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Bella Vida Garden Cafe

406 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204-1208
(609) 884-6332
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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English first
NY, NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went to Bella Vida in July 2014 and had a nice meal. It was a Saturday evening around 6:30 so it was prime time. They have several dining areas or rooms within the Bella Vida "house", including outdoor seating (we asked about sitting outside and one of the staff warned us about too many bugs that time of night... More

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Ohio
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128 reviews 128 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The BVGC has excellent food albeit a bit pricey. The food has an excellent taste and they make it to order. It has a Costa Rican/Italian flair and is quite tasty. Service is personable but not quick. Still, we would eat here again.

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is not a fancy restaurant, but the food is excellent and the staff are super nice and helpful. I had a flounder dish that was served Costa Rican style that I couldn't get enough of. My wife had a pecan crusted tuna that was so fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this Cafe for the whole family. The prices... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Cute cafe with a pura vida Costa Rican vibe. Good options for vegans and vegetarians. Unfortunately, they were out of my husband's 2 lunch choices. Our server was friendly and apologetic. Food was decent but nothing special. They did have Linzano Sauce which is difficult to find in the US so that was a plus. Costa Rican coffee was a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I ordered the crab soup. The soup was too thick and not hot enough. I sent it back asking for hot soup. the same thing came out. The steam table needed to be turned up, it was not hot again on the second try. The waitress asked why I did not eat the soup, I said " because it was... More

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Philly, Pa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were there for dinner twice while in Cape May. The first night it was okay the second time it was okay. We had the same server and I was not happy with my serivce but there was a young man who seemed like he would have been a good server.

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Southampton, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Ate breakfast there 3 times last week. Partly was the food, partly location (1/2 block from our house). Solid egg platters - omelette and good home fries with pepper and onions. The kids loved the pancakes and French toast and all their variations (chic chip, strawberry, banana). The ranchero huevos was decent - but could have used some more flavor.... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A quaint spot down Broadway in the less-trodden section of Cape May. We stopped in for lunch on a beautiful June day and while there is charming outdoor seating, we opted to sit inside so as to look around on this our first visit. Cute interior although it's a bit of a mash-up of tropical/beachy/nautical. Nevertheless it has a welcoming,... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

came into Cape May at 6:30 Friday night.....hungry and tired. All four of us were so happy with the meals. The communal salad was yummy. I had the house dressing with yogurt/honey/parsley...and will try to duplicate it! One of my friends cannot have gluten, so she was thrilled with the menu. I had the seafood pasta and it had LOADS... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We've been coming here since this restaurant first opened under this ownership. It is a cozy spot, an updated diner. We've always liked the food because of the fresh ingredients, creativity of the food and because my husband loves the grits and Cost Rican Coffee. The downside was the inconsistent service. Well after several recent visits, It seems they've got... More

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