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Tello Italian Bistro

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524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
269-639-9898
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Comfortable Bistro with Great Food.

Convenient location right downtown. Great food and service. The Truffled Eggs with Gorganzola Sauce is a must appetizer. Cozy Bistro style atomsphere. Reservations are easy to get and recommended unless you want to risk a long wait at peak times on weekends. Parking on the street difficult but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Vagabond013
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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Penne con Porcini was to die for! My husband said it was the best pasta dish he's ever had. Of course I tasted it and wholeheartedly agreed!

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Convenient location right downtown. Great food and service. The Truffled Eggs with Gorganzola Sauce is a must appetizer. Cozy Bistro style atomsphere. Reservations are easy to get and recommended unless you want to risk a long wait at peak times on weekends. Parking on the street difficult but generally plenty of spaces in the lot behind restaurant.

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Schererville, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On our visit to South Haven, we stopped here because of a sign advertising a $5.00 Bloody Mary ... glad we did. The drink was perfectly prepared (would have liked some garnish beside an olive, though). We decided to order a "bite" and chose the scallops appetizer. It was very tasty, but only two small scallops were served, and it... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Loved the place. Pretty and loved the music, althought a bit loud. Nice small bar. Nice selection of wine. Food was good, a little on the high side. More adult enviroment, would not take children.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A return visit as we had a great meal here several years ago. Not as good. Ambience a lot more casual. Staff v good though. Warm bread not warm. Bland olive oil with gloopy cheese and there is a speciality oil shop just doors away!! I had beef pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes. Beef nice and tenet but veg v... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wow... The best spaghetti I've had in forever! Nice place, with friendly service. Couldn't make my mind up between the butternut squash ravioli ... That will be my next dish during our next visit.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We arrived on a Saturday and everywhere was a 45+ min wait. So the next night we made s reservation Tello because it was one of two places we could find that took reservations. This place tries to be the more upscale Italian but the food was merely okay. My husband and I tried their famous truffle eggs in gorgonzola... More 

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Coldwater, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

In the past we have made a special trip to South Haven to celebrate our birthday & anniversary. This last trip did not measure up to what we have come to expect. Pasta was dry & chewy. Because of past experience, we will try it again

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This used to be a regular destination for us when it was in a larger building away from downtown. Now the tables are crammed together so private talking is not possible. Twice we found the staff rude and the service very slow. We go elsewhere now.

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Pittsburgh, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was our first stop when we arrived in South Haven for a week of vacation. We wanted to go to Clementine's but were not willing to wait 45 minutes for a seat, so we went a couple doors down to Tello. The place was nearly empty. We encountered a little attitude with our server. Seemed like we were an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: 269-639-9898

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?