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on Sep 11, 2013
This is horrible news... Bella Vista was easily my favorite restaurant of all time! :'(
We are crushed....this was by far one of our families favorite places. The view, the food, the service -- all fantastic. We started taking our daughter there when she was 3 (now 14) -- table number 7! It was the only table we ever sat at....so sad.
We had our wedding there in 2010 and it was the best experience. I wish I would have known to give it one last hurrah.
I am saddened by this as this was where I was proposed to and where I brought my daughter for her graduation dinner.
I hope another great restaurant comes in as the view was wonderful and the food fantastic!
I was deeply saddened to discover the closure of this First Class Establishment! Only until I went to make reservations for our 22nd wedding anniversary did I discover the retirement of the Bella Vista. This is the only place we would go and the staff and management there were always so kind and accommodating. This will be a near impossible act to follow! I wish Mr. Ward well butttttttttttt!! God Bless and Thanks for all the years we did have!
Like so many others I am deeply struck by the closure of the Bella Vista. 25 years ago my wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary there, and have been coming back for years. The closure hit me like the loss of a friend, but like another has already said, "thank you for the wonderful memories" you will be missed.
NO! I tried to make a reservation for my wife's birthday and was saddened by the news. I spent many a memorable evening there, and proposed to my wife on New Years Eve 1996 in the view room. I'll miss the hearts of palm salad and the abalone. Thank you Bella Vista!
Oh so thrilled we got to be there when she was open. A forever kind of place and time. Now Bella Vista will live on as grand legends tend to do becoming even more beautiful as the mind and memories tells the story of "when we were there" ... Live on Bella Vista...
Can't believe it closed. We went there at least twice a year and we were due for our annual Christmas dinner there with friends. So sad.
As a result of a career that took me all over the United States, I always asked for the best restaurant in the area. When I came to San Jose the first time, I was told "Bella Vista" -- and how right they were! On the basis of superb dining around the country, I found Bella Vista to be my No. 1 rated restaurant from all perspectives -- cuisine, service, and ambiance. A sad time when such fine establishments have to close their doors.
Ugh. I'm so crushed. Will no one take it over?
It was my all time favorite restaurant. We were hoping to stop there our next trip to the Bay Area. There isn't a better restaurant location. Sure hope some buys it and does the place right.
I grew up in san mateo (graduated hillsdale high in 69') and my parents would take the family to dinner at bella vista for special events. I always loved the salad and frog legs. I was planning to take my mom there this spring for her birthday (she will be 89)so sorry to hear it has closed.
Alas, so sad. Maybe our favorite place, ever. Loved it. Come on, John: find a buyer!
I just learned that this delicious majestic gem has closed it's doors, and I'm heartbroken.
I'll always long to visit this this mysterious rustic hideaway nestled in the deep redwoods, and see the glowing martini sign one last time. Every time I dined here, I felt I was suddenly cast in an old Hitchcock film. I always half expected to see Old Blue Eyes and the rest of the Rat Pack huddled in a corner of the fireplace lounge over gin and cigars. This was seriously one cool place.
Cheers to you Bella Vista... play it again Sam, just one last time.
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