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$15 - $46
CUISINES
Italian, American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Exceptional Downtown Dining
1. Exceptional Downtown Dining
"This is , hands down, the best restaurant in Grand Rapids."
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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"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family had a wonderful dinner at Bistro Bella Vita. We were considering a few places for dinner and settled on this one. So glad we did! We made a reservation and our table was ready when we arrived and they even had a booster...seat in place. The food was really good. The black spaghetti was really unique and tasty (for seafood lovers). The pizza was also delicious. The food came out quickly, which made me wonder how fresh the food would be, but it tasted fresh and homemade. The best part of our experience, though, was the service. Ashley was our server and she was excellent! She was so friendly and helpful. Her timing was impeccable and I always appreciate when servers mention dessert quietly (instead of saying it to the kid(s)). Small thing but it just capped off a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend and we will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

We visited on May 27 during happy hour for a few drinks and some small plates. We had a house martini and a Negroni, along with fried brassicas and pizza. Our server was fabulous, friendly, and very knowledgeable. She clearly enjoyed working there. The food...was totally delicious and the atmosphere was great!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 24, 2022 via mobile

Although it is an Italian restaurant, I got the only steak entree and this was spectacular ! One of the most juicy and succulent (medium cooked) tenderloin I ever got ! Well recommended

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 8, 2022

We had a lovely meal with our son, his girlfriend, and her parents. Service and food were outstanding. We would return.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 17, 2021 via mobile

The food was Oke only the price was not according the food. A starter with tuna for $ 20.— with hardly no tuna and seafood pasta with only 6 shrimps.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 14, 2021 via mobile

The service was excellent,top notch waitress. We had the bruschetta and a fried brassicas appetizer which were both amazing. The entrees were good but not as good as the appetizers and desserts. Had the tiramisu and a butterscotch dessert. Both wonderful.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Zachary G, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2021

Hi there, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed exceptional food and service while dining at Bistro! We hope to serve you again soon.

Reviewed June 5, 2021 via mobile

Bruschetta appetizer was amazing, ingredients so fresh! Son ordered 4 cheese ravioli and ate entire thing! Husband ordered saffron risotto, generous portion and was served hot, and a little kick of spice. I ordered rotini con pollo, flavorful, probably a dish pesto lovers will love....Shredded chicken in creamy pesto sauce. Service was superior. We want to go back. Everything here made from scratch. We went early (4:30-6) and were casually dressed (shorts) and felt welcome.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Zachary G, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2021

Hi there, we're happy to hear you enjoyed an exceptional dining experience with us and we appreciate your kind words about the food and service. We hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed May 22, 2021

Bistro has been one of our favorite restaurants in GR for some time. Tonight was a different experience. While I understand the pandemic has impacted everyone, especially the restaurant industry, the service and outrageous rules we encountered at Bistro were disappointing. First, when making a...reservation you have to put a $5 deposit per person down for your table. I understand the restaurant is trying to ensure people show up, but thought this was both strange and a bit ridiculous.We had a reservation weeks in advance and when we arrived we were seated in the way back of the restaurant which is terribly decorated and has no ambiance whatsoever. I figured with a reservation so far in advance we would have had a better seating arrangement. But here’s the worst part, the hostess after giving us the menus says “this table flips in 90mins.” Our mouths dropped. We had no knowledge when scheduling our reservation that we would be timed!! Absolutely disgusting and disappointing. Do better Bistro. Will not be going back after that experience. I’d advise everyone to skip Bistro and go to Ruth’s Chris, Leos, or Wolfgangs— significantly better customer service and the food is actually worth the high price. Never again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Zachary G, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2021

We are very sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. We would love to resolve this with you directly. Please contact our General Manager Tristan Walczewski at tristan@bistrobellavita.com and include the name on your reservation. We appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed April 30, 2021 via mobile

Outstanding food with a menu that has a lot of variety. Lots of different starters, pastas, seafoods, soups, and salads. An extensive drinks menu. Also specials daily. Great ambience and very good service. Easy street or lot parking.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Zachary G, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2021

Hi, thank you for the 5-star review! We hope to serve you again soon.

Reviewed April 17, 2021

Wow. This place is great. The food and the desert was amazing. The drinks were top notch. Our waiter Conner and other servers took amazing care of us. We will visit often !

Date of visit: April 2021
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Zachary G, Agency / Consultant at Bistro Bella Vita, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2021

Hi Lance, thank you for the great review! We hope to serve you again soon.

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

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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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Bistro Bella Vita is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5