Friesian Gastro Pub

4.7
227 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
After sitting vacant for a few years, we renovated the former “Lord’s Chapel” building just down the hill from Michigan Street’s Medical Mile corridor into The Friesian Gastro Pub. In addition to having a full bar, we serve up comfort food with an eclectic twist.

The Friesian accommodates seating for over 80 people inside (including our unique centrally-located bar), and when the weather warms up we will open our 20-person back patio and 50-person rooftop deck – a first for Michigan Street!

The Friesian is co-owned and operated by local restaurant industry veteran Craig Jones, along with co-owners Zan Lamkin and Phil Rienstra. All three owners live in Grand Rapids and are excited to bring a gastro pub with a fun atmosphere and great menu to the Midtown Neighborhood.

We intend to change the menu regularly with some globally-inspired selections, but not stray too far from what you’d expect in a neighborhood gastro pub. So you’ll have to keep coming back to see what’s new.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 227 people are saying
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MoniqueS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous but somewhat limited menu!! Totally loved our food. Friendly waitress. Gave us several good suggestions!! However, be forewarned that parking is VERY difficult on a Friday night. Took us over 20 minutes to find a spot. And still had to walk several blocks. Be sure to add enough time to find a spot.

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vipScottW
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time inside dinning. Will definitely be back. Great happy hour deals and good food choices.

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YumLiker
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a really lovely dinner on the upper patio. The sun shades were definitely appreciated. Service and atmosphere was good. The food itself was out of this world. Just wonderful and lots of great vegan options too. Absolutely will be coming back. One of the best meals I've had in ages.

Only things I didn't like were the placement of the light fixtures and speakers in regards to the placement of the high-tops (on the upper patio). They take up space over the tables and kind of block your view of the person sitting across from you. Just felt a bit intrusive. The speakers are also directly over a few of the tables and were incredibly loud if you were seated at one of them. Good if you like the music, but bad if you want to have a conversation. We ended having to switch tables, but the server was super nice about it. Obviously not a big issue, but I would scoot the tables over a bit so just to make the dining experience a little nicer.

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SteveC
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maddie was GREAT. Other staff, food, and atmosphere also tops. This place seldom / never disappoints! Thanks for a great Sunday brunch with out of town family.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was cooked perfectly and the drinks were awesome.

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LinB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress - Erin - was adorable and so helpful! Her recommendations were right on! The Chicken Chasseur was very flavorful and my husbands Ribs were fall off the bone good! The brussels sprouts with beef jerky were also the best! They have great happy hour prices and fun drinks! Last time we were there we sat on the roof - which was closed for a private thing this time. If the weather's good - it's fun - but we love the main room as well! This is a great find - we hope to be regulars! The only bad thing is the parking - but it's worth it!

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Axellep
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We started on the rooftop to get our cocktails and it was not only delicious but also beautiful, seated in comfortable and well designed high chairs! The patio here is awesome and I recommend coming early to get more sun as around 7pm it started to be chilly. Then we moved inside as we were a little cold, visiting on the way the covered patio which is so beautiful with its lights giving the patio a really cosy ambience. Inside the main room is huge with industrial style, great frames of Grand Rapids, good music and the Friesian Gastro Pub workers are super kind. My husband took the ribs which were sooo delicious and perfectly cooked. We were even offered a dessert for the birthday boy! We will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun, we will be back

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EllieD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Joe was awesome! Food outstanding! We sat on the roof outside. Rain started and they moved us inside no issues!!
It’s a place we would return to!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Awesome outdoor patio.

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aamp
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Great overall vibe. 10/10 recommend !

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vipReneeM
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu with refreshing options - excellent preparation of all food and tasted great. Dined indoors at early hour so quiet despite sitting near bar. Good cocktails and wine too!

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SusanV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian options! Excellent food & service, we’ll definitely be back! The carrot cake was amazing!

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vipclarkvanhalsema
Grand Rapids
44 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, vibe, food and its presentation were all delightful. A Negroni poured from a light bulb-- who would have thought? And the strawberry shortcake has been my fave since you've opened the doors. Upper deck seating is refreshing when the weather allows.

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t recommend this place enough! Huge portions! Fantastic, unique flavors and great drinks.

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vipHollyK
Grand Rapids
36 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love that there are so many gf options. The brussel sprouts are amazing!!!! Bar tender is very nice and helpful. Feels like a little hidden gem in Grand Rapids.

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Shari1971
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a very warm night thankfully you have the shaded rooftop. Our service with Maddy was exceptional! We had a group of ladies for a work event and everything was perfect however the bees were a small issue and ended up stinging one of my guest. Just wanted to let you know for future preparedness. I will definitely come back again!

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AndyJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious. Truffle Wedges were fantastic, especially with the black pepper aioli. Our mains - PLT w/ mac & cheese, Spare Me w/ mac & cheese, and the Carbonara were innovative and tasty. Plus, our waiter was friendly, helpful, attentive, and fun!

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Crystal
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The upper deck provided an awesome setting on a beautiful summer evening. The server was personable and friendly, food was delicious and priced appropriately. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat on the lower level patio, great ambiance, really good food.

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AlishaD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server acted like we were an imposition. I get Covid is hard but still, won’t go back.

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vipbubbster
Grand Rapids
43 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eclectic menu of delicious foods! All four of us had different items, and we each loved our meals. The poblano dip was addictive, and the Brussel sprouts appetizer was amazing. Great drinks for beautiful bar. Best server, Savanah made our experience memorable! Definitely going back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooftop deck was excellent
Food was even better

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! And our server was wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Delish food, great service! Little gem.

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MaureenA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch menu with awesome server!! Drinks are A+

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Kate
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food! Super cute vibe, too, especially for brunch.

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AriGold
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was amazing and ambiance was stellar! Will be back🥂

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I still can't figure out how that mac n cheese is vegan! So good. The Texas brisket pile was awesome, too. We chose to sit inside because we thought it would be too hot outside, but we definitely will choose the patio next time!

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Caddy68
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location downtown.

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vipScottO
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and interesting food. Lots of vegetarian options. Not the most kid friendly menu. It would be nice to have a few more traditional options for kids but that may be a conscious decision.

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vipbubbster
Grand Rapids
43 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful, eclectic selections on the menu. Excellent service! Busy place, reservations highly recommended.

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food! I made a reservation for brunch, but when we went it wasn't busy at all, so we really didn't need one, but they had our table ready to go for us with the high chair I had requested. I think the server was a little surprised none of us ordered cocktails, but he was very attentive and kind and turned out had the same name as our toddler. The chicken and waffles were outstanding! We also got some donuts a la carte, they were fine, but the main food was really interesting and tasty! We also had some of the yogurt parfaits and they were delicious too. Really great hidden brunch gem in a city where brunch is popular and often over-crowded!

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KathrynJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific! They really have an excellent menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Probably the best I’ve had in GR. It was great because I brought picky family members, vegan family members, etc. and everyone was happy.

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ErinK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The carrot cake did not disappoint. The cocktails were awesome and reasonably priced. Entrees were great. We enjoyed the ambiance of the outdoor patio.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe, great service and good food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dodd and service was great

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JohnN
Grand Rapids
17 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting menu. Best Brussel sprouts I’ve ever had. Great service creative cocktails. Will be back there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was really disappointed to find out that Sunday is all day brunch. Their menu is limited. For a late afternoon reservation on Father’s Day, I didn’t expect brunch. When I made the reservation, all day brunch was not listed. Had I known, I would’ve made a reservation elsewhere.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Friesian Gastro Pub using the Order Online button. Friesian Gastro Pub also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (616) 825-3001.

Friesian Gastro Pub is rated 4.7 stars by 227 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.