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La Bella Vita Restaurant

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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55 West St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
207.288.5033
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 179
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  • 85
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A delightful discovery!

La Bella Vita is a wonderful little restaurant: a) food, delightfully prepared and delicious; b) wait staff, professional and helpful without being overbearing; c) setting, beautiful views of the harbor; d) price, reasonable for the fine quality. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Bangor, Maine
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Parkland
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10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had free breakfast and this restaurant and it was awful. Service was not good. Omelet maker was slow and quite rude and the buffet itself was sloppy and unkept. Food was all over and there was no care in replenishing when there were empty dishes and foods. Will not go back here again.

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We have dined at La Bella Vita many times over many years, and had always had great meals and outstanding service until last year. Because of that, we decided to give them another try. Very telling was the almost empty restaurant at 630 pm. The service was lackluster. The food just average. I had the acqua cotta soup and a... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

La Bella Vita is a wonderful little restaurant: a) food, delightfully prepared and delicious; b) wait staff, professional and helpful without being overbearing; c) setting, beautiful views of the harbor; d) price, reasonable for the fine quality. Highly recommended!

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St. Louis MO
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I've had the opportunity to eat at La Bella Vita on several occasions over the past few years. The food is excellent, especially the pasta and seafood dishes. The Seafood Stew is incredible. Last night I had the halibut and tagliatelle, which was really tasty. Pasta was perfectly done and the sauce was very flavorful-with capers and a lemony essence.... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This Italian restaurant forms part of the Harborside hotel, so we have had breakfast here as well as Dinner. All meals have been very good quality, and the the service is good - there is a little wait as the food is all freshly cooked to order, and better for it. Dinner, I had a rich, tasty seafood stew, preceded... More 

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Medford, New Jersey
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had enough lobster so went here. Decent food and setting. Three of us had make your own pasta. Two were excellent and one the pasta was undercooked. A bit pricey, but a good alternative to the types of restaurants in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stayed at the harbor side hotel and decided to stay in the night it rained, the wait was long but the outcome did not disappoint. The service was quick once we got our table and the food was one of the BEST meals we had on our trip! The bartender was great, offering recommendations on good things to do... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Ordered room service after a long drive to Bar Harbor. Took longer than quoted. Cart table cloth was dirty. Server was good. Food was great. Lobster and Shrimp appetizer was delicious as well as the wedge salad. Steak was 'good'. Kids grilled cheese was 'good'.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

outdoor seating is popular but only a small number of tables available. Had a wonderful dinner inside. Solid wine list with fair prices. Large menu with good variety of selections. Our waiter was first class and really made your dinner a special event.

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Monza, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Good selection of plates in the main course and good selection of wines . Same plates are far from being from the Italian cusine but generally speaking you should be satisfied at the end of your dinner.Service was slow and far from perfection.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 West St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
  • Phone Number: 207.288.5033

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business

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