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La Vita Bistro

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102 S Howell St, Pinckney, MI 48169-9664
+1 734-878-1111
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Pinckney, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Grandparents, wife and three kids all stopped in for dinner. The Bistro has good prompt service. The food and drink was excellent as always. We have been here a handful of times before. The ambiance and cost is perfect for a small town italian restaurant in Pinckney. We will definitely return.

Thank billpaison
Brighton, Michigan
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

It is often difficult to please 9 people with different tastes and preferences for food and beverage; La Vita Bistro managed to do the trick. The menu was varied with adequate choices for everyone's tastes. The wine and beverage selections were more than adequate. All the entrees were applauded with "this is very good". The entrees were served with some... More 

Thank James K
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

In a small town like Pinckney it is a treasure to find a restaurant of this caliber! Excellent Mediterranean fare and great wine selections! It is a great venue for a date night or a great place to host an event. Don't miss Wednesday and half off a selection of great wines!

Thank Christopher C
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307 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I have reviewed la vita before. We have eaten here many times, over 30. Once again the food was fantastic. The martinis were delicious. This place is worth driving to. Luckily i live real close . Can't wait to return.

Thank Randy F
Brighton, Michigan
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

We had a table of six and we were welcomed quite well, the food and atmosphere were splendid and as mentioned, the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Pappyq4
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 December 2016

We were on vacation nearby, at one of the cottages on the chain of lakes. Had some errands to run in original "downtown" Pinckney (hardware store, gas, etc). Decided to eat out, and we're so glad we did! We're from the San Francisco Bay Area, so are accustomed to chefs that use local ingredients and make nice presentations of their... More 

Thank Jeffrey0861
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Lasagna is just okay. Too much sauce. Salads are very small. No refill on bread. Waitress was overly flirtatious to my husband to the point I felt uncomfortable. Offered him another drink but not me. It is hit or miss here either certain dishes. Not sure if we will be back. Getting pricey too.

Thank whatever017
Pinckney, Michigan
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

I must say the food isn't as good here as it originally was with the first chef. The second main chef has tried to copy some of the dishes I used to love but it's a tad subpar. The atmosphere is relaxing and nice and for a little town like Pinckney, it's nice to see a place this caliber thrive.... More 

Thank Allison P
Dexter, Michigan
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372 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

The interior was very pleasant. The booths will sea 6 peoples. Found the food to be for the most pat slightly above average. My friends enjoyed their salads, which were relatively small. They enjoyed the trout and veal oscar which had ample serving. Found the pasta serving adequate. My bolognese sauce was nice but not outstanding. The vegetable soup was... More 

Thank pen1
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We found this gem while driving around killing some time waiting for a friend to get off work up in Howell on a Friday night. Picked up a paper menu and decided to visit for dinner after our trip to the Michigan/Michigan State game the following night. This is a real find. Only negative, a high quality restaurant like this... More 

Thank Robert B

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 S Howell St, Pinckney, MI 48169-9664
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Pinckney
  • Phone Number: +1 734-878-1111
You will love all the house made favorites including Lasagna, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Scampi, Smoked Mozzarella... Just to name a few. Dinner entrees include soup or a salad. Chef Eirik creates dishes sure to please even the most discriminating of palates. Many of the ingredients he uses are items grown by local farmers. The ambiance at La Vita Bistro is one of comfort and class. You will feel like you are treating yourself to someplace special, but without the high cost of the city. Come as you are, have a family meal or celebrate a special event. The seating area has expanded into the adjoining building and offers a different, more open and casual ambience, while the patio area with its large fire-pit overlooking the park is comfortable and inviting and is open weather permitting. The original dining room boasts large, cozy tall booths for a more elegant and intimate feeling. Wines are available for purchase and carryout also.

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