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

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    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
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
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've been to Tello a number of times in the past couple years and it has been consistently good each time. The wine is good, the service is good, and the food is quality. My favorite entree is the sausage risotto ($18). The prices are a little higher than you might find elsewhere in South Haven, but I think you... More 

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mumbai
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
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103 reviews 103 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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
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103 reviews 103 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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?