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About Bistro Bella Vita

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.

44 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, French, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm
Friday 11 am - midnight
Saturday 5 pm - midnight
Sunday 4 pm - 10 pm

Cross Street:
Weston and Grandville

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(616) 222-4600

Website:
http://www.bistrobellavita.com/

Parking Details:
Metered street parking and 4 lots and ramps are located either adjacent to the building or within a short walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Aaron Van Timmeren

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

You expect exceptional dining experiences when it comes to private events. We promise to deliver nothing short of exceptional every time you dine with us and the same goes for Private Dining. We offer for intimate gatherings like birthday dinners and meetings, as well as wedding receptions.

Bistro Bella Vita Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (65)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Special Occasion (52)
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Fit for Foodies (46)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Romantic (32)
Business Meals (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Casual (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Authentic (25)
Fun (25)
Hot Spot (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Cozy (17)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Seasonal (14)
Healthy (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Great Beer (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Organic (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was amazing, my husband and our friend Brooke stopped in to have dinner for my 30th birthday. It was an excellent time, not rushed and generally just enjoyed the atmosphere and the relaxing nature of the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Phenomenal in every way.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

First and foremost, our waitress Leah was phenomenal. The bruschetta, and hummus were a great start. Highly recommend the prosciutto pizza and risotto. Drinks were on point even with special requests. Thanks again to Leah and staff for a great night our definitely will return!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 7 days ago

The Bistro is always on our list when looking for someplace to go for dinner out. We’ve always had great service and fabulous food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Casual, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 7 days ago

Delicious food in a great setting!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very good experience. Service was pretty quick, the food great. Had the calamari appetizer, and it was lightly-breaded and tender, along with a good portion. My wife had the Goat Cheese Ravioli, and liked it a lot. I had the Brisket, and that too was very good--fell apart easily, and the veggies below it were tasty, as well. Good portions, too, as I almost didn't finish it. All in all, a nice atmosphere and well-recommended experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed dinner once again at our favorite GR dining place. The Parisian Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragout made such an outstanding impression on me at my previous visit that, in an unprecedented move, I ordered the same dish for two consecutive visits. If I'm in a rut, this is certainly a delicious one to be in. Best entrée I've had in years. Best gin martinis anywhere.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing food and service. The Warm Winter Salad was great, and the wine our server suggested was downright yummy. Our server was also very fun. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Good food, great service, lousy front desk/welcome

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I was extremely pleased with the accommodating staff at Bistro Bella Vita! Though our reservations were for 7 pm, I requested seating at 6:30 on the “Open Table” app. We arrived at 6:25 and were led to a table set beautifully with a table cloth, candlelight and a ‘Happy Anniversary’ card. The dinner and wine were delicious. After dinner, we were offered a dessert of our choice “on the house”. This was a lovely and delicious surprise!
Thank you for helping create a very celebratory wedding anniversary. We’ll return!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The atmosphere is inviting and the wait staff was wonderful. The food options were creative and well presented. Good place to go for a fancier occasion or to celebrate. Make sure to make a reservation early though or you might not get in.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food and service have always been outstanding.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Arrived early for our reservation at 5:15, around 4:50. We were told that they didn’t open until 5:00, but we could easily be seated right at 5:00. We then sat and watched at least 10 tables get sat in front of us, quickly realizing we were probably going to be seated at our original reservation time anyway. Finally one of the hostesses we had not spoken to noticed us and quickly sat us. Our waitress was nice, but clearly overwhelmed with her tables and barely came to our table. We had to wait 10 minutes after we were finished and finally flag her down to get our bill. This dinner was for my birthday and we chose to go elsewhere for dessert rather than wait any longer. Not the worst service, but not as good as I’ve gotten in the past and disappointing for a special occasion meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had the Vadouvan special and it was one of the best meals I have ever had!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Arrived to find our friends already seated. Waiter was prompt and saw we were talking and gave us time before ordering. We love the food here but wish they had more craft beers on tap! I had the duck breast, which was good, a couple of pieces were chewy. Our friends had the duck ravioli, which I recommended and they loved it. My husband had a seafood dish which was also very good. We love this restaurant and appreciate the creative dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had been told that the food and service were very good here and this proved to be true.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had a great first experience at Bistro Bella Vita. The food was delicious, staff knowledgeable, and beer was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Awesome, tasty, creatively prepared entrees. The kitchen even accommodated a friend in our party who wanted to order a dish not on the menu. Our waitress provided great service, but did not hover. She kindly accommodated our schedule, since we were headed to a concert afterwards. All in all, everything was perfect!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We ate at Bistro Bella Vita for dinner on a Friday. The food was excellent. Our server was nice, but the service was slow. We ordered an appetizer, and he didn’t take our entree order until we’d been done with the appetizer for ~10 min. The tables are pretty packed together, and it was noisy. I’d definitely go back for the food though!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always good! We went during cocktail week and the ginger cocktail was delicious. Service was great, warm and inviting atmosphere, check it out!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I brought my mom for her birthday and our server was very gracious in helping her through the menu items. She settled on the salmon minus the spicy Chile, I had the Bistro Steak and both were delicious. Thanks for a great evening, I’ll be coming back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I can always get a reservation. They have excellent service and great selections on the menu. I would recommend this place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was so fresh and amazingly delicious.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Having dined at the Bistro on numerous occasions over the past several years when in town I have enjoyed many meals there. My main gripe on this occasion in November 2017 is the Northern Road Salmon portion for the listed entree; if it gets any smaller they might as well call it 'small plate'. I was also unpleasantly surprised by the cost of what I thought was the "house Cab" at $17/glass. The server had no apology to offer. Maybe I am being too sensitive but as a 60-something I feel somewhat marginalized due to my age, as this place, at least on this occasion, appeared to cater to the younger crowd. If you are a senior and want a good meal in Grand Rapids, go elsewhere if you want consideration due you.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our time there. Service was wonderful. We will be back soon

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great Beer, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cold, froze while eating asked to substitute hash for regular potatoes waiter agreed then brought hash also not the same grade of filet bar drinks and staff were great though

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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Bistro delivered (as usual) with great food, service and a buzzing atmosphere that made our dinner even more enjoyable. You can count on Bistro Bella Vita to provide you with a top quality dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and Cocktails we're exceptional, the beef brisket was the best I've ever had, healthy serving and amazing flavor. Grand Rapids offers an amazing selection of quality food and Cocktails, this was the best of all the meals I've had in GR, and friendly pleasant service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went here for a special birthday meal with a friend before seeing a broadway show. Food was marvelous and the wine was delicious! Expensive but worth it for the occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was fantastic. You get exactly what you order and it is delicious. The staff is also great. They very nice and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very disappointed. Two of us ordered the Saffron Risotto. Dishes were not the same. One was very salty and one had no flavor and risotto was undercooked. Third dinner was the Goat Cheese Ravioli which they liked but very small portion.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had reservations for 4, and at the last minute, another couple wanted to join us. Since the restaurant didn't open until 5, and our reservations were at 5:30, we couldn't call ahead. However, when we all showed up, they accommodated the extra couple with no problem at all, and were extremely pleasant to us. The service was fantastic, the food excellent, the ambience was wonderful. There is a back room with larger table for big parties, but the restaurant itself is a hustling, bustling hotbed of great conversation, aromas, and wonderful food and drink. I'd recommend this place to anyone, it's top notch!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food, poor timming of food delivery. Ordered and had our food in less than 5 min.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Consistently delicious Italian in a great atmosphere and with attentive service. Always on our list.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Arrived early before reservation and were seated immediately...friendly and attentive staff...food was served very warm and was delicious!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had 4:30 reservation and were seated right away. Although there was plenty of seating available, they sat us right next to the kitchen. We placed our wine/appetizer order quickly and it was served in a reasonable time. We ordered our entrees, while eating our appetizers. We were attending wicked at the 6:30 showing. At 6:00 we had to ask our waitress for our food. It was finally served at 6:05. We had ordered the 3 course meal and were unable to enjoy the dessert portion due to it not coming out until 6:20. It was wait, wait, wait and the RUSH! Our bill was $167.00, a disappointment for the service, atmosphere and hype.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place with great food. The service was not the greatest, but the hostesses were very friendly and accommodating! We would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Bella Vita is our go-to-restaurant for events at Van Andel Arena. Food and drinks this time were disappointing. Cosmo tasted like it was prepared with grapefruit juice. Salmon dinner was served over cold pesto, with cold pickled mushrooms. The carrots(2) were tasty as was the tablespoon of lemon crustada. Fusilli with chicken was soaked with too much pesto sauce and little chicken(actually had to search through dish to find any). We will not be back.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waitress was very friendly and attentive. Staff worked well as a team. Timely service, great ambiance. Food was a bit expensive but nothing unexpected. A great place to celebrate a birthday and then rendezvous at the theatre!.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My sister and I came to Grand Rapids to see Wicked. I have eaten at Bistro Bella Vita while on business as well as date night. It is one of my favorite restaurants and always my first pick. My sister, who is the Vice President of her company, had never been. She was very impressed by not only the food, but by the waitstaff. I, of course will be back, but you also made a new (and I’m sure) returning customer.

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