It’s time to make some lunch and dinner plans because Restaurant Week Grand Rapids (RWGR) is only one week away. From August 7 – 18, more than 70 participating restaurants will offer creative menus featuring fresh, local ingredients at set price points.
Whether you love seafood, vegan options, a good steak, or dessert, there is something for almost any taste preference or dietary need. Plus, restaurants of all kinds participate: pubs, bistros, casual spots, and fine dining, too.
What’s extra special about this year? It’s RWGR’s 10th anniversary!
To celebrate, Experience Grand Rapids is highlighting the restaurants that have participated since the annual event began.
Here are five casual-dining restaurants located in downtown who have produced specialty dishes and offers for all 10 years of RWGR:
Gilly’s at The B.O.B.
“We love being in the community and want to offer a great deal to our existing guests, as well as hopefully build new regulars who maybe haven’t had the chance to try us out yet,” says Felicia Dykema, General Manager of Gilly’s.
The smokehouse is offering a two-course dinner menu for $25. All first course meals are served with a full order of cornbread. Guests can choose one dish from each course.
- Lentil Curry
- Taco Platter
- Famous Chicken Bowl
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Key Lime Pie
- Mississippi Mud Pie
From burgers to loaded mac 'n cheese, Grand Woods' RWGR menu is full of mouth-watering dishes.
Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
Grand Woods Lounge
This lodge-themed restaurant features American food, spacious seating options, a year-round patio, and frequent live music. It’s located just a block away from the Van Andel Arena.
For this year’s RWGR, Grand Woods Lounge is offering a Chef's Choice dinner for two people for $30.
Guests can choose an appetizer to share for the first course, one dish each for the second course, and a dessert to share for the third course.
- Caprese Crostini
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Woods Bangkok Calamari
- Chipotle Chicken Burger
- Rodeo Burger
- Loaded Mac
- Grilled Bourbon Chicken
- Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae
- Campfire Smores Cheesecake
HopCat is offering a two course lunch special for $15.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HopCat--Downtown; photo of killer mac and cheese from RWGR 2018
HopCat Grand Rapids
This cool brewpub is known for its Cosmik Fries and expansive beer menu. HopCat now has dozens of locations around the country, but downtown Grand Rapids is home to the original HopCat, which has participated in all 10 years of RWGR.
“Restaurant Week is always a fun time because it gives us the opportunity to test our culinary chops, so to speak, and to show West Michigan that we don’t just offer fantastic drinks, we also provide delicious foods,” said Holly Wolniakowski, Creative Account Manager at BarFly Ventures.
HopCat is featuring a two-course RWGR lunch special for $15.
Mushroom Cream Shells
Visit Stella's during RWGR for vegan fish and chips: Beer Battered vegan fish with vinegar and salt waffle fries, vegan spicy avocado slaw, and house made vegan tartar sauce.
Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
This retro arcade-themed restaurant is decorated with graffiti and offers great burgers, as well as a menu of more than 200 whiskeys. Stella’s also hosts live music, poetry slams, and other events.
This year, Stella's is offering a two-course dinner for $25 a person, including a beer batter vegan fish that's served with salt and vinegar waffle friends, vegan spicy avocado slaw and house-made vegan tartar sauce. Both course options are listed here:
This year, Stella’s is offering a two-course dinner for $25 per person. This dinner can also be split between two people.
Vegan Fish and Chips
Tavern & Tap
Formerly known as Tavern on the Square, this pub has a vibrant bar scene featuring burgers, small plates, and craft beers. In addition to its delicious food, guests can frequently enjoy live music and events at Tavern.
Tavern & Tap has a two-course dinner for $15 per person. Guests can choose one dish from each course, including first course options that will appeal to everyone, whether you like soup (white chicken chili made with bacon, green chilies, onions, and beans) or a salad (like the house Caesar salad made with romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, herbed croutons and served with Caesar dressing).
Full course options include:
- House Caesar Salad
- House Salad
- White Chicken Chili
- Shrimp and Corn Risotto
- California Reuben
- Chicken Carbonara
- Brunch Burger