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Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Sponsored by: Bistro Bella Vita

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Exceptional Downtown Dining
1. Exceptional Downtown Dining
"This is , hands down, the best restaurant in Grand Rapids."
JanoUrban
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2. Superior Service
2. Superior Service
"Couldn't be more impressed with the drinks, food and service"
Chris W
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3. Modern French & Italian
3. Modern French & Italian
"The food was fantastic. Some of the best pasta and pizza we've had"
jillbH869FJ
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About
Modern French & Italian Cuisine Our specialty is Modern French & Italian Cuisine made from scratch with as many sustainably-sourced ingredients as possible. Enjoy homemade pasta, brick-oven pizzas, rotisserie-roasted meats or our famous paella, taste the difference of the highest-quality cuisine created with sustainably-sourced produce,experience fresh seafood shipped directly to our chefs, and delight in our exceptional, accommodating, professional service.
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $46
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed August 10, 2020 via mobile

This place does everything well. Very cool atmosphere and a broad range of delicious food choices. On top of that a great bar and wine list too. Nice outdoor patio seating thats elevated off the sidewalk. Great service too. Park across the street or valet.

Date of visit: August 2020
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nataliet122, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2020

Good morning, Matt! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this kind review. We're thrilled to hear that you had such an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to safely serve you again soon!

Reviewed June 22, 2020 via mobile

We had dinner at Bistro Bella Vita during their soft opening after quarantine. The food was sensational. It was so comforting to return to our favorite restaurant and see the same staff and taste the same wonderful food. Can’t wait to come back!

Date of visit: June 2020
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nataliet122, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2020

Hi there! We're thrilled to hear you had an exceptional meal with us and appreciate you dining with us during our soft opening! We hope to safely serve you again soon.

Reviewed June 20, 2020

We were there last night with eight people all of which were family members. The staff was beautifully trained in how to keep things clean and safe and the food was absolutely spectacular! Mary, our server was a wonderful and treated us all like family.We...can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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nataliet122, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2020

Hi there! It was so nice to have you and our exceptional guests back in our restaurant. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had an exceptional dining experience and we look forward to continue to safely serve you in the future!

Reviewed March 10, 2020 via mobile

Liked the booth seating; good service, answered questions about menus: was prompt, attentive. Asked for fan to be turned down and it was Atmosphere was conducive to conversation without yelling!

Date of visit: February 2020
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nataliet122, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

Good morning, Nancy! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional birthday celebration for your daughter in law with us, from our Modern French & Italian cuisine, to service and ambiance. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

Reviewed November 19, 2019 via mobile

Impromptu visit with a group of 8 while friends were visiting the area. Food is good with good drink selection and good service. It can be a bit noisy at times but not unacceptable. All around good experience.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

Good morning, thank you so much for bringing your friends to Bistro and taking the time to write this kind, thoughtful review! We're glad to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and look forward to...More

Reviewed October 7, 2019

Celebrated a birthday with a wonderful dinner here. The beef carpaccio appetizer followed by duck three ways and lemon olive oil torte couldn't be topped! And with a sazerac to start the evening, this is a great spot to go to. Get over there!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2019

Good morning! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us and taking the time to write this kind, thoughtful review. We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us and especially loved our beef carpaccio, duck...More

Reviewed October 2, 2019

We were looking forward to eating here as many reviews were positive. We did not experience top tier service or food quality. Unfortunately our meal was quite average while the prices were quite high. My wife’s salmon was dry- perhaps left under the heat lamp...way too long. I had the trout with vegetables that were simply not cooked thoroughly. There are too many other places in GR that are not as expensive and we certainly will try them before we ever return.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2019

Good morning, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us about your recent dining experience. We're sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations for your visit. As you've seen in other reviews, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional...More

Reviewed September 29, 2019

Exceeded all expectations. Couldn't be more impressed with the drinks, food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2019

Good morning, Chris! Thanks so much for dining at Bistro Bella Vita this weekend and taking the time to write this incredibly kind review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience that exceeded your expectations—from food and especially beverage, to service...More

Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

The restaurant had a very cosmopolitan upscale vibe, modern mixed with Italian flair. The arugula salad with goat cheese, matchstick pears, and prosciutto was an outstanding start to the meal. The rigatoni with Bolognese was very good, but the whitefish special with a spicy pork...ragu was 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Our waitress recommended 2 of her favorite desserts, Tiramisu and a lemon olive oil cake with a blueberry reduction and a rosemary infused ricotta filling. It was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had with coffee soaked ladyfingers and layers of creamy, light, marscapone goodness. My husband loved the Lemon cake 🍰 . We live 2 hours away, but next trip to Grand Rapids we will definitely return to Bistro Bella Vita! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2019

Good morning, Maggie! Thank you so much for dining at Bistro Bella Vita during your trip to GR and taking the time to write this kind, thoughtful review. We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us and especially loved our...More

Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

A must-go restaurant if visiting Grand Rapids. Delicious food every time, consistent efficient and friendly service, beautiful ambiance.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Natalie T, Brand Representative at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Good morning! Thank you so much for dining at Bistro Bella Vita during your visit to GR and taking the time to write this kind, thoughtful review. We're thrilled to hear that you've had nothing but exceptional dining experiences with us from food, to service...More

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Yes. Let the server know or call ahead if you want to know what they can do. The kitchen staff are very accommodating. They have daily specials as well.
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