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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

Private Party Facilities:
You expect exceptional dining experiences when it comes to special, private events. We promise to deliver nothing short of exceptional every time you dine with us at Bistro Bella Vita, and the same goes for Private Dining.

Bistro’s Private Dining Room and Cellar Table offer unique private dining experiences for intimate gatherings like birthday dinners and meetings, to grand celebrations like wedding receptions and company parties.

Reserve our Private Dining Room or VIP Cellar Table today! Call 616.222.4600 to speak with Alanna Timmer.

Private Party Contact:
Alanna Timmer: (616) 222-4600

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro Bella Vita Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Special Occasion (49)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Business Meals (35)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Romantic (33)
Local Ingredients (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Casual (27)
Notable Wine List (25)
Fun (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Cozy (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Seasonal (13)
Healthy (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Great Beer (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
People Watching (9)
Organic (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 7 days ago

I can always get a reservation. They have excellent service and great selections on the menu. I would recommend this place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was so fresh and amazingly delicious.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Having dined at the Bistro on numerous occasions over the past several years when in town I have enjoyed many meals there. My main gripe on this occasion in November 2017 is the Northern Road Salmon portion for the listed entree; if it gets any smaller they might as well call it 'small plate'. I was also unpleasantly surprised by the cost of what I thought was the "house Cab" at $17/glass. The server had no apology to offer. Maybe I am being too sensitive but as a 60-something I feel somewhat marginalized due to my age, as this place, at least on this occasion, appeared to cater to the younger crowd. If you are a senior and want a good meal in Grand Rapids, go elsewhere if you want consideration due you.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our time there. Service was wonderful. We will be back soon

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great Beer, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cold, froze while eating asked to substitute hash for regular potatoes waiter agreed then brought hash also not the same grade of filet bar drinks and staff were great though

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Bistro delivered (as usual) with great food, service and a buzzing atmosphere that made our dinner even more enjoyable. You can count on Bistro Bella Vita to provide you with a top quality dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and Cocktails we're exceptional, the beef brisket was the best I've ever had, healthy serving and amazing flavor. Grand Rapids offers an amazing selection of quality food and Cocktails, this was the best of all the meals I've had in GR, and friendly pleasant service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went here for a special birthday meal with a friend before seeing a broadway show. Food was marvelous and the wine was delicious! Expensive but worth it for the occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was fantastic. You get exactly what you order and it is delicious. The staff is also great. They very nice and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very disappointed. Two of us ordered the Saffron Risotto. Dishes were not the same. One was very salty and one had no flavor and risotto was undercooked. Third dinner was the Goat Cheese Ravioli which they liked but very small portion.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had reservations for 4, and at the last minute, another couple wanted to join us. Since the restaurant didn't open until 5, and our reservations were at 5:30, we couldn't call ahead. However, when we all showed up, they accommodated the extra couple with no problem at all, and were extremely pleasant to us. The service was fantastic, the food excellent, the ambience was wonderful. There is a back room with larger table for big parties, but the restaurant itself is a hustling, bustling hotbed of great conversation, aromas, and wonderful food and drink. I'd recommend this place to anyone, it's top notch!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food, poor timming of food delivery. Ordered and had our food in less than 5 min.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Consistently delicious Italian in a great atmosphere and with attentive service. Always on our list.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Arrived early before reservation and were seated immediately...friendly and attentive staff...food was served very warm and was delicious!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had 4:30 reservation and were seated right away. Although there was plenty of seating available, they sat us right next to the kitchen. We placed our wine/appetizer order quickly and it was served in a reasonable time. We ordered our entrees, while eating our appetizers. We were attending wicked at the 6:30 showing. At 6:00 we had to ask our waitress for our food. It was finally served at 6:05. We had ordered the 3 course meal and were unable to enjoy the dessert portion due to it not coming out until 6:20. It was wait, wait, wait and the RUSH! Our bill was $167.00, a disappointment for the service, atmosphere and hype.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place with great food. The service was not the greatest, but the hostesses were very friendly and accommodating! We would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Bella Vita is our go-to-restaurant for events at Van Andel Arena. Food and drinks this time were disappointing. Cosmo tasted like it was prepared with grapefruit juice. Salmon dinner was served over cold pesto, with cold pickled mushrooms. The carrots(2) were tasty as was the tablespoon of lemon crustada. Fusilli with chicken was soaked with too much pesto sauce and little chicken(actually had to search through dish to find any). We will not be back.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waitress was very friendly and attentive. Staff worked well as a team. Timely service, great ambiance. Food was a bit expensive but nothing unexpected. A great place to celebrate a birthday and then rendezvous at the theatre!.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My sister and I came to Grand Rapids to see Wicked. I have eaten at Bistro Bella Vita while on business as well as date night. It is one of my favorite restaurants and always my first pick. My sister, who is the Vice President of her company, had never been. She was very impressed by not only the food, but by the waitstaff. I, of course will be back, but you also made a new (and I’m sure) returning customer.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was perfect. Our waitress was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was really nice, perfect for a date night, would go back again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very creative menue with different flavors. Not just the same old Italian food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Bistro Bella Vita is outstanding! Chef Aaron VanTimmeren and his staff are simply the best. If I lived closer and could afford it, I would eat here every night!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Organic, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The Foccicia bread course is to die for! Homemade pasta is delicious as well. Fig gelato was yummy! Our server, Linnel took great care of us and did a excellent job of helping us select wines to compliment our dinner.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent pasta and desserts. Would like to go back and try more.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely amazing service from friendly and informed staff. Great food offering a mix of fresh and local Italian and French Cuisine.
The only downside was the open Bistro seating which was very loud - I don't even know if music was playing in the background because the surrounding noise was so loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our dining experience was fantastic! We will definetly be back, Leah took fantastic care of us!

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always good food and great service. Not the cheapest place, but still worth it.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bistro Bella Vita has outstanding food. They really go the extra mile on food preparation. The only problem I've had when I've been in there is that it seems like they are always short staffed.
The waiters and waitresses always seem to be in a hurry to get to their other tables because they are stretched so thin.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Late-night Find, People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service but we were seated in an extremely dark side of the restaurant. They could use some better lighting--even the waiter couldn't read the menus. Wish the seafood in the risotto had been added a bit earlier--the mussels and shrimp were still raw. Otherwise, a nice place.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and service as always! Specials were yummy. Will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 5, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids. Always good service, excellent wine list, wonderful menu for anyone. We dine here at least once a month even though it’s a bit of a drive. Lanell our server, was the best server, personable, considerate.
I ordered the duck ravioli, my friends enjoyed the cassoulet, and Special Duck Breast. We shared goat cheese and focaccia appetizer. Everyone will dine here again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Consistently great food and great service. Always a favorite restaurant for special events

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Eaten here many times over the years but not since 2012. Ate dinner at 5:30 on 10/5/17 after Art Prize. Food quality has slipped. "Heirloom" tomato salad was a plate of frisee greens atop a few chunks of fresh mozzarella and two quartered Campari tomatoes; underwhelming, esp. in the midst of heirloom tomato season. Fisherman's stew was over salted, almost inedible. Rigatoni Bolognese sauce was an odd bittersweet...not like any I've had previously. "Bread pudding" dessert was essentially French Toast; forgettable. Server was initially attentive but forgot one diner's requested lime wedge for his drink, didn't check back once entrees were served. Very loud space in general (hard surfaces everywhere), not easy to have a quiet conversation. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in GR. Will not return until we hear things have improved significantly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

We had a great experience here... Loved the food, (many gluten free options) nice ambience,service was great and a wonderful desert that was worth the calories!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Travis was an excellent waiter, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Ambiance was lively. Food was creative and tasty but a bit heavily salted. overall experience was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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