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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (70)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Special Occasion (55)
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Fit for Foodies (43)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Romantic (37)
Local Ingredients (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Notable Wine List (31)
Authentic (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Casual (29)
Business Meals (28)
Fun (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Bar Seating (24)
Cozy (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Comfort Food (15)
Healthy (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Seasonal (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Great Beer (10)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 13, 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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·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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·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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·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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·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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and nice environment. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always dependable when it comes to good food. The wait staff is professional and it such a pretty space.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Cozy, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was a great and delicious dining experience. I highly recommend this place.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was amazing!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

My wife and I always visit the Bistro for our wedding anniversary each year and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was amazing, my husband and our friend Brooke stopped in to have dinner for my 30th birthday. It was an excellent time, not rushed and generally just enjoyed the atmosphere and the relaxing nature of the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Phenomenal in every way.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The Bistro is always on our list when looking for someplace to go for dinner out. We’ve always had great service and fabulous food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Casual, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Delicious food in a great setting!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing food and service. The Warm Winter Salad was great, and the wine our server suggested was downright yummy. Our server was also very fun. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Good food, great service, lousy front desk/welcome

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The atmosphere is inviting and the wait staff was wonderful. The food options were creative and well presented. Good place to go for a fancier occasion or to celebrate. Make sure to make a reservation early though or you might not get in.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food and service have always been outstanding.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had the Vadouvan special and it was one of the best meals I have ever had!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had been told that the food and service were very good here and this proved to be true.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had a great first experience at Bistro Bella Vita. The food was delicious, staff knowledgeable, and beer was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always good! We went during cocktail week and the ginger cocktail was delicious. Service was great, warm and inviting atmosphere, check it out!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I brought my mom for her birthday and our server was very gracious in helping her through the menu items. She settled on the salmon minus the spicy Chile, I had the Bistro Steak and both were delicious. Thanks for a great evening, I’ll be coming back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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