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Tello Italian Bistro

524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
269-639-9898
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Ranked #5 of 60 Restaurants in South Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Incredible service fantastic ambience. Delicious food We arrived at 6 o'clock on a Saturday night there was a two hour wait. For some reason the Backbar had four seats open so we sat down and ordered food there. Not only was the bartender so nice and knowledgeable she help us with the food and our vacation plans. Once the food... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Wife and I were here on Friday, September 12 on a recommendation from a local whom I trust. Was not disappointed. We did not have reservations but were seated immediately. Jeremy was our waiter who was efficient and friendly. We both had wines which we liked and had the calamari appetizer which was good. The bread was good as well.... More

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South Haven, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Go between 4:00pm and 6:00pm and you can have a thin crust gourmet pizza (plate size) for $6....and there are wine specials during this time too!

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Middlebury, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Did not have reservations, she said hour wait even with empty seats. Waited 1/2 hour than ask again, she seated us in one of empty seats. Food was good but I have had better. Neither of us ware impressed. Don't mind spending the money if you enjoy the food. Next time I would pass.

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Cincinnati
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240 reviews 240 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I enjoy popping in and trying one thing or another and moving on to next place. Kinda strange setting to me in this town, but it is the high rent district and I had to try it. Great service from the start and my Ice Cold Peroni was sitting next to Fresh, Hot Bread, in no time. I went with... More

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Northbrook
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Overnight trip for my wife's birthday. Made reservations in advance online. Probably seats about 40 patrons. Tables are not crowded. Caesar salad very fresh and crisp. Whitefish Napoleon was delicious and generous portion. Worth the trip; would definitely come back of in the area.

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

On the main drag on way to beach and harbor is a little gem of a restaurant called Tello. It's very high end for what's surrounds it, but still casual. Fantastic appetizers, we had asppragus with prosciutto with a 3 minute egg. Seafood linguine was incredible as was stuff veal. Deserts were teramesue or flour less chocolate cake, how can... More

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Chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

You don't expect food of this quality in a seasonal vacation community! Had the grilled romaine salad w gorgonzola and pancetta - Fantastic! Squid ink linguini with seafood was absolutely terrific - full of unexpected flavors. Waitstaff was engaged and fun! Wouldn't expect this level of competence - flavors were great. Good wine list.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Asparagus, proscuiutto and poached egg appetizer, cioppino, and seafood linquine were all delicious and a nice break from the ubiquitous fried fish and french fries everywhere else.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The drinks were good, the salad was very good and my husband got the special of spicy shrimp pasta and it was awesome, but I do not recommend the Lasagna at all. it has a bad taste of Mexican chorizo to it. Our server never asked how our meal was till my husband was completely finished and I couldn't eat... More

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