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Restaurants

Beyond just nourishing the body, food brings family, friends, and communities together. The importance of food in defining culture is revealed when we explore the meaning behind all the action. What people consume, how it is acquired, who prepares it, and who’s invited to dine is rich with meaning.

The characteristics of America’s dominant food culture are cost, convenience, and presentation. Americans categorize the dining experience into fast food, casual dining, and fine dining. Americans enjoy food from a wide range of foreign cuisines and have also developed their own regional foods, such as California cuisine and Southwestern, Creole, and Southern cooking.

There are many characteristics that define the American dining experience. One common cultural dining characteristic is to “tip” your waiter or waitress based on the quality of service they provide when you are casual or fine dining. The tip is an extra amount based on a percent of the final bill. Rarely is the tip already included in the bill. In the United States, it is custom to tip between 10-20%. Another cultural characteristic, enforced by law, is the age of legal alcohol consumption. In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. Businesses that sell alcohol will ask to see a picture identification card with date of birth before serving or selling young adults alcoholic beverages.

The local area offers an endless variety of dining options to suit every appetite and budget, including many ethnic choices. Listed are a few of the American and ethnic restaurants in the local area to get you started on your cuisine tasting experience! 


African Cuisine


Go Jo Ethiopian Cuisine and Deli
421 Norwood Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 459-3383

http://gojoethiopiancuisine.com/

directions


Little Africa
956 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 222-1169

directions


American Cuisine


Applebees     
4475 Lake Michigan Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(616) 453-3623
www.applebees.com
directions

Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant
187 Monroe Ave NW
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 774-2000
www.amwaygrand.com

directions


The B.O.B. (American, Italian, Seafood, and Steakhouse)
20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 356-2000
www.thebob.com

directions


The Cottage Bar & Restaurant
18 LaGrave Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-9088
www.cottagebar.biz
directions


Main Street Pub
11240 University Pkwy
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 895-1234
www.mainstpub.com
directions


McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon (American and Irish)
58 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-9105
www.mcfaddensgrandrapids.com
directions


The Melting Pot
2090 Celebration Dr NE, Suite 130

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

(616) 365-0055

www.meltingpot.com

directions


TGI Friday’s

50 Monroe Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 742-8443

www.tgifridays.com

directions


Yesterdog

1505 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI

(616) 262-3090

www.yesterdog.com

directions


Asian Cuisine

 

Angel's Thai Cafe

136 Monroe Center Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2802
(616) 454-9801

www.angelsthaicafe.com

directions


Alaska Sushi (Japanese)

6252 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 285-9944

directions


Asian Garden Chinese Restaurant (Chinese)

4187 Chicago Drive SW

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 257-8815

directions


Hunan Chinese Restaurant (Chinese)

1263 Leonard St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49505

(616) 458-0977

directions

 

Bangkok View (Thai)

1233 28th Street SW

Wyoming, MI 49509

(616) 531-8070

Bangkok Website

directions


China Palace (Chinese)

3330 Alpine Avenue NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49544

(616) 785-9668

directions


China Yi Wang (Chinese)

1947 Eastern Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

(616) 241-3885

directions


Chicken and Eggroll

805 36th St SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 531-9134

directions


China Palace

3633 Eastern Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 246-9966

directions

 

Chinatown Restaurant & Japanese Steakhouse (Chinese & Japanese)

69 28th Street SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 452-3025

directions

 

Chinese Gourmet Express

3185 28th St SE 101

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 957-5993

directions


China Max

3700 Rivertown Pkwy SW

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 532-6688

directions


Chu's Chinese Restaurant

5299 Eastern Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 257-7038

directions


Far East Chinese Restaurant

3639 Clyde Park Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49509

(616) 531-7176

directions


First Wok Chinese Restaurant (Chinese)

6740 Old 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 575-9088

www.firstwokgr.com


Grand Lakes Chinese Restaurant

1810 Breton Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 954-2500

directions


Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant

4514 Breton Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 455-8888

directions


Little Bangkok (Thai)

850 Forest Hill Avenue SE Suite A

Grand Rapids, MI 49546 

(616) 808-3153

www.littlebangkokgr.com

 

Magic Wok Chinese Restaurant

4499 Ivanrest Ave SW E

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 532-0886

 

Marado Sushi (Japanese)

47 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 742-6793

directions

 

Mikado Sushi Restaurant (Japanese)

3971 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 285-7666

directions


New China Restaurant

3901 Chicago Drive SW #103

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 530-2070

directions


Oriental Forest Palace (Chinese)

3540 Rivertown Point Ct S

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 257-7777

directions


Peking Wok's Restaurant (Chinese)

6264 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 956-6525

directions


Shang Hai Ichiban (Japanese and Chinese)

3005 Broadmoor Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 942-5120

www.shanghaiichiban.com

directions


Sushi Yama (Japanese)

146 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 233-9881

directions

 

Szechuan Garden (Chinese)

1510 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 456-9878

directions


Seoul Garden Restaurant 

3321 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 956-1522

directions


Shogun Japanese Restaurant

2901 Breton Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 241-4141

directions


Kim Kim Restaurant (Chinese)

1621 Leonard St NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49505

(616) 456-5730

directions

 

Tan-A Vietnamese Restaurant (Vietnamese)

4301 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 827-8902

directions


Thai House Restaurant

6447 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 248-3365

directions


Tan-A Vietnamese Restaurant

3749 S Division Ave

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 248-3365

directions


Thai Palace Restaurant (Thai)

977 Butternut Dr

Holland, MI 49424

(616) 994-9624

directions

 

Tokyo Grill & Sushi (Japanese)

4478 Breton Rd SE

Kentwood, MI 49508

(616) 455-3433

www.tokyogrillsushi.com

directions


Xo Asian Cusine (Chinese)

58 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 235-6969

www.xoasiancuisine.com

directions


Yen Ching Restaurant

3015 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 942-9130

directions


Wei Wei Palace

4242 S Division

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 724-1818

directions

 

Coffee Shops


Biggby Coffee

4814 Lake Michigan Dr

Allendale, MI 49401

(616) 895-2075

www.biggby.com

directions

 

The Bitter End

752 W Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 451-6061

directions

 

Schuil Coffee and Tea Shoppe

3679 29th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 956-1881  

www.schuilcoffee.com

directions


Starbucks

315 Wilson Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

(616) 735-2100

www.starbucks.com

directions

*There is also a Starbucks located in the middle of the downtown (Pew) campus.


European and Mediterranean Cuisine

 

Adriatic Restaurant

3097 Broadmoor Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 464-4300

directions


Bistro Bella Vita

44 Grandville Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 222-4600

www.bistrobellavita.com

directions

 

Blue Water Grill

5180 Northland Dr NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

(616) 363-5900

www.thegilmorecollection.com


Green Well Gastro Pub

924 Cherry Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 808-3566

www.thegreenwell.com

directions

 

Marie Catrib’s

1001 Lake Dr SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 454-4020

www.mariecatribs.com

directions


Mediterranean Grill

6250 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 949-9696

directions


Mr. Gyros Deli & Restaurant (Drive through and takeout)

2260 Alpine Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49544

(616) 791-6660

directions


Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine
2228 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 456-8999
directions

Parsley Mediterranean Grille
80 Ottawa Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 776-2590
directions

Pita House

1450 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 454-1171

www.thepitahouse.net

directions

 

Rose’s on Reed Lake

550 Lakeside Dr NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 458-1122

directions

 

Cuban Cuisine


Cuba's Kitchen

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 454-2844

directions

 

Big O' Cafe (2 locations listed)

663 Bridge Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 458-5595

directions

 

Big O' Cafe

4476 Breton Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 554-0537

directions


French Cuisine 

 

The 1913 Room

187 Monroe Ave NW

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 776-2000

www.amwaygrand.com

directions

 

Bar Divani

15 Ionia Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 774-9463

www.bar-divani.com

directions

 

German Cuisine 

 

German Village

4378 Lake Michigan Dr NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 458-8368

directions


Schnitzelbank

342 Jefferson Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 459-9527

directions


The Landing
270 Ann Street NW

Radisson Riverfront
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 363-7748
www.radisson.com/grandrapidsmi_riverfront
directions

Haitian Cuisine  

Chez Olga

1441 Wealthy St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 233-4141

directions

 

Indian Cuisine

 

Bombay Cuisine

1420 Lake Dr SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 456-7055

directions

 

India Town

3760 Division Ave S

Wyoming, MI 49548

(616) 243-1219

directions

 

India House

3760 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 243-1219

directions

 

Indian Cuisine Restaurant

1520 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 235-0700

directions

 

Palace of India

961 Fulton St. E

Grand Rapids, MI 49523

(616) 913-9000

directions

 

Taste of India Restaurant

4445 Breton Rd SE Ste D

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 281-5216

directions

 

Irish Cuisine

 

Curragh Irish Pub

73 East 8th Street

Holland, MI 49423

(616) 393-6340

www.curraghholland.com

directions

 

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

139 Pearl Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 454-7852

www.flanagansgr.com

directions

 

Italian Cuisine

 

Mangiamo

1033 Lake Dr SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 742-0846

www.thegilmorecollection.com

directions

 

Noto’s Old World Italian Dining

6600 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 493-6686

www.notosoldworld.com

directions

 

Pietros Restaurant

2780 Birchcrest Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 452 7488

www.rcfc.com/Pietros

directions

 

Pasta Pesto

3855 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 257-3437

directions

 

Tre Cugini

122 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 235-9339

www.trecugini.com

directions

 

Uccello’s

4787 Lake Michigan Drive NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49544

(616) 735-5520

www.uccellos.com

directions

 

Vitale’s Italian Restaurant

834 Leonard Street NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 458-8368

www.theoriginalvitales.com

directions


Latin American Cuisine

Pupseria El Salvador La Original
4639 Division Ave S  
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 257-1092
directions

Mexican Cuisine

7 Mares
1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 301-8555
directions

Adobe Mexican Restaurant
612 W Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 454-7963
directions

Beltline Bar & Mexican Cafe
16 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49548

(616) 245-0494

directions

 

El Arriero
2948 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 977-2674
directions

El Sombrero
527 Bridge Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 451-4290
directions

Empanadas Deliciosas
1551 28th St SW

Wyoming, MI 49509
(616) 301-8072

directions

Maggie’s Kitchen
636 Bridge Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 723-8626
directions

On the Border Mexican Grill
3676 Potomac Circle

Grandville, MI 49418
(616) 710-3990
directions

Qdoba Mexican Grill

3871 Rivertown Pkwy SW

Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 724-1600

www.qdoba.com
directions

 

El Ganjero

950 Bridge Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 458-5595

directions

 

Tacos El Ganadero

950 Bridge St. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 458-5595

directions

 

Don' Rafav's Mexican Restaurant

1441 Wealthy St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 458-1457

directions

 

Tacos El Ranchero

1240 Burton Street SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49509

(616) 245-6514

directions


Mexican Traditional Foods

1912 Francis Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

(616) 245-0494

directions

 

Tres Lobos

825 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

(616) 245-5389

directions

 

Persian Cuisine

Shiraz Grille
2739 Breton Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 949-766
www.
shirazgrille.com
directions

Bonefish Grill

1100 East Paris Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 949-7861

www.bonefishgrill.com
directions

 

Charley’s Crab Restaurant

63 Market Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 459-2500

www.muer.com
directions

 

Leo’s

60 Ottawa Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 454-6700

www.leosrestaurant.com
directions

 

Spanish Cuisine

 

San Chez a Tapas Bistro

38 W Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 774-8272

www.sanchezbistro.com
directions

 

Steakhouses

 

The Chop House

190 Monroe Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 451-6131

www.thechophouserestaurant.com
directions

 

Judson’s Steakhouse

20 Monroe Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 356-2000

www.thebob.com
directions

 

Louis Benton Steakhouse

77 Monroe Center NW #100

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 454-7455

www.louisbenton.com
directions

 

Vegetarian

Brick Road Pizza Co.
1017 Wealthy St.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 719-2409
directions

Gaia Coffeehouse & Restaurant
209 Diamond Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 454-6233
directions


African and Lebanese Cuisine

Little Africa's Cafe (African)

956 E. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 222-1169
directions


Osta's Lebanese Cuisine

2228 Wealthy St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 456-8999

directions


Mediterranean Deli (Middle Eastern)

2285 44th St SE

(616) 281-5216

directions



 


  Last Modified Date: July 18, 2014
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