25 Must-try restaurants in Downtown Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV)- Grand Rapids has a lot to offer locals and tourists, one big thing is food! Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a special dive bar, downtown is flooded with delicious eateries. Check out our 25 top choices and try one today!

Bistro Bella Vita | Bull’s Head Tavern | Charley’s Crab

The Chop House | Cygnus 27 | Electric CheetahGrand Rapids Brewing Company | Green Well Gastro Pub | GroveHopcat | Judson’s Steakhouse at The B.O.B | Leo’sMangiamo! | Maru Sushi & Grill | Raad’s MediterraneanReserve | Rockwell Republic | RosesSan Chez A Tapas Bistro | Six.One.Six | Stella’sTacos El Cunado | Terra GR | Tre Cugini | Winchester

Bistro Bella Vita

Big city dining in a casual atmosphere with an Italian bistro style menu. Bistro Bella Vita is an airy spot filled with warm woods offers farm-to-table homestyle Mediterranean dishes & patio dining.

Must try dish: Rotini Con Pollo- Spiral shaped pasta, roasted chicken, pesto cream sauce and parmesan cheese topped with pine nuts

Address: 44 Grandville Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:(616) 222-4600

Price: $$


Bull’s Head Tavern

Bull’s Head Tavern is the perfect place to meet after work, before an event, or for a romantic dinner. They offer an affordable variety of food that can please everyone’s taste, from appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, seafood, steaks, and more.

Must try dish: Pan fried Barramundi (Asian sea bass)- Lightly Breaded & Pan Fried Barramundi Topped with a Homemade Lemon Caper Cream Sauce. Accompanied with Wild Rice Pialf & a Vegetable Medley

Address:188 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 454-3580

Price: $


Charley’s Crab

Natural light abounds at this elegant restaurant serving an extensive seafood-focused menu.

Must try dish: Dynamite scallops- Crab encrusted with basil-infused olive oil drizzle

Address: 63 Market Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 459-2500

Price: $$$


NEXT PAGE for The Chop House, Cygnus 27, and Electric Cheetah –>

The Chop House

Plush chophouse with elegant gas lamps offers premium beef & wines, plus dessert & cigar bar.

Must try dish: Cowboy steak with creamed corn and garlic smashed potatoes

Address: 190 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 451-6131

Price: $$


Cygnus 27

High atop the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Cygnus 27 transports you to a rhythmic environment among the stars, serves globally inspired upscale American fare.

Must try dish: Lamb Empanadas- flaky pastry dough, lamb picadillo, mint mojo

Address: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 776-6425

Price: $$$


Electric Cheetah

Real food prepared from scratch using high quality, natural, local and organic ingredients, features 40 kinds of craft root beer.

Must try dish: Robster from Atlas Macaroni- House seven-cheese-blend, lobster, chives, lemon wedge and sweet potato streusel

Address: 1015 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 451-4779

Price: $$


NEXT PAGE for Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Green Well Gastro Pub, and Grove –>

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Organic ales & a menu of locally sourced pub grub served in a rustic setting with reclaimed wood.

Must try dish: Peanut butter burger- house smoked bacon, creamy peanut butter, pretzel pieces (TIP: definitely add the white cheddar cheese for $1)

Address:1 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 458-7000

Price: $$


Green Well Gastro Pub

Eco-friendly gastropub serves an eclectic menu plus local & European beers in a sunny space.

Must try dish: Korean braised beef and noodles- Korean spiced beef, julienned vegetables, egg noodles, scrambled rakowski farms egg, spicy ginger beef broth, cilantro, crushed peanuts

Address: 924 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 808-3566

Price: $$



Premium restaurant serves an ever-evolving menu of farm-to-table fare & sources sustainable wines.

Must try dish: Butterscotch pudding with caramel and sea salt

Address:919 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 454-1000

Price: $$$


NEXT PAGE for Hopcat, Judson’s Steakhouse at The B.O.B, and Leo’s –>


Woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list offers creative pub fare, plus pet-friendly deck.

Must try dish: Bar Zee Burger- The original HopCat signature burger! Cherry smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos & Michele’s BeerBar cheese.

Address: 25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 451-4677

Price: $


Judson’s Steakhouse at the B.O.B

Refined but casual locale offering Angus & Wagyu steaks, plus chops, seafood & a robust wine list.

Must try dish: Certified Angue Delmonico- 16 oz, served with green herb butter

Address: 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 356-2000




Seafood is artfully presented in a dining room that boasts soaring ceilings & romantic lighting.

Must try dish: Bouillabaisse-Half Maine lobster, shrimp, fish, sea scallops, mussels, king crab & clams simmered in a saffron-sherry tomato broth with leeks

Address:60 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:(616) 454-6700



 NEXT PAGE for Mangiamo!, Maru Sushi & Grill, and Raad’s Mediterranean –>


Elegant mansion serves modern Italian-inspired cuisine with outdoor seating & live jazz music.

Must try dish: Tuscan Calamari Fritti: Flash-fried, roasted garlic, salami, peppers, olives, charred tomato vinaigrette

Address: 1033 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 742-0600



Maru Sushi & Grill

Japanese restaurant featuring unique sushi rolls, hibachi eats & cocktails, plus patio seating.

Must try dish: Maru’velous Roll: crab, cucumber, avocado topped with spicy tuna, lobster, wasabi tobiko, honey wasabi aioli and eel sauce

Address: 927 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 458-1900

Price: $$


Raad’s Mediterranean Grill

Located in the heart of the trendy East Hills neighborhood, Raad’s serves up some of the finest traditional Mediterranean food Grand Rapids has to offer.

Must try dish: Meat Dinner Sampler- Mix of traditional meats, baba ghanouj, hummus, falafel, rice, stuffed grape leaves, samosa, salad, and fresh pita

Address: 962 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 454-7223

Price: $$


 NEXT PAGE for Reserve, Rockwell Republic, and Rose’s –>


Hip, elegant locale highlights farm-to-fork fare in regional dishes plus a long & notable wine list.

Must try dish:Featured cheese plate with recommended glass of wine

Address: 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 855-9463



Rockwell Republic

Hip, high-ceilinged hangout serving American & Asian food & cocktails focusing on local ingredients.

Must try dish: Sea Scallops with the Ginger Pear Mojito

Address: 45 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:(616) 551-3563

Price: $$



Historic spot with a lakeside view offers Mediterranean, Italian & casual American eats.

Must try dish: Wood Oven Roasted Sockeye Salmon Vesuvio- oregano dusted, roasted garlic, marinated tomatoes, white wine, fingerling potatoes, chef’s vegetable

Address: 550 Lakeside Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 458-1122

Price: $$


 NEXT PAGE for San Chez A Tapas Bistro, Six.One.Six, and Stella’s Lounge –>

San Chez A Tapas Bistro

Breezy tapas spot for Mediterranean & Spanish flavors with an upbeat ambiance, plus cooking classes.

Must try dish: Bistec con Pimienta- Peppered bistro steak* grilled medium-rare, tortellini, manchego mustard cream sauce and Fritos de Aroz- Saffron rice fritters with bacon & shrimp, pesto alioli

Address:38 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 774-8272

Price: $$



Wonderfully fresh and utterly stylish, six.one.six delivers a dining experience you’ll savor in more ways than one.

Must try dish: Seared Spearfish- Thai lemongrass curry, Okemos shrimp, sautéed garlic spinach heirloom carrots, coconut jus

Address: JW Marriott Grand Rapids, 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 242-1448

Price: $$


Stella’s Lounge

Graffitied walls & an ’80s arcade set the tone for this bar with 200 whiskeys & a pub-grub menu. Don’t forget to try their brunch on Sundays from 11 am-5 pm.

Must try dish: Stella Blue- Stuffed with blue cheese and bacon (best burger in the nation winner by GQ) If you’re looking for something different, try the Hippie Stuffed- House made black bean & lentil burger stuffed with tempeh bacon & pesto.

Address: 53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 742-4444

Price: $


 NEXT PAGE for Tacos El Cunado, Terra GR, Tre Cugini, and Winchester –>

Tacos El Cunado

This authentic Mexican hot spot may not be the fancy, sit down destination you’re looking for, but it is definitely a must-try restaurant in Grand Rapids. All home made and 100% original, this taqueria will have you flocking downtown frequently.

Must try dish: Taco combo! All are delicious, we love shrimp, chorizo, and pork

Address: 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids 49503; Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (original location!) ;1024 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone: Ionia Ave.- (616) 710-8040; Bridge St.- (616) 475-8000

Price: $


Terra GR

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Terra offers locally sourced Farm-to-Table, premium, handcrafted dishes.

Must try dish: Butternut Squash Gigli- Smoked butternut squash sauce. kale. fennel sausage. sage. sarvecchio

Address:1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: (616) 301-0998

Price: $$


Tre Cugini

Gourmet Northern Italian dishes served in a historic building with a romantic brick dining room.

Must try dish: Risotto All’Aragosta- Italian style risotto served with lobster

Address: 122 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 235-9339

Price: $$$



Gourmet bar food served in a pub with exposed-brick walls, a weekend Bloody Mary bar & live jazz.

Must try dish: Brussel Sprouts-  butternut squash, white beans, horseradish creamsmoked chile, crispy proscuitto

Address: 648 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 451-4969

Price: $$

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