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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Grand Rapids

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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!


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4.9
4.9 (983)
$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
JeraldB
Dined 2 days ago
Divani is our favorite restaurant. Loved the food, especially the Bone Marrow. A rare treat. The drinks are perfect and the ambience is the best anywhere. 5 stars.
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4.9
4.9 (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!
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4.7
4.7 (1743)
$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
Sarah
Dined 6 days ago
The evening was absolutely amazing at MDRD. Our server Sophie was top notch her description for her food and wine suggestions were excellent, she made our special dinner that much more special. Highly recommend for a delicious, high class meal.
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4.6
4.6 (397)
$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.
Top review
GregR
Dined 3 days ago
Great place, great location, very noisy however. Food selection limited but is very good.
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4.5
4.5 (48)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
The original HopCat location is located in a historical building downtown Grand Rapids. Steps from Van Andel Arena, GLC Live at 20 Monroe, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, our restaurant features a dog-friendly outdoor patio, oversized wooden bar, and comfortable seating.

HopCat was founded on the principles of bringing local craft beer a bit closer to the communities we love. We’re known for our award-wining Cosmik fries, which are beer battered, sprinkled with our signature cracked black pepper seasoning, and served with a side of warm cheese sauce. From burgers to tacos, our menu offers a range of delicious options.

We live the craft lifestyle - beer, cocktails, and even craft food made from scratch. With a dedication to local breweries sustainability and community engagement, HopCat offers craft beer and great food in a vibrant atmosphere for an inclusive, unforgettable experience.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you're always welcome in our community.

Top review
EmilyH
Dined 1 day ago
I used open table to reserve a table at HopCat during the GR Rise volleyball game. After the game, we were seated within 10 mins and our server got there quickly to take our order. I was with my 3 kids, so it was an adventure to be out and about and sitting down to dinner at 930. The server was good to the kids, friendly and a cool dude. The food came out quickly and was super good. We all got burgers and fries and we were all happy. We were in and out quickly. Overall, it was 5/5 across the board. It was loud, but hey, that’s expected at that hour. Would recommended both for families and as a spot to kick back and have some drinks…next time!
A photo of Tupelo Honey - Grand Rapids restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2195)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Always scratch-made, always responsibly-soured, and always Southern.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Tupelo Honey was a great atmosphere, great ambiance, food was excellent, staff was great too!! Can’t wait to visit again!
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4.5
4.5 (196)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic service. The special of the night, a lamb melt was fantastic! The brownie dessert a must! Will definitely visit again when in town.
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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 3 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!
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4.1
4.1 (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 2 days ago
We had a wonderful meal and great service! Chandler was an attentive server and made ourexperience great!
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3.9
3.9 (42)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
NicG
Dined on Feb 26, 2024
Exactly what you'd expect, but the chicken tenders were the saddest little guys I've ever seen. It's like they took one normal chicken tender and cut it into thirds.
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