Bella is Italian (Jeannie’s heritage) for “beautiful.” Vida is slang for “life” in Costa Rica. Together, Bella Vida means “beautiful life.” A balanced life of exercise, nutrition, & spiritual health are fundamental to maintain a healthy life. Our prayer for you is that you will achieve this balance of physical and spiritual health and have a “Bella Vida” not just in this life but in your life to come.
Jesus said. . .
“I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
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Thank you and we look forward to serving you soon!
“Not expected but amazing!”
Reviewed July 6, 2012 NEW
My family chose this tiny cafe for a restaurant to eat out at. We didn't expect it to be amazing, just sedentary. This restaurant blew my socks away! It had huge variety, great prices, and great atmosphere! The portions were also big and quite filling; everyone had leftovers. One of the dishes were even half priced!
This place was simply amazing, varying from meat to salads to pasta dishes (I never find pasta anywhere and BAM. They had it)
EAT AT THIS PLACE YUM.
“A real find in Cape May!” Reviewed July 5, 2012 NEW
This small cafe was off the beaten path, i.e., not in the shopping area of downtown Cape May but well worth the 5 minutes it takes to drive there. You could walk to it as well and there is also a bakery and artist's galleria in the area. We considered this one of the best places to eat in Cape May and quite reasonable. If you are vegetarian or vegan, they have plenty of options. There are also nightly specials. I had a tempeh Reuben for lunch that was terrific and a pasta with homemade sauce that was fantastic for dinner another evening. The salad dressing was unusual but fresh and very tasty. The servers were all super accommodating and this is one place we could eat at nearly everyday and never eat the same thing twice.
You'll Love the Bella Vida”
“Another good meal.”
Reviewed June 2, 2014
We were in Cape May for the day and decided to have dinner at Bella Vida again. We were there a month ago. We had the same waitress and she gave us good service. Hubby ordered crab cake with sweet potatoe fries and I ordered the meatloaf again and we were once again not disappointed. The raspberry lemonade is very good. Will return again.
“Great options for healthy”
Reviewed June 1, 2014
We love Bella Vida because it gives so many options... many are rare to find in Cape May. Gluten free and vegetarian options abound.
“Good availability of healthy and vegan options!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014
After struggling to eat healthy in the Wildwood area, a little research led us to Bella Vida.
The waitress was friendly and helpful. The food choices were enormous and there was certainly something for everyone.. We were pleased to find many salads and vegan options. I loved the quesadillas prepared with the vegan cheese.
I would most certainly return to this restaurant !
“Nice Veggie Food”
Reviewed May 27, 2014
This place has lot of veggie options and taste really good. We enjoyed having lunch and planned to visit again....
“Great lunch and service!”
Reviewed May 26, 2014
We decided to try out this little cafe we've always driven past, but never really noticed. We were not disappointed! My husband and I both got lunch, me a flounder sandwich, and him the fish tacos, and we both agreed that it was quite good and very fresh! The staff was very kind and caring. We will be revisiting out next time down to Cape May!
“Best breakfast place on Cape Island”
Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile
We've eaten breakfast at Bella Vida on just about very trip we've made to Cape May. They never disappoint. The service is excellent, and they have a nice variety of options on their breakfast menu: eggs, pancakes, breakfast burritos, grits, and baked goods, just to name a handful of things. The coffee is excellent and is always served piping hot.
You can tell the owners truly care about the quality of food and service. They are always present and often come around to meet and talk to their guests
Reviewed May 13, 2014
My mom and I ate breakfast here during our 4 day stay in Cape May. Excellent food. I had an omelet with cheese, ham and peppers which was delicious, as well as home fries with peppers and onions which was quite tasty. My mom enjoyed her eggs and toast as well. Service was wonderful. You will not be disappointed. We will definitely be back.
“Wonderful food and service”
Reviewed April 25, 2014
We were on an Audubon walk and the leader highly recommended this restaurant. We were early enough for the early bird specials to our surprise - very good value. Hubby had the crab cake and I had the meat loaf - the food was delicious and the service was very good. We are adding this restaurant to our "must return" list. Give this restaurant a try, you will not be disappointed.
“¡Delicioso! I'm glad we found it!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014
I searched trip advisor for places to eat in Cape May and found that Bella Vida and another place had a high number of reviews with many of them rating excellent. I decided on this one because of the Spanish name figuring they'd be some Latin flavor in the menu.
Interesting menu: Costa Rican influence. As a matter of fact, we found out the owner visits Costa Rica yearly. We ordered a side of plantains with black bean sauce on it... so good! I had a Tico Burrito and loved it. Five of us ate lunch for $88 including the tip. We all enjoyed what we ordered and were very satisfied. FYI: It's BYOB.
Service: excellent service, attentive, friendly, knowledgeable
Restaurant: casual atmosphere, seemed like many locals (we did go off season)I'd definitely return!
“Bella Vida Cafe”
Reviewed April 23, 2014
Interesting menu- great decor- superb service- excellent specials. Meat loaf is one of their best dishes.
“Delicious food and excellent service”
Reviewed April 4, 2014
We just discovered Bella Vida Garden Cafe and will most definitely be returning. The food was delicious and the entire waitstaff is excellent.
“great food--very friendly”
Reviewed March 15, 2014
went too have dinner tonite waitress was very friendly and helpful with our meal choices. food was great. this was a small cozy place . we live 80 miles north and would come back for a meal again.
couldn't say this was 1 of best meals every had, but for a causal dinning rest. it ranks among the top of my list
Reviewed March 13, 2014
Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner! In the off-season, I visit Bella Vida easily once a week. I can't imagine Cape May without it, such a cozy, delicious spot! The waitstaff is amazing, so friendly and sweet. Delicious meals, great organic coffee, warm booths! GIGANTIC MENU! Vegetarian-friendly! Breakfast at lunchtime? No problem!
Reviewed February 16, 2014
This is our go to place for brunch whenever we visit Cape May. There are so many great meals to choose from and delicious daily specials. The staff is always friendly.
“Brunch in Cape May in the Winter”
Reviewed February 10, 2014
Had a relaxing Brunch and enjoyed reading the sign-in book on the table. The food was delicious. It was my first time having sweet potatoe "flapjacks." Thank-you Bridgit!
“Italian sauce to die for!!!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014
Breakfast is amazing and very resonably priced for what you get, and the diversity and quality of the lunch and dinner menus is also amazing..... But, I am writing this as an Italian from South Philly and I want everyone to know of the absolutely incredible blush sauce that is served here. This chef has that special ability that makes every entree very interesting and tasty...... But, once again- "The blush sauce is to die for!!!" Al
Reviewed January 12, 2014
Need to go here. Staff great, menu eclectic and the coffee and baked goods superb. A return trip is a definite
Reviewed January 7, 2014
We've now eaten there for lunch and dinner and have loved our meals both times. The food is fresh and flavorful, and the service is attentive without being pesky. It's always a good sign when a restaurant in a tourist town is full of locals, and this was, and we received some great menu tips from them. The coffee is excellent (my blood type is coffee, so trust me on this one). The Cool McCool salad helped me overcome my guilt of eating badly previously on the trip and is huge. Get the shrimp and grits for dinner! Yum! And don't forget to sign the book at your table!
Reviewed January 3, 2014
Stopped by the cafe ofr breakfast and I have to say the place is a little quirky. Staff are really nice, menu is extensive. Great options for bfast, I am still dreaming about the pancakes and the costa rican coffee.