Took family that was in town for the holidays. Ambiance was nicer than expected. Friendly personable staff was great. Food was good, but didn’t wow us. However, we were informed that the chef was out sick, so it may not have been there best night. Based on the service, will go again.
They were short handed and the service was really slow. We had to wait 20 minutes for the server to ask for our beverage order. Every part of our experience was extremely slow.
The food was Ok but the service made our dinner experience terrible.
We won’t be back
Disappointing. Fish had a long black hair in it. That can happen...then the spaghetti and mussels came. Nothing like discovering mussels that are raw on the inside after you put them in your mouth. Felt bad for the server— she did her best. Meatball appetizer was good.
Perfect in every way
Great recommendations from our server for my friend who had not been there before. Food was outstanding! Limoncellotini was delicious. Definitely will keep coming back!
Great food and service- prices terrific for downtown Frederick
Great service and great food. Good overall value.
Food was very good & the bread was amazing!! Our server was excellent. Nice bar. Love the fact that it’s back in the front of the restaurant. Only negative was that they ran out of things & we were there early in the evening. They ran out of the wine I was drinking, as well as the beer my husband was drinking and one of the specials.
Usually better. Extremely busy, we sat right near the ever opening kitchen door which shined fluorescent lights on us, my tuna was over cooked, the noise level was high as tables were pushed closer together to accommodate a private party, an order of a glass of wine never came, and the calamari was dry yet greasy.
Maybe we will go again after the holidays but was disappointed in a restaurant we’ve been to several times before.
We have eaten here numerous times and we actually discuss before going that you have great atmosphere and great food, but the service always lacks. We come with our patience hoping the service and food/beverage timing will be better than the last time we visited, but it hasn't seemed to improve over the last year. The servers we have experienced are not attentive at all. Our last visit, the food was dropped off and the server disappeared before we could even look at our plates. We all wanted Parmesan to top our pastas but after 10 minutes of the server not returning we sought them out to get the cheese for our now cold pasta and it took another 5 minutes for them to find the grater and return to the table. Almost comical... Also our appetizers were delivered at the same time as our entrees without explanation. Love the food, but not always a relaxing experience.
Bait and switch! Beautiful full menu on line but, when you get to this restaurant, the menu they give you is a quarter of what they show on line. When we asked the sever about this she said “yeah, they changed it a little while ago and have not updated it on line” I also though it was a “special” menu because it was the day before thanksgiving and it was a one sheet paper menu and the server confirmed it was the normal, entire menu. We were extremely disappointed and left and ended up eating next store at Firestone’s which was amazing.
This was our second visit. It did not disappoint either time. The food and service were both excellent.
We decided to try something new downtown (we’ve lived in Frederick City for 25 years), as we usually stick with the same 6-7 places. Bella looks like a hole in the wall from the street but beyond the front tables a hallway takes you to a spacious dining area. We stuck with the daily specials - ahi tuni with shrimp, calamari, etc; another with ahi tuna over tortellini with Gorgonzola and carrots. A weird combination but delicious. Orrichetti (?) off the regular menu was fantastic as well. Portions were perfect. Appetizers- ahi Tuna with Asian pears- very good, and the chicken liver pate with figs - amazing on the grilled bread it is served with - and very filling. Cocktails featured McClintock and other local ingredients too. Great menu, a little slow getting the entrees, but it was all obviously made to order and worth the wait- we didn’t really notice anyway since we had drinks and appetizers. Definitely going back as a new regular spot that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Great food, super friendly service, plenty of reasonably priced wine, and very nice decor.
Thanks for a great night!
Very nice ambiance after we were moved due to a very loud child next to our table. The management was very accommodating and moved us to a nice table in front. The server moved with us and we were glad because she was superlative. The food was terrific ... the dessert was as well. When we commented on the local honey used to drizzle on top of the dessert, the manager came out with a container of honey for us to take home! Overall, a wonderful experience.
Tristan our server was super attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
The food was okay. Entrees were mediocre. Grilled octopus was the best. However, the service was the worst experience in awhile. Slow...very slow....very very slow.
Great location (Market Street, downtown Frederick). Great atmosphere, with great front bar area and both indoor, and outside patio seating in the back. The food & service is excellent! We had the chicken piccata, and the market steak (special). Both were excellent, and the sides were as well. I reserved the table via Open Table, and made note it was my mother's birthday. They treated my mother special, and wished her a happy birthday, and at the end of the meal came out with a special piece of birthday cake for her, with a candle in it (and chocolate syrup on the plate spelling "Happy Birthday"). I have been to Bella's many times and always find it to be a top-shelf experience, soup to nuts. I highly recommend it for a nice quiet night out, or for mid-to large groups as well. * I have attended several wine dinners here and they do a great job accommodating the full house at these events. - Sam Vitale
I really enjoy the great food, haven’t had a bad dish yet👍🏼
Excellent food as well as service. Very good value for the money. Will be back again in the future.
My guests and I really enjoyed our dinner at Bella Trattoria. Our server, Nichole, was very knowledgeable about the menu and had a relaxed, casual, friendly attitude while still being quite gracious. What I liked: the Red Beet Gnocchi was deliciously creative. I would certainly order it again and again. The crab cake was all crab meat, no filler, and perfectly done. The aioli which complimented it was delicious. The Beef Bolognese with hand cut pasta was exactly what I wanted. The chicken meatballs served with spaghetti were made from chunked meat, not ground chicken, which gave them a unique texture – very tasty. The complementary loaf of garlic bread was some of the best house-baked bread I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant. Improvements I would have liked to have seen: the “spicy” marinara served with sautéed mussels fell short, bordering on bland. It could have benefitted from more cayenne, garlic, and herbs. The house draft beers (from the craft brewery across the street, owned by the same restaurant group as Bella) lacked body, tasting watered-down. There was no hint of berry in the so-called blueberry ale, the IPA lacked the citrus hoppiness characteristic of an IPA, and the house ale was just okay. There was a cruet of olive oil on the table: it seemed to be a low quality oil and it tasted like it had been sitting out too long, like the bottle had just been refilled with oil over the course of weeks or months without refreshing the contents of the cruet. I would have preferred a fresher, higher quality EVOO served alongside some balsamic vinegar and/or a dish of coarsely ground salt and pepper and dried herbs to custom-season the oil. I am giving the restaurant five stars because of the excellent service and to acknowledge that what they did well, they really excelled at. If four-and-a half stars was an option, that would have been my rating of choice.
Will definitely be back!!! Food and service was excellent!!! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!
It began with two great cocktails for my husband and I - an Italian Mule and an Bellinitini. Then, our party enjoyed a few delicious appetizers and all 6 members of our party LOVED their meal. I didn't have much faith in a crab cake at an Italian restaurant, but my son's was one of the best I've had. Every dish had a unique and tasty spin. We had both classics (Chicken Parm and Bolognese) and specials (order the Butternut Squash Ravioli) and everything was perfect. Lastly, the outdoor patio was lovely and a great place for our teens to take a few shots for Instagram! ;)
We've been coming to this restaurant for years, through its incarnations as Acacia (it was very good then), the Peruvian cuisine Reina (meh), and this is the third visit for it as Bella. Unfortunately, we won't return until whatever is the next iteration. This group has three other establishments in Frederick, and one gets the impression they're in the process of doing away with Bella to go to the next chapter, but not letting anyone know. The menu was knocked down to a few basics from what previously had been a rather nice range of offerings. The two pasta dishes we had were tasteless, dry, lacked any visual appeal and were overpriced. The service was disorganized and indifferent. After waiting approximately 20 minutes for the server to take the credit card with the bill and then complaining to the barkeep, we got not a hint of apology from either him or our server once he finally showed up. If you're interested in superb, reasonably priced Italian food with attentive service, drive five minutes north to Rafi's. Bella is a lost cause.
This place is amazing!!! Great but small menu. The beet gnocchi is out of this world.
It was the start of our anniversary weekend. We were actually using a BOGO coupon from Frederick Magazine. Not only were they gracious about the coupon, but they also gave us two free desserts for our anniversary. We felt guilty accepting since we were already getting a great discount. Such great customer appreciation. They noted we have been there before, which was also nice to be remembered. The bolognesi was delicious and the special pasta with peppers and meatballs was also wonderful. We can’t wait to go back. Another BOGO coupon in today’s Frederick magazine. ❤️
Our food and service was excellent. We were well taken care of my all of the staff!
This was our first time at Bella. The service was decent and the food was good-not great. Frederick has become a foodie town over the years with numerous great to fantastic options available. Therefore, expectations are high. The food was good and priced accordingly.
Fantastic food and service! 3rd time. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our meal.
Always dependable cuisine, nuanced and product-centered. Service knows what its about and is friendly but never cloying. Prices are what you expect for this level, very fair.
A great birthday dinner with family. Great food and one of our favorite spots in downtown Frederick in the outdoor patio in the rear.
There was no waiting, which was surprising considering it was Father's Day. We got outdoor patio seating. The weather was delightful and the ambience was perfect.
Our server was great and attentive. We ordered three appetizers and we were impressed by the eggplant cheesecake app. The combination didn't sound right but it was quite tasty. Worth having again.
We ordered two entrees. One was a pollo pasta reina dish which had pasta noodles shaped like a rooster crown. Very creative! The other dish was a customized napkincloth pasta with pesto and scallops. A nice combo.
Definitely worth visiting and not as crowded as other more popular restaurants.
Food was good for the most part. Small portions. Dessert left a lot to be desired. Service was awful. Had 7:30 reservations. Restaurant was far from busy. Three plus hours later we left. Slow is an understatement.
Graduation Lunch! Everything exceeded expectations. Will definitely return!
We sat at a table right at the window and enjoyed watching The first Saturday activities going on downtown while dining. The food was delicious and the portions were so big we had plenty for lunch the next day. The staff was friendly And even though there was an event going on in the back of the restaurant they were still attentive to what was going on in the front.
Always have a great meal at Bella. Reasonably priced wine choices and traditional Italian fare prepared and presented well.
Great food, classy place on a main drag in buzzing, foodie paradise that downtown Frederick has become. We had a very nice table in back near outside patio, quiet enough for easy conversation. Drifty server, young guy who had trouble focusing. Five of us got our entrees piping hot, but one of us had to wait 10 minutes for his chicken parm. They must have been chasing it down Market Street.
Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food/drinks! Can’t wait to come back here.
We started with a glass of wine at the bar and Eric was wonderful . He enthusiastically told us about some of his favorite dishes and made excellent recommendations. The happy hour specials are extensive and a good value. Dinner on the patio was lovely and Nicole was an excellent server. I will be back!