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About Food Dance

Over the past 23 years, Food Dance has built strong relationships with dozens of local and regional growers, producers and farmers who have helped craft a one-of-a-kind menu that is fresh, inventive and appeals to the senses. Through our commitment to building a thriving and sustainable local food system, we create casual and inviting opportunities for people to come together and connect through the experience of food.
Food Dance is dedicated to relationships that support artisans who practice craft food processes that have been around for generations—growing, raising, preserving, curing, aging, pickling, butchering and more.

We look forward to sharing great experiences with you; celebrating, meeting or just enjoying one of our fabulous cocktails inspired by the seasons. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don't miss our little specialty Market where you can take home some Food Dance!

401 E.Michigan
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Pitcher St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(269) 382-1888

Website:
http://www.fooddance.net/

Catering:
Catering: Delivery or Pick up
We love sharing food. Whether you’re planning a business meeting, luncheon, extravaganza or you just can’t bear to turn on the oven–available for delivery, pick up or an onsite party.

Parking Details:
We offer parking directly behind, north of our 401 building in our own lot plus additional parking in a detached south lot across Michigan Ave with visible signage. There is street parking available and additional parking within 2 blocks.

Public Transit:
City Bus, E. Michigan Ave, south - across the street

Executive Chef:
Julie Stanley • Head Chef Brad McKenzie

Private Party Facilities:
Whatever the special occasion let us help you celebrate because we love parties. We have had the honor of serving many styles of events: business gatherings, festive cocktail parties, receptions, baby or bridal showers, or fun get-togethers with friends. Whether we plan an event in our private space at Food Dance or we deliver it to you, we will provide exceptional service and menu selections that all will love. Our menus offer the most current seasonal offerings, sourcing the highest quality, fresh local ingredients we can find. Our attentive staff is the icing on the cake. They will make sure wants and needs are met and everything goes as planned. Details: We have 3 beautiful rooms that can be reserved individually or in combination, for 15-100 guests. Choices are almost endless. Whether you imagine a business breakfast or lunch, a festive cocktail party, a sit-down dinner or dessert & coffee bar, we have a menu selection you & your guests will love.

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (269) 382-1888

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer many events throughout the year such as cooking classes, dinners on the farm, spirit tasting series, beer & cheese tastings and more. Make reservations for these at fooddance.net/events-classes

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Food Dance Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (21)
Healthy (19)
Casual (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Organic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere is very nice, its trendy but not over the top. Service was very good, very friendly. A unique menu with local ingredients. The portion are moderate, don't expect to get stuffed. For quality and preparation are excellent. All in all avert nice place but a bit pricey for the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always enjoy Food Dance. the varied menu is always different and great! I like the local content and cheeses are always a great variety. Really good wine and a great staff!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 11, 2017

IT's a great place on so many levels! Have been coming here for years!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food! Rob was a great waiter! The Pad Thai and BBQ clank steak were exec and so was the creme brule! Perfect atmosphere to get together with friends😊

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual, Vegan
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server overheard we wanted a booth. The hostess told us we could not have it, our server made it happen which made our dining experience much more comfortable. The noise level on a Saturday night was very loud. If you were going in for a quiet dinner, this is not the place. The food was good and overall we had a very pleasant experience. The cheese fondue is the bomb! :D YUM!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Downtown unique restaurant/bar. Busy always. Few off street parking options. First Friday's the town also has Art Hop event. Crowded. Food is always very good, wine list better than average!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was very delicious. Butternut squash/Apple bisque was like fall in a bowl. Really yummy. Flank steak was great, so was Mac n cheese and the rice tots.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Awesome menu and great atmosphere!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love this restaurant but I was a little disappointed this time. The menu is great, but smaller that it has been in the past. They were out of several item, which was disappointing. I will go ahead, and hope this isn’t a trend.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The staff accommodated us after another couple joined our group. The manager helped get us moved to a larger table without any issues. The server stayed with us after the move and was very helpful and kind.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place for local food served by kind people in a great atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Sunday was the first day of their new menu and brunch and Sunday dinner. Food Dance is always fun, but Sunday afternoon after a mimosa or two is very relaxing and fun. I would go more often if they had more gluten free options. So many restaurants have gluten free buns for burgers, toast for eggs, and/or gluten free pasta. Until then, We will spend most of our dining out meals elsewhere. Otherwise the food is always fun, good and healthy.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always unique menu items, service is top notch, good selection of signature cocktails, never feel rushed when dining at Food Dance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 8, 2017

WE always come to this restaurant when we come to events at Western. It was different this time. We went there on Friday and were there close to 9 and hostess sat us near the bar and out in open. I asked if there was a booth available and she said no even though we noticed several open,but sat there anyway. We went the next night and hostess sat us at same exact table ( table for 3 and 1 seat removed for storage of walker w/c,but not ours)again asked about a booth and told not available. The waitress came to table and she did direct us to a booth (several open). The waitress and waiters are excellent,best service. The food is outstanding. I noticed very limited gluten free options this time. It would be nice to have a gluten free bun for a hamburger.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was very slow, we got our appetizer before we got a beer. We are a younger couple, the waitress seemed to think that since we were younger, we wouldn’t tip well. Which is the exact opposite, we over tip since we are younger. We were never checked on after our appetizer came out. Someone else brought our food, and a manager had to bring boxes. I understand being busy, I was a bartender for 6 years, but I also know balance. It wasn’t overly busy, and the other tables around us were paid more attention too, again I picked up on this being because we are young. Overall, I will probably be back for breakfast with my family. But I will not come back for dinner anytime soon.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Delicious food and drinks! Wait staff are friendly and helpful, especially Cody.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Disabled Access
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food Dance is one of my favorite places in West Michigan. I met up with a friend to unwind from the week on Friday night. We really enjoyed the fondue as a robust starter and then split the Pad Thai as a main which was perfect. Everything was delicious.

Food Dance has a great selection of beer and wine; I was bummed that they ran out of my Dark Horse Raspberry ale but it gave me a chance to try something else.

Service was attentive and once we clarified that we weren't in a big hurry our waitress slowed her pace a bit to meet ours so we didn't feel rushed.

Our table was very small but the staff was on top of clearing and taking excess menus so, it was fine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First the host/manager was very pleasant and did her best to cover the poor table service and poor food prep, but we didn't appreciate being seated in a family type room which was loud. Very disappointing as this was our first visit to this restaurant, where do I start, the server was disinterested and clearly knew the people at a table near us as they were the only ones to be properly served. This is one of those establishments where the bartenders believe making people wait for drinks somehow makes them taste better - they are really enthralled with themselves and their apparent skills to make a cocktail, we weren't impressed as everyone knows a Moscow Mule is a lime based drink not lemon. Lastly, the food, in all my years of eating out, I have never had a bad balsamic vinaigrette dressing, but this establishment set a new low, the dressing was exceedingly bitter and had to be scooped out of the serving container, what is with that? Our main course was so sour tasting (unfortunately we both ordered the same entrée) the kitchen must have thought making the Pad Thai as sour tasting as 10 year old sauerkraut would appeal to patrons, well it didn't work for us. I should have known better when I sent the entrée back once for not following our order instructions, but wanted to give them a chance to fix but it was a swing and a miss, a patron at a table next to us sent hers back and ordered a sandwich, my suggestion would be to drop this dish since they clearly are unable to prepare it for consumption. We eat out frequently and this poor meal quality and service will stay with us and we will not be heading back in the future.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything was fabulous! Our table was ready when we arrived. The servers helped each other to make sure everyone was taken care of. The servers answered all of our questions and gave us the time we needed. Food was great! We really enjoyed our meal! I sent a separate message this morning with additional information. Thank you, everything was wonderful!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 22, 2017

As always: great food, attentive service & delightful atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very nice restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and felt there were some very nice creative touches.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was great, and the staff very accommodating for a group with four young children. Only complaint; the three year old had a tough time with a pbj bigger than he could get his mouth around. He managed. ;)

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I appreciated that FoodDance had our table ready before we arrived and had even left a birthday card signed by their staff for my MIL. It was a lovely gesture that will be remembered! Of course, the food was great too!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Dinner was awesome as it always has been, definitely worth the $$ for the meal and beverages. Walked over to Bell's Brewery for the Verve Pipe concert and returned afterwards for a night cap and dessert. Highly recommend this gem!! I've spent more at Red Lobster and Applebee's for a meal, drinks, and service that wasn't half as good as Food Dance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Casual, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Have been coming here for years! The food is delicious and they have a varied menu. Love the crab cakes, breakfast, Mac and cheese and tomato soup. Staff are friendly and efficient- especially Cody!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic meal! Highly recommend starting with cheese - they have some really nice choices The menu was very seasonal and included sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and peaches. Everything was an A+ except the crab cakes. They were ok but there was too much filler. Be sure to check out the attached market/store. Great downtown location within walking distance to breweries. They even have their own parking lot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very good food but the service is extremely slow. It took two hours for a dinner for two.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our waiter, Cody, really was fantastic and he became a part of our festive occasion! We would love to have him wait on us during our next visit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food Dance is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I love the fresh flavors and special care taken with ingredients. The prices make a special occasion restaurant for our family. It is something I look forward to.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I love this place and will return next time we are in Kalamazoo. Never disappoints.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I love Food Dance! That being said, I was disappointed with my entree this time. It was salmon but nothing special like I remember food dance before. Hope it was just a 1 time quirk.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good quality, fresh food! Cheese and meat platter out of this world. Always go for the seasonal plates as they are always a very pleasant surprise!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food Dance is always great. Service and food are top notch. Worth the drive and price.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Went to food dance to celebrate my birthday with friends. Their food was amazing! Our entire meal was delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

This has been one of our favorite restaurants but service was exceptionally slow. So slow that I had a second cocktail which was made too sweet and interrupted my enjoyment of dinner once it arrived. Service was so slow that One of our guests did not get the chance to finish/ start on his main entree because he needed to head to work. Very disappointing as we were too exhausted by then to even consider dessert- one of the treats that I always enjoy at this restaurant

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on August 4, 2017

A Friday night date for me and my husband. We had an intentionally slow paced visit with cocktails and what were essentially small plates/starters. Waitress was knowledgeable and genuinely friendly and honored our lazy evening.

We ordered and enjoyed the pimento cheese and crackers, wine, a traditional cocktail then bowls of the creamy tomato soup with bread. It was a rainy summer night, so the comfort food was just right.

Food Dance is one of my favorite restaurants in Kalamazoo. Not a cheap date, but the quality & flavors are worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I was impressed w both the freshness of the food and the ambiance but wish the service could have been a little more on. Fondue was eeally fresh really presented well. Salmon was tasty and also presented well w pickle that was quite tasty. Returned for brunch two d later and enjoyed that but the potatoes were a tad firm for me but not undercooked at all. I will definitely recommend and return

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their food. We had burgers, salad, pad thai, and a tofu meal at our table. The olive appetizer and espresso my heart. All were excellent but the best part was the dessert. My son asked for a brownie added to the espresso my heart and it made the dessert that much better. My only complaint is that the hamburgers are $17 dollars which is pricey for the Kalamazoo area.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This was our second visit to Food Dance to meet our son who lives in the area for dinner. Again we weren't disappointed. Although the appetizer special was quite small ( two stuffed squash blossoms on arugula with smear of local honey), the halibut soup my husband had was delicious and my pad Thai entree a great gluten free option. Service was excellent and ambience allowed us to have a nice visit with our son. Our favorite Kalamazoo dinner place. We'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Very nice and enjoyable meal. Food was good and approached great. Would return and would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Organic, Casual
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