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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Comfort Food (5)
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Authentic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Very delicious and fun!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 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 12, 2017

Always a star.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 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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·Dined on November 5, 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 15, 2017

Fine food. Intelligent and able service from Dani.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 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 14, 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 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 October 1, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Some of the best outdoor dining in h.p.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 24, 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

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 10, 2017

Our server, Dani, was awesome!

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·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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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was quality as always. Recommend the eggplant, Salmon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Hadn't been there for more than ten years but still outstanding. Was there pre-Ravinia. Dani did a great job serving and recommending.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, great time..Best pasta around..Love this local restaurant. will be there soon again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The hostess SHOUTED at us as we passed through the outdoor dining area. We were on our way inside to enquirer about our reservation but she assumed for no reason that we wanted to snag and outdoor table. we were served espresso in American coffee cups with no sugar available. Of course a tiny espresso went cold while we sought out sugar. Also we were given a plastic micro tube ala McDonalds as coffee stirrers. My fish dish was very tangy. No hint from the menu that this would be the case. Mushy fish in maybe a tamerind sauce? The piccata my wife had was merely ok. Seemed in finished. Flavors did not blend. Tables beside us complained of waiting an hour for dinner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was very good and service was above average
Good spot for the suburbs

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Nice atmosphere for a special occasion shared with friends. We especially enjoyed the half price wine list, but not sure why there was a special (mid-week?)

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our waiter, Dani, was an excellent server! He was very attentive the entire time to make sure everything was great for our dining experience. He knew the menu well. His very polite ways were noticed and appreciated. The food was A+ as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was delicious. The portions were perfect. The service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great place for a delicious selections of pastas, seafood, veal and chicken. Half off wine the night we were there. Two of us had the halibut, and one of us the veal piccata. All delicious and well prepared.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A little disappointed in the chicken dish. I think the chicken should have been pounded thinner to be more tender and absorb flavors better

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the Highland Park area. The specials are fantastic, the wine list by the bottle is wonderful, and the service is always amazing. Ask for Danny when you go!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Our last visit to Bella Via was excellent. Not only was our meal delicious but our waiter, Dani, was outstanding. We have had him wait on us on previous visits and every time he treats us as if we are friends and not just patrons of the restaurant. He is always personable and make very good suggestions.

As far as the food, I had the Cioppino and it was delicious. The seafood was cooked perfectly but what really made the dish was the broth which was so good that I was sopping it up with bread after I had finished the all of the seafood.

All in all, a wonderful meal and I look forward to going back soon.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Our dinner was fantastic. Our waiter Dani was one of the best we ever had. Very attentive, informative and great personality. Thus was our first time at Bella Via, but not our last!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

great food, and great service. Outside seating is great for summer

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This is a friendly neighborhood restaurant. The food is good and the staff are very nice.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

this is my 7th time at this wonderful restaurant. Food is always great but this is the first time we ordered desert and the Tiramisu and the Gelato where fabulous. Our waiter who is also the maitre d’ is a little full of himself but otherwise a wonderful evening. We ate inside but there are also table outside as well

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

As usual, everything was above and beyond GREAT!

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