Bella's Cafe

Bella's Cafe

American Restaurant
896 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515, United States
Open until 3:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Fri
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

European Roots with a Contemporary Flair


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    Zoe S.
    Claudia is a wonderful server!(2 Tips)
    Jordan R.
    The Jamaican French toast is amazing, period.(8 Tips)
    Ryan D.
    Get the Bella's Benedict with a side of grits.(4 Tips)
    Ginena D.
    Also, bellinis and mimosas are great!(2 Tips)
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27 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • breakfast food
  • French toast
  • claudia
  • brunch food
  • grits
  • bellini
  • great value
  • crispy chicken
  • eggs
  • rum
  • brie cheese
  • salmon
  • shrimp
  • caramelized bananas
  • changing menu
  • variations
  • chile rellenos
  • home fries
  • maple syrup
  • hollandaise sauce
  • Eric V.

    Best brunch in town

    Eric V · March 16
  • christy r.

    I had brunch here and it's not bad kinda loud tho but if you're going with a group or some family members it's a nice place

    christy robinson · January 3
  • LaMar C.

    Catfish, roasted potatoes, and eggs topped with avocados. I will be visiting this place every time I visit CT! Claudia was awesome!!

    LaMar Cowan · December 27, 2014
  • Tom M.

    Love the food but get there early to avoid the wait.

    Tom Murphy · November 15, 2014
  • Eric V.

    The best brunch in new haven, and reasonable. Rotating menu, almost never disappointed. Be prepared to wait 30-60 min, and they don't take reservations.

    Eric Venker · August 30, 2014
  • Sandy P.

    Very friendly waitress and great shrimp n grits, but budget 3 hrs for brunch as they do not take reservations and food is served roughly an hr after ordering.

    Sandy Pao · March 3, 2014
  • Jordan R.

    The Jamaican French toast is amazing, period.

    Jordan Ross · October 12, 2013
  • Edward S.

    Favorite restaurant in new haven!

    Edward Sze · August 10, 2013
  • Zoe S.

    Claudia is a wonderful server! The grits are delicious; very pudding-like.

    Zoe Scott · July 14, 2013
  • Jennifer M.

    Watch out for false advertising! They offered me a $5 coupon for "liking" them on Facebook, and after I did, would not give me $5 off.

    Jennifer Milano · April 21, 2013
  • catherine

    The tropical pancakes are enough for two people!

    catherine · February 23, 2013
  • Ilan A.

    Everyday there is a new menu but you'll always find a new French toast creation everyday... Order that and you'll never go wrong!

    Ilan Aliphas · February 17, 2013
  • P J.

    Try the French Toast Special - French toast stuffed with brie, topped with raspberry, blueberry, blackberry!

    P J · February 17, 2013
  • Lauren B.

    Always a long wait but there's a reason everyone has birthday brunch here. Not limited to eggs benedict but their hollandaise is addictive, bellinis in various flavors, One of New Haven's best spots

    Lauren Bradley · January 27, 2013
  • Chris L.

    Try the Crispy Chicken Breakfast Burrito - The aftermath. It was amazing

    Chris L · November 18, 2012
  • Ryan D.

    Get the Bella's Benedict with a side of grits. NOW.

    Ryan Day · October 14, 2012
  • Manny W.

    They have the best home fries EVER!!!

    Manny Williams · June 19, 2012
  • Brittany C.

    French toast is amazeballs! But avoid the chilaquiles unless you like runny egg whites and overlooked steak :P

    Brittany Coleman · April 15, 2012
  • Ginena D.

    The salmon risotto special is so delicious! Also, bellinis and mimosas are great!

    Ginena Du · March 18, 2012
  • philip n.

    Grits. Excellent.

    philip newman · October 8, 2011
  • urbandata

    The chiles rellenos (savory) and the dark chocolate-, brie- & raspberry-stuffed French toast (sweet) are among the best items here. If you are lucky, they will both be on the menu. Order them.

    urbandata · April 16, 2011
  • Rachel A.

    The Mexican variations on brunch are to die for!

    Rachel Arbit · March 12, 2011
  • urbandata

    Try the Challah French Toast. One particularly good version is stuffed w/ Peanut Butter, roasted peanuts & caramelized bananas in Rum Maple syrup. Brunch menu changes each weekend, check the website.

    urbandata · February 27, 2011
  • Main Street Mama

    Simply the warmest service and most delicious breakfast around, with an atmosphere that restores my spirit every time. I live 25 miles away, and make a special detour to Bella's any morning I'm near

    Main Street Mama · December 24, 2010
  • Greg D.

    You just don't find breakfast like this anywhere else. Truly awesome!

    Greg D'Andrea · November 6, 2010
  • Ana L.

    Best breakfast around- had the stuffed French toast last week with Brie cheese & strawberries- delicious!!

    Ana L · October 6, 2010

    Great breakfast location

    MACKII · April 7, 2010