Bella Vita
Bella Vita

Bella Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellavitaatthemarina.com/
  • Phone: (317) 598-9011
  • 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
37 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (33)great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (19)good for groups (15)romantic (15)hot spot (11)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was terrific and the service wonderful. It is a great setting to celebrate most any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Vita
    SmartPakerLissa
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants ever and I am never disappointed when I dine there!! I love the location, food, and beautiful facility.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    INDYCRITIC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Awesome food and location. I see good changes happening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Annikins
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a lovely evening with our friends at this great restaurant which has a buzzy atmosphere and overlooks a lake .The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their choices. I had a very generous portion of Penne Italiano which was amazing. The service was good and the waiter seemed to know the menu off by heart! The cost was very reasonable. I was impressed too by Andrew Young the featured entertainer. Overall an excellent choice for an evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    dinneroutVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was excellent, but every time we have been there the service has been very slow. Even quick things like our drinks took a very long time to get.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love at first bite
    Dewdrop
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We just moved here from Sonoma County , CA and trying to find good restaurants. This is the favorite so far. Great location. Our server, AJ, was very friendly and attentive. Food was DELICIOUS!!! We knew with our first bite of our Crab Bread Appetizer. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Potential
    ProteusVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Could have been good. Felt a bit ackward coming in. Maybe like I was a burden? Got something gritty in he Salmon and then a messed up stomach in the AM. If try it again but they could up it a little...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • location location location
    cindianaVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    who needs great food when you have a waterfront table?? food is so-so but the place was hoppin - artichoke dip is great (oven-baked in a cast iron skillet), Italian sauce needs work (couldn't see any spices, the essence if Italian), musta been buffalo Italian - wine list ipad was filthy :(
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best
    John
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was not impressed with the resturant. With a $30 to 35 plates, the food was not good and over priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ......Great place???
    jandk923
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I use to live in Fishers and always wanted to find an excuse to stop in there to eat. They participated in the Northside eats, so we decided to give it a try, along with it being our anniversary. The place has Beautiful ambience the moment you step inside. No doubt, a top notch place that fits the view of the marina and water. The service was perfect, very respectful with a laid back personality to it, truly enjoyed the service - it is my biggest promoter of any place even if the food is only so-so, and Bella Vita should give their waitstaff a raise! As for the food.... : ( only so-so....ugh....was so disappointed. Will try again at some point, but man, nail that food problem and we would be back so much more often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On The Waterfront
    Ernie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We look out of town friends to Bella Vita on Thursday evening and were very impressed. Service excellent as we opted for an outside table. Good selection of entrees that were priced reasonably. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening dinner
    FoodisgoodVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 416 reviews are from the Bella Vita reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate