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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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Francesville, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small Italian restaurant with delicious food. Atmosphere was casual. We were there early and enjoyed a quiet meal. Food was slightly different than the "usual" Italian. I would go back just for the truffle egg appetizer and the salad with figs!

Thank CVandBoys
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433 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Night we were there, the kitchen went into the weeds and never came back up. We were there early and ended up having a three-hour dinner for 6. Owner (or rep) made continual apologies, but didn't do anything like comp dessert or buy us a bottle. What part of "never going back" do they not get?

Thank BlueHenFlyer
Livonia, Michigan
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I love the happy hour wine and pizza specials. The grilled romaine salad is one of our favorites.

Thank rodgap
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took 35 minutes to receive water, 45 minutes to get bread, and 90 minutes from when we sat down until our dinner was served. The manager on duty who was running the bar was aware of our concern for the time it took to be served. Instead of trying to make things better, she decided to take the being... More 

Thank Jeff W
Fennville, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere was so warm and inviting,hostess was very nice. Our waiter was excellent. The food was wonderful .

1 Thank jacki128
Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This Italian restaurant was highly rated by the owner of our B&B. Our waiter (Jeremy) was excellent and our Chicken Marsala was superb. We topped off the meal by sharing a large, delicious Tiramisu. The price was reasonable for such high quality food.

1 Thank Richard K
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Just returned from an excellent experience at this clubby-feeling surprise. Our group of eight made a reservation for a mid-week dinner--just in case. A good move. Place was filled when we arrived and we were immediately escorted to our waiting table. A varied menu with Italian accents held something for everyone from pasta, meat and pizza offerings.The special was a... More 

Thank Creeklady
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We went here before a triathlon. We were early, around 4 or 5, so the restaurant was empty. When we asked for a table we were told hey couldn't accommodate us due to reservations. We sat at the bar instead and had a leisurely meal and we noticed the restaurant remained half empty so we could have been seated at... More 

Thank Jennifer B
Orland Park, Illinois
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar to have a drink while waiting for a table but ended up eating at the bar instead. Food good bartender very friendly and ran her butt off as several were eating at the bar. Good reisling and ipa beers. Will return.

Thank janet m
Palm Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Very pretty, upscale restaurant with a excellent staff. Our service was great. I thought the menu was very limited and not what I expected. I had the penne with tenderloin and porcini mushrooms. The beef was good, but the sauce was not anything to right home about. My significant other had the cioppino and was just ok. It's supposed to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, 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?