Food & Drink

The 14 Best Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Published On 05/05/2015 Published On 05/05/2015
Grove
The Green Well Gastro Pub
Marie Catrib's
Terra GR Restaurant
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The Winchester
Reserve Wine & Food
San Chez Bistro
Bistro Bella Vita
Electric Cheetah
Stella's Lounge
Harmony Brewing Company
Osteria Rossa
CULT PIZZA
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1. Grove 919 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Grove filters fresh, local fish, poultry, and meat through Polish, German, Latin, and other inspirations to bring you a menu as varied as it is delicious.

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2. The Green Well 924 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The Green Well is a Michigan Gastro Pub that is as passionate about being green (they've got a 20-point list of practices on their website including their use of sustainable farming and solar energy) as they are about utilizing fresh ingredients from Michigan. A Michigan-centric beer list pairs with beer-inspired dinners like the Michigan Stout-Braised Beef or the Michigan Beer-Steamed Mussels.

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3. Marie Catrib's 1001 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Marie Catrib's is a great spot to hit in Grand Rapids any time of day. Sandwiches and Turkish coffee will do the trick, as will hearty breakfast plates like the Rock the Hash-Bah, or their wide selection of vegetarian, vegan, and earth-friendly fare.

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4. Terra 1429 Lake Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Terra is a locally sourced farm-to-table restaurant hyping the values of "artisan, authentic, seasonal, and healthful." Unfortunately, these have all become misappropriated buzz words in today's contemporary culinary scene, through no fault of Terra's -- they walk the talk with a menu ranging from buffalo cauliflower and red beet & white bean hummus to seared duck breast and maple-glazed pork belly, plus hand-crafted pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and daily butcher specials from an in-house butcher.

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5. Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Brewery Vivant is worth seeking out for several reasons. The first: this is one of the best breweries in Michigan, period, the end -- but people still don't seem to fully comprehend that. The second: the brewpub is located in a former funeral chapel with the bar in the pulpit, and if THAT doesn't pique your curiosity, well, then... that's just like, your opinion, man. The third: the hearty (and we mean hearty!) Franco-Belgian-inspired pub food suits the oft-frigid Grand Rapids climate and the vaguely monastic atmosphere perfectly.

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6. The Winchester 648 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Winchester is a neighborhood gastropub serving items like roasted bone marrow, pastrami pigs head, pork & beans with Duroc pork belly, and a variety of soups and sandwiches along with a solid selection of beer, cocktails, and wine. None of the menus are large; rather, this is the kind of neighborhood pub you visit with friends for a beer and a bite.

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7. Reserve Wine & Food 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When it comes to Grand Rapids, the focus is all on the beer. But wine is a thing that also exists, and it is also delicious! And you need to go nowhere other than Reserve to access the most extensive wine selection on this side of the state. With a state-of-the-art cruvinet system allowing them to offer 102 wines by the glass, there are wine flight combinations to suit any palate and strong representations from the world's major wine regions (including a few highlights from Michigan). The menu is fine-dining but still very much Michigan, with items like steak & kidney pierogies made with an heirloom breed beef from Michigan's LEA-White Farms. There's also an in-house charcutier making salumi, pates, terrines, and rillettes.

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9. Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Bistro Bella Vita is all about local produce and local pigs -- with an Italian flavor and an extensive beer list, because this is Grand Rapids and even the Italian places are beer-focused.

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10. Electric Cheetah 1015 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

In addition to having a really fantastic name, Electric Cheetah also has fantastic food, using high-quality, natural, local, and organic ingredients in their tummy-warming American comfort.

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11. Stella's Lounge 53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Serving one of the best burgers in Michigan, Stella's Lounge also offers more than 250 whiskeys and enough beer to keep all that whiskey in check in a retro space with graffitied walls, vintage arcade games, and a rawk soundtrack.

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12. Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Serving as home to some of Michigan's best pizza and utilizing locally sourced products, Harmony Brewing Company is also a brewery (hence, "Brewing Company"), so this is basically the quintessential Grand Rapids beer-and-pizza experience.

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13. Osteria Rossa 16 Monroe Center St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Osteria Rossa serves up Italian-inspired dishes including homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza with ingredients from local Michigan farms.

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14. Cult Pizza 10 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Farm-to-table? How about farm-to-crust? That's what the folks at Cult Pizza call their inventive pizza creations, and in turn we call them also among Michigan's best. It's about as hyper-local as a pizza joint can be, and it also specializes in vegan pizzas, which is... well, not the reason we order pizza, but that's cool man.