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Bella Vita
Bella Vita

Bella Vita Details

  • 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: Italian, Steak
  • 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 WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Long wait for mediocre quality food. Nice setting. Server was friendly."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went to the restaurant, because we had not been there in a while and thought it would be a good Sunday evening dinner. The restaurant was participating in Northside Nights, but did not mention the special menu. Everyone looked frazzled the whole night and it was very distracting. Even though we ordered from the Northside Nights menu, we were never asked if we would like salads and I had to ask for our bread. This is a very different experience than we are used to having at Bella Vita. I'm not sure that we will be in a hurry to go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We were very disappointed that their is not a changing table. With two little ones and just moving to the area, we hoped it could be a place we frequent, but not having a changing table makes it less likely we will visit often.y"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "As always, the food was excellent! However, the service was disappointing. When making the reservations, I stated that it was our wedding anniversary. There was no acknowledgement by the staff. I had requested a quieter area, preferably by one of the indoor fireplaces. We were sat in a booth by the front door. Our waitress was definitely stretched across too many tables. We were often waiting for beverages refills, plates to be cleared, the bill, etc. Knowing that we've booked reservations and the attention to detail that other restaurant's staff has, it was very disappointing."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went for the 2 for $30 deal and were not disappointed. Food was good and so was the service, even on a crowded Fridaay night."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Would recommend reservations. Many groups were dinning there so it made the area we were in loud. Live music played was a nice touch."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Main course was very good as usual. The core of the lettuce was left is salad and was hard. Packing string was in salad. Upon calling this to management, they did everything humanly possible to make it right including a complimentary desert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "First time at Bella Vita...took my wife for an after-Valentine's-Day Valentine's meal. She tried the breakfast buffet, I had the parmesan crusted chicken over fettuccine Alfredo. Both were great, and the prices were fair. We sat in the patio area, overlooking the lake. Since it's winter, there weren't any boats, the lake was frozen over and covered with ice, but we were entertained by numerous snowmobilers (who wound up coming to eat, as well). It was just after the breakfast rush, but before lunch rush, so it was fairly quiet. The waiter was friendly and conscientious, checking in, frequently, refreshing drinks, chatting and answering questions. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I was actually shocked at the quality of the food. We had to ask our waitress to bring us some olive oil and bread on more than one accausion. Wasn't asked if we wanted a glass with our "bottle" beer. The steak was well over cooked. Very poor rating."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I took my wife here for Valentine's Day and it was even better than expected! They even had a live musician singing love songs. The food was spectacular! Probably my new favorite in the Indy area. I highly recommend this to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Normally we can set our reservation via Open Table and experience on-time seating. Unfortunately for me, we arrived and the restaurant was slammed, and they would not honor our reservation time. We were told it could be 30 minutes or more. The staff seemed completely overwhelmed, and the service we experienced was not good. We became just a number, here in our neighborhood favorite. We don't come here every day, but we do find ourselves dropping in at least once a week. So we left, and walked in to Eddys for a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The place was a little smoky and the wait was kind of long for those having reservations, but it was all worth it. Our waitress was awesome and the food was incredible!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had reservations for 4 at 8 pm. Since it was Valentine's day, it was packed. We waited about 25 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. It was a little chilly on the enclosed porch. The view of the reservoir was beautiful. They had a guy who sang live who was good. We switched tables from a drafty lopsided one to one right next to the fireplace. That definitely made the mood nicer. It did take a server about 25 min to get our drink order. The cheesy lobster bread appet. was amazing! By the time they came w/ our food, we were almost too stuffed to eat. I had the lobster ravioli which wasn't supper hot, but still really good. My husband really enjoyed his rib eye steak. Overall it was really nice, I'd come again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, cool ambience and building design. The live music was just so-so... Guy on the piano was too loud, even for me. But overall enjoyable and would recommend for romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • ""outdoor dining available even during the winter with their enclosed and cozy outdoor space."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The dinner was very good, the service was good and we enjoyed the evening! Thank you!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great place to eat. Food is always great. Went again on New Years eve so obviously very loud and lots going on. Otherwise previous time there was more relaxing and slightly more quiet atmosphere. Would always recommend to a friend and will be going back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Despite a busy NewYears eve, the service was better than my past experience. The food came out hot, and they now have some local microbrew beers. I had been discouraged by past experiences, so I hope they keep it up"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "They were so busy on NYE that we waited an hour past our reservation time. It was loud and chaotic. The bar was too busy to get anywhere near and were out of clean glasses at 8 pm. This restaurant was not equipped to handle the busy night even though everyone had reservations and they should have been prepared. Very unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great evening at Bella Vita when out-of-town guests wanted to dine somewhere special, and local. We decided on Bella Vita- and the Avocado Chicken was to-die-for! Wait staff was amazing- couldn't tell you how many times they topped off my water glass. Excellent service and not over-priced. Food was delicious. Scenery was also great- as we sat on the water- enclosed by glass- and had an amazing view of Christmas lights-"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My family and I went for Christmas Eve, and it wasn't terribly busy. The service was average, nothing that really stood out about going above and beyond, but our server was friendly. The food wasn't anything to get too excited about, but was good. I am biased though, being from New Jersey and being Italian. There was live music, which was great, and really enjoyable for the occasion. I'll probably be back to try something else, but not until the patio is open, to take advantage of the great views of the marina."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The food was delicious. The personnel were very nice. The atmosphere, layout and accoutrements were all very nice. I WOULD recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is a little pricey but I knew that going in. The only problem I had, was that I made a reservation for 5 early in the day, the restaurant was not over crowded, but we were seated at a table for 4 and a fifth chair was added on the end making things very cramped. I got up and found an unoccupied round table with 5 chairs located in plain view. I asked that we be moved to this table and was pleasantly accommodated. The workers were not at all rude, but seemed a bit indifferent to how comfortable we could or should be to enjoy our meal. Possibly a little more or better training."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We went to celebrate a birthday. Great food. Great service. Would love to go in the summer so that we could enjoy the great view."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "My sister and i had a God ole time getting away from the men and kids, having great food, and drinks. We totally enjoyed it"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I have been going to Bella for a number of years. My first time back in about 9 months. Service is spotty at best. I don't know what they have done with the menu, took a lot of good things away and added items like lettuce wraps and wings that don't make sense for an Italian restaurant. Between the lack of good service and some of my favorite items now gone I won't make an effort to go back."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Wonderful experience having a family dinner to celebrate son's birthday."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The food was somewhere between mediocre and terrible. Our appetizer was good, but the pasta dish and ribeye dinner we got left a lot to be desired! The bottle of wine we got was the only great thing we got. We hadn't been to Bella Vita in about 2 years because of prior bad experiences. When some friends suggested that we go there, we were upbeat about it and went with an open mind. When we sat down, we liked the menu (including the prices) & were hopeful that we'd have a good experience this time. The service was so so, especially on water refils. When the entrees came, that's when we knew that nothing had changed. We don't plan on going back for a very long time. Even then, the most we'd be willing to try would be sandwiches."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "me and my fiance went there for her birthday dinner. food was great and the ambiance was wonderful"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The Food was good and delicious. It had a great scenic view and ambience."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Everything was good, but i like being served not even a minute after i sit down. This was not so when i went about a week ago. Everything else was absolutely perfect though."
    Dined on 10/10/2013