Bella Via Restaurant & Banquet

★★★☆☆
  • 1899 2nd St 101

    Highland Park, IL 60035

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  • 847-681-8300

About Bella Via Restaurant & Banquet

Hours
Sun-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thu-Sat 10:30am-2:30pm, Thu-Sat 4:30pm-9pm
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Food

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We went to Bella despite warnings from friends. We were seated about 15 minutes after our reserved time and that was the best part of the experience. The linguini with white clam sauce was tasteless. The mixed seafood in some kind of tomato sauce was watery with one shrimp and equally as tasteless. The Caesar salad was one of the weakest we have had. In fact the one we had at Red Lobster 3 nights later was better.

The setting is nice and the service was friendly but inattentive. Our server did not check in until after the meal was pretty much over.

With all the great Italian restaurants in the Highland Park/Highwood area, it is surprising they continue coexist with better restaurants for better value.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Bella despite warnings from friends. We were seated about 15 minutes after our reserved time and that was the best part of the experience. The linguini with white clam sauce was tasteless. The mixed seafood in some kind of tomato sauce was watery with one shrimp and equally as tasteless. The Caesar salad was one of the weakest we have had. In fact the one we had at Red Lobster 3 nights later was better.

The setting is nice and the service was friendly but inattentive. Our server did not check in until after the meal was pretty much over.

With all the great Italian restaurants in the Highland Park/Highwood area, it is surprising they continue coexist with better restaurants for better value.

Pros: Friendly staff; nice setting

Cons: Mediocre food and service. Overpriced for the quality

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Bella Via is an upscale Italian eatery that provides great service and food at a reasonable price. The restaurant has benefitted greatly from a recent redecoration. The food is outstanding with highlights including homemade gnocchi and sumptuous sausage and peppers. The outdoor patio seating is nice for taking in the warm summer days. The friendly wine list and proficient bartenders are an added plus. A great place for a business lunch or a cozy dinner!

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★★★★☆

Bella Via is an upscale Italian eatery that provides great service and food at a reasonable price. The restaurant has benefitted greatly from a recent redecoration. The food is outstanding with highlights including homemade gnocchi and sumptuous sausage and peppers. The outdoor patio seating is nice for taking in the warm summer days. The friendly wine list and proficient bartenders are an added plus. A great place for a business lunch or a cozy dinner!

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The food is perfectly fine at Bella Via. But I've been there twice, and both times found it to be inferior to Rosebud -- a valid point of comparison since the two restaurants are across the street from each other. In my opinion, you get better food -- and more of it -- for the same price at Rosebud.

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The food is perfectly fine at Bella Via. But I've been there twice, and both times found it to be inferior to Rosebud -- a valid point of comparison since the two restaurants are across the street from each other. In my opinion, you get better food -- and more of it -- for the same price at Rosebud.

Pros: Varied Italian menu

Cons: Questionable value

 

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