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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
We received great service. The cheese plate was outstanding to start things and our meals were very good. I had two mixed drinks, each made perfectly. My wife enjoyed a Pino. Your restaurant is especially good for special events because of the varied and interesting menu, as well as the atmosphere. Our waiter was always there when we needed him and had a good working knowledge of the menu items. The pacing of the meal from small plates through to desert was good, and the waiter helped it along by simply asking if we were ready for the next step. We will be back again.
As a veteran of the hospitality industry for over a decade, I have extraordinarily high expectations of service. Travis, met and exceeded them, with the help of the lovely Candace. Service was exceptionally prompt and attentive. The food was sublime, as always. The only constructive criticism I could provide would be not to dim the lights so much. It was distracting to have the level of light change multiple times.
Several of us (5 out of 6) had the Beef Brisket Bourguignonne and, although tasty, it just wasn't the same as the last time we were in. The brisket was tender and flavorful but lacked the baby carrots and mini potatoes as last time which made it much more appealing; a great blend of rustic flavor and vegetables. This time, there was only thin slivers of potato and mushroom so we felt like we were just eating meat. And, in one portion, there was a big glob of fat. But other than that, martinis were good.
Atmosphere was excellent, service was great, people were friendly and everyone seemed to help out each other.
Food could have been better, I had the duck ravioli and the amount of duck in each piece was quite small. When I cut it in half, it was a challenge to get duck in each half. There really wasn't as sauce for it except oil used to cook veggies.
My date had the risotto and it wasn't cooked properly. Needed a little more absorption of chicken stock to make it not so firm. I wasn't done all of the way.
Wine was great but expensive.
We went for my wife's birthday. The food was excellent as was the service. We went on a Saturday evening, so it was fairly crowded and loud. If you dine here on the weekend, I would recommend reserving a table. I thought it was a little expensive for the portions, but not too pricey.
The ambiance inside the restaurant is wonderful. It’s not to stuffy and very relaxed, but you always get great service and amazing food. We started with the charcuterie plate and it was delicious as always. The bread is wonderful. I had the spinach bucatini and all the flavors melted together perfectly. He had the beef brisket and it was so tender and flavorful. For dessert we have the chocolate gateau, it wasn’t too sweet but it was full of chocolate flavor. Overall we had a wonderful time and I know we will return.
We were visiting in GR this past weekend and looking for an Italian restaurant. Booked a table here and we were seated promptly on arrival. Our server Blaze was attentive but kind of meek . My husband ordered rustic pizza and I had the Rigatoni which was a little salty for my liking and we ordered two beers. Not thrilled about the quality and quantity of food for what we paid. We probably will not visit again when in GR as by time we paid valet and dinner and tip it was really not worth it for a little pasta, a small pizza and two beers. While it was not terrible, it was disappointing.
Date night! We love them as they are few and far between now with our schedules and the seldom “kid free nights” we experience. Downtown Grand Rapids has sooooo many choices for good dining that it has become difficult narrowing the choices down. This week I received an email about live jazz music and I jumped on it immediately; we love the ambiance of live music that still allows you to carry on a quiet romantic conversation too. We were not disappointed. Bistro Bella Vita has always been our go to place for martinis; it is hard to beat their consistency and value. As a result we normally only have appetizers with our drinks. Tonite, we decided upon full meals because the music was so good; we were not disappointed! It was excellent. My fiancé had a North African vegetarian dish and I had the brisket. After two appetizers though (one on the house!) we ended up bringing home 1/2 our meals! We will definitely put BBV on our go to list again!
This is one of my go-to restaurants for all occasions, whether drinks and appetizers at the bar, a business lunch, or great dinner. The decor is upscale and the restroom is lovely. The cocktail list has lots of fun options.
Service is perfect, not pushy but well-timed and thoughtful.
Took my girlfriend here for New Years Eve and we were very impressed with everything from the food and seating to the waitstaff service. Our waiter was very helpful, we had a reservation and were immediately seated when we arrived. The food was delicious and all the ingredients tasted fresh. Definitely plan on going back and I have already recommended the restaurant to some of my friends and family. We parked right across the street at Ellis Parking, the restaurant also offered a valet service but I’m not sure if that’s available every night or if it was a special occasion for the holiday.
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