Bistro Bella Vita

4.7
2219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
Food First. Guests Always.

At Bistro Bella Vita, we’re driven by passion, servant leadership and most importantly—exceptional dining experiences. We believe that good enough simply isn’t good enough. It’s time to discover something special and taste commitment and creativity. Choose passion and purpose. Live the good life.

It’s time to accept nothing short of exceptional at Bistro Bella Vita.
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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great. Food showed up in a timely manner and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Atmosphere is a bit loud.

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PP
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. We were celebrating our birthdays and we’re greeted with birthday wishes. Our server was very attentive without being a nuisance. The food was very good. We had a very enjoyable evening.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a special experience. Celebrated our anniversary there and had a great meal, plus a few great surprises. Now understand why my family in Grand Rapids eat there so often

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TL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, great food. Brisket and pork chop were especially good. Nice wine list. Not a lot of beers on tap, but there are plenty of places in Grand Rapids for that. Will definitely be back.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very accommodating with our specific food requests for vegan, gluten-free, and food allergy guests. Service was top-notch and plates were presented beautifully. Delicious!

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DP
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience! It was my birthday, and even the simple act of having a card written for me was all class. Our server Cole was more than great, she was part of our experience! Her suggestions were perfect , she was very attentive in a good way. Our dishes were simply succulent! Everything was prepared perfectly! The complimentary dessert was a nice bonus, and it (Tiramisu) was amazing! This will be a regular stop for us when we visit GR.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came down for the July 6th fireworks and ate outside. We were seated right away n food was delicious and portions larger than they needed to be. We ordered the brisket

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! My only very small criticism is the roasted Brussels sprouts were tough and not tender enough. My drink and brisket were both fabulous! And our server was great too!

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L
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Bistro! The bar staff all mix wonderful drinks and servers are very knowledgeable! Had the Black Campanelle on my last visit..it was amazing! Hope it stays on the menu-so I can make it my go to dish!

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LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service. The only downfall is the noise level. Very loud.

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OA
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband there for his birthday. It was wonderful as always! Travis (our waiter) was great and the ravioli, pizza and salmon was tasty!

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T
Grand Rapids
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro is my favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids. It never fails to be innovative in food preparation. The features menu always has delicious dishes. I could go on and on but if you’ve never dined there, call now and make a reservation!

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service!! This was my first visit, and I’ve raved about the food and ambience to numerous friends. I’m already planning another visit (from out of town) in a few weeks.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for Negroni week.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was amazing! Will definitely go back next time I’m in Grand Rapids.

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Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great for our wedding anniversary! Everything was good and Tiramisu was awesome too! Highly recommend it!

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JR
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. I wish we lived in GR so that we could come here more often!

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff treated us so nicely and even wrote us a cute anniversary note! The food was delectable and the cocktails were absolutely delicious!!!

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! The salmon!!! The calamari!!! Spot on perfection!

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to spot to take family and friends when they come into town. Delicious food and even better drinks! Would like to see Fussili con Pollo (the old way- pesto!) back on the menu but we appreciate that the chefs will always make it for us when we ask!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here before a concert at the VanAndel. It was great good, very convenient, and everyone was friendly.

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L
Grand Rapids
58 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here before a show. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent!

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G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu with numerous choices. Out of the ordinary dishes and the food was excellent. Very handy to where we stay downtown. The wait staff was well trained and accommodating. Will definitely be back and recommend it to our friends.

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LN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very helpful and informative - If she didn't know the answer she found
someone that did.

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S
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spencer was awesome

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PR
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service, but very noisy. Seated in the bar area and it was quite loud. Overall, not bad but I’ve had better experiences at bistro.

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RK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. I only wish the menu was a touch lighter with the spring/summer season. Lots of heavy options. We will be back.

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JW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was exceptional. Very professional and knowledgeable of menu & drink.

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DD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The appetizers were very good. The spicy meatballs were amazing but that's the highest point of the meal. It was downhill after. The margherita pizza we ordered was burnt. It was horrible to finish. The pasta was way under cooked. It was tough. The bolognese meat sauce was good, but what's the point when the pasta is tough as card board! Overall I will give the place 2 stars, only for the service and the ambiance. Go there for a drink maybe and get the spicy meat balls. There are far better Italian restaurants in the area for dinner..

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KG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here on the behest of fellow physician moms for my birthday. Had one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had! Service was great, wine pairing suggestions were on point, and having the staff wish me a happy Birthday was super sweet. Will definitely be back.

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TH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even on a night when BBV was slammed with people attending the New Kids on the Block concert next door, we were seated promptly for our reservation. Our servers were attentive, the drinks and appetizers were excellent. The duck confit salad my wife had made me wish I had ordered it for myself. I had the beef bourginioun, and it was so tender and flavorful. My wife had the salmon and she was very pleased. Our guests are gluten free and they found enough options to satisfy their needs.

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EK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very efficient wait staff. It was my husband’s birthday and they treated us very well. Biggest shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream we’ve ever had! We were told the manager poured! We will return!

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l
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Bistro was phenomenal. Great food, great atmosphere, fabulous service.

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JF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding--very outgoing and paced the meal very, very well.

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S
Grand Rapids
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was a bit salty though inventive. The sommelier made some good recommendations and some bad ones. Cheerful service and quiet enough to have a conversation. Worth returning.

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OT
Grand Rapids
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 words: Best. Restaurant. Ever.

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R
Grand Rapids
54 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grabbing lunch with out-of-town relatives, and Bistro was spot on as usual! Had the pasta of the day and it was delicious - everyone enjoyed their meal and the shrive was great as well.

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NS
Northern MI
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food and service! There were five of us and we all had something different...each meal was outstanding!

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DW
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and drinks. Nice Italian casual atmosphere spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, wine list and excellent service, always a great place to dine.

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