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Mertens Prime, Grand Rapids, MI

Mertens Prime

3.8
3.8
1461 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 1,461 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

1,461 Reviews
  1. SharonH

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is very good and the service was excellent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Mertens, but our visit this time was extremely disappointing. Service was slow (took about 20 minutes to get drinks). Food came out cold and husband medium rare steak came out medium. A second steak came out for my husband about 15 minutes later. Additionally, we ordered a bottle of wine to be served with dinner and the waiter brought it out after I reminded him. We were almost done with our meal. The bathrooms needed attending. Toilet wouldn’t flush and the toilet paper holder was broken. Tissue and towels were on the floor. We spent approximately $800.00 on this meal for 4 people. It was not worth it. And to top it all off, when we complained, it fell on deaf ears. There was no discount offered and few apologies.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Mertens for a celebration dinner was a wonderful choice. Great ambiance and service was wonderful.

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  4. KyleS

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Matt was pleasant, but he was dressed as if he was lounging around the house. Had to ask for a wine cooler for our wine, and when we did receive it, it was put where we could not reach it. Food was good but our leftover container was some sort of gold Chinese takeout container, as soon as we walked out the door, it fell apart, and the food went all over the ground. We came here to celebrate our anniversary where we had our first date. Unfortunately we won’t be back.

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  5. MarianneD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great place for a quaint, leisurely meal. The food is well-prepared, and you can enjoy conversation between courses.

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  6. Anonymous

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great meal! The French food is excellent, as are the steaks. The service was pleasant and efficient. The ambiance is a real difference-maker. There's nothing like it in Grand Rapids that we know of. It has a very old-world, authentic feel.

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  7. MichaelL

    Northern MI

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We found ourselves incredibly disappointed after reading such great reviews. The pasta was under cooked, steak was under cooked & pork chop was over cooked. Service was slow and our appetizers & entrees came out warm to lukewarm warm. The only two redeeming qualities were the wonderful wine list & Matt’s wine recommendation. We feel we overpaid for a sub par meal & experience.

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  8. Ginny

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation for four. We ordered drinks at the same time and two of the drinks took 20 minutes and the other two took 45 minutes to arrive. We ordered entrées and sides. They never brought out the sides and we finished the entire meal and did not have any sides. The garlic was not cooked and not able to be eaten. The chicken was dry and the steak was overcooked. It was a very disappointing experience and the manager did discount one round of drinks and the sides from the bill. 

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  9. Anonymous

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Grand Rapids! Lovely french onion soup and steak frites. we've had the cheesecake a few times now. It is incredible. Wonderful atmosphere too.

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  10. Anonymous

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time coming here in the winter and it is a really nice, cozy spot. I guess I have overlooked it bc I usually go here for the Rooftop. The space itself is gorgeous in a very European sort of way. And the French food is great. Price-wise it's not cheap, but it's not nearly as expensive as some others in town. We chose well and didnt spend a lot at all and had a great time.

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FAQs

Mertens Prime is rated 3.8 stars by 1461 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 5 times today
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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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