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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

4.5
458 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Bella Via Ristorante & Banquets is an authentic Italian Restaurant located in downtown Highland Park. We feature southern and northern Italian fare and an extensive wine list highlighted by 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 430 to 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 430 to 10pm
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Phone number
(847) 681-8300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Maurizio Lo Bosco
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Private party facilities
Delicious Italian food and exceptional service, combined with beautiful rustic private rooms, set the scene for your next private event. Our private party room(s) accommodate up to 250 people for sit down dinner. Attached to the private party room(s) is a large 2200 square foot 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.
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Private party contact
Amir Bloom: (847) 681-8300
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Second St. & Elm St.
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Parking details
Large underground Parking Facility located right across the street
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Entertainment
Live music on our outdoor patio
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 458 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Loved this place ! Being 100% Italian ... I can tell you Bella Via is the real deal!!! I felt like my mother was cooking !!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was alright, but was pretty mediocre for the price. The service was fairly bad: someone ordered black tea, then was brought an empty cup with a green tea bag in it (the waiter muttered something about that being the only kind they had) and had to ask the waiter later to actually bring hot water. The waiter missed that we’d ordered an appetizer, then originally brought the wrong side dish for one of our party. Considering the only decent food, the service, and the fact that the chairs and tables are squished in there with hardly any space to even get up from the table, it’s a mystery to me why it was so packed in there.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My lasagna was delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I’ve been there when it’s excellent and also average. Tonight was average but we will be back

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very noisy even for Sat night. Food was served with no interval between appetizers and main course. The quality of the food was just average.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent food, small but nice wine list. Good service. Front dining room is a little crowded with tables.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Went there after my girlfriend’s basic training graduation. Calamari was great, entrees were not, but I don’t like to complain.

I don’t remember our server’s name, but he was great as well. Very cute place, but if I’m hungry for more than an appetizer and a salad, I wouldn’t go back.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great service and delicious food. We went for a belated valentines dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was great!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthdays for our granddaughter, however we go there for an dinner for occasions

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was tasty and good. The pasta was very fresh and tasted homemade. Service was quick, friendly and professional. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I am originally from Highland Park. My parents still live here. I invited a friend for dinner. Enjoyed experience;)

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, good service. Pretty good value, particularly for its Northshore location. I'd recommend it and go againz.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We love the atmosphere. Service was great. Prices are fair. We really enjoyed the toasted ravioli appetizer. We both order veal parmigiana, and while it was good, it and the side of pasta were rather bland and lacking a bit of flavor.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

This is a comfortable neighborhood place with a nice Italian menu. Prices are fair and entrees include a soup or salad and a side of pasta. They have very nice party rooms for special events.
Staff is welcoming and pleasant.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We arrived about 20 min. early but were seated promptly. The restaurant was very pleasant the food was good the service attentive. In other words it did everything what a restaurant should do. They did it well.

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1.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Was very disappointed in the evening. The food was excellent, but the service was disappointing. We were RUSHED to order, RUSHED to order dessert (which we didn't) and I had indicated when I made reservations via Open Table, that it was my husbands birthday and it was never acknowledged. I was very surprised, and disappointed, as it wasn't that busy and it was where we decided to celebrate a special event.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We were very happy with everything at the restaurant. For whatever the reason the food was not as good as it usually is when we dine. But everyone was very pleased with the food, service and noise level.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food but disinterested service

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve. A superb dinner in a comfortable, welcoming white-tablecloth setting. The salmon special, with pistachio crust, was probably the best salmon entree I’ve ever had. Chicken cacciatore was delicious. Main dishes came with salad or soup; minestrone was outstanding. Only the Caesar Salad was less than stellar. Order the mixed salad instead and ask for crumbled bleu cheese. It’s truly a “bella via” that brings you to this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic food! The service was excellent. This restaurant has become one of my favorites! I will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Our server Dani was GREAT!! He made us feel special- especially our grandson who he talked to about Minecraft. We live very near and there had been long periods of time that we hadn't gone there as the service was so awful - slow and impersonal. Something has changed - we go out EVERY week and we will come back! Ps food was excellent also!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and service. After bring seated, our group of 4 asked to move to a quieter table in the corner and our request was acted upon happily. We thanked them heartily- the first table was immediately inside the dining room in a noisy location. Enjoyed a wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised on how good the food was. Would definitely go back often.

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Got there at 4:20 for 4:30 reservation. Sign said they open at 5pm. Even though OpenTable booked us for 4:30. Hostess said she would seat us, but "nobody would be out to serve us until 4:30". It was just rude. If they don't want reservations at 4:30, then don't book them, but if you book them then you have to HONOR THEM with a SMILE. Totally not the customer's fault, and yet the hostess made us feel like idiots. Waiter was extremely nice, however won't go back. There are hundreds of better Italian restaurants in the area.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Very delicious and fun!

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1.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Have been to BV many times and have recommended it until now. Extremely disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a star.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

This is a good neighborhood restaurant! Service always good. Food is good. P

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Our second time there; great food and super good service. Will go back again.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

This restaurant was fantastic. The short rib ravioli was superb. Dena was very attentive and excellent. We will be back with our friends.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Everyone working at Bella Via was wonderful tonight to me and my mother and other diners both young and old. Everyone was attentive and friendly. Food was great as usual.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Fine food. Intelligent and able service from Dani.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Our waiter did a great job serving us. Would ask for him again.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our 4th or 5th time at Bella Via. Food is always excellent. Mini meatball appetizer is worth the trip by itself! We asked for Danny, our favorite waiter. He always makes it a special event. Knowledgeable and friendly, he's never too busy for diners' questions and comments. He'll even share a story or two about his family. It's nice being welcomed like this.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

This is my 9th or 10th visit to this wonderful restaurant. Everything the four of us had was fab-u-los. This biggest issue is we ate too much bread which was great. I love their grouper and my wife always gets some version of veal. The deserts were great as well. Stop by this GEM in downtown Highland Park.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Food is always awesome at Bella Via. My wife loves the dish of shrimp and broccoli in olive oil over angel hair pasta. My son always gets the lasagne and says it's the best he has ever eaten, his girlfriend loves the gnocchi, and I love their pizza with the "fresh" sauce and buffalo mozzarella.

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4.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Wonderful service and food. When it gets busy the noise can be annoying. But will
Always go back! Love the Putenessca.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Our waiter, Danny, was fantastic and really made our night. the food here is always predictably good, and this is a great neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The four of us had a great meal. Dani is an awesome server. We will be back soon!

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