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
My fiance and I went there to celebrate ...
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 nig ...
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 B ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 din ...
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 grea ...
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!
Food was delicious, atmosphere was great ...
Food was delicious, atmosphere was great, the service was a little less then I would have expected for a restaurant of this caliber. Hostess was great and our reservation was handled perfectly but the server was a little lackadaisical with the food and drink orders(They were not overly busy). It did not seem like our experience was much of a priority for said person BUT he was very nice when he was attending to our orders. All in all i just would have expected a little bit more attentativeness and maybe an emphasis on the experience/special occasion we were there for as it was blatantly obvious we were there for a birthday but not once did the server ask/say/or do anything to acknowledge it.
Booked a reservation with OpenTable and ...
Booked a reservation with OpenTable and was very pleased. Bistro Bella Vita honored my request for my wife's 60th birthday and put us in a little corner with a linen tablecloth to make it extra special . Nice wine selection, some really creative salads and main entrées and great service. I was so pleased that I called the manager over to thank her for making my wife's special occasion so nice.
Ah, this was my first visit to the Grand ...
Ah, this was my first visit to the Grand Rapids area in, well, 46 years. It has changed and so have I. Pretty, smoothly functioning and serviced large-scale restaurant with an Italian name, French names on the bathrooms and a dish called gnocchi francaise; well, that kinda says it all. The special paella was quite good. Downtown Grand Rapids 2016!
I went here with my boyfriend for my bir ...
I went here with my boyfriend for my birthday, and was not disappointed! I ordered the salmon with butter soup, which came with roasted cauliflower, mushrooms, and kale. The salmon was wonderful, and the other parts paired fantastically. The portion of salmon wasn't huge, but I didn't mind since we were going to get dessert. My boyfriend ordered the Rustica pizza, and was very happy with it. The pizzas are a decent size, maybe a medium at pizzaria, but he ate the whole thing. They have a great dessert deal where you can get 3 for $16, where 1 is ordinarily $7.50. We got the tiramisu, the crème brûlée, and the flourless chocolate cake, all of which were amazing. I'd definitely go back.
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