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Tello Italian Bistro

524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
+1 269-639-9898
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

In the past we have made a special trip to South Haven to celebrate our birthday & anniversary. This last trip did not measure up to what we have come to expect. Pasta was dry & chewy. Because of past experience, we will try it...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed August 20, 2015

This used to be a regular destination for us when it was in a larger building away from downtown. Now the tables are crammed together so private talking is not possible. Twice we found the staff rude and the service very slow. We go elsewhere...More

Thank 761rickh
Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

This was our first stop when we arrived in South Haven for a week of vacation. We wanted to go to Clementine's but were not willing to wait 45 minutes for a seat, so we went a couple doors down to Tello. The place was...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Good place for a little more upscale italian meal. Not a family restaurant. Bar area was a little noisy but otherwise the place is relatively quite. Excellent spaghetti and pizza. Very good waiter, would like to try it again some time and spend more time...More

Thank RalphRR
Reviewed August 13, 2015

Good food and service. Accommodated our special request and substitutions. Location right on the Main Street in downtown. Prices moderate, good Italian food.

Thank trixie1948
Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants in town. Sit down tablecloth dining. Excellent food. Presentation is everything. Good wine selection.

Thank Larry D
Reviewed August 5, 2015

Nice looking place with great service. Would only recomend a bottle of wine. Both dinners (actually all 3) were very bad. Penne pasta with sauce that tasted rancid was replaced with butternut ravioli. The burnt butter maple syrup atop greasy fried pasta was discusting.Hubby ordered...More

Thank Tina C
Reviewed August 4, 2015

We’d just arrived in South Haven, popped our bags in our apartment and headed straight here. Delicious meal which consisted of the calamari fritti and a tomato bruschetta to start, followed by spaghetti alla primavera and a fabulous pizza (wonderfully thin crispy but chewy base...More

Thank Janie M
Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I come to SH every summer and dine at Tellos our last night. Service is great! Ambiance fun and romantic. Food flawless! Tonight was butternut ravioli and whitefish Napoleon! We will keep coming back!

Thank Ethan G
Reviewed July 31, 2015

Service excellent, decoration very nice. Food average for price paid. coffee and espresso were delicious.

Thank janemad2
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Can you accommodate a gluten free diet?
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Response from nikkrizz | Reviewed this property |
Last night I was told no, they didn't have gluten free. 3/2017
Paulette G
Do you have happy hour and if so what are the hours
January 11, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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: +1 269-639-9898
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