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Bistro Bella Vita

44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064
+1 616-222-4600
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Ranked #16 of 788 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Weston and Market
Description: We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service-that's the Essence Restaurant Group philosophy. Whether it's a pizza and beer with friends, or an elegant chef's table meal paired with appropriate wines, guests enjoy our creative cuisine made exclusively from fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.
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English first
Whiting, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

First time experiencing "Restaurant Week" in GR and had a great time pairing wines/beers with food. A huge "THANKS" to Korin who was our server and very knowledgeable with the wine/food pairing. We pretty much asked her for suggestions and she did a wonderful job! She is a true gem. Thanks Korin! Will definitely visit the Bistro again!

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband and I spent the weekend in Grand Rapids. I chose this restaurant based on the reviews and I'm glad I listened to what everyone said! We had a great meal! We don't eat meal or shellfish, so I can't speak for those dishes, but the Salmon entree was perfectly cooked. We started with delicious brushetta and tuna tartare.... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've dined at Bistro Bella Vita dozens of times and we always have a great experience. Just about everything on the menu is fantastic. I always seemed to go back to the Rotini Con Pollo until we reverse-engineered it and started making it at home. Since then, I've branched out a bit and I'm still discovering great dishes there. Convenient... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We always make reservations here for before concert dinner. We usually have large group and they are very accommodating. Drinks and food are good. Location perfect for walking across street to go to concert at Van Andel Arena.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

i always get the same thing on the menu because its so good! Chicken con Pollo! Great cocktails! Fun when they are playing live Jazz Music.

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Portage, Michigan
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Have been here several times and just love it. It is a bit pricey but they have very unique dishes and the service is very good. If you want to have a very special meal, this is the place to go in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Morristown
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Our family had a wonderful dinner at the Bistro in Grand Rapids. We followed the advise of a local couple and they were right in stating that we will not be disappointed. From the kids to grandpa there is a wide variety of tastes, but everyone was happy with the bread selection, pizza, steak, lamb and the desert. Very attentive... More

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner at this spot in Grand Rapids. We picked it from reading some reviews and were very happy with the food and the service. A very tasty seafood paella far from the sea was a nice surprise! A little noisy but overall it was amazing!

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Detroit, Michigan
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132 reviews 132 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We enjoyed a nice dinner out on the patio in some wonderful summer weather. Both the food and service were very good, The drink selection is vast, whether you're looking for beer, wine or mixed drinks, there are many options. I'm sure we'll be back and I would have no problem recommending Bistro Bella Vita to someone else.

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Detroit, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We dined outside on the patio. The service was outstanding. The food was delicious! I loved that everything tasted so fresh. We also loved the fact that they had several vegetarian options. Very elaborate beverage selection!! Something for everyone! Definitely would go back next time we are in town.

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