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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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11:30 am - 11:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 144
    Excellent
  • 81
    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
Most recent review
Delectable desserts

Valentines evening was better because the food was simply fantastic, and the service was beyond excellent. We ordered the bread course which consisted of two artisan breads homemade (as in in house) and a divine blueberry jam along with sea salt butter. My companion (boyfriend) ordered a three... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Marya J
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Battle Creek
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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247 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Battle Creek
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Valentines evening was better because the food was simply fantastic, and the service was beyond excellent. We ordered the bread course which consisted of two artisan breads homemade (as in in house) and a divine blueberry jam along with sea salt butter. My companion (boyfriend) ordered a three meat dish that he said was excellent and ate every bite of.... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The food was introduced as local and authentic, all from scratch and delicious. They lived up to their word. We enjoyed our meal, the local beer and wines were delightful. A bit pricy, but a very nice dining experience

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

BBV is a stopping place for my financial advisor and me to have martinis and discuss the world situation. Always good service, always good food, and always a fun place to hang out. Menu prices are, in my judgement, a bit pricey, but are in keeping with other downtown venues. Highly recommended.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Excellent food and drinks. Wait staff very knowledgeable and very attentive. One of my very favorite places in G R

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Reserve your table so you don't miss out. This bustling bistro offers a bit of everything, and its all good. Pizza, pork and salmon were delivered promptly & served at the perfect temp. Risotto with sweet potato TO DIE FOR. Portions are not abundant but ample; most items are a la carte so order accordingly. It's una bella vita to... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one of my favorite places in Grand Rapids. Great drinks, food and service. I've never had a bad experience here yet.

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Gillette, Wyoming
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336 reviews 336 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

We made reservations thru Open Table. Arrived on time and were seated promptly. Our server, Nick(sp?), made drinks appear magically, left us ample time to study the menu and order. The food was served hot. We had desert and were on our way to watch the Griffins on no time flat.

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Armada, Michigan, United States
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122 reviews 122 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We had the Cassoulet - "duck breast, chicken thigh, sausage, and pork cooked slowly with white beans and truffle-demi glaze" It was cooked to perfection. Nurturing dish that fills you up! Also had soup but it was served cold and had to be returned. Service was okay...not great.. but not horrible either. Took a while to get the attention of... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A group of friends and I went bridal shopping in GR for the day. Bistro Bella Vita was highly recommended to us. After a long day of dress shopping, the 5 of us women were beyond hungry. We were seated instantly (even though they were busy) and we ordered appetizers immediately. Not even 5 minutes later, both apps were hot... More 

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Truro, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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