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Friesian Gastro Pub, Grand Rapids, MI

Friesian Gastro Pub

4.6
4.6
369 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Global, International, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (616) 825-3001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Different areas of the restaurant available for large parties. Booking via events@friesiangr.com

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Cross street

    Eastern & Michigan

  • Parking details

    other than street parking, we share a large parking lot off of Eastern Ave. just north of Michigan St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 369 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for Brunch

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Hot Spot

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Grand Rapids

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids

    Hot Spot

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. A

    Adam

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Took 20+ minutes to have server come once seated. Server provided great service once they were told that our table was theirs. Good portion sizes but food lacked flavors as described on menu.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and atmosphere, waitress was fun and energetic
  3. SL

    SteakLover

    Milwaukee

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our group of three couples all agreed that the food and cheerful service was excellent. Perhaps the biggest detraction was that the environment was quite noisy, as there is robust bar service on a Friday evening. Overall, this was an excellent dinner and evening.
  4. W

    Weezie222

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, delicious food and great drinks; we will be back!
  5. KJ

    KarenJ

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My non vegan family and friends ordered the vegan nachos and LOVED it! They have a wonderful, interesting menu and truly awesome cocktails. I just can't wait to go back. Great service. This is one of my new favorite restaurants!
  6. AL

    AmyL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice casual atmosphere, food was great and the carrot cake is delicious!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good was good. It's a dumpster in the back and you could smell it at times
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome choices for vegans!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waiter was not attentive with us being on the top-deck level. Only refilled our waters once and took 20 minutes to get our bill.
  10. KA

    KittyA

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service. Had a great time and the place is really cool
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great as always!!
  12. SC

    SteveC

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor dinning on the rooftop is the best! Food, service, prices are just right too. Thanks for another great stop!
  13. SC

    SteveC

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This family fav spot in midtown never disappoints! Sunday Brunch was a hit with everyone happy, full, and ready to come back!
  14. CB

    CherylB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The roof top was great. Drinks were great. The good mediocre. My husband got sick during the night. He had the BLT. The rest of us were fine but the food needs help.
  15. AJ

    AndyJ

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal, served by the wonderful Sarah. The Brie & Blue is now my favorite appetizer! We also enjoyed the Spare Me, PLT, and Falafel sandwiches. The Dreamsicle slushie was a perfect mix of adult beverage and childhood treat for my wife. Plus, I really appreciated the CHOICE of non-alcoholic beers for me, the designated driver. Wish all restaurants had a variety of N/A beers. The stout was very good. Our daughter liked the Matcha Millions. Looking forward to returning, sitting outside, and trying the other non-alcoholic brews.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We went for brunch, restaurant was pretty empty, but it took a long time to get our food! Otherwise some great selections and good food! Staff was nice!
  17. S

    Stacia

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This was the first time we'd been to this location. I thought it would be packed for brunch thus making the reservation. There was NO ONE inside (it was a beautiful, sunny Saturday). I didn't realize there was outside seating (with only a few people) and would've liked to have been offered that option. The wait staff was friendly but didn't pick up on queues like when to offer the bill. The food was super tasty. All of us had something different and all really enjoyed our choices. The location is clean and has a great vibe. We'll be back (and will ask to sit outside!).
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Really wanted to like this restaurant. Should have had an idea when there was nobody in the restaurant at all on a Saturday night, and maybe three parties on the rooftop. Dish described as watermelon salad was virtually all arugula and six small pieces of watermelon. An appetizer of blue cheese dip with barbecue potato chips was not good either. The chips were so heavily spiced as to make them almost inedible. A main course of a warm beet salad with mushrooms mixed greens and chicken just didn't work. The flavor was weird, the beets tasted kind of dirty, and the chicken was barely cooked all the way through. The dressing was Bland. Can't recommend this restaurant at all.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I went here with our two sons for his birthday. The rooftop sitting was great!
  20. RS

    RobbinS

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We ate on the patio and it was quiet to visit. Erin was a great server and made suggestions since we were first-timers. We had salads and dessert. Of course…the carrot cake was perfection and French press coffee delicious. And the $4 Prosecco was great.
  21. LD

    LisaD

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor patio space and fantastic meal! This was our first time here; the drinks were excellent (frosé slushie with a champagne topper, and margarita) as was the food (highly recommend the watermelon salad and the coconut cream key lime pie!).
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere! Service was excellent; our waitress was kind and attentive. We noticed all the servers seemed happy and helped one another take care of tables. This contributes to how awesome the atmosphere is at Friesian. Beautiful decor throughout the restaurant. Food was great. I have no complaints.
  23. MW

    MaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! We were a roudy bunch and Madi was super cool the whole time.
  24. RK

    RK123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great time and will be back again! Love all the vegan options!
  25. t

    trainrunz

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Really expensive food relative to portion size and we each ordered sandwiches which were both greasy and soggy. Walked away feeling like we spent a lot, ate a little and what we did have was gross and unhealthy.
  26. MK

    MarkK

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friesian Gastro Pub (my last name is Friesian) is one of those rare, amazing restaurants where you don’t know if you hate to love them or love to hate them because everything about it was so good you don’t know what to order and you’re afraid it’s too good to be true and might go away. But there’s worse problems to have! Our server was super friendly and appropriately attentive and really helped us choose the best of the best. My brother-in-law had the pork belly ramen with added tiger shrimp and I’m sure if I tried to sneak a bite I would have gotten stabbed with his chop sticks. I ended up going for the pork ribs but was actually the cut of meat just outside the rib. I’ve butchered a lot of game and whoever cut this piece has my respect including just a thin slice of the fat. Out of principle I have to find something to criticize, therefore; the truffle potatoes, which were awesome, had no detectable truffle flavor and you need to add more of the truffle oil. Oh, and the serving size was way too big. My sister had the carbonara (with added shrimp) and I’d switch the pasta to spaghetti vs the capellini with its higher starch content. Too bad I live in Seattle or I’d be back soon.
  27. LW

    LindaWS

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Will be back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great
  29. J

    James

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beet hummus was very good. All four entrees were terrific. Recommend the Black Thai and carbonara. Terrific service as well.
  30. MK

    MadK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We loved the Cuban style sandwich. Very authentic and very delicious! The downstairs outdoor seating was great. Quiet and attractive with good ambience.
  31. JP

    JonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would have licked the plate if I wasn’t so full. Delicious
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch! Awesome food and service! Can’t wait to go back! :)
  33. GV

    GeoffV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd time here - love the food, atmosphere, - check it out
  34. LL

    LynnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great appetizers. Must have: The Brussel Sprouts and the Blue cheese Brie dips. The Beet Hummuus was great as well. My husband had Cappellini for his meal and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. He did say it was very garlicky though. He loves garlic so it worked for him. The rooftop was perfect for a night out with friends. It wasn’t too loud. We also had some very interesting drinks. I love sweet drinks and went to the pink sangria which was very tasty. All in all it was a great time and I will definitely be back…
  35. M

    Molly

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was awesome! I did not like my margarita at all :( The indoor atmosphere could use some improvement and I was disappointed we were not offered the option of sitting outside on the rooftop when I made my reservation. I also wish they would bring back the French dip sandwich - best one of my life was at the Friesian! The waitress was very nice but had food smeared on her clothing which was unappetizing...
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, food and drinks! Attentive staff and great vibe!
  37. TR

    TaylorR

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great drinks, can't go wrong here at all
  38. ST

    STEFAN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. One of the best spots in GR to grab dinner and drinks hands down. Their Carrot Cake is best in class.
  39. J

    Judy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very attentive and friendly waitress and the food was delicious. My sister and I split the cuban sandwich which was more than we could even eat! Loved my cucumber slushy!
  40. MR

    MattR

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch on May 15, the food was great, as were the drinks. Loved the atmosphere, and great service as well. Would definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 369 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Friesian Gastro Pub

720 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Eastern & Michigan

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Global, International, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    other than street parking, we share a large parking lot off of Eastern Ave. just north of Michigan St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (616) 825-3001

  • Private party facilities

    Different areas of the restaurant available for large parties. Booking via events@friesiangr.com

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