About Grove - Grand Rapids
Grove brings Earth to Table dining to Grand Rapids.
Our modern, authentic cuisine features Essence Restaurant Group's hallmarks: impeccable service and local, natural ingredients. Our menu consists primarily of ingredients responsibly sourced from sustainable family farms and honestly prepared to demonstrate our respect for how these farmers raise or grow our products. We will guide guests through a unique culinary journey with each visit while focusing on four elements of cuisine: Local, Exploration, Classics, and Conscientiousness.
American, Modern European
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday 5-11
Eastern and Cherry
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer limited private parking with handicap accessibility and street parking.
Route 4 Southbound (Cherry and Eastern)
Approximate .14 miles East of the bus stop on Cherry. Located on the North side of Cherry Street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
Grove - Grand Rapids Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent and the menu well varied. The wait staff and waiter were very attentive, helpful, and paced the meal well. The cocktails and wines were a little pricey, but good. Enjoyed our experience.
Great food and flavors
We celebrated a birthday and enjoyed a variety of small plates, specials and starters. I loved the atmosphere and we had great service. This is a special occasion restaurant for me but I was please that the total bill was less than I expected. I thought the alcohol prices were pretty high.
It was ok.
Went on a date-night with my wife, then to GR Symphony. The table was tight. We were sitting at a tiny 2-top with one side against a wall, and the other less than 2 feet from the next table. Overall the food was good, but the Prime Strip Loin was very disappointing. For $36, there could not have been more than 4 oz of meat and it was most definitely not "prime" beef. It was not well marbled, tender nor flavorful. The potatoes were better than the meat. My wife's trout, however, was very good, as was our light appetizer, deviled eggs. The butterscotch pudding that we shared for dessert was delicious. The highlight of the evening was our waitress. She was outstanding in both attentiveness and personality.
very accommodating for food allergies
We went to Grove because we love great food and they indicated they would be willing to work with my celiac disease (I am very intolerant of gluten and dairy). The staff was fantastic about this, from the person who answered my questions over the phone to the waiter to the chefs. The meal was outstanding and both my date (my husband) and I enjoyed the whole experience enormously. It actually made us want to move to Grand Rapids.
Drink cost on the high side
Drink cost on the high side
We went to the Grove for our anniversary and were majorly disappointed as this spot came highly recommended. The food was very expensive, portions were small and limited as well as not being very tasteful. I had the walleye and he had the lamb two ways. On the bright side, the butterscotch pudding was amazing, though I was still hungry after finishing my meal. I wish we would have gone somewhere else instead.
"Welcome Back Sir"
I love this place...I had not been in months and within 5 minutes an attentive waiter saw me standing in the bar waiting for my date to arrive and said "welcome back sir"...Do you have any idea how unbelievably rare and special that is? Additionally our wairter (another bloke) had a great sense of humor...low key, no cackling or howling, just sophisticated and attentive. A passion for food, service and hospitality combined with a sense of humor?....A HUGE PLUS. seriously...I dont know where you find your staff, or what you do to train them...but keep it up. Please...keep it up! "Your THE best restaurant in town"
I was really looking forward to dining at Grove because I had heard wonderful things about it. Sadly, it was a disappointing meal. It took a long time to get a drink, my first course was skipped and I had to remind the waiter about it and the pork loin was so dry I couldn't eat it. We ordered bread and it was very weak, dessert was ok but not great. They did adjust the bill for the pork, to their credit. Just wouldn't care about going back.
Best food in Grand Rapids
Best food in Grand Rapids
Enjoyed Sunday brunch on 4/10. Service was good but not outstanding. Food selections were a bit limited, however our choices were very good...the crab/shrimp quesadilla in particular. Prices were reasonable.
Delicious upscale food
Delicious upscale food
Grove has gone downhill.
Perhaps my disappointment in this experience was amplified because I have come to expect excellence from Grove, but our meal would have been underwhelming at a chain restaurant, let alone at one of Grand Rapids's best restaurants. Dry, overcooked proteins, some dishes underseasoned, some oversalted, desserts that did not match menu description...all in all, a truly disappointing experience. I never had a bad meal on the old menu--bring that back and I might return. Otherwise, nope.
We were on our anniversary and they offered us a complimentary champagne toast. I was 7 months pregnant so instead they offered us a free dessert! Also, I ordered a t-bone lamb and asked for it to me medium-well, gross I know, but I have to order meat like that being pregnant. Without asking our server went to the back to find me a better option of lamb that wouldn't be dried out. She came back and told me the other option and it was amazing! Its the little things that make a restaurant great!
Grove is good
Hush puppies with pork, sweet potato curry soup and lo mein was a good choice. Normal price for beer (at a $5 to $8 for a 12oz or 16oz) not sure why, but that's the way it is in establishments such as grove. If your into wine, you should have no problem finding a bottle that'll meet your expectations. Grove is definitely worth checking out.
Outstanding food. Try and leave room fo ...
Outstanding food. Try and leave room for a delicious dessert.
Just a Culinary Delight!
We heard about this restaurant from a colleague while in Grand Rapids. If you ever get a chance, this is a must stop. My wife had the Beet Salad with potato aioli, salsa verde, anchovy chili, egg yolk, olive and arugula. Well, there were yellow and red beets, with shaved pieces of crunchy kale which were wonderful. And the egg yolk, well get ready for this.....it was deep fried and looked like a little dough dumpling. When she cut into it, it ran over the salad and tasted just unbelievable. I had the S&S Lamb T-bone. Two cooked to perfection, medium rare, lamb T-bones, with cipollini onions, peas, pommes aligot (creamy cheese potatoes), kallettes (a kale and Brussel sprout hybrid flash deep fried and crunchy) and Enoki mushrooms. Oh my, oh my.....it was so delicious I found myself scraping my plate repeatedly with my fork to get every last bit of it all. We will return whenever we are in the area.
It was a very great experience, amazing food!
It's an inventive cooking with super fresh products, the presentation on the plate is elegant and sophisticated with a very interesting flavorful products combination.
the new Brunch menu
We dines at Grove for Easter Brunch, and for the first time seeing the new brunch menu. The menu for brunch is very good, meeting the needs of anyone having brunch. There are more breakfast type items and progresses to a more Grove style delight. I had the pot roast, excellent and my wife had the rainbow trout, also excellent. There were a fair number of "youth" having brunch, which adds to the noise level and detracts from the typical adult crowd having a Sunday afternoon adult beverage.
Best Easter Brunch ever!
Grove has just started serving Sunday Brunch. The Crab and Shrimp Quesadillas was fabulous! Best ever!! Could have liked the plate!
Still the best
The menu format has changed and the portions are larger, but the quality, taste and presentation of the food is still excellent. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about how each dish was prepared. Couldn't have asked for better service.
Great food, creative dishes, good cockta ...
Great food, creative dishes, good cocktails too.
People that rate this place a 5, have no idea what good food is. The scallops were over-cooked and rubbery; the chicken was over-cooked and dry; the dumplings had zero flavor. This place is way more pretentious than it deserves to be.
My husband and I dined at Grove to celebrate his birthday. We agreed it was one of the best dining experiences we have enjoyed. We were served by Nathan who is a polished professional. He was gracious, attentive, informative, and efficient. The food was exceptional. Every dish we were served was well presented and delicious. We went early on a Wednesday evening to avoid a high noise level. The ambiance is warm and inviting and conducive to intimate conversation. We will return and we highly recommend Grove for a very special dining experience.
Fabulous food and service. Great options ...
Fabulous food and service. Great options for all diets.
Total experience! From drinks to food.
Total experience! From drinks to food.
Best in town!
Best in town!
Better food but noisy atmosphere
We enjoyed our first visit to Grove for the most part. The snack plate's deviled egg and hush puppy were uninspired but the crab wonton cracker was delightful. The heirloom carrot salad was excellent, as was the yellow jack fish entree. The salmon entree was on the salty side, but I still enjoyed it very much. The Duckhorn chardonnay was so good. The butterscotch pudding was very good--just a tad too sweet. We were surprised at the very loud noise level, but it was 8PM on a Saturday night and very busy so I guess that's to be expected. Still--not exactly the atmosphere we're looking for when we wish to have a nice conversation along with an excellent meal!
Food was amazing with wonderful depth. ...
Food was amazing with wonderful depth. Would order more small plates next time. We will definitely return.
We loved it! This year was not as good as last year though. Service was better and more inviting last year. The food is great though.
It's been a few months since we dined at Grove; one of our our favorite spots in town! The service is always outstanding! We miss the 3 for $33 dollars menu and weren't enamoured with the changes in the overall menu options. The salmon was a little under done for me and the warm beet salad seemed very overpriced for such a small portion. The Field and Fire Artisian Bread Plate was very good, but my dining partner was ordering from the vegan menu and we weren't told one of the spreads contained butter. We going to take a break and check back in a few months.
Food great, service meh
We went here based on all of the good reviews and recommendations from others. The food was delicious. The salmon ceviche was my favorite course. The dessert, some fudge thing with brioche in the middle, was delicious as well. My wife had butterscotch pudding, which she loved. Given the price point, I did not find the service to be acceptable. I have no problem paying The Grove's prices for a special meal, but service needs to match the prices. In general, the service was not attentive. The service was not rude or snooty by any stretch of the imagination, just inattentive. For example, we were given a "snacks" plate, but no one explained what it was. My wife and I both still had a glass of wine, and the server brought the bill. We were not lingering / staying beyond an acceptable time frame. On a positive note, we ordered an extra course last minute, and the server got it out quickly. I was impressed by that. As far as ambiance, I found it too loud and crowded, but that's just me. I don't want to be within elbow's reach of the table next to me when I am eating at a nice place. This place just wasn't for us I guess.
We dined on the Sea Bass and Perch -- every bite was perfection!
This place has a special vegetarian menu as well as their regular. One of the best vegetarian menus outside of Chicago. Excellent!
Great dining experience
First time diners~ read reviews and were not disappointed.
Top ranking for Grand Rapids
Having traveled and lived all over the world, I found the food to be a bit flat. It is certainly a gem in GR, but wouldn't really rank against other farm-to-table restaurants that I have visited elsewhere.
Best Place in Grand Rapids
There is little doubt that Grove is the best restaurant in Grand Rapids, if not the midwest. The staff is great, from the awesome Alana at the front, to the talented bartender, and of course, our waiter was great. The food is so spot - the portion size is perfect and the taste is exceptional. I would recommend Grove to anyone who wants a special night out. FYI - we also really enjoy just sitting at the bar and enjoying the banter of the bartender and the apps!
Everything we had was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect.
Approachable Fine Dining
We very much enjoyed the experience and atmosphere. The one drawback was that we were unfamiliar with almost all of the ingredients in each dish. Because of this, we received plates we did not expect. The food was tasty, but difficult to "predict."
Fabulous dining experience beginning to end
The food was extraordinary and the service impeccable. One of my best-ever dining experiences!
Small portion of the meat for the $$. Delicious
Besides the small portions of meat - the food was excellent. Service was great! My dad's dish came out (Salmon) a little less done than he prefers so they remade his and comped his meal. So nice. Everything was excellent.
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