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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Grand Rapids

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Grand Rapids? 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!


A photo of Obstacle No. 1 restaurant
5.0
5 (330)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Holland
About the restaurant
Quite simply, Obstacle No. 1, aims to be your place for craft cocktails in West Michigan. This handsomely appointed lounge will offer a unique combination of Basque influence in both the cocktails & atmosphere. We look forward to helping you cross that first Obstacle, over drinks of course.
Top review
travsvip
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Loved it. It's pretty dark in there, but the cocktails are a-maz-ing. Highly recommend Black Math.
A photo of jdek at Margaux restaurant
4.8
4.8 (274)
$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 Mar 9, 2024
It was our first time and the experience was amazing. Melissa was great and made sure we had everything we needed. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. Will definitely be going back.
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4.7
4.7 (1752)
$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.

BRUNCH AT NEW HEIGHTS
Beginning March 24, 2024, we will be open on Sundays for brunch! View our a la carte Brunch menu, and reserve your table today.

Top review
MBIGNvip
Dined 4 days ago
We had Ellie as our waitress and she did just a awesome job. She was friendly, fun , competent and very nice. We got a special cocktail from the bar and had a amazing evening. From the first bite to the last sip from our espresso it was all very tasty . Definitely one spot downtown to go back every time.
A photo of J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby restaurant
4.9
4.9 (409)
$31 to $50
American
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
Set in a historic 19th-century Victorian, once-turned-local hospital. Now a vibrantly restored dining atmosphere, a wonderfully appointed Bed and Breakfast.

The Kirby Hotel & J. Paul's Dining Room features a fresh, bright menu with something for everyone's taste and price point. Carefully crafted cocktails, an array of award-winning wines, and a culinarily modern, yet classical take on food await your evening. Given multiple awards for its outstanding dining and service.

The staff and Chef LaBelle give a friendly and personable approach to your dining experience. Fresh Locally sourced products are used at their prime. The Prime-aged Prime Rib and Duck dishes are signatures, there are always fresh fish and seafood options as well as vegan and vegetarian options. We cater to all dietary needs.

In the summertime, we offer outdoor seating on our wrap-around porch or our beautifully landscaped back deck overlooking a large pond with a fountain with often-seen wildlife

Top review
RachelHvip
Dined 5 days ago
The most unique dining experience! Food was some of the best I’ve ever tasted!
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4.9
4.9 (984)
$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 4 days ago
Absolutely amazing! Great drinks, fantastic service and outstanding food! Highest recommendation I could possibly give! These place is great, staff, food, service. Have lived in Grand Rapids for 30 years and this was the best dinner experience… beats the old 1913 room from way back
A photo of Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1084)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
Coast 236 takes reservations for tables of 1-6 guests only. Sorry, service animals only.

TABLES CAN ONLY BE HELD FOR 15 MINUTES FROM ORIGINAL RESERVATION TIME.

Every coastline brings with it an air of freshness and wonder, an inspiration in every ebb and flow. Coasts can be recognizable and new … predictably unpredictable in a way that can surprise or delight. But no matter the geography, there is a familiarity and a connection. At Coast 236, the rhythm of familiarity and freshness is our inspiration. Sourcing meaningful ingredients from water and land, we passionately craft approachable coastal inspired fare with unexpected details.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Unexpectedly good customer service, including, not only our server, but the wine sommelier was extremely helpful
A photo of Leo's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3247)
$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
AdamGvip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic, as always. My go to for business dinners. The food and service is exceptional and its quiet enough to have great conversation. Bravo Leo's, another great experience.
A photo of Scholar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (202)
$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
JasmineS
Dined 1 day ago
The drinks and food were amazing! The service were received was very good as well!
A photo of Grand Finale restaurant
4.8
4.8 (38)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Grand Haven
About the restaurant
We are located downtown Spring Lake, MI on the back side of Epicurean Village Down (facing the dollar general) We are an European inspired Bistro and Café. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Everything from croissants, pain au chocolat, muffins, and scones, to desserts, macrons, and fine pastries. We have selection of coffee, tea, and espresso beverages along with a full bar, classic cocktails, and wine selection. Our menu is French inspired with classics like quiche Lorraine, croque madam, salad Niçoise, and jambon buerre. Our dinner menu rotates seasonally with weekly features. Not to mention the many entrees (starters) like escargot, bone marrow, and oysters to get your evening started. Dine in, curbside, or takeout available
Top review
CindyA
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Grand Finale is a treasure. We love the food, the service and the value. Kiley makes the visit extra fun. Thanks, Jason
A photo of Bay Pointe Bar & Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (869)
$31 to $50
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
We have all the ingredients necessary to delight your inner foodie and impress your pickiest friends. Chef Todd VanWieren is ready to customize the perfect menu brimming with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients-all paired with top wines and a seasonal handcrafted cocktail menu! Simple, really-it's just good food, good drink, with a view you can't beat.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept reservations for our outdoor seating area, or for our Waterfront Room. They are seated on a first-come, first served basis. A reservation with us does not guarantee we will have a patio table or Waterfront Room table available for you upon arrival. We ask that you keep your party's visit to 2 hours or less when seated on our Patio. Requests will be honored on a first come-first serve basis.

Top review
davelees1vip
Dined 3 days ago
The food, cocktails and service are amazing, and if you like the view of water, the lake is clearly visible from most seats.
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