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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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4:00 pm - 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 161
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    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
Good food great location

Came here for a company event and loved the location and the atmospher. Food was good but not spectacular but great flavors overall. Service was great for our entire group so big or small this is a great option if you are down town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
rodjan5
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Came here for a company event and loved the location and the atmospher. Food was good but not spectacular but great flavors overall. Service was great for our entire group so big or small this is a great option if you are down town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you go on Monday nights hope you get Tiffany. She is the best waitress and is very personable. The Ricotta Gnudi was one of the best meals I have had. The Three Cheese Ravioli was also amazing. My girlfriend is a Tiramiso snob and she rated it very highly so I recommend that for desert. Overall amazing experience and... More 

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Oakland Township, MI
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended by a number of locals because the food is so consistently good. We went on a rather busy Thursday night, but were seated right away and throughout our meal had excellent, attentive service. We each had the warm spinach salad, which had local, fresh ingredients, but more than that, had vibrant and bright flavors. One of... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Stopped in with business associates during restaurant week in Grand Rapids. The selections were great, prices reasonable and wine / beer selection meeting expectations. Nice table, crowded and service was friendly and timely. Chicken, duck, pizza were all as expected.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I came here on a week night based on a great Trip Advisor rating. I was in town for business so I thought I would check it out. Boy, what a great let down. First of all, I made a reservation thru Open Table. When I arrived, they claimed I had no reservation. What?? But, no problem, they seated me... More 

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Portage, MI
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Bistro Bella Vita after a wedding rehearsal. While the menu was limited due to the large (30 plus) group, the food and service was excellent. Atmosphere was very nice, service was spot on, and the food was very, very good. We will be back to sample more of the menu!

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I rate this a solid 4.9 and up there with some of the best restaurants I have been to lately. The Good: The creative Mediterranean theme menu is worth checking out. The menu is heavy on southern Italian and southern French rural/country dishes. I like this very much! I was frustrated that I did not have the time (or large... More 

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Wilmot, South Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 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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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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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: Mediterranean, French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?