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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: 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

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  • 148
    Excellent
  • 84
    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
Wonderful meal

We were here for the first time in December for an early dinner with family before the TSO concert in the evening.I don't know why we have waited so long to come here! The service was top notch. The food and presentation was fabulous. I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. We will definitely be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
ruthieb911
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Rockford, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rockford, Michigan
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were here for the first time in December for an early dinner with family before the TSO concert in the evening.I don't know why we have waited so long to come here! The service was top notch. The food and presentation was fabulous. I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. We will definitely be back.

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Byron Center, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bistro has been my wife and my favorite for years. Their food is locally sourced and as fresh as possible. They will go out of their way to accommodate any dietary restrictions you have and even have a separate gluten free menu for those that need it. Atmosphere is great too.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is one you want in your phone contact list. Great selection of food and drink reasonably priced and reliably good. Good for family or a night out with friends. Pleasant atmosphere and well maintained. Staff has always been attentive and pleasant.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great place for a business lunch, after work gathering or after any downtown event. Great food and drink selection. Service is great, wait Times can vary. Make a reservation to be safe, especially for larger groups.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stop here regularly before concerts, or really anytime we're downtown. Always good food, freshly prepared. We've also had prompt and friendly service without fail. It's a go to with predictably good results. It can be a little noisy, but not enough to preclude conversation. And it's also a good stopover after work to catch a drink and some yummy... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Enter. Left or Right? To the right...casual, great lunch venue or casual quick stop before the play. To the left...slow it down...take your time...have an appetizer! Terrific food...and the dozen or so times we have eaten here it has been consistently good. The wait staff has been excellent and adds to the experience. Chef's specials have been worth trying for... More 

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Saranac
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Food was delicious and the waitress was fun and friendly. A little on the pricier side, but good for a special night out. The hardwood floors get slippery and make it a loud venue for a restaurant. Although it has a dressy desire, it's more of a classier friends-night-out place.

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Battle Creek
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?