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Grove - Grand Rapids
Grove - Grand Rapids

Grove - Grand Rapids Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.groverestaurant.com
  • Phone: (616) 454-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10p
    Sunday 5 - 9p
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Wise
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eastern and Cherry
  • Public Transit: Route 4 Southbound (Cherry and Eastern)
    Approximate .14 miles East of the bus stop on Cherry. Located on the North side of Cherry Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer limited private parking with handicap accessibility and street parking.
A word from Grove - Grand Rapids
Grove brings Earth to Table dining to Grand Rapids.
Our modern, authentic cuisine features Essence Restaurant Group's hallmarks: impeccable service and local, natural ingredients. Our menu consists primarily of ingredients responsibly sourced from sustainable family farms and honestly prepared to demonstrate our respect for how these farmers raise or grow our products. We will guide guests through a unique culinary journey with each visit while focusing on four elements of cuisine: Local, Exploration, Classics, and Conscientiousness.
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Diner Reviews
  • "A 25th anniversary dinner was marked by excellent food and one very unfortunate service glitch. Again: the food was great from the opening trio of "Snacks" we selected to every course and every bite. Vibrantly fresh vegetables studded every dish, pastas were perfect, meats seasoned and cooked perfectly. But as the meal unfolded, my wife's portions were much bigger than mine, something I chalked up to the differences between dishes until my main course came: a lamb t-bone from which I got but two small bites. When I complained, the waiter informed me he thought I had wanted the sampler menu. I had never mentioned that much less ordered it. So I had been skimped on the whole meal. Apologies were profuse but it was an unhappy error."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "There is a reason this place is considered the best restaurant in GR! My fiance and I had a truely amazing dining experience. We both had the tasting menu and felt it was an amazing value for the price. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant would compete very well with the finest in bigger cities like Chicago or Detroit. Absolutely outstanding in every way."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I like how the menu changes. The Taste of the Grove is always the way to go. Excellent fish and fresh produce. Service is spot on! Will keep coming back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Grove is excellent- the food is amazing but not terribly expensive. We sat outside and it was a gorgeous night. It was loud inside though."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our entire experience here was fantastic. As a vegetarian I really appreciated the separate vegetarian menu. I would recommend it to anyone and cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My second time at the grove, great food ,look forward to go back again,"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My expectations were high and the experience even exceeded the high expectations. A truly remarkable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening, great food, great drinks. We both loved the sampling menu. It allowed us to taste a variety of dishes and with such a delicious menu it was hard to choose."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great place...terrific service (Nathan was our waiter)...intriguing menu (regular and vegetarian)...absolutely delicious food (not afraid to use seasonings and enhance flavor). HOWEVER, the third course (walleye) of my Taste of Grove included a fish piece that was about 2"x1". The two bites were delicious but not nearly enough. I understand that the Taste of Grove will have reduced portions, but come on, two bites of an entree!? There were ample supporting veggies, sauce, etc. but it needed more fish! Perhaps four bites. The first and second courses were appropriately sized and delicious. Go to Grove and enjoy, but get clarity on what 'reduced portions' really means."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Menu is very creative. Try the tasting so you can try multi items. Food is very good. Don-t limit yourself to only what you have eaten before."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Grove remains a grand rapids gem. The menu is ever-changing and fresh. It is amazing how the chef can offer so many menu alternatives on a daily basis. And every one of the selections are top notch, has never missed on prep, presentation or execution. I recommend this restaurant to everybody I meet in GR and to others throughout the State that visit GR. Fantastic."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Overall - great experience. The noise level was high at first but as restaurant emptied, it was better. Like the 3 courses for $35 - free to pick anything. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Grove for our 20th anniversary and I couldn't be happier. Probably the best meal we have ever had together. We had the 3 course meal and each chose 3 different courses. All 6 selections were excellent - unique, fresh, flavor full, and delicious. Our waiter was excellent and they even gave us a complimentary champagne toast and dessert. I would highly recommend Grove!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food is always fabulous and the service always outstanding at the grove. This time was no different. Loved every course and the wine too!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We recently had dinner at Grove for our first anniversary dinner while visiting Grand Rapids. Both the hostess & our server made us feel welcome & wished us a happy anniversary. They brought us complimentary glasses of bubbly too. The atmosphere of the place is wonderful -- upscale and modern, but with a totally relaxed vibe. The drink list is smart; I appreciate the all-Michigan beer list. All the food was fresh - I recommend the shrimp & chorizo grits, and the beet salad. The tasting menu is a great deal if you are starving, but I wish the portions were a little smaller because I had no room for dessert afterwards! Overall though, Grove provided us with a truly memorable meal, & I am so glad we chose to celebrate our anniversary there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went to Grove for our anniversary dinner. We were greeted at our table with a special note and complimentary champagne! The food was fabulous, service impeccable and ambience perfect!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tried to get over to Grove for a few weeks now. Finally had set aside time to try it out; wasn't happy."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was truly one of the best meals ever from a Grand Rapids restaurant. The flavors in the different dishes were extraordinary. "Shrimp & Grits" awesome! . Above the rest in service. I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our 'go to' restaurant when we come to GR. Great menu. Ask for the vegetarian menu if inclined. Same preparations, no meat. They allow you to mix and match in a 3 course tasting menu."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great Food! The $35 three course meal is fun and a good value. Martinis are a bit pricey!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was the second time I had been to Grove and just like the first it was outstanding! We got to sit out on the patio which was beautiful and the food was simply amazing. The flavors on each dish compliment each other so well and I highly recommend this restaurant to all of my family and friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have wanted to try the Grove for awhile and the timing was perfect with the 2 celebrations, we arrived about 15 min. before our reservation and were promptly seated and handed a card wish us a happy anniversary and my husband a happy birthday then then a complimentary glass of bubbly showed up. We did the 3 courses each and after the second course we were soo full (plus we ordered the artisan bread plate... delicious!) We both tried our third course and our waitress was concerned when we asked to have them boxed up but we explained we were very full. The meal was well worth the money and I cant wait to go back! The only downside was about half way through our dinner a large group of women came and it became loud. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This isn't your run-of-the-mill restaurant. We drove about an hour to try out Grove because of a friends' recommendation. It's a restaurant that focuses on local ingredients and as a result, the menu changes frequently. You can buy individual items on an a la carte basis, but I don't recommend it in that it's a poor value. The better way to go is to purchase the "Taste of Grove". For $35, you get to pick three courses from three different groups on the menu. They are fairly flexible. You can pick two things from one group if you wish. Our favorites were shrimp and grits, the mahi and the pork tacos. If you like butterscotch, the butterscotch pudding is a must. Everything was delicious and expertly prepared. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We eat out often (obviously, as Open Table members) and have travelled to many big cities and dined. This has to be the BEST meal we have had in a long time, if ever. I will recommend Grove to everyone looking for a great meal, amazing service and a great ambience. Go!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food, service and a casual - but not too casual atmosphere. A "must go""
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed another great date night at the Grove. This time friends joined us. Our service was awesome. The food was as excellent. We all ordered the tasting menu as there are too many great options to go with just one dish. Each item the four of us had was well prepared, beautiful and delicious. This continues to remain our favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The 3 course tasting menu is very enticing, it is a little expensive but the quality is there. Some really good mixes of food."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I have been traveling to Grand Rapids on and off for the past 20 years and cannot remember enjoying a meal as much as I did the other night. The culinary enjoyment that has helped to revitalize this area of town should be traced back to this ground zero destination. Grove it is! Thanks"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My partner and I had a wonderful dinner at Grove last week. We ended up doing the $35 3-course meal option, which was plenty of food, though supposedly the dishes were a bit smaller than had we ordered them a la carte (which was a good thing). I enjoyed each dish, and wish I had saved room for dessert. Everything sounded wonderful! If you're looking for a nicer dinner option in this area, I would recommend Grove--but come hungry, for sure. It was pretty busy in there, so reservations might be a good idea, but it was a fun mix of couples and groups. I'm sure it'd get even more lively later in the evening. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Grove celebrating our anniversary. We were pleasantly greeted, quickly seated (I do recommend making a reservation!), and instantly hit it off with our server. She brought us complimentary champagne as we reviewed the menu. She was very helpful in explaining the course offerings, including the 3 for $35. We each made our selections and started off with the bread plate. The service was a perfect pace for us...we are not the slow, lingering type, and as we finished each course, there was just the right amount of time to prepare for the next to be delivered. The "worst" part of the evening was deciding which 3 items to select from a menu full of enticing options. We are looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food never fails to exceed expectations. The three course tasting menu is one the best value in town for $35 or so. Almost wish the portions were smaller or I could restrain myself when there's still (delicious) food on the plate, because I would gladly get order nine or even twelve just for two. I'm not sure I've seen a restaurant with such an expansive menu where everything is outstanding. Usually I order beer, wine, or a classic cocktail, but I tried one of their house cocktails for the first time on my last visit (Hendricks, cucumber, lime, ginger syrup, and soda). It was outstanding as well."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "No other GR restaurant does it like the Grove. The 3 course dinner is a must--hard to choose as everything so mouth watering"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Grove and it did not disappoint. We live over two hours away and, though we have other reasons to come to Grand Rapids, going to dinner at Grove is a destination. The food/menu is outstanding, and everything else makes this a place we will go to when we want a special evening out."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had heard good things about Grove and it was all four of our first visit there. We all did the tasting menu and the food was incredible. We really enjoyed everything and in my opinion the tasting menu is the way to go. You can also order a la carte, but I would be upset about the portion sizes if I paid a la carte prices. We all really enjoyed the tasting menu though and will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the Grove to celebrate her victory over her cancer. I made the reservation at The Grove based upon the Open Table description. My wife and I feel that our dining experience was superb from our first course to our delectable dessert. Our server, Carmen was truly noteworthy as well! She served us as though we were her only table...nothing was missed. Carmen made sure that my wife, needing Gluten-Free foods only, was given suggestions and modified items to suit her Celiac Disease. We and our friends will make reservations for The Grove in the near future."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The sheer number of different ingredients on the menu, combined with the imaginative combinations of tastes, make Grove special. It is truly "the" restaurant to take out-of-town foodies to, if you could only choose one. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Bar tender does not match service and personality of the restaurant "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My first visit to Grove was for dinner with a group of colleagues. I lived in North Carolina for four years and fell in love with the fresh farm to table concept in eating. I've been back in Michigan for over a year and have not been able to replicate that concept --- until I went to Grove! This is honestly THE best food I've had since back in Michigan...and I've been to a lot of nice places. The price point for the quality can't be beat either. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We return time after time to experience the same outstanding level of service and excellent, creative food preparation and presentation. This place aims to please in all categories. They even keep special notes on their guests so they know what your preferences are. This is our "go to" place for bringing guests from out of town. Some now come all the way from the Detroit area just to dine at Grove. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014