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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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  • 177
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  • 103
    Very good
  • 21
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  • 3
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  • 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
Great taste, good price

I went to Bistro Bella Vita with my wife on February night. We ordered spectacular Carpaccio that was so tasty. The Carbonara pasta was so fresh that blew me away. My wife ordered Salmon steak with lobster butter soup that tasted so goooddd!!!!! We are sure that we will eat there next time we visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tarakorn S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to Bistro Bella Vita with my wife on February night. We ordered spectacular Carpaccio that was so tasty. The Carbonara pasta was so fresh that blew me away. My wife ordered Salmon steak with lobster butter soup that tasted so goooddd!!!!! We are sure that we will eat there next time we visit GR.

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Thank Tarakorn S
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Warm and inviting, excellence service with an ambiance of a five star Parisian café. The lunch menu had an impeccable list of great pasta dishes, and an excellent wine list. Parking is available across the street at Ellis Parking or metered parking is available if you go early. I like going every Monday between 11 am and 1 pm.

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Thank Denise H
Gillette, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We host a weeknight business meeting at BBV in their "banquet" room. The acoustics are terrible for public speaking. The background noise from the HVAC requires you to use a PA in a small room, which causes the sound to bounce around like a ping-pong ball in a oil drum. The room was warm enough (temperature), but the food was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a party of 3 and 2 of us felt the restaurant deserves a 4 star rating and I felt is around 3. My colleagues commented the food was tasty. The service was quick and helpful. For my salmon dish the menu says it comes with lobster bisque. I expected a separate cup with the bisque, but instead the... More 

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Thank Loana2005
Saugatuck, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not your standard Italian restaurant, but neither is their food. I actually fish which was excellent. The atmosphere is chic and the service is excellent. Well worth a stop. And they have two locations in Grand Rapids depending on what side your on. There were two at our table that had pasta entries and of course my fork wandered... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chose this restaurant based on location and Trip Advisor reviews. Around the corner from a business I was visiting. Was hesitant, at first because we didn't have a great deal of time. It all worked out; they have lunch specials! I had the Presto Pasta lunch which was very tasty and included a small salad, beverage, and a scoop of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a large group for dinner. Service was nice. Very large restaurant and can get loud. Food was pretty good, with lots of unique options. I had the brisket, which was delicious and a large portion (took leftovers home). Appetizers were only okay. Street and lot parking available.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday night. It's good to have a reservation as it fills up. We started our meal with the stuffed dates. Yummy! I had a prickly pear margarita that was interesting and pink! I had the Walleye that was served on mashed parsnips with a picked beat and a roasted green tomato. My daughter had... More 

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Thank fourbeesplus3
Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used the semi-private dining area for a business dinner, and had a marvelous experience. We had great service, and the menu was excellent. The specials are always interesting. There is an excellent wine list, with Italian as well as other regional representation.

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Thank thomps97
Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most of the previous reviews here are accurate. The service staff is trained to rush you through your meal with the intention of turning tables more frequently. It is a standard procedure, but Bella Vita takes it a bit too far. I realize that all of the servers and bussers don't collaborate after every attempt to remove a plate etc..... More 

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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 15 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, French, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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