Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids

4.5
525 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Private dining
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.
Additional
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

Wheelhouse is the pinnacle of private dining in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, featuring three versatile event spaces – The Porch, Bar and Weston Dining Room. At Wheelhouse, we take pride in your event and are committed to exceeding your expectations.

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What 525 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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k
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy this restaurant. The cocktails are fun, food very good, great service and love the atmosphere. Convienent valet parking.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Will definitely return when I'm back in Grand Rapids!

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OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We never had a server. We waited 12 minutes before finally asking the hostess for a server. She continued to take our drink order. Someone else got us water and a third person took our food order. The hostess brought our food and someone else refreshed our drinks. We never had a server help us- as if we were forgotten altogether. Thankfully the food was excellent and I enjoyed my company enough to outweigh the lack of service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and ambiance. A great place to eat before going to an event at Van Andel. The salmon is a must!

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JB
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was great, all-around great!

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M
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food just wasn’t very good. Wife said her French onion soup was extremely salty and the piece of salmon on her Caesar salad was as big as two matchbooks. I guess they’d changed their menu since last time we’d been there. Disappointed this time around.

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VN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two friends and I had a wonderful experience the other night. The food was fantastic and the service was great. We especially liked being able to try the soup and the wine before we ordered. The ambiance was a wonderful mix of classy and cozy.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a quick bite before a concert at Van Andel. Deviled Eggs appetizer was great!

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SC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and atmosphere!
Service running slow...very busy pre-concert crowd! Friendly server and prices on the higher end. Would go back (on a quieter night).

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HS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, convenient to events at Van Andel. I always take my customers there before a show.

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DR
Grand Rapids
61 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place- the wine is great and the food is fantastic. Would highly recommend. Always go here before an event at Van Andel.

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F
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great. Service just ok, he said he was busy because of the concert.
This venu is too loud to even talk at a table of 4. We could not hear each other.

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N
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Levi, was exceptional. Helped us squeeze in 2 more people at the last minute.

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a
Detroit
78 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of five had cocktails and dinner during a visit to Art Prize. The cocktails, notably the Knob Creek based manhattan and wine; all Happy Hour offerings were superb. We dined on the french onion, the caesar, the scallops, Scottish salon duet, chicken done right, and the braised ribs, all excellent. The staff was energetic and attentive. A very pleasing experience overall. Go forth and enjoy.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I want to love the Wheelhouse badly! I enjoy the atmosphere and they have a wonderful menu! It is close to my work, so I try to go often for work lunches. Not sure if it is the noon hour, but service is often slower during this time and the kitchen normally gets the meal incorrect for those requesting substitutions or eliminations. However, if you have time to spend it is worth trying.

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d
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour, great cocktails and wine , and stayed for dinner ... Great service and intresting tasty menu .. Loved our food !!!

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OT
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg totally amazing. Food is off the rails yummy.
Service was fantastic. Great value for the money.
We will be back!!

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k
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon this restaurant and very happy we did! We would highly recommend!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was slow and chicken was dry

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OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch dining experience. Highly recommend!

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S
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary. The waiter was very kind and outgoing, he was very knowledgeable about food and drinks. The food was fantastic! Specifically the pepper appetizer, that was unique and very delicious. the wine was choice and the mix drinks were great. It was great time and was worth every penny.

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T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wheelhouse was truly awesome! The food was amazing, the service was superb, and the atmosphere was perfect. I will be back the next time we are in Grand Rapids.

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LK
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and good service. Booths are quiet enough for conversation in a normal voice. Excellent location in downtown GR to meet friends, have dinner, and get "caught up".

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DD
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Limited but excellent menu. Staff really attentive. Food was really good. We have a lot of great restaurants in GR. This one is a hidden secret.

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

Fantastic as always!

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

Dining with two young children (ages 5 and 7) is not always easy but our server was overly kind and accommodating! My husband and I love this place when it’s just the two of us, and we can now say love the space with our little ones too!

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JJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Food was delicious. We will be returning!

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A
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Reasonably priced. Quiet for a business meeting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Rachel was so very knowledgeable and provided outstanding service. Honestly one of the best servers we’ve ever encountered.

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Had the dates- awful. The gnocchi was ok and the the steak was over done....
honestly not the greatest experience

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s
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please let the cook know that was the best salmon I ever had. Food is very good there. Definitely a fun place to go.

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m
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant! Menu was somewhat limited, but we liked the burgers! Service was fantastic!!!

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SB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cobb salad was perfect. The restaurant was busy this night, but there is nice ambiance!

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TS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was excellent. Brought family of 4- very reasonable for downtown. Salads and burgers were very good. Great location too.

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HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED it, the food was great, the cocktails were delicious and the service was perfect. Somehow they manage the noise level in there incredibly well, we had a large group and we were able to hold a conversation etc. Will def go bck!

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OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had live music & it was great!

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KB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy Hour menu is not available on nights of events at VanAndel. The website should mention that.

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KM
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The back room is very loud. Some sort of updates should be made to help the acoustics.

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s
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We chose this restaurant for the location, as we were seeing a concert across the street at Van Andel Arena. We were seated right away and had a reservation. The atmosphere was loud, and the restaurant wasn't real full. They were out of our beer selection but our waitress did recommend another. I had the double hamburger with chips. The meat was flavorless and thin, garnishes lacking, and chips flavorless. My husband had the NY strip steak for $33.00. Very small portion, tough and flavorless. We will not come here again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, large portions, best ever waiter. Ask for Fred. Coming back as soon as possible. Five Stars +++++

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