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Bistro Bella Vita

44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4064
616-222-4600
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Ranked #9 of 775 restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
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English first
Owosso, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I went to this restaurant for the first time. What bothered me a lot was the service and the food. I had a combination dish which included duck, chicken, and sausage. The duck was cooked perfectly but was very chewy and had almost no flavor. The chicken was also cooked correctly but had so much fat clinging to it, that... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We used the private dining room for a group of 22 people. Management was very corporative and the service very good. We ordered from a reduced menu my brother picked; most people had the risotto or Boeuf Bourguignonne, both of which were very good . While they have a nice wine list there were only two bottles of the first... More

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Byron Center, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bistro has been a favorite for years. They go out of their way to get high quality, locally sourced foods. Preparations are delicious. I like going places where they can tell me where my did came from!

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West Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My daughter and I were attending a concert at the Intersection and this restaurant was right down the street which is why we chose it. I loved the atmosphere, very casual-elegant. Our waiter was very professional and attentive maybe just a smidge too attentive. I had the beuf borginionne (sorry for the spelling) which was recommended by our waiter and... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I shared a great dinner with a large group of friends. Menu was extensive. My meal of Rigatoni Bolognese was great. Our server handled the large group very efficiently. Very nice ambiance and large.

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Battle Creek, MI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We visited Bistro Bella Vita on the recommendation of our daughter, who is an area resident. Based on the name, I was expecting primarily Italian food, but there was a great variety of savory dishes from which to choose; an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list as well. Most ingredients are locally sourced, and there were many specials on the... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Food is quite good, service is o.k., but always somewhat inattentive. Prices are high compared to other restaurants of similar caliber in the downtown area. Really a 3.5 out of 5

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our service was prompt and responsive. The menu selections were across the board in variety and every thing was intriguing in the descriptions. Every entree our party of four ordered was very tasty and the portions were just right. The overall atmosphere for our late lunch/early dinner was business crowd as well as a few tables of guests preparing for... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have never had a bad experience here in over ten years of going. Cocktails are always innovative and menu is a combination of perennial favorites and seasonal delicacies. Located perfectly downtown for quick access to other events.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Exquisite but not stuffy. Elegant but friendly. Classy and welcoming. Great selection of food items, fantastic menu, upscale and forward thinking. Great flavored. Warm and elegant ambiance. First class, 5 star waitstaff and service . The staff seems to enjoy being there and waiting on customers --- focused on giving guests a wonderful experience. Went with a large party and... More

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