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J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

4.7
4.7
96 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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Set in an historic 19th century home called The Kirby House, J. Paul's Dining Room features a fresh, bright menu with something for everyone's taste. Open for dinner @5, we offer a Fresh Market Fish everyday along with several seafood dishes, chicken, pork, and steak. Our small plates are perfect for sharing with friends in our outdoor lounge. A unique and fun house cocktail menu, a finely curated whiskey selection, and the perfect wine for any meal are waiting for you right now at J. Paul's Dining Room @ the Kirby.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (269) 857-5472

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Stef

  • Catering

    We do not offer off-site catering, but do offer on-site catering for weddings, corporate events, parties, etc.

  • Neighborhood

    Saugatuck

  • Cross street

    Blue Star

  • Parking details

    Bike parking available.

  • Public transit

    Interurban Bus

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 96 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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    Fit for Foodies

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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  1. G

    Gigi

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had our Thanksgiving dinner at J. Paul’s. The main two selections were turkey or ham, but as we do not eat meat, the chef made us a vegetable risotto that was absolutely delicious. The servers were friendly and helpful, the food was great, and we enjoyed the wine. The restaurant is in the charming front area of The Kirby inn. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday meal!

  2. SP

    StevenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Thanksgiving and 40th Birthday Dinner, it was magical and the food was terrific.

  3. SF

    StacyF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    They only offered Turkey or Ham and that was not indicated at all on the menu or in the reservation. The turkey was very good the sides were poor except the sweet potatoes. Pies were bought and only fair. It looked like everything was just thrown on the plates. Rolls came with dinner( thrown on a bowl), no appetizers were offered . The entire dinner was just boring. If the sides were done by the chef then I would not recommend this place on a regular night. Will not go back. The staff was very friendly. Neat old house.

  4. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and delicious food! Probably one of the best dinners I’ve had in Saugatuck area

  5. JS

    JuliS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent selection, lovely ambience and historical location!

  6. BB

    BobB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful room in a lovely 19th century building, quiet and grand.

  7. TW

    TomW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend! New team and chef. It is a must!

  8. TC

    ToddC

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food. Good company of fellow diners. Servers were good though a bit shy of being on point.

  9. DD

    DinerDoug

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Menu small but varied - everything was presented and prepared attractively and well received by our guests

  10. DD

    DinerDoug

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Creative menu selection, nicely presented, reasonably priced.

  11. B

    Beth

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary here and it was just the perfect spot to have a nice dinner. They were super friendly and attentive. The food and cocktails were amazing! Probably the best meal we've had! Such a cool and unique spot in the old, historic house. If you are in the area and looking for something special and memorable this is the spot for you.

  12. LY

    LYNNJ

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food. Romantic ambiance. Attentive staff. Superb wine 🍷.

  13. CB

    CBrown

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Chef called us the day before our reservation to inform us of being short staffed (due to waitstaff illness) and asked if we still wanted to dine with him if he was a 1-man show. We were open and had no time time schedule, so we agreed. We were there to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. This was our first time to the area traveling 90 minutes to stay in Douglas/Saugatuck for a few days. Chef was very welcoming and friendly, not seeming stressed in the least bit for his situation of being waiter, chef and server for 2 tables of guests. Food was very good and didn’t take very long considering the circumstances. Chef was very attentive. Our only disappointment was atmosphere. I expected more of fine dining ambience.

  14. GV

    GuestintheVille

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a really nice dining experience. We sat on the porch and there is also a nice outside patio area for outside dining. The interior looked nice but we did not sit there. The cocktails were excellent and well made. Staff was very nice. The restaurant, like many right now, are working on short staff so there can be a few delays, but the ambience is nice so just enjoy it.

  15. P

    Paige

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The evening we had dinner the restaurant was short staffed and had switched to buffet style dining. It was the most wonderful meal/experience we’ve had in a long time. All of the food, from the hors d'oeuvres to the entrees, we’re delicious and the perfect temperature. We filled dinner plates with hors d’ oeuvres and shared them at the table with a bottle of wine before eating the entrees, tapas style. We so enjoyed the slower pace of the meal, and the variety of food. The staff were all very friendly and checked in with us throughout the meal. The dining room and wrap around porch with dinner seating were both very attractive and comfortable. We put this on our list of favorite dining options and highly recommend it to others.

  16. S

    Soarhi

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food.

  17. RA

    RAUDIKAL

    Detroit

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated a birthday during this dinner. The selection is limited but well planned. There was something for all of us. Drinks are spot on and the appetizers were flavorful. The main entrees were just the right size so we could enjoy dessert. The service was very personal and the outdoor patio was relaxing.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the ambiance. Great food on a smaller menu. Perfect service.

  19. MG

    MaryG

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our dining experience at J. Paul’s last night! We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and wonderful food! They have a great wine selection and we loved the prawn starter, and each of our entrees were DELICIOUS! The new owner and chef stopped by our table so we were able to tell him in person how great everything was! This restaurant was such a pleasant and fun find and we’ll definitely be back!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is the rare marriage of casual and upscale. A cozy and approachable atmosphere combined with exceptional food. We spent hours tasting everything, don’t miss the mushroom entree (we shared it as an appetizer) -chatted with the chef and friends for hours. We feel extremely lucky to have stumbled on this gem among mostly touristy Saugatuck

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great!! Fantastic dinner, quaint location- very enjoyable!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great experience. We sat in the house and it was lovely. Staff was super friendly and very attentive. Cocktails on point! Food was great. We would definitely go again.

  23. SB

    StuartBaum

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and cocktails were great. Service was exceptional.

  24. JM

    JimM

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Closed though taking open table reservations

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Despite a fixed course menu, and only one other table seated, the first course (a simple salad) took 40 min to make arrive. The second course was ribs (which were just ok) and very undercooked, hard potatoes (they didn’t seem to know they were raw inside). For the dessert course they offered us peach pie, which was also what was listed on the menu, and then came to the table with cheesecake with no recognition or explanation. The concept seems like a good one but the execution was a total failure. They need to really turn things around, or they don’t deserve to survive.

  26. RO

    ROBERTP

    Grand Rapids

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    This was an experience to remember. The reason why I say that is before we got our cocktails our waiter quit. With that happening the General Manager stepped in and did a great job under the circumstances. The reason for a 3 rating is not because of his service but the menu is short with very few choices. The food is good but the portions were small on some of the entries and sides. The cocktails were excellent and priced normally with other restaurants.

  27. DZ

    DougZ

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Server/owner was great. Love the gluten free menu

  28. RL

    RobertL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    An hour for the entrees to come out. Presentation was horrible. Food was cold. Service was okay. Did not pay attention to serving a glass of wine and spilled it all over the table. Because dinner took so long, they offered a complimentary dessert, which was nice, but took another 30 minutes.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on October 13, 2019

    RobertL, our deepest apologies for your experience last night. We were not expecting to be as busy as we were last night and were operating with a a new kitchen team, so things didn't go as smoothly as they should've. Again, we are very sorry for not putting our best foot forward for you and hope that you'll be able to give another shot sometime. - Brett, GM

  29. LH

    LauraH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We visited J. Paul’s for dinner as a late birthday celebration. The drinks, food, and dessert were all fantastic! We will definitely be back!

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on October 13, 2019

    Thank you for spending part of your birthday with us! And thank for sharing your experience! - Brett, GM

  30. JS

    JuanS

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed dinner outside. We had their special which was a Cornmeal Blackened Catfish. De-Li-Cious! Our waitress was great.

  31. TL

    ThomasL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service and music was excellent. Our server gave great recommendations for both drinks and our entrees and we had an excellent time. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great evening.

  32. CD

    ChutneysDad

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Pains me to write this, but the new management team is falling way short of the previous one. Reservations for a Saturday night outside. Took 35 minutes to get drinks served; waiter spilled them coming out to patio. Ordered the charcuterie board; arrived with three similar types of salami and a pile of crumbled goat cheese - but no crackers or bread. Asked for some and was told to pick up the cheese with the salami; we’re saving the pita for the customers who order hummus. Wha??? Paid our bill and left. Albeit they have struggled to keep staff (huge problem in West Michigan), since the previous chef left for another restaurant in town, sadly this one continues to decline.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 20, 2019

    We're very sorry that your visit was not up to par. Our timing was off for the night, which is unfortunate and something we are usually very good at. As you mentioned, it has been a struggle to keep staff on board, and that affected us. Our charcuterie hasn't had a bread or cracker this year, but after taking your opinion, along with a few other of our guests', we are adding one to the board. I hope that you'll be able to give us another shot so that we may be redeem ourselves. Thank you.

  33. D

    Didjueat

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    No Deja Vu Background music was a bit strange. Everything from Stevie Wonder to Grateful Dead. Skirt Steak was very good. Market Catch fish-Yellow Snapper was good, not great. Poke was just ok. Dined there a year ago and had a Berkshire cut pork chop, probably the best I ever had. Fast forward one year, different chef, new management. Ordered the updated version of the pork chop with bulger wheat, kale, fig and raspberry reduction. Lightning did not strike twice. This dish was mediocre and way over engineered. Brussels Sprout and Soft shell crab appetizers were fair; a bit too spicy. Shrimp and grits were good. Fried green tomato BLT was also good. No longer offering wine flights which were also a highlight last year.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 20, 2019

    Thank you for dining with us. Our music is definitely an eclectic mix of everything from modern indie pop and chill-out classics to 80s covers and 70s classic rock, so we hope you heard at least one song you loved! I'm sorry you didn't like the Pork Chop, one of our most popular dishes; It's hard to compete with something you have such fond memories of. As for the flights, while we don't offer wine flights anymore, we do offer whiskey flights if that's up your alley at all. Thank you again!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love fine dining and Kirby’s did not disappoint. We sat outside on a beautiful terrace. The food was phenomenal! The place was very quiet and intimate. We absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to come back !

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 20, 2019

    We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. Can't wait to see you again! - Brett, GM

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great food

  36. b

    bday

    Detroit

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Ate outside - good food - excellent waitress; nice scene. Good music although the musician could have had a 'cleaner' look without the sunglasses, sloppy clothes, winter hat etc. Talented.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 20, 2019

    Thank you for the review and for dining with us! I'm glad you enjoyed your evening. - Brett, GM

  37. W

    Winkingeye

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed the unique cocktails here. The outdoor seating is very nice. The service was fun and great. The charcuterie board, as an appetizer, the bone in pork chop for dinner, and the Black Manhattan cocktail that I had were all fantastic. Recommend highly.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 20, 2019

    Thank you so much for the review of your evening! I'm glad you enjoyed the cocktails as much as I enjoyed putting them all together. -Brett, GM

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service, great food and great atmosphere.

  39. B

    Bill

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    They had wonderful entertainment that evening. The band was superior.

  40. k

    kacsong

    Columbus

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very nice atmosphere, quite, a pretty setting, good service, attentive but not pushy.

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J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby is rated 4.7 stars by 96 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

294 W Center St Douglas, MI 49406

  • Cross street

    Blue Star

  • Neighborhood

    Saugatuck

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Bike parking available.

  • Public transit

    Interurban Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Stef

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (269) 857-5472

  • Catering

    We do not offer off-site catering, but do offer on-site catering for weddings, corporate events, parties, etc.

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