Bella Vita
Bella Vita

Bella Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellavitaatthemarina.com/
  • Phone: 3175989011
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Henri Najem
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering options available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party options available

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bella Vita
Bella Vita is family owned and operated. Owners Henri & Shelley Najem take a hands-on approach to ensure the highest quality service to their customers. Everything from decor and design to the freshest, highest quality food products have been hand-picked by the Najems.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Bella Vita reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (37)scenic view (36)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (15)good for groups (12)romantic (12)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Evening dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    View is great. Service was fine. The food left something to be desiréd. Tasted like food we could make at home. Came for the view for sure
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clustered....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Overall, dinner was fine. The lobster tails were sent back, but they were taken off the bill. I don't know why, but they sat everyone in the same area when there were lots of open tables throughout. Also, I don't think they had a buser because tables were full of dirty dishes the entire time we were there. Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait for our table ... It wasn't sat up!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Great setting!
    kbucher
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place sits right on the reservoir, so you can see the marina right out front, and some nice homes across the water. It's a great place to sit outside and enjoy the view, especially at sunset. The food is decent, not great, but very serviceable. It's primarily Italian based, but a bit bland on that side. Special offers of fresh fish, etc. are the best options. A very nice wine list, and full bar, makes this a great place to just have a starter and a beverage as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous evening out
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Enjoy a delightful dinner with friends as you overlook the water. Feels like you are away on vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Treat
    Diner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our evening meal at Bella Vita was a treat. Food was great. Service was exceptional. Nothing more be said. A unexpected dining pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Positive Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lobster Ravoli and Cesar salad were quite good. Blue Cheese dressing is not recommended as it was water down excessively. Limited wine list
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait, what??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Booked in advance for a quiet table, out of the way. Showed up and it was almost 1/2 hour before we were seated. Staff were mediocre about our wait and not in any hurry to organize a solution to their problem. I now understand why part of the waitstaff quit, as we were informed. Table was near the band, though I asked for a quiet table. Request for a table well away from the band was accomodated. Disheveled manager showed up to take a drink order after about 10 minutes of waiting and then a new waiter came to take it again in about 2 minutes. Overall service and food were sub-par than what I had expected and I will probably not be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bella Vita!
    atGeist
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you have one dinner out left in your life, make it a trip to Bella Vita Lakeside! They have several dining options available from a private booth in the bar area to a patio table on the deck overlooking Geist Reservoir. The food is always superb!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and view
    greatVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    i took my Mom who was visiting from NY along with my wife and another couple. we had a great outside table. we started with crab bread which was delicious! everyone loved their food!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donna
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Not very friendly hostess, great waitress. Good food. Hostess tried to sit us outside under umbrella. Asked for table under covered area and she did seat us there but I felt like we inconvenienced her. Would have liked to sit closer to water but didn't want to ask for anything else. The restaurant was pretty much empty, no busy for another 30-45 min.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    TheKing52
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our second anniversary and had a wonderful time and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This restaurant is a very nice place to eat. The food has always been very good. The only thing that happens to us and it is not a fluke is the service is not very good. If they could just improve on that then this would be a fantastic restaurant with the atmosphere, view, and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for outdoor dining
    wbell2
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The weather was perfect for sitting outside on the deck overlooking the water. The mixed seafood and pasta dish (off the specials list for the night) that two of us had was fantastic. Overall great food and a beautiful night to eat outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was amazing. A great view of the lake and a perfect patio with tons of shade. The place seemed dirty with spider webs everywhere and dirt on the inside fountain. The staff was friendly but not dressed appropriate for a kid friendly restaurant with extremely short shorts. This place could be so much more!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Lake Front Dining
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Good lakefront dining. Steady menu, cocktails, and lake view. Need to time eating with bar scene if that maters to you, could be very loud and busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and view
    greatVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food and view. It is right on the Geist reservoir. I am excited to try their $13 Sunday breakfast buffet!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    SandyT
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were seated outside on a beautiful evening. Food was delicious and our server, Steven, was top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    SmartCookie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Can not say enough great things about Bella Vita! It was our first experience there and we had out of town guests who were equally impressed! The food was fantastic, service was great, outdoor seating only added to the great time we had as it was a beautiful night. I would highly recommend Bella Vita (and I already have!)!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • John
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was 1st time we used the "kiddie" menu (for my niece) - she loved it. We all also had great desserts. Bella Vita continues to have great meat and fish dishes. View of Geist waterfront was spectacular at sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Brum
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I took my wife for our 22nd anniversary. Our table was ready on time, the food was great and the service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor Dining
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great place for outdoor dining. Had an excellent chopped salad and great calamari. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice!!!
    PaulincAshburnVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Quite an extensive menu. Best chicken parmigiana I have had in ten years! The sloppy sundae was tops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Older Restaurant
    smarcanthony
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    First impression was a disorganized welcome. Even with a reservation with a request for indoor table by the window (and plenty of those available) we were asked to sit outside. Since it was shaded and an nice day by the marina, we agreed. After that, the experience was very good. Waiter was very attentive, offering clear recommendations when asked. Bread and tomato infused oil was delicious. Flavorful minestrone and nice salad. Entree's were pleasingly prepared and presented (chicken parm and a parm encrusted chicken with alfredo. As a local restaurant. I would recommend an occasional visit (1-2 times a year).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    KathieT
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is good and the outside view is great. I've enjoyed it everytime we've gone. It's a good ways for us to drive b ut we almost always go for our birthdays and special events.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner outside
    Richdinning24
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We has dinner outside. Was nice but very loud. Did know what to expect but glad we made reservations. Was a lot going on with all types of different people. Food was good but the menu goes in a bunch if different directions. We has the scallops which I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 402 reviews are from the Bella Vita reviews archive.
  • Nice Mother's Day brunch, but ...
    dgirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Before making reservations I called this restaurant to make sure they had good vegan options for the brunch, and they assured me they did. I made the reservations. We came for brunch and as we went through the buffet line I saw undressed lettuce, overcooked vegetable medley and fruit as the only vegan food. I asked a waitress if we could order off the menu and we could not, then asked if we could get a vegan meal and she politely said yes, and came back with a plate of steamed broccoli. No bread, no pasta with tomato sauce, no salad with vinaigrette - nothing else. I am really, really disappointed. I do not blame the wait staff. The real kicker was they still charged the same $30 for the broccoli as for everyone else's brunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Mother's Day Brunch
    SouthsideDeb
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This brunch was not worth the price. The staff was overworked and it took awhile to get silverware. The breakfast and lunch offerings were fine but the staff had a hard time keeping the chafing dishes full. The prime rib was good and the fresh made omelets also looked to be a good choice. The "seafood bar" consisted of only shrimp and oysters on the half shell. The dessert table has very little to offer with only fresh fruit, cake, and two pie options. Again, the pies empties quickly and the staff was trying to keep up. We were first offered a table right next to the buffet line and asked to be moved. We will not be coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was an enjoyable brunch but at 1PM they were out of pie and really need small bagels for the smoked salmon, which was very good. The hot food was too spicy and none of could eat it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poorly organized
    notsohappy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day and it was very crowded which was fine. we sat outside and it was a beautiful very sunny day. However, we had to go inside to get our food and they had the brunch set up in a little dark corner by the kitchen and you could not even move it was so crowded. You had to wait to go up and down the aisles where the food was because two people could not walk through the aisle at the same time and they had it set up where people were suppose to walk up the same aisle as others were walking down. I don't think we will ever choose this place again when they are serving brunch to so many people. It was very un-organized.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 10 times better than chains
    eclip94
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    If you live near Fishers all you have is chain restaurants that essentially have is microwave food. This food appears to be made from scratch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad restaurant
    Italian
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    food very bad. Fish with mushrooms and cheese = orrible for an italian cuisine like that.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a great atmosphere!
    SWeetie42
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I went to Bella vita for lunch and it was great! I have never been there before and I was impressed. It had a great view of the lake and it was also beautiful inside. The food was great. I do not have one complaint.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Service was just ok. Drinks were completely empty before we got refills. Besides the hair in my friends dinner, everyone else's dinner was tasty.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rude
    baddddd
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Horrible svc..chased down 4 a tip and credit card was amount was forged. .called to seal to a manger with no success, left a message with no response.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Vita Review
    indyroger
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great food at reasonable prices and great service by our waitress. The dining area has a wonderful view of the reservoir. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible owner lady
    terrible
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The owners wife was making a scene with the poor girls working the hostess counter. She has no class and the service was terrible. Thanks for the four ounce filet.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost perfect!
    Rainy
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My dining experience at Bella Vitas would have been perfect had the enclosed patio firepit been lit for me and my guest. A firepit was lit in the main dining area with no guests sitting in there. We were seated in the enclosed patio area (amazing views of Geist Reservoir) alone with no firepit heat until 3 other couples were sitted in our area, and then the server lit the firepit; we could feel the warmth from it and the ambiance was incredibly cozy and comfy, but by then, we were leaving. Next time I guess I will have to ask the server to lite it. This gives my rating 9 instead of a perfect 10. This will not keep me from returning, but will just know that I have to request the firepit be lit if it's not automatically.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be back-disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Had a 7:30 reservation. Were greeted and told they would text us when ready. The whole Seinfeld rental car episode played through my head. "Anyone can just take a reservation...it's the holding that's the key." Finally seated at almost 8pm in the very noisy room close to the water. Waitress arrived, we asked for the Northside Nights special menu. 20 minutes later we still didn't have it. A manager walked by and I asked her for the specials menu. 40 minutes after being seated we finally got to order. Food was good, not great. Service was very poor the entire evening. The room was getting colder the later in the evening it got. As we were getting up to leave the manager came over and turned on the gas fireplace. Nice timing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Long wait for mediocre quality food. Nice setting. Server was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We went for the Northside Nights, and we're not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere was exceptional! Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgegable. The entire evening was perfect. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.