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Bistro Bella Vita

4.7
1889 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, French, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm
Friday 11 am - midnight
Saturday 5 pm - midnight
Sunday 4 pm - 10 pm
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Phone number
(616) 222-4600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Van Timmeren
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Weston and Grandville
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Parking details
Metered street parking and 4 lots and ramps are located either adjacent to the building or within a short walking distance.
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.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.5
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4.2
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Father’s Day

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Varied menu, really delish, and service warm, efficient, and
professional. Two thumbs up!!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Bistro Bella Vita is my favorite Grand Rapids restaurant. The quality of food and service is always great. They offer a nice food menu, with light hand hearty choices, and pair it with a robust wine list. This is the perfect stop for martinis and appetizers with friends, a special evening out, a pre-concert dinner, or a business dinner with top clients.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Bistro Beka Vita is always good. Great service and a good menu that changes out regularly to add variety. Wine selection is also very good. One of our favorite go to places in G.R.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed our meal.... attentive service, very good food and sitting outside was really nice. It was within walking distance concert we went to that evening, so was perfect choice. I've eaten here twice and had nice experiences both times. Recommended for sure.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Service was great and the food was wonderful. Recommended by family who have dined there before. Good choice for foodies - house made pasta dish was amazing and the seafood risotto was just spicy enough to enhance the dish.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great mushroom risotto, and pork chop.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Relaxed, friendly ambiance close to downtown. Great location right next to Van Andel Arena. Extensive wine and craft beer list, although we were not drinking. Excellent service, nice menu selections. Good value for a more upscale dining experience. Valet parking and reservations available. Overall, we had an excellent experience!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in GR. The food is AMAZING!!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

It was wonderful.
Thank You

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Our server, Jill, was very accommodating and had a sunny disposition. We even scored a visit from Tristan, the restaurant manager. Essence groups run great restaurants!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Were able to sit outside. Wonderful experience. Great food. Great wine.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Love Bistro!! It's my favorite downtown. Food is deli-sh service is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food was DELICIOUS and all the specials sounded amazing. It was difficult to choose! We had an awesome server, Kate, who was friendly and knowledgable of the menu. It was a great experience!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

It was great! The waiter and the chef took care to accommodate my dietary needs and make sure we had a tasty, worthwhile experience.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

This is my favorite Grand Rapids restaurant. Great food and service every single time. Great atmosphere. Nice wine list and fantastic martinis. It is the number one place I recommend to people.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

First time dining here. Met friends before show at DeVos Center. Great food, location, service. Wide range of options from appetizers to entrees. Ranging from creative and unique like beet hummus to traditional like brisket. Nice modern atmosphere, pretty quiet, nice for a twosome or a group. Extensive wine list .

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We went for our anniversary, and they made it very special, by adding a tablecloth and special touches. It's not cheap, but we felt like they had VERY generous portions--enough for leftovers even! The service was wonderful, and since we got there a little before the evening rush, it was quiet enough for conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

It was a very pleasant late afternoon, we ate ate on the patio. The food was served fast, hot and delicious. The drinks kept filled and cold. What more could you ask for?

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Looked up resturants before we landed in Grand Rapids Michigan, and the Bistro came highly rated. It was easy to find and had plenty of parking near by. I had the duck melody and my husband had the beef Bourgogne. My duck breast was tender and flavorful, but the other duck portion was small. My husbands beef came in a dish that could easily be shared. He said it was delicious, tender and way too much for one person. The wine list was good and we had a very nice white burgundy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Staff was friendly, good was great. We made a reservation and got right in with zero issues. Perfect Mother's Day/Retirement gift for my mom. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a WONDERFUL night! Our server Gabby was incredible!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The decode has been updated some since I was last here. Still an old warehouse underneath but with a fresh clean look with all the woods and stainless steel. Very professional staff and parking is easy with valet. Great food and lively croud.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food. Great service. Staff is so attentive and professional. Another enjoyable dinner. So looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Incredible service, great food, a bit loud.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Really great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was a fantastic experience. I had the cassoulet and the duck three ways. It was outstanding. I can't wait to go back to Grand Rapids and eat here again. Four stars!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Food and service were both amazing. It was prom night for some school, so that kind of took away from the atmosphere. It’s always great, just a little expensive.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

All food was Delicious but especially the fresh pasta. Our waiter was so polite and accommodating. Finished off dinner with a complimentary birthday dessert and the best espresso martini ever! This was or first visit and will definitely return.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The server we had was non-existent. She took our drink orders and then disappeared for 15 mins. We only saw her one or two more times during the entire meal. Drinks went empty for 10 mins at a time. Food was great, but one of the worst service issues I've had in awhile. It was our first time dining there and we were expecting a better experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We went there to celebrate both our birthdays and sat in the dining area; not normal for us as we like to interact with others at the bar rail. We had bruschetta to start and it was uniquely prepared and delicious; most places just dump salsa on top...not here! We followed with two flatbreads and both were excellent. After dinner we moved to the bar rail for a last drink before heading home. I will say this...the bartenders here are some of the least friendly in all of Grand Rapids. We eat out ALOT and it has been this way for years so I say it probably stems from a fault at the top level as it seems to be their culture. Drinks though are some of the best and most generous so that keeps us coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I have been dining at Bistro Bella Vita since it opened 22+ years ago. They have consistently been a favorite spot of mine throughout the years. Up until recently, they've also had my favorite dish (rotini/fusilli con pollo) on the menu since they opened. Although it's not technically on the menu now, the kitchen staff was more than happy to make my favorite "old school" dish on request. Thank you and keep up the great service and cuisine!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Staff was very helpful with reserving a table for 11 people. Food was excellent and the staff very attentive. Will definitely dine here again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Never disappointed with the Bistro. This visit was a wonderful pasta and one of the best dirty martinis in town.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Tristan and his staff are excellent. Connor the bartender makes fantastic drinks and we thoroughly love sitting in bar area

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

When we arrived at 5:30 the daily menu was not ready. My Italian dinner was very small and overpriced. The waitress was not overly friendly. I would not recommend

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My wife and I went to GR for her birthday and Bistro Bella Vita was our choice for the meal and it was the right choice. Great food ( I had the pork chop) and perfect for my wife's food allergy issues (celiac, dairy and soy free). They custom made her food just right!!! and she didn't get sick. :) They even had a Birthday card waiting for her at our table.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love this place! Menu items like the Bistro steak, cheese plate (always has something fresh/different), and martinis are amazing! Higher end, so can be pricey, but it’s worth it! I can’t wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

New menu and it was excellent! Service was also outstanding. Best experience I have had at bistro Bella vita in sometime. We will be back

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was great, atmosphere was excellent, and our waitress was outstanding. We'll definitely be back

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