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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (65)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Special Occasion (47)
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Pre/post Theatre (42)
Romantic (40)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Notable Wine List (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Business Meals (26)
Casual (24)
Good for Groups (24)
Authentic (23)
Cozy (22)
Fun (22)
Bar Seating (19)
Comfort Food (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Healthy (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
People Watching (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great Beer (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Seasonal (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

My boyfriend and I came here for Valentine’s Day and were not disappointed!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good. We have always had a good experience at Bistro Bella Vita

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 5 days ago

We loved this restaurant! After a long Valentines get-away, this was our last dinner in downtown. It was definitely worth it and is one of our new favorites!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun, Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed Saffron Risotto and Whole Roasted Branzino

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and wonderful service for Valentines dinner

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 6 days ago

Once again, BBV did not disappoint. Had the best filet I've ever put in my mouth, with risotto and bearnaise sauce. OMG!! Fabulous dining.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 6 days ago

Best dining experience we’ve had in a very long time (including fine dining in Chicago and New York).

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was delicious! The food was amazing. Starting with the calamari and ending with the steak it was all worth the price.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Valentines date!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our third Valentine’s celebration at Bistro Bella Vita and our experience with them just gets better every year. Our food was phenomenal and our waitress was fun but professional and attentive. We will be back again next year!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Luke was a great server. The kitchen felt a bit slow despite the restaurant being fairly empty.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We were cared for from arrival to exit. Food was spectacular and presentation was held at a premium.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The service was good. The food was delicious. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Parking was easy to find. I would recommend going for a special occasion. It's a bit pricey but not as bad as I thought it would be and definitely worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Came her last Saturday. Server was super helpful on deciding the menu. Wasn’t very knowledge on specials, had to read off menu. But food was amazing per usual so we always come back for big dinner dates

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food and service were good. Waitstaff friendly, knowledgeable and willing to learn. Red wine by the glass was MUCH TOO WARM. Whites were fine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Incredible food! The cheese plate, the Michigan pork chop, and the saffron risotto were all outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Great Beer, Romantic, Casual
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, great service, friendly bartenders. Will definitely be back!

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food...decent portions. Our waiter Ryan our waiter was very helpful and encouraged asking any questions about the menu. We never felt rushed. Very pleased with our experience.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food! Great drinks! Great service! Great time!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great fun and unique food. Very knowledgeable servers.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a great time with friends. Tried the gnocchi and the gnocchi special and we were given some of the best meals we have had in a long time. Great job on the food!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Restraunt is one of my favorites - great food however, our waitress was a bit snarky and it is always so loud, which makes having conversations difficult

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great job with the food as it was awesome! Service was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great menu, and our server (Jessica?) was very knowledgeable of the menu and ingredients, as well as the wine. Thanks!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was amazing! The severe were very attentive and professional and the attention to detail is impressive.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The table was ready when we got there and their porkchop dinner was amazing!!!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and great service. I would definitely recommend Bistro to anyone looking for a nice dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and service Gave us plenty of time to talk before ordering. $3 off drinks until 6!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best steak I’ve ever had!!! It was Cooke perfect and I was upset when it was gone!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We got a gift card here for Christmas - best gift I received hands down. We 10/10 would recommend this place for anyone. It is a little pricy but worth the price. Best meal I’ve had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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