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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
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.
We had a great visit to Bistro! Restaurant was not busy and we were seated right away. Started with drinks and bread course and it was delicious. Our food was great - love their daily rotation menu. I ordered the goat cheese ravioli which I typically order and would highly recommend it!
Bistro Bella Vita has always been fantastic and this time it didn't disappoint in the least. The food is always to die for no matter what I order and the service is top notch - paying attention to what you're there for and making menu suggestions. I ordered something completely out of the norm for me and was nervous, but of course, it was stellar. Not to mention that their heat went out that day and they called to tell all of their evening reservations so they weren't surprised when they came in, despite the fact that they most likely lost business! Now that is how customer service should be done. Thanks for always being a reliable, credible and upscale choice in downtown GR.
Bistro Bella Vita has been a family favorite for what must be a least a couple of decades. For us it is a destination event, we save it for special occasions and milestones but when we go, we go all out. Even with high expectations and anticipation, we have never been disappointed. Food quality, variety and presentation are consistently superb. The staff and general ambiance are at a level well suited to our style and comfort level. Over the years we have had many memorable evenings and look forward to returning to our favorite spot in the future.
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!
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