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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Grand Rapids

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Grand Rapids? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Heritage Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (590)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
The Heritage is one of the many classroom/laboratory facilities operated by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The restaurant is staffed by students in the culinary programs and is under the direct supervision of Chef and Dining Room Professors.

During lunch, your meal will be prepared and served by first year students. The meals represent International Cuisine with modern and classical touches. In the evening, The Heritage reopens to feature a relaxed atmosphere, more Continental Cuisine, and our second year students will serve and prepare your meal.

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education restaurants and kitchens are classroom settings. We take pride in them. Our students prepare our meals daily with the finest seasonally available ingredients including freshly baked artisan bread.

Top review
JeffreyF
Dined on Mar 14, 2024
We always love the Heritage. We make it at least once a year.
A photo of Obstacle No. 1 restaurant
5.0
5 (330)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Holland
About the restaurant
Quite simply, Obstacle No. 1, aims to be your place for craft cocktails in West Michigan. This handsomely appointed lounge will offer a unique combination of Basque influence in both the cocktails & atmosphere. We look forward to helping you cross that first Obstacle, over drinks of course.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Amazing handcrafted delicious cocktails. Best drinks in Holland!
A photo of Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1083)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
Coast 236 takes reservations for tables of 1-6 guests only. Sorry, service animals only.

TABLES CAN ONLY BE HELD FOR 15 MINUTES FROM ORIGINAL RESERVATION TIME.

Every coastline brings with it an air of freshness and wonder, an inspiration in every ebb and flow. Coasts can be recognizable and new … predictably unpredictable in a way that can surprise or delight. But no matter the geography, there is a familiarity and a connection. At Coast 236, the rhythm of familiarity and freshness is our inspiration. Sourcing meaningful ingredients from water and land, we passionately craft approachable coastal inspired fare with unexpected details.

Top review
FennvilleFoodievip
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
This restaurant has become at least one of the best if not the best restaurant in the area!!! The food is extremely well prepared! We will definitely be back!!!
A photo of Poquito - Holland restaurant
4.9
4.9 (136)
$30 and under
Spanish
Holland
About the restaurant
Welcome to Poquito. Here, our food is more than a culinary experience, It’s also a cultural one. Our tapas are based on the shareable dishes that originated in Spain and then found their way into other Latin cultures and beyond. The plates are small because they’re meant to be eaten communally, creating space for more flavors, conversations, and memories. In true Spanish and Latin American fashion, there’s no need to rush the meal; though we recommend 3-4 dishes per person, they can be ordered all at once or chosen slowly along the way. So gather your friends, and start sampling.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
All around great dining experience. Can’t wait to go back
A photo of Grand Finale restaurant
4.8
4.8 (38)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Grand Haven
About the restaurant
We are located downtown Spring Lake, MI on the back side of Epicurean Village Down (facing the dollar general) We are an European inspired Bistro and Café. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Everything from croissants, pain au chocolat, muffins, and scones, to desserts, macrons, and fine pastries. We have selection of coffee, tea, and espresso beverages along with a full bar, classic cocktails, and wine selection. Our menu is French inspired with classics like quiche Lorraine, croque madam, salad Niçoise, and jambon buerre. Our dinner menu rotates seasonally with weekly features. Not to mention the many entrees (starters) like escargot, bone marrow, and oysters to get your evening started. Dine in, curbside, or takeout available
Top review
CindyA
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Grand Finale is a treasure. We love the food, the service and the value. Kiley makes the visit extra fun. Thanks, Jason
A photo of The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2019)
$30 and under
Global, International
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck is located inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel downtown Grand Rapids with a one-of-a-kind-view along the Grand River. Specializing in a global cuisine with Wolfgang Puck's signature recipes using only the freshest, local ingredients. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from our extensive wine list or one of our local craft beers on tap.

Outdoor patio seating along the Grand River is first come first serve and private dining rooms are available through our Private Dining Office. Located next to DeVos performance hall and DeVos convention center and connected to direct access via skywalk to the VanAndel Arena!

Top review
LornaP
Dined 2 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from my view of the water, my cocktail, the food and service was superb. I feel heard when I request a variation to a menu item! I have come to eat here three days in a row .
A photo of MDRD restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1750)
$50 and over
Spanish
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
At MDRD, you’re invited to sample modern Spanish cuisine. Melt into the lavish vibe of a dining experience where your every need is anticipated. From fabulous furnishings and sounds of the city to a deluge of exciting flavors—all your senses are engaged. Feel the rhythm of Madrid as you enter the seductive atmosphere of this luxurious top-floor tapería. Get swept up. Experience MDRD.

BRUNCH AT NEW HEIGHTS
Beginning March 24, 2024, we will be open on Sundays for brunch! View our a la carte Brunch menu, and reserve your table today.

Top review
PalomaD
Dined 5 days ago
Had a lovely time celebrating my mom’s birthday. Tanya was an exceptionally attentive server who was also super knowledgeable about the drinks and food!
A photo of MeXo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (754)
$30 and under
Traditional Mexican
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Welcome to MeXo !

We offer prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine featuring Chef Oscars authentic regional cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections. We offer private dining areas and rooms for curated chef dinners. MeXo offers scheduled Chef Dinners, Tequila Tastings, and private planned dinners.

Top review
Sheryl
Dined 5 days ago
This is our favorite restaurant! The food, service and ambiance is always top notch.
A photo of Seventy Six Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (204)
$31 to $50
American
Holland
About the restaurant
Seventy-Six is built around classic dishes made from the best ingredients, representing the melting pot of modern American cuisine. We embrace the bounty of local farms and combine it with artisan products from around the world to create memorable flavors. Along with our extensive wine list, seasonal handcrafted cocktails and global beer selection, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. We are passionate about what we do, so please allow us to attend to the details while you sit back and enjoy!
Top review
Jansvip
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
currently best restaurant in Holland in terms of quality and value.
A photo of Chop Shop Primehouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (69)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
West Olive
About the restaurant
Welcome to Chop Shop Primehouse—the place for prime steak sophistication. Join us for a culinary journey where fine dining waltzes with street art and prime cuts charm with edgy flavors, perfect for those moments where the ordinary just won't do.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Really impressed. Our expectations were low and we were pleasantly surprised. Steaks were delicious. (We would have liked them brought out a bit hotter but they were cooked and seasoned well). Sides were very good. Cocktails were on par with other fine dining experiences in Holland. Service was great. Ambience was speak easy type vibe with some warmth.
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