For over 30 years, Bella Vita has been serving up an eclectic mix of dishes focusing on fresh ingredients, meats and seafood in a casual, upscale atmosphere.
We have been coming to Bella Vita for well over 15 years as our go to place for great food and service. Unfortunately that all came to a stop after after our last visit. My wife, daughter and I were meeting my parents (who also have been loyal customers for over 20 years) for a nice dinner out. What we experienced was far below what we are normal accustomed to. The service although adequate was nothing like we had experienced in the past and the food was at best sub par. Of the meals ordered (2 filets, 1 salmon, 1 prime rib, and 1 new york steak with neptune topping) none were cooked as ordered or well. The worst was the new york steak which was order medium rare and came out well done. We actually sent this item back and the second attempt was no better then the first. In addition to not being cooked right the steak was less then 1/2" thick and about 40% fat, not exactly what you'd except. My wife who ordered the salmon (which was way over done) was told that dinners included potatoes and rice. There were no potatoes on any of our plates. When we go out I have no problem sending money to get a quality meal, I do however have a problem when all you get is a meal and service that could of been found at a family restaurant for half the price.
Was a little skeptical at first with it being under new management but been back twice and both times now the dining experiences have been fantastic!
They still have yummy specials in the Bistro lounge & the prime rib with Yorkshire pudding is to die for! On special on a Sunday night yet. The schnitzel is as moist and tender as ever, huge portions too. Extensive menu selection makes deciding on a meal a bit of a challenge. Top notch service and pleasant ambiance. Would definitely recommend.
This was the second time I've been to Bella Vita. The first time was rather unextraordinary. The food feels quite expensive for what it is. I've been to similarly priced places and have gotten much better food, service, and atmosphere. My last visit, though, was enough to have me come in here and post a warning.
I was with a party of 12, a birthday party for a good friend. Service was slow (~4 hours from arriving to leaving, without trying to be slow). It took the server an hour to ask us what we would like to drink, and it just continued on. The food was again, nothing to call home about, and definitely not worth the price-tag. The meat was not cooked as desired. The thing that was really aggravating was a simple request at the end of the meal.. "separate cheques please". This was asked around 9:30pm (we first started arriving at 6:30pm). The server disappeared, and then over 30 minutes later, we were starting to wonder if the bill was free, as it wasn't showing up. We were the only guests seemingly in the restaurant. Many of us were really wanting to go home, so we basically ended up asking for the bill unsplit, and were going to deal with it ourselves. Took only a few minutes for it to show up. One of our party paid for the whole thing, and now we're dealing with the headache of collecting the money ourselves.
The birthday girl was quite upset of a nice dinner turning into such a bad experience. Shame on the Bella Vita for treating us this way.
I will not be returning.
Last went to Bella Vita and am also surprised there haven't been more reviews. This restaurant was fairly busy when I went on a Saturday night about a month ago with a friend.
The service was prompt however our initial server seemed to give up when we took our time to order (approx. half an hour). However, the waiter that filled in was outstanding and I must say his service was outstanding.
The food was solid when compared to a restaurant in Vancouver. Nothing to drive out to Maple Ridge for in my opinion but a nice place if you are in the area.
Hopefully the competition will pick up in Maple Ridge as there seems to be a potential market for better food in this area. That's right - you heard it from me. So let's get it on!
Went with a group of 12, 10 adults 2 children. The service was great (except there was a mix up with one meal, my son got his meal when most of us had already finished-the manager took the meal off the bill) The food was excellent. Free dessert for the birthday girl (and is was SOOOO good, a cake with strawberries, and chocolate sauce) Would definitely go back, and recommend to all my friends.
A blast from the past, with modern and pretentious servers, food was good, even though my wife did not get what she had ordered (After waiting for 1 hour), and ended up in an argument with the server who was adamant he had not made a mistake as he has been doing his job for many years. (He should work for Chevrolet).............the place reminded me of someone going to the Brady Bunches house for dinner, and half the light bulbs were blown out in the dining room, Alice was on strike, the butcher was on crack and serving the meal. Please, do not use this place as a measure for dining in Maple Ridge. Order Gravy with your fries at A&W, at least you will get what you were expecting.
i am 40 years old now, i can barely remember what it was like dining out with my parents when i was 10. but if ever i should forget completely, i will just go back to the bella vita where things haven't changed since the day they opened.
it is dark, dingey and depressing. the menu is huge with nothing done well (at least nothing our table ordered). heavy sauces and steamed vegetables - food has come a long way since the 70's too bad this restaurant hasn't
My sister and I celebrated her homecoming by dining at Bella Vita which we had appreciated earlier this summer at a women's group luncheon. We were not disappointed.
The food was not only fresh and tasty but it surpassed the ordinary. The escargot starter was very subtly enhanced by a melted cheese addition; and the avocado and shrimp was fresh and hand peeled - both for a reasonable price. We both had the prime rib special for $20 and each of us brought home half our meal, though we are hearty eaters. That for me is outstanding value.
Our waiter, Mirek, provided attentive service.
The ambiance is dated 1980-ish, but the crisp clean linen table cloths and traditional fine-dining setting of the table made us feel it was a special night. We sat close to the fire place which had a good fire going.
We have now had two good experiences at this restaurant.
We truly felt like we stepped back in time when we visited this restaurant in Maple Ridge. We were celebrating the 80th birthday of my Grandmom who has been here many times over the years.
For our large table, we certainly had no complaints about the service, the young man who took care of us was great. A few small issues, but nothing worth causing a fuss about.
The food was unremarkable. I don't think they have added a new menu item since 1976. Food on a plate. Some items adequate, some not. Cutting edge it is not. Snyone in our party over 65 thought everything was good, anyone 40 or under thought everything was lousy, anyone in between, thought ... you get the idea.
Value was good for the portion sizes.
I'd never go back, I'm sure Grandmom will.
I've lived in M.Ridge for almost 40 years and I've been going to this resturant for as long as I can remember. We quite often have dinner in the lounge when
we're in the area. The dining room is getting dated and could use a makeover, but real life isn't like TV so it stays much the same and hasn't really changed! Hence the Old Faithfull label!
We go there for the food & service, which is still very good and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. We like the ample parking, central location
and most importantly the people that work there.
Forget the Pear Tree in Burnaby - Vita Bella is the best restaurnt around!
We have been going there since it first opened and we have always had impeccable service and the food had always been wonderful. Because we go so often, we are always warmly greeted by name and Chef Leo is always quick to come out and visit with us. They have even been known to tend to our little one when he's being fussy (of course, this was on a slow night)
My husband always has the lamb, always done to perfection. It's the best deal in town. I like to try different things on the menu and I'm never dissapointed.
You will likely have to make reservations now as word is getting around.
Must say I'm surprised that no-one has reviewed this restaurant before. Must be that the locals want to keep it local. Always excellent, service, food and friendliness. Lamb and the special asccompanying mint gravy always a great choice.
Terrific varied menu - something for everyone. - Two sides to this restaurant, one formal and the other side local bar and, for the diehard puffers, a smoking laid back cafe section.