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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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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222 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently took my Dad to celebrate his 80th birthday and were underwhelmed with Bistro Bella Vita. Six people, $350 worth of food and drinks (w/ tip). Three of us did a pasta sampler that included a salad, a pasta dish, and desert...$26 for very small portions. Very noisy. Long wait for main courses (30 minutes after salad plates cleared). $8... More 

Thank Dave B
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were hopeful in choosing this restaurant. We had bruschetta to begin. Good but lacking in flavor. Kick it up a notch. We then shared a pizza. We asked to change the base from red to pesto. They did , it was very good. Then we ordered a pasta dish. It was pesto and chicken. For this meal we got... More 

Thank Debra S
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163 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our customer took us out for a business dinner and the service was great. We had drinks, appetizers, and entrees. We had the bruschetta, calamari, and the mushroom appetizers. I had the four cheese ravioli and it was very good. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food.

Thank kokopuffMichigan
Chicago, IL
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lively place with an open atmosphere, the danger sign was several non Italian dishes on the menu, although the restaurant claims to be eclectic. Fresh, tasty Caesar salads and Mussels were great starters but then it was downhill. One person enjoyed their generous Burgundy Beef stew, butmy cassoulet was poor, made with the same base as the beef stew which... More 

Thank Chawton
Stevensville, Michigan
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for the first time prior to a concert. Food was great including the pizza. We had a larger group of 16 and our only issue was after over an hour they had only brought us one round of drinks. They left a lot of money on the table while not being able to keep up. Our waitress had too... More 

Thank Ron W
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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100 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious meal here with my wife. Very gregarious and courteous service. Had the beef brisket bourguignon. The vegetables were tender and had great texture. The meat was super soft and the sauce was so rich. My wife had coq au vin. I’ve never tasted chicken so flavorful. I’ve even tried to make both dishes because I liked them so much... More 

Thank Anthony G
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe it's because I just came from San Francisco where I ate at the Italian district or maybe it's because Bistro Bella Vita just relies on their reputation but our meal was subpar. My husband ordered Duck Ravoli which he said was tasty although not fulfilling. I ordered the Paella which was the biggest disappointment. Paella is supposed to be... More 

Thank Monica D
Granville, Ohio
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234 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything is scratch made here. Service was attentive and pleasant. Homemade pasta was a bit gummy for my taste but very good. Focaccio was tasty as were salads. Nice wine selection.

Thank lindacrick
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner forgettable, service charming until the last. While clearing server, Preston says " well after a dinner like that I can't imagine you'd want desert!" This is a Mom and her two teenage daughters who shared an appetizer, Pasta and two vegetable sides. What! Sorry can't get over this one, MAJOR SERVICE FAIL!!! Unacceptable.

Thank mgl41
Northville, Michigan
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the service was top notch, only one of our 3 entrées was. Recommend the 4 cheese ravioli. Desserts were pretty good. Paella was advertised to be "spicy", but i found it to be bland. Pricy for the quality of food. Everything is al a carte.

Thank SusieDee1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
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, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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
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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