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Obstacle No. 1, Holland, MI

Obstacle No. 1

4.8
4.8
242 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Quite simply, Obstacle No. 1, aims to be your place for craft cocktails in West Michigan. This handsomely appointed lounge will offer a unique combination of Basque influence in both the cocktails & atmosphere. We look forward to helping you cross that first Obstacle, over drinks of course.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (616) 994-8370

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Holland

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Hot spot

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Overall

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Food

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids

    Neighborhood gem

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

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  1. JC

    JulieC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I love the atmosphere and have introduced many friends and yesterday my daughter to Obstacle. I feel transported to a big city and enjoy trying the unique cocktails. Food from Poquito is an ideal accompaniment. I do wish the lighting was more conducive to reading the menu with expedient ease. Also, I have never had the opportunity to sit beyond the bar despite efforts to do so. I am a senior citizen so negotiating the bar stool is a bit of a challenge. When I made a reservation yesterday on Open Table, I had the limited choice of 4:30 or 5:15 at the bar and thus expected a busy place. However, as my daughter and I entered at 4:30, we immediately noticed no one else in the seated areas and maybe one or two at the bar. For the almost two hours we were at the bar, the venue remained sparsely used making us wonder why we weren’t given a choice. Frustrating…
  2. JB

    JasB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Not our typical experience there this time. Brighter atmosphere and the staff was not as engaging as typical. Not bad, but not the same as what we've become accustomed to. I typically don't mind paying a premium price for a premium experience. But this time, we paid the price and got an average experience. There are a lot of cheaper options if I wanted average!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambience were outstanding!!
  4. DS

    DoryS

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Very fun atmosphere. Bartenders were very pleasant. A good time!
  5. BV

    BrettVeen

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great little spot. Worth the reservation, but service was hap-hazard and uncoordinated. Once they get in a groove I can see this place doing well.
  6. BW

    BethW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome drinks, food, atmosphere, and friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance, specialty cocktails for everyone’s taste and small plate appetizers to enjoy with your drink.
  8. M

    Megan

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks and food were incredible. On the pricier end, but definitely worth it. There is no other place in Holland like this!
  9. KD

    KerryD

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! My favorite go-to spot for celebrations!
  10. E

    Eater

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous time at Obstacle 1. The drink named after the restaurant was amazing if you’re a bourbon lover! It was a quiet setting with a few tables. We came in rather loudly but they seemed okay with that too! The food was good we had the goat cheese - delicious, truffle fries and the Brussels sprouts. Everything was tasty and then we split a dinner too. The servers were friendly and efficient in spite of them being short handed in the kitchen. The hostess was super friendly greeting us and checked in with us often to be sure all was okay. We will definitely return!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great drinks, food , and service. A little too dark to read the small print menus. A little pricey. Loved it no one the less.
  12. BJ

    BgbJep

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely perfect!!! Food, drinks and service!!!!! Can’t wait to go back!
  13. s

    stephaniew

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve heard great things about obstacle no. 1, so glad we were able to get a reservation. The drinks were amazing, as well as the food. We will definitely be returning.
  14. TD

    TimothyD

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great for a date night and wonderful drinks! Highly recommend!
  15. M

    Mimi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, friendly and chill atmosphere. Coming back soon!
  16. BR

    BRBH

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great craft cocktail bar. The drinks are unique and the bar tenders are very knowledgeable.
  17. GM

    GordonM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Expect great drinks in a unique atmosphere. Expect your reservation to be modified without notice. Expect slow service. Expect uncomfortable seating.
  18. B

    Brandi

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall experience was great! It was a bit dark in there. Food was great. Drinks were great, but pricey.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    The “gate-keeper” has terrible people skills and her approach is rigid and unfriendly. I appreciate they want to limit guests to 1.5 hours but they are also trying to create a vibe that doesn’t mesh with that short period of time. If you are going to push people try doing it in a friendlier way. We were shocked by the almost nasty reaction when we tried to order more food and drinks with only “20 minutes left on our time” and were told they wouldn’t be able to accommodate that request!
  20. J

    Jenna

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I loved that my dining experience made me feel like I wasn't in Holland. It's unique and offers something that can't be found elsewhere in town. It's a little pricey, but now and again it's worth the splurge for the experience of it all!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Such a cool vibe and drinks are super fun and taste delicious!
  22. M

    Megan

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I love this place! Highly recommend this to people who love a nice ambiance, great workers, and AMAZING drinks!
  23. JL

    JimLo

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as expected. They were out of my first choice of bourbon but their recommendation was outstanding
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Overall, our experience was OK. We made a reservation in advance and requested a table (rather than the bar), but when we arrived all that was available were two seats at the end of the bar. There were 4 staff working at the time, and it took 15+ minutes for anyone to acknowledge us and take our order. Realize it could have just been a busy night and willing to try again because the drinks and ambiance were very nice
  25. JF

    JordanF

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    This is NOT a restaurant! It is a high end bar. Excellent cocktails and wonderful service. They share a kitchen with the restaurant next door so it’s really not their own menu. Do NOT go for dinner. Definitely go for a fun cocktails
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks. Won’t be disappointed. Staff was courteous and engaging. Will definitely be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This bar was awesome! Its very dark inside but it gave cool ambiance. I gave 5 stars for the food bc I didn’t want to bring the rating down but we didn’t get any food. Their food does all come from the restaurant next door I would recommend this place!
  29. DR

    DeanneR

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to experience newly developed cocktails along with great tapas....Opstacle No.1 is your place in Holland
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Enjoyed the experience.
  31. EB

    EmilyB

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this place and go often. The food, drinks and atmosphere is incredible!
  32. JG

    JasonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Huge array of istinctive, creative, delicious cocktails, premium fresh ingredients, massive bar of top shelf spirits. Tapas are equally good. Prices quite a bit higher than anywhere else in town, more on a par with big city prices. Service is solidly good but not impeccable.
  33. K

    Katie

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun staff and unique handcrafted cocktails in a cozy, warm environment.
  34. SW

    ScottW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere
  35. k

    kdricks

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Experienced bartenders that were kind and extremely knowledgeable.
  36. CP

    CraigP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best drinks in town combined with great table-side service provided with a speakeasy type vibe. Best to make a reservation in peak times.
  37. SW

    ScottW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the staff
  38. l

    lillianm

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  39. JL

    JimLo

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have frequented Obstacle No. 1 on many occasions. This time was fantastic just as every time in the past.
  40. J

    Jillian

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Obstacle No. 1 never disappoints! I have never had a drink here that I didn’t love!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Obstacle No. 1 is rated 4.8 stars by 242 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 7 times today
Google Map for Obstacle No. 1

92 W. 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Holland

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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