The only disappointment was
The only disappointment was that I had made reservations and there was a 40 minute delay in seating us although we had made reservations. We were seated after folks coming in with no reservation.
2/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Drinks were creative and good
Drinks were creative and good but on the high side and no happy hour pricing. The food I had was tasty but portions are on the small side. Dessert was a sorbet but tasted like regular ice cream. Decent but nothing special. Overall not bad and the location, view and ambiance is pretty good.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Friendly and Delicious
Everything was great! I had indicated when I made reservations that my family was coming to celebrate my husband's birthday and that was acknowledged and mention by the hostess when we arrived. We were early and had a drink at the bar while we waited. Our bartender was made us feel welcome. All of our dinners were delicious. Our waiter was very efficient. This was our first visit and we will return.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was good although ordered
Food was good although ordered pesto penne pasta with shrimp...three tiny shrimp on top of pasta for $23.99.
Server seemed a bit overwhelmed...
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took advantage of special
Took advantage of special menu as part of the Northside Nights promotion. Pleasantly surprised by the number of choices, enjoyed the blackened tilapia with risotto; the tilapia was seasoned just right and the risotto was good as well. Dessert was banana pudding, rich and creamy and a nice portion.Service was good, our server was attentive and friendly.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was delicious, the service was quick, and the staff were very friendly and courteous. The atmosphere was perfect looking out over the water. I really like the idea of an open fire pit in the middle of the outer dinning area. Great place to dine for two, or for a large family outing. We especially enjoyed the menu for "Northside Nights". We will definitley be dinning there again.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wow, fresh new look, new menu,
Wow, fresh new look, new menu, it really was great! So we are going back tonight and bringing 4 others with us.
I love the Basil martini,,
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great night out
All in all this is a great spot for food and wine. Menu changes periodically so it never gets old and it had always been a nice getaway from life. Would highly recommend eating outside if the weather is nice!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Live music, lake views, excellent
Live music, lake views, excellent food and service.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual Bella Vita was an outstanding dining experience.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the remodeled patio for outdoor dining in cooler climates. Have only lived in Indianapolis four months but have been to your restaurant for years with friends during visits. Also love the expanded casual menu.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My partner and I went to Bella Vita for our 1 year anniversary and we had a wonderful time. The service was top notch, the food was delicious, as well as the drinks and the view of Geist Reservoir was just the icing on the cake. We are going back for our engagement party with several close friends and I can only hope we all have as great of an experience as we did the first time we went.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate on the covered porch during a rain storm and it was very nice. Service was nicely paced. We will continue to return.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We couldn't celebrate Mother's Day on the day so this is where we went for Mother's Day brunch on June 3rd. It was my mother's first time there and she loved it! She thought the view was great, the food was wonderful and the service was very nice. She can't wait to go back again.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
a good experience
Always love this restaurant. Lately service has been slow getting started.. LOVE the view and overall atmosphere.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for Geist fireworks!
Great food plus great viewing for the Geist fireworks on he 4th!!
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great view, excellent service
Great view, excellent service and food. go for dinner and head over to the bar for drinks and listen to the band.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yumm, yumm, yumm
I brought friends for a birthday. Everyone was impressed. We had a child with us and the waiter was very attentive to him as well as the 5 adults in our party. The only issue was that it was a little warm, not sure if it was the whole restaurant or just because they sat us by the kitchen. But other than that it was amazing :). The food excellent and service fantastic. Bella has been added to one of our go to places.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining Waterside at Geist
Wonderful covered outdoor seating venue with great Geist Res. views.
Seating was fairly quick with a reservation on a Sat. Night.
The Bella Sampler dinner with a small portion of 3 different pastas
Looked amazing. My chicken avocado was tasty and not to
Carb laden. Waterside seating is definitely the big draw and the band in the bar area playing during
Dinner was a plus!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We would liked to have eaten
We would liked to have eaten outdoors but there was an event going on next door and it was incredibly loud. We settled for inside which was great but lacked the views. Our server was particularly good and the food was wonderful. Wished we lived closer!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall this was a great experience
Overall this was a great experience, the environment was nice, there was live music and the weather was perfect which made the outdoor dining experience very enjoyable. After dinner, my group strolled over to the deck where we sat around the pool and put our feet in the water while enjoying the music and watching people dance. One negative is that the food was not that great at all, everyone at my table complained that the food was very bland and the portions where very small. I am not sure if there is a new chef, but I remember going once before and that was not an issue, we did not enjoy the food at all. But, besides that it was a great experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
gluten free friendly
We had a great dining experience on the patio overlooking the water. The real treat was the extensive gluten free menu for my friend.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were looking
My wife and I were looking for a friendly, casual, and romantic place to celebrate our anniversary. We had a very good experience beginning with our welcome and seating by a very friendly and charming hostess. Our waiter was also very friendly and attentive. He did an excellent job of explaining the menu and bar offerings and tending to us without being overbearing. My wife was very impressed with the quality of her steak, sides and wonderful bread. My salmon was a little dry, but the overall meal was tasty and satisfying. This was the third year in a row to celebrate our anniversary here and there is a good chance we will come back next year.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times and always good.
Good for famille , groups for special occasions
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had reservation for 6:30 but didn't arrive until 7 on 9/14. We were seated right after checking in. Service was great, food nothing special. Great for special nights.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Favorite
We've been here a couple of times. We're always very pleased with every part of our meal when we leave, and ask ourselves why we don't visit more often. Unfortunately, the closer location to us downtown closed, so the trip to Geist is a long one. We will be back, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian so far
I am Italian and from the Chicago area and I know good Italian food from bad. We relocated to Carmel three years ago and until Bella Vita I have not had good experiences in Italian restaurants. Went there for lunch once and was very impressed but had to try it a second time and made it dinner just to be sure. I was not disappointed! A party of four that ordered four different dinners and we were all very, very happy with our meals. I had lobster ravioli and it was excellent but my husband had the fruitte de mare (also a favorite of mine) and I couldn't decide which dinner was the best. The service was very good and the staff was warm and friendly. Very nice to eat outdoors there with a lovely view of Geist Reservoir.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly bartender, excellent waitress.....menu for Northside Nights! A great time for all four of us!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can't shuck oysters?
Food was top notch, service was a little slow, but our waitress let us know it was her 3rd day, so I will never complain about service when it is some ones 3rd day. She is doing the best she can. Only gripe I have is with the oysters. It took 3 waitresses to know where their oysters came from and none of them knew which day they arrived. Also, when the oysters arrived, they were not shucked properly and were still about 80 - 90% connected to the shell. We had to use our own knives to get them out. If you can't shuck oysters properly, or know where they come from, you shouldn't serve them. As a fellow east coaster, rule 1 is know your product, 2nd is to know how to properly handle them.
Overall, I was very satisfied.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Northside Nights dining
We went there as part of Northside Nights. The food was definitely smaller portions than usual, but that is to be expected. The bruschetta was amazing! It was a little spicy, but delicious. I got the Romano Chicken and my boyfriend got the filet with garlic mashed/broccoli. His food was perfect. The sauce for the chicken was slightly bland, but paired with the chicken was given flavor!
Drinks were great too, slightly pricey, but not too bad.
I was worried about service due to the reviews on Yelp, but our server was very attentive and working as quickly as he could to reach all of his tables on a busy Friday night. He offered great menu suggestions as well!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very delicious and the service was pretty fast. The only probably was that we did not receive silverware or napkins. We had to ask for them after we got our food. Very beautiful restaurant overall and I would definitely recommend it.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience for Party o
We had a small family reunion at Bella Vita. The weather was bad, so we ate inside. They put us at a nice table tucked away in a scenic corner. The service was timely and the food was good - came out piping hot! Our server stayed on top of drinks, etc. We never felt rushed. The only thing I didn't like was the back of the bench I was sitting on. It was a bolster type cushion, and I was unable to lean back and really relax. Other than that, it was a great experience.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had not been to Bella Vita
We had not been to Bella Vita for a while, and are glad we went. It is on our list to return.
Food was prepared and served perfectly. Menu selections were varied and covered all main types.
Grilled salmon was particularly good.
The bar knew how to serve my scotch correctly.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food was good and delicious. It had a great scenic view and ambience.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food & a great time
me and my fiance went there for her birthday dinner. food was great and the ambiance was wonderful
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful experience having a family dinner to celebrate son's birthday.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
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
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for small group of friends
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Four out of Five
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.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM