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WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek

4.5
4.5
182 Reviews
$30 and under
American
**Patio Area** We try to accommodate everyone and are able to most of the time; however, the patio area is not a guarantee
Home of the WACO Taco - Expect a brilliant fusion of American & European cuisine freshly prepared by internationally-trained chefs each
and every time you choose WACO Kitchen. All products are locally-sourced and
organic

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (269) 520-1200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Springfield

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Innovative

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for scenic views

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  1. TH

    ToddH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so very delicious. The staff is wonderful and you can’t be watching airplanes, land and takeoff. What a cool concept in a restaurant in a small town.
  2. m

    markp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food . We highly recommend WACO kitchen .
  3. A

    Auntheatty

    Toledo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice dinner at Waco last night. Everything was outstanding. I had the scallops which were fabulous, and my fiance had the pork chop, and we shared the pork belly for an appetizer. The prices are a bit higher so we won't be able to go as often as we would like, but the service and atmosphere are exquisite.
  4. KM

    KML61

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    My first visit to Waco Kitchen and I will definitely be returning.
  5. ED

    EthyD

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guest really liked it there and our food was very good.
  6. PM

    PMR11

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    After 2 years this place has only become more unprofessional and poorer quality food. We were told that the reason they were out of several menu items was because they had been closed over Xmas and will close again for New Year's, so they weren't ordering fresh food. Guess what the guest hears? You're eating the old stuff that we've got left. We were told the reason we waited over 10 minutes for cocktails was because the bartender didn't show up for their shift so they were all trying to figure out how to make the signature cocktails we ordered - 3 cocktails. We asked for water for the table and only got 5. Had to ask twice for a 6th. With a reservation, we were crammed into the indoor/outdoor area with all the other tables. No guests were seated in the main dining room. It was quite cool and proceeded to get cooler. Eventually it was 67 degrees. The manager apologized and then told us that the heater wasn't working but maybe after she messed with the thermostat it would get better. It didn't. We weren't moved into the dining room where the heater was working. The waitress was clueless, friendly, but just inept. She was a deer in the headlights when asked for menu recommendations. Embarrassing. The kitchen forgot the second duck entree. We were one of about five parties in the restaurant. We couldn't wait on the entree to arrive as our food was rapidly chilling in the frigid air. The couple split the Buffalo chicken wrap which was basically a Bleu cheese wrap and nearly inedible. I had the $40 prime rib. Bland and not seared as advertised. Vegetables were seared in copious amounts of burnt oil. Had it been $20, I would have been fine with it but at $40 you expect a bit of special. The forgotten duck entree was comped and delivered in a to go box. I would have preferred the entire meal comped but that's the last time I visit Waco. The menu is a confused unrelated chaos and no one was impressed with their entree. Service continues to be silly.
  7. BC

    BCMG

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every visit is wonderful
  8. T

    Topcatjack

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WACO Kitchen is a gem here in Battle Creek. Great food and drinks. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Looking forward to our next visit.
  9. DS

    DeborahS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Service was very good, attentive. Unfortunately, the corned beef on the Reuben sandwiches was nearly inedible for the three attendees who ordered it. No one wanted to make a fuss, so I don’t know how the restaurant would have responded to a complaint. I would try it again and hope the current menu includes some of the items I saw in the pictures on the website, which looked very good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drink selection, and wait staff. Food was superb! We had a great experience and will definitely be back. We love this place!
  11. BC

    BattleCreekMark

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    All present have been to WACO several times and everyone has enjoyed the food and experience.
  12. PR

    PaulR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak that was prepared was excellent! Every experience at Waco has been excellent so far.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Some in our party had their meals prepared well. Two of us had meals that weren’t consistently warm.
  14. NL

    NormanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an outstanding experience for us. Please advertise more so people know about this super location.
  15. RC

    ReidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a very nice experience, this was our last date night out before we have a baby arrive and Garryn helped make it amazing and special night out! Amazing food and service
  16. d

    denisev

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and service in spite of a winter storm.
  17. TS

    TlSS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, but was not served hot . The steak and vegetables were right on temperature.
  18. MD

    MeganD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. They had the window open where we sat and looked out onto the airfield.
  19. BP

    BrentP

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We went for a Birthday dinner. Friendly welcoming staff. Not a large selection of beer, but we found one that was ok. Our first 2 appetizers (bretzel and scallop)were very good. The harvest salad with salmon was good although I like my root vegetables were not quite roasted enough fir my liking. The burger was good but the broccoli was hard and crunchy(again I like it done a bit more). Also, if you put diced onions on a burger you may want to tell the diner on the menu that’s how it comes. It is a nice modern space and is a great place to have a meal and watch the planes come in and out. We will be back.
  20. F

    Fred

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a bay week at work. We decided we needed a little escape so we climbed in the Bonanza and flew to Battle Creek to Waco Kitchen. I had a Maple Bourbon Pork Chop that was absolutely divine. Our servicer was excellent and very knowledgeable. Perfect evening
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as it usually is there. It is a unique atmosphere to have lunch.
  22. MM

    MacM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Viewing the tarmac, watching a small private plane fly in for dinner and the very minimalist, spotless decor/design makes for great ambience! Our drinks were disappointing, as the liquor menu excluded our preferred liquors. Cobb Salad had fresh avocado but was unimaginative with watery, flavorless Ranch dressing. My friend's BBQ Burger with fries was average, local dive bars have tastier burgers. We will try again, as that was our first dinner there. In the past, breakfasts have been great!
  23. JC

    JeffreyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Two of our meals were missing items. The waiter didn’t notice that the bacon macaroni was missing bacon. And in my fuel up bowl there was lettuce replaced for the cabbage roll that is described in the menu. This was our first time there and probably will not come back.
  24. KD

    KimberlyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was good though some was overpriced. $10 for a tiny piece of dry carrot cake.? The service seemed like it was everyone's first week. No body could answer questions. It was awkward with how little the servers and staff seemed to know. I would try again a second time and see how it it and make a decision then if it is worth it.
  25. HT

    HeatherT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a beautiful sunset ambiance and was neat to be able to see the planes pulling into the lot. We even got to see a plane take off into the sunset, literally. Food was delicious with dynamic flavors, drink was yummy. All around wonderful experience and classy presentation
  26. CD

    CarolD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The area we were seated in was not clean. Underneath the tables was dirty and chairs had not been wiped out. The quality of their food has really gone down since they first opened. Soup wasn’t hot, barely warm. The view is nice.
  27. LL

    LisaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was very good and a nice variety. Though the ambience was great, it was almost too quiet. Like you couldn’t chat among yourselves without everyone hearing, a little background music would be nice.
  28. K

    Kowalske

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my 6yo son for a special lunch. Atmosphere and service were awesome.
  29. RP

    RyanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place right at the airfield! Chicken Sandwich for the win!!
  30. MH

    MichelleH

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Unique restaurant in Battle Creek. Classy and great views.
  31. PM

    PilotM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good for a business lunch outing / team celebration. They accommodated al >12 of us. Menu choices are somewhat limited, but what they have is good. I would recommend their burgers. I have had the fish before and was disappointed.
  32. LC

    LaurieC

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service and atmosphere is wonderful. It is a bit pricey.
  33. TM

    TeresaM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is wonderful and we love sitting on the patio and watching the planes coming and going!
  34. RB

    RickB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing. I’m a burger fan and this place just became my favorite burger place in SW Michigan. They have much more than burgers though. My wife had the apple brined pork chop and it was amazing. The restaurant is located next to, but a part of, the Waco Aircraft hangar. Getting to see the works of art they call bi-planes is a unique touch of ambience. We will be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I parked my airplane right at the base of the restaurant. Food was excellent, service great and view unparalleled. This is a close to dining perfection as one could ask for.
  36. L

    Linda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff. Great menu choices. Good idea to make reservations.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Even though I had a confirmed reservation for Sunday, September 11th the restaurant was closed when I got there. According to the sign on the door they are closed on Sundays. Left me wondering how I can make a reservation 4 or 5 days in advance, but no one at the restaurant noticed that it was for a day they are not open for business??
  38. F

    Fred

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & friendly service
  39. MG

    MunchieGuy

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Both my wife and I had dirty water cups with food on them and the bread plate and dish were also dirty with oily finger prints on them so we left after arriving and decided not to eat here anymore
  40. JS

    JoannaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and wait staff was so pleasant though they were understaffed. But that is true most places so I don’t fault Waco- they were truly working hard! Not sure why, but there seemed to be 3-4 tables with small children who all seemed to be crying or fussing- unexpected for a Friday dinner hour. Again, not the fault of Waco. Perhaps there could be a section they seat them together away from adult diners who are looking for a relaxed evening. Will definitely eat at Waco again!!

FAQs

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (269) 520-1200.

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek is rated 4.5 stars by 182 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 12 times today
Google Map for WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek

15955 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Springfield

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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