Permanently Closed - Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids

4.7
865 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a concert! Our server was fabulous, food was amazing, and the entire experience was exceptional!!!

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GarthD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fine , food was good and restaurant was clean and airy.

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ScottK
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, great service, on the pricey side. It's the kind of place that you would expect to find on Manhattan, a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, the seasoning and sauces complement the entire dish. Nice variety of items on the menu.
From Appetizers to desserts the flavor and presentation is fantastic!!!
Our Server Parker was very knowledgeable About the food, wine, and there cocktails.
Service was second to none.
When ever I can I take all my business clients there, they will not be disappointed. They will be impressed.

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ShannonO
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time being there but I will definitely eat there again. Very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had of 2020

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the staff was excellent. It can be a little noisy, but that is expected when the restaurant is full of people!!

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vipJohnG
Grand Rapids
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Awesome service!! Thank you!

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DianeW
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We thought the figs had a little too much peanut butter for our tables liking. The eggs were good but still feel you have to love deviled eggs to order them. We absolutely LOVED the chicken and felt the short ribs needed a little sauce or gravy. That is why I gave the food a three.
Our server was the best!!! Ambiance great but the music was a little loud...could not here people across the table.

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KGANLN
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, kids menu was good except that drinks for kids were not included and cost extra which seems a little crazy. The atmosphere was nice and they were prepared for our table with 5 kids.

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FrankW
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner before the Grand Rapids Whiskey Business event at Devos center Actually the service was outstanding Chris did a great job, dinner was Great and they did a fabulous job on Mollies meal since she has sensitives to certain foods.
Thank you so much for doing such a great job

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vipThomasS
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service

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Mlew22
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience at Wheelhouse was phenomenal! My wife and I were downtown for a date night and every step of the way our server had genuine recommendations that were followed through with delicious food, and better drinks. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this was absolutely worth it in my opinion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good and drinks were delicious. However, the price was steep for 'regular' fare. There was nothing fancy to write home about.

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BRIDGETC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food presentation could have been more simple. The atmosphere was great but for the price the food was just ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant surprise while in town for work. Gorgeous restaurant, great food and pleasant atmosphere! Will return when in town again.

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RMmm
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic place for a celebration! Good food and service. Menu was a bit eclectic for younger people. Overall nice experience-restaurant has a warm inviting ambiance.

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NathanH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Wheelhouse on the Saturday night of Valentine's day weekend. We showed up about 10 minutes before our reservation but were seated immediately. The restaurant was very full, but service was still very fast, friendly, and professional. My girlfriend and I dressed up, and in a button up shirt and sports coat I was a little over-dressed but didn't feel too out of place.

I ordered the Toronto Old Fashioned to drink and my girlfriend got a Southern Belle; both were delicious (the old fashioned was one of the best I've had anywhere, unique because of the hint of mint from fernet branca and the infusion of smoke). We ordered a plate of deviled eggs to start, which were delicious, and for entree's we got pierogis and squash agnolotti. Both were excellent, but for $18/piece the portions could've maybe been a little bigger. Finally, we got the red velvet Valentine's dessert special, which included red velvet cookies, brownies, and macaron's. All were delicious.

Almost everything about Wheelhouse feels very upscale; the space if gorgeous, the food and drink is served beautifully, and the service is top notch. It also caters to the younger, bar-centric downtown crowd, so the music and lighting reflected more of that vibe. The price point is certainly higher than the bulk of nearby bars and restaurants, but felt pretty fair given the overall quality of the experience.

All in all, I'd say this is one of the best restaurant experiences I've had anywhere. I will be making a point to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Close to arena and they take reservations. Great location. Great food. Will return!

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AshleyG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant. Great food and ambiance. Short walk to Van Andel Arena!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Valentines Dinner :)

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish! We were seated by a wonderful young man who wished us a happy anniversary (he did his homework - knew how many years) and chatted with us for a while. Gave us a great window table. Server Parker was terrific and knowledgeable. Table runners were friendly and efficient - just marvelous staff all the way around!

Food and drinks were fantastic! The Fireside Old Fashioned presentation was A+ and only surpassed by the taste. We loved the goat cheese appetizer, Caesar salad, scallops and trout special.

The ambiance is very chill. Love just the whole experience - one of my favorite downtown GR restaurants. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time having dinner at Wheelhouse. Service and food were great both times. We will definitely be returning.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wheelhouse is one of our favorite restaurants to visit for date night, or for any occasion. I put in a silly request on the reservation to whisper in my girlfriends ear and they did it! Their staff is SO friendly, and you really feel like you get to know them. The food is where they thrive on though. I've had their perogies both times I went, and I want it again, but I want to try the rest of their menu. So, SO, SO so SO GOOD.

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SavannahM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service was great! Absolutely beautiful atmosphere!

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DianeW
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wheelhouse Green Salad was amazing. Great salad to split. I had the Winter Squash Angolotti and it was so flavorful (a little small). Would definitely order again. The Southern Belle*
(sweet berry cocktail with crisp citrus gypsy vodka, blackberry purée, lemon, simple syrup, elderflower foam) was out of this world!

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vipJasmenH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, meal presentation was great with nice portions. The creme brûlée cheesecake with the mascarpone cream and berries was amazing.

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vipFrankP
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was superb

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first time at this restaurant and it won’t be our last. The service was excellent, the food was right on and we had a good evening. Glad we checked it out!

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Jenny
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot before heading to a show next door! The new charcuterie board is amazing!!!

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Debi
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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vipzimajona
Mobile
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extent food and atmosphere!

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vipDinePwr
Grand Rapids
46 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was good.

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vipRico
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch, so only moderately busy, but service was outstanding. Our server was very polite and paid the right amount of attention to us. We both had the Cobb salad, and it was very fresh, very good.

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Derek
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a stop prior to going to a musical. We had limited time and the staff accommodated us perfectly. We sat at the bar and had a great experience and great food.

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Longfellow
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They keep getting better and they were very good to begin with. Had fish and chips. Couldn't believe how good the tartare sauce was! So much better than I have ever had! Crazy good.

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vipJacquelineP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to get together with family! The menu was great and had very appealing food options. The wait staff was helpful with the many options and right on target with what would be great to order. The environment was very inviting and cozy. I would definitely recommend this place and will definitely return. I’m so happy I found this gem in Grand Rapids!

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AudraB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation in advance and were seated immediately upon arrival. The service was excellent, even with having a large party of people. The ambience and vibe of the restaurant is wonderful. Polite and prompt staff. We’ll definitely be back.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Wheelhouse is excellent. Our drinks from the bar were exceptional. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and inviting, cozy yet airy, a delight all around. Our group have appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee. All was excellent-truly. I have recommended Wheelhouse before and will continue to do so. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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Permanently Closed - Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (616) 226-3319.

Permanently Closed - Wheelhouse - Grand Rapids is rated 4.7 stars by 865 OpenTable diners.