Top Grand Rapids Restaurants
Everyone has their own opinions on what the best Grand Rapids Restaurants are. Alot of these are based on preference and what you specifically like. Grand Rapids does well to cater to a variety of groups, providing assorted ambiances as well as food and beverage choices. We are going to list some of the top rated Grand Rapids Restaurants and a little information on each to help you choose your next spot to visit. These restaurant selections are chosen from a combination of online reviews and from asking people to give us their favorite recommendations. The first few of these are fine dining establishments. After this you will get to look into some of the more casual restaurants.
Bistro Bella Vita is a restaurant near the Van Andel Arena that serves modern French and Italian cuisine. At Bistro Bella Vita you will find a warm and upscale environment. The dishes are made from scratch and prepared with sustainably sourced ingredients. As nice as this place is, it does not come with the price tag of some of the other higher end restaurants. Around $20 a plate is a steal for what you get at Bistro Bella Vita. They also provide options for dietary preferences including gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan. The pizzas they serve are cooked in brick ovens and the pasta is homemade. They also have an extensive wine list, cocktail selection and a variety of craft beers. Don’t be surprised to find Bistro Bella Vita on a wait so plan ahead and make a reservation to ensure that you get to try one of the best restaurants in Grand Rapids.
If you are looking for seafood in Grand Rapids, then you will find no better place than Leo’s. The atmosphere is elegant and high end, with a casual ambiance inside. The service is excellent and welcoming. Leo’s serves the best seafood in Grand Rapids, but they also offer salads, pastas, steaks, and many other options. You will also find a great selection of wine and cocktails here along with a selection of draft and bottled beers. Leo’s is one of the nicest restaurants in Grand Rapids so it is no surprise the the food ranges between $20 and $50 a plate. Don’t let this deter you though, it is well worth the price, even if it is not in your standard budget. If you are a fan of seafood, then Leo’s should be on your list of places to visit. Call ahead for a reservation, or stop by in passing. They will be more than welcome to accommodate your visit.
At the Chop House, you are in for more than just than just a great dinner, it is truly an amazing experience. The staff welcomes you like family and the food is spectacular. The restaurant is dimly lit with personal lamps at each table for a personal experience. This is one of the nicest, and also fairly expensive, restaurants in Grand Rapids. Being a high end steak house, you can expect to find the best steaks in Grand Rapids. Also check out the lounge to enjoy a cigar, dessert, or beverage after your meal. You can also get a discounted meal for dining on your birthday as well. This is a great place for a business meeting or a date night, they are wonderful at catering to all needs. Even if it is out of your price range, you should be sure to try out The Chop House at least one time. You will be amazed at how great of a job they do here.
Stella’s is tucked away in downtown and you could walk right by it and not even know it. Don’t make that mistake though as it is a must try experience. Between the retro arcade games, vintage artwork and 80’s TV shows playing, this place is truly a one of a kind experience. The restaurant may seem a little dark, but the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their products. The food is reasonably priced with most options under $15. Stop in on a Thursday and receive $5 off of one of their stuffed burgers. These burgers were ranked the best in America by GQ Magazine, and they’re not lying. You have to try one. They are also a whiskey bar, with over 250 options of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. They also offer other liquors, a selection of craft beers and their signature “Stella’s Punch” that really packs a punch. This place is almost always busy, so be sure to leave a little early to get a seat. You will be glad that you did.
A staple of Eastown, Donkey Taqueria is a wonderful Mexican street food fusion. They offer a variety of mouth watering tacos, tortas, and tostadas. The building is designed in Mexican stucco style architecture with a rustic style interior. In the summer, enjoy some food and one of their signature margaritas on the patio. They have around 150 different tequila options for your drinks, or shots if you’re feeling a little wild. They offer domestic, cerveza, and craft drafts as well if your prefer beer. Some people may think that $3-$4 per taco is a little expensive, but it is well worth it. And being able to fill up on 3 tacos for less than $15 is a good deal in my books. This place is known for the quality of their food and the guest experience they provide. They take this so far as to not even have a phone in the building. They want their focus to be entirely on making sure you enjoy your time at Donkey Taqueria.
The Cherie Inn is a wonderful, elegant diner located in the business district just west of Eastown. This restaurant serves just breakfast and lunch but it is anything but ordinary. The sophisticated atmosphere combined with the made from scratch American and French dishes make a great experience. The European style cafe dining experience is very unique and is also the oldest running restaurant in Grand Rapids, opened in 1924. Most of the dishes are right around $8 making it quite affordable as well. Their Eggs Benedict has been praised by many as the best they have ever had. If you are looking to host a private event, the Cherie Inn is has many package options available to suit you. Plus you get the entire place to yourself and your guests. You should plan on arriving early, particularly on the weekends, because this is a favorite place for many and they fill up fast. Call ahead for large groups so they can do their best to make accommodations for you.
As one of Grand Rapids’ best soup and sandwich shops, Electric Cheetah offers tasty options for lunch and dinner. The lighting in the restaurant, a bunch of hanging single bulbs, were the inspiration of the name. This Eastown restaurant is bright and welcoming, with friendly staff and delicious food. The food is reasonably priced at around $15 per plate. They also offer vegetarian and gluten free options to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. If soups or sandwiches aren’t your thing, they have a variety of pastas and other entrees. They also brew their own craft root beers with exciting and unique flavors. These may be non-alcoholic but they also have a variety of wines, craft beers on draft and house made cocktails. Make a stop by here and see why this is one of the top rated restaurants in Grand Rapids.