About Bistro Bella Vita
At Bistro Bella Vita delivers the maximum guest experience with superior food, beverage and service. Their specialty is natural Mediterranean Country Cuisine made from scratch daily. French Flair and Italian Twist. Fresh. Natural. Local. Bistro Bella Vita takes pride in their cuisine. The house-made recipes feature delicious flavors of the Mediterranean prepared in a brick oven, grill and rotisserie with the highest quality ingredients, because fresher ingredients make the freshest cuisine. In-season, the restaurant uses chemical-free produce from local farmers because it's healthier and tastes best. But don't take their word for it... come in and taste for yourself.
Pair your meal with a glass or bottle of wine from our wine list featuring over 100 bottles from around the world. Or enjoy a hand-shaken martini from West Michigan’s largest martini bar. Specialty menu items are available for gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian and vegan diets.
Mediterranean, French, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: Special Occasions Only
Weston and Market
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking and 4 lots and ramps are located either adjacent to the building or within a short walking distance.
Private Party Facilities:
A Dining Experience Like No Other. Treat yourself and your guests to the ultimate dining experience: Bistro's chef’s table. Enjoy an exclusive, multi-course meal featuring creative dishes prepared Bistro-style with only the very best, hand-selected, seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Patrick Wise personally presents each course as it’s served with a history of the food, details about the dish and the complexity of its flavors. You also can enjoy your chef’s table experience like no other.
Private Party Contact:
Julie Wise: 6162224600x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Bella Vita Ratings and Reviews
Visited here twice during a recent a bus ...
Visited here twice during a recent a business trip to Grand Rapids. Once for lunch and once for a light dinner. Food was outstanding both times and I look forward to going back to try even more menu items. Highly recommend!
The setting was quite nice, the staff ve ...
The setting was quite nice, the staff very friendly and accommodating, and the food delicious. I loved my meal, though it really upset my stomach, but I'm guessing that's because my pasta sauce was so rich (it tasted amazing). I had asked for a nice table for a special occasion for 2; they gave us a table for 4, a vase of flowers, and didn't put anyone by us, which was quite nice. I saw a few large groups come in, and despite it not being very busy, was still kind of loud. I found it kind of strange that our table was kind out in the open, right by the entrance, so it wasn't very private. But, I hadn't asked for private, nor did I mention it was for a date, so I'm still quite pleased. I loved my first experience and can't wait to go back!
We've been many times, but not in quite ...
We've been many times, but not in quite some time. This experience was disappointing.
1) The food presentation was careless. We ordered three appetizers, and all looked thrown together.
2) The server seemed to guess when we asked what was on the antipasti plate. No mention of the local origin of the cheeses and meats, etc.
3) The wine presentation was awkward.
Our bill was around $400, which is typical for a business dinner for us. However, the treatment, the food quality and the service were not on par with our expectations.
I had made a reservation at Bistro Bella ...
I had made a reservation at Bistro Bella Vita to celebrate my partners birthday. I explained to them how my partner and I were moving states a while to pursue career goals etc. I told them I really wanted to make her birthday special. I told them her favorite dessert. A warm apple crostata with vanilla bean gelato. I never heard anything back so I assumed they just didn't have time. I was proven SO wrong. We came in, were greeted like old friends and taken to a table with an extra special set up. They brought u s a small bouquet and lined the tables with eloquent linen. Everything during the meal was delicious. We were just about to ask for a dessert menu when our server asked us if we were ready for the crostata. My partners eyes lit up like the fourth of july. We loved it so much and are so thankful you gave us this experience. We will always come back to celebrate. Thank you Bistro Bella Vita.
This was one of the best restaurant expe ...
This was one of the best restaurant experiences we've ever had. The staff was on point with being visible and attentive without being overbearing or hovering. Drinks were refilled quickly, empty plates disappeared immediately, the kitchen was efficient at preparing very flavorful and properly prepared food in a timely manner, and the atmosphere was pleasant and conducive to an enjoyable conversation without straining to hear or speaking up. The paella was fantastic, as was my wife's gnocchi, and they had mocktails for those who aren't able to have alcohol (pregnant or driving, etc.) but want something more than water or tea. We will definitely come back to Bistro Bella Vita!
My wife and celebrated our 18th annivers ...
My wife and celebrated our 18th anniversary. We both had menu items picked, and based on our selections our waiter suggested specials that we might enjoy. We selected the specials and were not disappointed! Try the carrot cake - absolutely incredible!
Another outstanding meal at Bistro Bell ...
Another outstanding meal at Bistro Bell Vita! My wife and I eat a gluten free diet, on this visit we tried started with a chopped salad and moved on to the Cassoulet and the Paella. Both dishes were outstanding and did not lack anything by being gluten free. The drinks were excellent and the service was great. We will definitely return soon.
I have been there a few times now and I ...
I have been there a few times now and I have never had anything that I didn't like. The quality of the food is very good and service is great as well. The main meal portions are perfect in size although I wish that I could say the same about the appetizer portions which I feel are a bit small for what you pay for. Be sure to make room for dessert as they are very tasty (I love the tiramisu and the creme brûlée).
My husband and I were vacationing in the ...
My husband and I were vacationing in the Grand Rapids area and had dinner at Bistro Bella Vista twice. We both loved it. The food is delicious, the servers excellent and attentive. We liked the atmosphere and decor, too. My favorite meal was the duck ravioli - incredible! Altogether one of the best restaurants we have ever experienced.
The food was really good. Our issue was ...
The food was really good. Our issue was for the price the portion size was rather small - seemed like a lunch portion at a dinner price. We have eaten here a few times and this is the first time we were saddened by the small portions. We are hoping that it was just an off day because it was Father's Day and getting busy. We will go back, for sure. Wait staff is wonderful and the food was well prepared flavor wise.
Bistro Bella Vita is a great place for s ...
Bistro Bella Vita is a great place for special occasions or everyday dining. The food is always great! They cater to food allergies and sensitivities so I am always sure the food will taste great and also be good for me and my father who also has food intolerances. My husband who can eat everything also loves the food here. It is our go to place in GR when dining out! Great ambience! Great wait staff! Fabulous chefs!
We were extremely satisfied . The servic ...
We were extremely satisfied . The service was excellent. Our waiter was more than helpful and the serving staff as a whole was truly professional and added to a relaxed and enjoyable dinner. The most difficult part of the evening was deciding on what gem to choose from the menu. The Tajine was delicious.
Food was very good....but Expensive! We ...
Food was very good....but Expensive! We arrived before 6pm. By 7:15 the noise level was quite high. But our waiter, Brian, was WONDERFUL and very helpful when we realized we were running late for our show at the Civic Theater.
Great food, great service! This was the ...
Great food, great service! This was the second sit there and I have to say it was even better than the first. There were three in our group. Everyone ordered something different and each of us enjoyed every bite. Well prepared, good portions. The service was excellent. The server was attentive but not intrusive. Everything was timely and he anticipated our needs. Never once had to ask for anything. Definitely will go back. Strongly recommend to anyone looking for a great experience in downtown.
It wasn't horrible but it was very loud ...
It wasn't horrible but it was very loud and I got the mushroom ravioli and I only got like 5 ravioli in my meal and it was 20+ dollars for them they were not that good. I think I would have like going to the Olive Garden better
The entree doesn't come with a soup or salad.
The entree doesn't come with a soup or salad to start so be prepared to pay $6 or more for a salad on top of the appetizer cost and entree costs. Very expensive for just a filet mignon that tasted like every other cheap restaurants (i.e. Applebees & Texas Corral) filet. The beef brisket was mostly fat but comes looking huge. The potatoes were homemade and outstanding. This coming from a person who will not eat fake potatoes and always have to order a baked potato to get a real one. Service was outstanding too!! They had designated employees to walk around and no joke as soon as you are done with your last bite they scoop your dishes away so you don't have them messing up your table. OCD didn't kick in once!
Take that, Ruth's Chris...Phantom meal that rules!
OK, so a couple of weeks ago my wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Ruth's Chris. To summarize, it was a great experience and a 5 out of 5 in almost every category. The service was great, the atmosphere wonderful and the food excellent...except for my NY Strip. It wasn't that it was bad, it was just not great. And when paying $49 for a steak at arguably the most well known, quality steak house in America you would expect it to be FAB-U-LOUS.
Then, this past week we ate at Bistro Bella Vita before heading to see "Phantom". Now, I have been to BBV many times over the years and there are many reasons it is one of my favorite restaurants. And this time reaffirmed that...in spades. As usual, the service, atmosphere and total experience was excellent. But, for whatever reason I again ordered a NY Strip. And that was when RC suffered a blow.
The steak was perfection. Serious perfection. Done correctly, tender a NY Strip as I have ever had and at almost half the price! Oh, and the cucumber martini is also FAB.
My wife and I were in heaven as we enjoyed the meal and the time together. And personally, I liked the meal much better than the show (don't tell my wife ;^)
I will go back but.....
My server dumped some of my martini in my lap well she shook it. Not her fault, but I was very surprised she didn't remove it off my bill. I was once a server and that's what I would have done if it had been me. I've been to Bistro Bella Vita multiple times and will continue to go and recommend it to friends.
First time there, would definitely go ba ...
First time there, would definitely go back. Our service was wonderful (Thanks Elizabeth!) the food was amazing as well. Our server was very helpful for the Gluten Free member of our party, and the Menu had some good GF options. We highly recommend the Cassoulet (with the egg!) and the Paella. They were both top notch!
Preston was an amazing server. He did a great job. He was our favorite part of the dining experience. The food was ok for the price. I was expecting a little more for the price. The drinks were overpriced for what you got. I was looking for a little more and they just didn't hit the mark.
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