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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets Details

  • 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 (847) 681-8300
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Had 6:30 reservations on a Saturday night.; seated right away. Waiter came frequently early on, but once he got the idea we were not in a hurry he adjusted his pace to ours. Everyone loved their meal; all 4 plates went back empty. Portions are nice: not at all skimpy/not gargantuan . Most entrees with meat or fish were around $25-$30. A cannoli connoisseur at our table gave the cannoli high marks, and I had a fantastic gelato. The dining room was busy the whole evening, but noise never interfered with our ability to comfortably carry on a conversation. We left at nine, and at no point felt rushed along. I have taken kids as young as 6 here when they have their outdoor tables set up on the sidewalk. Have never left disappointed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great wine selection. What more can you ask for in a great Italian restaurant?"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Busy Sat night, service very slow. Three out of six ordered halibut. It was awful. Bland and tasteless. Very disappointing. If you go stick to pasta."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Bella via is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The food is always delicious! My husband had the special gnocchi with mushrooms and said it was the best he had ever had. We love that Highland Park has good local restaurants like this."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "All 5 of us enjoyed our food. Even our friend who does not usually finish, ate all of the tilapia! Our server was great!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I bought my 1st and 2nd grade children for a nice dinner out and the waiter was super nice to them and accommodated their dining requests. We had a really nice family evening out and I would love to go back and try more items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Friendly welcoming service and food food. Their tiramisu is excellent. Also their vodka sauce."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great Italian food, wonderful ambiance, attentive service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went with good friends because we had not been there in awhile and know that we will always enjoy Bella Via. The service is always friendly and the food is reliably good. We appreciated their honoring our request for a quiet table!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great restaurant for dinner before or after a movie at the Renaissance theatre across the street."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There is usually a good crowd at Bella Via by 7:00 PM; if you like a quieter spot, be sure to finish you meal by about 6:45 PM. The food is very good; however, as the restaurant fills up, the service seems to slow down. We enjoyed our salads, minestrone soup, chicken vesuvio, salmon, and pasta dishes. The coffee was delicious, we were too full to order dessert."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our 2d visit to Bella Villa. 1st visit was wonderful - our waiter was the best we've ever had during our 23 years of marriage and the food was superb. On Valentine's Day, the hostess took us to our table on time - to a part of the restaurant we didn't know existed. In the back, there are 2 brightly lit party rooms with large tables. Our waiter was the same - but his service this time was suspect. Appetizer came quickly, water was filled only after being empty for a long time. Pasta failed to arrive with dinner, found out our waiter was bar-tending and also trying to service tables in the front. Just poor service and horrible ambience. If you don't get in a table in the front - wait until one becomes available."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was really disappointed on this occasion - food was overpriced and only average tasting - service also not very good this trip - waited for service too long for price of food"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Bella has a nice setting and good menu selection. Unfortunately, our particular server was overly shy and/or poorly trained. She didn't introduce herself, didn't ask about any questions on the menu, didn't give a taste of the wine before pouring full glasses, never asked how the food was and never said thank you when we were done. She seemed nice enough, but just not well suited for this job. I could hear other servers doing a much better job. That aside, the food was only average. While certainly better than Olive Garden, it did not rise to the level of many other local Italian options. Considering other places we could have gone, it was just a disappointment."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Bella Via has consistantly had great food, service. We always enjoy going there. ART Friedman"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "All the seats along the windows were cold so we moved to a table along the brick wall and I had the heat vent blowing on me the whole time. I suppose we could have moved to another table yet again...."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times, as a couple, with friends and family, and also for our son's reheasal dinner. Bella Via serves delicious meals with attentive staff, prompt service, and great taste. Highland Park is really blessed to have such a perfect dining italian eatery, as we must drive from Naperville to enjoy such outstanding food."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were seated promptly and the server was quick to bring us drinks. My meal was not made correctly and needed to be returned. It was not busy yet so it seemed just careless that the kitchen could not get it right. The server was very responsive when my friend asked for an additional side. We were enjoying a nice dinner and the restaurant began filling up. A person from the front desk--manager maybe--came to our table to open the folio containing the bill. He did not say anything, but just positioned the bill in such a way that we could see it sticking out from inside the folder. In spite of that my friend and I finished our drinks and left when we were ready. Not nice behavior in a just "ok" restaurant."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Service was good, ambiance was good, food was only so-so."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "First time there was Sat night what a great find. Absolutely awesome meal, service and location."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We had a wonderful waiter. I wish that I had gotten his name. I had not seen him at the restaurant on any previous visit. Dinner is always good. That is why we return. Pleaw let Bella Via know this."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We had dinner after a movie on a Thursday night and had a fabulous experience, exceeding all my expectations. I loved the simple and warm ambience, and quiet atmosphere....finally a place where we could talk without shouting. Our waiter was extremely helpful and friendly. His recommendations for wine, appetizer, entrees and dessert, all of which we loved, and at a reasonable price for high quality, were perfect. I have been to many trendy and more expensive restaurants that pale in comparison to the food, service, and atmosphere at Bella Via."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We have eaten at Bella Via many times- this time fell very short salmon was poorly cooked- and I couldn't cut the carrots ironically, a good friend was at adjoining table- ordered the same meal- equally poorly done On the other hand, as soon as I complained, our bill was adjusted and server could not have been nicer Clearly an off night"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great service Very good food Nice surroundings, although a bit cramped."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We love dining at Bella Via. We have now brought so many of our friends there. Bella Via is so accommodating to special dietary needs it is a pleasure being there. The specials are always enticing but so is the regular menu."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Good food, good service, quite noisy, and a big bug ran across our table. Thay have also raised their prices and 6.95 for an ordinary salad seems excessive."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "noise level is pretty bad and very crowded tables to close to one another, barely able to move your chair to get out. A couple of table less would be helpful"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Noted in reservation form this was a very special birthday. When we were ready to leave ans waiter saw present asked if we were celebrating something. Why do I write it down only to b ignored."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Good food and friendly service made for wonderful send-off for our son leaving for California."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Consistency. It's an easy concept to strive for but a very difficult concept to achieve. Bella Via does a great job of achieving it. That's particularly true of the pasta dishes where the pasta is almost always cooked perfectly: perfectly al dente with no trace of under-cooked starchiness but with a wonderful elasticity that is a delight to bite into."
    Dined on 7/13/2013