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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan? 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 Matchbox Diner and Drinks restaurant
4.9
4.9 (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 Grand Finale restaurant
4.9
4.9 (61)
$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
SheilaS
Dined 6 days ago
We shared the Heirloom and Burrata Salad and it was excellent! Once again, had the scallops for our entrees and they were delicious as always…maybe even better than usual. Great experience and will be back!
A photo of Bowdies Chophouse - Saugatuck restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2623)
$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
Dee217vip
Dined 1 day ago
Our server Katie was a delight! Our overall experience was excellent and will definitely return!
A photo of J. Paul's Dining Room @ The Kirby restaurant
4.8
4.8 (460)
$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
Jilliebean14vip
Dined 3 days ago
Kelly was our server and she was outstanding! The food was delicious and cooked to perfection!
A photo of Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph restaurant
4.7
4.7 (565)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service! Great location with view over the lake
A photo of The People's Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (284)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lansing
About the restaurant
We love making our food from scratch. We could not do it without our local farmers! Fun atmosphere, upscale cuisine, craft cocktails and local artist gallery as decor.

Top review
Petervip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
I just spent a week in Washington, DC eating at some really nice and fantastic restaurants, came home to have dinner with the husband and chose TPK. The meal was spectacular and service exceptional, rivaling any of the “hot” new eateries of the last week.
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4.6
4.6 (601)
$30 and under
Italian
Kalamazoo
About the restaurant
Do you love homestyle Italian cooking so much you actually dream about it? Wake up and smell the marinara! It’s simmering at Comensoli’s, where the staff is waiting to make your dinner fantasies come true! We offer a wide range of Italian dishes straight out of Nona’s cookbook. Comensoli’s features a wine list and full bar with a martini list to die for.
Featuring our Fresh Pasta Dishes, Homemade Sausage and Meatballs, Thin-crust Pizza from scratch and many other delicious family recipes able to cure your craving for old-style Italian food.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our dining experience was excellent! The Chef did Angle Hair for me which was great! The service & food was great! We'll be back for sure. Thanks, Virgil
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4.6
4.6 (283)
$30 and under
French
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Nestled on the Grand River, Jdek offers a refreshing and sophisticated outdoor oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Grand Rapids. Sip on craft cocktails expertly crafted by our talented mixologists, or indulge in our delicious menu of elevated bar bites and seasonal dishes.
Top review
StephanieR
Dined 3 days ago
We dined on the deck by the river, which was a lovely setting. The staff were all excellent and attentive. The assortment of pastries was an excellent choice to start. We both got the Baked Eggs and Brioche, which sounds better than it tastes. It was under seasoned, the mushrooms seemed a bit off and the creme fraiche had become a thin soupy texture. I would imagine that a béchamel would be much better suited.
A photo of The Cottage at Wicks restaurant
4.6
4.6 (10)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Saugatuck
About the restaurant
A Cocktail Bar and Intimate Event Venue based in Saugatuck, MI. The Cottage offers a unique ambiance combining modern amenities with vintage flare.
Indoor and Outdoor Seating Available.
A large outdoor patio that turns into a winter wonderland with our Igloo Rentals.
Fresh Small Bites:
-Charcuterie Board
-Filet Sliders
-Mediterranean Plate
-Garlic Shrimp
-Cobbler of the Season
-And Many More!
Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options available.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Cocktail list is smaller than last time we visited, as is food menu. Service very slow. Seated multiple big tables with kids / strollers while we were there. Was doing something special in Saugatuck but seems to have succumbed to feedback from the masses, no different than sitting on patio at Wicks main restaurant.
A photo of Social House Kitchen and Bar restaurant
3.9
3.9 (9)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Our Casual-Pub is for all social gatherings offering Homemade New-American fare, craft beer, made to order spirit free cocktails, sangria, wine, beer, cocktails, and much much more.
Our fully equipped bar and restaurant is perfect for private or semi-private events or, set up a corporate event for the holidays in our main dining area with more than enough room for your guests. Book an event to create an evening that becomes an everlasting memory!

Top review
NicoleRvip
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
Super cute spot! Food was amazing!! Definitely a good stop to visit!
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