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Friesian Gastro Pub

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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 51 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating, rooftop seating, great food and drinks!

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Shell
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the rooftop deck for brunch and it was beautiful. Unique menu that respects dietary restrictions and allergies. 12 dollar bottles of champagne and 4 dollar juice flights? Yes!! Our food was delicious and flavorful. Our server was outstanding. 5 stars!

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Nicole
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Someone in my party ordered a specific dish, and the wrong dish was delivered. After the server admitted he the submitted the wrong dish, he didn't try to make it right, and still charged for the wrong dish.

I ordered the Warm Beet Salad, it was supposed to have blue cheese and cauliflower + greens. It was basically a bowl of beets, no cheese and minimal cauliflower. I added steak for an additional charge and there were 4 small pieces, which I didn't think was enough for the $10 additional charge.

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SarahK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and the outdoor deck was very comfortable with a lot of seating options.

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AnnaW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious vegan options, would love to see some more vegan appetizers with vegan cheese/dip options and would LOVE a rich vegan dessert in the future!

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time,Great experience on the rooftop! Staff attentive and helpful . Serenity was on point with menu favorites. Hummus was Amazing! Ramen dish and wings were so flavorful and we enjoyed each bite. Hats off to The Chef! We will be back real soon to try more menu items.

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LisaA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and value. Great service ! This was our 3rd time here

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NicB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the rooftop on the evening of September 11th for drinks and dessert. The service was great as were the desserts. The carrot cake was the size of my head and amazing. The ice cream sandwich was gv/v and much smaller, but cutely presented and very good (and who needs a monsterous ice cream sandwich?!) We didn't order them, but saw the 'bag o' chips' presented at several tables and they looked great and had a fun presentation.

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vipErnestG
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed yet another evening at Friesian! This time it was on their rooftop seating area on a beautiful Saturday night. Great food and drinks and our server was awesome! Only bummer is that the OpenTable MasterCard Gift Card did not work . . . this is the second venue where that did not work. @OpenTable - figure that out please.

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MelissaT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very polite and accommodating staff. Clean and comfortable. Food was good.

SB
vipShawnB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are all done really well. Quiet atmosphere and friendly staff.

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EllenM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food, sat on the upstairs patio, perfect evening and social distancing

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Susan
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were super friendly. Felt perfectly safe eating outdoors in spite of Covid. Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive. The food and beverages were phenomenal! The upper deck was the perfect place to spend an evening in July. Will go back for sure!

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LizM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experiance. Limited food selection and a bit over priced but overall fabulous.

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AmandaB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Drinks were good & deck was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The floor is always amazing, service is outstanding, and the atmosphere (especially the rooftop deck) is always perfect for a night out.

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RinseDeFryse
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place. Nice that it has indoor, covered outdoor, and rooftop seating. Food was excellent. My wife liked her "gold fashioned" cocktail. My harissa hot fried chicken sandwich was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooftop is great. Food was delicious and solid drinks!

AJ
AJas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They canceled our reservations for my daughters 21st birthday 4 hours before we were suppose to be there...unacceptable.

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AlBxxxxxxxxx
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

surprisingly not full
food was excellent.
large portions
a little pricy
service was great

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AmieS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about the Fresian Gastro Pub! From the fun waiter to the amazing food, we were not disappointed!! I had the warm beet salad with steak-which was prepared perfectly. My sisters had the steak entree with candied beets and asparagus- they loved it. For dessert we had the amazing carrot cake. Delicious!!!

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klax520
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful day to sit on the rooftop, and the margarita slushies were delicious! Great happy hour with friends that lasted into the evening.

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vipClayton
St. Louis
36 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Service was ok, server was friendly. Food and drinks were not very good and overpriced. We ordered chips with choice of seasoning, we chose two kinds and server said no problem. She brought out the chips and there was only one seasoning. Server mentioned nothing. When we asked about the second seasoning she told us that the kitchen said they wouldn’t do that. Entrees were mediocre. Later that night both my wife and I were very sick to our stomachs. To top it all off we weren’t given our Opentable credit - we were listed as no shows even though we announced we’d made reservations on open table when we got there! Will not return, and I have been telling friends and family this place is no good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop is the place to be! Food was great. Weather was great. Drinks were great! Overall, awesome experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Great location for a date with your significant other or close friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekly family Sunday brunch.

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Julie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. I had the Friesian classic burger and I would order it again.

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Janelle9
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food + drink were great & the service was amazing! This is an easy place to get a table on a Saturday evening for dinner without any wait.

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Local
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Friesian is a nice restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids. While the service was outstanding (ask for Joey!) the food was OK. It has a lively atmosphere and unique cocktail options.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food. The Texas Vegetarian Poutine was fantastic!

JC
JohannaC
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, the food, and the service were all great! There were so many things on the menu we wanted to try - we will definitely be back. The salt and vinegar fries and the fried Brussels sprouts were excellent sides. Lots of vegan options and other options for people with dietary restrictions. I highly recommend for a fun date night or dinner with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. First time there and will come back. Parking can be an issue, but patience 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday supper. Special Valentines menu offered limited choices. Fritter starter was uniquely not like a fritter, however was tasty. Two of us had sandwiches with mounds of great french fries, a hamburger, and a spicy chicken. The third, a salad with salmon and blasted sweet cherries. Overall, the salad was exceptional with very lovely dressing, and grill kissed salmon, lightly cooked. The Frisian has a very nice, hospitable design. We will definitely return to see full menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Got sat at a small table for 2. Place was packed! Had a couple right next to us and it was awkward. Got a Sangria and it was just ok. Not much sweetness to it for a white sangria. Appetizer we got a mixed board of cheese and meat. That was great! I ordered the scallops and enjoyed my dinner. Was great flavors and scallops were cooked perfect! The Friesian Burger wasn’t great asked for medium well and it was crunchy? Almost char cooked. The fries were amazing! Seasoned well and needed no catsup.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The service was sub par not much enthusiasm over presenting the drinks and menu from the server. The wine list was average, nothing overwhelming. Mixed drinks were good. Meals were average. Portion size was very small for the price. Presentation was lacking. My husband had to order meal because the scallops were tiny for three pieces. Most likely will not visit again. The potential is there for a great restaurant but lacking lots of small details that could make it great.

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vipErnestG
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool spot just beyond GR’s medical mile, but had little to no parking. Drink selection was slim. Food was good, but not amazing!

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foodsnob
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! The craft cocktails and the food were spot on. The desserts were to die for! Definitely recommend.

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JillK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter -Joey was awesome!! Food was awesome!! Especially the many things for gluten free people!! Appreciate it very much!!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! We had four in our party and we all ordered something different...and it was all really, really good! Quickly became one of our favorite brunch restaurants. Our waiter was awesome too...overall a perfect brunch

FAQs

Friesian Gastro Pub does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Friesian Gastro Pub also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (616) 825-3001.

Friesian Gastro Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 51 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.