We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Bistro Bella Vita

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083 (Weston and Market)
+1 616-222-4600
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

432 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 429: English reviews
Grand Haven, Michigan
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

My husband and ate dinner on New Years Eve at Bistro Bella Vida. I was pleasantly surprised. It was busy, and great for people watching. It is not a small intimate place, but a place you go to sit back, have a cocktail, and take in the crowd. My husband had paella (sp?) and it was very spicy FYI. I... More 

Thank MrsHubner
Dunnellon, Florida
Level Contributor
152 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Enjoyed dining here very much. Appetizers, beverages, salads, entrees, dessert were all great. Service was friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. Most of our group opted for pasta, including me. My dish tasted great but was a bit too rich for me, my own fault for ordering that particular thing. i would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting downtown Grand Rapids.

Thank shelbyduncan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Just out for a drink. Good martinis but on the high end. Nice atmosphere good servers. Go here ever once in a while. Have not had the good but it's reputation is solid

Thank tomje7
Level Contributor
31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Good service and great food. The calamari is done to perfection and the duck ravioli is also very good. Will definitely go again. Great spot to meet for a meal before an event downtown because of the ample surface parking.

Thank mort45
Level Contributor
80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I came over to GR with of couple of my team members. I asked if Italian was ok. So we end up here. And here is AWESOME!!! We started with Calamari.... really yummy. My head of engineering and I had the pasta bolognese. I had it spicy with meat balls. My head of Sales had Salmon. We we all really... More 

Thank Robert H
Hull, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
1,078 reviews
636 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We were trying to grab dinner with friends before a concert and did not plan ahead as all restaurants had an hour plus wait. We decided to take advantage of one seat at the bar and order pizzas and drinks, since you can eat while standing. The rustica was superb. The thin crust was great but not burnt. The toppings... More 

Thank Edelan
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place gets my ultimate: Six stars, because an impossibly good restaurant deserves an impossible score. Five stars for food and service and one additional for social conscience. My family and friends live in Detroit & Lansing while my wife and work are in Chicago so I'm making the 5 hour commute often. Finding Jewels like this makes the drives... More 

1 Thank Michal F
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great meal! The spinach sweet potato salad was delicious. I could have ate an extra serving and would have been praising the place . will definitely return.

Thank Tom C
Level Contributor
407 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I loved the plum martini. The niceties spacey was a little strong for me. The royale was ok and as always the cold hearted us amazing. Not a ton of vegetarian and vegan options and expensive but worth it. I just did the hummus appetizer with pickled vegetables for dinner.

Thank Glen_Arbor_Blues
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
193 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Christmas Eve was definitely a busy night for Bistro Bella Vita! I made reservations early, knowing that there are not many Grand Rapids restaurants open that evening. We arrived early and took a seat at the bar, where the bartender was friendly and efficient and makes a great cocktail. We were seated at a table shortly thereafter, and the waitress... More 

Thank egrlbk

Travellers who viewed Bistro Bella Vita also viewed

Grand Rapids, Kent County
Grand Rapids, Kent County
Grand Rapids, Kent County
Grand Rapids, Kent County

Been to Bistro Bella Vita? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4083
    (Weston and Market)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-222-4600
We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service-that's the Essence Restaurant Group philosophy. Whether it's a pizza and beer with friends, or an elegant chef's table meal paired with appropriate wines, guests enjoy our creative cuisine made exclusively from fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bistro Bella Vita and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
18 days ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Bistro Bella Vita staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?