Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

4.6
808 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bella Via Ristorante & Banquets is an authentic Italian Restaurant located in downtown Highland Park. A family owned and operated restaurant that has become the neighborhood spot for 20 years. We feature northern and southern Italian fare with an impressive selection of Italian wines. The menu consists of a variety of appetizers, homemade pastas, fresh fish, tender veal, chicken and many other Italian favorites.
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vipMichelleKaye
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The mini meatball appetizer was delicious. All our meals looked wonderful. I had the shrimp cappelini with broccholi and it was great. It was nice being out, having great service and food and seeing a restaurant filled with people!

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vipBill
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved that they adhered to the Highland Park vaccine mandate and checked to confirm we were vaccinated. That made us feel safe and comfortable. The food and service were the usual high quality.

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CarlN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Glad you survived the politicians reaction to Covid. Food is spectacular. as good as ever. All 4 of us had a great time.

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MaddieD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My only comment is that our waiter did not tell us about items that were not available last night when he gave us the menus. We did not find out until we tried to order them.
Other wise everything was wonderful!

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Susiview1
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and food in town. Their pasta is outstanding.\

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vipcptquinlan
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good and nice place to enjoy a Classico Italian meal.

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vipWadeK
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very convenient!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, Wonderful ambience. The food was a little bland tonight but overall wonderful. I will definitely be back

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vipLLChicago
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Entrees come with soup or salad. Linguini puttanesca and pollo vesuvio were both excellent. Very flavorful. Tiramisu dessert was just average.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall the food was good and the service was nice. Being sat in a generic looking banquet hall detracted from the overall experience. The calamari app with their red sauce is a must try.

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KatherineH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful meal at Bella Via!

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vipKfrankel1009
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great as always. Service was outstanding
Love this place

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vipBenjaminW
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a consistent neighborhood offering of Italian food. We dine there often.

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best vegetarian lasagna I have ever had. I keep going back and always order the same thing.

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SHparty6
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We were in the back room and without any curtains, rugs to absorb the crowd sound it echoed and was Loud!!

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vipDianeSue
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful and service was fabulous!

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vipMTBT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With a fabulous outdoor space. Great food as always.

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vipV10R
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fabulous outdoor seating...
Service a bit slow, but that’s not unusual these days!
They has heaters on & we enjoyed separately spaced tables! We go there often

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RickC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Ate outside in courtyard area which was a bit noisy but didn't really affect the dinner.

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Georgio
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

A disappointing dining experience. The service wasn't at all good. One salad was overdressed after requesting light dressing. Another salad was mediocre at best. One entree was the wrong pasta. The other entree was acceptable, tasty, but certainly not delicious. Will not go back.
The best part was the table at the open window.

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vipSusanA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leilani was our server. She was very attentive and professional. Give her a raise!!!

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MarciJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

For the money we spent we did not deserve to sit in a banquet hall with high schoolers. We felt like chaperones. This was a date who has never been here before. I ordered veal and him chicken. We were given the wrong plates and the service was horrible. I feel terrible that I recommended this place. I made the reservation a week ago and you put us in a banquet room? How rude!!!

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GeneS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setup in the enclosed backyard is identical to my experience in Rome, Milano, or Bergamo family restaurants. No cars around, old walls surrounding, quiet - Romantic at its best, like in Europe. Portions humongous, taste is great. Four of us shared Chicken Parmesan, Grilled seafood, Vegetable Risoto, and Peschia. Also we ordered , one Ravioli Porchini for all. I know real porchini and that was it, without 'premix' of other mushrooms. But you can get what you will never have in Italy - Beef Ravioli. The waiter Thomas was great, attentive, extremely helpful. Great experience.

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vipGeemoney
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food with great service

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Alden
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of great choices on the main menu and for desserts.

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vipCozy
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely fabulous!!!

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Svensk
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the table we had requested, near the windows. Food was wonderful.

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vipLashpot
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat outside at neighborhood gem. It had been years since I visited. Food better than I remember.

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vipJoanS
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, beautiful patio!!

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vipBill
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual, the service was great and the food was excellent. We had pasta and vodka tomato sauce. We ordered a Manhattan that tasted watery. They apologized, took it back, and offered to replace it or get us something else. They were very gracious about it. An excellent experience.

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vipJenniferK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter took forever to even come over and take our drink order. He seemed out of it. He wasn’t wearing a mask. We asked him to put one on and he made an excuse about him having a stroke so a shield that wasn’t even covering his mouth was sufficient. He was not friendly and didn’t ask once how everything. Food was mediocre at best and so expensive! $55 pp with no drinks. The only good thing was the tirimisu. There are too many good restaurants especially Italian to be just mediocre with bad service.

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vipJudyE
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outside area in the courtyard.

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vipHeddyS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food cold
Service from kitchen terrible
So long
Everyone eating at different time

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vipLorraineF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the outdoor patio is lovely. The menu has lots of amazing choices and salad and a pasta are included with most entrees.

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gailw
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff is courteous and attentive, although a little slow--which we attributed to shortage of help. Food outstanding. Would recommend unhesitatingly!

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vipluv2eat
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Via's large back patio is lovely. The tables are nicely spaced, and the foliage and lighting are a nice touch.The food is consistently good, and the servers are terrific. Good value at a time when most restaurants have raised their prices.The only negative is the noise level when the patio is full. We found it a little difficult to hear each other at a table of 4.

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SheilaJ
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good. The ambience was good. The wait staff was attentive.
I give this a 4.5 rating.

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LaurieG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

You could tell the food was going to be good as the clientele was older Italians- 70+.
If they don't know Italian food, who does? It was such a great atmosphere. The food was outstanding and the portions were generous as well. Service was good even though it looked like just two people were staffing the room. They were very good and checked in on us enough and not too much. I would highly recommend and will be back next time I am in Chicago.

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vipBill
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had hoped to sit outside in the backyard patio, but we had to sit inside because of rain. The table were spaced safely apart and we felt comfortable and safe. The service was quick and attentive without making us feel rushed. The food was delicious. Could not have asked for a better indoor dining experience.

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CathyF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful outdoor area but food is mediocre and prices are high. Took an inordinate amount of time to get and pay bill. Bus boy not trained well. When clearing he piled all the dishes on top of each other, thought they would fall on us. Also saw a clearer at another table tossing water into the bushes.

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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets is rated 4.6 stars by 808 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.