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Exceptional private event experiences

At Bistro Bella Vita, we’re driven by passion, servant leadership and most importantly—exceptional dining experiences. We promise to deliver nothing short of exceptional every time you dine with us, and the same goes for our private event spaces.

When you host your event with us, our team ensures strict attention to detail, top-notch performance, aesthetic presentation and ultimate flexibility.

Four unique rooms at Bistro to choose from

Various party sizes—from small, intimate gatherings of up to 120 guests

Superior cuisine prepared by our culinary team

Optional services such as floral, decorations, A/V, photography and more

Reserve one of our event spaces today!

Bistro’s Private Event spaces offer unique private dining experiences for a variety of occasions, including:

Intimate dinners
Rehearsal Dinners
Wedding Receptions
Company Parties
Birthday Celebrations
And more!

Please note: We cannot accommodate pharmaceutical events, as our venue does not have the proper screening.

intimate gatherings


As the name suggests, The Office is quite literally a newly renovated office space transformed into an intimate, private boardroom with sunset views.

  • Accommodates up to 8 guests
  • Order from our Private Dining menu or create a custom experience
  • Board room style for corporate meetings or private dinner parties

Inquire about hosting your next event in The Office with our Guest Relations Manager, Bridget Malkowski.

vip cellar table

Bistro’s VIP Cellar Table is a unique, intimate setting where you can entertain guests in your own semi-private corner of the restaurant.

  • Accommodates up to 14 guests
  • Order from our Private Dining menu or create a custom experience
  • No minimum charge or fees for the use of the table
  • Set up to accommodate semi-private dinners or meetings
  • Conveniently tucked away from main dining spaces, yet not fully enclosed from the restaurant

Inquire about hosting your next event at the VIP Cellar Table with our Guest Relations Manager, Bridget Malkowski.

meet your private event coordinators

Theresa McGuire

Private Events Director

Theresa is a seasoned Private Events Director with over 15 years of expertise in the Hospitality industry. Her passion for planning stems from the lavish events she executed during her time with The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Throughout her career, she has shown impactful leadership, achieved significant milestones and demonstrated her commitment to excellence and innovation in the field.

Now, Theresa brings her wealth of knowledge and skills to her role as Private Events Director at Essence Restaurant Group, where she oversees the design, setup and execution of events that bring people together.

Connect with Theresa today to start planning your next event at Bistro Bella Vita!

Bridget Malkowski

Guest Relations Manager

Bridget joined the Bistro Bella Vita team in February 2021. With a degree in Business Administration and Management, and as our Guest Relations Manager, she has a natural talent for finding efficient and creative ways to deliver the highest level of hospitality. Whether it be newlyweds or restaurant regulars, Bridget never fails to go above and beyond for all guests, creating personal and memorable experiences for every occasion. Reach out to her for that extra special touch on your menu or reservation!

Large party gatherings

private dining room

Take your event from great to exceptional in Bistro’s Private Event Room, one of West Michigan’s hottest locations, just west of the arena and within walking distance of theatres, hotels and the convention center.

  • Accommodates up to 80 seated guests, 110 standing guests
  • A range of menus from small plates to custom courses, including a kids’ menu
  • Many room sets to accommodate receptions, corporate events, parties and more
  • Floral, decorations, A/V, photography and other services available

Prices subject to individual needs

Inquire about hosting your next event in the Private Event Room by filling out the form below!

Take a 360 tour of our Private Dining room

the woodrick room

Bistro’s Woodrick Room is a multi-level private event space with a reception room that leads down an open staircase into a spacious room that can be set for personal or corporate events.

  • Accommodates up to 60 seated guests in the lower level, 100 standing guests combined levels.
  • Order from our Private Dining Menu or create a custom experience
  • A variety of room setups for boardroom, reception, retreat or banquet style

Inquire about hosting your next event in The Woodrick Room by filling out the form below!

Take a 360 tour of our Woodrick room

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