The BOB - Bobarino's

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People have been coming to Bobarino's Pizzeria since 1997 to enjoy some of West Michigan's best wood-fired pizza and craft beer. A diversity of experiences can be had at Bobarino's, including open-air dining on the Sky Deck, made-to-order pizza topped with fresh produce from the live wall, billiards and live entertainment. The folks at Bobarino's understand that there's no better compliment to pizza than beer. The daily tap list features 12 handcrafted beers from B.O.B.'s Brewery in addition to other local favorites and traditional domestics. The wood-fired pizza menu is accompanied by a variety of classic American dishes like build-your-own burgers and pasta. Everything on the menu is approachable and there are options for all tastes. The space is lively and ideal for large groups, family nights, after-work cocktails, pre-concert dinners, and late-night excursions. Grab a little pizza happiness at Bobarino's. You can learn even more about Bobarino's Pizzeria at www.thebob.com.
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KD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Other pizzas we ordered were fantastic. The Margarita pizza was not, it was soggy and not near enough cheese.

d
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good bar food

AW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waitress informed us the kitchen was out of gluten free crust 20 min after my nephew ordered his food. His burger showed up without his fries.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a 5:45pm reservation. When we arrived it was super busy and I was afraid they wouldn’t seat us right away. But they did. That was impressive that our table was ready right on time. Party of 6. An hour and a half later we still didn’t have our food! We had concert tickets across the street at Van Angel Arena. Finally they brought 1 persons order out. We thought the rest would be coming, but it never did.
We got up to leave and we’re told to stay because the manager was coming to talk to us. She didn’t. 15 minutes later we got up to leave again. We were stopped by the manager st the door. She asked us to pay for what we received. 1/6 of our order. After 2 hours of waiting,they offered us nothing! Spewed some story about it being the busiest night of the year. Van Andel Arena has events all the time. This was nothing new to them. I have never been so disappointed. We had to eat crappy food at the concert and missed the opening act.

R
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza out on the patio

KL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 6 people at 8pm on a Saturday night. We had tickets to the 10:30 pm show at Dr. Grins and needed to be upstairs at 10. We got our first round of drinks fairly quickly, though not all drinks were remembered, and put in an appetizer order. Got those in a reasonable amount of time. Portion size was small for the price. We ordered dinner and were told that we couldn't substitute sides (mashed potatoes for fries) because it would make our food take too long. An hour later we still didn't have our meals- sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and meat loaf. We called the restaurant to speak to a manager and one never came. When we got our food (an hour and 15 mins later) it was cold and our orders were incomplete. We had to eat very quickly to make it upstairs for our 10 pm tickets. After calling two more times a manager visited our table and offered free dessert that we all declined because we needed to get to our show. She also took a percentage off of our bill because she agreed that our portion sizes were very small. We never were offered refills, nor did our waiter check on us after dropping off our food. Part way through being there the music was so loud we couldn't talk to each other without yelling. This isn't the first time we have had a problem eating at Bobarino's before a show. We will not be eating there again. It should be noted that while it was busy there was not a waiting list and there were empty tables.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We got there when it opened up and the server was really slow and unorganized. It took forever for us to get our drinks.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was alright, nothing too special, the service was top notch! We arrived early for our reservation and was seated right away. Our waitress was on the ball and super nice. Would definitely go there again.

m
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Had the Chicken Marsala. Green beans were under cooked. The chicken was tough and average taste. The service was good and the BOB is a cool place but the noise levels can get a little extreme if you are trying to talk with someone.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was 5:30 on a Friday with a big concert next door...so we knew it would be busy. We waited in a long long line even with reservations YOU still wait? A long wait for our drinks...45 minutes later our dinner arrived and then our appitizers arrived ten minutes later. The pizza is great...probably the basil pizza was the most disappointing. The other pizza we ordered was great! The Thai egg rolls were not spicy. And the pretzel with the dip...the pretzel was ROCK hard. We will dine at the Bob again, but maybe when it's less busy.

TG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

My party of 3 went to Bobarino's for a birthday celebration. The server for our table didn't seem to be in a good mood, and sort of rushed us to get in our orders. The beer cheese and pretzel appetizer is way too expensive for a plate of cold cheese and store bought frozen pretzels. Other than those two negatives, the rest of the food was great and the birthday guest had a nice time.

J
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I arrived at 6:20 for 6:30 reservations. We were seated right away, but no one came to our table until 6:35. After that we ordered drinks and dinner (by 6:45). We each ordered one drink and one salad. Our salads didn’t arrive to our table until almost 7:30, which was the start time of our concert. We had to eat very quickly and rush out the door. We were seated at a very similar time to those around us, but they all had larger parties and managed to get out the door before us. Not sure why it took 40 minutes to prepare a Cobb salad and a grilled chicken salad on a Tuesday night. The food and the restaurant were nice and I’d try it again, but just hope service doesn’t take so long next time.

LP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Made reservations for dinner before a show - while they were able to seat us before our reserved time, that was about the highlight. My husband ordered one of their dark beers and said it was completely flavorless. I ordered the Mac & Cheese.... disappointing to say the least. No flavor whatsoever. It was blah pasta with a pale yellow sauce - noodles weren’t even tossed in it. Service was ‘Meh’. If you want a quality craft beer experience - skip this and choose any of the other 1000000000000 Grand Rapids beer bars around, this isn’t worth the effort.

MV
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great place, service was great, great food, but it was a bit loud for the two of us to have a nice conversation. We had a reservation through Open Table, but when we checked in they didn't note that even though I told them we had a reservation and they looked it up, so we got an email saying we didn't show up for our reservation. Maybe make sure the staff knows what to do when a reservation is made through Open Table to note that upon arrival.

SY
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Weekend getaway with family. Requested in advance a table away from the hustle and bustle when making the reservation. I kindly reminded upon arrival, and was placed at a table right at the main entrance with people standing table side waiting for tables. I asked about a simile booth across the room by itself, and I was told they were saving that one.??? The entire time we ate, and when we left, it sat empty?!!! Same size booth as the one that we sat in. Hostess was no very friendly. Waitress was killed with kindness with a really nice tip of 35% while deserving 10%. First time eating here, and will be last. Food was mediocre at best. Fire grilled pizza should have read...pre-made crust pizza with your choice of processed toppings. Great place to socialize and have drinks in downstairs bar area, and atmosphere was good. Otherwise I would recommend to avoid to eat here. Should have tried the steakhouse downstairs.

SD
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good pizza and beer

GH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location down town xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxdddd

B
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I’m sure it’s fine normally but we waited for about 45 minutes before they finally told us “Your order got put in before a 20 top table.” My only thought was, “You could’ve told us that more than 30 minutes ago instead of ignoring us every time you got near our table.”

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely slow service!!! And it wasn’t even busy.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Took us and our and 20 minutes to get our food. Fries were so burnt we could eat them. Took 20 minutes to get drinks.

JJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The pizza was delicious. I'm stoked I found a good pizza joint.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Little loud but they were setting up for a band so I'm glad we were done eating before that started.

MC
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great bread sticks and pizza! Awesome pizza dipping sauce. Had to wait awhile on my wedge salad and then was told my soup was out. Switched to a side of Mac and cheese and enjoyed it.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We checked in a little late because of traffic and they sat us right away. The issue was that we waited for close to an hour for our food and it really wasn’t that busy. We noticed lots of tables waiting for orders. The food and service was marginal and we won’t be back.

VA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Would recommend to a friend because the variet is great with all of the levels in the building. Was disappointed that I put in a reservation and put that my preference was outdoors, but they told me the rooftop was filled up so we had to sit inside. When I passed by the rooftop there were at least two tables open for a long period of time. The food is really nothing special and the service is pretty slow. Ordered a Moscow mule and it hardly had any alcohol in it. I’ve been to The BOB a few times and loved it, but this experience was not the best. Willing to come back and try it again another time though from good previous experience.

KG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere were great! The food was ok, a bit pricey for the quality. I would recommend going during happy hour when apps are half off!

JE
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dinner at Bobarinos and the service was very slow no fault of the server they were just busier than staff could handle.pizza was only ok. I expected more.

SM
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food pretty good, except margherita pizza had hardly any toppings on it and service was slow. Drink glasses empty more than once and had to flag server down a few times.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great location. The only issue was the food quality and portions on the pizzas we ordered. Toppings are cut very tiny and are sparse throughout the pizza. Taste would be very good if not for the lack of toppings provided.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant a few times and we never get consistently good service. This past time our server was really bad. She did not know anything about wine/cocktails and had to keep going to the bar to ask our questions. We could never get her attention nor would she make eye contact so we could wave to her. I was also very disappointed that the menu was changed and no longer offering the Mediterranean salad, which was delicious and why I kept coming back.

MR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice evening with great food and great service

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Tried Bobarinos tonight before a symphony concert. We told the server we were going to the concert so she'd be aware of the time. We ordered three social plates as they called them and entrees of a pasta, a pizza, two sandwiches, and a burger. The appetizers came quickly and were very good. 30 minutes later we still didn't have our entrées. I asked the server when she finally came by if the food was coming because we were running out of time. She said she would check. She did not return. Finally, nearly 10 minutes later I went to her at the bar and told her to bring me my check and cancel the rest. We had to go. She said it was just coming now and could not just be canceled. I told her to box it up then. My wife left to get our tickets. The food came. They messed up my entree side. We took a couple of bites while our server brought boxes. We then boxed up and left. The server blamed it all on the kitchen saying they had messed up our pizza order, which had a single substitution of sun dried tomatoes rather than mushrooms. Apparently customizing an order is more than they can handle. What she didn't say was why she was just learning why or did was late or why she'd hadn't come right back to explain to update us when we had asked. So the bus I ate were good. It may be with different circumstances I world have enjoyed the restaurant. But beyond the terrible service, the did was nothing unique, unoriginal burgers and sandwiches, non-descript pizza, nothing with a signature, what they had was also a bit overpriced certainly for what they delivered. Probably why they were not very busy in A Saturday evening. So I won't be back.

KP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Bobarinos before a show in Grand Rapids!

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that food seemed a little pricey for the quality but that is to be expected when dining downtown

j
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to go if going to a show at 20 Monroe Live. Can stay inside! If the weather is not great. Food was good and I am not a big fan of Gilmore's food.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My brother and I had dinner before the Griffin’s game. Food and drinks were great! Server was great too. The table we sat at was sort of crowded. Overall, good experience.

ND
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Using Open Table makes busy restaurants a breeze. We arrived on time, walked right in and were seated. Service was good, the food and drinks were very good. We will go there again.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was sub par, and you got small portions. Underimpressed. The atmosphere is very cool.

CW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to eat here before a concert. It was right across the street from the venue. The food was good and the vibe was cool. A multi-floor restaurant with seating and bar outside. Fun place.

RV
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there with my date to sing karaoke with the band, Cheap Dates. We met some friends there. We had a great time and we plan to do it again. The pizza was wonderful. The smoked gouda dip we tried was okay but not what we expected... to Smokey for our taste and not enough gouda flavor. We also tried the spinach dip in a bread bowl and that was very good . The band and experience was awesome. Servers did a great job. We plan to do it again.

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