I went here for a friend's birthday and
it COULD have been a very nice time and by reading other reviews, I don’t stand alone. The food was good and the wait staff was friendly.
We had a reservation for 8 at 7pm. 4 of us showed up at 10 mins to 7, and we waited until 7:20pm to be seated.. This didn’t bother me so much, since we were a larger party, the restaurant was busy, and we were waiting on a few others to show. After we were seated, we ordered appetizers, entrees, as well as desserts. Our bill came to close to $400.
Literally within SECONDS of us handing the check over the waiter, the owner came over and told us we needed to leave. It took a few minutes to let these words soak in, as I have never experienced such rudeness in my life. We had been seated for just over an hour and a half and we still had wine left in the majority of our glasses. The waiter came over and told us not to worry about. About 3 mins later, the manager walked over to the waiter who was standing right by our table and said “You have my permission to clear this table and seat 6 others”. It then got heated.
I told him he was being rude, he told me he was being nice and having a private conversation with his waiter, I told him again he was being rude and it is not a private conversation, we are sitting right here for us to hear you, and you had just told us we had to leave no more than 5 mins ago. He told me he was trying to be nice and there are people waiting to be sat. He walked away, and not that it makes it right, but we had a clear view of the waiting area for the restaurant as well as outside and there was no more than 2 people waiting (if that’s what they were even doing). Another 2 mins after that, Just as I was finishing my last sip of wine, he came over to our table, raised his voice and told us to “Get up, up up! You need to leave! We have people waiting! You have been here long enough! Get off my property now!” It was appalling and embarrassing. In front of a packed restaurant, our group was being kicked out for NO reason. We had overstayed our hour and a half welcome. We were not loud, drunk, or rowdy. We tipped an additional 20% ON TOP of the 20% gratuity they automatically tacked on (Our waiter was extremely friendly, and this was BEFORE the owner decided we needed to leave). We were not there for hours, not even 2. And this whole situation went down in less than 10 mins.
This owner is nothing but a chauvinist, greedy, jerk and I will NEVER go back to this restaurant again and I hope others choose to not eat there either. There are plenty of other BYOB Italian restaurants that deserve your service.
Please read the reviews before making a reservation. If I could give it a half of star, I would.
HORRIBLE!!!!. 9 pm reservations, seated at 9:35pm. Salad was great, appetizer was great, main entree horrible - bland, room temp. Not good experience at all. To make matters worst, the waiter added a tip to my credit card even after we left a cash tip.
BOYCOT BELLINI! hes an angry little elf!. we were enjoying ourselves until the RUDE Owner (he is an angry little elf, who is not even Italian by they way... hes Albanian) kicked us out... we did not even have the check yet and he came over and said "i need this table for ten people in 15 minutes"... we were all like ok?? we thought it was rude and strange but we continued to BS and then he came over and talked to us again a few minutes later but did not say anything about us leaving, we were having a great time and it may have been a little loud but nothing obnoxious, he goes "OUT get out time to go now!!!!" you know, i would be the first one to say if we were obnoxious or loud... or wrong and we were not. we should have left without paying! we tried telling him look we just got the check give us a minute to get it together the whole thing was ridiculous... even his staff were talking smack about him a few of them apologized to us and said we were right AND he pushed one of our guests! she went over to talk to him and he said whatever and that he did not care "just leave" and PUSHED her out of his way! i think she was showing him a bad review on her phone about his place lol the whole thing was kinda funny but not really. BAD REVIEWS ALL AROUND! and many similar experiences i have read tell me why he is allowed to run his business like this and how does he get return patrons? i know i will never go back or recommend to ANYONE!
I can't even give it any stars because we never made it there. This is how it happened. I made a reservation for a surprise birthday dinner for my mom. We were a party of 15 and at first the manager (Jimmy) was accommodating saying that we can bring flowers and balloons. He asked if we wanted to do the pre fix menu and I said I would ask the rest of the party.
We opted for the full menu because some people wanted a bunch of appetizers and two others were gluten free.
I called 3 days before the party to ask if I can bring a cake. I was told it would be a $4 cutting fee per person which is ridiculous. I then asked if they had cakes and if so how much are they. The hostess said Jimmy would call me back. Which he never did.
Now this is the where it got bad. I called next day spoke to Jimmy and he was very upset we weren't doing the pre fix. He said he only had 8 burners and for me not to give him a hard time if the food comes out late! What??? I was told I didn't have to do a pre fix.
He then told me that I didn't want to pay (cake cutting) and that he let me bring my own wine (of course, they don't have a liquor license) and that if he let me bring my own cake too then while I'm at it why don't I just bring my own chicken and fish!
Need I say more! I hung up the phone made reservations somewhere else and called back to cancel my reservation. I tried to explain but he cowardly hung up on me. Lovely huh.
This review speaks for itself. Just read the rest and you will see that this is not a place you should be eating at. Unless you like bad service!
Ruined My Night!. Bellini Grill was a TERRIBLE experience. There were several people there with BOXES of wine and JUGS of wine; engaging in what appeared to be under age drinking. Upon arrival, our table was not ready and the owner/manager was terribly rude. We literally waited an HOUR before leaving because of the rude, sexist, lying owner who continued to tell us that we would be seated, but we never were. I will NEVER go there again, nor will my friends. We are constantly out and about and as a person in the hospitality industry, I will be sure to tell a myriad of people about this awful place.
Fabulous experience. The 6 of us arrived on time. Four entered the restaurant and I remained at an outside table with my smoking friend. A gentleman came out immediately with an ashtray and 2 wine glasses (I guess he noticed the bottle). We did begin our evening in the more than perfect weather and then joined the others inside. We all ordered different dishes and one was better than the next. I tasted a fabulous Caesar salad, gnocchi that were to die for (I chose the white sauce), Veal with crabmeat came with grilled to perfection veggies, Chicken & veal saltimbucca, chicken parm. and homemade pasta. The service could not have been better. We parked around the corner for $8, which was footsteps away from the restaurant. I had such a great experience that I cannot wait to go back!
So Good!!. The food was amazing! A friend and I split two entrees: Papardelle Chicken Porchini and Chicken Parm. The waiter, Rick, was the best. We were there for a bachelorette party dinner and he was so great to us and we had a great time talking to him. Definately go here!
Not going back..
I went on a busy Saturday night around 9. Was seated soon enough and my food came within an acceptable time. The portion however was VERY small compared to other Italian byob's. I had the penne Bellini. The sauce was good but the peas were hardly cooked and crunchy. For the prosucitti there was tiny specks in the dish which were barely visible or tasteable. The waitress was not very friendly but did her job. The friendliest face I saw all night was the Mexican bus boy who filled my water.
It turns out that a 4-5oz latte costs $4.35. Even Starbucks does better than that.
The food is decent but given the high prices and sub par service there are many better options in the city.
Good BYOB. The food was good. It is a very good location. For a byob it was not too noisy or cramped. We had a 6:15 reservation on a saturday and were sat immediately, as we were leaving there was a wait, so go early.
Calamari was very good. The bread was also good, however I would like for it to been warm and the butter soft, it was hard like they had just taken it out of the freezer. The place is very nice and our waiter was very personable. I went there last night for restaurant week with my bff, I got the cabrese salad, it was good and the calamari was good, although the pieces were small. I got the fettuccini shrimp salad, seasoned well and Creme Brulet for desert it was good also. I would recommend this restaurant to others as I will be going there again. Parking is right around the corner on Chancellor Street which is conveniant, I also like that its a BYOB.
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