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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets, Highland Park, IL

Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

4.6
4.6
906 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 681-8300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Lo Bosco

  • Catering

  • Private party facilities

    Delicious Italian food and exceptional service, combined with beautiful rustic private rooms. Our private party room(s) accommodate 10 to 200 people for a small intimate event to a formal function. Attached to the private party room(s) is a large 2200 square foot garden patio. We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality food and individualized attention from our experienced staff. We will tailor specific menus to meet your needs whether its for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or special occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Amir Bloom: (847) 681-8300

  • Neighborhood

    Highland Park

  • Cross street

    Second St. & Elm St.

  • Parking details

    Large underground Parking Facility located right across the street

  • Entertainment

    Live music on our outdoor patio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 906 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. EJ

    EvaJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the back room at table 17 and it was perfect. The service was good, the food was excellent and we could easily have a conversation at the large table and hear everyone.
  2. LS

    LeeS

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food with a wide selection. Service was excellent. Our waitress paid excellent attention to us and gave excellent advice
  3. ME

    MichaelE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never ever disappointed @ Bella Via. We dine with friends frequently and always come away with a high level of satisfaction. We also has organized private occasions -- a dinner meeting as well as a party for a granddaughter. Bella Via's menu is first rate and so is its staff.
  4. c

    cudgel

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Carmella is the best. Food delicious, as it always is.
  5. CC

    CarrieC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. We have been going to Bella Via for several years and have always had a wonderful experience.
  6. LS

    LindaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to eat! They also have a large banquet room for parties.
  7. ME

    MindiE

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!!
  8. DR

    DRJC

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have gone to this restaurant several times and enjoy it every time. The menu is extensive and varied. All of the items I have ordered have been prepared perfectly and the quality is very good. The ambience is very good and the service is excellent. One of my favorite restaurants in Highland Park. Real comfort food.
  9. RS

    RachelS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great service/food brought out hot. Anything we asked for we got
  10. LL

    LindaL

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful night celebrating a birthday! The food was awesome and the service was 150%. We will be back soon.
  11. LS

    LeeS

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were very good. Would recommend this very good neighborhood spot for any occasion.
  12. p

    phil

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyable dinner
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Huge and delicious portions, enough to take home for another meal. Our waiter was efficient and friendly. Looking forward to another meal at this lovely restaurant.
  14. S

    Srpoobah

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Salmon excellent, ravioli excellent, chicken vessuvious not so good.
  15. C

    Chick

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always Great food and Service. Visit Saturday was extra special given the weather that allow the restaurant to open the large doors to the outside. Only thing missing was some low Tuscan Italy music bc heading Frank Sinatra .
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    The restaurant was very crowded when we got there and they hadn't opened up their back room so we were squeezed in the service by the waiter was excellent the white wine was good however the bread had a lot to be desired and we ordered a grilled calamari and to be honest with you it was awful and it wasn't actually on the menu we wanted to replace after that calamari was hard the vegetables were over cook soaked in a while I would never come back here again
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service from Rachid
  18. CC

    CarolC

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful quiet dinner. Gustavo provided amazing service. The food and atmosphere were perfect.
  19. r

    robins

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant, one of my favorites. All four of us ordered different items, and we raved about all the food. Waitstaff was very attentive and helpful. Definitely will return.
  20. BB

    BillB

    Chicago

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good, basic Italian food. Entrees come with soup or salad so the value is enhanced. Service was surprisingly good.
  21. CR

    ChrisR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Good waitstaff. Excellent food (altho more than we could eat). Highly recommended.
  22. s

    salemn

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Expensive tasteless food. Stale bread. We had two salads one with shrimp and one with salmon. The shrimp was cocktail boiled shrimp heated on a grill. Salmon was undercooked. At $29 each I expect more taste. Will not return.
  23. SC

    SteveC

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food and they let you go as slow as you like - this is nice when visiting with friends and family.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Bella Viva. The food was yummy and the patio so inviting for outdoor dinning. Will be back,
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Did not have orange for cosmopolitan.
  26. m

    misspicky

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice wait staff even tho busy. Food was good, and ambiance was great.
  27. MG

    MGeatgood

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outside table and r service and food was delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Noisy poor service good food
  29. DM

    DMGMD

    Chicago

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food was delicious. Wonderful waiter
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pre concert dinner Very enjoyable We will return
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere
  32. T

    Traveler

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic service Terrific vibe Excellent meal
  33. MH

    MarkH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food, the cioppino was fabulous, full serving and excellent taste. We also had the salmon and chicken parmigiana, equally excellent. Wine was solid.
  34. MH

    MarkH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, excellent service, wine was great!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect!!
  36. K

    Karen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous outdoor patio and had dinner on a most beautiful summer night. Food is always delicious. Service always attentive.
  37. DR

    DRJC

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating at Bella Via. Wonderful experience. The weather was great, so we sat at a table in front of the open doors to the air. The menu was extensive. We enjoyed every dish we had. The service was very attentive and all of the food was well prepared. We are looking forward to our next visit.
  38. e

    eater

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    lovely venue, good albeit pricey food, ($27 for a basic salad and salmon)? Very friendly knowlegeable wait staff...but way to short on waiters. Very nice staff trying hard but we hardly heard from the server after a lengthy wait to approach the table.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Service was phenomenal. The food was a different story. The minestrone soup was basically a bowl with flavored water and a few pieces of celery. The veal saltimbocca looked like it came out of a microwave and tasted as such. I was disappointed to say the least as I am local.
  40. R

    Rson

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great

FAQs

Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets is rated 4.6 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

1899 Second St, Highland Park, IL 60035

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Second St. & Elm St.

  • Neighborhood

    Highland Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Large underground Parking Facility located right across the street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Lo Bosco

  • Entertainment

    Live music on our outdoor patio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 681-8300

  • Catering

  • Private party facilities

    Delicious Italian food and exceptional service, combined with beautiful rustic private rooms. Our private party room(s) accommodate 10 to 200 people for a small intimate event to a formal function. Attached to the private party room(s) is a large 2200 square foot garden patio. We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality food and individualized attention from our experienced staff. We will tailor specific menus to meet your needs whether its for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or special occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Amir Bloom: (847) 681-8300

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