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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph restaurant
4.7
4.7 (550)
$30 and under
American
Saint Joseph
About the restaurant
The Bistro on the Boulevard in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan, located within The Boulevard Inn, consistently fuses local flavors with a new approach to create an unforgettable celebration of cuisine.

Think of our experience as a gastronomical journey. You may either adventure through the diverse menu to one of our feature entrées, or explore the vast list of tapas to create your own memorable meal. Our ingredients are personally chosen for freshness, and our food is a reminder of the simplicity of high-quality cuisine.

From the bar, you may indulge in craft cocktails created in-house by our sensational staff as we let the finest spirits from local distilleries shine. Our draft beer list features a constantly changing lineup of Michigan’s craft brewers which produce some of the finest beers available. Wine Spectator has honored us with its coveted award of excellence for offering “one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world.”
Top review
SusanIvip
Dined 4 days ago
Every single dish was excellent. The service was also excellent. Our server was very attentive. It is my new favorite in St. Joseph.
A photo of J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby restaurant
4.9
4.9 (434)
$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
LindaC
Dined 5 days ago
Food was fantastic! We ate on the patio and it was a beautiful setting.
A photo of Brick and Brine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (819)
$31 to $50
American
Kalamazoo
About the restaurant
Brick and Brine is located on the 1st floor of the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo. Our restaurant is right off of the Kalamazoo Mall past Old Burdick's Bar & Grill.

Inspired by a natural propensity for classic duos, Brick and Brine isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a space of masterful craftsmanship that represents a strong foundation of social connectedness. It’s an intentionally forged experience speaking to both local and visiting guests’ desire for warm conversation, savory dishes, and exceptional service.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, winding down from a long workday, or spending quality time with loved ones, Brick and Brine provides an experience and atmosphere that will uniquely add flavor to your evening.

Join us and immerse yourself at Brick and Brine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Absolute favorite place ever. I love it and will be back!
A photo of Bay Pointe Bar & Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (888)
$31 to $50
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
We have all the ingredients necessary to delight your inner foodie. Chef Todd VanWieren has crafter the perfect menu brimming with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients-all paired with top wines and a seasonal handcrafted cocktail menu! Simple, really-it's just good food, good drink, with a view you can't beat.

**PLEASE NOTE**: We DO NOT accept reservations for our outdoor seating area, or for our Waterfront Room. They are seated on a first-come, first served basis. A reservation with us does not guarantee we will have a patio table or Waterfront Room table available for you upon arrival. We ask that you keep your party's visit to 2 hours or less when seated on our Patio. Requests will only be honored on a first come-first served basis.
Top review
SteveE
Dined 4 days ago
Probably the best meal we have ever had. Every appetizer and entree was amazing. Our it was Jessica and she was spot on with everything. Extra water. And refill drinks up here before we even asked. Great experience. Thanks all.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Kentwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3352)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
TamiD
Dined 1 day ago
We enjoyed a very tasty meal with friends. Although a bit noisy, we could hear each other. We all had a different entree and all thought they were very good.
A photo of CBK restaurant
4.7
4.7 (623)
$30 and under
American
Wayland
About the restaurant
CBK - Craft Bar Kitchen - is our modern take on traditional pub fare. The menus mix some of the freshest local ingredients while seasonally inspired menus highlight our chef’s culinary expertise. Come join the fun and excitement as we make CBK the ultimate place to meet with friends and family while enjoying your night on the town at Gun Lake Casino.

While here, help yourself to some of the best locally crafted beer at our CBK Beer Wall! Enjoy up to 40 self-serve beers as you sample our vast offerings.

In the summer, enjoy our outdoor patio with fireplace and patio games. In the winter, make your reservations for our heated igloos for you and up to 6 others in our newly added amenity.

For parties larger than 8, please call Guest Relations at (269) 792-7777
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our Server was fantastic! Best service we have ever received at CBK. We were sitting in front of the DJ so it was a little loud trying to visit with each other.
A photo of Matchbox Diner and Drinks restaurant
4.8
4.8 (87)
$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
LaurelDvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Great food, excellent service, family run, family friendly environment. East town gem, a weekly staple for us. 
A photo of Smuggler's at North Shore restaurant
4.5
4.5 (131)
$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
GRFoodie
Dined 7 days ago
We made reservations online. Table was ready when we arrived. Restaurant is in a nice location with beautiful lake views. Great service and food.
A photo of HopCat - Kalamazoo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (26)
$30 and under
American
Kalamazoo
About the restaurant
Located in a historic train freight depot, this location features a multi-season outdoor patio, private event space, and a special installation of guitars from Kalamazoo's own Heritage Guitars. We're a short walk from Bell's, Arcadia, and other downtown breweries and beer bars in this great beer city.

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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great atmosphere! Good is good too! Easy to get too and plenty of parking!
A photo of The Lake House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (240)
$31 to $50
American
Muskegon
About the restaurant
At the Lake House, we’re short on formalities and big on making you feel comfortable. Stop by for an easy lunch on the deck with blue skies and a cool breeze. Linger over a romantic dinner and drinks in the warm glow of our fireplace. Enjoy the view of a snow-covered lake. Whether you’re with your boss or your best friend, you’re going to have a wonderful time, every time, at the Lake House. Around here, people love the water. When you take a look at the Lake House, this becomes abundantly clear (our location on the marina is no accident). Naturally, we have gorgeous views of the lake. And when the weather is good and enticing, we have an ample bar and deck outside where you can enjoy the breeze - and shoot the breeze with an al fresco lunch or dinner. We’ve even built this attitude into our bar: while it starts out inside, it ends up outside closer to the water. Come see for yourself.
Top review
O2bobx
Dined 3 days ago
The food as always is very good at the lakehouse. Staffing and service seemed a bit off. We were seated but not greeted for quite a while. Once waitress realized we had been sitting a while we were helped, but hand off between hostess and wait staff was not clean today. On menu side, a bit disappointed there was no real brunch item for Father’s Day or any weekend day. That would be a big boost!
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