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44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064
+1 616-222-4600
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Ranked #7 of 805 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
Truro, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went here on a double date and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I had the duck ravioli and it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Our waiter was both friendly and funny. Environment was inviting and romantic, appropriate for both casual and more elegant occasions.

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michigan
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We were downtown just prior to Christmas and were celebrating my son's birthday with a party of eight. The restaurant was busy but our service was superb! I had the filet and it was one of the best meals I've had downtown. Everyone loved their food and many raved about the calamari appetizer as well. We were impressed!

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East Jordan, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

A 100% excellant time here was had by all!! Relaxed atmosphere, superb service, and every bite was outstanding!!!!

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Kalamazoo, MI
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Upon a local recommendation and Trip Advisor we went one night and both had pasta. Liked it so much we went back the next night for pizza! Food and service were great. NIce upscale casual atmosphere. Save room for desert!

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Grand Rapids, MI
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Part of why I love BBV is that you can almost always get a reservation, and it is almost always busy! The atmosphere is lively, though we don't have trouble hearing each other (if everyone has normal hearing). The specials are always good. Wine list compliments the food. I love the paella, which has a nice subtle saffron flavor. At... More 

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Diego Martin, Trinidad
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Food is prepared from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Delicious! The service was excellent. I was the only person at my table having wine and the house wine was very good.

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Our large group (14) had lunch at Bistro Bella Vita after the GVSU graduation. We were seated at the VIP Cellar table, which was perfect for our private celebration. Everyone was pleased with the prompt and attentive service. The food was fresh and absolutely delicious! This will be our #1 choice when we're in G.R. again.

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Seattle, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Was in town for work and this was pretty close to where I was staying. I was at the restaurant around 7 PM on Monday and the place was packed. I was promptly seated in the Bar area ( where they have tables too). The service was very good and my server was quiet attentive. They have an extensive selection... More 

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Grand Haven, MI
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My family and I had another great meal here at Bistro Bella Vita. We have been eating here for 15 years and it has been one of the very top places to eat in Grand Rapids since it opened. The use fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. The results are wonderful overtime. Their drinks are great... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is our fav restaurant anywhere. Tonight we had a cheddar bisque and rustic pizza for small meal before a hockey game. The food was outstanding with fresh herbs and roasted pistachio garnish. The service was great. Never had to wait for a drink or to order and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. A must... More 

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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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