The People's Kitchen

4.7
49 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We love making our food from scratch. We could not do it without our local farmers. Fun atmosphere, upscale cuisine, craft cocktails and local Artist gallery as decor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 49 people are saying
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DawnW
Northern MI
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food . Like really great . We had the Mad Platter as appetizer . Gnocchi was amazing . Shank - awesome . Beef short ribs were a little dry - get the shank . Key lime pie - awesome . Server was busy but so friendly & was able to come by often enough that we had what we needed . Reservation was required as place was hopping . Great meal.

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HSZW
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It took 20 minutes to get my first drink. Then a long time for my salad and 5 minutes later I got my entre but not my wine. Timing for service was just off. I would go back. The food was lovely!

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our server was extremely helpful with pointing out gluten free options, so I absolutely felt safe eating there. The food was wonderful! The only downside to our visit was that we were seated close to the door, and people kept leaving it open as they’d come in and out. We were very cold throughout our visit and had to keep getting up to close the door. But that’s a minor issue - we’d come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very very slow

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vipChet
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drinks! Hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always.

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KatiO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always impeccably thought out and perfectly prepared

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EmilyE
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was terrific. We had four people order four different entrees and all were yummy and interesting. Presentation was beautiful, too. Menu was eclectic without being so weird that it was difficult to understand. My only complaint really was that the chairs were very uncomfortable.

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Cher
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Smaller menu than we were anticipating (did not look online ahead of time, so that’s on us)

Food was good, but service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Our favorite is the fried cauliflower!!!

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VeronicaG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is wonderful, although the menu is limited. We dined on the patio, which is covered, nicely decorated and has heat lamps.

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SteveR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice meal. Enjoyed the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was amazing. He was very friendly and gave great suggestions. The food was awesome! We will be back.

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HannahH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails and small bites. Get the black bean fritters and the Smoky Green mezcal cocktail. So good!

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and beautifully-presented. Custom cocktail was creative and tasty. Service was thoughtful and timely. We were moved immediately from a too-noisy under a speaker table to a quieter one, upon request. All in all, excellent.

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ThomasR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We went here after seeing good reviews on line as a half way meet between Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids for our group. We were disappointed that the actual menu was significantly smaller than the menu posted on line. The food was well prepared, but the two of us who ordered the scallops were quite disappointed. Four scallops, 2 small pieces of asparagus, and a smear of cauliflower purée on the plate. Didn’t even come close to filling up the 22 yo man in our party. I was embarrassed that I had invited him out to dinner and he left the restaurant hungry, but nothing else on the menu appealed to him. We had to add a second destination to our plans in order to fill him up. I will pick somewhere else the next time.

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AnnH
Tabasco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, service was good. Music was way too loud, hard to carry on a dinner conversation

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TeresaM
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party loved their food. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and a shout out to our waiter who was even more amazing. We love everything about this restaurant. Highly recommend the NY strip.

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vipElyseandEvan
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We had the cauliflower, onion dip, crab melt, bruschetta burger, scallops, cod, and beet sandwich (between all of us) and cannot say enough good things about every item! Plus, the drinks were strong and tasty!! We will be back!

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ShariB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire staff was welcoming and efficient. The food was fantastic, spiced, cooked and presented beautifully. We will return!

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vipDependable
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service with a smile. Eclectic Menu with just enough variety for everyone in the group, a bit pretentious and over reaching, but food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome eatery!

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Cloni
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner beginning with the fried cauliflower. My husband and I split the NY Strip meal and the Scallops. The scallops were perfectly seared and the steak was nicely seasoned and served medium rare.
Plenty of food and it was delicious! They have great drinks and Rose’ also. We had a very nice waitress and the manager stopped by to check on us as well. Definitely a number 1 on our list!

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JoeQ
Grand Rapids
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wife’s birthday dinner. Was not super busy but bustling. Got our drinks pretty fast, food was good as usual. Staff was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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vipKjforshaw
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience1

Service was very slow, menu is small, food was just okay. Cocktail menu was much better!

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LansingQueer
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved the food and had a great time. As a queer person, it was really uncomfortable being called “ladies” at a table full of non-binary and trans-masc folks….that was disappointing- but other than that we had a nice time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool vibes there but I do wish I would have sat outside instead because it might have been a little less noisy. Food was amazing, a little pricey but worth it in my opinion. Cocktails were so yummy too!!

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Cloni
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best meal we’ve had in Lansing!!!

The drinks, food, and dessert was delicious!! We’ll definitely be back!

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ShawnK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We shared a bunch of appetizers and had a couple cocktails. Yum, yum! Great variety of foods and yummy drinks. You have to get the peanut butter cheese cake. Addictive!

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ChuckL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

People's Kitchen was disappointing. It is a friendly lively and nicely decorated place with nice slabpine table tops and somewhat uncomfortable chairs. Our reservations were for 730 on a Friday night and the place was bust but there was no wait for our table. There is covered outdoor seating, which would have been quieter but I did not realise thius when making the reservations. Plus it was pretty warm so I wanted AC. The place is very loud with less than 50 people in the dinning room. Hard concrete floors, painted plaster walls and metal truss and steel panel ceilings don't help dampen the sound. The host dseated us immediately and gave us, menus, water and silverware and then we waited 15 minutes for our server to arrive. My wife had several questions about the menu and in order to communicate them the waiter had to stoop down to the table and she had to talk very loudly. I ordered a margarita and my son got a lite beer and we ordered two appetizers. The drinks came in another 15 minutes and we never got our appetizers. The entre's arrived after another 30 minutes. I ordered the NY Stip steak full size (about 10-12 oz cooked $30) which was tough but cooked to the right temperature, no flavor and it came on a very small portion of soggy/tough brocollini with a light,unimpressive creamed potato puree undrneath which is made with duck fat and is tasty but not enough on the plate. My wife got a cod sandwich and fries which was just ok according to her and the potato wedges were hard and seemed to have been sitting for some time. My son got the scallops which he enjoyed but had same isue with the potato wedges. My margarita $8 came in a 4 oz glass filled with ice and was gone after two draws on the straw. It was tasty, but again, not a good value. The waiter appologized for us not receiving our appetizers and blamed the mishap on miscommunication with the kitchen or the cooks, and removed the items from the bill. Overall, disappointing and not a value.

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, incredible food. A new favorite!

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AmyN
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the original and creative menu, the cocktail and wine selection. Erin is becoming our favorite server! Every employee we encountered has been so welcoming and hardworking and proud to be working there. Love the colorful and artsy vibe. The music was a little loud, but it was just a minor nuisance. We had a great date night!

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RamonB
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Music inside the restaurant was a little loud for conversation we asked to be moved outside. Service was

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - amazing flavors and perfectly cooked.

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TimG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always stupendous 😀
The staff is very friendly and always welcoming..
Great atmosphere and also has a great deck for seating..
Highly recommend this restaurant gang 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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JesseG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

🤘 My wife and I love this place. The food is always tops and the service is always excellent 🤘

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PeterB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Please b patient. They do not have enough staff to handle the demand. The wait is worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was the best host server! His quality of service was top notch! He made our experience there even more so. The food and presentation of dish were beautiful, absolutely delicious! The cocktails are creative and I felt like I was in the big city. Finally, something worth it in Lansing. Thank you!!! Keep it up!

FAQs

The People's Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (517) 507-5730.

The People's Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.