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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Italian, Pizza
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve had in my 68 years of being around restaurants. On arrival the guy behind the desk left us standing there for 5 minutes while he was on a private call. Rudely waving at my wife to say...he sees us but we must wait. Someone else pitches up and shows us to a table. We’ve brought our own wine as we are on a road trip through the Karoo and surrounding places of interest. On the restaurant website it quoted corkage at R45.00 per bottle, however, this whatever waiter says the corkage is now R65.00. I said we pay what’s advertised on the web so this whatever idiot grabs our half full glasses of wine and goes off to the kitchen saying the Price is R65.00 and if we don’t like it we must go. Naturally we left never to return to this arrogant fool. We asked for the manager during this fracas but he refused to bring the manager. Maybe this imbecile is the manager or owner but with his bad attitude this restaurant is not going to last long. I am on many restaurants critique sites and will spread this bad news until I get an apology from this idiot manager or whatever he is destroying his bosses business. Bad anti white attitude.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Our experience with this restaurant was completely underwhelming, as we didn’t manage to eat here! Our reservation was for a large group , which had been increased that morning. On arrival, the 2 tables were in different sections of the restaurants and even though a...plan could be made, the man ‘assisting’ us was adamant that absolutely no plan could be made. He also would not let us sit outside in case it rained! After multiple suggestions were put forward, with a straight NO at every suggestion, we left and found a more willing restaurant around the corner that would accommodate us at 7.30pm on a Saturday night.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024 via mobile

From the get go the manager seemed not to want to have our business. We were a group of ten, but requested that we extend our booking to eighteen. When they informed us that we would have to have two tables , we were quite...happy to take this, provided that the tables be in the same part of the restaurant. On arrival though, the tables were not anywhere near each other. Trying our best to offer suggestions to the manager as to how we could arrange it so we could be together, we were met with bull headed stubbornness with quite frankly an alarming lack of any desire to assist us and “make a plan”. You would think most restaurants in a small town would welcome the business that a larger booking would mean. No so Bella Casa. After refusing to be of any help, we made the call to leave. We took our party to the nearby New York restaurant, who quickly made a plan for our group. We were greeted with extremely friendly, more than helpful staff, great food and a wonderful evening. Our R9000 bill happily spent there!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Best Italian food ever !! Been back every time we pass through Bloem. So worth the stay over to have supper here !! Booking essential as always full.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Nicola Brackenridge, Owner at Bella Casa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2023

Thank you so much for your review Jann. We appreciate your compliments & hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 16 September 2023

Rated 2 for trying and great waiter. Was so excited to find a vegan option in Bloem. The vegan options were inedible. If you are vegan avoid. That said, the restaurant was full ,with lots of happy people , so I reckon if you are...not vegan it must be a great place to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

Great pizza, great atmosphere. The service was also prompt and polite. Overall would 100% recommend for locals and visitors alike.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nicola Brackenridge, Owner at Bella Casa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2023

Thank you Richard! We appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 13 May 2023

Bella Casa was always a favourite, but in the last year or so, I feel that they have lost their touch. The atmosphere is the same, the fire was burning warmly in the mirrorred room. But the food was indifferent, I had the arincini as...a starter, disappointment. It was compared to other restaurants, just a rice ball. The grilled calamari was passable, and the roasted vegetables were passable, but a chocolate mousse that came out of a packet? and the ice cream was really third rate. If this had cost half of what I paid, i would have been disapointed, but the service was really unexeptional, I had to call for my waiter just to top up my drink, and to order the next course. Bella Casa, you are no longer value for money, and I have felt this for the last three visits, so this is not a spontaneous review.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

Oh my what to eat? Will have to go back, did not even get to the pizza! Good food, excellent service, realy nice atmosphere! Well done!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 March 2023

A terrific restaurant that offers a wide range of dishes, all excellent. We were there twice, once with a group of 6 and once with a party of 31 and we also ordered takeaway pizzas one evening for approx 25. I was particularly impressed by...the service we received when we came with 31; the set menu that we selected was impeccably well prepared and served on platters to the tables and nobody went hungry. First class.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 24 March 2023

Best restaurant in Bloemfontein! The pizzas and risotto were fantastic and the service impeccable - a great night out (so we went three times!) We will be back next year!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2022 via mobile

Thank you so much for making this a joyous occasion - beautiful food and excellent service. What an asset to Bloemfontein !

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

We specifically left N1 to have lunch at BC We have found it excellent historically We sat in the courtyard and ordered drinks from Tsepo We then ordered a salad for me with extra anchovies Nancy ordered a salad and a pasta dish Christopher then...brought our food My salad was good but there were only 2 extra anchovies Both Christopher and Tshepo seemed to lose interest in us totally Despite constantly attending another table in the courtyard** they ignored us I eventually had to go inside to find Christopher Eventually he brought bill but seemed disinterested in us I asked where the extra anchovies were There was a charge of R18 for themthe pasta was not great .My salad and dressing was good ** Well to do females We will NOT be backMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 October 2022 via mobile

We had an early dinner here at the recommendation of the guest house where we were sleeping over on a long trip. This proved to be an excellent recommendation. The service was friendly and efficient. My wife and I shared the baked artichoke wrapped in...parma ham for a starter. This was sublime. For mains she had the Siciliana pizza and I had the Black Beast fillet, both of which were excellent. The wine list offers a decent variety and most of the wines available per glass, which is nice if you have different preferences and don’t want to order a whole bottle. Overall a very pleasant experience and highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022

This was lovely evening out, really amazing food great atmosphere and excellent service.....I know where to go next time!!!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 21 May 2022 via mobile

What a fantastic meal my wife and I had. My wife had the special lentil soup for starters and I had the snails. Both superb starters. I decided to have the prawn spaghetti for mains while my wife had the grilled hake with aubergines. I...have had many pastas and this was the best pasta dish I have ever had. 10/10 for the spaghetti. My wife did not stop raving how good her mains were. The next day we decided to get pizzas for lunch and the pizzas did not disappoint. Will definitely go back to this establishment again. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Nicola D, General Manager at Bella Casa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2022

Thank you so much for your detailed review Gary. Much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon!

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Yes, Bella Casa offers takeaway services.

Bella Casa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4