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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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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Battle Creek, MI
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“On Our List Now”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

We visited Bistro Bella Vita on the recommendation of our daughter, who is an area resident. Based on the name, I was expecting primarily Italian food, but there was a great variety of savory dishes from which to choose; an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list as well. Most ingredients are locally sourced, and there were many specials on the day we visited. I had short ribs with a sweet potato hash, falling off the bone--delicious! My wife had cassoulet, which she enjoyed, but would have preferred it to be more moist. Our waiter, Dennis, suggested when she ordered that she add a fried egg over the cassoulet, but she's not really an egg person. Our daughter ordered spaghetti bolognese, which she said is a favorite of her and her husband, and it did not disappoint. We shared creme brulee and locally sourced ice cream for dessert. I found the pricing to be quite reasonable for the quality of the food and the decor. Service was attentive without being overbearing. We plan to return when we are in the Grand Rapids area again!

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good food, but pricey....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Food is quite good, service is o.k., but always somewhat inattentive. Prices are high compared to other restaurants of similar caliber in the downtown area.
Really a 3.5 out of 5

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank MandyVB
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Grandville, Michigan
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pre Griffins Hockey Game 4some”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our service was prompt and responsive. The menu selections were across the board in variety and every thing was intriguing in the descriptions. Every entree our party of four ordered was very tasty and the portions were just right. The overall atmosphere for our late lunch/early dinner was business crowd as well as a few tables of guests preparing for a Griffins hockey game - as we were. Generous seating; not too crowded at our table. Plenty of space between the tables and it felt comfortable. I liked the variety of the menu and especially the bar area's atmosphere.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Aerdog
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“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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