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About Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

Bella Via Ristorante & Banquets is an upscale casual 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.

1899 Second St
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Second St. & Elm St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 681-8300

Website:
http://www.bellaviahp.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on our outdoor patio

Parking Details:
Large underground Parking Facility located right across the street

Executive Chef:
Maurizio Lo Bosco

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.

Private Party Contact:
Amir Bloom: (847) 681-8300

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Casual (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

It was great!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food but disinterested service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very delicious and fun!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a star.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fine food. Intelligent and able service from Dani.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Some of the best outdoor dining in h.p.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went on a Saturday nite with 2 lady friends. Got seated immediately, and the restaurant was crowded and noisy, but not enough to spoil anything. There was a private party in the back so there was a constant stream of guests passing our table, but good people watching!!!
I ordered the meat lasagne. It was delicious but cold. I sent it back, (which is something I rarely do), and my food was returned promptly. I liked the fact that a salad or soup was included in the entree price. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food and service were great.

Ambiance was just ok; loud. It was pretty packed (we went during busy hours). If you are ok with a little noise, the food is worth it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It was a perfect night to eat outside. The food and wait staff were great.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server, Dani, was awesome!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our group was very happy with the food and service. We will come back. F. Ziegler

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We found the food to be great but unfortunately our waiter, Dani, was very unpleasant.
He was rude, humorless and made the dining experience less than pleasant. We will return if guaranteed a different server.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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