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La Vita Bistro

4.3
86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 86 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

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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3.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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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4.0Dined on June 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Overall I enjoyed the food and service was excellent

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

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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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

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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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

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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3.0Dined on April 19, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

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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3.0Dined on March 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

First time at restaurant and it was the perfect night. Outstanding service and the food was great. Perfect portions with great variety on the menu. I will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Your food was good but the wait for it was too long and there was no one in there. I have had this happen the last two times ..

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Pasta was very over done. Lunch service is very limited. Wait staff fairly attentive.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Wasn't impressed with food. Spinach dip wasn't good. Entrees were even worse. Comped us a dessert which was good, but we wouldn't go back. $80+ for bad food. Our waiter was great.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

The steak tips appetizer was awesome.
Save $3 upgrading to a premium salad. Mine ended up being smaller than my wife's free salad. Plus they forget to put on the dressing. Disappointing. Life lesson. We will go back though.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

I had not been to LaVita Bistro in a few years. I was pleasantly surprised. We had the calamari for an appetizer-I will rate it an 8. The chicken Picatta was very good..will rate a 9. My hubby had veal parm- he liked it. I tried a bite and didn't care for the breading. The bread they bring to the table is awesome and I will give that a 10. Oh, he had the minestrone soup which I tried and that was a solid 10...best we have ever had, it did have alittle kick! We also had a bottle of wine...Seaglass Pinot...very good. I was surprised when the bill came and it was only $71 ...Dinners/app and wine. Great deal! Our server was very nice and pleasant.

Overall, I would highly recommend LaVita Bistro. We will be back!

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1.0Dined on January 6, 2017

The experience was tragic! Server very clumsy and had no idea what was on the menu. Food was awful...everyone at our table had something different and not one of us ate more than a couple bites. Never again...would not even give it a 1/2 star.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Booked for New Year's Eve. Didn't book until the morning of New Year's Eve day. Checked resturant website that morning and looked at the posted menu. No notations about anything different for New Years. On arrival at the restaurant while waiting to be seated, we noticed folks that had just been seated ahead of us, returning to the lobby and leaving! It seems that the management had decided to present a fixed menu-fixed price for the evening. Again, no note on their website even as late as noon that day. The hostess said that the manager had called people with reservations to advise...since we made our reservation that day we didn't get a call. We decided to stay as it was pretty late to go elsewhere. The food was fair at best. The grey goose cosmo tasted like the margarita that my husband ordered. The only light of the entire experience was our server, Michael. We will not be in any hurry to go back.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Just O.K!! Great spot for Pinckney Michigan. Food was just soso.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Food was quite good and atmosphere was lovely. Drink menu needed more description so we would know what was in the specialty cocktails.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We are regulars at La Vita Bistro. Our latest visit was for the Thanksgiving buffet. It was so nice to have an upscale local restaurant to celebrate the holidays since we were leaving for vacation the next day. The food and service were wonderful with a nice variety and even included a small selection of desserts. We had a reservation and were seated on time. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Restaurant okay not worth the drive. Veal Marsala was nothing special. Price not worth it.

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