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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
Price range: $30 - $30
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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Portage, Michigan
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Byron Center, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

1 STAFF MEMBER the server was politically INCORECT and Rude about the fact that I gave him ONLY 20%!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great food great atmosphere. Get lost in the food and conversation. Best martini's in downtown Grand Rapids. Open layout inside but almost feels like having dinner with a lot of friends.

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Rockford, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food is very good. The service is outstanding. We thought that It tended to be pricy for the kind of food served.

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Novi, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids. My daughter who has lived there for the past 3 years says that her fellow doctors always go there to impress colleagues. This past father's day we celebrated and had a beautiful meal that was as scrumptious as it was good looking. A very creative lobster bisque with strawberries, paella... More

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Milwaukie, OR
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Ate here several years ago when working locally and remembered having a good experience, so i returned not once but twice while i was here. The food was as excellent as before. I enjoyed the melon caprese salad and pork shoulder over polenta the first night and a grilled salmon the second night. Mp they source their food locally as... More

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