It’s the tastiest time of the year: the 10th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids (RWGR) is officially underway and runs through August 18. 

There are more than 70 incredible restaurants participating, which means there are plenty of delicious options to try, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free meals. 

RWGR is a great way to “Taste the City” with specially priced lunches and dinners made with fresh, local ingredients. This is the perfect week to treat your taste buds to tantalizing dishes, whether that's checking out that restaurant you’ve been eyeing or visiting an old favorite. 

To celebrate a decade of RWGR, Experience Grand Rapids is highlighting restaurants that have participated all ten years, including these fine dining restaurants in downtown Grand Rapids:

Bistro Bella Vita's RWGR dessert options include the Tres Leches (vanilla poached peach, pistachio oat crumble, and candied basil) and the Chocolate Mousse (hazelnut praline, spiced orange, and salted caramel).
Bistro Bella Vita Dessert - RWGR 2019

Bistro Bella Vita's RWGR dessert options include the Tres Leches (vanilla poached peach, pistachio oat crumble, and candied basil) and the Chocolate Mousse (hazelnut praline, spiced orange, and salted caramel).

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita features modern French and Italian cuisine made from scratch and considers itself to have the largest martini bar in West Michigan. This spacious restaurant is only a three-minute walk from Van Andel Arena

Bistro Bella Vita is offering a chef’s choice three-course dinner for $35 per person, including dessert like their tres leches, which includes vanilla poached peach, pistachio oat crumble, and candied basil. Add a beverage pairing for an additional $15 per person.

Here’s the full course listing:

Course One

  • Panzanella Salad
  • Tuna Crudo
  • Grilled Peach Salad

Course Two

  • Lamb Bolognese
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Market Fish

Course Three 

  • Tres Leches
  • Chocolate Mousse

Charley’s Crab

Nestled near the Grand River, this establishment is known for its delicious selection of fresh seafood accompanied by waterfront views. 

Charley’s Crab is offering a two-course lunch for $15 per person, as well as a three-course chef’s choice dinner that ranges from $28-$38 per person, depending on the menu items selected. Guests can also choose from a dessert menu for a slight upcharge. Consider their seared salmon served with vegetable couscous, with roasted shiitakes, spring pea puttee, and dill cream; it's available for both lunch and dinner.

Check out their other lunch options:

Course One 

  • Martha's Vineyard Salad
  • Classic Caesar Salad
  • Chilled Gazpacho Soup

Course Two

  • Prime Steak Titanic Wedge
  • Seared Salmon & Vegetable Couscous
  • Jumbo Shrimp Pesto Linguine
  • Impossible Meatballs

Dessert Selections

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Raspberry Sorbet
Divani's RWGR menu includes vegetarian options like the grilled vegetable skewers and the peppadew-feta cheese ball.
Divani's RWGR menu includes vegetarian options like the grilled vegetable skewers and the peppadew-feta cheese ball.

Divani's RWGR menu includes vegetarian options like the grilled vegetable skewers and the peppadew-feta cheese ball.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Divani

Formerly known as “Bar Divani,” this chic restaurant offers menu items that are globally inspired. Besides food, it features hand-crafted cocktails, expansive liquor options, award-winning wines, and craft beer.

Divani is offering a chef’s choice option which is three courses for $39 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $18 per person. The chef’s choice offer includes vegetarian options, too, like the grilled vegetable skewers comprised of seasonal vegetables served with saffron basmati rice and spicy aioli.

Course One

  • Garden Vegetable Gazpacho 

Course Two

  • Cajun Crawfish Cakes
  • Peppadew-Feta Cheese Ball

Course Three

  • Crispy Skin Walleye
  • Grilled Vegetable Skewers
  • Braised Beef Bourguignon
Pair your RWGR meal, like the Imperial Wagyu Blackened Hanger Steak, with a glass from Judson's wine menu.

Pair your RWGR meal, like the Imperial Wagyu Blackened Hanger Steak, with a glass from Judson's wine menu.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Judson’s

Judson’s is a popular steakhouse with a casually elegant vibe located within the B.O.B. (Big Old Building). The steakhouse is known for its Angus and Wagyu steaks, pork chops, and seafood. 

Judson’s is offering a chef’s choice option of three courses for $40 per person.

Course One

  • Roasted Vegetable Toast (vegan)
  • Bison Spanakopita

Course Two

  • Judson’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
  • Imperial Wagyu Blackened Hanger Steak
  • Petite Beef Wellington

Course Three 

  • Strawberry Mousse
  • Petite Chocolate Layer Cake
Pair your RWGR meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

Pair your RWGR meal with one of more than 100 wines on Reserve's expansive wine menu.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Reserve

This elegant restaurant highlights farm-to-fork fare, offering an expansive charcuterie bar and a notable wine list. Reserve boasts more than 100 wines by the glass and more than 200 wines by the bottle. 

Reserve is offering a chef’s choice option of four courses from its regular menu items for $50 per person. Specific menu items haven’t been released because Reserve changes its menu weekly based on seasonal availability. Guests will be able to select one item from their small & shareable plates menu, a pasta selection, an entree (with a potential upcharge, depending on the item), and a dessert.

six.one.six

A modern French bistro, six.one.six is offering a chef’s choice dinner for two for at $35 per person. The dinner features a first course like their artisan greens, featuring heirloom cauliflowers, Medjool dates, chevre, almonds and a roasted garlic vinaigrette, followed by your choice of three entree options.

Check out their full RWGR menu:

Course One:

  • Garnished East Coast Oysters 
  • Artisan Greens 

Course Two:

  • Grilled Lamb Chops 
  • Linguini Fruits de Mer
  • Summer Vegetable Risotto

RWGR is already underway and ends on August 18, so don’t wait to try something new. Save your kitchen the mess and check out more than one participating restaurant, even on the same day.

Restaurant Week GR menu items are subject to change without notice; when in doubt, confirm menu items with the individual restaurant.

For more information about this exciting, delicious time in Grand Rapids, visit the RWGR page.

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