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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good

We came here for dinner. As it was one of the highly rated italian restaurants we had to check it out. We were greeted by a huge line waiting to get in. Which is the norm for the restaurant i guess. The food was good but not worth the time it took to get in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
ayushb
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mumbai
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
mumbai
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We came here for dinner. As it was one of the highly rated italian restaurants we had to check it out. We were greeted by a huge line waiting to get in. Which is the norm for the restaurant i guess. The food was good but not worth the time it took to get in.

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Dyer, IN
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We have been there many, many times and have never had a bad meal there. We enjoy the atmosphere and the cozy seating. The steak is great! Everyone is so friendly and talkative.

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We had two servers who took turns waiting on us throughout the meal. It was a bit unusual, but they were both great. The wine recommendations that were suggested based on my wife and my differing tastes were spot on. The Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad and Caesar Salad were very good, refreshing starters before our entrees. The beef in... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a great restaurant. The food is exceptional and the staff is pleasant and courteous. Not very large so make reservations ahead of time. It is worth it! Nice menu with the usual Italian fare but also has some special special fabulous dishes!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I might be a little bias bc I'm from MI, and I love SoHa. But this is one of the nicest restaurants IN downtown that's not Clementine's! My fiance took me there before he proposed and it was very romantic. Dim lighting, italian Prosecco flowing, and excellent Tiramisu. The 3 Minute Truffle eggs were amazing! I wish the app came... More 

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Rochester, Michigan
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122 reviews 122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We popped in on a busy summer weekend and sat at the bar. All other tables were reserved - and we understand why. The food and service is fabulous. Great wine selections and personable servers. You can't go wrong at Tello's!!!

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Ocqueoc, MI
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

This excellent eatery is one block south of main street with all the crowds. We chanced this place after seeing lines all over the main drag. Wewalked up and sat down on the outside tables ordered wine and dinner and we were out in a hour. It was fun eating and feeding the hungry little birds on the ground. Our... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The six of us were lucky enough to grab the private booth and we weren't rushed anywhere....of course it was early on a Friday and in December so not too many tourists! The grilled romaine salad is simply delicious, the beer on tap was perfect and my meal was mouthwatering. It can get a bit pricey so perhaps for a... More 

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Ocqueoc, MI
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

we ate outside and had a simple dinner this place was packed inside and it wasn't too hit outside wait staff was helpful on the many items on the menu and they were very attentive. we had a great time eating and watching the pass byers on the sidewalk

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Restaurant was packed so we took a spot at the bar. Friendly bar tender. Eating at bar was comfortable. Food was excellent.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?