About Bistro Bella Vita
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
Modern European, 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.
Aaron Van Timmeren
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 Aaron Van Timmeren 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:
Kyle Dobrowolski: (616) 222-4600
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Bella Vita Ratings and Reviews
I had dinner with my sister, brother in law, and fiancé at Bistro Bella Vita and it was fabulous. The food was delicious, the service was spot on, and the atmosphere was posh in a downtown with some real duds for food. Go to BBV and enjoy everything they have to offer!
The Food and service was Very good. Thought the overall price was too much for this kind of restaurant. Spending 170.00 for three people and having to pay for the bread, (free at most comparable restaurants) seemed odd. Tables were very close together so privacy was not an option.
It was ok. My steak was a little burnt, but not intolerable. The mashed potatoes were soaked in the wine sauce but again, it wasn't so bad that I didn't eat them. Also, my wife's Salmon portion was stingy. However our server was great! Very pleasant, infinitive & quick. Overall, everything was fine. But nothing to rave about.
The service was very slow but waiter was pleasant. Just long wait between seeing him. The food taste and quality was not inline with the price. Some of the food was very good for price but most expensive dish was not. You have to pay $1.50 pp for bread. Sorry but that is just ridiculous especially since it was just ok.
We had a nice evening with friends. We like coming downtown to Bistro Belle Vita and always enjoy our meal. The only downside is parking. I needed handicap parking and there's none. In fact, parking is difficult and challenging most of the time. We had to use valet parking at $12 plus tip....no choice unfortunately. Now, add that to the meal price and it starts to become an issue for some!
The setting was really nice. When you reserve on the site and have a special occasion, they set up your table with linens and flowers. Also I didn't have to wait in any line as well by reserving the table early. It was nice to have that extra look for the occasion. Food was good, but seems like some portions were smaller that expected but the food was still good. Desserts we had were really good and a nice touch to end the dinner experience. Thank you!
The food was amazing! Our waitress was very good and helpful. It was a little loud and the hvac blew over us at the table making it a bit cool, but they moved us and it was fine. Looking forward to going back. Happy hour deals are only in the bar, so sit there if you want to utilize those great deals.
The food here is decent. I wouldn't say amazing. The prices were ok, but you don't necessarily feel like you walked out feeling like you got more than you paid for. There were a lot of kids when we ate there around 6 PM on a Saturday night. It was also loud in general. The service was good. Our waiter brought us the wrong appetizer, but allows us to eat it and gave us the correct one afterwards. We were not charged for the wrong dish.
One of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids. Good no matter what you are in the mood for from informal wood fired pizza and salad to a special 3-4 course dinner.
Very nice creative selections full of flavor. Great atmosphere and service. We are never disappointed.
Bistro Bella vita delivered for us! We took our grandson here and had a wonderful time. We ordered bruschetta and it was inadvertently delivered to the wrong table. We know this only because our server told us, ordered a new one, and comped us on it. That type of integrity is terrific and we really appreciated it. Great meal!
My fiance and I went there to celebrate our 1 year engagement anniversary. Our waiter was short with us, not much of a personality. I asked what entree he would recommend, and he said " ehh, its all good." Well, as I understand the food is of good quality, I was looking for some help from him, yet received fairly little. The food was expensive compared to the quality. Her pasta was below average, the pesto sauce was very thick, almost too pasty to eat. I had the Amish chicken, which was essentially just a rotisserie chicken with mash potatoes. It was very average. The appetizer was decent and the dessert was alright, but both of our entrees were below what our expectations were for such a revered restaurant. Additionally our wait service was less than enthusiastic and it equals up to not a very positive impression for a first time visit. Most likely will not be going back.
Went here on a friday night for date night at 7:30. Our reservation was promptly served and we were seated near one of the sides away from the bar. Wait service was attentive and knowledgable making food recommendations to both of us. Our cocktails before dinner were good tasting and reasonably priced. We both had pastas for our entrees that were tasty and cooked perfectly and seemingly authentic (I am not an italian or medeterrainian food expert by any means). The overall layout was nice, but it was very loud even with the place not being that busy for the entirety of our dinner service with us having to speak louder than normal for conversations. Parking was tricky since this was the same night as an event downtown so the lots and side streets were all full nearby (probably won't be an issue normally), so I went with valet, which was still reasonably priced and convenient. Overall it was a great dining experience and we had a good time, I will go back in the future.
We had our wedding reception at Bistro Bella Vita 13 years ago, and love to visit as often as possible. The food and drinks are always amazing. Our server was appropriately attentive, welcoming, and helpful. We definitely plan to return for more amazing dinners.
I am sorry, but this restaurant has gone down hill; my food had no flavor at all and the carrots were so mushy it was like eating baby food. Service was super slow, I am cutting them a break there since it was New Years Eve and busy. The one good thing was my Chocolate Martini; I may be pack for drinks, but probably not for dinner. I can get a lot tastier meal else where for a lot fairer price; sorry.
The food was excellent! The server Luke was the perfect amount attentive, while not overbearing. I know when salt and pepper is absent from the dining room the experience will either be absolutely lacking because of over confidence, or a great food experience from sure hands. This was the latter.
Made a reservation for 8 people. Bistro had us down for 2 people? Were informed that open table is not the preferred method of reserving a table and the limit is 4 people for such reservations? Were seated at two high tops near the rear exit. Was rather awkward. Couln't hear each other talk? Staff were gracious. Food was good.
Went to treat my love for a birthday dinner and was yet again impressed. Have been here before and enjoyed it very much again this visit. Great food, great atmosphere and a great server who was kind and prompt. When we return to Grand Rapids again I am sure Bella Vita will be where we dine. Fantastic job guys.
My husband and I recently enjoyed a great meal celebrating our anniversary at Bistro Bella Vita. The extra touches (white tablecloth, flowers on the table, and dessert on the house) were so appreciated and helped make the night special. Food and service were phenomenal...my husband's beef bourgionne was so tender and flavorful! I had the four cheese ravioli which was very good, though portion size was small compared to other dishes. My only complaint is that the restaurant gets pretty loud on a Saturday night, so we went somewhere afterwards for quieter conversation. I'd definitely recommend bistro to anyone for a great night out!
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