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Vello Restaurant, Brookline, MA

Vello Restaurant

4.0
4
73 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

A culinary destination by Simon Restrepo, at Vello Restaurant & Bar brings you Italian-inspired cuisine with flavors from the Mediterranean. we are open for brunch-lunch and dinner. we also offer unique cocktails and decadent desserts

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Colombian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 383-6268

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Simon Restrepo

  • Catering

    We are Italian cuisine with Mediterranean & Columbian roots. we have pastry chef on sight that does custom cake orders and dessert displays, we can do passed apps to full course meal

  • Private party facilities

    we have full dining room it fits 45- 50 people. we can also split the dining room to fit parties of 20-30 people. we have different package deals to choose from. to passed apps / cocktail hour or sit down dinner with 3-4 courses.we have band that can celebrate your special event or Spotify to play your favorite music.

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Cross street

    fuller st

  • Parking details

    Paid parking in back, entrance on Fuller St.

  • Public transit

    Coolidge corner on C line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 73 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Joan

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely experience Friday evening. The food: pasta with seafood, eggplant lasagna, and lobster ravioli, was very good and the service was excellent. We had two servers who were friendly, attentive and professional, who enhanced our experience. They brought us a birthday desssert, the best tiramisu ever, on the house. We recommend this restaurant.
  2. WT

    WillT

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ate outside due to odd smell upon entering by the bar. (Musty/damp smell). Also odd that entire place was empty on Saturday night. Food was good, except focaccia bread to start was dry and crumbly. Italian Manhattan was missing cherries, but was very good. Sea scallops were phenomenal, grilled chicken with pasta vodka sauce had a seasoning that did not compliment the rest of the dish. Service was great.
  3. KK

    KarieK

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu had many great choices. There were 4 of us and everyone’s meal was great. We always have a great meal at Vello. The cocktails and wine selections were great too. We are so happy they are in our neighborhood.
  4. L

    Ladyshrink

    Washington DC

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I was in Brookline visiting a dear friend who recently moved there. She suggested this restaurant and I was very impressed. The ambience (with inside and outside seating) was airy and pleasant. The Menu had good and varied options; those we ordered were delicious. Portions were very large, delivering excellent value. The service was slightly slow but friendly and gracious. What also impressed us - and quite differently - was that on this Saturday night during prime time, there were only 2 or 3 other tables of customers. Why?? Though at a somewhat higher price point than other establishments in the neighborhood, it was not hugely out of line and it deserved what it charged. Please go and try it yourself! Do not let this restaurant die.
  5. JK

    JanetK

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Very slow service. The food was fine. A neighborhood restaurant; I may go back.
  6. JL

    JLK1

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vello’s is a great neighborhood restaurant where you will frequently run into acquaintances and friends dining at the next table. The food, especially the pasta dishes, is fresh and tasty. Though they seem chronically understaffed, the servers are friendly and committed to your having a satisfying experience.
  7. K

    Kathie

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Relatively new restaurant with a nice menu. Excellent food and wine offerings, though the latter is pricey. Definitely worth returning.
  8. SF

    SheriF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    I really do not appreciate you saying that you will charge my card $25 a person if we do not cancel 24 hrs in advance. I only made this reservation less than that and if I had to cancel I would never not call the restaurant and would NEVER let you charge me! I eat at fine restaurants all over the world and yours does not qualify to do something like this and I take offense at this!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Our appetizer came out with the entree. Steak was over cooked. Understaffed.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Went here for Mothers Day Brunch. We were forewarned on the confirmation call day before that service could be slow due to 2 other parties of 6 at the same time and again reminded when we arrived. The waitress took the orders and confirmed them back to us. When meals were brought we had to to tell her we never received our Aps, waffles came out topped with everything even though they were ordered plain (took 20 mins to get a new order), blueberry pancakes were not cooked in center, they were sent back over 20 mins to get new order and when they did come out they were burned. Server did offer comp the pancakes. The rest of the meals were ok nothing special. Server was quite busy and hard to get her attention.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Exceptional food, subpar service
  12. MS

    MerryS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had such a a nice time. We were in town to tour BU, and our server couldn’t have been nicer! Everything we ordered was delicious! The empanadas, soups and clams casino were all outrageous, the NY strip steak was tender and cooked perfectly, the garlic bread was cheesy and great, and all the pastas were delicious. We will definitely go again!
  13. h

    hopie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was not as good as last time
  14. AT

    AnneT

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Vello is just great, a nice upgrade from Brothers. We went especially to hear the Winikers' band which was lively and wonderful but not overly loud. We had a brand new waitress so our service wasn't top notch but I bet she'll get right up to speed. I highly recommend this - and we didn't even have desserts because a member of our party gave them up for Lent. Desserts are reportedly a highlight.
  15. RS

    RichardS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was excellent and nicely plated. Our waiter was nice, but seemingly not quite fully trained in the menu and serving as yet, although no mistakes in orders were made and delivery was prompt
  16. J

    Jenny

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall solid place for breakfast! Wait times were longer than ideal for it being very slow. Food was good (the blueberry pancakes were a huge hit at our table) the coffee could have been stronger but we will be back.
  17. r

    rosef

    New England

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Very good selection of Italian and Colombian dishes. Musical entertainment on weekends is a plus.
  18. SW

    SybilW

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Decided to try the Sunday brunch buffet. Bit disappointing since this restaurant is a favorite of mine in Brookline. Orange juice was never offered. Food was not hot No bowls to put fruit or granola in Not enough serving tongs do ppl were grabbing at croissants w/their hands. (Croissants we’re delicious) Had to request butter and jelly. Might have been nice if these items were on the buffet table. We had to request the music be turned down. And choice of music for the morning would have been better if it were classical. What they were playing was better for happy hour. Also using the handheld credit machine was disastrous. Hopefully it was just an off morning or maybe just st working out the bugs for starting a breakfast buffet service.
  19. MT

    MartinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Came on a Saturday night and had a wonderful experience. There was live music with Mitchel Leidig on piano who was brilliant. He played non-stop for the hour or so when we were dining. It would have been nice if he occasionally stopped between pieces so we could have applauded, but we all complemented and applauded him when he finished his set. The drinks were excellent and we all loved our meals. We shared the fried calamari, which was remarkably light and fresh. My wife had the seafood pasta with arrabiata sauce that was succulent and spicy. I had the eggplant lasagna which was robust and mouth watering. Desert was an exquisite carrot cake with an extra layer of ice cream and meringue that was out of this world. We will definitely be back.
  20. V

    Virgule

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is the first time we'd eaten at Vello; our party was four adults and a well-behaved five-year-old. Our server was friendly, informative about the menu, and brought the child a booster seat, paper and crayons. The food was *very* good. We had four different main courses and all were excellent (I can certainly recommend the lobster ravioli with Brussels sprouts.) My only complaint was the keyboard musician who played throughout the meal. Though we were on the opposite side of the room from him, I found him too loud, distracting, and the music interfered with conversation. (I'm hearing impaired and that may have been a factor, but I've had much less trouble in restaurants without a musician.) We'll definitely return to Vello.
  21. RW

    RichardW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Kitchen was slow but food was delicious. Valye was excellent.
  22. LN

    LeahN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Not a great experience, would not go back. Food was pretty good.
  23. e

    eggy

    New England

    173 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food superb but we didn’t get water till seated for over 30 min. Not enough waitstaff for diner hour on a Saturday night, but once they had time service was excellent.
  24. MM

    MaxM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food and cocktails here are solid. One of the best Italian restaurants in town. The service can be slow but everyone there was very nice. I would definitely go back again.
  25. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice servers, food was delicious! Huge improvement over previous restaurants in this space. Will definitely go back - felt very neighborhoody!
  26. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Can't wait to go again. I will take my son and his fiancee to celebrate their engagement.
  27. JD

    JenniferD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful little Italian place in Coolidge Corner! Service was delightful, food was delicious and a wonderful time was had by all!
  28. S

    Scottie

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    All was OK. The servers seemed a bit inexperienced with the timing of serving drinks and dishes.
  29. P

    Piglet

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    New iteration of past restaurant is a great improvement. Comfortable room, excellent food, attentive but not overbearing service. A nice new addition to our neighborhood choices.
  30. MD

    MaryD

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot to meet up with an out of town friend staying in Brookline.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  32. RS

    RobS

    New England

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We went for breakfast and had the place to ourselves. Our server was very attentive. The food took pretty long to get once ordered, but they did apologize. The vegetarian omelette was exceptional; it was served with >plain< tater tots, which was surprising; my companion had the waffles with blueberry cream and bananas and raved about it. I would definitely return!
  33. s

    ssum

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The first time I ate here, the food was great. It was disappointing the second time we went. The service is awful, I stood at the bar waiting for change for almost 10 minutes while the general manager made eye contact with me and ignored me. Definitely don't recommend.
  34. P

    Peonyhbl

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This was our first visit to Vello. The food was delicious and our server was wonderful. Ambience was nice - quiet, nice neighborhood. They fixed an error on the bill quickly and generously - much appreciated. Two wishes: the smell of seafood was a bit overwhelming when entering the restaurant - would be nice to have more air circulation to reduce smell. The service was really slow - need more help! Overall liked it alot.
  35. MD

    MicheleD

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Friendly staff, but very very slow from beginning to end. The special requests on food -dressing on the side on one and no chicken didn’t happen. They did rectify the no chicken. Food was tasty. It is definitely a much older crowd and vibe.
  36. JL

    JLK1

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and friendly service, though a bit slow as the staff is small. I have eaten here before and my friends and I find it consistently good and a great place to meet up and enjoy an evening
  37. RG

    RachelG

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was so delicious. Everything we ordered was so delicious. Great flavors- Simon’s salad, Tomato risotto and the best tiramisu we’ve ever eaten. Aside from a noisy baby, the sound level was fine. And the parent did eventually took the baby out.
  38. MM

    MaryellenM

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Pleasant surprise.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vello is a welcome, much appreciated, new upscale option to the Coolidge Corner dining scene. It’s got a large bar area separated from a small, simple, very pleasant dining space. The food is delicious, ample and nicely presented. The pistachio encrusted haddock and pumpkin cheesecake were prepared with a lot of care. The service is excellent; the price, extremely reasonable. I took a chance, based on some friends’ recommendations, taking a friend from out of town and was more than satisfied with the experience. I look forward to returning with my husband.
  40. TG

    TracyG

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Took a long time to get drinks ! The young waitress was awesome but overwhelmed! Most meals where good, mine was just ok

FAQs

Vello Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Vello Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 383-6268.

Vello Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Vello Restaurant

404 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Additional information

  • Cross street

    fuller st

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Colombian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Paid parking in back, entrance on Fuller St.

  • Public transit

    Coolidge corner on C line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Simon Restrepo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 383-6268

  • Catering

    We are Italian cuisine with Mediterranean &amp; Columbian roots. we have pastry chef on sight that does custom cake orders and dessert displays, we can do passed apps to full course meal

  • Private party facilities

    we have full dining room it fits 45- 50 people. we can also split the dining room to fit parties of 20-30 people. we have different package deals to choose from. to passed apps / cocktail hour or sit down dinner with 3-4 courses.we have band that can celebrate your special event or Spotify to play your favorite music.

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