Friesian Gastro Pub

4.6
280 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 280 people are saying
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ReneeV
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Drinks and sprouts were wonderful. Chili with cinnamon roll was excellent and unique. Chicken bolognese needed more sauce. Ribs were huge. Baklava was good; jalapeño ice cream only need to try once. Carrot cake very good and served 4. Would recommend to friends.

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ElizabA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I loved it. There was a good selection for me as a vegetarian while the rest of my party found plenty of good entrees to order. It was quiet enough to easily converse.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They were really accommodating for food sensitivities and allergies. The vegan Mac n cheese was great ad their potato wedges were great too! We sat on the back patio that was warmed and it was pleasant. The service was great as well!

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KurtD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. The entrees, appetizers and desserts were all great.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friesian offered the most perfect setting for a much needed moms night out. 3 girlfriends and myself had a reservation for 6pm and ended up staying until closing! With a complete non alcoholic cocktail menu available my group of sober ladies had plenty of options to keep us hydrated and pleased as we shared plates of apps and even a few entrees. Plenty of vegan and gluten free options also made this group of high maintenance hunnies very happy! The service staff was friendly and attentive and our only complaint is that we wish we knew about the garden in the back before we sat inside! All in all, a five star experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and super friendly! We went for brunch and mimosas. I got their chicken and waffles, everything was delicious. The music played was great and not too loud where we couldn’t hear each other. We can’t wait to go back and try something else on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Carrot cake is amazing and the spicy margarita has a good kick!

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

Celebrating December birthdays with friends. Excellent meal and service! The carrot cake is amazing! Would visit again.

AK
AnnaK
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing vegan Mac and cheese!! Took a while for us to get our food but it was worth the wait.

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ryanrad
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Great staff as well. Highly recommend

LS
LynnS
Grand Rapids
26 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was great, food was just so-so. Warm beet salad was sitting in at least a cup of liquid. Was more like warm beet soup with greens.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great spot for eclectic and delicious brunch options!

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AndrewB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pretty good food. However the burger was supposed to be a half pound and it did not appear to be I would guess not even before being cooked. Potatoes wedges would have been way better without truffle oil on them. Pork belly appetizer was over done and had a charcoal taste. Other than that it was fine. I would try it again. They may have had an off night or something.

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JakeK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern, interesting atmosphere with friendly service and excellent food. Was happy I went by for the first time finally. Got a short rib and poached egg brunch dish that was super tasty.

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ZanoC
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was okay and I was expecting fabulous, so I was disappointed. Ambiance and service were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Service was very efficient. Cannot wait to go back!

TH
TimH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and would definitely go back. Great food.

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richardv
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a great environment…sat at a table with friends located at the huge windows along the sidewalk! Loved that.
The brussel sprouts app was delicious, crispy and flavorful. I had the pork ribs which was a generous portion, tender and deliciously spiced up.
We’ll be back!

MK
MaseKae
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food here was good—not “great”, but good. A fine urban restaurant and. Ice for a change, it is strange how the menu is both versatile and not versatile all the same?

The focus on BBQ was almost unnecessary on certain dishes (the Brussels sprout appetizer is served adjourned with a beef that is more reminiscent of the jerky in chew tins). And while I like a chef not scared of spice and seasoning, they were a bit heavy handed with salt which is a comment from a few different reviews. It wasn’t off putting, but comparable restaurants like Wolfgangs or The Reserve seem to find a better balance with seasoning.

Chicken was raw at the bone which was the biggest issue, but not worth complaining about (minor and small). Overall decent atmosphere and a good alternative, but not a weekly or monthly staple.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Man date. Awesome food.

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clintE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, friendly staff, would definitely visit again

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AmberH
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday. We had a great time. Great service, great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and the food was delicious. We did the Brunch and had the French press coffee with some crème whiskey. Amazing. Service was awesome as well. Definitely will go back.

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vipRachelE
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve wanted to go to the Fresian for some time. Was not disappointed- food is creative and delicious, high quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Server, Erin , was friendly, professional and provided excellent service for our large party. Drinks and food were prepared perfectly and promptly. Highly recommend.

SM
ScottM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sprouts were amazing! Unlike any other. A little bit of kick amd resting in a cream sauce that I wanted to literally drink it was so delicious! The texas brisket pile was also amazing. To top it off we ended with jalapeño and fig ice cream on top of baklava - truly an adventure! And the cocktails were unique and well crafted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a Halloween night and the DJ was starting at 8pm. Overall great time and exactly what we hoped and expected.

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Jeepin
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal. The appetizers we had were all fantastic, and my brisket sandwich was massive and delicious. You certainly get what you pay for at Friesian, I can't recommend this place enough!

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CalebD
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, Good cocktails, Great Service! Will definitely visit again.

KB
KatieB
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great vibe. Already did recommend to some friends

JE
JanelleE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drink menu was awesome! Great selection of food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Fantastic cocktails.

CA
CathleenA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been here several times. Food was not a good as before. Bland. Even drinks were made incorrectly… do better

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AngieB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our brunch this weekend! Cute Halloween decor was a bonus. Food and drinks were both excellent. We will be back for sure.:)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great atmosphere and delicious food, service was spot on.

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vipdiningoutandabout
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great setting on the roof top, excellent roasted zucchini soup starter, good beer and wine options. the brisket on toast was disappointing - very fatty, little sauce.

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vipTimothyS
Grand Rapids
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and exceptional service!!!!

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perrys
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food! First time at Friesian. Definitely will be back. Excellent wait experience.

JJ
JenJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I like the variety and quality of things on the menu, and I LOVE the decorating they did for Halloween this year!!

SM
SamuelM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place for some drinks and dinner with friends. The rooftop was beautiful! Definitely recommend the vegan Mac n cheese.

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 4.6 stars by 280 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.