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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro Bella Vita reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)special occasion (102)good for groups (75)notable wine list (63)romantic (49)hot spot (43)neighborhood gem (41)great for lunch (29)vibrant bar scene (27)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (15)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for special occasion!
    out2lunch
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We lucked out and happened to visit the last day of Restaurant Week. The four course selections were delicious - beautifully presented and tasting exquisite. At first, the portions appeared more attractive than substantial (I was hungry!) but by the end I could not have eaten another bite. I'm glad we dined here after our special event. They graciously accommodated a last minute change in our reservations. The waitstaff were top notch! Next time we're in Grand Rapids, we'll be sure to visit again! Fyi: plan on $30-40/person for dinner & salad; drinks and appetizers additional. So delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just OK
    skibum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Within walking distance from the major downtown hotels but you go through some sketchy areas. Food was OK but seems overpriced. We ordered a drink from the bar that was devoid of any alcohol. Appetizers and entre gave us the distinct impression of being prepared way earlier and then heated up. Not really bad but for the price tag not particularly good either. Service was good however. Probably wouldn't go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant week visit
    Returnvisit14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We selected two restaurants to visit for Restaurant Week. On Tuesday, we visited The Grove with friends. On Friday, we visited Bistro, a favorite, with visiting relatives. The food at Bistro was very good, but not as creative as The Grove. We felt more rushed at Bistro. Our next course came so fast, we barely finished the previous course. A busboy seemed hovering to take each plate as soon as the final bite was removed, often waiting right over our shoulders and watching. One appealing thing about have a meal with others is the time to chat while eating. We didn't feel that relaxation. The waiter was friendly, helpful, and prompt. The kitchen must have been pushing him. He did reach over others to serve, which is not acceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect!
    Lolabelle
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Bistro Bella Vita served up the perfect dining experience. The food, service, and atmosphere were top notch. We took advantage of the restaurant week menu. Just delicious! Bistro offered four unique courses. There was 4 of us so we ordered one of each and shared the first and second courses. Heather was our server. She did an excellent job!!! Being a former server myself I tend to be a little critical. Heather was friendly, knew just how to time the courses, and went the extra mile to make sure of the ingredients for one of us who has a food allergy. All in all a most memorable, delicious, enjoyable evening that my guests and I won't forget. I would highly recommend Bistro Bella Vita.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vbarb
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our food was excellent as well as our wait staff. Nice ambience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tastes
    SpartyRocks
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Tried the Restaurant week menu - every dish was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fairly new place..great experience
    newtoGR2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We arrived with no reservations and waiting about 15 minutes before a staf memeber was kind enough to let us know that two chairs were soon going to be available, which was very nice. We dined at the bar and we had a great experience from the bar staff to the tasty entree. We will definitely return. Very impressed with the service for only being open for 2 months. Keep up the good work!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was Amazing
    mj17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server was very outgoing and down-to-earth. He was also very helpful with the menu. Out of a four course meal, I only enjoyed 2 dishes. The main entrée of lobster ravioli and the dessert lemon custard was great. I wouldn't recommend the Traffic Jam Asiago or the Crudo of fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PositivelyPerfect!
    Grateful
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the 1st time we used OpenTable. Easy. Accurate. Confident! When we walked into BistroBellaVita, the hostesses knew precisely of our reservation! I was impressed. This dining experience was to celebrate my husband's 5year cancer free!!! The young hostess (Jessica) walked us to our table and said, "First of all, I'd like to congratulate you two!!! Cancer-free...that is amazing!!! I made sure you have fresh flowers at your table...and your server, Conner is the best...you will really enjoy him!" Who does that? She (Jessica) is beyond AMAZING!!! We had some excellent conversation with her! She is to be praised by management. Conner was extraordinary! The food, ambiance, drinks & staff are TOP SHELF!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Servicewithasmile
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our server was the highlight of our experience. She was informative and extremely friendly. She made the evening very enjoyable for us. She took the extra time to make our dining personable
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resturnat week
    Irish
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'm still thinking about the delicious dinner we had this week. The menu choices are so varied and the flavors in each dish memorable. Love this restuenat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent. Service was wonderful for our 8 person group and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.