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

J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby

4.5
4.5
201 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 10 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

What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Fit for Foodies

  • Grand Rapids

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids

    Hot Spot

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

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  1. JF

    JamesF

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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 ☺️
  3. MH

    MortonH

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, romantic, excellent food
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. GH

    GregH

    Milwaukee

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the pork Marsala and the homemade apple cheesecake!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. RP

    RobertP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal.
  13. PM

    PaulM

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!!
  18. EP

    ElizabethP

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. BA

    BonApetite

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always.
  23. b

    bdhchicago

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

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

    BonApetite

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service and ambiance.
  25. O

    Orpheumgoer

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great ambiance on the back porch. Good value.
  26. KC

    KathyC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambiance. So happy to discover them. Looking forward to another visit!
  27. TB

    TonyB

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice meal. the service and quality of the food were very good!
  28. s

    sandyad

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a “find” . Chef Chris who stopped by to say hello - has created a serene and intimate ambience with a thoughtful menu and a well curated wine list. We are actually going to be planning a wedding here - Recommend this place for any occasion !!
  29. RB

    RobertB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was great. The summer risotto was perfect.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 18, 2022Thank you very much. We strive to create great memorable experiences!

  30. p

    paigers

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the back patio was perfect, and our waitress was fantastic. We had a wonderful experience.
  31. F

    Frequentdiner

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first trip to J. Paul. We ended up there because they were one of the few restaurants who took reservations in the busy Summer season. What a gem! We visited on a Friday evening and it was quiet. We had the duck dinner and the pork marsala. Both were cooked perfectly and served with a wonderful vegetable combo. Our server was pleasant and informative. We were not rushed and enjoyed an evening of quiet restful eating where we could actually converse with each other and not be drowned out by the noise. I would recommend it highly. We will be back!

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 18, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It is nice to share with the staff their successes, and also critiques. We look forward to seeing you again.

  32. DD

    DinerDoug

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food has always been excellent every time we've dined. It's one of our favorite places to take visitors. Ingredients r fresh and generous in portion size. Wine list is acceptable - was pretty limited until lately. Wait staff is friendly and responsive if a little inexperienced. Prices r what u would expect for a typical fine dining menu, a little more reasonable than some other fine dining places in the area. 5 stars for food - 4 stars for everything else.
  33. M

    Mable

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Waitress was ver tentative. The risotto was ver, very strong tasting. Patio setting was mundane.
  34. ML

    MichaelL

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu selection and the preparation was superb. I had the delicious duck meal. The service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommend, and we'll be back!
  35. A

    Alsfav

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best kept secret in Douglas! Food was excellent as well as the presentation. Ample parking. Reservations available. Excellent wait staff.
  36. JK

    JohnK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best prime rib that I ever had. I took home the left overs and they were outstanding the next day also.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome family dinner with the in-laws! Service, food and drinks were excellent as always. This is our go to restaurant. Back deck is always tranquil and inside has an upscale feel. Highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    With family
  39. MR

    MiriaR

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 30th wedding anniversary❣️
  40. D

    Donovan

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We should have been suspicious when they were the only restaurant with a ton of availability during the Venetian Festival in Saugatuck. We hadn’t made prior reservations for Saturday night and no one else had openings between 5:00 and 9:00 pm, so we decided to try J. Paul’s since their reviews were pretty good. Where to begin… reservations were for 6:30 and there were only 2 other people in the dining room. Tells you everything you need to know; the locals were not flocking here. The server was very nice but chewed gum, said “Fer sher” constantly, and referred to horseradish as “horse sauce.” The cocktails were good, but the food was not. We started with a cheese plate which was supposed to feature aged cheeses. The cheeses were indeed aged, but not in the way they meant. Basically inedible. I had the chicken prosciutto and my husband had the filet. The chicken was okay, not great, with way too much cream in the sauce, and the filet was over cooked. The potatoes were lukewarm but tasted fine. All in all, mediocre food poorly executed. As a bonus, midway through dinner one of their overnight guests came downstairs and walked through the dining room barefoot. Classy. Go elsewhere if you can. There are so many better choices in the area. They would do better to make simple food and not try to pretend it’s an elegant dining experience.

    J. Paul's Dining Room @ The KirbyResponded on August 2, 2022Such a scathing review with anonymity is such a tough way to take care of issues. So I would like to address them. We are a casual restaurant. Servers should not be judged for their speech patterns. The cheeses cut fresh are consistently complimented. The chicken is literally a chardonnay chicken stock and cream reduction. We apologize if unsatisfactory. Let your server know then we could make amends in real-time. Our back deck was full, as most people enjoy our al fresco dining in the summer.

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 4.5 stars by 201 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 10 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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