One Trick Pony

136 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616.235.7669
The restaurant and bar on East Fulton offers an eclectic menu ranging from pizza and seafood to steaks, pork and pasta. Special favorites include the apple rum pork, crab cake sandwich and jerk chicken nachos. Part of One Trick Pony's taproom area dates back to 1856 and the historically decorated interior pays tribute to the 17 different businesses that have been housed there over the last 150 years. The venue is also well known for their live music series, "Hat Trick" and "Acoustic Stew".

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. - midnight; Saturday 5 p.m. - midnight.

General price range: Lunch and dinner pricing are nearly identical and a couple dining there before Acoustic Stew can expect the bill to be just over $50 for one appetizer, one entree, one pizza and two glasses of wine (before tax & gratuity).

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Carryout available: Yes
Reservations accepted: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
Alcohol served: Yes
Banquet, meeting or rehearsal dinner facilities?: Yes
Allergy menu: No
Free on-site parking?: No

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Average Visitor Rating: 3.84 (Out of 5)
Number of ratings: 7
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Reviews (7)
OK at One Trick
Reviewed by lynn mapes, 2011-06-25 12:32:40

good food, service, drinks, entertainment---give it a try--it is frequently crowded(wonder why?)

not so good
Reviewed by N, 2011-03-06 14:04:07

We walked by while in the area for Art Prize....we finally went in and while waiting in line asked several people leaving if they liked their food and what was good to try...they said maybe go someplace else to we did.

Reviewed by Carolyn, 2010-02-05 15:37:57

I love the atmosphere! I've been to a few of the hat trick concerts and really enjoy the european style seating. :) Their desserts are fabulous as well!

Nice Lunch
Reviewed by todd, 2006-11-01 00:17:54

I have only been to OTP for lunch. I always found the food to be great. The soups and specials are interesting, not the same old stuff you get every where else.

Kind of hit-or-miss
Reviewed by dbrok23, 2006-08-02 20:31:05

One trick has been kind of hit-or-miss for me. My favorite entree by far was their chicken tacos that came in crunchy red corn shells, but I don't think they have those anymore. The other food I've had has been okay, but I don't think the quality justifies the price for dinner which is about $15 per entree. When it's busy, it seems really cramped, also. It's the little things like making sure the tables aren't too close that really create an enjoyable meal, and forgetting the little things trips up the pony. I really like the interior though; the entry way reminds me of a city street from the 1800s.

Very Good
Reviewed by Casey, 2006-02-12 00:00:00

I drove by One Trick Pony and was drawn in by its inviting exterior. I was greeted by a fun cleaver door handle and then by a friendly host. I ordered a quesadilla for an appetizer and then soup for dinner; the server was fast and efficient. Every time my drink went empty he was right there to fill it back up. The quesadilla was excellent, the chicken spicy, the cheese hot and melted, it was delicious. The soup was first-rate, it was simple, yet flavorful and it was piping hot. The interior is very warm and cozy, it can be a little noisy but it has never been detracting from my dinner experience. I would and have gone back to One Trick Pony many times.

Tragic Pony
Reviewed by Terri, 2005-10-25 00:00:00

Sad, sad, sad. My husband and I visited this restaurant after having walked or driven by several times since we moved to GR over a year ago. From the exterior and posted menu it seemed so great, but was always either too crowed or closed. Late one Sunday afternoon we were hungry and so pleased to find it open and uncrowded. We were almost immediately turned off when be both ordered drinks that had to be returned, his a flat beer and mine the worlds worst Mojito (not enough sugar or mint). Don't put a cocktail like Mojito on the drink menu if you can't do it right. I switched to a bottled beer which was fine.
For our meals I ordered a wild mushroom soup and a stuffed flank which were both listed on the specials menu. My husband ordered a burger with a dinner salad. The soup was inedible. It was cold and had tiny curdled bits of cream without a mushroom to be found. I sent it back and didn't recieve a word of apology or an offer of a substitution. My flank was overcooked, grisley and tough served with garlicky mashed potatoes that were mushy and cold . The only reason I can think why any of these items were on the specials menu is that they were trying to get rid of them. The salad my husband ordered was limp and dry and the burger was cooked the way he'd asked but luke warm.
When our server asked if we wanted dessert we politely said no thank you, but then laughed ourselves silly on the way home.
Unless we read about a new chef or management we won't be back. It's a space with great potential, a cool downtown location, but poor service and unappealing food makes it the kind of place that makes me disappointed in GR.

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