The Sovengard

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Farm-to-table
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HØST is our daily changing farm-to-table menu experience located in our upper level dining room.

Biergarten and Garden Level dining are for walk-in guests, no reservations.

At their most elemental, restaurants provide nourishment. At their best, a crystallized moment of joy. The Søvengård is foremost a Midwest restaurant, looking through the kaleidoscope lens of the New Nordic Movement. Simply put, the delicious food and drink we make has been sourced with care and responsibility for the land and its inhabitants, representative of our amazing region and current season; beyond farm-to-table. Expect new flavors mingled with an element of the familiar, unparalleled freshness and seasonality, and warm hospitality.
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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and everyone loved their meals. Really want to come back and try Host!!

KL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Sorry. Food was a little amatuer-ish. Left wanting more and hungry. Not a good sign. I wanted it to be good, didn't live up to the hype.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place overall. Great service and help breaking down the menu for those that don't speak fancy food speak. Food was excellent and great beer and drink list. Very happy overall.

TS
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday. Excellent meal.

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food service and space top notch!
Excellent service and personable!

The Sovengard
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank very much!

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ES
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a lovely place for a nice dinner. One of the better menus in Grand Rapids.

The Sovengard
Responded on September 8, 2019

Very kind of you to say Eric, thank you!

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t
Grand Rapids
110 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Sovengard is a great place for the adventurous diner. It's fun to dine with others, so that you can share some of the small plates. I dined with my husband, and we shared the salt and vinegar potatoes with roe, along with the stuffed squash blossoms. Both were great. I had the duck as an entree. It's one of the smaller entrees, so you would not want to (or really be able to) share it for a course. My husband had the dumplings, which was another small plate. We noticed that the sizes in the different categories vary widely; it's a good idea to ask your server how big each portion is before making decisions. The wine list is from sustainably grown vineyards, and so is small, but adequate. There are many beers on tap that you won't see elsewhere.

The Sovengard
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you, so glad you enjoyed! Check out our lower level and biergarten for a more casual menu next time you're in!

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M
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great Service!!
Ambiance excellent 😀
Was expecting a bit more quality from the food at the price range.

JZ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating at the Biergarten was enjoyable. Food and drinks were good, but the fruit tart was one of the best desserts I have ever had. The owner Rick came to our table during dinner to let us know one of the entrees we ordered was not available and to make sure a substitution was acceptable. Personal service is always a plus.

The Sovengard
Responded on September 8, 2019

Cheers Joshua, happy to take care of you guys! - Rick

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RR
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This is first not so great experience we have had at the Sovengard. The specials of the evening was not available and the only thing that looked good on the menu which was relatively affordable. The umbrella on our table would not stay in proper position. The music outside was louder than it needed to be which made it hard to carry a conversation at our table. Overall, not a great experience. All visits considered, I still like the Sovengard and hope this doesn't become a trend.

TE
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so yümmy.


Fresh food, bold flavors balanced with subtle ones. And the honey tart was a revelation. Thank you!

The Sovengard
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you so very much Tanya, hope to see you again soon!

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p
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave in GR. Connor is a terrific host!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thanks so much, cheers!

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We chose the Host level of Sovengard. The space was really nice and the drink menu was fun and unique. The food menu was interesting, but in the end we were all underwhelmed by the taste for the price we paid. In addition, one of the members of our party has a gluten allergy. The menu is not labeled for GF. She kept communicating to the server that she needed gluten free items, however, her entree came out with pasta. The server did not take responsibility for the order and blamed her. She was not given good options to replace the entree and ended up with a bland vegetable entree. We would have appreciated more care for her allergy, clearer communication about GF options, and some show of concern on the part of the server. We likely won't return after this experience.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner with friends on the outside patio. Always treated so well there and can’t wait to go back!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Fantastic, we'll see you again soon!

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R
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service at Host, but we were disappointed that some of our favorites are now only available downstairs at their other space. We had a nice dinner, but went to the Biergarten afterwards to eat our appetizer.

And watch out for the drop-off upon entering their parking lot in the back. If you have a low vehicle you will be leaving car parts on the sidewalk!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Sorry about the lot Roger, it gets a little rough from the plowing the incline in the winter and our land lord doesn't pay much attention to it. Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at HOST though. Thanks!

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our service at Søvengård was incredible. Our waiter was one of the best I’ve ever had. He was witty & fun and made a mean cocktail. The food was excellent. We had the squash blossoms, fried smelt, and some sort of cherry dumplings. All three small plates were packed with flavor and each played to the ingredients strengths. We would definitely recommend! After dinner we went downstairs and sat outside in the garden, it was nice down there too!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Fantastic, thanks so much Ashely!

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DR
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress - the food and service are always top-notch!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thanks Diane, really appreciate it!

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NL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great unique options for a meal. Portions are rather small for the price

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thanks for the feedback Nick. We're working on making sure people are well feed at an appropriate price for the quality we're offering. Cheers!

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A
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner! Our food was amazing & so was our service. We will be going back soon!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you, look forward to seeing you soon!

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KE
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was great and we learned that it really changes week to week. That means we will need to go back. Our server Anthony was great. Very attentive to our needs, explained the menu well and was very personable.

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank so much Kymberly, see you soon!

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EK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food in a quiet, casual environment. Would definitely go back!

The Sovengard
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank Emily, hope to see you again soon!

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a huge menu but very well thought out. We had a sample of almost everything and nothing disappointed. Cool place and excellent food and service.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Only down issue, waiter didn’t explain the difference between the limited upstairs menu and downstairs menu

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is beautiful and the service is excellent. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and helped us pick from the menu. The food and cocktails were very tasty and I enjoyed eating a cuisine I’m not terribly familiar with. My only point of information - can’t even really call it a complaint - is that the portions are pretty small. I get dates after a meal that was a split starter, entree and dessert. My husband was still hungry. But overall it was a very enjoyable meal.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful! So much better than I expected! Staff was very nice and I can’t wait to go back!

The Sovengard
Responded on July 6, 2019

Fantastic, thank you so much for the feedback!

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AV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks and food are always amazing, and I love getting to try the wide variety of ingredients and flavor combinations. The ambience can’t be beat— it’s bright and inviting with tasteful decorations and some great art. The staff are the absolute best. They are knowledgeable and personable, always willing to give a recommendation and experiment with cocktails. That’s why it’s my favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids.

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you so very much Alyssa! We appreciate you noticing the details and compliments about our hardworking staff. Hope to have you in again soon!

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SN
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Probably one of the best meals we had in a long time. Fresh and beautifully crafted! Highly recommend! I gave service three stars only because we sat at the bar and he was super busy servicing other servers and tables but he was very friendly. Literally exceptional!!! Can’t wait to go back!

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you very much Sarah, we look forward to having you back in!

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OT
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a great meal. The Perch was delicious and the Whitefish as well. My only complaint was that the whitefish needed to be served on top of noodles, rice, or something. Instead it was served in a large bowl of broth...and I was given a fork to eat it. My son picked up his bowl to finish the broth. I felt it was a small portion to be considered a dinner and expected more for the price. Dessert was chocolate cake and it was a bit dry. The chocolate martini was delicious though! 😋

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks so much for the helpful feedback. We'll try to improve those dishes for the future. Cheers!

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great overall experience. Will return.

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Fantastic, thanks so much!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. We chose to eat in the Host level - more formal dishes. Everything was great tasting. Trust the chefs even if you don’t know about every ingredient.

We will return to try the casual / bier garden level.

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Awesome to hear about your experience at HOST. Hope to see you soon in the biergarten. Thank you!

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e
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to this place is amazing. I travel to the Nordic countries a lot, and it's really nice to have a Nordic-type experience, but still have it feel unique. Also, the beer list is one of the best in the state!

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Wow, thanks so much for the kind words. We really appreciate the feedback. See you next time!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister and I went here. Was great!

The Sovengard
Responded on July 3, 2019

Great to hear, thanks for coming!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We've dined here several times and the food is always good (thus three stars) but this particular night the service was really bad. Once our order was taken our server never once came back to our table to check on us or ask if we wanted another beverage, refill our water carafe etc. We had to ask another employee to send him to our table for the bill and even then it took him another 10 minutes to arrive. I might understand if they were busy. Maybe. But the place was empty and employees were just standing around.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We have been here multiple times however this was our first time being here during the week. And unfortunately we noticed a drastic difference in service. It is far better on the weekends!

PL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried several different restaurants in the GR area. This was by far, the best. Dishes were thought out well and executed perfectly.

The Sovengard
Responded on June 13, 2019

Thanks for the feedback Paul, hope to have you in again soon!

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Two distinct areas: one inside with a daily changing, interesting menu. One outside with a standard menu of more routine items. Both areas were appealing. I had the mushroom and noodle dish which featured five different mushrooms and was delicious.

The Sovengard
Responded on June 13, 2019

Thanks for coming in Bonnie, we hope to have you in again to enjoy the biergarten this summer!

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L
Grand Rapids
33 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, and it is really nice sitting outside.

The Sovengard
Responded on June 13, 2019

Cheers Lulu, hope to have you back soon!

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in West Michigan!!! Such good food, beautiful vibes, and very kind and accommodating staff. 5 stars!!!

The Sovengard
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you kindly Matt, we'll see you soon!

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LK
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Very creative food preparation. Excellent service by Seth. He is extremely knowledgeable
about food and enthusiastic in describing various preparations. Parking is very scarce.

The Sovengard
Responded on June 4, 2019

Cheers, thanks for coming Leon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Gluten free options were great and cocktails delightful. Love the beer garden.

The Sovengard
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks for visiting!

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