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Ciao Bella Act II - CLOSED

9217 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
+1 831-336-8547
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Overview
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good22%
  • Average29%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible5%
29 Sep 2014
“Not There”
25 Oct 2012
“Pleasingly Cheezy”
Restaurant Hours Closed
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
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€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
9217 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
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1 - 10 of 18 reviews

Reviewed 29 September 2014

Ciao Bella no longer exists. It has been replaced by Casa Nostra. It is a very good replacement; surpassing Ciao Bella in all aspects.

1  Thank Jim S
Reviewed 25 October 2012

OK, food is good. Not always great, but always good. Sometimes the specials are great -- depends. The best part about this place is the entertainment and EXCELLENT service. Think vaudeville meets Santa Cruz....some excellent talent and some just plain entertaining people. All mixed in...More

Thank Kari D
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Ciao Bella Act II has apparently ended. I ran by the restaurant a week ago and noticed workers tearing the insides of the place down. When I asked one of the crew if the restautant would be reopening soon he said that I'd "need to...More

1  Thank Sunseeker600
Reviewed 1 September 2012

My husband ate there last night. The place was almost empty. The wait staff were friendly and efficient but the food was very mediocre. We had pasta with veggies and the vegetables weren't cooked well. We won't be going back.

Thank AnneL7777
Reviewed 29 August 2012

The original Ciao Bella was quirky at best but the food was palatable. Not too sure what has happened to Ciao Bella Act II. Ordered the spaghetti and it tasted like they can poured it from a can. That is a taste I haven't had...More

Thank IrishGlamgram
Reviewed 26 May 2012

This is a hole in the wall place to eat on the highway that runs through the San Lorezno Valley in the hills above the north end of Monterey Bay. The food was OK but the quirk factor was great.

1  Thank BenLomondBungalow
Reviewed 13 December 2011

I have been to this restaurant several times, both before and after the change of ownership. Under the previous management the place was pretty crazy and easily offensive, depending on what you are into. Under the new management, the restaurant is much more family friendly....More

Thank Jim_and_Barbie
Reviewed 17 July 2011

We live within walking distance of this restaurant ... and swore many years ago never to return, after a bout with food poisoning. In years past, this place was gross to the point of being beyond filthy, and the service was just as bad. I...More

Thank Trencita
Reviewed 26 June 2011

What a delight to sit outside within a surround of redwoods, with a friendly cat underfoot, and the most charming, fun servers dressed in pirate costumes (one named Tinkerbell). I was at first disappointed to learn the special soup of the day...red pepper...had been gone...More

Thank havethetshirt
Reviewed 14 June 2011

The service was great. The food was absolutely wonderful and the atmosphere was entertaining. I was skeptical based on the reviews but this place was really nice. I understand that they are under new management and they are doing a great job. I highly recommend...More

Thank ccunni628
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$11 - US$32
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9217 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ben Lomond
  • Phone Number: +1 831-336-8547
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Description
We are your favorite hot spot in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a restaurant we serve fine dining Italian cuisine with a side of crazy. We employ performers and those who are drawn to the world of entertainment. Every employee from the server to the busser, the dishwasher to the bartender will at a moments notice hop on stage and sing to you, or dance, or maybe even do a firedance in the parking lot.
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