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Bistro Bella Vita

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44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064 (Weston and Market)
+1 616-222-4600
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with...
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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Visitor rating
  • 153
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Our favorite

The bistro serves great martinis, great food, great smells and we have yet to be disappointed.. Always gave specials but the best lately was the beef cheeks

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Ditjr
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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261 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The bistro serves great martinis, great food, great smells and we have yet to be disappointed.. Always gave specials but the best lately was the beef cheeks

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Incredible meal. Great service and the food is always outstanding. Martini's are worth trying. Great for visit to GR, anniversary or group outing.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to Bistro Bella Vita for Mothers Day. The food was delicious. We had the Beef Cheeks, Cassoulet, and Gnocchi Parisian. All three were excellent. Our server, "Aaron P" was very knowledgeable and explained the menu and wines well. At least 5 other people stopped by during our dinner - to fill our water, replace a dropped fork, check... More 

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Midland, Michigan
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had lunch here yesterday and it was ideal. Quiet perfect atmosphere for a nice lunch conversation. The food was excellent. I had the grilled chicken flatbread sandwich and the sauce was delicious. My husband had the special of the day, which was the pasta pronto, salad and chocolate gelato. He also enjoyed his meal. Our waitress was Karin and... More 

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Louisville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Outstanding and diverse menu. Excellent service. A fantastic place to go with your friends. Seasonal menu options are available. Definitely will go back again.

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Boise, Idaho
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87 reviews 87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

First time for me eating here. We had a large group of about 30 and the did a superb job of accommodating us. The service was excellent. Beer/wine/martini list was fantastic. Even new how to make a Moscow Mule. The food was very well done with a unique menu. I had the duck ravioli and give it the thumbs up.... More 

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Grant, Michigan
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369 reviews 369 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had never been here before tonight. Tonight was our night! Nice place, great food and quality staff makes for a fine night out. The dessert, cheesecake, was worth the trip by itself. I really enjoyed how they preserved the old building. Lots of friendly staff and customers. Parking can be a little tough to find, so be ready to... More 

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Rockford, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were here for the first time in December for an early dinner with family before the TSO concert in the evening.I don't know why we have waited so long to come here! The service was top notch. The food and presentation was fabulous. I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. We will definitely be back.

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Byron Center, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bistro has been my wife and my favorite for years. Their food is locally sourced and as fresh as possible. They will go out of their way to accommodate any dietary restrictions you have and even have a separate gluten free menu for those that need it. Atmosphere is great too.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is one you want in your phone contact list. Great selection of food and drink reasonably priced and reliably good. Good for family or a night out with friends. Pleasant atmosphere and well maintained. Staff has always been attentive and pleasant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064
    (Weston and Market)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-222-4600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups

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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?