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

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

4.6
4.6
218 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

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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 218 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Fit for Foodies

  • Grand Rapids

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

    Scenic View

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  1. AH

    AnnieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. KC

    KerryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding meal and great service. We will definitely be back
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. j

    jamesp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Friendly staff. Ultra accommodating. Highly recommend.
  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. JF

    JamesF

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 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.
  18. 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 ☺️
  19. 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.
  20. MH

    MortonH

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, romantic, excellent food
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. RP

    RobertP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal.
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. JK

    JohnK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding as usual. This is my go to place in western Michigan. The restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner with friends on the back porch. Beautiful setting food Was amazing!!
  35. EP

    ElizabethP

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Less than impressive. Noted on reservation that I was hosting my mother for her 85th birthday. Her birthday was unacknowledged. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best. Extremely disappointing experience. I won’t be back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at the Kirby! Highly recommended. From the wine to the starters and the main course, everything was served perfectly. So fresh and great balance of flavors. The chef came out to confirm all was well and sat down to chat a bit. We will be back!
  37. I

    Indyspudman

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I and two of our neighbors had dinner at the Kirby last week. The food was all excellent, including the beef filets and the special lamb risotto - delicious! The cheesecake was one of the best I have EVER had - the texture was sublime and the presentation was beautiful. Our server was fun, with just the right amount of attentiveness. Overall this was a tremendous dinner and we will definitely be eating here again in the near future.
  38. KF

    KFole

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here for a family birthday celebration - we wanted something a bit more upscale and J Paul’s did not disappoint. We sat on the front porch and had some lovely cocktails and appetizers followed by a nice wine and main courses. The duck, risotto, trout, and prime rib were excellent. The service was attentive. we didn’t save room for dessert but we are planning to next time we return, as the homemade selections were very tempting.
  39. BA

    BonApetite

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always.
  40. b

    bdhchicago

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service food was good. Will return on my next visit to saugatuck

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 4.6 stars by 218 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 3 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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