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Tello Italian Bistro

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524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
+1 269-639-9898
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Jackson, Michigan
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my dad in November. We are 40 and 70. We both enjoy good food, anything from excellent hole-in-the-wall to fine dining. I don't know how to classify this place. Tello's thinks it is fine dining...., I would disagree. Service was friendly but really slow. Meals were somewhat greasy and honestly not memorable. Prices were very high for... More 

Thank Kathy R
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a nice meal. The restaurant is quiet so a couple can have a nice conversation over good food and drink. My Negroni was delicious. The wine list is a little limited, but reasonably priced. The menu is focused and imaginative. The dishes are cooked to order, so there is no rushing, another feature that makes... More 

Thank Henry B
Lemont, Illinois
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I do not like to put small businesses down so I'll make this brief. Wine was great. My mom-Italian husband who can eat spaghetti out of a can said this was the worst 2 dishes (his and mine) he ever had. Disappointed.

Thank nikkrizz
United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Located on Phoenix Street across from cafe, this place is good to visit for a nicer meal. We went for dinner when it first opened and had a decent time. Lighting was turned down for Italian mood, so felt romantic. I was there with my sisters for wine and snacks, but it was well enjoyed. This review is entered late,... More 

Thank Steve H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great food and service. We have been there several times. Great ambiance for couples. Menu has something for every taste.

Thank Krmline
Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Food and service were great Wines were of limited selections but a few good ones. I had the lobster ravioli in lemon cello sauce with shrimp.

Thank jiminia1959
Soham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

No salad nor soup came with the entree. I guess I haven't gone to more fancy restaurants🤔! I ordered a papardelle bolognese. Very filling. Heavy on a spice I can't identify and didn't enjoy it as much. My husband did enjoy his meal. We were served complementary bread prior to the meal and served more after we asked.

Thank Ursula V
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A favorite place for pizza or dinner The for is always prepared well and the service is excellent wine selections are one of the best in southwest michigan

Thank runjustin
Michigan Center, Michigan
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I'm here on business for 4 days. So sad that I didn't try this restaurant until the evening of day 3. The food was amazing. I had the arugula and fig salad along with the seared scallops. Both were delicious. I will remember this place and return the next time I'm in South Haven. Thank you to the chef(s) at... More 

Thank TravelingRN04
Chapin, South Carolina
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129 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

An upscale Italian place in South Haven. The menu is rather small but excellent. The wine list is OK.

Thank Stujersey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 269-639-9898

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?