Friesian Gastro Pub
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.
- 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
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
First time inside dinning. Will definitely be back. Great happy hour deals and good food choices.
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.
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.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was cooked perfectly and the drinks were awesome.
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!
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.
Super fun, we will be back
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!!
Great food and service. Awesome outdoor patio.
Amazing food and service! Great overall vibe. 10/10 recommend !
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!
Great vegetarian options! Excellent food & service, we’ll definitely be back! The carrot cake was amazing!
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.
Can’t recommend this place enough! Huge portions! Fantastic, unique flavors and great drinks.
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.
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!
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!
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!
We sat on the lower level patio, great ambiance, really good food.
Server acted like we were an imposition. I get Covid is hard but still, won’t go back.
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!
Rooftop deck was excellent
Food was even better
Food was so good! And our server was wonderful.
Wonderful. Delish food, great service! Little gem.
Delicious brunch menu with awesome server!! Drinks are A+
Great service, great food! Super cute vibe, too, especially for brunch.
Service was great, food was amazing and ambiance was stellar! Will be back🥂
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!
Great location downtown.
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.
Wonderful, eclectic selections on the menu. Excellent service! Busy place, reservations highly recommended.
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!
Food was terrific! They really have an excellent menu.
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.
The carrot cake did not disappoint. The cocktails were awesome and reasonably priced. Entrees were great. We enjoyed the ambiance of the outdoor patio.
Cool vibe, great service and good food!
Dodd and service was great
Very interesting menu. Best Brussel sprouts I’ve ever had. Great service creative cocktails. Will be back there again.
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.
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.