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The Heritage Restaurant
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Their COVID precautions were excellent. A different dining experience based on very limited seating but felt special due to the personal service even more than usual
The room was pretty full, so it was noisy. I had some difficulty hearing the waiters.
My son is a culinary student this was his last semester I’m very proud.
Always interesting foods well prepared and served by culinary students. A great place to go for a more reasonably priced fancy meal. Nice for a non-rushed leisurely meal, but not a place to go if you want in and out fast. Enjoy the experience!
The incredibly professional staff made for a wonderful first-time experience. It definitely was a great pleasure all around; the food, service and ambiance were all superb. Tom, Lisa & Neil have a remarkable future ahead of them. Chef Dunn deserves kudos, too.
Best dining experience we have had in a long time, highly recommend.
There were two problems with our food but they were addressed promptly. The food is interesting and delicious!
Great service and food! Could use some better signage when coming from the parking ramp and in the building.
It was quiet, delicious and beautifully served and wonderful service. Had a great time.
Our server Gabe did an excellent job answering questions about the menu, and responding to the needs of my colleague with food allergies - above and beyond what I would have expected. The food was great - and there was plenty of it without being a food trough. The quality of the food and the serving was SPECTACULAR. We expected a few hiccups because students are learning, but there were fewer than expected. Friendliness and responsive!!!!
Finally, I have to give kudos for the cherry dessert. I felt like I'd transported to Leelanau County and was able to eat every single kind of cherry delight invented. Yumm!
Wonderful! Service was excellent. The food was excellent. It is hard to believe these are students as they produce and serve such a great product.
It was a delightful experience, both a pleasant ambiance
and delicious food. I always enjoy witnessing the students
Practicing their craft.
This is such a nice hidden gem in Grand Rapids. More people need to know about Heritage Restaurant. It was a great to talk with all the students and learn about their career paths. They all were so varied. These students are not just learning how to slap a steak on a grill. This is world class food they are designing and creating themselves. It was very impressive. Everyone should get down to the Heritage at GRCC!
The Heritage is an experience that everyone should enjoy. The students are very knowledgeable regarding the menu, the service is very attentive. I highly recommend.
Amazing food and service
Absolutely loved our Heritage Restaurant experience! It was our first visit and my birthday. The students and teachers could not have been more welcoming, and professional. The food was wonderful and prepared in a fun presentation. I would recommend it to anyone! Our only concerns was parking. We went during the lunch serving and were not prepared to deal with a no parking available problem.
During the service, the silverware was setup and removed according to fine dining standards. In between the courses, we received sample suggestions, both appetizer/dessert, from the kitchen. The students at GRCC Secchia Center were promptly attentive during the entirety of the meal, and were readily available for any wine/cuisine-related queries.
There's a coat check available at the front of the restaurant, situated in the Technology Center at GRCC, overlooking Fountain street with an outdoor, upstairs balcony with more outdoor seating (unavailable during the winter).
Loved and pleasantly surprised by whole experience. Looking forward to bringing our daughters next time.
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
Lunchtime felt rushed and was not the leisurely experience we were used to when dining at The Heritage for dinner.
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!
Students did superb job explaining the menu. Food presentation was amazing. Very friendly staff.
The food presentation and taste were spectacular. I would recommend the Heritage it is gourmet food at reasonable prices.
Always excellent interesting food. Very fancy food for a more reasonable price with the learning environment for the students in the culinary program.
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!
Very good, however service was slightly slow
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!
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
The food is always interesting and inventive. My wife and I go to The Heritage whenever we are in town.
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
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.
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
Excellent presentation and sumptuous food. The service was outstanding.
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
The Heritage service such elegantly plated entrees and desserts.
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.
Happy Birthday to me!
Best tenderloin I have ever had. Enjoyed everything.
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!
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.
A good effort, although the meal was a bit undercooked.
Enjoyed the atmosphere and our servers. The food was presented artistically and had great flavor
Great food, awesome concept. I would recommend to others looking for a nice meal.
Students were very attentive, presentations of food excellent. One of the best values in town
The Heritage Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 528 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.