is where Brava fell apart. It took the staff around 30 minutes to generate the bills. At 10 the kids were ready to move on and we arranged a shuttle to get them back to the hotel. Some of the adults stayed back to resolve paying. Another 15 minutes passed and our paperwork was in hand. Mine had a slight inaccuracy of corkage x2 as they put a friends on mine. This was minor, everyone else had a correct tab. The biggest issue of the night was not the delay for me but the fact 20% was never placed on all the bills. Some guest believed it had and left.
There was far too much positive to write a par review. The staff did a marvelous job overall serving a big party and the kitchen's timing although not perfect for the adults was when it counted the most for the children. The food for me was an average variety and not elevated as I hoped with prices that would have customers expect more. I would place them at a 3.5, but rounding up with an extraordinary effort for our party and strong take-out experience. The atmosphere was ideal for an end of swim meet get together. Thank you Bella.
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5on Facebook, Jun 01, 2018
Exactly what I expected! more »
Business Response:
Thanks Jeff!
4on Trip Advisor, May 30, 2018
Pleasantly Surprised!
Can't beat sitting outside having good Italian food. The ambiance is just right situated on a quiet street. The food was quite good as was the service. The menu was di
verse and making a selection was difficult because so many dishes were appealing. more »
4on Facebook, May 29, 2018
I’ve been there a few times and it’s always a nice atmosphere and the food is good, my friends totally thoroughly enjoyed their food and their exotic drinks. I had eggplant Parmesan which was pretty good (mines better ha ha) and a nice glass of wine so I was satisfied with my evening as were my friends.. it’s a very nice place... more »
Business Response:
Thanks so much Meribeth!!
3on Trip Advisor, May 27, 2018
Average food at above average prices
The atmosphere was very energetic but the food was overcooked and fairly tasteless. There are much better options.
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3on Trip Advisor, May 27, 2018
Above average.
The food and service are good. Don’t take reservations for parties of less than 6 . Downtown restaurants are very busy so I don’t think they have to. I find hostesses and mana
gement to be somewhat arrogant. more »
5on Facebook, May 26, 2018
Delicious food and tremendous service! Great prices amd high quality food! more »
Business Response:
Thank you Barbara!!
4on Trip Advisor, May 24, 2018
Good Food. Busy Place.
We were looking for Happy Hour food on Beach Drive, but that was hard to find. BellaBrava had no food deals, but a good deals on drinks. We decided to have an early dinner
. Two of us shared the Crostata. Looks like an upside down pizza, but the crust was bread dough. Very good, but could have had a little more sauce inside. Others had the lobster mac and cheese. They liked it. Our server was very good. Attentive and personable with her 1930s hair style. Great early evening. more »
4on Trip Advisor, May 21, 2018
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE IWTH SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM
Nothing else needs to be said. it was incredible. Margarita flatbread and Caesar salad were excellent too. Claudia, our server, was very nice. I c
ould have gone right to the brownie though. It was one of the best I have ever had. YUMMY!!!! more »
5on Trip Advisor, May 19, 2018
Eccellente
Downtown Italiano with a waterfront view. The staff was inviting and the decor set the tone. Cafe style dining is available complimenting indoor dining elevating the downtown dining e
xperience. I enjoyed lunch here with my wife and children. The garlic butter was a table favorite. Prices were fairly reasonable for what you get. Enjoy! more »
5on Facebook, May 19, 2018
Fabulous! Great wine, food, and service! ����� more »
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Thanks Sandy!!
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Thank you Marnie!!
5on Facebook, May 13, 2018
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Thanks Tanya!!
5on BirdEye, May 10, 2018
I haven't dined here yet , but several family members have, we will be hosting a baptism luncheon in July and thus far I have received outstanding customer service from Jared and the management for accommodating to our budget and needs, I come from competitive Miami, I am impressed and cant wait till July more »
Business Response:
Thank you so much!! Jared is first class all the way. We are looking forward to hosting you in July!!
5on Trip Advisor, May 09, 2018
Fantastic again
2nd trip here. Great service, food, outdoor dining. They have GF pasta and a wide variety of menu items to choose from.
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5on Trip Advisor, May 07, 2018
It never disappoints
I have dined at Bella Brava many times and it's always good. It's at a choice spot on Beach Drive. Get a nice table in the shade outside and order anything on the
menu. It's all good! more »
5on Facebook, May 07, 2018
The best!!!!! Our server, John, was friendly and accommodating. Lunch was superb. Definitely would recommend this restaurant more »
Business Response:
Thanks Sandi!!
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