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1309 E Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878-1500 (Saundbeach Avenue)
+1 203-637-1155
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my yearly get together with childhood girlfriends and we made a very last minute decision to switch our reservation to Valbella on the suggestion of the doorman at our hotel. We were seated in the wine cellar which was awesome truly the perfect atmosphere. The service was excellent. This is why I am giving an average rating. The... More 

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Pennsauken NJ
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We chose this restaurant randomly for lunch while traveling to MA. We patronize several upscale Italian restaurants in Philadelphia so we are are familiar with their prices but never encountered a menu with prices like these. Maybe it's a CT thing. Remember this was lunch I shutter to think what the prices are on dinner menu. The bread was very... More 

New Canaan, Connecticut
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation for 4 on New Years Eve, then changed it to 6. Twenty four hours later, we changed it back to 4. I was sure the reservation gods would find retribution with us, but everything about the evening was an absolute delight! The maitre d sat us at a beautiful table in a the dining room, which... More 

Thank Lisa V
Greenwich, Connecticut
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

If your looking for a great Italian restaurant in Greenwich Ct. go somewhere else. This is the third time we have gone to Valbella and the only reason we returned was that my wife received a present of a gift certificate. We should have sold the $100. gift for $50. At 7:30 on a Friday night the place was empty.... More 

Thank Ed H
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This is a special restaurant for special occasions. Great menu supported by attentive knowledgeable waitstaff. Check it out !

Thank paul k
Las Vegas, Nevada
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I have hosted several work events here as well has dined with friends. The staff is wonderful, the food is out of this world and for the quality the price is just right. If you have anything specific you like just ask. However, I am a foodie and a lot of the time change the menu up a bit. I... More 

Thank RedV42
New York
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Great service and an outstanding meal! Had the Chilean sea bass special it was soooo delicious. My husband had the Veal Martini you could cut the veal with a fork. Will definitely be going back!

Thank travelcat1
Newark, New Jersey
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

WOW What a tasty meal. Great Italian food in a very curated location Clean, modern and very nice setting for a wonderful culinary experience.

Thank Luis D
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I give this restaurant the highest marks for quality of food, service and ambiance, especially for private dinner parties in their wonderful wine cellars where small intimate rooms are available.

Thank Jack M
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is lovely with an extensive and excellent wine selection. The staff was efficient and effective, but seemed schooled to try too hard to be a bit pretentious, evidently thinking this somehow adds to an exclusive ambiance. It does not. The food was a disappointment. Several ordered the sea bass special. The fish was undercooked, and the skin left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?