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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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11:00 am - 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

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Be an Early Bird

Go to Tello at 5:00. Get the $3 wine and the $6 pizza - repeat - good until 6:00. later on get one entree. Ger a great deal. great atmosphere, great service. good wine, good food and get out for under $60 for 2 with take-home leftovers. Hard to beat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Maggie A
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Melbourne, Florida, United States
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Memphis, Tennessee
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I just had the most wonderful dinner - Cioppino (seafood stew). I would recommend it to anyone that likes seafood. I had a great meal, wonderful service, all in a beautiful restaurant. My wife had the Chicken Marsala, and a friend had the Chicken and Lemon - all amazing!

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Lake Leelanau, Michigan
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Nice atmosphere, very good service, disappointing meal. Calamari with the peppers was interesting. Wine selection is interesting. Ciappino was highly disappointing - too much canned tomato, not enough garlic & salmon (although tasty) was substituted for whitefish. Pappardelle bolognese was ok - good pasta, nice sauce but bland.

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Walled Lake, Michigan
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Not like the Tellos we use to Love. Disorganized service and kitchen. Waited for service. The food was dry.

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Detroit, Michigan
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were there around 4:30 and were seated immediately. However, no one informed us of the early bird special on wine and flat bread pizza. I wanted something different so I ordered the stuffed trout. It was stuffed with thin lemon slices. There were potatoes, tomatoes and olives. It was ok. What I would suggest is the gelato! It is... More 

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Melbourne, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Go to Tello at 5:00. Get the $3 wine and the $6 pizza - repeat - good until 6:00. later on get one entree. Ger a great deal. great atmosphere, great service. good wine, good food and get out for under $60 for 2 with take-home leftovers. Hard to beat.

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Sunrise Beach, Missouri, USA
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very pretty, upscale restaurant with a friendly staff. Our service was fine. I thought the menu was limited. I had the penne with tenderloin and porcini mushrooms. The beef was good, but the sauce was not to my liking. Somewhat bland. Dinner partner had the cioppino and was just ok. It's supposed to be a fish stew and instead of... More 

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Schiller Park, Illinois, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Don't go my wife wanted fish they had 2 choices on the menu but they didn't have either so she had chicken lemon it was fried chicken with lemon not good I had Italian seafood stew I think not really sure. This chef doesn't have a clue. We also had fried calamari very floury

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Okemos, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This restaurant has a surprisingly interesting and tasty menu. It also offers a happy hour special with tasty $3 wine/beer and $6 flatbread pizzas on weekdays which actually make a nice light dinner. The atmosphere is very pleasant and this restaurant is a welcome addition to South Haven where most of the restaurants are mediocre.

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Seated at 7:15. At 7:45, had still not received any water, bread or appetizers. When we asked the waitress what was wrong, she said "oh, we had 3 cooks walk out last Sunday." Well, nice to tell us when we came in that service would be slow. There were no more than 16 customers at the time. Then she avoided... More 

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Troy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I ate here last week on a Thursday evening. We we were shown to a table right away. As we didn't want a full meal, we opted for the bruschetta appetizer and one of their pizzas to share. The bruschetta was excellent as usual but the pizza was underdone and greasy. The service was just okay. We've... More 

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Additional Information about Tello Italian Bistro

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

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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?