The BOB - Bobarino's

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$30 and under
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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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3.7based on recent ratings
3.7
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3.9
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3.8
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beachlover
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for dinner before a LaughFest event. The place was jam packed but we had a reso. Not sure why Bobarino's is not well prepared for business before shows at the VanAndel but they seemed to be running very slow. Food is just okay but decent enough.

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ArnoldT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cool place, definitely suited to a younger crowd. Food was good, service was good, but it was quite noisy and made it hard to hold a conversation.

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EricP
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great, waitress wasn’t engaging

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Lisa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Very overpriced for the quality of food.

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Renski
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner before a rock concert at 20 Monroe... it was packed so quite loud but we already expected that! Our waiter James was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We all ordered a burger and side and left feeling hungry. Not sure why. But we had been there a few years ago and I remembered it being really good. Service good but overall menu / food options it was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible....waited 15 mins for drinks and it went downhill from there....even got water spilled on me

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Diner
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food

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luvGRrestaurants
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were there before an event at the Van Andel arena. The restaurant was full! Our server was really stretched, so he didn’t come to the table as often as he should have, but he tried! The food was mediocre. The Burgers were dry and sandwich, was not prepared as asked.

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StevenR
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great, food was above average. The noise level was elevated due to a concert being held next door but normally it's not very loud at all. Overall a great place to go for dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great food service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was ok, my husbands burger was good but my veggie Stromboli was just OK. We got sat right next to the doors going in and out of the kitchen which was incredibly annoying and loud. The server was fine, but a little at the end. We waited for a long time for her to come give us the check.

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SianB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My veggie daughters had some choice from the menu, they shared mac and cheese and flatbread, both of which they enjoyed. My husband thought his burger was OK, a little bland.
Impressed with the waitress, friendly and attentive, knowledgeable about the good beer selection.

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JONC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

our waiter was very friendly and efficient,he new exactly what came with each of our orders. we enjoyed our time at the bob

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ShawnS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our service was bad this time. Which was too bad. We may go again to eat there and hope for way better service. It was too bad because we really like this restaurant.

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LynnK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Only problem we had was a 6:30 reservation and at 7:30 we asked to speak to a manger, because we still hadn’t got any food . Of course no manager Ever came to our table but our food came out shortly after complaining. we were at bobarinos. The waitress was very nice , but we were very unhappy with our wait for food

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LouD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We waited an hour for pizza and fish. Total bill with a mixed drink and two beers $90.00.

BJ
BriJack
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Hostess said she text us to let us know table was ready but never received it (but did receive texts from my mom during this time). Restaurant was quite loud and we waited 45 minutes for our food.

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SusC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server introduced himself as new/training. We never saw a trainer. We ordered an appetizer and it took awhile. Not happy when our food came at same time. We asked twice for round of drinks, did not receive. Not ONE dish was removed from our table. We had to clear our table and place dirty dishes on adjacent dirty table. Obviously the server was new...but your training program needs improvement. A trainer/manager was no where in our site, no one was observing our dirty table, empty drinks. The server was very hard to signal as he was rushing around. Not the best customer service we have experienced. REVIEW YOUR TRAINING PROGRAM PLEASE!

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vipKristanN
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Mostly Bar Food. The food was just ok. The server was great. Informative and attentive. The high top table was tippy.

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Angiemarshall5482
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We stopped in on a Sunday evening before a concert... our reservation was for 5:45 and we were seated upon arrival. We sat at our table about 10 minutes before the waitress took our drink order. She was very pleasant and apologetic for the wait. After ordering dinner we waited one hour for our food. My husband ordered a Stromboli and I ordered a Bacon & chicken Sammy with fries. Not something that should take so long because the concert started at 7. My sandwich and fries were cold but still tasted ok.. his Stromboli was hot because they had actually forgotten to make it... mind you... there is just two of us ?? The manager did give us his for free and the waitress was nice... this is the only reason for the 3 stars. When we received our food we were one of 7 tables with customers... I highly doubt we will be back

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SueL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food took a long time to come which we were warned of in advance when the server took our order because of a shortage of cooks. It was the night of a show at VanAndel and it was packed which would make me think they should have scheduled more cooks. The server was not very attentive but was pleasant when he did stop by the table.

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vipAnthonyJNoffke
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Not the greatest experience. We waited over 40 minutes for our food and it was not that busy. The food was good, other than my wife’s burnt French fries. We were a little surprised by this. We have been here before numerous times and it never took that long.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we were there on a Saturday night just before the Eric Church concert, everything was good. We did wait almost 30 minutes after being seated for a waitress. We stopped another waitress and she ended up waiting on our table and she was amazing!! All in all, everything was as expected considering the craziness of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was no where as good as I remembered. It’s been a long time since I’ve dined there and I was expecting it to be the same. It’s definitely not. The pizza tasted slightly better than frozen. It was not wood fired, as expected.

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RRBB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

They have Pepsi products... and our server did not know his way around the liquor list. Instead of ordering my favorite bourbon, which I later learned was available, I drank water. Life goes on.

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KristyD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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

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dennisb
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good bar food

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AngelaW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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vipRick
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza out on the patio

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KelbyL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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

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CHRISTOPHERS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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markb
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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
MikeC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

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TylerGVSU
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

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Jean
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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LalaP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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.

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MaryV
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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