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Tello Italian Bistro

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524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were there with a party of 8 and had a 7:30 reservation. We were seated quickly and drinks were served fairly quickly. There were no beers on tap as the cooler was broken. Some of th food was very good and others in our party said their meal was bland. The main courses did not come out until after... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The atmosphere of this restaurant is nice, dark and and inviting, decent size bar. The staff was unprepared and VERY slow. It was 100 degrees outside with 100% humidity and the AC went out (not anyone's fault), but nothing was said or offered as a gesture of good will. We ordered our salad and after 45 minutes, I joked with... More 

Thank SJK941
Cathedral City, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After being seated, one waits a ling time for food. We have not been there for a long time. Once burned. my husband will not go there any more.

Thank BubbeSuzie
Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As I started to write this review, I was glad our visit was about a month ago, and it gave me some time to cool down. I'll describe our experience and let you be the judge if you want to try them. Maybe they do deserve a second chance, but not from me. There were six of us on a... More 

Thank Haroldbuckeye
Butler, Wisconsin
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132 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did not have any lasagne left (an Italian bistro with no lasagna???), he told me "we made it yesterday and ran out." So even if they did have what I went there for, it would not have been made fresh that day. Also, the waitress in training felt the need to tell us her real job is in mental health,... More 

Thank Michael B
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What happened to Tello's? Visited on a Wednesday night. The menu said they had a fish of the day - they did not. The menu said that had a soup of the day - they did not. Ordered the calamari and the risotto and they were both awful. Used to be the best place in town to eat - sadly,... More 

Thank joannek
Owensboro, Kentucky
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330 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All of the food was delicious. There were 11 of us and our server, Maria, was flawless. All the food came out at the same time. All of the food was perfect temperature. I had so much I needed a take home box. We were quite pleased with all aspects of this restaurant.

Thank BudNLily
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for our Anniversary. The server was not knowledgable as to what the specials were. Our appetizer of scallops was under cooked. I ordered the butternut squash ravioli, the sauce was like water. The manager came over when I mentioned it to the server and she agreed it did not look correct. The vegetables that were to come... More 

Thank Ellen S
kalamazoo, mi
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

My family and I have enjoyed many great meals here. Hands down the best food in south Haven. We go back as often as we have a chance. Great date place!

Thank jamiek830
Columbus, Ohio
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We went to Tello last year and enjoyed it. This year: many problems. We ordered drinks and appetizers, drinks came out without a problem. Appetizer: 20 minutes later, a very limp and greasy version of calamari. After ordering and waiting about 45 additional minutes, we inquired again with an obviously frustrated server, who let us know it may be at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: 269-639-9898

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?