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Mertens Prime, Grand Rapids, MI

Mertens Prime

4.5
4.5
1091 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Mertens Prime, named a Top 10 restaurant by Grand Rapids Magazine for 2 consecutive years, is a French brasserie and steakhouse set in a historic 1914-built former hotel lobby and dining room that preserves and celebrates Grand Rapids' past. We offer a variety of French classics along with an impressive French-touched steak menu, including Chateaubriand. The Mertens cocktail list is an exact replica of the drinks and menu design from the New Hotel Mertens bar, circa 1939, and includes the same 50 cocktails served in 1939 that are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. Mertens also operates a Cafe adjacent to Prime. Cafe Mertens offers warm beignets & poutine every day and does not offer table service. The restaurant's rooftop cocktail lounge, Mertens Rooftop, is open seasonally and it is *not* possible to make a reservation for the Rooftop via Mertens Prime.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Steakhouse, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (616) 551-1713

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Tangorra

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private room that has all of the turn-of-the-century charm as our main dining room. The rooftop is also available for private events. See mertensprime.com for details, including complete event guides with menu and pricing options.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (616) 551-1713

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Cross street

    Oakes St SW, between Ionia Ave and Commerce Ave

  • Parking details

    Mertens Prime diners receive 100% 2-hours credit parking validation for either the Weston or Cherry city parking garages. A loading zone is located directly in front of the restaurant. Street parking is free on Saturday and Sunday and after 6PM on weekdays.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mertens Rooftop Special Occasions

    $36.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2022
    Mertens Rooftop is a first-come first-serve facility due to our small-size. We accepted reservations in the past, but no-shows significantly hurt the team & the business; and having cancellation fees didn't work well with our guests. To solve this, for occasions where making a reservation is essential (proposal, anniversary, etc.) -- Mertens opens up a limited amount of reservations about 7-10days out on a rolling-basis for up to 12 guests that require a flat $360 minimum amount of food & beverage spend which is pre-paid and non-refundable. Please disregard the number of guests when booking, we will contact you for those details. If weather becomes a barrier, we will ensure a table instead at Mertens Prime where the same terms apply.

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What 1,091 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Grand Rapids

    Notable Wine List

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CG

    CindyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere and great service! This was our first visit and we couldn't have been more pleased. Truly a pleasant and memorable evening!
  2. KW

    KitW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waiting on the rooftop deck for our reservation time was a delight. Once in the restaurant, we got the beef marrow, the beet and chevre salad, and the lamb tagine, with cherries jubilee for dessert. The food was excellent and so was the service. The ambience was charming, very low light romantic, but oddly, seemed half done. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the menu is unusual and everything we had was delicious. Desserts are prepared at the table, so kudos to their waitstaff. It made for a very enjoyable night out.
  3. JA

    JAX05

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great experience for dinner! Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious. This wasn’t my first time here and it definitely lived up again to my expectations!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience! Great atmosphere, service and food!! Highly recommend!!!
  5. JC

    JoelC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Justin is a really enjoyable waiter, the rest of the staff are engaging and fun
  6. KB

    KeithB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    overall we had a really good experience. Food was pricey but we knew that coming into it. I didn't think the price for the food & overall quality of the food was great. Good not great.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were unique and outstanding. Everything from our appetizers to our main course were great. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Hard to recommend this place even more.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a double date. It was spectacular.10/10
  9. JM

    JulieM

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  10. P

    Peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite dining places. The great food, wonderful wait staff, and very nice ambience made our meal memorable. Highly recommend
  11. RW

    ReneeW

    Detroit

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and good food. Went up to the roof top bar which was very nice. Enjoyed the view.
  12. PK

    PaulK

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Steak Frites is delicious as were the beignets, and grape-fruit juice. Very cool decor, feels like a French Brasserie. I think the fries could be better. All in all I would definitely eat here again and again.
  13. C

    Chris

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional and the food was more than delicious!
  14. JD

    JonD

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Angus. Wine, meat, cheese cart were all superb!
  15. LS

    LoriS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience with both the food, service and the unique location of the restaurant. I would recommend it!
  16. C

    Chris

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very long wait for drink order as well as for drink to be served. Bread was stale. We left because experience should be in point for prices here.
  17. LB

    LindaB

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Took friends in town from California!
  18. M

    Maylen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Definitely, recommended. This is a great place to celebrate anniversary or birthday celebration!
  19. JP

    JoshP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 10 year anniversary there and the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had great experience. After dinner we enjoyed a drink at their rooftop bar. Great place for special occasions.
  20. AV

    AaronV

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! Server, ambiance, food quality, rooftop views - all of it!
  21. MB

    MaryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ribeye steak was cooked perfectly. Don't forget to try the Garlic Chimichurri sauce - it was divine. The cheese cart selections brought me right back to France, and the Salade aux Bacon Lardons had a perfect poached egg on top. Grateful to the staff for their mocktail recommendations and for their attentive service throughout the meal.
  22. J

    Jhc3

    Palm Springs

    147 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The menu was quite interesting, with older dishes, like vichyssoise, that are no longer much offered elsewhere. I also liked the cheese cart, although selections additional to just three should be made available.
  23. RS

    RobertS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids. Fantastic food and incredible staff. It is our go to place for friends, family, and business
  24. N

    Nichole616

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The building is very cool. Original tile floor etc. I was disappointed there were not some “normal”salad options and fresh vegetables as sides. All the sides were either fried or a heavy starch. Steak was a bit overcooked but very tender. I thought all food was very under seasoned. For the amount of money spent I felt like it was missing. Dessert was some cherries warmed up and served with 2 scoops of ice cream ($15). Expected something a little more.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Food was amazing and I loved the ambience of the restaurant and the rooftop for great
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Loved my Grand Rapids Fizz, Boise Poutine, roasted bone marrow & Cherries Jubilee
  27. B

    Bkingr

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always Great food and amazing staff!

    Mertens PrimeResponded on August 13, 2022Thanks so much for the kind words!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Issue with reservation due to time changes, PST vs EsT and after initial hiccup, restaurant was more than accommodating . Impeccable service and fantastic food.

    Mertens PrimeResponded on August 13, 2022Thank you for complimenting our service and food! We appreciate it so much!

  29. t

    tkhm

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday dinner during the week. Staff was great - present, but not on top of you. Our server made wonderful recommendations and the dinner, cocktails and drinks were all on point! It was a great evening.

    Mertens PrimeResponded on August 13, 2022Thanks so much for this review! It is greatly appreciated!

  30. A

    Adam

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The ambiance is very nice and the service was great but I didn't find anything outstanding about the food for that price point.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It truly was a great experience the staff was so friendly! It was also great to see some diversity in there. The Bacon was AMAZING and I will definitely be back.

    Mertens PrimeResponded on August 13, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review! : )

  32. JJ

    JoJo

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. A very cool space, especially when it’s full. Give them a lot of credit for building the old-school French steakhouse menu as an ode to their roots and sticking with it.
  33. TS

    TimothyS

    Grand Rapids

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you step into the restaurant you feel transported to Europe…fun and great food!!!
  34. C

    Ck1125

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Great food, service was very sluggish for what seemed to be not many tables. 15 minutes until we were greeted at table. 10 more minutes for drink. 2 Drinks and appetizers took us an hour and a half. Went to the roof top, same deal on speed
  35. K

    Katherine

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our anniversary and Mertens Prime did not disappoint! Incredible service incredible food and great atmosphere
  36. a

    azpat

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was superior Service was a little slow - considering there were only 2 other couples in the restaurant Manager seemed very concerned with the other tables whose occupants were much younger He did wave good by when we left Overall, we will probably return and recommend Mertens to friends
  37. N

    Niaj

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The only thing we have a complaint about was the gnat flies. But overall outstanding place.
  38. ND

    NicoleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Raven was awesome. Food was delicious with few different steak options ordered and a pork chop. The French onion soup was very good homemade soup! Slightly pricey but I would recommend this restaurant.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! We had a good time. The duck L’Orange is a must try!
  40. SM

    SheenaM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with a large group and the food and service went seamlessly smooth.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mertens Prime is rated 4.5 stars by 1091 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 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Mertens Prime

35 Oakes St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oakes St SW, between Ionia Ave and Commerce Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Grand Rapids

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Steakhouse, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Mertens Prime diners receive 100% 2-hours credit parking validation for either the Weston or Cherry city parking garages. A loading zone is located directly in front of the restaurant. Street parking is free on Saturday and Sunday and after 6PM on weekdays.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Tangorra

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (616) 551-1713

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private room that has all of the turn-of-the-century charm as our main dining room. The rooftop is also available for private events. See mertensprime.com for details, including complete event guides with menu and pricing options.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (616) 551-1713

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