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Bella Luna Cafe - 25 Reviews - 4632 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (513) 871-5862

Bella Luna Cafe

4632 Eastern Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45226
(513) 871-5862
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we had a great time on valentines day with the 2 for 50 special, as well as the half price wine on...


I used to be a huge fan of Bella Luna. I always looked forward to going and it was a special night out every time we went. But, over the years the prices have gone up while the ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/28/2013

\r Like going home! We are always warmly greeted and treated like family. Harry (the owner) never fails to stop by for a quick chat and a laugh. The servers treat us like friends. They have a mystery bucket with wine bottles turned upside down for you to choose at half price. We always tell the server what we like and the bottle ""magically"" appears under our hand. If it doesn't, do overs have been known to happen! Make reservations, because the parking lot is always full when we get there and when we leave. Save room for the bread pudding! It cannot be missed! more

Not so much Bella 4/10/2012

I had a party of five, the bill came with a hard coded 20% tip and a 20% activity charge adding $50.00 to a buffet meal. Vegetables were cold, the rest of the food was pretty middle of the road. Think of how you would feel dinning in d?cor that has peace symbols on the table lights. Definitely nothing to write home about. I eat out a lot because my job covers Ohio Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Memphis Tn. To me skip the Bella and go to the Club more

The Owner is rude 5/29/2011

Had dinner with a group of 8 for a bachorlette outing. Some of our group got lost due to local construction. The owner was so rude. He scoffed at us that were there, as though is was our fault. Said he'd have to give away our table if they were not there right a way. What a nasty person. He made an a$$ of himself and never apologized. more

I dont know if I have the worst luck, or.... 7/11/2010

this place has the worst service. Been here 3 times. Had great food three times. Had some of the worst service imaginable three times. The owners a mean drunk, the manager is crude and unapproachable, and the wait staff is poorly trained. The first time here we waited for 90 minutes for a table when we were told 40 minutes. The owner openly complained in front of us when we refused to take a table at the cold and packed bar. The second time we were seated quicker, but it took a waiter 30 minutes to approach our table. And the last time (tonight) it took 39 minutes fo us to get bread, 40 minutes for our appetizer to come out, and we were incorrectly charged for one of our entrees. The waitress refused to adjust our bill for the mischarged entree (about $10 difference). Beware Cincinnati, if you are looking for good food this is the place, but make sure you get it to go. You have been warned.. Pros: good food, nice wine selection Cons: horrible service, drunk owner, overpriced more

Quality is slipping 1/12/2010

I used to be a huge fan of Bella Luna. I always looked forward to going and it was a special night out every time we went. But, over the years the prices have gone up while the quality has declined. I've been disappointed during my past few visits and finally put them on my ""do not visit"" list. At my last meal there I ordered the cod, which was so overcooked that it was rubbery! It was awful. If it was a one time bad experience, I'd forgive them... and I did a couple times. But they've got issues in their kitchen that need to be fixed. Pros: Fun place, Really friendly owners Cons: Quality of the food is poor, Overpriced for what you get more

very poor value 7/25/2009

The setting and atmosphere were funky, eclectic and relaxed. We started with a caprese salad ($9.00) which was a meager portion size, dressed with a basalmic reduction that was quite bland. The server suggested we order the ""flight"" wine sampler ($14.00) comprised of 3 tiny glasses of wine. These were described as 2.5 ounce glasses but seemed much smaller - each was little more than a taste - I would estimate the content closer to1 ounce. I ordered shrimp fra'diavola ($22.59) which was the greatest disapointment. The shrimp was rubbery, very tough and actually tasted fishy and old. My date had veal scallopine in a marsala sauce that was ok to taste but the presentation looked like a brown pile of glop. The bill was $72.00 before tip. I honestly feel like this is the worst value I have ever had eating out. I am not inclined to write bad reviews or complain about food - this is my first review positive or negative - but I felt obligated to get the word out on this one! Pros: funky atmosphere Cons: food quality, cost, wine value more

Will not be back. 3/22/2009

We purchased a $25 gift certificate and planed on using it when we dined at this establishment. When ordering we asked the waitress if we could use this coupon. She said that it was fine. After we ordered, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we gave the waitress our coupon. She took it to the manager and the manager ripped the coupon in half. The waitress explained that it was protocol to do this. After the manager ripped the paper in half, she decided that we could not use the coupon because our entrees combined did not equal $35. Our bill with appetizers and deserts was $53. I have never experienced something so unprofessional. The food was average at best, not that great for the price. Though I will admit that the bread pudding was very good. That being said after being treated the way we were, I will not step foot back into that establishment. And I will tell everyone I know about our experience. Pros: bread pudding, bread. Cons: management, price. more

romantic, inexpensive, and fun experience 2/16/2009

we had a great time on valentines day with the 2 for 50 special, as well as the half price wine on... more

romantic, inexpensive, and fun experience 2/16/2009

cincyrider Provided by Partner
we had a great time on valentines day with the 2 for 50 special, as well as the half price wine on wednesday. our server Roger was great and the f... more

Holy Italian! 12/8/2008

I have been to Bella Luna four times now. The food is fantastic, great appetizer selection (the calamari is not your typical fried calamari, it is sauteed and in an amazing spicy marinary sauce) an ever changing menu (they have a house menu but every so often they get a completely new ""regional"" menu that tastes different parts of Italy on top of the house), and the dessert....OMG I cannot even give words on how good their dessert is. The service is great, very very hospitable and friendly. The server answered all of my questions and I ended up letting her pick my dinner which turned out to be amazing! I had the baked ziti with shrimp. I cannot tell you how delicious and hot it was! They had live music, a really oddly but cool decorated dining room. Definitely get a reservation because the place was slammed! Pros: italian cuisine, service, ambiance, wine service Cons: parking lot more

One of the best ever 11/9/2008

We went toBella Luna on Sat night. We did not have a reservation but were told we could eat in the bar area if we didn't want to wait for a table in the dining room. The place was jumping, they had a trio playing but no to loud. It added to the atmosphere. Our server, Lynete, gretted us promptly and with a smile. She got us started with cocktails and explained the menus..they give you two, a wine list and a drink menu.? She took time to answer any questions we had and seemed to have excellent knowlege of the food. After taking our order she told to ""sit back and relax, she would take care of everything"". She never dissapointed us! Are appetizers, entrees and dessert were all outstanding. When Lynette brought us check she thanked us invited us to ask for her anytime we came in and she would take great care of everytime. The atmosphere was cozy and fun, the service was the best we had ever had and the food was delicious! We found our new favorite place!! Pros: Fun eclectic atmosphere, exceptional service Cons: parking lot needs to be paved more

Great experience from start to finish!! 11/2/2008

Our party had a great experience at bella luna the other night. The food and wine choices were overwelming,... more

Great experience from start to finish!! 11/2/2008

cincyrider Provided by Partner
Our party had a great experience at bella luna the other night. The food and wine choices were overwelming, we had trout balsamico, veal saltimbacc... more

comedy, coziness and comfort food! 11/1/2008

we went to Bella Luna on a busy saturday and were greeted by the owner with a hand shake and a funny wisecrack, great stuff.. our party of 4 all had different meals but ended up sharing everything because of all the different flavors in each meal. I recommend the pork Calabrese!! and the scallops!! overall, great food and service.. we even got a free birthday dessert with three different items on it!! BREAD PUDDING! Bella Luna is a great romantic restaurant.. A+ Pros: service, food variety, and BREAD PUDDING Cons: wish there was one on the westside of cincy too more

Wine cost issues 9/5/2008

I loved the building and the atmosphere and decor were so much fun! The server couldn't have been nicer nor more attentive. I loved what I saw on the menu and couldn't wait to eat. more

Our Group had FUN! 7/15/2008

I took a group of 10 friends here recently and we were taken care as if we were kings & queens. We had a private party room and I had the room filled with flowers! The owners were on top of things, the servers made sure that our drinks were never dry and that our plates were full! I would highly recommend. Parking is an issue, but it should be at a great restaurant! Pros: Service service service more

We are regulars and bring many people because of the food, atmosphere and the owner 7/14/2008

We have been customers of Bella Luna for the past three years! We brought out of town guests for dinner on Saturday July 12 and we were treated to the same outstanding meal and prompt service that has been a part of our experience in the past. Pros: Makes you feel like family! Great food and service Cons: Parking can be difficult at times more

BELLA LUNA IS A JOKE and it is a JUNK with a new coat of paint on it and a sad attempt at a restaurant. 7/13/2008

Went there for my friend?s birthday and off the bat jerked around with our reservations; I asked for 6 and they called back and suggested 5:30 or 6:30, so I took 6:30 and on arrival the restaurant was almost completely empty?!?! (I understand why) They asked where we would like to sit and I suggest the little patio so we could smoke; I asked the hostess if we could smoke outside, and she said ""YES."" We are seated and they ran out of filet mignon, which I then went for the T-bone. The steak was very thin, even after the extremely small salad and steak; I was still left very hungry. They wine was ok, nothing special, but do NOT order the house wine. Ewwww, I wanted to shave my tongue after drinking a sip!!! After the food was done with, my friends and I proceeded to smoke and relax after drinking two bottles of wine between 4 people. We then verified again with the waitress that it was ok to smoke on the patio. It was nice for a few minutes until the manager came over and explained to us that we are not allow to smoke, but that we could smoke (honestly) five steps away from our table. I was caught up with my friends talking to the manager about it, that I didn?t even argue. Even though there were no ?NO SMOKING? signs to be found anywhere. My friend had a coupon for money off his food, but had requirements that you had to tip 18% (which is fine), spend 35$ or more on your food (which was fine), and only one per table. There were two couples and both of us spent about $75 and we each had coupons. BELLA LUNA IS A JOKE and it is JUNK with a new coat of paint on it and a sad attempt at a restaurant. NEVER see me there again!!!! Pros: I cant think of why I would go back ...................... Cons: Retarded management, slow service, gross environment, not worth it more

Good Italian in Linwood 5/31/2008

Great Italian food with specialty menus that change every month or so. Potato gnocchi and mushroom and gorgonzola ravioli (summer menu) are excellent. Great wine selection. Setting is in historic old building in Linwood, near Lunken Airport. Very popular on weekends, so reservations are recommended. Food portions are good, but dessert size portions a bit excessive (sometimes, even in the Midwest, less is more). Some staff are friendlier than others. Good place to take family or a date. Pros: Novel recipes Cons: Uneven service more

great italian food, great service, romantic cozy atmosphere 5/10/2008

my wife and friends went on a saturday night and had a great time.. friendly service, live music.. we had a few appetizers and some of the regional menu items.. loved all of it .. great wine selection as well, try the mystery wine bucket! Pros: great food great service great wine selection Cons: parking lot needs paved more
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  • Hours:

    Mon. CLOSED;Tue. 4:30pm - 9am;Wed. 4:30pm - 10am;Thu. - Sat. 4:30am - 11pm;Sun. 4:30pm - 9:45pm
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