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J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby, Douglas, MI

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

4.9
4.9
408 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Set in a historic 19th-century Victorian, once-turned-local hospital. Now a vibrantly restored dining atmosphere, a wonderfully appointed Bed and Breakfast.

The Kirby Hotel & J. Paul's Dining Room features a fresh, bright menu with something for everyone's taste and price point. Carefully crafted cocktails, an array of award-winning wines, and a culinarily modern, yet classical take on food await your evening. Given multiple awards for its outstanding dining and service.

The staff and Chef LaBelle give a friendly and personable approach to your dining experience. Fresh Locally sourced products are used at their prime. The Prime-aged Prime Rib and Duck dishes are signatures, there are always fresh fish and seafood options as well as vegan and vegetarian options. We cater to all dietary needs.

In the summertime, we offer outdoor seating on our wrap-around porch or our beautifully landscaped back deck overlooking a large pond with a fountain with often-seen wildlife

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (269) 857-5472
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Christopher A LaBelle CEC
  • Catering
    We do not offer off-site catering, but do offer on-site catering for weddings, corporate events, parties, etc.
  • Private party facilities
    Weddings, family reunions, birthdays, business lunches, holiday parties. You name it, we can help throw a party for it! Our Dining Room can fit up to 40 people and our large back deck can seat over 100. For a small, semi-private event, we can partition off part of our dining room for up to 20 people. Whatever event you are looking to host, J. Paul's Dining Room and the Kirby Hotel is the premier choice in West Michigan.
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 408 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Food

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Service

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Overall

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Food

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Service

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for groups

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids

    American

408 Reviews
  1. PollyP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous date night with the wife. Courtney took great care of us. The adjoining table of boys added to the ambience and comfortable atmosphere. We started with Brie perfectly baked en croute with a delicious raspberry Cabernet sauce. Probably one of the best bries we’ve ever had. For the main course the prime rib is a favorite. Did not disappoint. Offer an 8, 12 and 18 ounce. Tender to cut with a butter knife. I went with another favorite in the Duck Breast Port Wine and Chantrelle Mushroom. Duck was crispy on the outside and had great flavor, despite it being overcooked just a bit. The aged Gouda gratin was a nice complement to the dish, along with a Pinot Noir from Williamette Valley. Some of the best Pinots. We finished with the homemade coconut cake and Butter Pecan cheesecake. Both fresh and delicious. Definitely will come back for some of their other features. Lovely night on the old 19th century home.

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  2. EricR

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Easter brunch! Cocktails were spot-on, crab cake appetizer large and perfectly prepared, entrees were over the top good and service by Jeff stellar!

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  3. MarkO

    Grand Rapids

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a busy night and we were a table of eight. Never felt as though we were receiving slow service. Courtney was great. Food was also great. We will be back!

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  4. CarolH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The four of us had a forever memorable birthday celebration dinner. We intentionally picked a Wednesday evening hoping it would be quiet enough for older ears to enjoy conversation - and it was. Our appetizer was more unique than its name suggested and was a creative, tasty work of art. Each of us ordered a different entree. All were generous portions, beautifully presented with delicious layers of flavor. Our server was delightful and eager to answer our questions. She took great care to see we had anything we could possibly need and that we had a wonderful evening. This is truly one of the hidden gems of Douglas. We will definitely be returning to dine at The Kirby. Maybe we will see you there.

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  5. MichaelG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience with great friends. Made to feel comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Great food and team.

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  6. LoriH

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! Friendly service and one of our favorite places to dine!

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  7. Mary

    Key West

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. This was not our first time here and we’re happy to see some new menu options.

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  8. PamelaD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Lovely place with great food and friendly service. We will definitely be back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OUTSTANDING! No claims about anything. The chef is an artist.

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  10. KimberlyB

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, service, and atmosphere! The scallops were seared perfectly and my dining partner said it was the best Prime rib he’s ever had!

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  11. Scottpt

    Grand Rapids

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there, but will be returning. Wonderful meal. Scallops appetizer was great. Only concern is vegetables (brussel sprouts) could have been done better, but that is a minor concern. Main course of Prime Rib and Salmon were both very good and great portions. Will return soon.

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  12. cincydiner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. The chef is incredibly talented, and the staff is gracious and attentive. This was our fourth or fifth consecutive New Year's Eve dinner here. We will be back. Again and again.

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  13. GlennyceG

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J. Paul’s was an unexpected find right in our own backyard. Set on the main floor of The Kirby House.BnB you walk right into an. Intimate setting with 4 rooms (one holding a well stocked bar). There is a short but well appointed wine list along with some craft cocktails and beers. I had the Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned and Jeffery, our host and server put together a mocktail for my husband. (There is a NA Dark Guiness on Draft as well) We had the Maryland Crabcakes and Brie en croute to start. Having just moved from Maryland we were happy to find these cakes made with lots of blue crab and no fillers. The Brie was easily shared and a nice way to start the meal. Our entrees were the Seared Duck for me and the 8oz Prime Rib for my husband. . I love duck and this was everything you expect, wonderfully crispy skin and melt in your mouth meat. The Prime Rib was exactly medium rare and seasoned perfectly along with green beans and garlic potatoes. I have to say it but because so many places use instant or whipped their potatoes to a creamy consistency that it was nice to have good, textured real mashed potatoes with GARLIC. Dessert was a house dessert prepared for the evening along with a Chocolate Peppermint Martini which was my dessert. Service was well paced and friendly. It was NYE so it was busy but also apparent that many of the folks coming in were regulars. We intend to be too! J.Pauls is great for a special night out or just to go and get an exceptional meal in a casual attire atmosphere. I did not see evidence of high chairs or a Children’s menu but I wasn’t really looking.

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  14. JulieH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming restaurant in Douglas inside the Kirby House. Food was delicious, fantastic service and great cocktails! A gem!

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  15. Burt

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing. A definite must when in Saugatuck/Douglas.

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  16. JayW

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn't have picked a better place for our Anniversary Dinner and start to our adventure. Wife had The Prime Rib, I had The Salmon along with Caesar Salads & Crab Cakes. I'm a member of the clean plate club but portions so big I had to get a box. I finished it on the way to the car, but still.... Service was awesome and the ambience was wonderful as not noisy, soft music in the background. Ya can't come to the area and not visit The Kirby. E like going to Paris and not seeing The Eiffel Tower. Cheers

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  17. debraT

    Naples

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food great - the lamb pasty appetizer was out of this world! Also the prime rib, and I am typically not a fan. All food very good, but ambiance needs some help. Too bright, doesn't feel cozy. Simple lighting and changing the seating around with candles on tables would help quite a bit. Also paint the walls a warmer color. Very stark and non-inviting on the inside.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible and the atmosphere was great. Some of the best prime rib I've had eating out.

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  19. KimberlyB

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the scallops and hubby had the prime rib. Fabulous meal, great atmosphere and price point. Thank you Chef Toph and staff for another fabulous dining experience.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of 6 had a lovely time. Cocktails, wine, food & service were superb. The 2 of us who are local will be back! Special kudos for the winter duck & prime rib!

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  21. Gary

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had prime rib and duck. Both were superb. The only negative was we came in before anyone and had a small table by the window. Then a large group came in and was seated right next to us. It was a little too cozy for our liking. All in all it was a place we would go back to again.

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  22. MarianZ

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband took me to the Kirby House for my birthday and we had a fantastic time. It was a cozy atmosphere with wonderful food. I was also surprised that I got free dessert for my birthday!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meals and appreciated the quiet atmosphere. It’s difficult to find a restaurant that has quality food with the bonus of being able to carry on a conversation. We will be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was off season so very quiet but the service could not have been better. The food was outstanding. We all had the prime rib which was cooked perfectly. Everything was hot when it came to the table, portions were more than adequate. Overall was a very nice evening.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jeff is an attentive server, the food and wine were delicious and served timely. The dining room has character and charm.

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  26. Rick

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was excellent. Very attentive and cordial. Will definitely visit again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 8 and had a fantastic experience! Food was phenomenal as was Kelly our server. Totally coming back again!!

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  28. LisaNoss

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never had a disappointing experience or meal at J. Paul's Dining Room at The Kirby. The food is always excellent, the wine list is spectacular, and the service is outstanding. The atmosphere is inviting, yet eclectic, and just enjoyable. This has become one of our favorite places to dine year round in Douglas, Michigan. I had the scallops, while my dining partners feasted on the prime rib. This was after enjoying some of their appetizer fare. Everything was mouthwatering! Thank you for another amazing experience.

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  29. Shari

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a local restaurant for us and we've eaten there several times, the most recent of which was Thanksgiving. The traditional meal of turkey and stuffing was wonderful........the turkey was moist and cooked to perfection. Three other entrees were offered so the special menu was well rounded. As usual, the staff was friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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  30. DanA

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Thanksgiving dinner that tasted homemade, wonderful ambience and gracious and friendly staff.

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  31. ChrisE

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Thanksgiving spread. Traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and apple pie, but all done well. The vegetable risotto and prime rib were very nice alternatives and much enjoyed by our party. The location is quiet and quaint, the service is attentive and alert. All together, an fantastic way to enjoy the holiday and not have to do the prep or cleanup.

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  32. DanK

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal meal in such a beautiful serene setting. Server was absolutely wonderful. New tradition I believe.

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  33. DONB

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. The prime rib was the best I have ever had. Just a wonderful dinner experience on Thanksgiving.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The noise level was low because I would consider this off season. The food was great. Our waiter Jeffery was great. We want to go back. I’d like to thank Greg and Shiela Kopplin for the recommendation.

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  35. StephenB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J Paul at that Kirby House is always consistently great. Chris , the chef and owner takes the time to insure the meals are always top notch. Thank You!

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  36. ReneeD

    Grand Rapids

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kelly is a perfect waitress and the food was elite!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Chef is talented and wait staff is fun and responsive.

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  38. MatthewC

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the chef and his wife/the manager and all the servers are super nice and friendly and informative. Great ambience. amazing food. highly recommend. the rooms are gorgeous too.

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  39. Michael

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Please make this a piano bar/restaurant. It would be much busier for a Saturday evening if you did so. There were only 2 other couples in the restaurant the whole time we were there which is unusual for a Saturday night. We could really use a piano bar/restaurant around here like we had when Zing was open.

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  40. JohnK

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are seeking great food.

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FAQs

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby is rated 4.9 stars by 408 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

294 W Center St, Douglas, MI 49406

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Blue Star
  • Neighborhood
    Saugatuck
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Christopher A LaBelle CEC
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Weddings, family reunions, birthdays, business lunches, holiday parties. You name it, we can help throw a party for it! Our Dining Room can fit up to 40 people and our large back deck can seat over 100. For a small, semi-private event, we can partition off part of our dining room for up to 20 people. Whatever event you are looking to host, J. Paul's Dining Room and the Kirby Hotel is the premier choice in West Michigan.
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