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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Grand Rapids

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Bowdies Chophouse - Saugatuck restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2523)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bowdies Chophouse - Saugatuck, serving 100% U S D A Prime, 28 day dry aged meat! We look forward to serving you soon! We can accommodate parties of 6 or less. Parties of more than 6 will be sat separately, and not all seats are handicap accessible.
Top review
PhilipH
Dined 3 days ago
We had an incredible experience for our first time ever at Bowdie's . Dinner was amazing, service was incredible. We had a great night for our 28th anniversary. We look forward to coming back. My leftovers for lunch today were aw3wome.
A photo of Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant
4.9
4.9 (448)
$30 and under
Steak
Holland
About the restaurant
Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon in Holland, Michigan has received the "Best of Michigan" award for 18 years in a row now. While it's obviously a steakhouse, there is so much more at Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon to enjoy. For nearly 25 years, the menu here has also featured ribs, sweet marinated chicken and lots of seafood options.

There are some great sandwiches and burgers at Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon, too. The bacon cheddar burger, boot kicken' bleu burger and Zeek's classic burger are just three specialties worth considering. If you like barbecue, try the big pig. You'll get a plate of slow-cooked pork barbecue piled high on a home-style bun.

Top review
LoriL
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food EVERYTIME we go here!! Staff very welcoming
A photo of J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby restaurant
4.9
4.9 (408)
$31 to $50
American
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
Set in a historic 19th-century Victorian, once-turned-local hospital. Now a vibrantly restored dining atmosphere, a wonderfully appointed Bed and Breakfast.

The Kirby Hotel & J. Paul's Dining Room features a fresh, bright menu with something for everyone's taste and price point. Carefully crafted cocktails, an array of award-winning wines, and a culinarily modern, yet classical take on food await your evening. Given multiple awards for its outstanding dining and service.

The staff and Chef LaBelle give a friendly and personable approach to your dining experience. Fresh Locally sourced products are used at their prime. The Prime-aged Prime Rib and Duck dishes are signatures, there are always fresh fish and seafood options as well as vegan and vegetarian options. We cater to all dietary needs.

In the summertime, we offer outdoor seating on our wrap-around porch or our beautifully landscaped back deck overlooking a large pond with a fountain with often-seen wildlife

Top review
PollyP
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous date night with the wife. Courtney took great care of us. The adjoining table of boys added to the ambience and comfortable atmosphere. We started with Brie perfectly baked en croute with a delicious raspberry Cabernet sauce. Probably one of the best bries we’ve ever had. For the main course the prime rib is a favorite. Did not disappoint. Offer an 8, 12 and 18 ounce. Tender to cut with a butter knife. I went with another favorite in the Duck Breast Port Wine and Chantrelle Mushroom. Duck was crispy on the outside and had great flavor, despite it being overcooked just a bit. The aged Gouda gratin was a nice complement to the dish, along with a Pinot Noir from Williamette Valley. Some of the best Pinots. We finished with the homemade coconut cake and Butter Pecan cheesecake. Both fresh and delicious. Definitely will come back for some of their other features. Lovely night on the old 19th century home.
A photo of Grand Finale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (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 6 days ago
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 Sandy Point Beach House - West Olive restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1074)
$31 to $50
American
West Olive
About the restaurant
Sandy Point Beach House is a casual fine dining restaurant featuring gourmet burgers and a market driven rotating feature menu. These features will showcase Chefs ingredient focused fusion cuisine that the lake shore knows and loves. Located minutes from Lake Michigan, near Kirk Park and West Michigan bike trails, the beach house atmosphere is best described as modern Chicago loft space meets lake-shore cottage. An easy drive from Holland, Grand Haven or Grand Rapids and just down the road from Camp Blodgett.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Stephanie took great care of us even with some specific dietary issues. Everything arrived hot and as ordered. We had a great evening.
A photo of Matchbox Diner and Drinks restaurant
4.6
4.6 (81)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Matchbox Diner & Drinks is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Eastown in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our modern diner and delicatessen features breakfast all-day, mile-high deli sandwiches, burgers, comfort food, delicious dinners, and a full bar. Matchbox Diner & Drinks is meant to be an extension of our home and our family, so expect good food and good people all year round.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Extremely impressed with the creative drink and dinner menu! This is not just a diner!
A photo of Seventy Six Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (203)
$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 5 days ago
currently best restaurant in Holland in terms of quality and value.
A photo of Smuggler's at North Shore restaurant
4.6
4.6 (106)
$30 and under
American
Newaygo
About the restaurant
Smuggler's at North Shore is a modern & casual dockside eatery featuring a broad, classic American-style menu, with home-made favorites ranging from classic steak & seafood dishes, to pasta, wood-fired pizza, and pub grub. Also, we offer a signature cocktail menu spotlighting all-Michigan-based distillers, a range of draught beer options, a casual-to-fine wine selection, and slushie options.
Top review
Jacqueline
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Many unique food and drink offerings. Our burgers, fish, salad and appetizers were delicious and high quality. Beautiful location and ambience. Service, however , was poor. The hostess did not greet us or smile. The service was slow. We had to find our own silverware and we had to ask twice for one of our drinks and a side salad (which arrived after the entree) This is not a fast food joint with fast food prices and quality…. Servers need to be trained at a level that is on par with the high quality of the food that is served
A photo of Taco Borracho restaurant
4.3
4.3 (10)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
We are an authentic Mexican and Latin full service restaurant and bar, offering a unique blend of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban flavors. Our purpose and mission is to focus on the blending of cultures and to bring people together from every background and every walk of life. Everything is made in house, using fresh & local ingredients. We are committed to providing a unique and unforgettable experience, located in the heart of Grand Rapids. Kick back on our one of a kind patio this summer and enjoy a delicious margarita tower! Join us today!
Top review
Banivip
Dined 5 days ago
Alivia was our Server, she was Amazing! Food was excellent and atmosphere was a great vibe! 10 of us went last night and we will all be back!
A photo of Brickyard Tavern restaurant
4.0
4 (67)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
At The Brickyard Tavern, we think that a well-crafted menu is more than just a collection of dishes; it's a culinary journey that expresses our enthusiasm for excellent Michigan cuisine. We provide a wide range of options, including outstanding burgers, beer battered COD, exceptional salmon, and a scrumptious NY Strip.

When it comes to our tavern, we serve Craft Beers and Superior Spirits. Join us for this journey seven days a week. We always open at 11AM and we offer extended dinner hours seven days a week, and all day long.

BUSINESS NOTE: We are located inside the historic Boardwalk Condominiums.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a wonderful meal and great service! Chandler was an attentive server and made ourexperience great!
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