GR{KNOW} | 21 New{er} Local Eats + Sips


Photo via Cooper’s Hawk Kentwood Grand Opening

What’s for dinner? In a city like Grand Rapids you’d think that would be an easy decision. There’s no doubt that the Grand Rapids restaurant scene has been booming over the past few years. With new local eats popping up on a weekly basis you may feel overwhelmed. Today, we’re answering that everyday question {and our most frequently asked} by featuring 21 new{er} restaurants, breweries, and cafes in Grand Rapids!

Photo via Kingfisher Restaurant and Deli | Avocado Toast

Cooper’s Hawk Winery | 4515 29th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Cooper’s Hawk has an upscale vibe and full wine menu, as well as options for gluten dietary restrictions. Stop in for happy hour or bring the family in for a meal you are all sure to enjoy. 

Friesian Gastro Pub | 720 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Friesian Gastropub is a casual neighborhood bar that offers comfort food with an eclectic twist. Their space provides a cozy place to eat in the wintertime and a rooftop deck during patio season.

Hopcat Knapp | 2183 Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 99525

This is a great family friendly option where you can get together with friends, enjoy top tier bar fare and a wide selection of beers. Be sure to keep a look out for their special events. It’s also a great place to hold your own shindigs!

Kingfisher | 1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This restaurant takes deli food to the next level offering a unique selection of plates, appetizers, desserts and beverages. It’s a great place to stop in for breakfast or lunch. 

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River North Public House | 2115 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Whether you want to get drinks with friends or a meal with the entire family, River North Public House has got you covered. Their selection of gourmet burgers, salads and shareables and their extensive beer and cocktail menu is a part of what makes them a neighborhood hotspot.

Hancock Grand Rapids | 1157 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This restaurant brings a taste of Nashville to the Grand Rapids area with their spicy chicken and slushy drinks. Their remodeled historic space makes for an unforgettable downhome vibe.

Café de Miro | 1878 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Café de Miro is a Kurdish style Mediterranean restaurant that makes the perfect stop for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy their soups, salads and sandwiches while taking in the eatery’s cool, casual atmosphere.  

Buddy’s Pizza | 4061 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Buddy’s Pizza is no stranger to the Michigan area. They have recently opened in Grand Rapids giving residents a convenient place to enjoy their legendary Detroit style pizza. Eat in and take out options are available. 

Photo via Rise Authentic Baking Co. | Blueberry Fields, The Anti-Inflammatory & A Summer In Spain Donut

War Room Café | 3097 30th St SE, Grandville, MI 49418

The War Room is a great stop for a healthy pick me up. Locals can pop in for their delicious smoothies, juices, coffee and deli items. Vegan and non-vegan items are available. 

Broad Leaf Local Beer | 2885 Lake Eastbroook Blvd., Kentwood, MI 49512

Grand Rapids maintains its title as Beer City with new breweries opening up on a regular basis. Broad Leaf offers an extensive beer menu that can hold up to the high standards of any connoisseur. 

Rise Authentic Baking Company | 1220 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Originally a wholesale bakery, Rise Authentic Baking Company has recently opened a store-front in the Grand Rapids area. If you have a sweet tooth, your mouth is sure to water just looking at the menu. Choose from delicious donuts, cakes, bars, cupcakes and more.

City Barbeque | 3050 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

The slow smoking technique City Barbeque uses has made them an award-winning restaurant. Now open in the Grand Rapids area, residents can enjoy their meats, sides and desserts and find out what the fuss is all about.

Photo via Alebird Taphouse and Brewery | Beer Float Flight

Kelvin and Co Urban BBQ | 1450 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Kelvin and Co. offers slow cooked meats without the wait time. Enjoy their mains, sides and desserts as well as their healthy options. Available for dine in and catering.

Fratellis | 435 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Even though Fratellis isn’t totally new to the area, it’s recently expanded concept brings a fresh vibe. They are now a full service restaurant that offers a modern twist to Italian dishes. 

Toom | 5551 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

This Middle Eastern restaurant sets itself apart with its unique dipping sauces and delicious Lebanese breakfast options. Stop by from 10 AM to 10 PM for an exotic meal you are sure to enjoy.

Alebird Taphouse and Brewery | 2619 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Offering a great community vibe, the Alebird is a great place to stop off for a pint. They also have an extensive lunch and dinner menu that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Photo via Zivio | Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Fries

Zivio | 724 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The dishes at Zivio are a representation of the cultures of several Central European countries. It is the perfect place to gather to eat and drink with family and friends.

Wildroast Coffee Co. | 4035 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Wildroast has worked to build a sense of community offering comfy spaces for meetings in a restored historic location. Best of all, the coffee is terrific!

The Pub at Paddock | 1033 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Located in a grand old mansion in East Hills, this pub is rich with old school grandeur, yet it offers a cozy and casual vibe. Guests can enjoy a vibrant menu of terrific drinks and food that has been sourced from local farms since the late 70’s.

The Commons GR | 547 Cherry St SE Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Commons offers a vintage aesthetic, including great comfort food that will make your feel right at home. Stop by for a terrific meal, to hang out on their new patio or enjoy their events.

Marcona on Lyon | 623 Lyon St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This Mediterranean restaurant offers old world flavor with a new world twist. They aim to offer their diners more than just a meal, but an experience that takes them back in time and place with tasty meals and a wide selection of wine, beer and cocktails.

Would you believe us if we told you there’s more where that came from?! In the meantime, we will be eating our way through this list! Stay tuned for a list of #GRANDNEW restaurants that will be coming soon to the Grand Rapids area. We can’t wait to see how the city will treat our taste buds as the community continues to grow.