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
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.)
Best for Ramen: Ando Sushi
415 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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.
Butcher’s Union for Whiskey & Meats
438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504
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.
Max’s South Seas Hideaway for a Polynesian Getaway
58 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.