Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
635 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Bella Via Ristorante & Banquets is an authentic Italian Restaurant located in downtown Highland Park. A family owned and operated restaurant that has become the neighborhood spot for 20 years. We feature northern and southern Italian fare with an impressive selection of Italian wines. The menu consists of a variety of appetizers, homemade pastas, fresh fish, tender veal, chicken and many other Italian favorites.

Need to book at 7:00 PM?

Other great restaurants with availability.
What 635 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
j
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good. Server rushed our order because they had “a party of 180 in the back.”

e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

tasty food, good portions, very good service, good value, but you need to provide very fresh bread with the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

They put us n the noisy banquet room. Tables were patio furniture with double table cloth to hide holes. Was with business client and was embarrassing.

TC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was fine, nothing special really. The food was pretty good, but we won't be returning because we don't think it's a good value.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience1

Came for I’m Beyonce and was seated in the back and a banquet room that had no ambience. Disappointing

TF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Bella Via offers a great experience for anyone looking to get some good Italian food in a nice, quiet setting. Unlike other overcrowded, loud Italian restaurants, Bella Via made me feel welcome and comfortable. Food was great and prices were fair. Would recommend!

JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the warm welcome when we arrived. Food was perfect and delicious. Service was great. Good price point and value. Love the background music. Looking forward to our next meal there.

JY
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food, service impeccable.

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just great food
Great owners
One of our go to places
Just yummy and easy and

RW
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was exceptional, wait staff very nice but a little too attentive. In the grand scheme of things, I’d much rather it be this way than the opposite. Downside of the meal, the wine is pricey for a mediocre bottle. Still had a glass, though 😄

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was really bland. I ordered a salad with grilled salmon.
My salmon was over cooked. It was really dry. I told my server about it and he explained us how to eat salmon.
He said “this is the safety way to eat it and it’s how they eat in Europe.” Obviously he was European. At the end was removed from my bill.
My date ordered the veal special, it was ok, but nothing special.
The interior was really chilly and noise level was ok.
If we come back to this place, definitely not. If I recommend this place no.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding as always.

DS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service! We’ll be back!!!!

j
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food perfect

J
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Just ok. Always want to take you to worst table available. Tiresome. Food average and expensive. We don’t go often. Thought we’d try again after a 5 year hiatus. Same.

SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time back after my last booking through Open Table - I’m very happy to report that the restaurant seemed to have taken my constructive criticism from last time and improved service tremendously, with new and very attentive wait staff. Attention was paid to details, service was offered with energy and smiles, and the food tasted great. Unlike last time, all the glassware, cutlery, and plates were clean, and the entire meal was fun and tasty. We had dessert too - smth we only do if we have had a relaxing dining experience overall. The menu offerings were varied and well thought out. We will be back, and gladly! I know this is a long-standing establishment in the area, but nothing about it felt jaded or boring. Well done!

A
Chicago
147 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was great And so was the service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Waiter was slow

SL
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I have been to Bella Via restaurant on many occasions. We live in
Highland Park and the restaurant is not far from our house. We made a reservation
for New Year's Eve on open table.

PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Sorry to say, while it was an early dinner New Years Eve, service was very rushed and food was less than expected. Our waiter gave us no time to relax, review menu, or enjoy our before-dinner glass of wine. My pistachio crusted baked salmon was over-cooked and dry, arugula salad surrounding salmon was only mediocre. My friend’s chicken parmigiana was average but abundant. I have dined al fresco at Bella Via-much better experience. I would not return based upon this experience.

t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything our group ordered was absolutely delicious. Service was outstanding, very attentive without hovering. We will be back often.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellence food and wine. atmosphere was excellent

AA
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great home made pasta. Good service food was great

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was outstanding

CV
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious! We had veal special, beef short rib raviolis and spaghetti bolognese...perfect as usual!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great attentive service and really good food. Tables are a bit close.

GF
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food. Service was prompt except they forgot to bring our appetizer. When we pointed this out they brought it later in the meal at no charge. Other than this one mix up we felt the service was very good

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice menu and prices. A little noisy, but otherwise great.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is excellent and for a reasonable price. The staff is friendly and has a positive helpful attitude.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food disappointing.

W
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful experience! Food was delicious only to be outdone by the attentive service of our waitress. Noise levels do becomea bit intense when the dining room is full.

PJ
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent arrabiata penne and putanesca linguini. Minestrone and Italian sausage also delicious. Great price form the quality and quantity of food.

MP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cannot adequately describe how amazing the service was. Miguel was our server and he was incredibly kind. The food was great

B
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

Maybe it was the fire alarm which had no reaction from the staff...the servers seemed like it didn’t matter if we were there or not... the food was ok but I don’t feel like I need to rush back

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service and food are very good.
My husband and I like to share the main entre
They split it for us

SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is always consistently good. Service is very good. Excellent neighborhood restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! Servers were so accommodating . Moved our table to accommodate an infant and give us more space. We brought people who had never been there before and they said they would surely come back.

F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was fast and food was good

ST
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Our go-to place.

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our regular spots. Always great food and friendly service.