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
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.
Food was delicious! My two dining partn ...
Food was delicious! My two dining partners and I all ordered something different. All dishes were well prepared and delightful.
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
Great service and food for our anniversa ...
Great service and food for our anniversary dinner. A little pricy but for a special event night it was worth the price. Great setting, staff, and food!
Excellent Paella and prepared the way I ...
Excellent Paella and prepared the way I prefer.
Great menu with unique and delicious foo ...
Great menu with unique and delicious food selections...and really good service. Not too noisy. Great overall experience!
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!
Preston was the best waiter ever! The fo ...
Preston was the best waiter ever! The food is great but I always believe these ice can make it excellent - would def go back!
Service was impeccable;the
The food was delivered in a timely fashion. Wine suggestions parred well with our entries . We both felt welcomed and appreciated for choosing to dine @ the Bistro.
We so enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, the ...
We so enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, the awesome menu, and ever changing specials. It's our Downtown "go to" for fun, and great food.
Great food and great service
We had not been to Bella Vita for a while and are happy to say its as great as its always been - great spot before a downtown show! We will be back again soon.
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 ;^)
Food was tasty and service was outstandi ...
Food was tasty and service was outstanding. Would recommend this restaurant.
The duck ravioli is incredible, it had a ...
The duck ravioli is incredible, it had a buttery sauce and was very savory. I would definitely recommend it to most friends who enjoy quality food.
It was a busy, concert night and we felt ...
It was a busy, concert night and we felt slightly rushed. Other than that, it was a typical, wonderful night at Bistro.
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.
Great - will go again next time in Grand Rapids
Good foof great service thou we felt a little rushed - will go to again.
Perfect location before a concert at Van ...
Perfect location before a concert at VanAndel! Got in and out quickly and the food was great.
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!
always a great place to dine. one of our ...
always a great place to dine. one of our favorite go to places.
Always fabulously consitent
Bistro is the rare restaurant where food and service are outstanding every time. Thank you for a wonderful meal with a gracious waiter.
we'll be back!
Very enjoyable place to celebrate our Anniversary. Very good desserts, especially the pick 3 smaller portions option.
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.
Love it, as always.
Foodwasexcellent servicewasprompt onlycommentisthatthemartiniwasenoughforthree leftmebleary-eyedandstumbling getsmallercocktailglasses.
Looking for a place on a Sunday to cele ...
Looking for a place on a Sunday to celebrate my sons graduation. Most nicer restaurants in GR are closed on Sunday's. The Bistro exceeded my expectations, the service was great and the food was exceptional.
Always great food and service. Super mar ...
Always great food and service. Super martinis and the best crème brûlée.
Great food and service! The beef brisket is incredible. One of my favorite places in GR.
I had the Fusilli con Pollo. Delicious. GIad I ordered that. I want more. Right now. Look forward to trying something else sometime.
Consistently one of our favorite restaur ...
Consistently one of our favorite restaurants in GR. Food is always excellent, as is the service and atmosphere.
Excellent all-around dining experience!
Excellent service, menu options and flavors. We had to dine relatively quickly to get to an event. Service was very accommodating and made sure we received our food and bill timely so we could get to our next destination on time. Meal was amazing and presentation beautiful. Server was very polite and knowledgeable. Great teamwork with other staff. Will continue to be one of our top go-to places!!
Food is consistently delicious, and they allow changes which makes us very happy.
Sisters' Night Out
Service, food presentation and quality , and atmosphere were all excellent. We're glad to have found this nearby restaurant - we are four well-pleased customers who will be back!
Date Night Find...
Looking for a restaurant to complement a show at Devos Performing Arts Center--close enough to walk to both from parking. Bistro Bella Vito fit the bill, had an interesting menu and good reviews. Seated right away be courteous staff, and Tiffany served us throughout the night. We were very impressed by the serving staff--all were happy, helpful and had a clear and positive rapport. Tiffany was terrific. Wine list is outstanding, although we'd have preferred more local options (LocalFirst!). The menu was eclectic, diverse and appealing (although perhaps too much kale--but that might've been us!) We did note support for locally produced ingredients--thank you! We chose the mushroom polenta for an appetizer, which could have been a serving, it was so large--and exquisite. The parmesan mixed in with the polenta, topped with mushrooms--outstanding. Oh, and kale. My wife had the chicken marsala with past and I had the boulliabase. Both outstanding choices. Chicken was very tasty and the boulliabase was topnotch. Lobster base with scallops, shrimp, mussels, salmon, potatoes and eggplant (which held the delicate flavors wonderfully), and... kale. It was wonderful. Topped with the delightful dessert feature (one dessert with pour-over coffee for two). We had the no bake chocolate cake with vanilla gelato. It was perfect.
Great place for foodies. Not great for c ...
Great place for foodies. Not great for conversation. Much to loud.
First choice for lunch, though this time for business. A smaller select menu offered for fast lunch. Ordering from full menu was fast for me as well. Would definitely return. Good food, healthy proportions.
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