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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Grand Rapids

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Divani restaurant
4.9
4.9 (989)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Divani, locally owned, features an intimate & sexy big city ambience in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our staff will greet you with an enthusiastic smile, extensive product knowledge and attentive service. Divani will seduce your senses through our scratch kitchen featuring globally inspired Chef driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, an extensive liquor collection, an award-winning wine list and a global beer selection featuring local draughts. Private events and custom menus are available in any of our unique rooms for parties up to 160 guests. Contact wendy@divanigr.com for custom menus and more details or visit our website at www.divanigr.com.
Top review
AmySGRfoodcritic
Dined on May 3, 2024
Yet another wonderful meal! Three of the four in attendance were first time visitors! Burgers are still awesome! New cocktails available since I was last in and they were delicious! Staff still goes above and beyond to make it the best dining experience. As always, I highly recommend to anyone considering a visit.
A photo of Leo's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3281)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Leo’s is the premier dining destination for exquisite seafood, classic cuisine, decadent desserts, and a world-class wine list. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2004, Leo’s has stayed committed to always sourcing fresh quality ingredients and delivering an extraordinary experience to each and every guest.

The dining room at Leo’s offers a sense of style and sophistication in an inviting and elegant setting. A distinctive feature of Leo’s is our bar and lounge area that boasts floor to ceiling windows and a lively, more casual environment from which to enjoy our extensive variety of curated wines, carefully crafted cocktails, and local craft beers.

Whether you are having a casual lunch with friends, celebrating a special occasion, having a business meeting, or a large event, Leo's is the best spot in Grand Rapids for elegant dining and superior service.

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beachlover
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent seafood, service and ambience. I've never had a bad experience. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal last night. They even top off your water glasses without having to ask. Little details like that matter. Halibut is in season which is one reason I wanted to go. I like it blackened and they altered their menu offering accordingly. We really enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning soon!
A photo of J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby restaurant
4.9
4.9 (419)
$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
anneaa
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our waiter was great the food was amazing. Had the scallops and a salad with maytag blue cheese and walnuts... the lettuce was incredibly fresh and not out of a bag and it was dressed perfectly so every leaf had the delicious light dressing but not a drop left on the bottom of the bowl. Scallops were delicious...my husband raved about his salmon. THe desserts we split were really good, Never had a pecan cheesecake but wow it was a repeater. My new favorite restaurant for special occasions!
A photo of Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1087)
$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.

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mattgvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Great dinner at Coast. Food and service were both excellent.
A photo of Bowdies Chophouse - Saugatuck restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2539)
$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.
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DianeH
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful steaks, fabulous huge sides, great Caesar, super friendly staff. Highly recommend
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4.8
4.8 (43)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Once again fantastic meal, exceptional service with Kylie. Thank you Chef Justin.
A photo of Knoop restaurant
4.6
4.6 (401)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Our upscale rooftop cocktail lounge serves elevated American cuisine. Savor made from scratch sharables and small bites as well as special craft cocktails served tableside with our personalized flair. Delight in a wide variety of local beer and wine while enjoying stunning views of downtown Grand Rapids.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Knoop has a cool vibe with amazing ambience. Came for a bite to eat before seeing “Wicked.” Loved the creative plate options - we picked four to share.
A photo of Scholar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (217)
$31 to $50
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
History, specifically America’s culinary history, is the central focus of our food and cocktail programs here at Scholar. Situated downtown on Grand Rapids’ iconic red brick road at 11 Ionia SW, Scholar honors previous residents of the same address while striving to achieve our goal; to earn the title of the city’s best restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Service and food were excellent. I would definitely recommend checking this place out
A photo of Chop Shop Primehouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (76)
$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
DaveCap
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
Devin was an Excellent waiter; professional, knowledgeable, personable & walked us through the menu with expertise! The Crab Cakes, Wine selection, Veal, Scallops & Risotto were delicious. gnocchi seemed a little overdone. While travelling, it was a great find.!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Grand Rapids restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1213)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Melting Pot. We offer a truly unique dining experience created by the art of fondue. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, a long overdue date night, or celebrating with a group, The Melting Pot is perfect for any occasion. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and chocolate fondue. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That's not to say we haven't had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie.
Top review
AmyA
Dined 7 days ago
We loved the Mother's Day menu, the service and food were fantastic!
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