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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in South Bend

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in South Bend? 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 Essence Restaurant + Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (271)
$31 to $50
American
Elkhart
About the restaurant
A culinary playground centered around unwavering hospitality and creatively curated cuisine, wine and spirits.

Welcome home.

Top review
Marvvip
Dined 4 days ago
Brad and his team do an amazing job. Food is fantastic!
A photo of Carmela's at Macri's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1161)
$30 and under
Italian
South Bend
About the restaurant
Our authentic Italian restaurant is full of Italian classics inspired by Carmela herself. Enjoy rich Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, chicken marsala and lake perch. Relax over a hearty meal of spaghetti and arancini or enjoy chicken parmigiana, one of our old world selections. Located right next door to our very own Macri's Italian Bakery, save room for an exquisite dessert selection! Open since 1978 and ran by the same family for 45 years. Join us at our one and only location Downtown South Bend, for the best authentic Italian!
Top review
Zoyavip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service at Carmela's. Italian Wedding Soup was delicious. Shrimp Carbonara was very good as was the linguine Bolognese. Will return.
A photo of Yesterday's Food & Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (913)
$30 and under
American
Granger
About the restaurant
Cheers to our Yesterday's friends! Please join us to celebrate Valentine's with our special affair menu from February 9- February 17, 2024. Thank you, Evonne and Bill Corbett and Yesterday's staff.
Top review
Wanda
Dined 4 days ago
Eclectic, whimsical, and “funky” place that was totally awesome. The service and ambience were great. The food portions are quite generous. The cocktails and wine selections were great. The background music was delightful!
A photo of Rohr’s restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1004)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Rohr's is a modern tavern- a casual, warm gathering place with focus on bright, flavorful food. Imagine a classic steakhouse with a twist highlighting colorful vegetables, fresh fish and of course, signature steaks. Good food, excellent service and the warm smiles of familiar friends. This is Rohr's.

Please be aware that campus is undergoing multiple construction projects this summer that may impact
how you navigate campus by vehicle and on foot. A renovation project to the Main Circle on Notre
Dame Avenue has begun, closing the roundabout to traffic. Access to North Notre Dame Avenue will be
limited until mid-August and you may experience delays upon your arrival to campus. We apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My favorite place to eat whenever we are in town. My teens love it, too. Food and service are great.
A photo of Villa Macri Ristorante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (488)
$30 and under
Italian
Granger
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Toscana Park, just north of SR 23 and Main Street, Villa Macri is the place for traditional Italian fare in the Michiana area. The extensive menu includes appetizers, steaks, seafood, pasta, and the best gelato outside of Italy.

Villa Macri is also home to Macri’s Deli, serving their famous sandwiches for over 40 years. With the largest Martini Bar in the area and inexpensive wine pricing on their Wine Spectator Award winning wine list, Villa Macri is also the place for spirits. Choose to dine upscale or casual in one of the many dining room options: Outdoor Patio, Garden Room, Round Room, Martini Bar, or Sports Theater Room. And don’t forget our Wine Cellar, Chef’s Room, and Villa Room for your next banquet or private party.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This was our second time visiting Villa Macri. We were so impressed with the food and service the first time that we visited again less than a week later. The second experience was just as good as the first. Amazing service, food and wine.
A photo of Legends of Notre Dame restaurant
4.5
4.5 (532)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Bend
About the restaurant
Legends, our refreshed tavern offers a new menu featuring shareables, burgers, salads and sandwiches. Located just yards from Notre Dame Stadium on its sound side, Legends is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The University of Notre Dame is a cashless campus. Please be aware that campus is undergoing multiple construction projects this summer that may impact how you navigate campus by vehicle and on foot. A renovation project to the Main Circle on Notre Dame Avenue has begun, closing the roundabout to traffic. Access to North Notre Dame Avenue will be limited until mid-August and you may experience delays upon your arrival to campus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you to campus.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Lovely and prompt server and good food - cannot ask for more
A photo of Doc Pierce's Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (63)
$30 and under
American
Mishawaka
About the restaurant
Doc Pierce's Restaurant serves up quality American cuisine in the heart of historic downtown Mishawaka. Belly up to the bar or enjoy a meal on the scenic outdoor patio.

The menu at Doc Pierce's Restaurant offers up an assortment of hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, prime rib burgers, classic cocktails and craft beers. Locally owned since 1976, Doc Pierce's offers a truly one of a kind dining experience. Enjoy soft lighting, antique Tiffany chandeliers, and stained glass windows while nestled in one of our cozy booths. Named after the famed Medicine Man, Dr. Ray Von Pierce, Doc Pierce's is just what the Dr. ordered. Parties of 7 or more, please call the restaurant at 574-255-7737 to schedule a reservation.

Top review
sandrad
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Service was great and food was good. Would go back again
A photo of Rocky River Tap and Table restaurant
4.4
4.4 (304)
$30 and under
American
Granger
About the restaurant
Welcome to Rocky River Tap and Table!
ocated in Granger, Indiana and named for a tributary of the St. Joseph River in Michigan, Rocky River provides a farm-to-fork experience featuring sustainably farmed products from nearby growers and a casual atmosphere. Partnerships with local farmers, brewers and winemakers paired with culinary creativity yield brilliant results. From the table enjoy anything from small plates and unique bar snacks to entrees and a variety of handheld sandwiches.
And from our taps…Indiana and Michigan are home to some of the best breweries in the country. From these, we’ve handpicked a menu of over 30 draft beers to enjoy with a snack or accompany your meal. Our wine list, along with many organic West coast wines, includes carefully selected wines from Southwest Michigan and Indiana wineries, enjoyed by the glass or bottle

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Delicious food and drink, wait staff were great, overall great experience.
A photo of LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (149)
$30 and under
American
South Bend
About the restaurant
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern is located on the Third Floor of LaSalle Grill. Join us, Pull up a chair and take your time to review our drinks menu. This could take a while, since we offer 120 whiskeys and scotches, dozens of craft brews, wines, and craft cocktails. Our selection is unparalleled, so tap into our staff’s expertise to help you choose. Settle in for some civilized refreshment and a break from the ordinary.
You probably noticed that this isn’t a brand-new building. That’s no coincidence. In fact, our twenty-first-century establishment is housed in the oldest commercial structure in South Bend, built in 1868 as the Second St. Joseph Hotel. No fake historical patina here–like everything we do, this is the genuine article.
At LaSalle Kitchen Tavern we take food and drink service seriously so you can keep the focus on what matters: relaxing with friends over drinks and a meal.

Top review
TamiH
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great food & service! Definitely recommend. We will be back!
A photo of O'Rourke's Public House restaurant
4.2
4.2 (21)
$30 and under
Irish
South Bend
About the restaurant
Located in the shadow of the Golden Dome and Nestled in the heart of Notre Dame's Eddy Street Commons, we provide delicious Irish pub and American fare in a lively and fun environment! O'Rourke's Has the largest selection of Irish Whiskey in the state, as well as 30+ draft beers, signature cocktails, and rotating seasonal taps. The perfect place to grab some delicious grub and a pint before the game or celebrate an Irish victory afterwards! Perfect for Private events, Birthdays, Corporate Gatherings, Rehearsal Dinners and MORE!
Top review
ElaW
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
The staff was nice - professional, friendly and attentive. The beer and cocktail selection was awesome - both local and Irish beer was available - like the local brewery selection. The food, it was good but nothing to write home about - we have the fish & chips, stew, and the shepherds pie. I would come back, and we did, for the beer.
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