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Cha Bella

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Cha Bella Review

"Organic is the only way," says chef-owner Matthew Roher, who does everything possible to conform his restaurant to this maxim by serving only the finest locally grown ingredients. Surrounding the outdoor seating, sheltered by a tin roof, you'll find an aromatic herb garden; the restaurant also has two plots of land nearby where they grow much of their produce. The menu includes some excellent dishes, including amazing seafood and risottos, but it changes regularly based on what's fresh and available, so even if you've been there recently, there may be some new surprises waiting for you. A local, seared black grouper makes regular appearances with seasonal veggies, and is a definite highlight. Among recent additions are a delightful array of cocktail specialties, including the light and refreshing cucumber mojito. The interior decor is contemporary and comfortable.

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Monday. No lunch.
Updated: 11-12-2012

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    Delicious

    We visited this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The food ,atmosphere and service was terrific. We sat outside on the patio after a delicious dinner and were served freshly made drinks. An evening to remember.

    by Jilliancourtney, 7/13/13
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    Disgusting

    I had heard so much about this restaurant from a golfing buddy on my last visit, and wanted to include it in on this short trip back. We met with the couple, and walked from the parking lot behind the restaurant. As we passed by the back door, there appeared to be a meeting of the staff by the dumpster cooks and waitress alike. Cigarettes in hand, and not a care in the world, as we passed by. I could only hope they washed up! The other couple we were with seemed embarrassed, however we had a reservation. This was early seating, as we had a show to attend, and wanted to eat quickly. Our server finally showed up from her 'meeting', and went into what can only be considered a dissertation about where the food was procured. We ordered a cheese plate for the 4 of us, the cheese seemed old around the corners, and this is not the casing I am speaking of. The salads were alright, but lacked any sort of imagination, as the ladies were not impressed. Our dinners were served, finally. I can tell you that there was no innovation in these as well. Chicken with bacon wrapped around it, with the worst tasting risotto. My overcooked $30 steak. The rubbery shrimp with yet another horrible squash risotto. The fettucini, which was the blandest of them all, was supposed to be the vegetarian dish for my wife. It turned into a contest of who had the worst entree, and I won. Needless to say, we skipped another presentation of how the dessert is made 'in house', and got the check. I felt bad as my friend paid the bill, but he felt obligated since this place was his suggestion.

    by NCPaul478, 4/9/13
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    Bad Experience

    I guess you need a reservation for this place. The host, or manager did not seem happy that we showed up without one. Our kids were only given an option of pasta or flatbread for their meal. Our waiter did not seem happy to have to wait on kids. That's too bad, because the kids liked the swings outside, even though people were smoking. I would suggest making a reservation, otherwise they will be snooty to you. The kids menu needs to be revamped, and friendlier staff towards families with children is a must. We will not return.

    by FoodMagnetDad, 4/4/13

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