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: $$

bistrobellavita.com

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: $

thebullsheadtavern.com

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: $$$

muer.com

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: $$

thechophousegrandrapids.com

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: $$$

amwaygrand.com

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: $$

electriccheetah.com

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: $$

grbrewingcompany.com

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: $$

thegreenwell.com

Grove

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: $$$

groverestaurant.com

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

Hopcat

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: $

hopcat.com

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

Price:$$$

thegilmorecollection.com

Leo’s

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

Price:$$

leosrestaurant.com

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

Mangiamo!

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

Price:$$

thegilmorecollection.com

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: $$

marurestaurant.com

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: $$

raadsgr.com

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

Reserve

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

Price:$$

reservegr.com

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: $$

rockwellsrepublic.com

Rose’s

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: $$

thegilmorecollection.com

 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: $$

sanchezbistro.com

Six.One.Six

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: $$

ilove616.com

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: $

stellasgr.com

 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: $

tacosgr.com

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: $$

terragr.com

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: $$$

trecugini.com

Winchester

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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