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Gilly's at The B.O.B.
Gilly's at The B.O.B.

Gilly's at The B.O.B. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegilmorecollection.com
  • Phone: (616) 356-2000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Clark Frain
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Options Available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party options available. Call for more detail.
  • Private Party Contact: Lou Bryant (616) 356-2000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fulton
  • Parking: No
A word from Gilly's at The B.O.B.
Gilly's brings the art of the bar to a whole new level with an outstanding menu highlighted by jet fresh small plate and seafood features, an amazing list of sea to table oysters, fun and interesting new age twists on all of our dishes, and the essential highballs and cocktails. We also pour the coldest pints of house hand crafted micro brews. Add in GR's favorite traditional raw bar and you have the best casual bar and seafood joint in town.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Gillys used to be one if my favorite restaurants, but I feel like they've gone downhill. I ordered a filet medium rare, but it was more medium. My husband ordered a burger and he was told they didn't have any mayo for it, although there are two other restaurants in the building that would have some no one offered to get some for him. We won't be going back for a while."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "There were 3 of us. We each had 2 drinks and dinner. No appetizer or dessert. Our total bill came to $130 before tip. Was good, but not at those prices."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It would not disappoint, but nothing spectacular either. Good option if you were seeking seafood because there were plently of choices. Staff was friendly, lacking a little knowledge of wine list, but was more than happy to find the answer for me. Would be a nice spot to dine if you were planning on continuing your evening at The B.O.B. Was there on a Monday night so it was quiet and food arrived quickly."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I've been to Gilly's several times and have always loved their food, however on this occasion I was less than impressed. Gilly's is a fish house, but the restaurant shares a kitchen with Judson's, which is the Gillmore Collections steak house located in the BOB. Generally you are able to order from either menu, but I decided on the halibut from Gilly's this time. I've had halibut several times before and love that it's mild, yet meaty, but when it was brought out to me it was cold and didn't seem as mild as in the past. It was served with some grain that didn't seem to be cooked all the way and overall didn't have a great flavor. I will order something different the next time."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Variety of dishes to choose from, catering more towards the seafood dishes. Everything is fresh, and made in house. Right downtown. Make a reservation just to be safe, hit and miss on open tables."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Gilly's consistently has the best seafood around. They had 5 varieties of fresh oysters available at a very fair market price of only $2.50 each. The wines available will suite every taste and budget. Getting a nice New Zealand Marlboro Sauvignon Blanc for only $35 a bottle is a steal at a restaurant and the walleye was the best that I have ever had. The fish was perfectly tender and flaky with and excellent crispy crunch on the exterior with the potato crust. The meal and service were perfect. I was also impressed with how many vegetarian options there were on the menu. Not your typical 1 boring thing for a vegetarian to eat, but many options to choose from."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our server, Sarah, did a great job. She was attentive and went beyond to find vanilla ice cream to go on the desert."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is our go to place when we want great seafood. We sat down and were quickly helped by our attentive waitress, Nichole. After answering questions about the beer selection I decided on the Hoptropolis Wheat Beer. Nice citrus taste and great hops! My wife needs a gluten free (GF) menu and there are plenty of great menu choices to choose from. We both started with the Fork and Knife Caesar Salad. Very nice start to the meal. We both had the added white anchovies which really made a great salad. I ordered the GF Salmon with Butternut Squash Risotto and my wife ordered the GF dinner option of Shrimp and Grits. Trust "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "It was too loud for a good conversation, but the food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dinner together at Gilly's. We were a little disappointed by the cost for portion size, (especially for one rather small piece of shrimp) $3.50 each. We did however devour their Red Quinoa Chicken dish-delicious! Overall, we would return and simply order other menu items along with the Quinoa and other Gluten-free choices. Our service was great!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Entree choices were lobster macaroni and cheese, and honey-glazed wild sockeye salmon. The former was tasty, but was left too long under the broiler or pre-serving lamps, which dried out and crisped up the parmesan sprinkled top layer of pasta. The salmon was very good. However, serving time from order placement was over 50 minutes, even though the room was less than half full, and no bread was offered at any point. The restaurant itself is dark and strange. There is a shelving unit with what could be some interesting model boats, but no lighting to show them off. And only 3 boats in a set of 20+ openings. Nothing else remotely nautical or sea-related except a fish sculpture behind the bar. Gilly's is not up to Gilmore's own standards. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Typical hot spot bar. Noisy! Food was average. Prices were ok, for what you get. Overall just an average rating. Wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but would return if in the area. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Gilly's was not the same as the last time I was there. Menu selection was just o.k. DH ordered oysters, which he loved, and beer from Bob's Brews. For dinner we ordered the sockeye salmon which was good, and the walleye. The walleye itself was good, the breading was light but it had a greasy taste, and the sides were just not my kind of flavors (horseradish in potatoes and swiss chard for veggie). We sat in a booth in which the tabletop was too high or the seat was too low and felt tight for space. Then there were the track spotlights above that flickered enough to give you a headache. At the end of the meal I was getting wafts of a garbage smell. But the prices were better than I remember. We'll return & try again another time."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Normally not a big reviewer, but this place deserves it! From the great service to amazing food, Gilly's has it all! The beer selection was very good as well. Highly recommend making this a dinner/lunch stop soon! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My hisband and I just tried Gilly's for the first time and LOVED it. They had so many great seafood dishes that were reasonably priced. We decided to try several things. We split three appetizers and an entree and were stuffed when we left. The smoked Salmon spread was to die for, the spicy shrimp tacos were loaded with flavor and the oysters were a lot of fun to try. For our entree we had the Lobster Roll. I can't say that it was as good as the ones we ate on the East Coast, but it was still really good and we didn't have to travel far to get it. We can't wait to go back and try more of what they have to offer! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "it was a bit noisy but we found a cozy booth & had a lovely young waitress. she was partly knowledgeable but made up for it by her willingness to please."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food at Gilly's was fantastic and the service was even better. Our server, Mindi, was impeccable and a joy to have taking care of us. I highly recommend both Gilly's and The B.O.B. in general."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was great, nice presentation. Highly recommend the cheesecake for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first time at the restaurant with friends and we would not go back"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Awesome date night experience. Very quite and cozy, we didn't really go at a busy time. But I'd definitely recommend it to others! Little pricey but we had a groupon so it was great!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We really enjoy dining at Gilly's the seafood is always fresh and delicious! I love oysters on the half shell and Gilly's always has a nice fresh selection!! Great wine and beer, and the Pacific Rim Nachos are to die for!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The quality and taste of the food was awesome, but portions were somewhat small. Our server was very nice, but very busy. Our food order was "lost" somehow and it took 1.5 hours from our reservation time to get it. They comped one meal for the inconvenience ."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my meal here. We started with the Pacific Rim Nachos which were my favorite part. I was actually sad when they were gone. With that, we tried the local brews from their in house brewery. We love trying new beers and they were great. From there we had the walleye and crab legs with shrimp tacos. The whole meal was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I are from Fort Wayne, IN. We like a good time out and this restaurant was a good start to our night. It's great to visit a city with an active nightlife. We will be visiting her more often."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great seafood dinner. Very noisy from all the live music events in adjoining bars. Waitress was very attentive. Obscene dessert portions on choco cake"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I think we had been to most places in the BOB, but not Gilly's as seafood is not high on our favorites list. We saw a Groupon and checked out the menu and were pretty excited. The restaurant is a nice atmosphere...sometimes the Gilmore places have service issues, but our server was great. My wife enjoyed her wine and I LOVE the Peanut Butter Porter from downstairs. The biggest issue is that they were out of just about all of our first choices. So odd for a Saturday. Second choice appetizer, second choice wine, second choice dinner...I felt really bad for our server having to tell us that. Thankfully, the backups were very good, but it would have been nice if they hadn't run out of so much."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Decided to try after purchasing a groupon. Very loud atmosphere. Service was OK. The waitress was trying but it was relatively busy and she was stretched. Food was so-so. Order small plates only and dessert. 2 were not heated properly and were delivered COLD. Bib salad was adequate. Lump crab meat was very good. Prices were slightly high for the quality of the fare. All in all, my wife and I will not be returning."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was what we expected for a restaurant in Grand Rapids."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our appetizers (oysters - tried all six and crabcake) and our meals (scallops - blackened for me and bacon wrapped for hubby along with brussel sprouts). Service was a bit slow, but we were in no rush and our waitress was excellent. We were seated in an area close to the entrance, overlooking the stairway. We had not sat there before and found it to be too noisy, would go for the quieter area next time :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Gillys thinking that they still had their small plate format only to learn that they recently changed back to most of their original food options. So I was a bit diasppointed. However, service was very good. If you like more of the Foodies type of restaurant, this is for you. Again, service was outstanding. Our server Sarah was slammed with multiple tables and did an unbeleiveable job making everyone feel important."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had the Korean Beef Tacos, Crab Nachos and the Trio of Seafood. All the food was fantastic. The portion size on the Trio of Seafood was a little smaller than expected."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "met another couple for dinner, arrived early and sat at bar for a drink and appetizer, lively atmosphere. Service was outstanding, both waitress and manager made sure we were taken care of. Food was good, we had not been to Gilley's in a few years, menu changed, would like to see more southern seafood plates(New Orleans). Everyone enjoyed their meals and atmosphere, would recommend to others and sure we will be back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great food! Great location! We love to go here before or after a concert at Van Andel Arena!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The food wasn't as good as it used to be, although it's been about 5 years since we were there last. My husband and I were disappointed that Gilly's no longer offered the free birthday lobster dinner. Overall, it was a fair experience."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We invited special friends for a holiday dinner. They had never been to Gilly's and live the entire experience from ambiance to location to choices in appetizers to a fabulous Seafood dinner. Yey Gilly's! Mission accomplished! Merry Christmas!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The layout of The Bob, specifically the proximity to the dance club, provides kind of a puzzling atmosphere, but the food is excellent. Nice wine list, and good locally grown options."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Food was good, but we arrived at 5:45, ordered when the waiter was ready for us and we were still late for a 7:00 concert. The food should not take that long."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Beer good. Food good. Service so slow we cannot recommend. After 25 min, had to chase down the server (whom we had not seen since our first drink order), and tell her I could see our order was up. She brought it cold. We had to leave hungry (no time for second round of small plates since we were already late for concert) and wanted another drink. Server left half your revenue in my pocket. 1 hr 45 min should be plenty of time to have dinner before a concert. Apparently, not at Gilleys."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Good is always good, great place for trying many small plates"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "The restaurant was very loud. We had to wait over 45 min. for our food. Salad of greens had no dressing--just washed greens with no taste. Server was good and attentive but had trouble hearing her because of the noise."
    Dined on 10/22/2013