Bistro Bella Vita
Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrobellavita.com/
  • Phone: 6162224600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: Special Occasions Only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Wise
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A Dining Experience Like No Other. Treat yourself and your guests to the ultimate dining experience: Bistro's chef’s table. Enjoy an exclusive, multi-course meal featuring creative dishes prepared Bistro-style with only the very best, hand-selected, seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Patrick Wise personally presents each course as it’s served with a history of the food, details about the dish and the complexity of its flavors. You also can enjoy your chef’s table experience like no other.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Wise 6162224600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weston and Market
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking and 4 lots and ramps are located either adjacent to the building or within a short walking distance.
A word from Bistro Bella Vita
At Bistro Bella Vita delivers the maximum guest experience with superior food, beverage and service. Their specialty is natural Mediterranean Country Cuisine made from scratch daily. French Flair and Italian Twist. Fresh. Natural. Local. Bistro Bella Vita takes pride in their cuisine. The house-made recipes feature delicious flavors of the Mediterranean prepared in a brick oven, grill and rotisserie with the highest quality ingredients, because fresher ingredients make the freshest cuisine. In-season, the restaurant uses chemical-free produce from local farmers because it's healthier and tastes best. But don't take their word for it... come in and taste for yourself.

Pair your meal with a glass or bottle of wine from our wine list featuring over 100 bottles from around the world. Or enjoy a hand-shaken martini from West Michigan’s largest martini bar. Specialty menu items are available for gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian and vegan diets.
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Bistro Bella Vita reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (99)good for groups (78)notable wine list (64)romantic (45)hot spot (44)neighborhood gem (43)vibrant bar scene (30)great for lunch (24)great for outdoor dining (20)late-night find (15)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Best meal ever!
    busybee
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything we tried was wonderful! Server was friendly, helpful with menu and prompt. I had the Rotini Con Pollo. Excellent! My son had the Filet Mignon, husband had Boeuf Bourguignonne. We tasted each others dishes and voted the Rotini Con Pollo our favorite. Ended the evening with a perfect Creme Brulee. Valet parking was helpful since we did not know the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    yooperbychoice
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were seated immediately when we arrived. Service was above average and the food was outstanding. We would recommend the Bella Vita to anyone visiting Grand Rapids
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Irishfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place has it all from a cool atmosphere, fantastic menu, bar and awesome servers! We live on the other side of the state and this is a regular stop when in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Vita never disappoints
    David5
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Another great evening here - excellent martinis & food. Having an Open Table reservation saved the day again - thousands of people downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Festival. Great selection of gins and vodkas for martinis, also interesting stuffed olives.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, Food, Drinks
    Lori
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had wonderful service, food, and cocktails on busy Friday and Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but did not merit 4 stars
    A2JM
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Bread course was yummy but my pasta meal was too salty. Noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    Dining2Nite
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very good food, and a very friendly waitress. Since this was our first time at this restaurant, she was very helpful, helping us make our dinner selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Evening
    denfood
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I had a great evening with great food and really terrific service. The waiter was outstanding. We had a really beautiful evening out alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no bread?
    susan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's one thing to pay for a salad to go with your entree, but to pay a dollar for a roll or piece of bread? Come on. If it's going to be a problem, jut add a dollar to the price of the entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good stuff
    krazydazy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. Seated right at reservation time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I were here to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but it wasn't announced prior to our arrival. Our server, Amy, asked if we were celebrating anything, and when she found out about our occasion, she treated us to a free dessert. Class all the way. We love this place and make it a go-to whenever in Grand Rapids. Beef Burgandy is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Celebrating
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Celebrated a 50th birthday with 5 of us. Great time, great food and service- was hard to hear at times - yeah maybe that's part of the turning 50!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    dcdetzelVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It's always an enjoyable experience dining at Bistro Bella Vita. they always have a unique and exciting menu of chef's specials and classic standards. Very enjoyable. Always my go to spot in Grand Rapids when I visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great special occasion dining
    mej3
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My family and I recently celebrated my mother's birthday here. It was an excellent choice that satisfied both the foodies and the pizza lovers in our group. Service was fantastic. The duck ravioli is highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Bella Vita
    Gh0stprototype
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Amazing food once again! I recommend this place to anyone wishing to eat 5 star quality and service!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, So-So Experience
    Rinny
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The selection was great, the food was delicious, but it wasn't quite what I expected. Hubby and I ate here for our 5th Anniversary. It wasn't busy even with ArtPrize, but it still had a crowded feeling due to the table layout. A waitress for another table bumped into ours FIVE times. It took some of the shine off the evening. After our meal, we got pour-over coffees and dessert. The coffee was overfilled, and it poured all over the table. I guess they were literal when they named it a pour-over. I did my best to soak it up, but the waitress didn't even offer to help. They billed the coffees/dessert separately, so we were overcharged a dollar. At that point, we were eager to leave, so we didn't quibble over the extra dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner location
    2olives
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had an excellent martini and pairing with a flatbread pizza. Great location and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the foodie
    Mcmamacoco
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food. Nice service. Off restaurant row. Nice walk from downtown. Great for Artprize
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art Prize Dining
    AnnArbor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was a perfect restaurant for a wonderful meal after touring Art Prize all day. We were able to obtain a reservation about a week prior to our visit and the restaurant also is showing several Art Prize entries. Although the specials on the menu looked interesting, we ordered off the regular dinner menu. The goat cheese appetizer was perfect served with bread, arugula and diced tomatoes. Our group of 3 split the Rotini con Pollo and the Rigatoni Bolognese which were split for us prior to serving in small bowls on a plate. Both dishes were very good. The warm chocolate cake was exceptional as a top off for this meal. The server was friendly, helpful and attentive. The decor and atmosphere of the restaurant was also fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Laur
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Like it so much we went there two nights in a row! That says it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I always get great food at Bistro Bella Vita, the service can be a little hit or miss. But the food is always spectacular and their martinis are great! Lunch is spectacular, never over crowded, but obviously a well used spot in Grand Rapids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Bistro is a wonderful place for a romantic evening or casual dinner. The service was and always has been nothing short of perfect and the food excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • affamee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is our second time at Bella Vita and once again we were not disappointed. My wife and I shared the stuffed Medjool dates-excellent flavor and a great way to start the evening. My Wife had the gnocchi with the duck sausage and and shrimp-very well prepared- and I enjoyed the Cassoulet which was loaded with flavor. The service was quick and friendly. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CanadianLakers
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Begin with a Plum Crazy Martini and end with Warm Chocolate Cake and all the rest will be great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Grand Rapids!
    Ashmarie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have eaten almost every where in Grand Rapids I would definitely say I'm eclectic in my taste I love everything from pho to Tom kha Kai paneer and many other things so when it comes to pleasing me I want something new that I've never had or a whole new twist on an ordinary dish, bistro Bella vita did that and more the flavors were perfect the food was hot the ambiance was ideal. This is the restaurant I will pick when I want my friends from out of state to remember Grand Rapids.Definitely a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    Dahmeem
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and very busy in a great downtown location.. The waiter was attentive and the food was good. However, it is very expensive and I was surprised that nothing comes with the entrees. The dessert was delicious but portions extremely small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • toughest duck
    foodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband said the duck was tuff and grissly other than that the service was great the did comp dessert for us but we probably wont eat there again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, once again!
    MattyBVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There's always such good energy at BBV. The specials menu was a definite winner with the new mushroom crostini and seasonal pizza. A great recommendation by our server, Liz. Can I have her as a server every time?? ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    RussVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We visit this restaurant regular. It is our favorite, great staff and alway outstanding food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Couldn't have asked for a better place. The waiter, the prompt service and the food were all just fantastic. Looking forward to my next vist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food an service!!
    bigeater
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. Love the menu, the atmosphere and the service. Great place to eat before a show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    GaryG
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I'm never disappointed with Bistro Bella Vita. Had the paella which is always a good choice. Nice a spicy but it won't cause any damage. Server was attentive and friendly and all four of us walked away happy that we chose BBV as our dining destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were a party of four - and on a very busy night of a sold out concert at Van Andel. Our waiter was very attentive and knowedgeable despite being very busy. The food was great, as predicted, as I have never had a bad meal at BBV. It is such a great location for event nights - parking right across the street.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Bella Vita
    Gh0stprototype
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing atmosphere and great tasting Mediterranean food! Internals of the restaurant were spectacular aswell as the externals. Will dine here many times to come in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always very good. Had exceptional service, and a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great evening at BBV
    Manabouttown
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Bistro Bella Vita remains one of my favourite restaurants in GR. I am never disappointed. The food and service are of a consistently high standard. I love the relaxed feel of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice; food, atmosphere, and service were great. We will return for a regular date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok, service quite good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We met some friends here; none of the four of us had ever been there before. The food was okay, nothing special; we were expecting a higher level of quality for the price. Our waiter was friendly and helpful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable menu, food and service
    BigE
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A great farm to table restaurant in a Grand Rapids. We picked it based on reviews. A must when visiting Grand Rapids
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit spicy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    That was what our server said about my dish, for me it was very very spicy. Couldn't finish.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate