Forty Pearl

4.7
201 Reviews
$30 and under
American
IMPORTANT UPDATE:
Why has our menu changed drastically?
Our hood system that controls our flattop & fryer has gone down. We cannot execute 90% of our regular menu items. We have curated a menu that we can execute without those two main appliances. We made this decision to still bring you amazing food with the main goal of keeping our staff employed until the part needed for the hood system arrives – end of January. We see this as a great opportunity to bring you this temporary menu that is new and exciting! Thank you for your support and understanding!

Forty Pearl is a sensory Pure Michigan experience in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our mission is to showcase the finest Michigan wines by pairing them with adventurous bites, sourcing seasonal ingredients locally. We are a collective of Michigan-based winemakers, chefs, story tellers, and characters.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 201 people are saying
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vipSarahV
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This was our first visit and we were informed beforehand that the menu being offered was temporary due to kitchen limits as a result of broken equipment. I don’t know what the regular menu offers but, Wow! The temporary menu is unique and a welcome addition to Grand Rapids. I have spent months looking for a restaurant that offer West Coast oysters and was thrilled to find them here. We had a dozen Kuushis and they were fantastic. We also had the shrimp cocktail and very good as well. My husband (he’s very picky!) had the prime rib sandwich and he said it’s the best French dip he has ever had. He is still taking about it a day later. Please please please keep the oysters on the menu permanently!

The service was very attentive (there were only 2 other tables), and while the wine list features too many Michigan wines, it was nice to find a decent Chablis as well. The only thing we didn’t like was the ambiance. The design feels very hodge podge and not well thought out. The church bench seating with a random mob divider and odd Aerojet displayed on every wall is a bit jarring. Here the star is the food and service, not the space itself.

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vipLekhaR
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They had a limited menu due to some kitchen problems but that was the only disappointing thing we experienced

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great NYE restaurant for intimate dining. Our waitress was a wonderful young lady who was related to the owners.

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Laura
Grand Rapids
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The menu on Open Table and the actual menu are not the same. The restaurant should be sure to update their menu on social media and this app so diners can make the best choice. Last night's meal was seafood heavy, but the menu I saw on Open Table had many different options in addition to seafood.

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KyleG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu. The prime rib was slightly tough, but the taste made up for it. Drinks were really good and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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DeirdreF
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The cheese curd and squash appetizers were fabulous. Our entrees were not as appealing. I had a salmon salad. The salmon was fantastic, but I did not at all like the dressing on the salad. I don’t think I’ve ever not eaten a salad at a restaurant, but I disliked the dressing so much, I didn’t eat it. My son reports the bun on the burger was fabulous—it’s from Nantucket Bakery so that was no surprise. Service was very good. Ambience is nice. We were a party of six and the overall consensus was a 4. We all enjoyed the appetizers but our entrees not so much. They are owned by a Michigan winery so mostly serve Michigan wines. We did have trouble finding wine we enjoyed. I would return for bubbles and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner with my wife. Forty Pearl never disappoints! Their staff are just kind, professional, fun and attentive. The food and drinks are delicious and the ambiance is top notch.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed every aspect of our visit except the noise level. A large group next to us was extremely loud. The food and service were exceptional.

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kathyf
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, we enjoyed our visit to 40 Pearl. The appetizers and main course were delicious. Our server was on point with everything from knowledge of drink options and food choices. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. The only suggestions would be to up the level of desserts LOL!

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KevinK
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelby was an amazing chef! Food, beer and wine was fantastic. We will be back soon.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. Would recommend this place to everyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food full of flavor. Unique drinks that are not too sweet or sour. Just right. Definitely going back and recommend to others.
I am GF and DF and able to accommodate my dietary needs.

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MatthewL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

In general, we had a decent evening. I feel like there was a lack of friendliness upon arriving...almost as if the host was annoyed with us. This is a pet peeve of mine because I used to be a waiter and that wouldn't be tolerated. The host, who wasn't friendly at all, turned out to be our main waiter. His demeanor was slightly better when waiting on us. There'd be very long periods of time between visits. He'd refill my wife's drink, but not mine. My drink was empty for 75% of the meal. Most of this can probably be explained by the current void of staff because of COVID, so I'm cutting them some slack. The food was fine, not spectacular and it was a bit pricey for what we got. Honestly, I'll probably not return because of this experience. I made the comment that we should've gone to Tupelo Honey across the street because their waitstaff is always friendly and the food is always good. This next thing kind of cracked me up. The restaurant is named Forty Pearl, but it's not on Pearl. It's on Ottawa and we had trouble finding it. We joked that it should be called Forty Ottawa. When I got my reservation, I mentioned it was my wife's birthday. There was a little chalk sign that said happy birthday, which was nice, but no other special treatment like a small favor usually offered in other nicer restaurants. I'll give our experience a C.

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CarrieD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service, amazing chef, perfect ambiance.

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Jamie
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic (duck), with ample portions. Ambiance is just right (lighting, noise level, dress of guests). Service was great.. our server suggested wines that paired very well.

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KennethB
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience before a show at Van Andel. Everything was as expected. Service, food and environment were on par. With all the options in GR to pre show this will be in our rotation.

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BethD
Grand Rapids
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had Travis wait on us. Very attentive and nice. I had the perch, which was really good and my friend had the potato rings that were delicious. I want to go back and get the cheese curds because they looked really good!

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MaryB
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant and always enjoy dining here while in Grand Rapids. Food is so delicious and my cocktail was fantastic. Attentive service. Thank you!

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EricI
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the food and service.

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MatthewM
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have had great experiences here. Wine and cocktails have been amazing. You must try the cheese curds.

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AndrewB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was great and the atmosphere was very nice and laid back. great place to hang out and eat good food.

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KristenJ
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brussel Sprouts are amazing! Kennedy was out server and she was super attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Clearly understaffed tonight. Service was very good and attentive. Kitchen did a poor job overall. The pork chop was under cooked, very rare. The filets were cold and not seasoned well.
The menu reads well but it was poorly executed.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. The staff was helpful in explaining the dishes and making great recommendations. Would definitely visit again!

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy your restaurant very much, good food, atmosphere and service. Have recommended you to many friends.

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AlexandraS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even better service! Everything was so fresh and we definitely plan on coming back :)

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Ange
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Food, service and ambience were great! I would definitely recommend restaurant. Cheese curds, garlic fries, Brussels sprouts, salmon, perch and hamburger were delicious!
I love they offer GF options!

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AshleyE
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Happy hour specials were a bonus. Menu is a little limited but good options for everyone!

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TimS
Grand Rapids
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 1st visit, the wine, service and food were all very good.

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Courtney
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Audrey was great, the wine was great, the food was great! I've been waiting to visit 40 Pearl since they started serving food in 2019 and it was worth the wait. Can't wait to go back! The cheese curds... so good!

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Farmgirl
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great experience at Forty Pearl. The food was amazing and they had creative cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fantastic. From the food choices to the wine list, there’s some thing for everyone. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the commitment to featuring foods from Michigan as well as introducing a global palate. Who doesn’t love broiled brussels sprouts and cheese curds? Amazing. What a treat to have cheese curds on a menu that also features Farro salad. If I lived here, I would dine here on a regular basis. When I’m back in town, I will ensure this is on the short list of places to visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambience were all exceptional. We’ll definitely be back.

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YvetteG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food in a relaxed atmosphere but with an upscale feel in the heart of GR.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a reservation for our 15th Wedding Anniversary. We were seated right away and our table had a nice little sign recognizing our anniversary.
We had 2 shareable plates. The Truffle Fries and Charcuterie plates were both outstanding, fresh, and was enough food for a meal for the 2 of us.
Our server had great knowledge of the wines and made recommendations for us based on our preferences. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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ReneeO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Traverse City and heard that one of our local wineries opened a restaurant in Grand Rapids - Forty Pearl. It did not disappoint! We each had the fall grain salad with chicken. It was outstanding. Cocktails were beautiful and well mixed. Loved the ambiance. Forty Pearl is our new go to when in Grand Rapids!

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KitchenLady
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here while doing work in Grand Rapids. The location was a little hard to find, but once inside, everything flowed perfectly. We had the squash rings and cheese curds for shareables. Everyone tried different cocktails and beer and was very happy with their choices. Dinner was a variety of options and each was prepared uniquely delish. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal! I will think about this meatloaf over and over again- it was perfection!!!

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Victor
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, nice ambiance, good decor, good service.

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 4.7 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.