Bistro Bella Vita

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2443 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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.
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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waitress was really good. She was attentive and knew about the menu items we asked about. The restaurant was really clean too.

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AllanD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We all really enjoyed our meals. The ravioli was superb. We were a bit disappointed with our waitress as she was not very friendly or efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and so were the drinks! Our waitress was very sweet and helpful with choosing our meals and drinks, and service was impeccable. Already can’t wait to visit again!

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SM3337
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly and attentive to us. Food was served quickly and has a nice wine selection. We dined later, so not as busy as a peak time.

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Melissa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service once we were sat was impeccable! We came into contact with multiple different people which was different and cool, everyone was extremely pleasant and had a smile on their face. Every single worker there moved out of your way, even if they were holding a gigantic tray of food, our dirty dishes never sat more than a minute, our water glasses were never dry and the timing of everything was perfect. The only complaint I have is that the hostess forgot about us. I had a reservation at 6:30pm, checked in at the stand and she told me to wait over by the pizza ovens and she would come get me when our table was ready. I saw multiple people come in after me and get sat, so after a while, I went up and asked if we were still waiting and it appeared she forgot we were there. The food is also very pricey, but the food was delicious and the service was perfect, so I guess you get what you pay for :) Thanks for a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times, it’s always great!

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JudyV
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, the service was spot on and the food was wonderful. Get there early then it’s not so busy the closer it gets to 6:30 the longer you will wait if you don’t have a reservation.

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Fred
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server did an outstanding job of describing the dishes. There were four specials that I'd discounted, but after his descriptions, I wanted to try each of them! The dish I ended up ordering was a homemade pasta and seafood dish that was complex and delicious. My wife's meal was equally good.

Would recommend to anybody!

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sarah82
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Rigatoni Con Pollo is phenomenal! Great food selections and looking forward to coming back!

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vipLuv2dineout
Grand Rapids
63 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bruschetta was delicious. We were a party of three. Gnocchi, Rotini con Pollo and Rainbow Trout were our entrees. Gnocchi and Trout were wonderful! Had Apple Tarts and Lemon Olive Oil Torte for dessert. Bith were very good!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 4, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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Will
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited Bistro Bella Vita for the first time on our wedding anniversary, on the recommendation of friends. The food was delicious with the calamari for our appetizer and both of us ordering the Bucatini for our main course. The pasta was perfectly cooked, as were the scallops and shrimp. The bar service is excellent and Bella Vita is generous with sampling of wines before you choose. Knowing it was our anniversary, they even provided us with complimentary glasses of prosecco! The waitstaff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We ordered the Tre Dolce for dessert and selected the Lemon Olive Oil Torte, the Tiramisu, and a dessert on their daily special menu. All were so good, with the torte being our favorite. The exposed brick and original wood columns are beautiful. The restaurant was busy that evening and our location in a booth did make it difficult to hear our waiter and each other from across the table, but nothing off-putting. We are going to return the next time we are in Grand Rapids!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 3, 2020

Good morning, Will, and happy anniversary! We're thrilled to hear that you had such an exceptional evening celebrating with us, from food, to service and ambiance, and we look forward to serving you again the next time you're in town!

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jonesy
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gnocchi is always so good!! And the service is great.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 3, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you've had nothing but exceptional dining experiences with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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Happy
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro Bella Vita. It was our 1 year wedding anniversary and they always treat us so well and the food is always prepared spectacularly.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 2, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional anniversary celebration with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon!

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GPMP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! All food was served at the proper temperature and our server was very attentive.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 2, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was the best server we’ve ever had. Professional in every aspect. Bistro does not disappoint. Seafood bisque was outstanding, calamari was incredible. Everything was absolutely fantastic.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance. We'll pass along the compliments to Jessica and look forward to serving you again soon!

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KristenB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience4

One of my favorite places to go for date night with my husband. The food is excellent! I have been here many times and have never had less then a wonderful meal. The menu changes seasonally and there are always very appealing choices. The wait staff is friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and moderately quiet (this does depend on time of day, of course), the ambiance is relaxed, and the bathrooms are clean! Great tplace to have a date!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 27, 2020

Good morning, Kristen! We're thrilled to hear that you and your hubby have consistently had exceptional date-night experiences with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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AlishaA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and it was ready when we arrived. Service was great as was the food.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 25, 2020

Good morning, Alisha! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance. We hope to serve you again soon!

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JenniferB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's been a few years since we've been here and this visit did not disappoint! The food was outstanding and our server, Harrison, treated us SO WELL; he made the experience. We'll be back for sure!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good morning, Jennifer! We were thrilled to have you back for an exceptional meal with us. We'll be sure to pass along the compliments to Harrison and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipPattiS
Grand Rapids
37 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from food to service. Always consistently delicious.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good morning, Patti! We're thrilled to hear that you've had nothing but exceptional dining experiences with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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Travelchef
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a couple of appetizers and a half sized order of the brisket, their signature dish. Left enough room for tiramisu to end the evening. Great food and atmosphere.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 25, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us and especially loved our appetizers, brisket and tiramisu. We hope to serve you again soon!

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BarbH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious, the atmosphere pleasant, and the service excellent. overall, a great experience!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good morning, Barb! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good! We are never disappointed by the food and the waiters are amazing too! Definitely a place We will continue our special occasions.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 19, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional celebration with us for your special occasion, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on March 2, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, as always. Felt like they were rushing us out the door though. Asked a couple of times to just allow us to enjoy our drinks and relax a little. An hour doesn't seem too of the question to have a cocktail, app, entree and dessert. They weren't super busy. Just didn't feel like enjoying the meal was priority, just turning tables as the agenda.

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WyattD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Bella Vita was a great experience. It was a wonderful place to spend our Valentine’s Day for some great food and drinks. We had martinis and they were great as well. Overall an awesome experience and we will be going again.

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Jorge
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A must go to restaurant. If you go during a day like St. Valentine’s Day just know it will be slightly noisy but it is still well worth it!!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good morning, Jorge! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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Gummos
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. We had about a 20 minute wait for a table from our reservation time.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Made a reservation at 8:45 on Valentine’s Day and ended up waiting to be seated until 9:30! Besides that the food was great and waiters were outstanding a kind.

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SarahL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was PACKED on valentines day, but the service was great and the food came out fast and delish! The tables were tucked in pretty tight and the waiters had a hard time sliding by which was distracting the whole night. I still give it 5 stars for the amazing food!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good morning, Sarah! We're thrilled to see that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I felt like I was on prom night the way the tables were lined up to meet the needs and sitting next to some other couples conversation was limited on my behalf assuming every one could hear. The food was ehhhh I had some seafood risotto and was unimpressed however my boyfriend had some sort of beef which looked liked a whole roast was in his bowl so he enjoyed very much. We declined on desert to go elsewhere. FYI I’m a very hard one to impress on seafood and I love seafood but everything served on the menu was basic. I give 3stars :)

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CoryG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I felt like the tables were too close for private conversations, buissness made a kind of loud atmosphere, my original request for reservations were not met, and I expected a little bit higher level of class.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I have never left a bad restaurant review before but our Valentine’s Day experience was terrible. I had the ribeye which they claimed was prime grade, but certainly was not. It was an okay steak that I would expect from a low end chain restaurant like Applebee’s. I ordered it medium rare. The edges were dry, and the flavor was poor and the marbling was poor. I would expect this from a $20-30 steak, not a $60 steak. My wife ordered the fillet, medium well. The first 2 cuts on one end were medium rare. The middle and other end were well done. I should have taken a picture because I have never seen anything like it before. They clearly do not know how to cook a steak. To top everything off my last sip of wine contained a mouth full of salt like grit. I literally had to spit it back into my glass. The only positive note of the night was dessert, they were good. If you are thinking about a steak go anywhere but here.

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RoseDB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Bella Vista never lets us down. We like to celebrate special occasions here (like Valentine's Day or our anniversary) because they have such delicious drinks and food and have a very attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was PERFECT! Our server Kallie was very professional, friendly and attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was packed for Valentine’s Day. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for an incredible dining experience in downtown GR!

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BenB
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We got the perfect seat. The service was great. A memorable evening.

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good morning, Ben! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, Great service,

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Karen
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always very pleased with the group that works at Bistro. All super friendly and accommodating to us! Great food always! Never disappointed!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good morning, Karen! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner and drinks before a concert. Food was great!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 14, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining pre-concert experience with us from food, to service and ambiance, and we hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Sever and kitchen staff completely accommodated our complex allergies and dietary restrictions. The food and service were excellent, as always. The atmosphere was very pleasant and our bill was far lower than expected. A perfect dining experience!

Bistro Bella Vita
Responded on February 11, 2020

Good morning! We're thrilled to hear that you and your party all had an exceptional dining experience with us from food, to service and ambiance. We are happy to make all of our guests feel welcome, and we hope to serve you again soon!

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