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

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

4.7
4.7
227 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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

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What 227 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids

    Innovative

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. AH

    AnnieH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chris is so particular and thoughtful with his menu, and it shows. We literally feel like honored guests coming to dinner in his home. Chef Chris comes out to chat when he can, Coutney is welcoming, the food was phenomenal, definitely will be a regular place we go as locals
  2. SH

    SteveH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly outstanding service and food. The duck was the best I have ever had. Jeffrey made it feel as if he was welcoming us to his home as old friends. The Kirby is back! Highly recommend this short drive from GR.
  3. ED

    EvelynD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The chef came out and introduced himself. Both he and the server were extremely friendly. We will be going back!
  4. LA

    LisaA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! There were new items on the menu. Three of us had the duck and loved it. The salmon was outstanding as was the pork. Highly recommend the flourless chocolate cake! Service was impeccable!
  5. e

    eichs

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner and Jeffrey was excellent serving our needs that evening. We were in Michigan visiting family and were looking for an early dinner, found it and enjoyed all our meals. Great find in a very interesting building. Thanks Jeffrey!
  6. KS

    KScattergood

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My husband and I showed up very early for our dinner and the staff was incredibly accommodating and kind about it. They worked us in and even gave us the best table in the house next to the window. The food was delicious and the cocktails enjoyable. I love that it is inside an old historic home....but....I was not as impressed with the decor. It really could be something special, but it's an odd mix of modern and period. I like the chairs and some of the art, but it seemed hodge podge and not well thought out. A bit messy. I am a huge historic home lover (and Michigan Realtor), so my passion for these old homes and how they are decorated may be a bit more critical. Mixing modern and historic is difficult to pull off, and this was a bit of a miss. Don't let that stop you though! Go! Enjoy the wonderful food and service. You won't regret it.
  7. DJ

    DennisJ

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time there and the service was great. I had Prime Rib which was prepared nicely but was not quire as tender as I had hoped. Being Thabksgiving I should have gone with the turkey meal looking back. Jeffery was our server and he was great.
  8. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, lovely restored 1890's home. Very enjoyable dinner with good food and environment, what more could you ask for.
  9. AH

    AnnieH

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chris does an outstanding and thoughtful job, caring for each dish with proper temperature and technique. The menu changes enough to keep it fresh, the atmosphere is cozy for couples as well as groups, service is personal and conscientious. You won't feel like "just another table", you will feel like you are among old friends even if it is your first time. Looking forward to our return.
  10. B

    Bruce

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were very pleased with our experience and will go again. We all had the prime-rib special and the cut was not fatty and cook as requested. The beet salad was excellent.
  11. g

    gastrozircon

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Although our party enjoyed the food greatly, the price/value ratio was wanting. We enjoyed the experience, but we’re unlikely to return. Our party of four racked up a bill over $200 before gratuity. With all of the other options available to us, it was a one-time experience.
  12. JD

    JimD

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice wine list and wonderful service. First time here and it will not be the last.
  13. KC

    KerryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding meal and great service. We will definitely be back
  14. LG

    LocalGal

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are outstanding. In summer months, the back porch setting with the water fountain is beautiful and relaxing.
  15. WN

    WandaN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful old atmosphere , nice unique choices for dinner. Forgotten gem, a must if you are visiting Douglas or Saugatuck.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  17. N

    Nano

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were delighted with our meal and the attentive service at the Kirby. The delicious, complex flavors of the entre were unexpected! The wine selection was great and we hear they have delicious creative cocktails, too. We hope to make The Kirby a regular destination.
  18. DZ

    DougZ

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab cakes were the we’ve had. The dining room is beautiful. I had the duck and my wife had the pork Marsala. Both were excellent. Great experience! We’ll be back
  19. j

    jamesp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Friendly staff. Ultra accommodating. Highly recommend.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always exceptional food. The menu is thoughtful and every dish is well-prepared. The service is warm and understated. The setting is lovely whether indoors or outside. Highly recommend this special place.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you so much for the lovely review! Our staff works very hard to make every experience a happy one! We appreciate your continued support. Kirby Staff

  21. KD

    KateD

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was fantastic! The service was prompt even though the restaurant was busy, and the food was creative and tasty! The chef even walked around and chatted with guests, which was a nice touch. This is now one of our favorite places to enjoy a meal and a cocktail!

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your evening and hope to see you again soon! Kirby Staff

  22. TM

    TomM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Unfortunately we had a group of 4 seated next to us who were VERY loud which disrupted an otherwise pleasant evening.
  23. j

    jabela

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We have been dining at J. Paul's on our yearly visits to Saugatuck. This year the front of house was understaffed and the food, while still good, was not on par as years previous.
  24. GP

    GeminaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was happy with their choices. Highly recommend The Kirby House.
  25. JF

    JamesF

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Limited menu was disappointing. Service poor. Our server poorly trailed. Our finished plates sat even after saying we were finished and paying the bill. Asked to pay at the table while server watched us choose tip amount of gratuity. Would not go back or recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We traveled to The Kirby to spend a couple days golfing. Loved the restaurant so much we ate there both days! Outstanding! The first night had duck with an Herb de Provence seasoning the first night served with risotto. Decadent! Had the filet with a Demi glaze wine reduction served on a bed of mashed. Fabulous! Would put that filet up against any steak house restaurant near home any day! And to top it all off, breakfast is available to guests that stay at the Bed & Breakfast! Chris and Courtney didn’t miss a beat. Took care of our every needs. Even went so far as to order a power cord for my husbands Cpap machine on Amazon that was accidentally forgotten. Several GREAT courses nearby by the way. Diamond Springs, Creekside, Beaches, The Ravines, and if u don’t mind the drive, The American Dunes are all nearby. I’m sure I missed a couple but that’s enough to keep you busy for a few days! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed ☺️
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet, clean and cozy! Great dinner & amazing dessert of mint chocolate cake. Made on site by one of their own servers! She was great as well. Will definitely be back when we visit Saugatuck again.
  28. MH

    MortonH

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, romantic, excellent food
  29. CC

    ChrisC

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    I had a $50 entree I would certainly think a vegetable should be served, not just a filet mignon and mashed potatoes. It also seemed like major deal to get coffee after dinner, "we'll make it for you" from two different staff members. It was early, why would they not have it?? So, it came to almost $500 (w/tip) for four of us, for that I expect a lot more. Just not worth it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful craft cocktails and delicious, well prepared meals. Service was fantastic. Atmosphere was relaxed and sophisticated. Highly recommend!
  31. GH

    GregH

    Milwaukee

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the pork Marsala and the homemade apple cheesecake!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Service was perfect. Bad timing as there was a wedding rehearsal dinner the same night. Didn’t ruin the night but did make it very very loud.
  33. DD

    DinerDoug

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our favorite dining spot never disappoints. High quality experience without the pretense.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a great meal here with my daughter last weekend. All aspects of the experience were great, from the lovely ambiance to the friendly service and the delicious food. She had the salmon and I had the risotto. We both left very happy.
  35. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it and we will definitely return. Great food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.
  36. C

    Cath

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for a 50th Birthday dinner and everyone from the hostess, our server and even the chef was very accommodating. The dinner was a complete surprise and the meal was outstanding.
  37. RP

    RobertP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal.
  38. PM

    PaulM

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Just a very nice experience overall. The waiter was extremely attentive and kind. The hostess was pleasant. The food was pleasant. The atmosphere was pleasant. Nothing knocked my socks off, but it was all better than average! I would come back.
  39. SM

    SusieM

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FIrst night of our holiday weekend so it was special to us. The Sarah Kirby house is lovely Victorian home and the seating inside and out is perfect. The wine list is great and my husband had a perfectly made Manhattan! We highly recommend!
  40. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Our server was a nice guy and provided good service, everything else about the venue seemed “tired”. We had an early reservation so we were the only patrons at the restaurant for the first 30 minutes, then one other couple arrived. The food was a disappointing overall. Quality of ingredients, presentation, and preparation were all mediocre at best. This was our only nice dinner out for this vacation so it was a very disappointing experience.

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

FAQs

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby is rated 4.7 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 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 Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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

    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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