The Best Grand Rapids Restaurants for Date Night – Mapped Out

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Motherhood is exhausting. Date Night is a time for me to get away from my kids’ demands and focus on my relationship with my husband. After all, I tell my kids again and again that while I love them immensely, their dad is my favorite person.

We sometimes go out on our own for date night, but we often spend the evening with friends. It’s great to have adult conversations with no kid interruptions.

Our team has put together a great list to help you choose a restaurant for your date night for amazing food, great ambiance and time with each other. 

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Map of Grand Rapids Restaurants You’ll Want to Try

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

Twist our Arms, Here are Our Top 5 Favorite Date Night Restaurants

We went into detail on our top five. Every place on this list is a solid choice for a special night out, depending on your interests.

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

Ando Sushi Restaurant ramen bowl

Butcher’s Union for Clean Plate Club

Delicious cocktails, 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. We are enamored with everything we’ve tried there. My husband even wanted to lick his plate clean last time, it was so good! 438 Bridge St NW. 616-551-1323

Butchers Union outdoor dining restaurant

Max’s South Seas Hideaway for a Polynesian Getaway

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 awaits. We just checked this place out last week and the drinks and food were both delicious. The unique atmosphere and relaxed vibe may even trick you into thinking you’re a few thousand miles south of the mitten. 58 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids. 616-551-0016

San Chez for the Sharing

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 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 ambience and be sure to order a pitcher of sangria. 38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616-774-8272

San Chez Tapas Bistro plates

Zeytin for the Worldliness  

This hidden gem in Ada features delicious traditional Turkish food.  The atmosphere is understated, but accented with comfy Turkish pillows in the booths.  The tomato spinach soup is amazing on a chilly night and the wide selection of entrees are made from scratch. It all makes for a truly unique experience. 7437 River Street SE, Ada MI. 616-682-2222

Zeytin Ada restaurant

The Ever-Growing List of Grand Rapids Restaurants that Couples Love for Date Night

Downtown Grand Rapids Restaurants

The B.O.B. – The Big Old Building is home to four favorite restaurants: Bob’s Brewery, Bobarino’s Pizzeria, Gilly’s Smokehouse, and Judson’s Steakhouse

Bistro Bella Vita – Essence Restaurant Group establishment, specializing in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine

Brick & Porter – Classic pub food and beer selection

The Bull’s Head Tavern – Local restaurant specializing in American fare

The Chop House – Prime American steak house, a Mainstreet Ventures restaurant

Divani – High end cuisine and cocktails

Downtown Market – houses several favorite restaurants like Aperitivo and Pho616 or you can go à la carte choosing from several different vendors

Forty Pearl – Oysters, craft cocktails, Michigan wine bar

Haute at New Hotel Mertens – Rooftop bar and lounge serving French style small plates

HopCat – Grand Rapids born American pub with ultimate deliciousness: Cosmik Fries

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck – 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

Leo’s – Long-time local restaurant, featuring seafood and classic cuisine

Linear Restaurant – Farm-fresh American

Lumber Baron Bar – Historic bar serving premium drinks and appetizers: Amway Grand Plaza

Luna – Farm-to-table taqueria, specializing in Latin cuisine

Margaux – French inspired cuisine in the J.W. Marriott

Max’s South Seas Hideaway – A three-story tiki bar (need we say more?)

MeXo – Pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine with a tequila/mezcal bar

one twenty three – American tavern with cozy atmosphere

Osteria Rossa – Casual eatery specializing in rustic Italian cuisine featuring local ingredients

Reserve Wine and Food – Go-to spot for cheese, charcuterie and exceptional wine

ROAM by San Chez – Global street food from the team that created San Chez

Rockwell Republic – Gastropub with eclectic, seasonal cuisine

Ruth’s Chris – American steakhouse:Amway Grand

San Chez – A Tapas Bistro, blending European, Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine

Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails – A Meritage Hospitality Group restaurant offering a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare

Zoko 822 – Spanish tapas and gin bar

Eastside Grand Rapids Restaurants

7 Monks Taproom – Serving world class beer and fantastic food

Bowdie’s Chophouse – Steakhouse with cocktail and wine bar

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

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

The Commons – 70’s style lounge 

Danzon Cubano Authentic Cuban

Donkey Taqueria – Full service bar, serving authentic Mexican food

The Electric Cheetah – Local restaurant, serving real food made from scratch using local and organic ingredients

The Green Well – Essence Restaurant Group Gastro Pub

José Babushka’s – A fun fusion of Polish and Mexican fare (trust us, it works)

Marcona on LyonModern Mediterranean cuisine

Matchbox Diner & Drinks – Old school diner and delicatessen serving classic dinner food and drinks and a handful of seasonal entrees

Palio Authentic Tuscan-style cuisine, Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant

Rose’s – Casual American, Gilmore Collection restaurant

Terra Local farm-fresh American

Vander Mill – Pub fare and Michigan crafted hard ciders, live music

WikiWiki Poke Shop – Funky, fun mix of Hawaiian and Asian flavors

Westside Grand Rapids Restaurants

Ando – sushi and ramen heaven

Blue Dog Tavern – pub fare in a historic building

Butcher’s Union – American, exquisite food, inspired cocktails and an unrivaled whiskey collection

The Jolly Pumpkin – pizzeria and brewery

The Knickerbocker – Brewpub and distillery serving fresh-made beer-centric food

The Mitten Brewing Co. – Wood-fired pizza and beer selection

One Bourbon – Diverse menu and bourbon tasting room

Salvatore’s – Italian, family-run business with old-Italian favorites

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

Kentwood/Southeast GR Restaurants

The Cheesecake Factory – A vast menu of dinner options as well dozens of dessert options

FireRock Grille – Gourmet American fare with outdoor dining options in season

Irie Kitchen – Authentic Caribbean street food

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

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

Shang Hai Ichiban – Family-run Asian fine dining, featuring a Japanese Steakhouse, Chinese Dining and Sushi Bar

Shiraz Grille Authentic Persian

Tokyo Grill & Sushi – Bringing the best Japanese sushi and cuisine to the area

Knapp’s Corner

Bravo Cucina Italiana Fresh, Mediterranean Italian

Fuji Yama Japanese Steakhouse – Hibachi grill and sushi bar

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

Licari’s – Sicilian pizza kitchen

Melting Pot – Dinner and dessert fondue

Thai Chef Family owned Thai restaurant

Comstock Park / North GR Restaurants

Amore Trattoria Italiana – Italian, award-winning, family-run business

Mill Creek Tavern – American, food and spirits

Perrin Brewing Company – Brewery serving pub fare

Ramona’s Table – Farm-to-table food in the heart of downtown Rockford

Red’s at Thousand Oaks – Modern american fare with wine bar

Hudsonville / Jenison / Grandville / Wyoming

Hudsonville Grille – American, locally owned, family-friendly

Licari’s – Sicilian pizza kitchen

Lindo Mexico – Fresh Mexican fare with signature cocktails and live music

Rush Creek Bistro American, casual dining atmosphere

Sonder Eatery – American, local, farm-fresh

The Win Tavern 33 – Specializing in Michigan craft beers, pub fare accelerated

Walker / Standale / Northwest

The Latin House – serving authentic Peruvian, Argentinian, and Colombian cuisine

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

Walker Roadhouse– Casual, yet an intimate atmosphere, with a diverse American menu

Westside Social American tavern style food

CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THESE UP-AND-COMING DATE NIGHT EATS:

(these restaurants aren’t open yet, but already are on our list of spots we think will make fantastic date nights)

Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge – Cajun infused American cuisine with a tasting room (opening late winter 2020) 

The Electric Cheetah Cascade – Same great food and house-brewed root beer in a second location (opening late winter 2020)

GRNoir – Wine bar serving small plates and hosting live jazz (opening April 2020)  

Texas de Bazil – Brazilian steakhouse where they serve you meat fresh off the roasting skewer (opening winter 2021) 

Tupelo Honey – Southern cuisine from the Carolina mountains and local craft beer (opening spring 2020) 

Zygnus 27 – This date night staple will be returning after a year long hiatus. Look forward to a reworked menu and panoramic views from this restaurant atop the 27th story of the Amway Grand (reopening spring 2020)

Is your favorite on this list? Or do you have another special spot that you like to hit up with your date? Let us know in the comment so we can check it out too!

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