Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellaviahp.com/
  • Phone: (847) 681-8300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maurizio Lo Bosco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Delicious Italian food and exceptional service, combined with beautiful rustic private rooms, set the scene for your next private event. Our private party room(s) accommodate up to 250 people for sit down dinner. Attached to the private party room(s) is a large 2200 square foot patio. We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality food and individualized attention from our experienced staff. We will tailor specific menus to meet your needs whether its for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or special occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Amir Bloom 8476818300
  • Entertainment: Live music on our outdoor patio

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second St. & Elm St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large underground Parking Facility located right across the street
A word from Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets
Bella Via Ristorante & Banquets is an upscale casual authentic Italian Restaurant located in downtown Highland Park. We feature southern and northern Italian fare and an extensive wine list highlighted by an impressive selection of Italian wines. The menu consists of a variety of appetizers, homemade pastas, fresh fish, tender veal, chicken and many other Italian favorites.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (30)good for groups (25)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (8)romantic (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • consistently good and friendly.
    chibuilder
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It is always nice to visit Mauritzio and his crew at Bella Via. Good food, friendly atmosphere and the specials are always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our meal was good
    JoleeVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    There were four of us for dinner. Everyone seemed pleased with their meals. I ordered the Veal piccata. It was very good, however the portion was very small. The appetizers were small also to share. Make sure you order extra food if you are a big eater. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service is not consistent
    GarlicVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Bella Via is in the neighborhood so it is easy to go to when it is freezing cold. the food is consistently good with enough specials to prevent menu boredom. Unfortunately, the service varies night tonight, and that is hard to explain.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place that gets better
    DrDetroitVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We enjoyed the relaxed neighborhood feel of the place after attending a film. It was a cold night and we were glad we didn't sit near the windows. My grilled fish was good while my wife's Halibut was not to as good. Calamari portion was skimpy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BelleVia is our favorite
    PatWVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant. The food, service and friendliness of the staff is unmatched! Very authentic Italian!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem.
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Continues to be the home of the best veal piccata on the north shore. Steady service by friendly waiters and waitresses and good Italian wine. Top it off with fresh roasted coffee or expresso.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    satisfied
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We love Bella Via. It is always good. Servers are friendly. We had Murphy this time and everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $25 veal with canned tomatoes
    ToughVealCannedVegetablesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I'll keep this short. Ordered a veal dish. Was told it was veal medallions. What arrived was pounded veal shoulder, in a mess of canned and jarred vegetables. I spoke to the manager on the way out (did not want to ruin the meal for everyone, but no one loved their dish). He said "we only use fresh vegetables". I said "I'll bet you my car those were canned tomatoes". He looked chagrined, and said, and I quote "Oh, yes, maybe the tomatoes." The artichokes were from a jar, and it came in a tasteless sauce, probably from canned stock, that had not been reduced at all. The server was a very young Irish kid, who knew nothing about Italian food, and (as mentioned above), did not know what cut of veal was in the dish. Worst meal in memory.
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  • So much wrong!
    northshorefoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    To begin with, we had to wait over 20 minutes form our RESERVED time. Then, we were rushed to order. That was a blessing in disguise since we did not have extra time to eat the stale bread that was served. I ordered a dish specifically requesting the calamari be omitted. It wasn't. A far bigger problem was my wife was served a gluten dish despite explicit she needed to be gluten free, and request that the chef be so informed. But he then allowed her to order a dish dreged in flour, which inexplicably got by him as well as everyone in the kitchen. When my wife brought this to the owener's attention on the way out, his attitute was all but dismissive (I don't think he understood what the problem was). Unbelievable.
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  • Many menu choices
    LLChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Difficult to decide what to order since there are so many options. I especially appreciated all of the vegetarian pasta choices. Food is well-prepared and tasty. Entrees are served with soup or salad. Dining room is small and can be noisy on a Saturday night. There is also a private dining room in back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Redhead
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went quite early before going to see a movie which is why it was blessedly quiet! Not so quiet usually and generally filled on weekends. My husband loves the veal which is very thin - every preparation is good. I had the house salad and added onions and parmesan as otherwise it's a fairly boring salad - could put a little something interesting in it to give it some pizzaz! I had the special shrimp appetizer which was excellent and asked for a side of broccoli and carrots which were had an unexpected and divine preparation. Our friends had pasta dishes which were very good but not outstanding. We eat at Bella Via often as it is consistently good for quality and they do a wonderful job of getting you out if you need to be gotten out fast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Via is wonderful!
    PatWVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Bella Via is our favorite restaurant! Very authentic Italian cuisine and very delicious! We are never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My latest experience was not as good as previous visits. It may be that I ordered the wrong item.....veal. It was not of good quality and not very tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable
    Mike2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been eating at Bella Via for 6 years and I have always found them to provide very good Italian food for a reasonable price in a great location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    cday12345VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, and the veal saltimbocca, and both were outstanding. The tiramisu was excellent, firm but creamy (and a large portion). Our server was very friendly and her recommendations were spot on. This was our second time at Bella Via and both times we have had the same experience of great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JCB1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been here many of times and never had a bad experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Evening
    dineat7
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really enjoyed our recent visit to Bella Via. The waiter was attentive and quite eager to please us. The food was great. Our table all ordered the minestrone soup and all of us enjoyed it. I ordered the chicken marsala which had plenty of mushrooms and tasted great. Others in our party ordered the veal special and the salmon special which they liked immensely. Most of the tables were filled and the room had an energetic vibe to it. Some people chose to eat outside as the weather was still nice. All in all it was quite a pleasant evening and we look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Neighborhood Spot
    Dani
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I decided to go here for dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere was fun, service was excellent, and the food was great too. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • triangleartVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    as always the food was outstanding. ate outside and it was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Evening
    Redhead
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The air was warm, a rainbow in the sky, and friends passing by as we ate outdoors. It was quiet, the food was delicious, and the company good. Three of us ate fish - grouper with artichokes, portobello mushrooms, and tomatoes in a white wine sauce or salmon vesuvio (peas in this dish would be a nice addition), the other ate chicken that was prepared like the grouper. The only soup option was minestrone (and has been for years) - time to add something interesting here. Dinner salads were fine, nothing exciting - it's easy to brighten up a regular salad and make it something special. All our dishes did not come at once; the chicken wasn't quite ready. My husband loves the veal but says that the portion is really not enough for him to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Disappontment
    KrfdfVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was my wife's birthday, so she called to request a window table for 8, so that this request could be associated with my OpenTable reservation. Unfortunately and disappointingly, this was not done/honored. We had excellent service from our server and the food was fabulous, but the unapologetic and unaccommodating response from the front desk staff make a return visit for us unlikely....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Performance
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ordinarily great food but failed to deliver good veal parmesan.. The veal was overcooked. It's not wise to be inattentive when preparing dinner for the wife. I had my usual Veal Piccata which I think is the best on the North Shore.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love outdoor dining
    eagle2000VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a delicious dinner dining outdoors. The food was, as usual, fantastic and the service the best. I love being able to swap out salmon for tilapia in the Tilapia Mediterranean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Problems in the kitchen
    GlencoeDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall, this was a nice restaurant that needed to get things straightened out in the kitchen. One appetizer was cold and had to be sent back. Then a shrimp pasta dish only had one piece of shrimp. To make matters worse, both my wife and I felt ill later on. The good news from the kitchen is that the pizza was good. Another piece of good news was the service was great and very apologetic for the kitchen issues. I wouldn't go back. Too many other Italian restaurants with great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal
    BeangirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, consistent quality, not too noisy, nice outdoor seating, a great go to place with a guaranteed excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 210 reviews are from the Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets reviews archive.
  • Excellent pre-concert spot
    jwandga
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Bella Via, in downtown Highland Park, is an excellent spot for an early dinner before attending a concert at nearby Ravinia. We booked a 4:30 reservation, which gave us plenty of time before the 8 p.m. concert. Since it was early, the dining room was quite quiet (when it began to fill up later, the noise level increased somewhat, but was still quite acceptable). Service was attentive, but not annoying, and the food was excellent. I ordered a seafood risotto; my wife had veal piccata: both were well-presented and delicious. One minor negative: even thought it was early and not busy, the entrees were somewhat slow coming out of the kitchen. We have dined here a number of times in recent years, and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cudgelVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is consistently top quality. Out door patio is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not as good as I hoped
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed! I remembered enjoying Bella Via very much in the past but haven't been there in a long time. While our waiter was very kind, he was not very good. He didn't check back with us, water glasses were not filled, and he brought out beer bottles without glasses (at a bar you expect to drink from the bottle but not at a nice restaurant). And, the food took forever to come out of the kitchen. Thankfully we were with good company but we were getting very hungry! My husbands fish was heavily covered with sauce - and wasn't that tasty. I was glad I got a simple pasta instead of fish… I would go back and hope for a better experience. If that doesn't go so well, that will be the end of it for me...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT!
    MVYMVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food SUPERB! Ambiance GREAT! Service most OUTSTANDING!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GarlicVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was our second visit to Bella Via in recent weeks, and it was consistent and tasty. My only comment was that the food was not as hot as it should be served. I think that this was an issue in the kitchen rather than the server. Now that the pleasant surprise is gone from our first return visit, the restaurant must do more than be average. We are hopeful that it will.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dupage76
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    we had a very nice evening there. The service was good. Our waiter was very kind. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Good food, service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was good, but after being initially attentive, the service was very slow and inattentive the rest of the meal. Staff were friendly once we called their attention, but we shouldn't have to do that repeatedly! We were a party of 10, with children, for a special birthday. Dinner and dessert should not take 3 hours! We were disappointed overall.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • OK for the movies
    paletteandeyes4beautyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Salmon, and Tuscan style fish sp0ecial (forgot what) OK, like one of your co workers wife who uses good recipes. Nice wine list. Convenient for the movies.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is the best Italian Restaurant in Highland Park and as good or better than any in Highwood. Try the veal meatballs ! Daily specials are always good. Food is fresh and well prepared . Waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and movie
    GirlsVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Too small of a table was given for party of six. Great service by waiter
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    PinkyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was good, but the wait staff was great. Very friendly and speedy and efficient. There were six of us and everything came as we ordered. We definitly will return in the near future. Especially enjoyed eating out side! The noise level was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Outstanding Service
    sockgal
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was really excellent. I had veal marsala,others in our party had ciopino de pesce, salmon and chicken zingata (a special), all of which were delicious. The service was really outstanding with the waiter and busboy very attentive and polite. We couldn't give them five stars for this reason. First, it is a very noisy place. The front isn't too bad, but the back is quite noisy. Also, they ran out of bread- which is sort of ridiculous for a restaurant, but they did have a very large party in the back room, so I wouldn't think this was a usual occurrence. We would definitely go back here again (have been before to parties and individual dining). All in all, fine dining, not too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rustyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    As always, a wonderful dining experience. This last time we went, though, I had the Veal Saltimbocca which was the most delicious Saltimbocca I've ever had. Simply exquisite. We've never had a bad meal, everything has always been delicious. However, what really is amazing is how they handle huge crowds with ease and friendliness. We will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I made a reservation for Osteria Via Stato in Chicago, but somehow this is the reservation you gave me. Luckily Osteria could accommodate me.
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  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Second time I have been to this restaurant. Great atmosphere and very good food. Not a place for kids but wonderful for adults.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate