Best Restaurants in Bella Vista

December 13, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Local favorites in Philly's Bella Vista neighborhood.

French · Bella Vista · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.6

"Good things come in small packages" say fans of Pierre and Charlotte Calmels' "intimate" BYO bistro in Bella Vista offering the "gold standard" of "classic" French-style cooking and "charming" service; only $100 tasting menus are served, and bring dollars as it's cash only.
American · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

"Holy cow" , the "impeccable presentations" are "off-the-charts delicious" at this "rare find" in Bella Vista, where you're urged to "sit at the counter" and allow the kitchen to "push you out of your comfort zone" with a "refreshingly untrite" American menu and "unusual drink combinations that work" ; there's a "cool" vibe, a "gorgeous" setting, "welcoming" service – and "sticker shock."
Dante & Luigi's
Italian · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

This "old-world" , circa-1899 Italian in Bella Vista "does things the right way" , offering “outstanding” “classic” fare (including “veal that’ll melt in your mouth” ) and “spot-on” service in a “lovely environment” that's a popular "special-occasion" venue; pay with cash and you get a 10% discount.
Little Fish Byob
Seafood · Bella Vista · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.4

"Simple, fresh ingredients" add up to "creative" , "flavorful" dishes at this "tiny" BYO seafood "gem" in Bella Vista, where the "memorable" , ever-changing seasonal offerings are ordered from the chalkboard and dished up in "pleasurable" , seriously "cozy" digs; insiders say the $38 Sunday tasting menu is a "terrific" deal.
Hungry Pigeon
American · Queen Village · $$

Chefs Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar) and Pat O'Malley (ex Balthazar Bakery in NYC) keep it "creative" yet simple at their "friendly" American brasserie on a Queen Village corner, where "special" baked goods and cafe-style breakfasts/lunches segue into "delicious, unusual" sharing platters and small plates at dinner; a "local" crowd frequents the "laid-back" , brick-walled environs, with a "lovely" bar pouring draft wines and beers.