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Obstacle No. 1, Holland, MI

Obstacle No. 1

5.0
5
330 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 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 330 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Service

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Overall

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Service

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids

    Innovative

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids

    Lively

330 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing handcrafted delicious cocktails. Best drinks in Holland!

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  2. travs

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved it. It's pretty dark in there, but the cocktails are a-maz-ing. Highly recommend Black Math.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love the drinks!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Victor and team are the best! This is a great place to drink and dine with friends.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife & I enjoyed an evening beverage for our anniversary. It was as pleasant as always, drinks were fantastic and the ambiance is great.

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  6. Pages123

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place for cocktails, they have such a wide variety of liquor options, they can make anything you desire. Food is 10/10. The ambiance gave a speakeasy meets “cool” vibe aesthetic. Will be bringing every person visiting holland here.

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  7. ChrisK

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were delicious. Food was good. Service and ambiance was fantastic.

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  8. Jeff

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every drink is an exeptional experience ! Bartenders were professional, knowledgeable and really put a lot of love into each drink. The food is amazing as well. Highly recommend for a very special drink experience.

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  9. LisaM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience at Obstacle! Amazing cocktails and the share plates amazing!

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  10. TimothyD

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the atmosphere of Obstacle. It is worth going and enjoying. The way they prepare their cocktails, and showcase it at your table is a worthwhile experience. I also enjoy that they have a small menu with delicious items. Two downsides from my perspective from my last visit was: 1) The lighting is so low you can’t read your menu well, and 2) The cocktails we had just didn’t seem to have the right balance. It’s not that they were bad, but we both noticed something was off in terms of balancing the flavors (That’s definitely not been something I thought in the past, but this time, both my wife and I felt that way.)

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  11. BobB

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was helpful and friendly. Victor was particularly good in suggesting hand crafted cocktails based our love for different gins.

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  12. MadisonH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always impeccable drinks and service. Prices have gone up since they opened, as with any place. Loved the Hinokami Kagura seasonal drink and my husband was pleasantly surprised when his Whiskey Sour got accidentally upgraded to a NY sour- he loved it!

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  13. BrianD

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places in Holland, and Nate and crew did not disappoint again.

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  14. WestervilleResident

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    My wife and I were enjoying the experience until the host came to remind us that our reservation time was about to expire. This would normally be fine as we were about to conclude our visit anyway. However, the server had not yet issued our check. It just seemed odd and really bad form that the host and server didn’t seem to be in sync this night. You’d think for an establishment that aspires to be upscale, they would be sensitive to these practices. It really kind of ruined the whole activity for us. Had this not occurred, the fact the the room temperature was uncomfortably cool for patrons (probably fine for the staff who were moving about) and that the sound system leaves much to be desired (boxy, trebley, unkind to the ears - you really need a Sonos system) would not have otherwise warranted any mention.

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  15. JeffreyL

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks and the wait staff is just awesome great recommendations

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  16. JasonG

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening at Obstacle. I had some business clients that I was entertaining and Obstacle was fantastic as always. Victor does a great job at making drinks and serving with a flair. Love this place!

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  17. Divadarlene

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful, as always, with the exception that Poquito was “out” of so many dishes whe we were there. And it wasn’t at the. End of the evening as our reservation was at 6:30. Not great on a Friday night during the busy Holiday season.

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  18. JeffreyL

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fun drinks, wait staff was top notch and gave great recommendations.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    A simple skewer took 45 minutes to get to the table, by that time we were given 10 minutes to slam our expensive cocktails and eat (our first course), because we were told we had to leave as the next reservation was there.

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  20. Winesnob

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best cocktail lounge in Holland & the best bartenders!!

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  21. JoshZ

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I enjoyed an incredible meal and dessert at the bar with an experienced team of service. The drinks were so good and the environment was so cool and calm.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience! The atmosphere, bartenders, and drinks were all great. Would definitely recommend

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  23. MichelleS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Big city vibe in a small town. Definitely make a reservation--my friend has been turned away before. The drinks are delicious and unique and Nate was an excellent bartender who gave great advice and checked on us just enough for us to feel taken care of and not so much that it felt cloying. The Obstacle 1 (old fashioned) was presented with such pageantry; it was a cocktail AND entertainment and (my friend said) absolutely wonderful. So much so that she did not offer me a sip! Not being a bourbon girl, I ordered the Oaxaca Old Fashioned and it was excellent and served in a glass with a large cylindrical cube so as not to dilute the drink. I didn't offer her a sip either haha! I will definitely be back with my husband for a date night! An amazing addition to Holland's cocktail scene.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and Food were great! We tried a handful of the seasonal cocktails and they were perfectly crafted.

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  25. LindaG

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool vibe here! Drinks and mixologists were amazing. Not crowded and conversing was easy. Drink prices reflected quality. Although we did not have food with drinks, prior experience with Poquito food was excellent.

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  26. Mandy

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks, food, and service were all fantastic! They could have had the lights up a bit more as it was really hard to read the menus.

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  27. Keith

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a favorite. My friend and I try to come once a month. Is it expensive? It is. Is it worth it? Absolutely. It’s an experience beyond “let’s go to the bar and have a drink.” If fine dining was a bar, it would be Obstacle No. 1. You’re treated to ambience, personal service, a great atmosphere, and some of the best concoctions I’ve ever had. If you’re in town, you should put this on your list.

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  28. MichaelK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic cocktail venue! Proper drinks and service.

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  29. chadg

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were very good and the atmosphere was perfect. Highly recommend

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  30. EmilyY

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time watching the bartenders making drinks and enjoyed the experience.

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  31. April

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Victor and Nick never disappoint! I will return! :)

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  32. Allison

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, atmosphere and drinks. Servers are incredibly skilled and it is clear that they enjoy their craft.

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  33. LocalGal

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my new favorite places in Holland! Great drinks, superb service, and an WESOME atmosphere. A must-see for your next visit to Holland. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as the space is small.

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  34. JanD

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and fabulous well made cocktails!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible cocktails, fun knowledgeable staff, best drink in town.

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  36. Bigcef

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time in, and Nate helped create amazing cocktails and experience for it. My fiancé even asked him to create an off menu drink he would enjoy with free reign over ingredients and it turned out great. Would definitely recommend. We did not get to try the food.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool place to have a unique cocktail experience.

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  38. MeaghanM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an awesome place- more than just cool ambiance and forest drinks, it’s a full on experience. Victor and Nate were amazing!

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  39. KariK

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was incredible and the drinks were very tasty! However, our service was slow. They could have used two bar tenders with a full restaurant. Sitting at the bar on a date wasn’t conducive to conversation so request a table if you want to chat with your date!

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  40. SulemaK

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The crafted cocktails and service were excellent. My only complaint was that it was very dimly lit. It was difficult to read the menu and ultimately see our dishes when served. We put our trust in the kitchen and everything was wonderful!

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FAQs

Obstacle No. 1 is rated 5 stars by 330 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 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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