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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 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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
Hudsonville, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A favorite dining place downtown. Love that they take reservations and are able to accommodate small and larger parties. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgable of the menu. Along with the regular menu they offer a daily menu with additional mouth-watering options. I am never disappointed with any dish I pick at this place. The beer, wine and liquor... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The food and atmosphere was fantastic! Price is what you'd expect for gourmet food. Dined at the bar since it was an hour wait to be seated. Although the bar tenders were attentive, they spent time talking about customers to one another and belittling them. Beyond this immature, rude behavior the restaurant is excellent place to eat and we'd defintely... More

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Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My daughter chose this place for her birthday dinner while I was visiting during Art Prize. We started the celebration with a reasonably priced bottle of Prosecco and ordered duck ravioli and a pork loin dish. The food was mindfully prepared although it lacked an element of creativity that I was hoping for. The filling for the ravioli was rather... More

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Troy, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very flavorful food. Friendly waitress was very helpful suggesting meal choices since we had never been to this restaurant before. We were lucky to have made reservations because the restaurant filled up quickly after we were seated. Everyone was happy with their food choices. Everything was delicious.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The restaurant had an excellent atmosphere with brick and rough hewn beams throughout but with a modern feel. Server was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. All food was very flavorful with unique combinations adding to the excellent blending of spices, herbs, and top quality preparation. Appetizers: Wild Mushroom Polenta, Warm Spinach Salad. Entrees: Atlantic Salmon, Duck 2 Ways. All excellent... More

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London, Ohio
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Food everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal, mine included which was the rigatoni Bolognese. They do have a nice variety to choose from, great local draft beers, and a good wine selection. Service great service. Waitress was always friendly, prompt, and timely. Facility Nice atmosphere, on the higher end. The place has some character in it, which is a nice change.... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very good food and nice ambiance...Wild Mushroom Polenta is awesome....service is OK...parking is little difficult as it is in downtown...

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

With as large as the menu is, you'd think there would be more variety or more creativity. There's usually a wait, probably since it's in the VanAndel area, so those going to the arena are out for dinner. Not the best place in town to eat.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This was a perfect restaurant for a wonderful meal after touring Art Prize all day. We were able to obtain a reservation about a week prior to our visit and the restaurant also is showing several Art Prize entries. Although the specials on the menu looked interesting, we ordered off the regular dinner menu. The goat cheese appetizer was perfect... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were visiting Grand Rapids from the UK and this restaurant was recommended to us. It was so good that we went back for a second visit. The menu was extensive and the service from all staff was exceptional. Thank you for making our trip memorable.

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Additional Information about Bistro Bella Vita

Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064
Phone Number: +1 616-222-4600
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: French

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