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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
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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: 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
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went to the restaurant with 3 family members to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Ambience, service(thanks Preston), and location were all very good. The meals we chose; mushroom polenta, veal ravioli, pappardelle with venison ragu, and paella were also very good. What I did not like is the fact that although the restaurant knew it was our anniversary, they... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is my favorite place to eat in GR. The prices are fair and the portion sizes of the meals is great. I love the featured entrees but my favorite menu item by far, is the duck two-way. The atmosphere is business casual to semi-formal. It's perfect.

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Streamwood, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A group of us came to Bistro Bella Vita upon a recommendation from a friend. It was more casual then I thought it would be. No bother. The drink menu was large and had something for everyone. The food was delicious. I don't think anyone disliked anything that was brought to the table. Our server was excellent. He was personable,... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The service was top notch, and the selection of food was very good, for all family member, even children. They do take reservations, and those can be made online, and on a busy weekend, it worked out perfectly, as our table was ready on time as requested. Our server was very helpful in suggesting dishes, and offering ideas of things... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been eating these hot dogs since the 70's. These are the best hot dogs in town. Great place for lunch, dinner or after the bar.

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Whiting, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant 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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11 reviews 11 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 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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