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Bistro Bella Vita

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44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083 (Weston and Market)
+1 616-222-4600
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Montreal
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a great dinner with colleagues. I wouldn't call it exactly an Italian restaurant as there seems to be many influences (paella on the menu, Parisian pasta, bread pudding for dessert) but it is just a detail. You will find something for everyone. My rigatoni bolognese were just perfect - tasty sauce and al dente pasta. Yummy! Spaghetti putanesca also... More 

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fremont MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a quick after business lunch. Excellent Chardonnay, very fine Caesar with real anchovies, and superb pizza--duck skin and confit. Excellent service. First visit in a few years, will return soon.

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Thank mike s
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had dinner with my family ages starting at 10. The food is great it is a little pricey but worth it.

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Thank Ginny2515
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the menu options so there is something for everyone, regardless of how fussy or simple you are. I don't even like mushrooms and I fell in love with their mushroom risotto (I thought I'd be adventurous)!

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Thank Rachel M
Corning, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently accepted a job that is requiring to move to Chicago and spend a considerable amount of time over seas. I planned a special dinner date with someone very close to me so that we could talk about how we would move forward. I ordered some flowers to be delivered to the restaurant and placed on the table prior... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently dined at Bistro Bella Vita for a special meal with a group and were seated at the Cellar Table. This table is tucked away behind the pizza oven and located next to the kitchen. We experienced the highest level of service from Korin and house manager Tristan. We were treated to impeccably prepared meals that arrived fresh, well-timed,... More 

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Thank att284
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with friends. They had not been and Bistro Bella Vita did not disappoint. Good food with wonderful flavor. Drinks and service were very good. A bit noisy the night we were there, but would still highly recommend.

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Thank Scott M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Bistro Bella Vita is an all time favorite place to grab some wonderful food and drinks in downtown Grand Rapids. Service is top notch and food is delicious!

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Thank jbt0413
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

This is , hands down, the best restaurant in Grand Rapids. The food is always above expectations. Done perfectly and with amazing depth of flavors. We had the mixed seafood special which was awesome. Each piece of fish was done to it own perfection. The service is top notch as well. Very professional. The wine steward helped us pick the... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Consistently good, nice wine list, fun downtown vibe. Have never had a bad meal here and the service is on point. Also very convenient to any downtown event you might be attending. We often eat here before a play or concert.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Cuisine
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083
    (Weston and Market)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-222-4600
Description
We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service-that's the Essence Restaurant Group philosophy. Whether it's a pizza and beer with friends, or an elegant chef's table meal paired with appropriate wines, guests enjoy our creative cuisine made exclusively from fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?