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1309 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878-1500
+1 203-637-1155
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good16%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“veal” (12 reviews)
“fish” (5 reviews)
“truffles” (3 reviews)
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1309 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878-1500
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Reviewed yesterday

Have been to both the Riverside and NYC spots several times over the years. Riverside (Greenwich) starts off with the live reservation process--which is gruff. From a business standpoint--the bar seats maybe 5-7 people at best--very cramped for a business dinner--Bartender is old school and...More

Thank Carl J
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent Italian food, comfortable seating. Ambiance is quite good. Prices are quite high. Nice for family gathering. Catered affairs are goid and setting is good for events.

Thank OurCaptiva
Reviewed 13 July 2017

From the outside Valbella looks like a promising experience and the locals like it but for my money I would go somewhere else. The food is so-so; the location a strip mall; the service to be fair is good. One out of three is not...More

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The owner took great care in assuring that all of the needs of the dinner guests were met. The food and drink were exceptional and the banquet room opening on to the patio was very comfortable.

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 7 June 2017

I had dinner last night in the wine cellar of the restaurant. Food was quite amazing and the service outstanding. This is an experience you need to have. The pasta was great to start, then the salad and then the main course (I had a...More

Thank FredSiegel
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Longtime fan favorite. The service was outstanding.Kathy Andrew and myself had an outstanding meal. We each had salads to start. The Caesar was excellent as well as the tri color The dinners were also phenomenal The special macaroni dish with truffles was stupendous Andrew had...More

Thank Summersnuggles
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Another perfect business gathering at Valbella Restaurant. Dinner for 120 and still every meal was done to perfection as if it were for a few. Colossal shrimp cocktail, grilled lamb chops, crab cakes, just start this delicious dining experience. The penne al la vodka was...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Very disappointing dining experience. My steak was over cooked and I asked for it to be addressed. The waiter was initially very responsive and took it back to the kitchen. He came out about 5 minutes later with my same meat cut up a little...More

Thank bayberrie
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Went here with my fiancé for her birthday. Started out with a plate of dried sausage and chunks of grana padano cheese. Ordered the fried calamari and a Caesar salad for appetizers. I ordered the fresh tagliatelle with veal bolognese sauce and she got the...More

Thank Giovanna V
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We have been here innumerable times....just the two of us, w friends, and w our kids. Food is excellent. Service the same. Both the best in Westchester/southern ct. eating in the wine cellar is a treat. Little pricey but when u factor how much better...More

Thank endboss2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1309 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878-1500
    (Saundbeach Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 203-637-1155
Valbella, which since 1992 has been a celebratory place and a regular haunt for the locals who pack it most nights of the week both for its sumptuous food and its astonishing wine cellar, containing 1,450 selections and 16,000 bottles.
Downstairs in the wine cellar is where many people hold private parties of various sizes,and what a splendidly beautiful room it is, done in polished wood, with a lovely fireplace, the tables impeccably set, the stemware thin, the temperature geared to the maintenance of the wine.
Also an outstanding feature of the wine cellar is a heated granite table that can accommodate up to sixteen guests.
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