La Vita Bistro

4.3
98 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Birthdays
Nestled in the charming village of Pinckney, La Vita Bistro offers Contemporary Italian and American cuisine made in a scratch kitchen using local ingredients whenever possible. La Vita Bistro also has a full bar with Craft Cocktails, a large local beer selection and an extensive wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Contemporary American
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Hours of Operation


Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch:Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(734) 878-1111
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Eirik Kauserud
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Private Party Facilities
La Vita Bistro does offer private dining options for groups up to 40. Call for details.
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Private Party Contact
Shannon LaVigne: (734) 878-1111
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Catering
Off site catering available. Call for details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
M-36
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Parking Details
Lot and Street Parking
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Entertainment
Check our website for a schedule of entertainment on our patio during the summer months.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 98 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.0
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1st time to La Vita Bistro. The food was very good. The only complaint we had was the price of the wine for the amount you received. If I am having wine I want to order something I enjoy not order something for the price. I do not know of any place else of this calliber of restaurant that charges $10 a glass of wine. This was not a wine that runs hundreds of dollars. We buy it all the time. The glass was large but the amount was small. If you are charging that price you might want to put it in smaller glasses so people don't feel like they are being taken.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I asked for a booth for 3 people and the hostess said we have a lot of 4 and 6 top reservations tonight and would a table be okay. Not wanting to make a big deal I said a table was fine. The hole time we were there the booth behind me remained empty.

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was amazingly friendly and fun! Felt like family dinner. Free dessert for my husbands birthday! Caramel apple sangria was delicious! Chocolate cheese cake was the best dessert I've ever had. Husband loved his spicy chicken pasta. He's Italian and pretty critical of restaurants serving Italian food. He was thrilled with his meal!

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LD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Jamie was great! Very helpful and good with recommendations!

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B
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Arrived with reservation and were told the kitchen was very understaffed and it would be at least 20 minutes before we would be seated and that the food would be slow (told this several times throughout our meal). Finally got bread and drinks after 30 minutes. We asked for more bread while continuing to wait for our meals and were told by our waitress ," I don't know, you already got one basket and the kitchen is backed up. I will see if I can get you a little more". Ridiculous! The food was actually great when it arrived an hour after our arrival. The whole night was so poorly handled that it was laughable. Not exactly the special night out we had hoped for. The table was also very sticky.

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PW
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit, and while it was much busier and they were apparently short kitchen staff, the food was still wonderful and the service was great. We were a little put off at the beginning as I had made a reservation and we arrived right on time. There was a couple in front of us who hadn't made reservations and they were immediately seated. When the hostess came back for us, we were told there was a mandatory 20-minute hold and we'd need to wait at the bar (which isn't particularly festive). Really thought that could've been handled a little better. But once seated, everything was terrific. Will definitely add this one to our regular roster.

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C
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Unfortunately we will not be returning customers. Food was bland and my husband's steak was overcooked while the mashed potatoes that came with it were barely warm. We noticed 2 other tables complaining about their food so it's clearly a common problem and not just a rare occurrence.

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RE
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Went to dinner as a group. The service was very good but there were major kitchen delays that caused the salad's and soup to be delayed until just before the entree's were brought to the table. Two of the soups actually came after the entree was served.

The entree's were all very good but the timing of the food was clearly an issue in the kitchen. Additionally, there were many used dishes and glasses that could have been cleared by the bussing staff that was ignored even though they were cleaning the tables around us.

La Vita is a very good restaurant but there are clearly areas that need to be tightened up a bit.

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c
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome Wait staff very friendly and great

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AL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Second visit. Tuesday night live entertainment. Food was excellent again. Outdoor seating comfortable and not noisy.

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is refreshing to find a quality restaurant like LaVita in a small town. The atmosphere is cozy. There is a wide variety of dishes, all prepared excellently. If you live nearby then visit often. If not, it's worth the drive out to Pinckney. Enjoy!

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our group had a lovely time. The staff was very friendly and the food delicious. The only downside was how noisy it was. Hard to hear the person across the table noisy. We don't live close by but we will be back.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food as always was excellent but my chicken marsala needed more sauce. It was not presented as I have had it before so it was not as appetizing in the bowl. The chicken parm was fantastic.
Server needed a bit more experience in wines available but managed to answer all our questions by offering a taste.
Thanks for a great meal and a great price.

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DA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Dinner the other night was excellent , but that is what I have learned to expect. A friend of mine is the person who originally recommended this dining spot by saying " Who could expect a fine dining experience in the Village of Pinckney " But it is fine dining in Pinckney
I will be back soon
Dave

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D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere, a hidden gem in Pinckney!

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D
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

3/4 meals came cold...heated further...food reasonably good

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MJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointed that after many visits here, they always seem to be out several menu items. And we're usually informed well after we've placed our orders! Additionally we dine early in the evening. Super disappointed this keeps happening!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised to find this good of a restaurant in our little town of Pinckney. We are gluten free and the menu was made for us, even had a gluten fee dessert. Price was reasonable and the food was excellent. We will be back.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We felt rushed! Weren't even half way with our soup and out come the entrees! Wes our waiter was very attentive though!

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KB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go here once a year when visiting close by for a trail race. We look forward to our evening there as much as w do the trail race. Never disappointed.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was amazing!!! We've never been here before but will for sure make it a point to come back.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

We tried this establishment based on a recommendation. But the Mussels were served with at least five (5), on the bottom, unopened (no where safe to be consumed). The veal in the veal parmesan was very stringy and tough, making it difficult to both cut and chew. However the service was very good and we may try again, but not the same items.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff was young but very attentive and provides good service. Food was excellent. Cool outdoor seating with live music. Vegetarian options on menu and chef will make some vegan versions on request.

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots! Their French onion soup is amazing and their menu never disappoints! We went for my Birthday and everyone enjoyed their dishes and appetizers. {The bruschetta and sausage platter are our favorites!}

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AP
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service and meals were excellent for the price. The ambience is very casual. I look forward to eating here again.

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c
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good overall however, one dinner was burnt on the bottom,the veal Parmesan was not acceptable, but we did not send it back,but should have. Our server was very gracious, Ashley....

This is the first bad meal we had there...

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Overall I enjoyed the food and service was excellent

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R
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I enjoyed our dinner here - the only reason why I gave 3 stars is that a lot of our food was cool, not freezing cold but not hot at all - still delicious, but it seemed like it sat before it came out to us or that some of the sauces were refrigerated and not heated thoroughly. I had the crispy skin duck and the skin was actually all rubber but the gnocchi it came with was excellent - the asparagus and mushrooms were pretty dry too. Again, the flavors were there, but everything was lacking texture and temperature. Really Nice waitress and atmosphere and the sangria was delicious. The outdoor seating looked adorable. It's slightly disappointing to pay over $50 for just myself for dinner and drinks and it all feel short because it was cold. I would definitely try it again and hopefully the food will be hot - I'm guessing it was just a fluke because it does seem like a nice place.

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S
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Italian Food with solid wine list. House Chianti is very nice. The lasagna and chicken marsala are delish. The large antipasto appetizer platter ($19) easily serves 8 with proscuitto, sopresso, smoked and aged cheeses, roast garlic head, crackers, toasted bread, yummy pimento cheese spread.

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c
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was very good but the bread took forever to get out and get to our table and the rest of the service was pretty slow. My husband ordered bolognese for his spaghetti and he got marinara even though there was an up charge for the bolognese on the bill which did get corrected. We need boxes for left overs and they brought the desserts before the table had been cleared so they grabbed the left overs and left the desserts on the table next to ours while they did the leftovers. We just grabbed the desserts ourselves off the other table as we were starting to get late for our theatre date that evening. The cannolis were crispy and the almond cake was excellent for desserts.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great Italian Restuarant! Love their food and the ambiance! Other then running out of the duck and crab legs, everything was great!

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SC
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Menu changed and dropped some of our favs. Ran out of ravioli. Love the place but a bit disappointing for our anniversary dinner choice.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff is outstanding, food is exceptional and I love to have access to fine dining in Pinckney.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an EXCELLENT meal. Our server, Brittney was happy, pleasant, and a good sport ( we went on April Fools Day). I cannot say enough about how great the food tasted. We had a wonderful evening!

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w
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The place needs some TLC. Pretty worn looking and could use a good cleaning

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great daddy/Daughter dance dinner. We enjoyed our meal very much.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here on a date with my husband. I love the ambiance of the restaurant. We sat in the newer more casual section which is nice and quiet. There are no tables in the middle of that dining room so it feels more intimate wherever you sit. The food was outstanding. I had the chicken marsala served over angel hair pasta which was so flavorful. My husband had the surf and turf. Always a nice selection of wines to choose from and the desserts were delicious (tiramisu and lemon cake). Coming back here again for sure!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

First time visiting this restaurant. The food was very good, portions were good but not overwhelming like some places. Everything seemed like it was freshly made which was nice. My only complaint was were we got seated, in a very high backed booth by the door! It was a birthday celebration, but because of where we were seated, I did not get to see or experience the ambience of the restaurant, in fact it was far too secluded and I did not get to see another diner in the restaurant!

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ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great dining experience. This could easily become my favorite.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious authentic Italian food. Great restaurant to enjoy any day or special occasion.

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