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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Brewery
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“Great beer and sandwiches. Often they have great local/Michigan music. Can be very busy though! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery specializing in Belgian and French style beers along with the best pretzels and beer cheese in GR. Pretzels by Nantucket Baking Co. Very good menu for dinner as well. Outdoor seating is nice on warm days. Location is a renovated historic church - very cool.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Our favorite Mexican restaurant! Must order, the Taco Al Pastor. and any cocktail from the menu!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Hip younger joint with one of the largest whiskey/bourbon selections in town (100's). Great burgers (& vegetarian options). Bring your quarters for their lobby of vintage pinball games!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Plan your evening and catch a show downtown with a visit to the Big old Building. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A GR staple for over 27 years! Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Easy walk from our Airbnb. We think this is more fun in bigger groups so you can sample more tapas but can still be fun for 2! "Breezy tapas spot for Mediterranean & Spanish flavors with an upbeat ambiance, plus cooking classes."”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Downtown GR location is the original HopCat! Colorful spot on the very busy Ionia Avenue right next to VanAndel Arena. Huge covered patio allows for outside seating most days spring-summer-fall. Very large selection of beers on tap! Easy walk mostly downhill from our Airbnb.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pub
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“Owned by the same group as the Donkey restaurant (and right across the street). Indoor/outdoor seating. Gourmet bar food served in a pub with exposed-brick walls, a weekend Bloody Mary bar & live jazz.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“One of our fav's! Check out their mussels appetizer, wow! Eco-friendly gastropub serves an eclectic menu plus local & European beers in a sunny space. Outdoor seating weather permitting”
  • 20 locals recommend
Brewery
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“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. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Delicious homemade food for vegans and meat lovers. 5min walking distance from house.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“Organic ales & a menu of locally sourced pub grub served in a rustic setting with reclaimed wood.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Great sushi in a hip location on Cherry Street (red brick paved) near some cute shops, and Brewery Vivant. Good fish! Outdoor seating option, as well as a first-come, first-served sushi bar area.”
  • 24 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner. Wood fired pizza oven (their breakfast pizza is awesome). If they are busy look for seats at the first-come, first-served bar area. Outside seating highly desired on sunny days!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Divey historic hot dog joint, open late and cash only but a staple of the Grand Rapids food scene ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Some of the best beer and pizza in town. All pizzas can be made vegetarian and they are AMAZING! Baseball themed named craft beer set in a restored Victorian-era firehouse with old-time baseball decor.”
  • 17 locals recommend