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Aster, Midland, MI

Aster

4.6
4.6
181 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Farm to table restaurant based off community, sustainability, and hyper-seasonality. Open do indoor dining February 2nd.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (989) 750-7101

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Evan Sumrell

  • Neighborhood

    Midland

  • Cross street

    Ashman/ Larkin

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 181 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Lively

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Michigan

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Lively

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service!
  2. JT

    JackT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, Casey is the best server ever, a bit loud next to our table. Acoustics in room could be better.
  3. RS

    RyanS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Portion size was a little small; although I do eat alot. Prices were good, even considering portion size! Fantastic place would recommend.
  4. JH

    JannetteHB

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We got there at 6:15 pm and the table was ready for our reservation at 6:30 pm. I got risotto which was very good . The food came out pretty quickly, so we didn’t have to wait a long time. The service was excellent as well. This is a farm to table restaurant and the menu changes with the seasons . I’ll totally go back in Summer to see what’s new on the menu. Highly recommended.
  5. CJ

    CJMTL

    Northern MI

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Burger and Bulgogi were delicious. Korean pancake, Chicken and Waffle fries were OK. Tried to order a Mojito for a cocktail but was told it took to much mint? Other than that, service was awesome, table we reserved was ready when we arrived, and the server was friendly and prompt throughout the evening. Noise level was loud enough we had a hard time hearing each other.
  6. OI

    OurIndyDates

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about Aster and the Chef! Another great dinner, drinks and desserts!
  7. JV

    JVaughn

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Aster!! It never disappoints. Took some friends for the Ramen night. She got the last bowl!! Cocktails were fantastic and the burger melts in your mouth. Everything at the table was a huge hit
  8. J

    Jenn

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, amazing food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience and GREAT service. The menu changes and love that they have multi cultural dishes available. Tables are still distanced which is nice to not sit on top of the people next to you!
  10. MS

    MelSue

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food never disappoints and there is always something new and thoughtfully prepared to try out. The service was friendly and enjoyable as well. Overall a top notch dining experience. We are so lucky to have this gem in Midland.
  11. L

    Luke

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aster is amazing every time. Highly recommend it. Wednesday special is ramen and it's AMAZING.
  12. PE

    PamE

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice evening of holiday drinks and dinner with friends.
  13. MB

    MBMid

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious - Ramen Wednesday! Cocktails are so creative
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Ramen. Really great cocktail. Perfect wine pairing suggestion. Dessert simple, creative, just right. Service was premium. Table settings and pottery are beautiful.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible ramen; melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, and silky broth and noodles. Fantastic cocktails and service. No qualms.
  16. P

    Pikeco

    Northern MI

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are both gluten and dairy free, the chef had several suggestions and options. Food was outstanding! Service was excellent and ambiance reminded me of a very cozy European restaurant. We have already booked our next visit!
  17. MB

    MBMid

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, and craft cocktails. This place has been such an incredible addition to Midland
  18. CC

    CarmenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to impress! Aster is such a gem and local treasure!!!
  19. MB

    MarcB

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First time at Aster and this is a gem in Midland, MI. The food was great, simple but at the same time sophisticated an packed with a ton of great flavors. Service was perfect, overall exceptional value.
  20. j

    jynx

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Asters environment, staff, and food are always great. I had a personal issue with my food last night (nothing bad, ended up being fixed later on) but yea. they can get pretty busy, but they’re a small business so patience is key.
  21. L

    Lovestastyfood

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We were excited to try the Aster for my wife's birthday. The Open Table reservation asked about a special occasion and despite identifying a birthday, nothing was mentioned at the restaurant. The setting was quaint though rather noisy. The seating included a comfortable chair on one side of our table and an uncomfortable bench on the other side. Our waiter, Gavin, was friendly, helpful, and patient as he fielded our questions. We started with cocktails that were potent and flavorful. My wife's appetizer of kale salad included large pieces of tough kale. My butternut squash soup was quite good though a rather small portion. My wife's entree was the Ramen, served only on Wednesday. She was expecting chicken in the dish but was rather nauseated by the pork belly that was in it instead. My steak and potatoes portion was quite small. The potatoes were whole chunks of potato that were crisp-fried; rather tasty but heavy on my stomach. The leek au gratin was one mushy nondescript item in the middle of the plate. The Wagyu beef was rather tough and difficult to cut with the dull steak knife. Our dessert was a chocolate creme brulee type pudding with caramel on top. The portion was rather small though the taste was excellent.
  22. JD

    JessicaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was sooooo delicious. The atmosphere was very hip and upbeat. Our service was exceptional. We will definitely go back again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a dinner here Saturday night when my Seattle-based children were in town. They are used to amazingly fresh seafood living in the Pacific Northwest. We ordered the oysters, curry mussels and sweet potato soup as starters. I did not eat any oysters but my kids rated them 5/5 “for Michigan”. The mussels in curry broth with focaccia were AMAZING. You’ll need to order 2 extra orders of the best tasting, fresh focaccia to soak up all the delicious broth! The wait staff brought adorable sturdy hand made pottery bowls and wooden spoons with herbs/spices lining the bottom of the bowl. The soup was then poured on top and was very good. For dinner we ordered the hamburger and the salmon. Both were delicious. Specialty cocktails were also top-notch. Perfect dinner in every way. Can’t wait to come back.
  24. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a unique culinary experience at Aster.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu with lots of variety. We really enjoyed the Pajun. Portions are great without being overwhelming.
  26. JJ

    JodyJean

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. We had the Pink Moon oysters to start and they were great. I had scallops and my husband had the porkchop. Both meals were outstanding. For dessert we shared a chocolate mouse with salted caramel. This place is going to become at least a monthly stop for us.
  27. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Drinks were great. Appetizers were great. Unfortunately most of the main meal dishes were cool/cold and we were mostly done eating by the time they checked up on us.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Aster. Just the right size restaurant for ambiance and vibe. Unique small plates were delicious. We had the smoked fish hush puppies and the flat bread served in cast iron skillet (can’t remember the name). Their cocktails were creative. Also enjoyed the bison stroganoff. The hamburger might have been lacking some seasoning…. We enjoyed this restaurant very much and will be back
  29. AC

    AnggC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The food was too salty for us. Perhaps for some it’s just right. The sizes small portion size are rather small. And my salmon was very small. Appetizers were delicious. The noise level from people talking from the other side of the restaurant (there were only eight people in the restaurant) could be heard quite loudly. They could benefit from some soundproofing. they have an excellent bartender and the drinks were delicious.
  30. JS

    JakeS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food and drinks as always. The bison stroganoff is an ultimate comfort food dish and the Coq au Vin was some of the best chicken we've ever had.
  31. E

    Esperinos

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the freshness and delicate flavors of our meals which obviously reflected its farm to table philosophy. Menu is is limited but I expect this is due to what’s available in season and it likely changes. Will definitely come back to find out.
  32. KF

    KevinF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was and always is wonderful. From service, relaxing ambiance to food selection is always top notch.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so fresh and tasty. Mixed drink was very original and delicious. Loved the coffee service! Ambiance very comfortable and cozy.
  34. AJ

    AnnaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and delicious food and cocktails. Great atmosphere for a nice dine in experience. Top notch chef and staff.
  35. SK

    SherylK

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ate here the night of Boo Bash. Enjoyed our experience very much. We would recommend the place to others and eat there again. Food was very good. The squash soup excellent. It is delivered piping hot and poured directly at the table. Beet salad good. Not the best I ever had. Mushroom risotto good but honestly not as creamy and flavorful as I hoped. Branzino very good. Unfortunately the waitress forgot my wine and hadn’t checked back till after we finished our soup. And only checked with us 1 other time. I don’t want constant attention, but do not want to have to track them down if I need something.
  36. b

    bcwpdx

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Appetizers (pajeon and smoked fish fritters) were delicious. We felt rushed by waitstaff the entire meal. She took away my appetizer plate while I was still raising my fork with the last bite to my mouth. If we paused eating to talk, she would immediately come over and reach to try to take our plates away. We weren’t the last table, so unsure why they wanted us to leave, but that’s how it felt. Entrees were a mess. Pork chop was gray, no sear at all, and someone in the kitchen had cut into it (we assumed to check doneness?). Spatzle was bland and just bad. Steak and potatoes was a huge disappointment. Menu did not indicate the cut of steak, but was a cut that needed to be cooked to medium to be tender. Chef let us order it rare…which left it tough and chewy. I expected the ‘leek au gratin’ to be a nice side dish, but it was one thin sliver of leek with a dusting of Parmesan. Barely a garnish, certainly not a side vegetable. Bulgogi was cloyingly sweet, tasting like it was made with a commercial jar sauce. Side note: a farm to table, homegrown concept restaurant in Michigan should not be serving oysters and a lobster roll special.

    AsterResponded on November 1, 2022I assuming you don't understand our concept. We base our restaurant off of sustainability, seasonality, and community. Oysters filter our oceans, it is a good practice to eat them, also bringing lobster to midland for fun has been wonderful. If you had such a terrible time here why didn't you say something? Your review doesn't even have a name for us to reach out privately to fix your issues. Why hide behind the computer and not let us know face to face what we did wrong? I'll wait for reply.

  37. m

    markw

    Northern MI

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. And the food fabulous as always.
  38. TG

    TracyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, great wine, good service. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service from every employee was top notch. Kind, patient, informed. The food was perfectly paired with every bite being crafted and considered for a great layering of flavors. The dessert of banana ice cream was light but deeply flavored and a great chocolate alternative for those of us who are not huge chocolate dessert fans. The table-side coffee was worth the money even my non-coffee drinking husband loved it. My only slight critique would be the music was pretty heavy and a little loud for the overall experience and it didn’t fit the overall experience. But that couldn’t possibly distract from the fantastic evening they created.
  40. c

    christopherf

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very slow service, very small portions risotto was

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Aster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (989) 750-7101.

Aster is rated 4.6 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Aster

134 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640-5138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ashman/ Larkin

  • Neighborhood

    Midland

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Evan Sumrell

  • Additional

    Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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