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Matchbox Diner and Drinks, Grand Rapids, MI
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Matchbox Diner and Drinks

4.6
4.6
50 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Matchbox Diner & Drinks is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Eastown in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our modern diner and delicatessen features breakfast all-day, alongside mile-high deli sandwiches, burgers, comfort food, delicious dinners, milkshakes & malts and a full bar. Matchbox Diner & Drinks is meant to be an extension of our home and our family, so expect good food and good people all year round.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (616) 774-8641

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 50 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Hot spot

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Service

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. BN

    BrendaN

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our birthday dinner! First time here- great service, food, and overall place! Only negative was it was a bit cold but we will come back again!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent personal attention to our needs. Accommodating a handicapped diner was not an issue and the food and service is always top shelf!
  3. L

    Larry

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm very particular about restaurants, so I was incredibly impressed on this first visit: Impressive menu options for both food and cocktails. Friendly staff. Comfortable ambience. Definitely will become my go-to dining experience before a night of dancing at Billy's.

    Matchbox Diner and DrinksResponded 6 days agoLarry, thanks for the review and kind words! We do our best to be as unique as possible. We hope to see you again!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fish and Chips and the Steak Frites were fantastic

    Matchbox Diner and DrinksResponded on January 9, 2023Thanks for visiting Matchbox! We're glad you loved the food! :) Matchbox Diner & Drinks

  5. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got 2 red envelopes in early December 2022 and we used one at dinner and got a 25% off the bill. This was my boyfriends and my first time going for dinner at Matchbox and it was delicious. We love their brunch and drink menu.
  6. KB

    KB1992

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    We have came in for brunch a few times and always enjoyed the food but we came in last night & the service, food, and drink was just really underwhelming. Our server didn’t pre-bus our table, I am thinking she was new. I told her I was vegetarian but as there is really no vegetarian option besides the same burger every restaurant offers us. I sometimes eat fish since this happens sometimes while out and then ordered the clam chowder after telling her this, she failed to tell me there was bacon in the soup. The first fried chicken came out over cooked, the skin was rock hard, they remade it and the second didn’t come out much better. They said it was due to the “darker breading” but it looked like the oil needed to be changed and tasted like it as well according to the person who ordered it. I got the mac with no bacon and it had no flavor. Our margaritas were pure sour mix. Probably will not be coming back after this experience. Sandwhiches are always great tho.
  7. K

    Kevin

    Grand Rapids

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matchbox has a great variety of home style cooked meals. You have to try the Texican Burrito.

    Matchbox Diner and DrinksResponded on January 9, 2023Kevin - Thanks a ton for visiting! We're so happy that you enjoyed the Texican Burrito. We'd love to see you again soon! 😁 Matchbox Diner & Drinks

  8. S

    Sarah

    Grand Rapids

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matchbox Diner's ambiance is casual, but the food and drinks were next level and what I would expect from a more sophisticated dining experience. We had a table of three and everyone was very pleased with their drinks and food. My husband's Bloody Mary was a meal in itself. He and I both ordered sandwiches and fries, and even though off of the more casual side of the menu it was all fresh, well prepared and well presented. My mother ordered the broiled white fish and raved and raved about it. On top of the food and drinks being excellent, our server, who I unfortunately forgot his name - was very attentive; knew when to approach the table and when to let us have our space; and had very congenial conversation with us. We explained that we were on our way to see a Beatles tribute band and my mom said she hoped she didn't cry when they started playing. When he brought us our bill, he handed my mom extra bar napkins and suggested she keep them in her pocket in case she needed to dry her tears later on. That was very sweet and she was touched by that.
  9. TH

    TishaH

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy and food/drinks were excellent!

    Matchbox Diner and DrinksResponded on December 19, 2022Tisha - thanks so much for your response! We're glad you had an excellent experience!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food good price. Nice atmosphere.
  11. BR

    BetsyR

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had a wonderful meal and great server. The restaurant is cute and intimate feeling. It was COLD in the restaurant! I kept my down coat around me even though our booth had tall sides to shelter you from the doorway.
  12. DG

    DukeG

    Grand Rapids

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though they considered closing early due to weather conditions, they honored our reservation. The service wasn’t rushed, in fact our server was pleasant and efficient. The food came out in a timely manner and it was very good. You’ll want to try the clam chowder.

    Matchbox Diner and DrinksResponded on November 21, 2022DukeG - Thank you very much for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and loved the clam chowder. :) Have a great day! Matchbox Diner & Drinks

  13. S

    Scotto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I just love this place. The food is always great, craft cocktails are awesome! They take reservations via open table so it’s nice to not have to wait. Service and staff are amazing!
  14. K

    Kate58

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Play and a movie
  15. LS

    LaurenS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best hamburger I’ve ever had! Great service and lovely ambiance.
  16. J

    James

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    1. I was completely ignored for 10 minutes after I was seated. Not even "I'll be right with you." Or "hi, welcome, give me a couple of minutes." At least give me a glass of water and say "I'll be back as soon as I can". 2. When I asked the waiter for a Lemon Drop Martini, he said he could google it to find out how to make it. It tasted like lemonade with no vodka in it. 3. The online menu was totally different than the actual menu. I was hoping for a burger, but the menu didn't offer it. Entrees seem a bit pricey.
  17. KH

    KathrynH

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had tickets to Broadway last night and reservations with Matchbox. None of us had been there before and not one of us was disappointed. Had appetizer of poutine - wonderful- a few had cocktails- good bartenders Dinners 3 salads, salmon Caesar 2 chicken Cobb and one salmon dinner. Not one was lacking for food. Highly recommend- going back for fish n chips that looked good. Parking in that area can be challenging but we were able to use a business lot since after they left for the day
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great cocktails. Great staff.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal here. Tonight the chef special featured andouille sausage, capers, and blistered tomatoes. I went in for the special and it was every bit as good as I thought it would be. If you go here for dinner or for lunch do not miss the best clam chowder in Grand Rapids. You will love it by the cup or a bowl
  20. JB

    JennyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious and our server was so amazing and patient with us as we were having some fun ☺️. I wanted duck for my birthday and it was SO delicious. All 6 of us at the table loved our meals. Drinks were great too!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good and the service was great
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food, drinks, friendly staff and overall vibe of the place! It's awesome everytime and my new go to, just be prepared to park and walk a ways a way if on a busy weekend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and so was the service! We went on a Thursday evening and will definitely be back soon!
  24. JB

    JillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good service! This was our first time there and we will be back.
  25. DW

    DawnW

    Northern MI

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a good meal at Matchbox. Definitely need the reservation. It’s a small place but we were able to get a reservation for the same day (Friday night ) . Service is what made this place outstanding. Kortney was our server (fantastic & kind, attentive but not overly so). Other servers supported us with water & cleared plates . The Person hosting was kind & interactive with all the customers. Salmon was good, crispy potatoes awesome & lucky duck sandwich for the win.
  26. JR

    JonR

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Matchbox has always been a fantastic location and delivered quality, but I question the dinner menu changes. Sell me a $16 Reuben or a primo chicken and waffles, I don’t go to Matchbox for duck or fish. Just a weird mismatch between the awesome vibe and the menu. Go premium on classics and raise prices that way, not trying to make the space what it isn’t.
  27. JD

    JohnD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Recommend this restaurant for anyone. From family to special occasions.
  28. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!! We had a great time we will be back soon!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small quaint restaurant with excellent food and drinks
  30. A

    Adagirl

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We ate at Matchbox for the first time. The restaurant is small and has a casual pub, well-worn vibe. The drink menu is extensive with a lot of fun cocktails. I ordered the Aviation cocktail. It was delightful and strong. The dinner menu is small, but well-rounded. There were multiple items our party of four considered. We ended up ordering chicken piccata, two orders of walleye and the duck breast. Everyone was complimentary of the flavors, although two said their walleye could have been hotter. It wasn't cold, but the plate and the fish felt as if it may have sat for a while waiting for the other orders. For dessert, both couples each shared a piece of the Italian lemon cake. It was a perfect ending- tasting both light / fluffy with a burst of lemon flavor. Highly recommend. We would return again.
  31. RM

    ReneeM

    Grand Rapids

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had delicious drinks (try their lumiere if you like gin) before ordering our meal and the host and server kindly filled our request to change seating to a booth when one became available, which we very much appreciated! We ordered the duck breast and salmon dinners. Upon presentation, the server noticed the salmon looked overdone and acknowledged that I had asked for medium rare -she asked to take it back to the kitchen to make it right. I generally don’t care enough to send food back but I was grateful that SHE cared enough to ask, so I conceded. It took some time for my salmon to reappear as they were busy, however, the second salmon dinner was delicious and done perfectly. I am leaving this review to highlight the hard working servers and host at Matchbox… they were all working very hard and efficiently to care for folks with smiles that radiated kindness. The server also tried to comp our entire evening, which we refused but we did allow them to comp my meal due to the prolonged delay (as my spouse had long finished his meal by the time it arrived). None the less, I greatly appreciated how much Matchbox cares about quality and customer service. I understand that stuff happens and food isn’t always perfect for all sorts of reasons. I wish every restaurant approached hospitality services like Matchbox. I don’t return to restaurants for perfect food (tasty and inspired yes) -but I do return for good people and great service. Your kindness and care for people and food quality will absolutely bring us back.
  32. BE

    BobE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very noisy, but it was Friday night and restaurant was packed. Service was good, food was outstanding. We both had the walleye and it was served hot and cooked to perfection. Probably the best walleye we’ve ever eaten. Our table was small and close to the front door, therefore a bit chilly. Looking forward to returning and trying something else, hopefully with a better table.
  33. EL

    ErinL

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I'm not from the area, took 10 minutes to find parking for a full size Yukon. The restaurant itself was unique and we enjoyed our meals.
  34. KC

    KatieC

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food wasn’t good and it is expensive
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg the red head is so cute
  36. C

    Chip77

    Tampa

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It has a cozy ambience, great service, and wonderful food. Yesterday I enjoyed the steak and frites with a side ceaser salad. The dressing on the salad was one of the best ceasers I have had, the frites were enhanced by the garlic, and the steak was prepared perfectly! My husband enjoyed his seared salmon with pesto, the crunchy potatoes (loved them!), and the asparagus (commented on how good the asparagus tasted). Always look forward to dining at the Matchbox Diner!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Server wasn’t knowledgeable, bones in fish entree, out of most things, ordered our toddlers meal first so it could be out first but ended up being out with our dinner & not our apps. Disappointed.
  38. A

    Anne

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a relaxing and lively dinner with friends!
  39. J

    Julita

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pesto pasta y good portion sized for 1 the tbone steak its amazing portion size for 2 the brusseta is nice and light to be paired with wine. Red velvet cheesecake to die for
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot. Loved the atmosphere and the food!

FAQs

Matchbox Diner and Drinks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (616) 774-8641.

Matchbox Diner and Drinks is rated 4.6 stars by 50 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 27 times today
Google Map for Matchbox Diner and Drinks

1345 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1654

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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