Sonder Eatery

4.3
221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Located inside Terra Square Farmers Market, Sonder is a culinary playground built on the foundation of the Midwestern culture and our local West Michigan Community. Fresh foods shouldn’t frighten you, and eating quality doesn’t have to require a dress code. Come as you are; the food will speak for itself. Time around our dinner table will encourage you to discover new tastes, new friendships and create lasting memories. We are eager to be your home away from home.

We can’t wait to show you what we’ve prepared
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
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Hours of operation
Mon Closed
Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Wed, Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(616) 202-6379
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas Rusticus
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Catering
Sonder Eatery provides a full catering service. Please visit our website or call us for more info. Choose Sonder for your next event needing catering and experience the difference!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
School Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My group enjoyed a great evening at Sonder. I loved all of the good and cocktails I tried. The atmosphere was relaxing and comfortable, but still had a high end feel.

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EH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Labeling items on your menu that are gluten-free or vegan would be helpful. Also, more non-meat options, besides salad would be nice. I didn't feel like eating meat when I dined there, yet even the brussel sprouts dish had bacon in it.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was great! Very pleased with it right when we walked in. We placed our drink order and then a few minutes later placed our appetizer order. Two friends received their drinks that had to be made, an old fashioned and a sazerac, right away, but when our appetizers arrived, I was still waiting for my wine to be served. The pretzel cheese and gouda dip were great, but the parmesan fries were pretty standard. I ordered the gnocchi, and while the flavor was spot on, I was disappointed with the portion, especially considering the price. One friend got the burger and said it was nothing to write home about, but another friend really enjoyed the fish sandwich, and another said the roasted chicken was great. We were comped a dessert for the wine mishap, so we really appreciated that. Both the creme brulee and peanut butter mousse were delicious. While I think there is room for improvement, I think Sonder is headed in the right direction and I would go back.

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service, great atmosphere. All in all made for a memorable date

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Way overpriced for atmosphere, quality of steak terrible, trout barely ok. Waitress put grautuity for 4 people and we didn’t realize . Very loud

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KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been to Sonder several times and it is consistently delicious and beautifully presented. While the menu is somewhat limited there are great options at several price points. We sat outside at my last visit, and other than wobbly tables it was delightful.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a special occasion and had a great meal. The service was excellent and we appreciated the recommendations.

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R
Grand Rapids
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit, and like the first, we truly enjoyed our meal. They have a very good bar, a decent wine selection and, while the menu is fairly "compact", there are choices to satisfy anyone's palate.

The food is prepared with a true eye for detail, and even the kid's meals were a sight to behold, with the apple slices that accompanied their mac-n-cheese arranged artistically, just because... This is a farm-to-table based restaurant (attached to an actual Farmer's Market) and everything had the delicious flavors that only come from fresh ingredients.

This is a pretty small venue and it's not located in a metro area, but hopefully, those who enjoy this type of dining experience will "make the trek" to keep them in business in the future.

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JR
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Sonder Eatery several times now and the food never disappoints!

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DV
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very flavorful. Portions were good size. Went for the whitefish but they were out that night. Little disappointed in that.

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JK
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanting a special gathering, we went to Sonder for my wife’s birthday. As always, the staff was friendly and pleasant, the food was outstanding and the ambiance excellent. Appetizers and entrees were spectacular. I had the duck which practically melted in my mouth. If you haven’t been to Sonder yet, go!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

So so disappointed. My husband and I were celebrating our 11th anniversary and thought Sonders would be a romanticish choice. According to the menu the prices made it sound like it was higher end/finer dining. It was quite a shock when we arrived and it was anything but.
We each ordered the flatiron steak and when we both went to cut into it, it was so tough we could barely cut through. It was very very chewy and we both felt it was a terrible cut of meat. Neither of us finished but a few bites of it. Vegetables were good though! It is definitely disappointing when you pay that price and the meal is not editable.

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DD
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has a great menu and excellent food. Really good farm to table menu.
Atmosphere is good inside and out.
Best food in the Hudsonville, Jamestown area.
Don't have to go downtown GR to entertain and get great food.

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KS
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love having this gem close by! The menu has something for everyone and the food quality and atmosphere make it enjoyable for a quiet meal or a gathering with friends.

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KM
Grand Rapids
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time eating here. Very interesting and diverse menu, well prepared. Server was friendly and efficient. Our only criticism was that the wine list was quite limited and the noise level indoors. The outdoor seating looked nice (but it was raining so we passed). Will definitely try again

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GJ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Can only rate everything as poor, since the day of our reservation I was called and told they were helping out a catering service that night and would have limited seating, staffing and menu that night. We decided not to eat there. Not a good way to introduce your business to a new customer.

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MS
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative meal options. Well trained friendly staff.

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HK
Grand Rapids
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing! I can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu.

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S
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time visitor. Overall good service and good food. Will plan to go again.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time won't be our last time. Excellent food and excellent service. We sat outside under the huge canopy and it was delightful even on a hot evening. Good detailed insights on the menu from the server and all four entrees were thoroughly enjoyed - mushroom gnocchi, roasted carrot cavatelli, house burger, and rainbow trout. We will be back!

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MF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beverages and service. Menu changes with the season so you can always find something new!

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. A little pricey, but great for a special occasion. Friendly staff.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A little too pricey for location. Whitefish sandwich was not so great.

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R
Grand Rapids
51 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. It was a beautiful night and we decided to sit outside - nice to have that option available. The wine and cocktails were nice (decent wine selection, the bartender did a great job on the old fashioned) and our service was prompt and friendly.

The menu has something for everyone and they focus on using the freshest "farm-to-table" ingredients which is a big plus in our opinion. The meal was great and we where nearly the last people out of the restaurant (it closes at 9:00 PM Tuesday - Thursday) - we'll be back to try more of the menu as soon as possible. Some have noted that the restaurant is loud and it seemed to be as we waited to be seated outside - probably not the place for people who don't like a lot of background noise...

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DC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu has enough variety which were able to sample as all four guests selected a different dish. Everyone’s meal was excellent as well as the appetizers that we shares. Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and pleasant.

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FL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for 5:30 on a Friday night, we were promptly greeted & seated at our inside table. Sonder’s delicious food, excellent service, and interesting menu combined to make our first dining experience a real success! The waitstaff was friendly, attentive and very effective at making us feel welcome ; our server and the manager both spent ample time explaining the various menu options, which made all the difference for us in choosing our entrees. Highly recommend asking questions if you’re a first time guest, they are more than happy to help! Will definitely return to Sonder, next time trying their outdoor dining area. As the evening went on and they got busier, indoor dining got a bit loud for conversation ...but we prefer a more quiet atmosphere. That wouldn’t stop us from dining there again as the food & service more than make up for it! Try Sonder, you won’t be disappointed.

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PF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Sonder was great!! I had a burger and it was awesome!! My friend had a chicken sandwich also amazing!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Fernando the manager stopped by the table as well!

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been looking forward to trying it for awhile. Absolutely loved it. We ate outside so it was quieter, but I did notice it was a bit loud inside. Though next time I would love to sit near the kitchen to watch the beautiful creations being made. I loved it and would happily return often. Excellent food, excellent drink!

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All in all, very good experience. Was disappointed that some items on the menu shown on line weren’t available.

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D
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing

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T
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Sonder several times and never had a bad meal. We are pretty committed to eating locally, and Sonder is one of the only great options in Hudsonville. We love that the food we eat there was raised on the land surrounding us, and are willing to pay slightly higher prices for our meal (they’re prices are still competitive) because we know real farmers in our community are being supported by our choice to eat there. We have had great, friendly, and knowledgeable service every time. It’s our go-to place for a good meal we feel good about eating in town.

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OT
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in West Michigan! Always wonderful service and creative, delicious locally sourced food. Excellent!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food that matched the price point!

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and did not disappoint. Our waitress was knowledgeable and recommended some great dishes. Food & drinks were handmade, fresh & delicious. So happy Hudsonville has Sonders Eatery in their town. Great atmosphere & fun place to meet friends out.

Highly recommend and will be back!

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D
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was outstanding. We had previously eaten here and were impressed with the quality of the food and service. However, we were disappointed with the new menu and food. Two items we wanted for dinner were no longer available at 6:30 in the evening. Our food was mediocre...my fish sandwich tasted like it was cooked in old grease and was over cooked. However, the pear flatbread appetizer and salads were delicious and worth the price, but not the rest of our meal. Hope this was just an “off night” since this restaurant is a delightful addition to Hudsonville.

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JB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Best time ever of at least 5. Burgers were great but no Perrin Black, I shall return. Great little rest.

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JB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would go back, very good and interesting food

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice local eatery with great food and great service!! Offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Z
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent and I highly recommend to anyone interested in a great farm to table concept!

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BB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First week of the new summer menu. Great local farm to table. Food is awesome. This is a great gem of a restaurant that has been badly needed in Hudsonville. Chef Nick is local. Service is always good and very friendly. Would highly recommend

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