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Beggar's Banquet, East Lansing, MI

Beggar's Banquet

4.3
4.3
53 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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Beggar's Banquet has been making folks in East Lansing, Michigan beg for more since 1973. Not that the servings are small, but because you just don't want to stop experiencing one delicious menu item after another. It actually got its name from the proprietor's favorite Rolling Stones album that was released in 1968. The American cuisine at Beggar's Banquet is full of comfort food but with an elegant twist here and there. Options are plenty on the lunch menu, dinner menu, daily brunch menu and Sunday brunch menu. One notable item is the smoked salmon cake platter. The salmon is house-smoked then formed into three New England-style cakes, each with a different flavoring for variety that goes beyond anything you have ever had. In addition to American items, you'll also adore the "south of the border"options that Beggar's Banquet has to offer.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Thu 10:00 am–3:00 pm Fri–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (517) 351-4540
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    The private event room can accommodate 50 people for a seated dinner or up to 80 people for a mingling event. There is a fee for the use of the room which varies depending on event day. The private room features a private bar for your imbibing needs. Options range from appetizers and hors d oeuvres to dinner buffet options. Perfect for networking mixers, bridal and baby showers, holiday parties, or your next company outing. Let us take care of your next event!
  • Neighborhood
    East Lansing
  • Cross street
    E Grand River & Albert
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage directly behind Beggar's Banquet off of Albert.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 53 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

53 Reviews
  1. 4n2me

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    My visit here was much less than I expected! The restaurant was very old feeling. There were very few people there. The service was good since we were the only people in the room we were seated right away and drinks were served quick. The duck was not good at all! My husband who never gets to order duck frequently was excited to order it, but disappointed after it came. I had a burger which I was very happy with. I wouldn’t go back when visiting here again.

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  2. DiningHound

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ethan is a top notch waiter! Food was excellent. A bit noisy at times but great restaurant!

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  3. Bert

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had not been at Beggar's Banquet fot some time. I was pleasantly surpris ed by the cuisine and excellent service

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  4. DonnaM

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a large party being served while we were there but not a large staff. Service was friendly but spotty. My medium rare burger was well done but I didn’t complain about it because it wouldn’t have been worth sending back and it was still edible. This is not generally the case at Beggars. I doubt they are prepared for a late Sunday afternoon crowd.

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  5. Archie

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fun spot! I will visit again next time I’m in East Lansing!!

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  6. Foodfanatic

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great family dinner and watched the game!

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  7. Kris

    Grand Rapids

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly waitress and good food. Since it was a snowy night, it didn't have the usual atmosphere, but it's always a pleasure to return to this long-standing East Lansing gym!

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  8. RobS

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall positive. Food was quite good. My diet requires lighter options which they had. Decent value for college town. Service was good. Would go back.

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  9. RedWineLover88

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The baked brie and truffle fries keep us coming back :)

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  10. AmyI

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience at Beggar’s Banquet was relaxing and the food was delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly. The bananas foster was AMAZING! We’ll definitely be back!

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  11. MichaelM

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with phenomenal service & a very cool vibe. Highly recommend.

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  12. Elizabeth

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu, service, and ambience. Great experience all around!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the baked Brie, which was excellent, as well as the French dip. Our waiter was quick and pleasant. Always a good meal at beggar’s!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is incredible and the service was wonderful. Definitely adding this to the roster of places to enjoy.

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  15. EatingOut

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service. Yummy food. Great suggestions.

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  16. Fairone

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visited one of my favorite spots in East Lansing. My experience started in the late ‘70s when B2 first opened. I haven’t been back in several years to ELansing. Met a couple of friends and were looking for a place to go to eat and talk. I picked B2 because of my past experiences. B2 did not disappoint. It isn’t your ordinary bar food place. The menu is upscale but still have burgers and fries. Has updated to include vegetarian fare for our friends. I chose the duck and it was fantastic my wife had Cesar Salad and it was great. Our friends had the Salmon and a large salad which they raved about. The serve was so very friendly and helpful. He recommended the portion that best suited all of us was knowledge about the cocktails. All around great waiter. The food was great and great atmosphere with low volume background noise so we could talk. When I comeback to E Lansing this will always be my first choice.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and great drinks! Fun place for dinner!

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  18. sparks79

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All good but service a little slow despite fairly empty restaurant.

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  19. MimaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Waiter - Milo was exceptional. Great food. Quickly prepared.

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  20. GregoryS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place. My piece of salmon was bigger than most restaurants (8 oz vrs 7) and cooked just right. They didn't whine about having to open a bottle of Malbec just for me. (Maybe college kids drink a lot more of it than patrons of a franchise restaurant. ) And I travel on business alone, so I appreciate a pleasant smile from my server. Next time I am in town I will come back.

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  21. LynnS

    Grand Rapids

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was great.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience every time ! Great food, great service!

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  23. patrickr

    Grand Rapids

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great!

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  24. Jewels616

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice evening before the MSU Basketball game. Kylie was a great server. The food & drinks were very good. It was nice to have a reservation prior to the game, so we were assured a table and good timing. It's always nice to go to a place we went to a million years ago while students at MSU! Go Green~!

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  25. zebe

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The gluten friendly menu was disappointing as it listed many sandwiches but they had to be without bun or bread. Having GF buns would've made for a lot more appetizing options. I got a chicken choice but it had a spicy sauce that didn't sound spicy in the description, so that was a surprise. I think with a bun it would've dispersed the heat enough to be okay, but "open faced" it was just too much and I couldn't get enough off of the cheese, so I ended up not eating much of that either. Perhaps sauces should be lessened or put in the side for GF orders. The steak my friend has was very flavorful but seemed over salted. For having been told big parties were coming in that evening, we were surprised how empty it was. That made for better conversation though. Being next to campus it can get loud.

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  26. Hoofer

    Tallahassee

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu, great libations and really friendly and professional staff.

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  27. Rambo

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful time! Just gotta ask what they're thinking with that inedible green salsa?!

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  28. BarbaraT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was very attentive, but we were disappointed that several items we wanted to order from the menu were not available.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not a steak place.

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  30. michaelr

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beggars is an MSU classic. Been there forever and always delivers with great food and service. We visit every time we're in town and are never disappointed

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  31. MarcS

    Grand Rapids

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but very expensive. Our server was attentive and personable. I would come again to try something else.

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  32. MELISSAL

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All 4 people in our party LOVED our visit. Wonderful choices on the menu and we all thoroughly enjoyed our choices. Comfortable atmosphere with exquisite food.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & experience

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  34. snfrclk

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I love their brunch, but dinner was disappointing. Food wasn't really hot. Wine was expensive and tasted horrible. Servers seemed overwhelmed. Got my son's order incorrect and then it took so long he wasn't able to eat his dinner. The manager was very accommodating, taking the meal off the bill, but it was disappointing given all the dining options that are available nearby.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While the server tried to offer his opinions on suggestions, he honestly couldn't, due to his preference on drinks and not trying some of the food offerings. The prices are a little high, considering your portion size. I would not suggest the steak to anyone. There was a lot of fat that could have been trimmed prior to reaching the table. A $40 dollar steak should have been trimmed better. The meal was aesthetically pleasing, but everyone knows, looks are a small portion of the entire dinning experience.

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  36. SaraP

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing will be returning!

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  37. KennethB

    Grand Rapids

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was ok, nothing stood out as exceptional or as horrible.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beggar's never disappoints!

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  39. AdrianC

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorites! From their brunch to their cocktails, we love it all!

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  40. CathyF

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Mac and cheese was delicious and worth the drive. Sounds like they are a good place for brunch too

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FAQs

Beggar's Banquet is rated 4.3 stars by 53 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


Google Map for Beggar's Banquet

218 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823-4340

Additional information

  • Cross street
    E Grand River & Albert
  • Neighborhood
    East Lansing
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Thu 10:00 am–3:00 pm Fri–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage directly behind Beggar's Banquet off of Albert.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (517) 351-4540
  • Private party facilities
    The private event room can accommodate 50 people for a seated dinner or up to 80 people for a mingling event. There is a fee for the use of the room which varies depending on event day. The private room features a private bar for your imbibing needs. Options range from appetizers and hors d oeuvres to dinner buffet options. Perfect for networking mixers, bridal and baby showers, holiday parties, or your next company outing. Let us take care of your next event!
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