About Grove - Grand Rapids

919 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 5-10
Friday & Saturday 5-11
Sunday 5-9

Cross Street:
Eastern and Cherry

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(616) 454-1000

Website:
http://www.groverestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We offer limited private parking with handicap accessibility and street parking.

Public Transit:
Route 4 Southbound (Cherry and Eastern)
Approximate .14 miles East of the bus stop on Cherry. Located on the North side of Cherry Street.

Executive Chef:
Bob Waterbury

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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Grove - Grand Rapids Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Great Restaurant

Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food and flavors

Dined on April 25, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service5
value3

It was ok.

Dined on April 23, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

very accommodating for food allergies

Dined on April 22, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Drink cost on the high side

Dined on April 20, 2016

Drink cost on the high side

food2
ambience4
service3
value1

Disappointed

Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

"Welcome Back Sir"

Dined on April 16, 2016

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"

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience4
service2
value1

Disappointing

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best food in Grand Rapids

Dined on April 11, 2016

Best food in Grand Rapids

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Sunday brunch

Dined on April 10, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience4
service4

Delicious upscale food

Dined on April 9, 2016

Delicious upscale food

food1
ambience2
service4
value1

Grove has gone downhill.

Dined on April 8, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Anniversary

Dined on April 5, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Grove is good

Dined on April 2, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Outstanding food. Try and leave room fo ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

Outstanding food. Try and leave room for a delicious dessert.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Just a Culinary Delight!

Dined on March 31, 2016

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.

food5
ambience3
service5
value5

It was a very great experience, amazing food!

Dined on March 30, 2016

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.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

the new Brunch menu

Dined on March 27, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Easter Brunch ever!

Dined on March 27, 2016

Grove has just started serving Sunday Brunch. The Crab and Shrimp Quesadillas was fabulous! Best ever!! Could have liked the plate!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Still the best

Dined on March 26, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Great food, creative dishes, good cockta ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Great food, creative dishes, good cocktails too.

food1
ambience3
service3
value1

Very over-rated

Dined on March 23, 2016

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.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Outstanding experience

Dined on March 22, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous food and service. Great options ...

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

Fabulous food and service. Great options for all diets.

food5
ambience5
service5

Total experience! From drinks to food.

Dined on March 19, 2016

Total experience! From drinks to food.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best in town!

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Best in town!

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Better food but noisy atmosphere

Dined on March 13, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Food was amazing with wonderful depth. ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Food was amazing with wonderful depth. Would order more small plates next time. We will definitely return.

food5
ambience3
service3
value5

Anniversary Dinner

Dined on March 11, 2016

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.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Menu Change

Dined on March 10, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience2
service2
value2

Food great, service meh

Dined on March 5, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Exquisite flavors

Dined on March 3, 2016

We dined on the Sea Bass and Perch -- every bite was perfection!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Grove

Dined on March 1, 2016

This place has a special vegetarian menu as well as their regular. One of the best vegetarian menus outside of Chicago. Excellent!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Great dining experience

Dined on February 27, 2016

First time diners~ read reviews and were not disappointed.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Top ranking for Grand Rapids

Dined on February 27, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best Place in Grand Rapids

Dined on February 25, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great!

Dined on February 23, 2016

Everything we had was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

Approachable Fine Dining

Dined on February 22, 2016

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."

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fabulous dining experience beginning to end

Dined on February 21, 2016

The food was extraordinary and the service impeccable. One of my best-ever dining experiences!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Small portion of the meat for the $$. Delicious

Dined on February 20, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot

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