Grand Rapids Restaurants: 70+ Best Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids to Try

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 – some of them very new – 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, unique flair (rooftop bar anyone?), and 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!

Top Romantic Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Here’s a detailed look at our top date night restaurants in Grand Rapids. Each place on this list is a solid choice for a special night out, depending on your interests.

1 – Brass Ring Brewery for the Vibe

2404 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 644-3451

Dine under the hearts for Valentine’s Day or in one of their cozy beer shanties! Brass Ring Brewing is an Alger Heights staple that will make you feel like “Cheers” is back on the air.

Brass Ring Brewery Grand Rapids Date Night Restaurant
Brass Ring Brewing is known for great seasonal decorations

2 – MDRD for Spain With a View

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

Feel like you’re living the high life at MDRD. Located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, MDRD takes you on a culinary journey to Spain, all while gazing over the tops of Grand Rapids skyscrapers.

With an inspired menu that’s hard to beat, and a stunning location right in the heart of our city, this restaurant is sure to take your date night up a notch.

3 – Scholar for a Familiar Flair

11 Ionia Ave SW, Grand rapids, MI 49503

Boasting a new take, or rather an old take, on American Cuisine, Scholar’s menu returns to the roots of early American cuisine by embracing flavor combinations of our country’s past. you’ll enjoy your favorite American dishes with a hint of old-word flavor. 

Original hardwood floors from the 1880s, a cozy fireplace, and lush seating make for a classy, romantic, and yet familiar evening with your favorite person.

4 – Butcher’s Union for Whiskey & Meats

438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504

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

Delicious cocktails, an unrivaled 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.

Butcher's Union Grand Rapids Restaurant

5 – Mangiamo

1033 lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Romantic Italian food and a 150-year-old-mansion? Yes, please!

Mangiamo is back at its original location on Lake Dr. ready to serve up Mangiamo classics (hello, baseball meatball), new delicacies, and an all-around sumptuous experience.

6 – Amore Trattoria Italiana

5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

With award-winning food and service, Amore Trattoria Italiana is definitely not just another Italian restaurant.

This place is perfect to settle in for a cozy and romantic meal together. The menu is full of delicious authentic Italian cuisine, and word on the street is they know how to celebrate. Couples say the food and the staff make this a great place to celebrate an anniversary.

7 – San Chez for Sharing

38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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.

8 – Maru Sushi Cherry Street for Sushi Fix and Sake Sampler

927 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Head to Maru for the sushi, stay for the options! In addition to sushi, Maru offers a variety of menu items in case your date is not so inclined to sushi.

I also love that they accommodate dietary restrictions and can cater to gluten-free, vegan, keto diets, and more.

If you’ve ever wanted to try sake but didn’t know where to start, try the sake flight to sample several different types at once.

With its wide variety of offerings you can be sure Maru is a great spot for a unique date.

Maru Sushi Cherry Street Grand Rapids

9 – Terra GR for Local, Sustainable, and Unforgettable

1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Terra GR serves up delicious made from scratch farm-to-table food that is sure to impress at every visit, and trust me, you’ll want to come back!

You and your date will enjoy quality American fare in a beautifully rustic atmosphere. Drop in for happy hour and indulge in a drink or one of their famous wood-fired pizzas.

terra gr downtown grand rapids michigan

10 – Bistro Bella Vita for a Taste of Europe

44 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Bistro Bella Vita is a favorite for anniversary celebrations!

Serving modern French and Italian cuisine, their focus is on presenting classic dishes prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The charming bistro atmosphere adds to your romantic evening.

Bistro Bella Vita assorted entrees and drinks on table

11 – One Twenty Three Tavern for Eats and Entertainment

123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This classic American tavern, known for their smash burger and garlic fries, provides a cozy atmosphere in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

One Twenty Three is located in the Studio Park movie theater complex making it easy to upgrade your date night to dinner and a movie.

12 – Social Misfits to Mix It Up

43 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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.)

13 – Nagoya Hibachi Steak House & Sushi for a One-Of-A-Kind Dining Experience

16 Monroe Center St Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Nagoya Hibachi Steak House & Sushi has the perfect blend of traditional & fusion Japanese Cuisine.
This new Grand Rapids restaurant features sushi and has four hibachi tables.


Downtown Grand Rapids Restaurants

Heading downtown for date night? Lucky you!

The city itself lends energy to a Grand Rapids date. Add one of the downtown Grand Rapids restaurants into the mix – voila – you’re in for a good time.

Outdoor dining on Monroe Center

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

Brick & Porter
47 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

Brickyard Tavern
940 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Craft cocktails and great burgers. Live music at times.

Brickyard Tavern Restaurant Grand Rapids

The Chop House
190 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Prime American steak house with extensive wine selections. Offers a menu of steaks and seafood in a polished and upscale setting, perfect for a fancy and memorable evening.

Condado Tacos
449 Bridge St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Build-your-own tacos, sporting events on the tvs so you don’t miss the game, colorful decor by local artists.

Condado Tacos Bridge street Grand Rapids

Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Laid-back taproom in a historic building. Always has something going on. Great craft beer selection and good food. Try the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich.
Creston Brewery Grand Rapids

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

One of our favorite uniquely local spots! The Downton Market houses several favorite restaurants like Aperitivo and Carvers, or you can go à la carte choosing from several different vendors.

The Foolery
10 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Serving up Detroit-style pizza by the slice as well as beer and cocktails. A local favorite

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

Oysters, craft cocktails, and Michigan wine bar
Forty Pearl Date Night Restaurant Grand Rapids

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. Or dine in their main dining room, Mertens-Prime.
(see more rooftop bars)

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

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, located in the Amway Grand Plaza, offers a unique blend of made-from-scratch comfort fare and authentic global classics. The restaurant’s luxurious and upscale atmosphere make it perfect for a fancy night out.

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

Small bites + cocktails + rooftop bar = great night

Knoop Restaurant Grand Rapids MI

K-ROK Korean Barbecue & Karaoke
169 Campau Promenade, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Korean bbq + karaoke = a wild good time downtown GR

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 in a chic atmosphere on the banks of the Grand River. Features locally-sourced ingredients. Perfect for a romantic evening or a fancy night out. Indulge in delicious, flavorful dishes and a variety of mocktail options for non-drinkers. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekends.

Linear Restaurant Grand Rapids MI

Lumber Baron Bar
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Historic bar serving premium drinks and appetizers. Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

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

Farm-to-table taqueria, specializing in Latin cuisine.

235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

French inspired cuisine in the J.W. Marriott

Max’s South Seas Hideaway
58 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tiki bar style restaurant offers tasty dishes along with unique experiences such as the tableside bonfire dessert

118 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine with a tequila/mezcal bar

55 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The first authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids! 
Their open kitchen showcases traditional Vietnamese cooking.
_Monsoon Grand Rapids Vietnamese restaurant

131 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Locally sourced, upscale modern cuisine and regionally inspired cocktails

portico restaurant grand rapids mi

Reserve Wine and Food
201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Go-to spot for cheese, charcuterie and exceptional wine. Offers a menu of contemporary American cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients in a romantic and intimate atmosphere.

ROAM by San Chez
250 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Global street food from the team that created San Chez

Rockwell Republic
45 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Gastropub with eclectic, seasonal cuisine. Shareables like the rangoons, beer cheese dip, and poke wonton nachos are winners and the blue skies cocktail is also a standout. The restaurant’s atmosphere is lively and fun, with a cute second floor patio and friendly staff.
Pro Tip: They don’t accept reservations and are often quite busy – plan accordingly.

Ruth’s Chris
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Located in the Amway Grand Plaza in Downtown Grand Rapids, this upscale steakhouse is the perfect dinner stop for a night on the town.

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

Southern cuisine from the Carolina mountains and local craft beer

Tupelo Honey Restaurant Downtown Grand Rapids

Eastside Grand Rapids Restaurants

East Hills, Uptown, Fulton Heights, Midtown will help you 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

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 serving classic comfort food.
Commons Grand Rapids

Chez Olga
1441 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Mother-and-daughter run authentic Caribbean / Haitian restaurant

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 – sometimes offering R&B Soul Karaoke

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

Essence Restaurant Group Gastro Pub – now open and newly renovated as of Feb 2023.

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

Testa Rossa Ristorante
1017 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The best of home-cooked Italian, including pizza

The Old Goat
2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

A cozy atmosphere, live music, and homemade dishes are in store at this Alger Heights staple. Just about everything on the menu is a hit!

2162 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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

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

Authentic Tuscan-style cuisine, Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant

550 Lakeside Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Casual American, Gilmore Collection restaurant

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

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.

The Jolly Pumpkin
 428 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pizzeria and brewery
Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Grand Rapids

The Knickerbocker
 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Part of New Holland Brewing Co, this brewpub and distillery serves fresh-made, beer-centric food.

Mercadito Mexican Eats & Treats
1202 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pop in to Mercadito for authentic Mexican lunches along with snacks and treats.

The Mitten Brewing Co.
 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Old-timey Detroit Tigers baseball décor compliments the wood-fired pizza and beer selection at this popular stop. Get the 12-inch oven baked pretzel – it comes with three sauces!
Giant pretzel at the Mitten Brewing Company Grand Rapids

One Bourbon
608 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Diverse menu and bourbon tasting room

654 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Italian, family-run business with old-Italian favorites

Kentwood Cascade SE Grand Rapids Restaurants

SE Side Grand Rapids Restaurants 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.

Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits
2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

A variety of locally brewed beers on tap partnered with an Asian-fusion inspired menu. Also, indoor Pickleball coming soon!

Butcher Block Social
9900 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

BBQ and cocktails served in a warm and inviting atmosphere to promote community

The Cheesecake Factory
3195 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

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

Cooper’s Hawk
4515 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Upscale American cuisine with an impressive (and delicious) wine menu.

FireRock Grille
7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

Gourmet American fare with outdoor dining options in season

Flat River Grill
201 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331

Wood-fired American cuisine served in a historic building, right on the river

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

7471 River St SE Suite 120, Ada, MI 49301

Farm-to-table taqueria, specializing in Latin cuisine. Cocktails are on point.

7423 River St SE, Ada, MI 49301

Hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza with award-winning flavors

Noco Provisions
4609 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Great vibe and food at this Forest Hills area restaurant. Stop in on Wednesdays for 1/2 off select bottles of wine.
Noco Provisions - Grand Rapids Date Night restaurants

Tokyo Grill & Sushi
4478 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Bringing the best Japanese sushi and cuisine to the area

Knapp’s Corner Restaurants 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

2289 E Beltline Ave NE Grand RapidsMI 49525

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

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.

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

Authentic Mediterranean, inviting atmosphere

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 Grand Rapids restaurant will you try next?

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.

Eastern Kille Distillery
7755 Childsdale Ave NE Rockford, MI 49341

Eastern Kill’s new location serves up pizza, apps, salad and dessert alongside a seasonally revolving menu of cocktails highlighting the spirits made onsite.

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

Third Nature brewing is one of the date night restaurants in Grand Rapids

Hudsonville Jenison Grandville Wyoming Date Night Restaurants

Explore these charming towns for delicious hometown eats. All the deliciousness of a downtown restaurant, but with free parking!

Which style cuisine will you choose?

Hudsonville Grille
4676 32nd Ave Suite F, Hudsonville, MI 49426

American, locally owned, family-friendly

5751 Byron Center Ave SW suite f, Wyoming, MI 49519

Delicious Korean street-style fast food

3627 Baldwin St Hudsonville, MI 49426

Sicilian pizza kitchen

Lindo Mexico
1742 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 elevated

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)

Stans Tacos taco lineup and two margaritas

Walker Roadhouse
3272 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Casual, yet intimate atmosphere with a diverse American menu

Westside Social
2802 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

American tavern style food

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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8 thoughts on “Grand Rapids Restaurants: 70+ Best Date Night Restaurants in Grand Rapids to Try”

  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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