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“Never disappoints”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita
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Ranked #8 of 925 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Weston and Market
Description: 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.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Never disappoints”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have never had a bad experience here in over ten years of going. Cocktails are always innovative and menu is a combination of perennial favorites and seasonal delicacies. Located perfectly downtown for quick access to other events.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank MotownMarty
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Exquisite, and classy.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Exquisite but not stuffy. Elegant but friendly. Classy and welcoming. Great selection of food items, fantastic menu, upscale and forward thinking. Great flavored. Warm and elegant ambiance. First class, 5 star waitstaff and service . The staff seems to enjoy being there and waiting on customers --- focused on giving guests a wonderful experience. Went with a large party and the service had flourish and a flair that made it fun to be in this sophisticated restaurant. Lovely dishes and setting.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Kelly0454
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Top Notch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Consistently good food, lively atmosphere in the heart of Grand Rapids. Have used this venue twice for private parties and have been very happy with the service and the quality of the food presented. Top notch

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank wans2travel
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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355 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“This is my favorite restaurant in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Every Dish here is outstanding, service is top notch. This is my first pick when entertaining out of town friends and for special events.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Sue D
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Stellar Service!! WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

By husband and I have eaten here many times but for a Valentine's weekend night out we decided to take our kids elsewhere for a nice meal. That was a huge mistake and we ended up leaving that establishment w/o having actually eaten....... After wasting an hour there we called over to Bistro and they saved us a table in the bar. As soon as we got there they had a cheese plate waiting for us--on the house. We had two glasses of amazing Pinot Noir comped too. Our meal was amazing and our server outstanding. (I think his name was Aaron....)
I had the Paella sans chorizo and my husband had duck.
Should have known better and gone to Bistro in the first place--learned our lesson!!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank trvlrjcj
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