Grand Rapids Restaurants: 50+ Best Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids, Mapped

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Tasty Destinations: Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Carving out time to turn your Grand Rapids Date Night Ideas into reality is to be commended.

Single date, double date, or dinner with friends – however you do it, pairing a fun activity with a nice dinner out is a lovely treat.

But, where to nosh? Of the probably hundreds of restaurants in Grand Rapids, these date night restaurants rose to the top. They offer the food, ambiance, and atmosphere that will help you create the moments you’re craving.

Use this list to find restaurants with cultural cuisine and unique flair as well as favorite old standbys for your next eating adventure.

No matter your tastes, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot on this list. Forks up!

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Our Top 5 Favorite Date Night Restaurants

We went into detail on our top five date night restaurants in Grand Rapids. Each place on this list is a solid choice for a special night out, depending on your interests.

Best New Restaurant: Social Misfits

43 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-272-4984

Social Misfits is for everyone. They hang their hat on being different, and fully inclusive.

And that goes for their menu, too. I mean, where else can you get waffles + cocktails??
It’s a thing, and you need to check it out. (You can also swap your cocktail for artisanal coffee if you’re feeling more mainstream.)

Social Misfits waffles Grand Rapids

Best for Ramen: Ando Sushi

415 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-608-0789

Head to Ando for the Ramen. Ando is like comfort food but without the artery-clogged regret afterward.

Their delicious ramen bowls are full-on taste and zing and pair perfectly with one of their fine mule selections. If ramen isn’t your thing, Ando’s sushi will be. I also love that they accommodate dietary restrictions and can cater to gluten-free, vegan, keto diets, and more.

Date Night Restaurants: Ando Sushi

Butcher’s Union for Whiskey & Meats

438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504
616-551-1323

We are enamored with everything we’ve tried there. My husband even wanted to lick his plate clean last time, it was so good! 

Delicious cocktails, an extensive whiskey selection, and perfect dishes come together in this welcoming haunt on GR’s northwest side. Majoring in meat and whiskey, Butcher’s Union strives to use local ingredients in their mouthwatering dishes.

Butchers Union outdoor dining restaurant

Max’s South Seas Hideaway for a Polynesian Getaway

58 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-551-0016

Max’s Tiki Bar is for diners who want an experience. Shrug off the Michigan chill as you step into this tropical oasis, where an extensive cocktail selection and delicious menu await.

The drinks and food are both delicious. The unique atmosphere and relaxed vibe may even trick you into thinking you’re a few thousand miles south of the mitten.

San Chez for the Sharing

38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-774-8272

San Chez Bistro is a Grand Rapids icon, with its world-class tapas inspired by European, Mediterranean, and Latin dishes. It’s a great place to sample lots of things and share the incredible fare with your date.

Every plate is a hit, so it’s a safe place to be adventurous and try new things. Kick back and enjoy the ambiance and be sure to order a pitcher of sangria.

San Chez Tapas Bistro plates

The Growing List of Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Downtown Grand Rapids Restaurants

Heading downtown for date night? Lucky you!
The city itself lends energy to a Grand Rapids date. Adding one of the downtown Grand Rapids restaurants into the mix – voila – you’re in for a good time.

Here are the places we think you can’t go wrong on a date night in the city:

Bistro Bella Vita

44 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

A favorite for anniversary celebrations! Mediterranean and Italian cuisine served in a rustic, yet elegant setting. To reserve a table, call 616.222.4600

Brick & Porter

47 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Classic pub food and beer selection. Good burgers. Generous portions.

The Bull’s Head Tavern

188 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Local restaurant specializing in American fare. Cozy atmosphere. Chocolate martinis – yum!
*Temporarily closed – check website for updates.

The Chop House

190 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Prime American steak house with extensive wine selections

Condado Tacos

449 Bridge St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Build-your-own tacos chain will boast colorful decor by local artists

Divani

15 Ionia Ave SW Suite 130, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

High-end cuisine and cocktails

Downtown Market

435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Houses several favorite restaurants like Aperitivo and Pho616 or you can go à la carte choosing from several different vendors

Forty Pearl

40 Pearl St NW #110, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Oysters, craft cocktails, and Michigan wine bar

GRNoir

35 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Wine bar serving small plates and hosting live jazz

Mertens Rooftop Bar

35 Oakes St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Rooftop bar and lounge serving French style small plates

HopCat

25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grand Rapids born American pub with ultimate deliciousness: Cosmik Fries

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Made-from-scratch comfort fare meets authentic global classics in the kitchen of the world’s first celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck located in the Amway Grand Plaza

Knoop

131 Ionia Ave SW 8th Floor, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Small bites + cocktails + rooftop bar = great night

K-ROK Korean Barbecue & Karaoke

169 Campau Promenade, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Korean bbq + karaoke = a wild good time downtown GR

Leo’s

60 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Long-time local restaurant, featuring seafood and classic cuisine

Linear Restaurant

1001 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Farm-fresh American cuisine

Lumber Baron Bar

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Historic bar serving premium drinks and appetizers: Amway Grand Plaza

Luna

64 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Farm-to-table taqueria, specializing in Latin cuisine

Margaux

235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

French inspired cuisine in the J.W. Marriott

Max’s South Seas Hideaway

458 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

A three-story tiki bar (need we say more?)

MDRD

187 Monroe Ave NW 27th Floor, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pronounced “Madrid,” this lavish restaurant replaces the iconic Cygnus 27 aloft in Amway Grand’s 27th floor. Enjoy panoramic views and modern Spanish cuisine.

MeXo

118 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine with a tequila/mezcal bar

one twenty three

123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

American tavern with cozy atmosphere

Portico

131 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Locally sourced, upscale modern cuisine and regionally inspired cocktails

Reserve Wine and Food

201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Go-to spot for cheese, charcuterie and exceptional wine

ROAM by San Chez

250 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Global street food from the team that created San Chez

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Rockwell Republic

45 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Gastropub with eclectic, seasonal cuisine

Ruth’s Chris

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

American steakhouse: Amway Grand

San Chez

38 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

A Tapas Bistro, blending European, Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine

Social Misfits

43 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

An eclectic and inventive offering of scratch-made waffle dishes, both savory and sweet, all day long. Plus cocktails or artisanal coffee

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Stan’s Tacos

67 Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The beloved baja tacos in Standale is now downtown at the old Wheelhouse kitchen location

Tupelo Honey

140 Ottawa Ave, NW, Suite 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Southern cuisine from the Carolina mountains and local craft beer

Eastside Grand Rapids Restaurants

Looking for a little cuisine adventure on your date night? The Eastside will not disappoint. Travel the world with options for Indian, Caribbean, Cuban, Bosnian, Indian or Hawaiian fare.

7 Monks Taproom

740 Michigan St NE Grand Rapids,  MI 49503

Serving world class beer and fantastic food

Bombay Cuisine

1420 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Fresh Indian cuisine, plus full bar and East West Brewing Co. beer selection

Bowdie’s Chophouse

2237 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Steakhouse with cocktail and wine bar

Brewery Vivant

 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

LEED certified micro brewery, featuring Belgian and French inspired beer alongside European fare

Carolina Low Country Kitchen

2213 Wealthy St SE Ste 120, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Three local restaurateurs who joined forces to bring the flavors of South Carolina lowcountry to the GR area

The Commons

547 Cherry St SE Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

70’s style lounge

Chez Olga

1441 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Mother-and-daughter run authentic Caribbean / Haitian restaurant

Danzon

1 Carlton Ave SE Ste A, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Authentic Cuban

Donkey Taqueria

665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Full service bar, serving authentic Mexican food

The Electric Cheetah

1015 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Local restaurant, serving real food made from scratch using local and organic ingredients

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

1059 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Authentically American soul kitchen

The Green Well

924 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Essence Restaurant Group Gastro Pub

José Babushka’s

2232 Wealthy St SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

A fun fusion of Polish and Mexican fare (trust us, it works)

Matchbox Diner & Drinks

1345 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Old school diner and delicatessen serving classic dinner food and drinks and a handful of seasonal entrees

Olive’s

2162 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Upscale fresh food and unique flavors served in an intimate atmosphere.

Palio

 545 Michigan St NE #102, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Authentic Tuscan-style cuisine, Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant

Rose’s

 550 Lakeside Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Casual American, Gilmore Collection restaurant

Terra

1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Local farm-fresh American

Vander Mill

 505 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pub fare and Michigan crafted hard ciders, live music

WikiWiki Poke Shop

 1146 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Funky, fun mix of Hawaiian and Asian flavors

Zivio

724 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Bosnian cuisine with Turkish, Greek & other influences

Westside Grand Rapids Restaurants

Dinner + Drinks = Fabulous Date Night on the Westside
Westside restaurants offer unique options beyond the dinner menu. Pair your dinner with a selection from hundreds of whisky or bourbon options, or order a handcrafted beer or artisan spirits alongside your dinner.

Ando

415 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Sushi and ramen heaven

Blue Dog Tavern

638 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pub fare in a historic building

Butcher’s Union

 438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

American, exquisite food, inspired cocktails and an unrivaled whiskey collection

The Jolly Pumpkin

 428 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pizzeria and brewery

The Knickerbocker

 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Brewpub and distillery serving fresh-made beer-centric food

The Mitten Brewing Co.

 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Wood-fired pizza and beer selection

One Bourbon

608 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Diverse menu and bourbon tasting room

Salvatore’s

654 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Italian, family-run business with old-Italian favorites

The Søvengård

443 Bridge St NW #1, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Scandinavian, biergarten and kitchen featuring hyper-local and seasonally based cuisine and drinks

Kentwood Cascade SE GR Restaurants

Restaurants on the Southeast side of GR are filled with a variety of delicious options to suit everyone’s taste. Choose from restaurants offering authentic Japanese cuisine, Caribbean street food or Indian dishes. Or stick with a classic American comfort meal – soup and grilled cheese.

The Cheesecake Factory

3195 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

A vast menu of dinner options as well dozens of dessert options

The Electric Cheetah Cascade

6450 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Soup City USA! Grilled Cheese, salads, breads, spreads

Emonae

6246 28th St SE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Korean BBQ
*Temporarily closed – check website for updates.

FireRock Grille

7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

Gourmet American fare with outdoor dining options in season

Indian Masala

5769 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Authentic north Indian cuisine. You have to try the stuffed naan!

Irie Kitchen

 6630 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Authentic Caribbean street food

Ju Sushi & Lounge

1144 E Paris Ave SE #9, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Sushi Lounge, featuring traditional Japanese entrees and a unique dining experience

ShangHai Ichiban

3005 Broadmoor Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Family-run Asian fine dining, featuring a Japanese Steakhouse, Chinese Dining and Sushi Bar
*Temporarily closed – check website for updates.

Tokyo Grill & Sushi

4478 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Bringing the best Japanese sushi and cuisine to the area

Knapp’s Corner Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Anchored by a movie theater, an outdoor treetops ropes course, and a shopping complex, Knapp’s Corner is an easy choice when it comes to a date night destination. Now, where to eat? Choose one of these date night restaurants to savor:

Hop Cat at Knapp’s Corner

2183 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Just like the downtown version but with free parking! Food, beer, and, yeah, we still call them crack fries. Brunch on Saturday & Sunday.

Fuji Yama Japanese Steakhouse

1501 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Hibachi grill and sushi bar

JAKU

2289 E Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Specializing in Japanese and Korean food along with a vast sushi menu.

Licari’s

2869 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Sicilian pizza kitchen

Melting Pot

2090 Celebration Dr NE #130, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Dinner and dessert fondue

PF Chang’s Grand Rapids

2064 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Asian-inspired dishes. Celebrate with golden chopsticks, just let them know you’re celebrating when you make a reservation.

Shesko

2121 Celebration Dr NE #700, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Authentic Mediterranean

Thai Chef

1971 E Beltline Ave NE #119, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Family owned Thai restaurant

Rockford NE Grand Rapids Restaurants

Pair your dinner with a favorite destination, downtown Rockford. With a walkable downtown filled with locally-owned shops and the Rockford Dam Overlook, adding one of the delicious restaurant options nearby will make for a memorable date. Which Northeast GR Restaurant will you try?

Amore Trattoria Italiana

5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Italian, award-winning, family-run business

Blue Water Grill

5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Lakeside views, great fireplace. Get the Mahi Mahi Tacos, Blu Bar Egg Rolls, and Lobster Club Sandwich.

Mill Creek Tavern

3874 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

American food and spirits

Perrin Brewing Company

5910 Comstock Park Dr NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Brewery serving pub fare

Red’s at Thousand Oaks

4100 Thousand Oaks Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Modern American fare with wine bar

Third Nature Brewing Co

7733 Childsdale Ave NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Brewery with beer inspired menu

Hudsonville Jenison Grandville Wyoming Restaurants

Whether you call this side of GR your home town or you are just visiting for date night, you’ll be in for a treat.
Explore one of many local attractions on your date, like a seasonal Riverboat tour or a bike ride through the area’s trails and parks. Then check out another great local attraction – delicious food.

Hudsonville Grille

4676 32nd Ave Suite F, Hudsonville, MI 49426

American, locally owned, family-friendly

Licari’s

3627 Baldwin St Hudsonville, MI 49426

Sicilian pizza kitchen

Lindo Mexico

771742 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Fresh Mexican fare with signature cocktails and live music

Rush Creek Bistro

624 Port Sheldon St SW, Grandville, MI 49418

American, casual dining atmosphere

The Win Tavern 33

7628 Georgetown Center Dr, Jenison, MI 49428

Specializing in Michigan craft beers, pub fare accelerated

Walker Standale NW Grand Rapids Restaurants

Columbian or American Cuisine? Tacos or tavern Food?
The Northwest side of GR will keep your taste buds happy as you enjoy a night out.

The Latin House

3363 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534

Serving authentic Peruvian, Argentinian, and Colombian cuisine

Stan’s Tacos

355 Wilson Ave. NW Walker, Michigan 49534

Delicious baja style tacos with a fun, casual atmosphere (also they have board games to play while you dine)

Walker Roadhouse

3272 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Casual, yet an intimate atmosphere, with a diverse American menu

Westside Social

2802 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

American tavern style food

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Are your favorite date night restaurants on this list? Do you have another special spot that you like to hit up with your date? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out, too!

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Map of Grand Rapids Date Night Restaurants

Find your next date night with this map of great date restaurants near you! Read on to see what delicious eats each establishment offers.

8 thoughts on “Grand Rapids Restaurants: 50+ Best Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids, Mapped”

  1. I recommend dinner downtown at Max’s South Seas Hideaway and then bring a pile of quarters to Pyramid Scheme nearby to play pinball.

  2. Cascade- cascade road house is amazing! And i love the outdoor seating area they’ve upgraded to be used year round

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