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104 W. Main Street, Lake Leelanau, MI
+1 231-994-2400
17:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Being longtime Leelanau Peninsula visitors, we anticipated a great evening dining experience when we chose Bella Fortuna in the city of Lake Leelanau. The three of us could not have been more disappointed...well maybe we could have! Ours was an October night, so we had to forego the lovely terrace dining atmosphere...admiring the effort put into the design of this... More 

4 Thank Pattimichigan512
Munising, Michigan
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Dined with friends during peak fall colors. The menu was all it needed to be. Simple, brilliant- the food fantastic. Watching Chef Mario in the kitchen, he doesn't say a word- just works his art. It's almost a stuffy place, but the staff take that edge right out of it. Friendly, sharp- our waitress was great. You get what you... More 

1 Thank TJDIV
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent service and amazing food! It was our perfect anniversary dinner. Good wine selection. The scallops are awesome.

Thank lumbeegirl
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We bike 10 miles round trip from Leland to eat here. Great food and service. The owner likes to go around and talk to patrons. Very friendly!

Thank Wrobak
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

We're glad to be your biking destination! We're also happy that you find the trip well worth your while. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for the kind words. More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Jared was both host and our server for dinner when we visited Bella Fortuna and gave us an excellent evening. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. His recommendations were spot on and we all enjoyed our meals immensely. We ordered a wide range of items including caprese, pasta, steak and veal. Everything was prepared wonderfully... More 

Thank NinnieG59
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice review. We're pleased that you had a great experience. We agree that Chef Mario is a master of Tuscan cuisine. We look forward to your next visit. More 

birmingham, mi
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant did everything right, even the soft, classical guitar playing through dinner was perfect. I had the scallops, which were the best I've ever had. I can't wait to return and try the pizza in the garden! Best service and meal of the week!

Thank terristours
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

Happy anniversary! We are honored that you chose to spend it with us and that you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for the compliments. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Leelanau. More 

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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

staying nearby on the lake very convenient ,got a reservation for friday evening, 24 hrs earlier great service, is expensive tomatoes and home made mozzarella was a good choice excellent pasta - homemade, a must, did i mention the excellent pasta veal scallopini was also very good did get a chianti- staff not really helpful with wines would go back... More 

Thank tkcbone
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

Thank you for pointing out some of our strengths such as convenience, service and our cuisine. I agree - Chef Mario does a superb job. It’s a pleasure to welcome a true epicure who recognizes excellent food, especially when it’s made fresh in-house. I appreciate your comments about our wine program. We maintain a cellar of Tuscan wines that has... More 

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133 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to love all things about this restaurant. We went there 4 years ago when it first opened and it was so pricey and uneven, it took me 4 years to persuade my husband to go back. Things have improved a lot but there are still some improvements to be made. The pluses: complimentary glass of Proseco Italian... More 

3 Thank DinerIndiana
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

Thank you for pointing out the elements you liked during your dining experience here including Chef Mario’s fresh focaccia, gnocchi and fettuccine as well as our friendly service. I’m disappointed that you feel our Insalata Caprese is pricey. The mozzarella is also fresh, hand-made by Chef Mario himself. You won’t find that anywhere else on the Leelanau Peninsula and likely... More 

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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We left an unfavorable review of the restaurant after an unpleasant experience with a waitress who claimed we owed her 100.00 from a previous visit a few days ago .She approached us at our table and we didn't want to make a scene so we just paid her what she thought we owed her .We were quite taken back by... More 

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We came for the dinner theater. It was really more of a revue - very talented young performers. Ours was the last show of the season. Very impressed with the restaurant. It has a clean fresh attractive atmosphere - great lightning, low noise. And our dinner was wonderful. Caesar salad was fresh and not over-dressed or over-dressed. The pasta was... More 

Thank Bill H
BellaFortunaNorth, Owner at Bella Fortuna, responded to this review

Bill – Thank you for dining with us. It’s always a pleasure to see guests enjoy our dinner and theatre feature. I have to agree with your assessment of Chef Mario’s cuisine. His pasta is terrific and he has an exceptional way with keeping the boneless pork loin roast moist. I hope you return soon and enjoy dining in our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$58
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 W. Main Street, Lake Leelanau, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Lake Leelanau
  • Phone Number: +1 231-994-2400
Open seasonally mid-May through October. Bella Fortuna North serves the finest Tuscan dishes featuring fresh local produce in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. Dine like a Florentine when you choose from any one of our classic menus. Enjoy our dinner menu in one of our exquisite dining rooms or our Terrazza menu when you dine on our award winning terrace. Our house wines are fine Tuscan imports available by the glass or by the bottle. Enjoy a spirited game of Bocce on our Bocce Court then relax at our Bocce Bar before dinner. We look forward to your visit in the 2017 season!

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