Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids

4.5
482 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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The Wheelhouse features a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare with seasonal recipes inspired by our Chef’s ongoing partnership with local suppliers. The distinctive menu is complemented by a list of artisan cocktails, select wines and Michigan craft brews. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, next to Van Andel Arena, the restaurant is as lively as its setting in the Arena Place district. The multi-faceted concept is your neighborhood “go-to” for leisure or business. The large bar and porch hosts over 85 seats, making it the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a pre-concert cocktail. Additionally, the versatility of the dining room provides a relaxing space for an intimate dinner, featuring a menu that appeals to the foodie in all of us.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11.00am-10.00pm

Friday: 11.00am-12.00am

Saturday: 12.00pm-12.00am

Sunday: 4.00pm-9.00pm
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Phone number
(616) 226-3319
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Alcid
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ottawa & Oakes
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Parking details
Public parking is available in the Arena Place Ramp on Weston. Street parking in front of the restaurant is also available.

Valet is also available on Friday & Saturday evenings.
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Public transit
The Rapid Public Transit Stop #476 is located at the corner of Ottawa & Oakes.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A lively setting in the Arena Place District located across from Van Andel Arena.

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JO
1 review
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I think that more choice on the menu would be a great idea

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j
1 review
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

waitress was amazing! went here for our anniversary and she was so friendly and even brought us a little wine to celebrate! the food was ok and a little pricey for what you get, but the staff was great

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M
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening here was delightful! Food was fantastic and service was excellent. We loved the location and feel of the restaurant!! We’ll ll definitely go again!!

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SG
Grand Rapids
1 review
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went for an anniversary date with my wife. The food was decent. Good appetizer, my wife liked her food. My pork belly was a bit bland and very fatty with some tough pieces as well. The live band was a little loud and we couldnt really talk to eachother. A table that was sat next to us had a few people that kept scooting their chairs into us without concern for other peoples space.

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JB
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Wheelhouse and although I was disappointed by a couple of things, I would give it another try. We went there on a Monday night before a concert, with a 6:00 reservation before a 7:30 show, which should have been plenty of time. In actuality, the service was so poor that we ended up being late.

There were several others who were arriving at 6:00, which meant our server got four new tables all at once. The hosting staff should have done a better job of seating people throughout the restaurant. Several things were delayed, including water, drinks, main course, and the bill.

The food was good overall although my husband said his steak was overdone. We did not want to send it back since we received our food at 7:10pm and needed to get going.

I am hoping the next visit will be better!

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MM
Grand Rapids
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Right next to the Van Andel if you are going to see a show. Nice and modern inside.

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DR
Grand Rapids
44 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner by experience- food is fantastic and wine selection great.

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Cleveland
22 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! Service was great; Morgan, our waitress was showed the right amount of attention and was knowledgeable about the food. Food was wonderful. The chef and kitchen staff really knows what they’re doing. Wine was very good. The manager stopped by our table to ask our opinion - all was great. We were visiting Grand Rapids and wish we had this restaurant in our hometown. Definitely recommend it and will eat here again when back in town.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience for my birthday. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful.

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LC
1 review
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice, new and bright venue, attentive service, tuna tacos were great, cheese plate had respectable cheeses though an overwrought presentation and meager amount of crostini, french onion soup was meh, pork belly was good, Cobb salad plentiful. Prices reasonable for urban resto. Drink menu extensive. Good sangria.

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LK
Detroit
10 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wheelhouse experience was excellent. Very good wine, food, and service. Relaxed atmosphere,
good for getting "caught up" with old friends.

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RK
1 review
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely excellent! Very good service with a friendly and helpful staff. Would highly recommend this restaurant, and look forward to returning.

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TC
Grand Rapids
1 review
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Great food and drinks and the staff was really friendly.

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LT
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun food, and an amazing wait staff. Really nice spot for a date night or girls night out. Leave the kids at home and enjoy the fun menu featuring some great remade classics.

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OT
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite go-to place! Never disappointed!

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J
Northern MI
1 review
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server and food was good

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chocolate cookies best I ever had!!! Kale salad with steak cut up on it was absolutely awesome. Don’t forget the deviled eggs!!, outstanding restaurant

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NS
1 review
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended to us. Good location and close to music venues. Very clean and updated. Not your usual menu. We went for Happy Hour cocktails and hors d'oeuvres along with dinner. Every person enjoyed their selections. Our waiter was excellent, knowledgeable and attentive. The entrees were exceptional. Would highly recommend this establishment. However, review your bill to make sure the happy hour prices were actually applied.

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m
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok, Wheelhouse staff...my daughters and I have made The Wheelhouse our official 'unofficial' home for Holidays, celebrations, and our spot to 'dress up and make ourselves feel better'! We are there often and have had nothing but stellar service, aesthetically perfect atmosphere, and food that honestly forces a sigh with the first bite (every time)! This night was a 'date' night with my favorite dates (my daughters) and was more than needed. The reboot was perfect as we were blessed with Steve at our table! He is professional but feels like a best friend you just want to 'spill' all of your gossip to...he is a beautiful person and one of the best parts of visiting The Wheelhouse! All of this being said... I have a painful request to share...PLEASE, PLEASE with everything that is holy, PLEASE fill those 'lil warm sugar pillows of love (donuts) with FIG again!!! I only had once and it was transcendent...you must bring those back!...and give me a heads up when you do :) Please and thank you! Love you all, this place is everything! Mary Beth Settles (and daughters)

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Orlando
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is absolutely amazing. we had the salmon and it was off the chain. We will be back for sure

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NB
Chicago
21 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with an excellent menu and great service

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A
Detroit
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was superb. She was so polite and personable.

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RE
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Wheelhouse many times and chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. Fred, our server, was great! The food, delicious, as always! Loved my cocktail, Hotlips, so yummy. We will continue to return to Wheelhouse time and time again.

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating birthdays and out of town family in for a visit. We had a party of 8 which was easily accommodated this Friday night (although we did make a reservation). We were seated at a high top which was perfect. We were able to mix & mingle & switch seats so all could converse with one another. Food was varied and all delicious. Three of us had the gnocchi withe beef ragu, Two the salmon, two the trout and one lone pork belly. Everyone cleaned their plates. Our server handled our crowd with ease and helped with our wine selection since I was unfamiliar with most wines on the list. A fun & relaxing night with family.
Parking was difficult due to construction. When we got there we saw they had valet parking. Next time! And we we will be back.

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c
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to stop for a relaxed, superb dining experience. A favorite of mine before evening cultural events (ballet, concerts, etc.).

Imaginative cocktails, creative locally-sourced menu.

Lively music tracks; upscale architecture (wood, chrome, glass, fireplaces).

Kate is great at the bar; Gazy (at the bar, or tableside) knowledgeable and friendly.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Zach was amazing and very helpful!

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Dallas
1 review
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was good!

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JD
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We chose Wheelhouse for Mother’s Day because we had a good experience there at the invitation of a friend over Easter. Unfortunately, this latest experience was not altogether positive. Started out well, with good cocktails. However, my food (their prime rib special) came out stone cold. When I commented about this to our waiter, I was told that they would “re-do” it. A few minutes later, it came back blowing steam. It was obvious that it was the same plate/food and that they had just put it into a microwave or similar device for an extended period of time. As a result, my prime rib that was supposed to be pink to red was now brown to grey. The manager came by to apologize but I didn’t take away the sour taste. On top of that, while my family was still eating their meal (and I was waiting for mine to come back) we were told that it was “last call” for bith drinks and deserts. Mind you, our reservation was @ 18:30; not like we were coming in late.
So, not a pleasant experience.

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CC
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother's Day Brunch - the food and service were great. Lot's of great brunch offerings with a carving and omelet station.

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MW
Grand Rapids
1 review
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wife and I thought the food was great. Atmosphere for Mother’s day was inviting and perfect for families. Our 3 year old daughter got a little loud at times and we did not feel as if we were ruining anyone’s meal or received looks from staff. Our server was not always attentive at times and towards the end of our meal did not come back to check on us so it was close to 15 minutes after we were done eating that I finally asked another staff member to find our server. He also forgot to give my wife her heirloom tomato.

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M
Detroit
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wheelhouse is a fabulous restaurant. The food is excellent. The service is perfect. Our server was attentive but not hovering. The date appetizers are a must have.

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M
1 review
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall service and ambiance were nice. The food was average for the 120$ spent for 2 people plus a toddler. We got 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 kids plate, and a dessert. Also they did not have cappuccino which I wanted after my meal.

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my 4th time here and probably my last. The first few times here were great. This time we had terrible service (very slow and it wasn’t even busy). I ordered the cheese plate because I wasn’t that hungry. I love all kinds of cheese, but none of them were good. I had 3 bites and could not even stomach more. It was listed as “market price” which turned out to be $19! Completely not worth it. I was with friends who had been before as well and they did not like their food either. Overall, not sure this place will be open much longer if things don’t change.

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FM
1 review
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at bar for great cocktails, happy hour and dinner. Great food and service

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MM
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Put on the spot to find a place for 7 for a work lunch so I picked Wheelhouse as I had never been before. The food was absolutely amazing!! Had an extremely hard time with picking something off of the menu...everything sounded incredible. The food coming out of the kitchen to other tables..."ooh, that looks good....Oh, so does that, oooh, what's that?", was all that was coming from our table :-) Will definitely go back!!

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AS
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. The appetizers and entrees have a creative spin to them which makes this place unique. Awesome restaurant.

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C
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First we started with the deviled eggs and tuna tar tar. Delish! Very good flavor! I had the salmon with cauliflower couscous. My husband had the pork belly with crispy Brussels and cauliflower rice. They were both great dishes. We’d definitely go back! One of the best meals we’ve had!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Food and service were outstanding

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very accommodating for gluten free member of our party.

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SH
1 review
2.0Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Chicken and steak were very dry. First time at this restaurant and I won't be going back. The price makes it tough to go back and take the chance of having a bad dining experience. I've heard really great things about this place but I was definitely not impressed with the food. The service on the other hand was exceptional! Super friendly and attentive.

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