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Bistro Bella Vita

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44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083 (Weston and Market)
+1 616-222-4600
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Corning, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I recently accepted a job that is requiring to move to Chicago and spend a considerable amount of time over seas. I planned a special dinner date with someone very close to me so that we could talk about how we would move forward. I ordered some flowers to be delivered to the restaurant and placed on the table prior... More 

1 Thank Corning14830
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We recently dined at Bistro Bella Vita for a special meal with a group and were seated at the Cellar Table. This table is tucked away behind the pizza oven and located next to the kitchen. We experienced the highest level of service from Korin and house manager Tristan. We were treated to impeccably prepared meals that arrived fresh, well-timed,... More 

Thank att284
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Went here with friends. They had not been and Bistro Bella Vita did not disappoint. Good food with wonderful flavor. Drinks and service were very good. A bit noisy the night we were there, but would still highly recommend.

Thank Scott M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Bistro Bella Vita is an all time favorite place to grab some wonderful food and drinks in downtown Grand Rapids. Service is top notch and food is delicious!

Thank jbt0413
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is , hands down, the best restaurant in Grand Rapids. The food is always above expectations. Done perfectly and with amazing depth of flavors. We had the mixed seafood special which was awesome. Each piece of fish was done to it own perfection. The service is top notch as well. Very professional. The wine steward helped us pick the... More 

Thank JaneUrban
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Consistently good, nice wine list, fun downtown vibe. Have never had a bad meal here and the service is on point. Also very convenient to any downtown event you might be attending. We often eat here before a play or concert.

Thank Hope S
Grand Haven, Michigan
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

My husband and ate dinner on New Years Eve at Bistro Bella Vida. I was pleasantly surprised. It was busy, and great for people watching. It is not a small intimate place, but a place you go to sit back, have a cocktail, and take in the crowd. My husband had paella (sp?) and it was very spicy FYI. I... More 

Thank MrsHubner
Dunnellon, Florida
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159 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Enjoyed dining here very much. Appetizers, beverages, salads, entrees, dessert were all great. Service was friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. Most of our group opted for pasta, including me. My dish tasted great but was a bit too rich for me, my own fault for ordering that particular thing. i would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting downtown Grand Rapids.

Thank shelbyduncan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Just out for a drink. Good martinis but on the high end. Nice atmosphere good servers. Go here ever once in a while. Have not had the good but it's reputation is solid

Thank tomje7
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Good service and great food. The calamari is done to perfection and the duck ravioli is also very good. Will definitely go again. Great spot to meet for a meal before an event downtown because of the ample surface parking.

Thank mort45

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083
    (Weston and Market)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-222-4600
We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service-that's the Essence Restaurant Group philosophy. Whether it's a pizza and beer with friends, or an elegant chef's table meal paired with appropriate wines, guests enjoy our creative cuisine made exclusively from fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?