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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (998)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Divani, locally owned, features an intimate & sexy big city ambience in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our staff will greet you with an enthusiastic smile, extensive product knowledge and attentive service. Divani will seduce your senses through our scratch kitchen featuring globally inspired Chef driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, an extensive liquor collection, an award-winning wine list and a global beer selection featuring local draughts. Private events and custom menus are available in any of our unique rooms for parties up to 160 guests. Contact wendy@divanigr.com for custom menus and more details or visit our website at www.divanigr.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Fabulous as always. Romantic dinner with great ambience, cocktail, food and service. Can't wait to return.
A photo of jdek at Margaux restaurant
4.7
4.7 (282)
$30 and under
French
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Nestled on the Grand River, Jdek offers a refreshing and sophisticated outdoor oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Grand Rapids. Sip on craft cocktails expertly crafted by our talented mixologists, or indulge in our delicious menu of elevated bar bites and seasonal dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We were staying at the JW hotel and made reservations at Margaux. My husband realized he didn’t have a smart casual clothing with him so we switched our reservation to jdek. We were given both menus to order from, which was great! We sat overlooking the river. The host accommodated my request for a seat with a back. It was very windy outside but the food was amazing and the service was great! We ordered a fish fry from the outdoor menu and pacific halibut and a side of asparagus from the indoor menu. We will definitely return if we find ourselves in Grand Rapids!
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4.7
4.7 (242)
$31 to $50
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
History, specifically America’s culinary history, is the central focus of our food and cocktail programs here at Scholar. Situated downtown on Grand Rapids’ iconic red brick road at 11 Ionia SW, Scholar honors previous residents of the same address while striving to achieve our goal; to earn the title of the city’s best restaurant.
Top review
scarv
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
What a gem! The food, ambience and service we are A+
A photo of Farmhouse Kitchen & Market restaurant
4.6
4.6 (68)
$31 to $50
American
Shelby
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
You will love your dining experience at the Farmhouse. The deck overlooking the golf course with a beautiful summer evening is only perfected by delicious food and drinks. Being the whole family
A photo of The Cottage at Wicks restaurant
4.6
4.6 (10)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
A Cocktail Bar and Intimate Event Venue based in Saugatuck, MI. The Cottage offers a unique ambiance combining modern amenities with vintage flare.
Indoor and Outdoor Seating Available.
A large outdoor patio that turns into a winter wonderland with our Igloo Rentals.
Fresh Small Bites:
-Charcuterie Board
-Filet Sliders
-Mediterranean Plate
-Garlic Shrimp
-Cobbler of the Season
-And Many More!
Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options available.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Cocktail list is smaller than last time we visited, as is food menu. Service very slow. Seated multiple big tables with kids / strollers while we were there. Was doing something special in Saugatuck but seems to have succumbed to feedback from the masses, no different than sitting on patio at Wicks main restaurant.
A photo of Copper Rock Steakhouse - Four Winds Casino Resort restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2598)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
New Buffalo
About the restaurant
PERFECTLY AGED STEAKS. AWARD-WINNING WINES.
Delight every sense with an unmatched experience featuring USDA Prime 42-day dry aged steaks, exquisite seafood, decadent desserts and more than 350 wines from our Wine Spectator Award- Winning, 13 years running.

Top review
over50
Dined 2 days ago
Exceptional dinner for my birthday! Will definitely revisit. Wait staff very attentive and polite. Nice ambience as well.
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4.6
4.6 (1824)
$50 and over
Spanish
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
At MDRD, you’re invited to sample modern Spanish cuisine. Melt into the lavish vibe of a dining experience where your every need is anticipated. From fabulous furnishings and sounds of the city to a deluge of exciting flavors—all your senses are engaged. Feel the rhythm of Madrid as you enter the seductive atmosphere of this luxurious top-floor tapería. Get swept up. Experience MDRD.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience all the way around. Drinks were great. Food was outstanding. The location on the 27th floor is fabulous. And excellent service topped it all off. This sort of experience is all-too-rare. I’ll be back soon.
A photo of Leo's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3373)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Leo’s is the premier dining destination for exquisite seafood, classic cuisine, decadent desserts, and a world-class wine list. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2004, Leo’s has stayed committed to always sourcing fresh quality ingredients and delivering an extraordinary experience to each and every guest.

The dining room at Leo’s offers a sense of style and sophistication in an inviting and elegant setting. A distinctive feature of Leo’s is our bar and lounge area that boasts floor to ceiling windows and a lively, more casual environment from which to enjoy our extensive variety of curated wines, carefully crafted cocktails, and local craft beers.

Whether you are having a casual lunch with friends, celebrating a special occasion, having a business meeting, or a large event, Leo's is the best spot in Grand Rapids for elegant dining and superior service.

Top review
JoeG
Dined 6 days ago
The food was amazing, and the service was exceptional.
A photo of Brick and Brine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (838)
$31 to $50
American
Kalamazoo
About the restaurant
Brick and Brine is located on the 1st floor of the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo. Our restaurant is right off of the Kalamazoo Mall past Old Burdick's Bar & Grill.

Inspired by a natural propensity for classic duos, Brick and Brine isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a space of masterful craftsmanship that represents a strong foundation of social connectedness. It’s an intentionally forged experience speaking to both local and visiting guests’ desire for warm conversation, savory dishes, and exceptional service.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, winding down from a long workday, or spending quality time with loved ones, Brick and Brine provides an experience and atmosphere that will uniquely add flavor to your evening.

Join us and immerse yourself at Brick and Brine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This is our favorite spot. The service and ambiance are the best in town. Whitney did a great job! Thank you!
A photo of Smuggler's at North Shore restaurant
4.4
4.4 (138)
$30 and under
American
Newaygo
About the restaurant
Smuggler's at North Shore is a modern & casual dockside eatery featuring a broad, classic American-style menu, with home-made favorites ranging from classic steak & seafood dishes, to pasta, wood-fired pizza, and pub grub. Also, we offer a signature cocktail menu spotlighting all-Michigan-based distillers, a range of draught beer options, a casual-to-fine wine selection, and slushie options.
Top review
GRFoodie
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful outdoor area with live music. Very nice setting! Great service and food!
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