Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

4.6
706 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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vipWadeK
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant to go to. The Ravioli is awesome!

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vipLoveEatingOut
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Since it wasn’t in the 30s decided to try eating outside for one of the last times this season! Heaters worked well, nice quiet dinner with another couple and waiter Omar was very attentive and accommodating. Food delicious as always!

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MeaganS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for outdoor eating during Covid! The staff was great and took covid seriously. The food is delicious and the back patio had great ambiance and heaters.

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vipMaryC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio atmosphere. Only criticism is music selection. 80’s rock is not conducive to a relaxing dinner. With a Euro-like plaza feeling, why not provide fitting music such as instrumental classical or even Italian opera?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely
Beautiful place to dine outdoors

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JamesH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything went well. We enjoyed our dinner and wine

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vipKenP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service- beautiful outdoor patio, perfect for Covid times

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vipLivelifegr8
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely experience, good food, nice environment and good service.

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Anne
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had a pleasant evening. Sat outside on the back patio, which was lovely. I find this restaurant to be over-priced, though. The least expensive entree is $20 - for a plain pasta, no meat, in a tomato sauce. Yes, it comes with a salad and bread, both of which were fine but nothing special. Pretty place inside and out, though.

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kaes
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food...fresh ingredients and seasoned beautifully. Service and ambiance fabulous

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Alexis
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good distancing and safety protocol at this restaurant and the good is delicious!

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AlejandraB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Via has great ambiance, great food and great service!

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vipBruceK
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bella Via Team always does a great job. The food is wonderful, always coming out hot and fresh. The staff wears face masks and gloves correctly (lots of places staff do not) and the tables are not on tops of one another. We keep going back and will do so until their heaters fail or they stop serving outside. Bravo.

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vipeater
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very pleasant setting and server. Return visit with same issues as before: hot dishes served cold, lack of staff so he/they were very slow to greet us & seat us. Mgmt needs to figure how to treat diners with timely, courtesy respect, starting with when they arrive and then depart. Issue compounded by diner with a disability who got no assistance.

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FoodisLove4Foodie
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the large outdoor area...great food and service and fabulous value!

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vipMiaW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Big, comfortable roomy outdoor seating with patio heaters. Food was great!

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LizP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Enjoyed some appetizers and then our entree selections. Everything was cooked to perfection. Desserts were amazing.

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vipBETTS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My first time eating at an outdoor restaurant during the pandemic. Beautiful patio. I ordered Pollo Toscana. It was very good except for the chicken, which was very tough. The waiter could have been more attentive at the end. We sat ready to pay for about 15 minutes.

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vipTracyC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and always great service! 🙏

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EileenC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience at a restaurant we used to love. My meal was served and my husband’s was missing and nobody seemed able to figure out how to get him is meal. Meanwhile, I found a very long hair in my risotto. At that point we left. Very disappointed in Bella Via.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Bella Via!!
Food and service is always awesome

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Liro
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre with vegetables barely roasted. Bread dried out. Salmon ok. Overall food quality was not worth the price as expensive

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vipWadeK
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and the outdoor patio is huge! Love the food!

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vipHPFan
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service great! Patio setting is just lovely! Food is tasty. We like the eggplant parmesan and chicken parmesan too. Portions are ample too.

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vipBeth
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite place. Excellent food with outdoor dining options from the open front window doors to the pretty courtyard in the back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal outdoors on a beautiful evening.

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vipPhyllis
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and very conscientious wait staff. Delicious food. Lovely large and shady patio.

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vipBG1StCharles
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, so glad to see them open.

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vipmoondog
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was fantastic. First time we’ve sat there, and it was charming.

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viparielleml
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful patio. Food is decent though could be better for the price . Service also decent.

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KellyG
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio addition to Bella Via makes it seem as if we're dining in Italy! Thank you!

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Heather
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a lovely dining experience with a gorgeous outside patio, look no further than Bella Via! The food was fantastic and our waiter was so very attentive.

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Pooh
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is a lovely oasis. The servers were on top of everything!

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vipJanG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fabulous! Service great.....friendly, accurate, perfect! Patio wonderful. Will be back again this week.

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vipBruceK
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful and the service is perfect. Masks and gloves all around. Best patio for miles

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DaniK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food lovely patio in back for outdoor dining.

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vipJNO621
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Husband just wished that the portions were bigger. Every time we go to a fancy Italian restaurant now, they give you about 6 pieces of ravioli of a small serving of pasta and he always leaves hungry. Otherwise the ambiance is fantastic and service was great.

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vipsherylW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Attentive service. Beautiful patio.
Overall a great experience.

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vipRandyC
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly great experience with outstanding service.

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vipMarcyL
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the tables were comfortably far apart from each other.

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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets is rated 4.6 stars by 706 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.