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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 - 22:00
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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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103 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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152 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came over to GR with of couple of my team members. I asked if Italian was ok. So we end up here. And here is AWESOME!!! We started with Calamari.... really yummy. My head of engineering and I had the pasta bolognese. I had it spicy with meat balls. My head of Sales had Salmon. We we all really... More 

Thank Robert H
Hull, Massachusetts
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1,045 reviews
616 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were trying to grab dinner with friends before a concert and did not plan ahead as all restaurants had an hour plus wait. We decided to take advantage of one seat at the bar and order pizzas and drinks, since you can eat while standing. The rustica was superb. The thin crust was great but not burnt. The toppings... More 

Thank Edelan
Charlottesville, Virginia
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This place gets my ultimate: Six stars, because an impossibly good restaurant deserves an impossible score. Five stars for food and service and one additional for social conscience. My family and friends live in Detroit & Lansing while my wife and work are in Chicago so I'm making the 5 hour commute often. Finding Jewels like this makes the drives... More 

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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
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, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?