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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.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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
Weston and Grandville
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking and 4 lots and ramps are located either adjacent to the building or within a short walking distance.
Aaron Van Timmeren
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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