The Heritage Restaurant

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
The Heritage is one of the many classroom/laboratory facilities operated by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The restaurant is staffed by students in the culinary programs and is under the direct supervision of Chef and Dining Room Professors.

During lunch, your meal will be prepared and served by first year students. The meals represent International Cuisine with modern and classical touches. In the evening, The Heritage reopens to feature a relaxed atmosphere, more Continental Cuisine, and our second year students will serve and prepare your meal.

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education restaurants and kitchens are classroom settings. We take pride in them. Our students prepare our meals daily with the finest seasonally available ingredients including freshly baked artisan bread.
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LI
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved and pleasantly surprised by whole experience. Looking forward to bringing our daughters next time.

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for a wonderful luncheon experience. . So appreciate our treats . My friends were over the moon with praise . Looking forward to next time

D
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lunchtime felt rushed and was not the leisurely experience we were used to when dining at The Heritage for dinner.

SM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first day of the GRCC Culinary students working at The Heritage yesterday and the atmosphere was energetic, attentive and the food absolutely outstanding. The quality of those international dishes, the flavors and especially the presentation I dare to say you can't find easily in GR. It's fun to watch the students being exposed to customer service and guided so well by their mentors. I will be coming back with a group of friends to try the other items on the menu from Mexico, Peru and South Africa. It's fun to support a school in this way!

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Students did superb job explaining the menu. Food presentation was amazing. Very friendly staff.

l
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation and taste were spectacular. I would recommend the Heritage it is gourmet food at reasonable prices.

S
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent interesting food. Very fancy food for a more reasonable price with the learning environment for the students in the culinary program.

OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Two of had some grizzly and tough meat. The waitress apologized and came back and told us our bill would reduced. That was handled very well. Thank you!
Food was very unique and nice presentation!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good, however service was slightly slow

SM
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new season and its so creative menu is a fine pleasure for all senses. The students were so enthusiastically dedicated to provide excellent as well as a fun experience for the guests. Little glitches were troubleshooted quietly, quickly and efficiently. We loved the food:
I had the red snapper which was perfectly carved table-side (it was silly of me to forgot to poor the lemon-butter on the fish as the carafe was set on the table and i forgot about it - my mistake to think that the sweet potato puree was a bit too sweet), my husband had the pork which looked delicious; my appetizer (the caviar dish) was a bit heavy on the bread, Glenn's chicken heart dish was amazing (!!!), his dessert was the winner of the night (cherry savarine - the display, the taste, the composition - awesome!), my flamming apples Normandie was very good (less caramel - very sweet - and less ice cream would have been perfect). My dessert could have not been so bad as I saved it and it went with me in the banquet room after the power outage. The manager handled the situation extremely well, she stayed calm, gave good information and instructions, was very kind and helpful in this awkward tornado warning situation. We had an enjoyable hour with the students and kitchen personnel in a confined space and dark room and ended the night relieved that nobody got hurt in the process. Thanks for making such a wonderful night under such challenging circumstances. We will be back with our friends soon!

The Heritage Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear Susanne M, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Heritage Restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed your meal at the Heritage. Guests like you give our students an opportunity to improve upon their hospitality skills. We appreciate your graciousness throughout the Tornado Warning. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Holly VanRyn Assistant Professor The Secchia Institute of Culinary Education

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SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always interesting and inventive. My wife and I go to The Heritage whenever we are in town.

The Heritage Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear SSSS, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Heritage. We are happy to hear that you visit when you can! Hope to see you again soon. Holly VanRyn Assistant Professor The Secchia Institute of Culinary Education

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was an adventure for my timid palette. I would’ve appreciated some simpler choices too. But I do understand that the restaurant is part of the school cooking curriculum. I will give it another try.

The Heritage Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear Karen D, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We try to keep our menu on the cutting edge of culinary techniques in Grand Rapids. We want our students to learn many different cooking techniques and cuisines. Thank you for understanding that we are a culinary school. Hope to see you again soon! Holly VanRyn

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LB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent presentation and sumptuous food. The service was outstanding.

The Heritage Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear Louis B, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Heritage Restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed your meal at the Heritage. Guests like you give our students an opportunity to improve upon their hospitality skills. We value guest feedback and are always looking to improve our guests' overall experience. Holly VanRyn Assistant Professor The Secchia Institute of Culinary Education

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GW
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Heritage service such elegantly plated entrees and desserts.

BG
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was very pleased with the experience..Loved the steak choice. If anything I would not have chosen the fried mashed potato side--ate the inside and left the fried coating...very little to no flavor on the inside. Would have preferred a garlic mashed potatoe served.

Also disappointed that the tiramisu dessert was gone by the time I ordered, but pleased with the complimentary choice.

Students did a great job and very friendly..made for an enjoyable experience.

Looking forward to next years visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Birthday to me!

PD
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tenderloin I have ever had. Enjoyed everything.

P
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch yesterday at The Heritage was one of the most memorable meals I have ever experienced. Food was top notch, service was spectacular. Mom may be slightly biased but only slightly!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Heritage to celebrate our anniversary. It did not disappoint!!! Our server was very knowledgeable and made some great suggestions. Best kept secret in Grand Rapids.

LM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A good effort, although the meal was a bit undercooked.

CV
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and our servers. The food was presented artistically and had great flavor

GH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome concept. I would recommend to others looking for a nice meal.

L
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Students were very attentive, presentations of food excellent. One of the best values in town

l
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gourmet food at a reasonable price. And a plus that your meal supports scholarships for the culinary students. Always an excellent choice!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, excellent food. Overall we had a great experience! Great value a nice friendly atmosphere.

MU
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, this was a wedding gift dinner for friends, who say they plan to come back again!

MF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our opinion, you cannot find a more delicious meal with the best presentation and incredible service in Grand Rapids, and possibly the US, than at The Heritage Restaurant! We have had some of the best meals of our life there and wish they were open throughout the year!!

S
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to get fancy food at a more reasonable price while students are learning all about the hospitality industry.

OT
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a girls night out for my birthday. Everything was wonderful and as expected. The prices are extremely reasonable for what you get. This is becoming one of my favorite places to have a nice meal with the perfect ambience.

f
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch - server Robert very accommodating in answering our questions about the meal. Head chef treated us to complimentary coffee which was delicious too. Loved the presentation of the food which made the meal most appetizing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch. The food was so beautiful we had to take pictures and the servers were extremely attentive, friendly and professional.
Thank you for providing us with an exceptional meal and a great view of the city! Good luck to everybody!

AA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience dinning and a wonderful hands on experience for the students. Students all friendly and knowledgeable, giving you more attention then you would get at a restaurant. Your desserts YUM difficult to choose just one.

AR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Heritage is a gem that not many people in town know about. Wonderful food, great beer and wine, and attentive student staff. 5 star place..... If you can get a table

MA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Heritage Restaurant is a classroom for students in the culinary program at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at GRCC. Students serve, students cook, students bake, the fruits of their labors offered for the public to enjoy, and that we do! The food is outstanding, the ambiance lovely, service is reflective of where the students are in that aspect of their program. We have never been disappointed in the many times we have eaten there. Tips go for scholarships, patrons are rewarded with birthday "coupons", it's a win-win all the way around.

GR
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We make sure to enjoy a dinner here at least once per semester. The service is always great, and it's fun to chat with the students and faculty throughout the evening. The dishes are often very imaginative and creative, and in most instances, not something I would prepare at home, making the experience even more special. It never disappoints.

LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most gourmet restaurants in West Michigan, with very creative and carefully prepared dishes served by extremely courteous young people who are students at the culinary school. A real gem!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This time host lacked training - not sure what to do when I asked if I could check on my table of 8. Very odd. This time the wait staff goofed, making two folks wait for orders staff mixed up..Even delivered to one end of table who said it wasn't theirs, then did not ask others but went away with it. Persons who did order got nothing for some time. Manager/Teacher finally fixed. Should have offered a dessert or one of her entrees free, my opinion. I love The Heritage and have seen mistakes - no problem. Love the students. But this time a bit much, especially when reporting in.

s
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The waiters were awesome. Food was excellent. Will be back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Small portions for the prices.

VM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience, and fascinating to watch the chefs direct students in this learning centered experience. Truly a delight to eat at the Heritage.