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Forty Pearl, Grand Rapids, MI

Forty Pearl

4.2
4.2
506 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Forty Pearl is a sensory Pure Michigan experience in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our mission is to showcase Michigan wines and small-batch wineries by pairing them with adventurous bites and sourcing seasonal ingredients locally. We are a collective of Michigan-based winemakers, chefs, storytellers, and characters.

Originally opened by Ed and Robert Brengman as a tasting room to showcase their award-winning wines and bring a taste of Traverse City to Grand Rapids, Forty Pearl has grown to be a neighborhood gem in Grand Rapids.

We’d put Michigan up with the best of ‘em for producing some of the finest wine, cocktails, and food and we strive to showcase this in every glass and plate served. Our restaurant is best suited for adults.





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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Wine Bar, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (616) 608-7741
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Deb Creswell
  • Neighborhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Cross street
    Our entrance is on Ottawa St. just South of the Pearl/Ottawa intersection
  • Parking details
    Street Parking, Parking Garage, or various Parking Lots in the vicinity
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 506 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids

    Great for fine wines

506 Reviews
  1. LauraG

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing. Service was slow and our server forgot to get us things we asked for more than once.

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  2. Paul

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always great ! Good location and the food is always great as well highly recommend it for any occasion!

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  3. PhilL

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The service and cocktails were great but sadly the food was a little disappointing as it was rather bland and lacked any personality. A little seasoning could go a long way...

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  4. MaryP

    Northern MI

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love 40 Pearl!! Husband had lamb shank and enjoyed it. I had the Beef Rib which was fantastic and had mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. Wine was delicious

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  5. Greatlakesgal

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has a nice ambiance. They mix a modern style of interior design, with old mismatched China plate-ware, which is an interesting (?) choice. They also mix more upscale menu items like fresh raw oysters, with more downscale items like cheese curds (?). My friend from Wisconsin said they at least were authentically cooked. I appreciated that they use more local wines, and the menu offers pairing suggestions. To that end, the meals we had were just ok, sort of blah, certainly nothing memorable and not worth the pricing. I was excited to see bluegill on the menu , expecting perhaps a freshly coated and decently prepared fish. Unfortunately the coating they use means the fish is pre coated, and not prepared fresh! It was not light and crispy coating as a delicate panfish should have (or better yet, not have…there are plenty of better ways to prepare fish than pretending we are at a state fair?!). It was at best like some cheap chewy coating you’d get at a fast food restaurant. Insulting to the fish tbh. Very disappointing , and tempted to give fewer stars based on that alone. However the French fries were decent, as was the separately ordered salad. Side note to the restaurant: Every entree should always include some sort of vegetable or green! That entree did not. Additionally, we had to ask the waitstaff for more water Instead of being offered, during the meal. Waitstaff was friendly and kind though, when asked. I think if the restaurant stops trying to pull itself in two different directions (in both interior design style, and cuisine value and style) it would be a better place to frequent. I would only recommend this place to a friend who wants to try somewhere new, with the above caveats given in advance.
    Forty PearlResponded on February 2, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for your comment, we like to make sure our menu includes food in any price range, or for any event. As for the bluegill, we do bring it in fresh twice a week and we batter it in house to order. Im sorry to hear that it was disappointing to you. Please give us a chance to fix the problem in the moment next time.

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  6. AmyA

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really liked the food. I would definitely recommend the cheese curds!

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  7. RoxanneM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cool building and nice street view. Food was good. Drinks and food were a little slow but we had a good time with friends.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu on the app is incorrect. The food was only okay. We were not advised that you couldn’t order the lamb to a temperature. Asked for one dessert and got another.

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  9. JulieP

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was good. It took a little while for our drinks to come out.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Forty Pearl used to be a fantastic restaurant and place to go. However this last visit was disappointing. The food was slow, portions were extremely small, and the fish sandwich was mainly bread with fish skin deep fried. The braised short rib was overcooked, lacking flavor, and not as the menu described. While the wine, espresso martini, and truffle fries were excellent they are not enough to make Forty Pearl worth another go around.

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  11. Lindab

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent customer service and food. We were running late but still greeted with perfect service

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  12. DawnW

    Northern MI

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was pretty good , disappointed in the blue gill - but chicken sandwich , lamb shank and short rib were all great . Lizzie was great server. I’ll pay attention to be sure to book a standard table & not a high top which was uncomfortable. We’ve been before & will go again .

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  13. MikeM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to enjoy a dinner and drinks. The Bluegill dinner and Chicken dinner was delicious.

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  14. RuthN

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing squash entree served in a small bowl for $23. Not worth going to this place!

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  15. CaraF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The building is really beautiful, so I expected a better ambience. The lighting is really bright and harsh, so not relaxing for dinner. Furniture and look is sort of plain but not in a good way. Our drinks took forever. And then the waitress gave us all the wrong ones so we were figuring out which cocktail was which. The cheese curds were all completely melted and stuck together in one big mass and very greasy. Dinner was fine, but nothing special. The rice with the salmon had really hard parts so either not cooked properly or sat too long. We probably wouldn’t go back.

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  16. dgpaynejr

    Denver

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I loved 40 Pearl -- so glad to see a new restaurant downtown GR! We sat at the bar: great drinks and grazing board. Bartender was attentive and professional. We really enjoyed the emphasis on Michigan fare. Blue gill was a nice surprise on the menu. We'll definitely be back!

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  17. JamesW

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to 40 Pearl before the hockey game and were really glad we did. They were very accommodating when it came to making our reservation and mindful of getting us out in time for the start of the game. The food was incredible and the wine selection is one of the best in Grand Rapids. We would recommend 40 Pearl for a fun evening out with friends and family!

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  18. TerriS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The online menu has us salivating for the meat loaf and perch dinner, but when we arrived to find the menu quite different, we were a little disappointed. Ended up with a delicious smash burger and blue gill, which was quite dry. Wine choice excellent and Lizzie our server was personable and attentive. We’ll call ahead if we decide to try again to make sure menu is updated.

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  19. RH2022

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good when we dine here. Friendly staff and flavorful dishes

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  20. Paul

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location especially if you’re looking to enjoy the downtown area! Food and service is always great and a simple but inviting ambiance. Can’t go wrong no matter what the occasion is..,

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  21. RJ125

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely will come again. Bluegill was very good.

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  22. AMSt

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for dinner on a Friday night during holiday season, and the atmosphere was surprisingly peaceful. Service was timely and kind, food was excellent! We had the mushroom soup, house salad, and the salmon dish that was on special, and all looked beautiful and were delicious.

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  23. JessicaO

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    My friends and I ate here before a concert. The food was very good, and the server was friendly. Those were the main highlights. The first thing we noticed was how overly bright the lighting is. I don't love a dark restaurant, but the lights were a little intense. The most frustrating part of the experience was that we were seated next to a table of 8 that was extremely loud. To the point that we ate as quickly as we could and decided to get a drink elsewhere so we could actually hear one another. You could tell that the other nearby smaller tables were very uncomfortable with the volume. Obviously this is not the fault of the restaurant, but there is also zero noise-dampening in the space. Soft panels on the ceiling would make a big difference. I also think we could have be seated on the other side of the restaurant rather than be placed next to an obviously noisy group. I will more than likely visit again, but if we're seated next to a group like that again I'll need to request a different table, or I'll need to dine elsewhere.

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  24. Charming

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience for dinner was fantastic. The food, our table by the kitchen, our server, all of it! Thanks for a great evening.

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  25. AnneW

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at 40 Pearl and enjoyed it ! I prefer a little division with some barriers from other guests but other than that no other complaints.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Andrew, our server was very engaging. And the food was fantastic. And if you go at happy hour it’s a good deal.

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  27. BonVoymbr

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu was different than the one posted on the website. The items we specifically went there for were no longer offered. Service was fairly slow even though the restaurant wasn't busy and the waiter showed little concern about not having the items we come there for.

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  28. SueM

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Nice ambiance, very friendly staff. Food was ok. My only complaint is we told our waiter when we sat down (at 5:30) we were going to a 7:30 show at Devos. We order drinks and an appetizer and our meal (salad) all at the same time. Our drink came - 15 minute later our cold appetizer. We asked for more bread for our appetizer. It came at 6:50. I asked for our salads at that time, they arrived at 6:55. We ate in 10 minutes and rushed to get out the door and walk to theater. So disappointed with the poor timing. And our kale salad was all spinach, not a piece of kale to be seen!

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  29. Matt

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails and food were delicious! They were short staffed in the front so it took really long to get entrees (+90 min.)

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Although we enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, we waited 45 minutes to get our drinks and had to leave before we got our food.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is so yummy! Really enjoyed the intimate service. Not a huge fan of the wine menu as I don't enjoy Michigan reds but we most definitely will come back!

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  32. Adagirl

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We tried Forty Pearl on a whim when looking for a different place to meet old friends. Service was very friendly. Interesting cocktails. Bluegill platter was amazingly good, as were the cheese curds and whitefish dip appetizers.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant! The food and quality of service were just outstanding. Jade was of very pleasant service. Will be definitely coming back soon.

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  34. LisaP

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone in our party of 8 enjoyed their meals despite a couple errors in our order.

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  35. AmySGRfoodcritic

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Delicious food, creative serving dishes, best cocktail I’ve had in a long time!

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  36. Kelley

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meat and cheese board was good. Loved the lamb and goat cheese polenta.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Our server Anna was also working the bar. She made great drinks and the food came out really quickly. Forty Pearl did not disappoint. The Gluten Free Carrot Cake was AMAZING!!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was fabulous sitting at the bar! The restaurant is very cute, but maybe a little too bright during evening hours. The salmon and chicken entrees and desserts were delicious!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bar staff wasn’t too friendly or interested in keeping the bar clean.

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  40. GRfoodie

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, as always. Will certainly be back!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Forty Pearl using the Order Online button. Forty Pearl also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (616) 608-7741.

Forty Pearl is rated 4.2 stars by 506 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Forty Pearl

40 Pearl St NW, Ste 110, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Our entrance is on Ottawa St. just South of the Pearl/Ottawa intersection
  • Neighborhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Wine Bar, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking, Parking Garage, or various Parking Lots in the vicinity
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Deb Creswell
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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