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Belli Osteria in Berkeley?

I've pretty much given up on buying Groupons, but there's one today for Belli Osteria, which is right near Berkeley Rep. Has anyone been there?

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  1. I've been twice and have been very impressed. Nice salads, interesting pasta's and ravioli's and good service.

    A great addition to the neighborhood.

    1. Had exactly the same reaction--have all but given up re Groupons, but hesitated re this one! Thanks for posting.

      1. Rave review by Nicholas Boer in the Chron today, 2.5 stars on all counts, which is the most Bauer allows anyone else to give.

        http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/din...

        1. I would call the restaurant BEFORE buying the Groupon. Its odd to me that they would be Grouponing with a Chron review coming out.

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          1. re: smatbrat

            That offer was two weeks ago. They wouldn't have known about the review until maybe a week ago.

          2. I tried it out this weekend (unfortunately we didn't have the Groupon).

            It was okay. They definitely don't seem very "together". Several times the staff couldn't explain dishes, they said they had a dish, then they were out, then they had it again, there were key ingredients left out of descriptions (who knew a brussels sprouts two ways salad would have a lot of arugula, mushrooms and cheese, possibly even nuts?), the pricing on our bill did not match the pricing on the menus, etc.

            We liked most of the food we ate, but it didn't blow us away. I don't think we'll be back, given the other great mid-priced restaurants around.