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

The Gilly's you knew has gone up in smoke. We've retired our sea legs and traded in our boats for the biggest and baddest smoker in town. Gilly's new smoked meats menu is savory, aromatic and crazy delicious. Enjoy beef brisket, amish chicken, pork butt and more. We've got a few more tricks up our sleeve and a big announcement coming soon, so stay tuned!

20 Monroe Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, and Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Fulton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(616) 356-2000

Website:
http://www.thebob.com/gillysrestaurant/

Catering:
Catering options are available. Call 616.356.2000 for more details.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the surrounding streets and several public parking garages conveniently located within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Jared Miller

Private Party Facilities:
Private party options available. Call 616.356.2000 for more details.

Private Party Contact:
Felicia Flores: (616) 356-2000

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Down Wednesday: Half off all wines by the glass 5pm-close

All Night Happy Hour - Monday-Thursday 5pm-close: B.O.B.'s Blondie, Elite Well, House Wine, Cosmos, Sangria $3; B.O.B.'s Crimson King, B.O.B.'s Full On IPA, B.O.B.'s Spaceboy Stout $4; Oysters $2 each; Quinoa Fritters $6 per order; Wings $10 per order

Gilly's at The B.O.B. Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

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4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The waiter, Colin, made the experience amazing.
You must like smoked food to appreciate this restaurant

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Happy Hour, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Great Service!!
Was disappointed with a reservation that they stuck us in a super tiny booth that was very uncomfortable. We had ordered the burnt ends and it was full of fat.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I must admit I was not impressed when my server returned to the table and told us they no longer had any smoked brisket.
This was 6:30 pm on a Saturday night! And they are a smoke house???
Well we had the port butt as a substitute and OMG it was FANTASTIC! The staff was very apologetic and even gave us a $10 GIFT CARD as a condolence.
So we are going back and looking forward to it!
Thanks, Gilly's at The B.O.B.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was just ok. Not the best I’ve had but not the worst either. I had the chicken street tacos with a side of slaw. The side was literally the size of a silver dollar. There wasn’t anything here that I would come back for.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was decent, my drink was strong and the food was tasty. We will definitely consider returning. One thing, our appetizer (bacon fries) was cold when we got it. They were delicious but I'm sure they are even better served hot (or even warm). My husband will not return food to the kitchen so we just munched on them cold. Still, a pleasant experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Disabled Access
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food here is good, but not gourmet-level. The prices are very reasonable. The location is perfect if you are in downtown for a concert.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had dinner before heading to Dr. Grins. Food was very good. Service was very slow. Very loud inside, hard to have conversation with friends at the table.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went there for my birthday. When they found out the discounted food. Very nice of them.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

All the food was excellent! There were so many items on the menu I wanted to try, so I'll have to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great burnt ends and the bacon fries were unreal good!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food was outstanding, and so was the service. We got there in time to enjoy happy hour for a little while o the drinks were reasonably priced. The highlight for me was 1/2 price oysters; I had six, then I had six more! Then we split the gumbo dinner and still had a helping to take home! We will be going back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We visited from out of town and picked Gilly's at random. They had just started a new menu that same day and it was amazing. It was the best corn bread we have ever had by far. The main courses were delicious also and very reasonably priced, the service was great and very friendly and prompt, and it was an overall great experience.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We came here to celebrate my birthday and the food did not disappoint! The special was that my entree would be free if someone else in my group ordered an entree too. This is an especially great deal since I got the lobster thermidor! Everything tasted delicious, from the brussels sprouts, to the pacific rim nachos, to the steak burger. Their cocktail menu is also top-notch & fairly priced, featuring the Gilmore Collection a Cocktail Competition Winner as a highlight. Our server was very nice, attentive, and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was excellent. The wait staff took a few extra minutes to greet us, but otherwise was on point the rest of the evening. The restaurant itself is not noisy, but there is a bar (or 3) downstairs, and their music is pretty loud. Definitely would go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Service was top notch( thxEmilee!), food was excellent...1 dozen oysters, Gumbo, Salmon, Brussel Sprouts, Wedge Salad, and French Onion soup...all great!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We enjoy the space and the food quality, but serving sizes seem to continue to get smaller and smaller. We have been eating out here for many years, just seems the cost vs. the amount of food has really gotten to a point not sure we will go back, or at least not very often if we do.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We travelled from Canada and went to Gillys which was conveniently right across from our hotel before going to see Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Van Andel and had the most lovely time, the meal and drinks were fantastic, our server, Lindsay was so nice, and the ambience was just so nice, the beer and cocktail selection couldn't have been any better, and would definitely recommend the Beer Cheese Fondue with pretzels for an appetizer, so good!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Gilley is not like it was 10 years ago.
It used to be fine dining, white table clothes
and an excellent seafood menu and primo wait staff.
Our water tipped over when u balanced table moved. Our waitress did not change the brown paper.
Lobster thermidor was not eye appealing. Gravy and vegetables all one color and served lukewarm.
Not a happy experience for my husband's
Birthday.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was good. Zach, our server, did a great job. 👍😎

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Unfortunately, the only part of my meal that was hot, was the mashed potato mound in the middle of the plate. The rest was barely lukewarm. The lobster tasted good, as did my husbands trout, but his food was not hot either.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Pork sandwiches were tough and like eating an overdone porkchop in a bun. Run down atmosphere. Waiter - hard to get his attention. Very disappointing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Oysters are always fresh and good! The corn bread with the gumbo is amazing! The trout was a good preparation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Dave my bartender was amazing as was the food and service. The hostess was a complete doll. I was just having dinner alone but they made me feel like I was in the company of friends

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was great, service was great--had free Lobster Thermidor dinner for my birthday. Husband also ordered the same. We both liked it.

The only negative comment is that we felt the manager was inappropriately dressed--she looked like she came right from working out at the gym to work. Maybe it was odd dress up night (no one else was dressed like this), but she had leggings and a short midriff tee shirt showing her belly section with her tattoo. I am not opposed to the tattoo just shocked that the overall outfit would be consider appropriate for her position--or for any public position for that matter at the restaurant.

Would still highly recommend going for your birthday dinner--or any special occasion. It is a little loud and active, but it was Friday night.

Overall great treat!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Went for annual birthday lobster only to be VERY disappointed when pieces of lobster came out "displayed" in two half tail shells. Was hardly a whole tail and no butter for dipping. I could have make the mashed potatoes that came with it. Will never go back. This is what the BOB WEBSITE SAYS "Get a free lobster dinner on your birthday at Gillys inside The B.O.B., featuring a 1.5 pound Maine Lobster dinner with sides." VERY MISLEADING!!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We looked forward to a good night out with family for awhile. We settled on Gillys, it's at the B.O.B.. Good time right? Service turned out to be the highlight. Our waitress was great! The food was mediocre at best, and way over-priced! We definitely won't be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We had a great time at Oyster Night at Gilly's! Food and service were great - I will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Our server wasn't attentive. Never came back for second drinks and then rushed us out. Manager doesn't know about restaurant discount cards. Not our best experience there.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The free birthday dinner was minimized to a split lobster with chunks of lobster in it. We heard that you got a whole lobster. When we got there (one hour drive) we found out it was the split lobster tail that they quit doing the whole lobster. Everyone else's food was just ok. My cooking is better :) But, thank you for the free birthday meal. The service was perfect and the atmosphere was very nice. Give it a try, your taste in food surely is different than mine.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My fiance and I were out to celebrate and wanted oysters. We were INCREDIBLY disappointed not only with the size, but the quality of the oysters for the price. We ordered a dozen, paying $2.50 for each and couldn't have been less satisfied. We left Gilly's, still hungry, and went to Charlie's Crab, where we got another dozen oysters for $2 each that were enormous, fresh and delicious. We will not be returning to Gilly's again

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Amazing food. Exceptional Service. Gilly's is a thrill.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Birthday, expected the whole lobster per website only received the tail and the side of vegetables was not good

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat at Gilly's! Had the wedge salad (the bacon and fried onions are off the charts), gumbo, and mac n cheese. What a treat! We'll keep coming back!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Our Brussels sprouts appetizer was just some boiled Brussels sprouts tossed in a bland sauce. Shrimp and crab tacos had very little seasoning wrapped in double soft tacos shells that were very dry and had an odd earthy taste to them. Not great food at all. I wouldn't go back.

On the upside, our server was very attentive and friendly.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We went on a busy Saturday night before a concert. The service was very good. The food was also very good with the exception of their "rolls and butter" idea. Something more traditional would be better. I booked through open table and everything was confirmed, etc., beforehand so we walked right in. I'd definitely go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service was a little slow for our table.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Enjoyed my lobster birthday dinner at Gilly's - delicious!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 10, 2017

expected quieter more intimate setting. Was mistaken.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great vibe!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2017

A change in menu (less seafood, more pub grub) and proximity to the new music venue has heavily impacted the atmosphere. Younger crowd packed the place on a Friday night. Noise level was over the top. Shouting to be heard patrons and wait staff added to the cacophony. Higher prices, smaller portions, poorer quality added to the disappointment. Seafood salad for $18+ was little shrimp, imitation crab, bits of lobster in a small portion. Seafood tacos, while tasty, were again small in filling, high in price. Could not wait to leave the head splitting noise.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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