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

Gilly's at The B.O.B.

  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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 6163562000x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Gilly's at The B.O.B. reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)good for groups (14)special occasion (14)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (8)romantic (7)late-night find (3)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • We ARE going back!
    Bleacherman
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    1st time for the 4 of us. All had the clam chowder....very good but served a little cooler than we all preferred. Their homemade microbrews were excellent....will go back to try more of them. Service was phenomenal, our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Walleye was awesome and the New Orleans jambalaya was very, very good though a little spicy for my taste. All in all we agreed that we would have to go back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening!
    mbrouw
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We booked a 7pm reservation for 5 and were seated upon arrival. Two of our guests were a little late and our server handled that gracefully. We all liked the bacon wrapped scallops and the crab cake appetizers a lot. Cocktails were timely and very good. My seafood medlay was delicious. I heard all good comments from our guests about their entrees ... so happy about that! Service was very attentive. Overall we would not hesitate to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Minimal Service
    foodieforlife
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food at Gilly's was well prepared and plated. Service was less than attentive. We only saw our server twice, once to drop off water (10 minutes after sitting down) and once when we were done eating. Someone else ran our food and brought us our drinks. It was a little disappointing since we had a reservation and were out for a special occasion. We even heard the server say to another table that he's a bartender and just picked up the extra shift. Although I may recommend Gilly's to someone looking for a few drinks, I would not recommend it for dinner, which is a shame because the food was so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money.
    Johnnyv
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had a seafood trio for $23 and it had 1 scallop, 1 small piece of tuna over cooked and 1 small piece of Cobia fish that I could not eat because of the connective tissue that was so tough that I could not cut it with a knife. Every time I try a Gilmore resturant I'm disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sparrowtoo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This restaurant has fabulous food options. I love the variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    foode
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good seafood tapas! Great drinks. All food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was friendly and attentive and the food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    mj17
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing seafood. Yellowfin tuna is great! The service was awesome as well. The bar tender was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Bussell
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been here a couple of times and the food and service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have dined at Gillys several times and it's always top notch. The food .... I dream about the food! Healthy options unique options and the lobster Mac n cheese.... Need I say more? Great wine great service friendly staff who will go above and beyond for you. Yummmmm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Staff and Excellent Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I took my parents here to celebrate a special birthday and the staff were great! They catered to our requests and were very helpful in their recommendations. The meal was great and we all left very fat and happy :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    PhilliePhoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is okay. Went during restaurant week so they seemed to be trying some new dishes. Menu is fully of trendy dishes, nothing really inspired and the execution is just ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful date night place
    dawngracie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came for dinner and a comedy show. My husband had the Restaurant Week menu, and it was outstanding! We will be back for the Oyster bar for sure! Darion our server provided exceptional service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Eats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We're in town for four days from Washington DC, and happen to be here during restaurant week. We were a little suspicious at first because Gilly's looks to be part of a chain or group of restaurants located in a large warehouse (look for it!). But the food and service far exceeded our expectations. We've been to two other highly rated restaurants in Grand Rapids since being here, but neither has surpassed Gilly's. In fact, when the in laws came to meet us halfway through our visit, we took them back. Everything we had was fresh, delicious, and prepared to perfection. Great job, and HIGHLY recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    MMMm
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    first time here. Took our kids right before a concert. Their menu choices were also good for kids. 70% seafood on the menu. Plan for an hour and a half for a meal . Amazing brussels sprouts, cheddar soup, walleye, and crab-cakes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    MomoEli
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Delicious food! We'll be back! Lobster Mac and Cheese was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 460 reviews are from the Gilly's at The B.O.B. reviews archive.
  • Good Downtown spot
    Latinman47
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Just a good place to dine.... Atmosphere was very nice..it was a quiet business eve. I picked the restaurant because the menu had halibut which is my favorite fish..it was very well prepared and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    hospitalityhippie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service was great. The menu had few food choices but good beer, wine & cocktail selections. They ran out of two main courses by the time we got there; it was only 7pm on a Tuesday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    ckluckydog
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but expensive
    AlwaysExcellent
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Experience
    AngP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    duckwize
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters, wine and Walleye
    BillTVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JDD7
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our server, Sarah, did a great job. She was attentive and went beyond to find vanilla ice cream to go on the desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Grand Rapids Restaurant
    Flashover911
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was too loud for a good conversation, but the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good Experience
    RomanticFoodies12
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Decent, Atmosphere Weird
    aarpskier
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
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  • First Try
    Sweeny
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just alright
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood!
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bday celebration
    DJ2478
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    angerbrm
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun night out
    Sally
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was great, nice presentation. Highly recommend the cheesecake for dessert!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High prices, small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant with friends and we would not go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the seafood at Gilly's
    LoveGillys
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Krayboutfood
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    HoosierBoy
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food and fun scene
    picklepants
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic