Bistro Bella Vita
Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrobellavita.com/
  • Phone: (616) 222-4600
  • 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
192 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (126)special occasion (100)good for groups (88)notable wine list (69)romantic (54)hot spot (52)neighborhood gem (46)vibrant bar scene (37)great for lunch (24)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Good Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Good dinner, Filet Mignon was excellent, service was above average. My wife and I were celebrating our 1st month of marriage, and the table was nicely arranged.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!!
    Bailey
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Started with drinks at the bar which were great, bartenders are very attentive even on the busiest of nights. We all (6) had dinner in the dining room with again great service! Filet Mignon was the best I've had in Grand Rapids. Others had Pork Tenderloin and Seafood Pasta with absolutely no complaints! Make reservations early as it fills up fast on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    First time at restaurant and were very happy with everything. We got a cute booth next to window and food was amazing. The lobster and crab ravioli was amazing! Will definitely go there again when we are in Grand Rapids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The server was excellent. Very attentive and offered to replace our food. We both ordered pizza. It was undercooked and contained red pepper flakes which were not listed on the menu and I can not eat. We were originally placed by the kitchen when other tables were available. We asked and were moved. We could not even converse without yelling due to the notice level. Definitely not the special night we had planned on.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our food and the service were very good!! Not sure about booking with "Open Table", we were seated in the back nearest the kitchen when there were many other tables available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delivers
    jonesy
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have been to Bistro many times. The food, service and food wait time is exceptional. I usually go for the specials as they are inventive and delicious. However, the last time I was there I went for the fabulous beef bourguignon. I ordered with potato gnocchi, instead of the traditional potatoes. amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent! But if you have any hearing loss, it may not be a good choice for conversation while you dine. It was our first time there, looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melts in your mouth good
    Mommy19
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was Girls Mystery Weekend Extravaganza and Bistro Bella Vita was our dinner restaurant. I requested a nice table location being that us moms do not get time out without the kids or hubbies very often. We were placed at a wonderful booth location with a very nice server. I ordered the Filet Mignon and it was delicious! The salad was delicious and so were the desserts. We were very pleased. I hope to take my family back next time we are in Grand Rapids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Wonderful
    AmyD
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had dinner on a busy Friday night. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was Ok, but for the price a disappointment. The resturant was a bit too loud, but it was a Friday so understandable. The waiter was outstanding and the cocktail menu was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great job.
    bigeater
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived until we left. I used the online reservation and stated we were celebrating our anniversary. Our waitress wished us a happy anniversary. Great job transfering the information from online to the staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit
    csmith47754
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I made a reservation in the morning and was seated immediately in the evening on November 28th. It was not busy at 8:30 on a Tuesday night, but it was my first time there, so I had made the reservation. The Wild Mushroom Polenta (I highly recommend it, but it is not a "light snack") was a delicious appetizer and was prepared quickly. For entrées, my girlfriend and I ordered the Four Cheese Ravioli and the Atlantic Salmon. Both were superb; well portioned and prepared quickly. The waitress was helpful, but very quiet. She was always there when you needed her, and occasionally when you didn't, just to make sure. The reason I gave four stars was because the interior was boring (an excessive amount of natural wood and brown paint).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New to restaurant
    PattiSVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We brought a guest and he could not stop raving about the food and I'm sure when he is in from Chicago he will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    DineNDash
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I came here with my wife. Before we entered the building, we noticed the hostess looked bored and disinterested. Upon entering, the hostess greeted us and showed us to our table. The restaurant was about 1/2 full during our 8pm visit. The view in the restaurant was nice and we ordered the bread appetizer. The app did not meet expectations and we then ordered our entrees. I had the rotisserie chicken and my wife had the Boeuf Bourguignonne. Neither dish were particularly impressive....just ok. The service was decent and we declined the dessert.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good experience!
    william
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our meals were great. Dinner for the 4 of us included the Crab Tortellini, Chicken Milanese, Lamb, and Roasted Chicken. All were excellent. We frequent the Bistro often and they keep the menu fresh and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great!!
    dw70
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bistro Belle Vita is my favorite place in Grand Rapids. The food is incredible, and the atmosphere is perfect........ Casual dining with top notch food, perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 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.