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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 - 10:00 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: Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
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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
Excellent dinner meal!

I ate at the Bistro Bella Vita for a business dinner while in town for work. Shared appetizers of mussels, calamari, bruschetta, and it was all delicious. Had the duck ravioli for main course and it was amazing! Perfect flavor and roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower on top was perfect! Nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Wilmot, South Dakota
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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Wilmot, South Dakota
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I ate at the Bistro Bella Vita for a business dinner while in town for work. Shared appetizers of mussels, calamari, bruschetta, and it was all delicious. Had the duck ravioli for main course and it was amazing! Perfect flavor and roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower on top was perfect! Nice atmosphere and waiter was very attentive. Great place!

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Kitchener
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My partner and I had dinner at the Bistro Bella Vita this evening. Having read the reviews, and hearing of the great patio -- we had thought we might eat outside. The weather did not cooperarte. In the end, this was no loss. We had made our reservation only a few hours in advance, yet were given lovely seating opitons.... More 

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Ephraim, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The service was good. I recommend the Paella. Good selection of wine/beer. The gelato dessert was perfect and just the right size!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This place has great food and a great downtown location for Grand Rapids. We always enjoy the food and the ambiance. We never mind paying the bill here because it is always good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The Bistro is lovely and welcoming. I've enjoyed the sunset on an outside patio. The menu is creative and fresh. The wine list is good. The service was perfect. I would be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had a fantastic dinner Saturday! The appetizer list and wine list are both excellent and had fantastic choices. I had the kale Caesar salad and it was SO GREAT!! Our server was excellent and very attentive. The atmosphere was great and loved the lighting!! Can't wait to come back again.

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Rome, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Bistro Bella really was good, but there is a lot of hype about it. So, maybe I was expecting something more than I should have. Anyway, I wasn't blown over by the food, the service, the restaurant. It was a nice location that was downtown without being incredibly difficult to get into.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The bistro serves great martinis, great food, great smells and we have yet to be disappointed.. Always gave specials but the best lately was the beef cheeks

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Incredible meal. Great service and the food is always outstanding. Martini's are worth trying. Great for visit to GR, anniversary or group outing.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to Bistro Bella Vita for Mothers Day. The food was delicious. We had the Beef Cheeks, Cassoulet, and Gnocchi Parisian. All three were excellent. Our server, "Aaron P" was very knowledgeable and explained the menu and wines well. At least 5 other people stopped by during our dinner - to fill our water, replace a dropped fork, check... 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 to $30
Cuisine: French

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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 to $30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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