Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids

4.4
496 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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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2.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

They had live music & it was great!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Josiah was exceptional! He managed our group very nicely.
And, thanks to Olivia for helping me adjust my reservation from 6 to 7.
We were there before the Hall & Oates concert on Sun July 15. Your website and phone should reflect the fact that you’re open on Sundays when there’s an event downtown.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Was great. Awesome burger. I’ll be back for sure.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great server and food was good

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Beautiful place with an excellent menu and great service

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Our waiter Zach was amazing and very helpful!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

All was good!

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