Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

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595 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

c
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bella Via remains a gem in Highland Park. The food is delicious, the service is efficient and friendly, and we always see others we know. We have had private parties at the restaurant, which all of our guests enjoyed. On our most recent visit, which was just two days after we had eaten at Bella Via, we were greeted warmly, as always, and the manager, Carmella, provided a free appetizer.

ML
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the scampi appetizer! And the staff is so nice! Thanks!

B
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

always a reliable source for a good meal, well prepared and served hot off the stove. nice wine list, and an excellent value.

ML
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as usual

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Been eating there on and off for years. The prices used to be higher and the food used to be better. I had a veal dish and while the taste was acceptable, the quality of the veal was poor.

RR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pasta fresh; subtle flavors. Great Olde Fashioned.

ML
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a really good all-around restaurant. Both of us veal dishes that were very good and moderately priced. The ambiance is comfortable and the service is first rate. Overall, this is a professionally run restaurant.

BG
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Omar was excellent he made a wine suggestion that was wonderful. Will be back soon to try other dishes.

SA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We all enjoyed the food tremendously. The atmosphere was relaxed but very civilized - I adored that there was no loud music blaring, and that guests were all chatting in lower tones, making it pleasant for everyone.

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've been coming there for easily 20 years. I pick up pizza often and because it's so close to to my home I go with friends , as I did the other nite . We always enjoy it every time.

KO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening. The food was delicious and it was nice to be able to have a conversation even though the restaurant was bustling with activity. Thank you!

W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a really authentic Italian restaurant. The spaghetti carbonara and short rib ravioli were delicious. The caesar salad had a nice light dressing on a cold plate. Sorry that we don't live closer or we would probably be frequent flyers here!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The air conditioning wasn’t working and it was really hot in the restaurant. There was no apology for now, Dacian to open windows or have fans. It was just warm. The service was OK but the waiter was not very helpful

MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been dinning at Bella Via for many years. The staff is friendly and the food is excellent !!
In fact I have attended several parties including my high school reunion in their private party room.

GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent, as always!

f
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We were sitting on the front outdoor patio. My food had an issue but we never saw our waiter after he placed the food in front of us. I had the shrimp/calamari they were inedible. I was not able to communicate this until the end of the meal when we had to ask for our waiter! His excuse was that he was cleaning in side. Not my problem. The took some money off the bill and offered a free dessert.

AT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

All of the food and service was outstanding except the fish (tilapia) eaten by one of my party . She only took a bite or two and then left all remaining and did not want to take it home. She indicated that the taste was off.

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio which was the first time for me. The patio is not on the sidewalk, it is next to and behind the restaurant and quite large and pleasant. The service was excellent. I had the seafood ravioli special and it was great.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Everything is outstanding!I go there whenever I can.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner before heading off to Ravinia for a concert. Food was excellent. Great wine list. Nice and quiet.

LL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal extensively & the waiter was extremely accommodating in making changes to our orders🤗

e
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Their food is terrific and they are so accommodating to make changes. My favorite is the Tilapia Mediterranean but I do not eat tilapia so I sub salmon. One of my favorite dishes ever! Thanks

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good Italian favorites, friendly and prompt service, excellent value.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and cordial, helpful service.

s
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Overall the food is just OK. We went because it was a convenient place to meet. I was sitting in the main dining room directly across from the service station and spent the entire meal watching waiters and bus boys clearing food off plates and dumping left overs into take out containers. This was extremely UNappetizing. That station should be moved out of sight of diners. The service was sporadic at best.

F
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is truly consistent in service and quallity of food. We always recieve a warm welcome and they never make you wait until the whole party has arrived!

WD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The restaurant was quite quaint with good food however you could hear conversations coming from other tables. The greeter and wait staff were great. However our waiter was not very friendly and quite robotic.

RA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, efficient service coupled with delicious food. We enjoyed the evening tremendously!

BD
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good and hot. Chicken parmigiana and chicken Vesuvio was very good. Pizza very tasty.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service is great. The Resturant is a bit noisy for conversation.

LA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food in this restaurant is superb. We both had fishes dishes ant the fish was beyond perfectly prepared and very high quality. Kudos as well to our server, Rasheed. He shared with us that he was new to the establishment and thanked us for coming in. His service was perfect!

AB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic. I had the gluten free spaghetti puttanesca & it’s the best gluten free pasta I have had in a restaurant. The sauce was delicious. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the food. The staff was kind. Our waiter was excellent: patient, informative & friendly. Didn’t feel rushed & it was a Friday night. Definitely going back again!

BU
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was great & location great when combined with Ravinia

J
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to eat. We sat outside the other night (one of the few nights we could do it this summer) and had a great meal. The Antipasto appetizer is large and I don't know what they do the the red peppers but they were outstanding.
Pastas are always done Al Dente and sauces are marvelous. Also, try the chicken.

H
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were there on a busy Friday night. It was hard to hear people on the other side of the table. But the food was excellent—I had linguini with clam sauce—and the service was great.

R
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Bella Via. It was terrific. Everything was excellent. Will definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have had many delicious dinners and wonderful evenings at Bella Via! We highly recommend it! The professional and friendly staff will ensure that you enjoy your visit.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful service

JC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bella Via is an outstanding restaurant pick: friendly, delicious menu offerings, nice atmosphere, and superb service. We generally have the pasta, seafood, and meat offerings, and they are invariably excellent. The waiters always are very responsive. My only criticism is occasionally the tables feel very tightly packed together. But otherwise, you can't ever go wrong here. Great establishment.

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