To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Restaurant Week GR, Experience Grand Rapids is highlighting the restaurants that have participated during all 10 years. 

As the tastiest week of the year is nearing the end, here are the final few RWGR veterans that have participated since the beginning. Be sure to check out the special menus at each and “Taste the City” before August 18.

During RWGR, consider Amore's Arancini (risotto fritters topped with spinach aioli) for your appetizer course.

During RWGR, consider Amore's Arancini (risotto fritters topped with spinach aioli) for your appetizer course.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Amore Trattoria Italiana

Chef Jenna Arcidiacono and her husband Maurizio have been serving authentic Italian comfort food since 2010 in their family restaurant, Amore. As the name suggests, guests can taste the love put into each meal, which has earned the restaurant numerous accolades. 

One of Chef Jenna’s main goals is to make sure that everyone, no matter their dietary needs, can eat at Amore. Amore offers an entire vegan and gluten-free menu for guests to enjoy during any time of year. 

During Restaurant Week, Amore has a gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly option for each course of its RWGR menu. 

This year, Amore is offering five courses for $29. Guests can choose one dish per course. 

Course One

  • Arancini
  • Funghi
  • Heirloom Bruschetta

Course Two

  • Lasagna Soup
  • Fennel Parmigiano Soup
  • Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Course Three

  • Green Bean Salad
  • Caprese

Course Four

  • White Lasagna
  • Prosecco Chicken
  • Bucatini with Puttanesca 

Course Five

  • Caramel Pecan Cannoli
  • Pop Rock and Cayenne Truffles
  • Limoncello Sorbet
Try one of One Trick Pony's RWGR appetizers, like the Pork Taquitos: Slowly braised pork shoulder rolled in corn tortillas and fried, served with cotija cheese, pico di gallo, and an avocado lime cilantro crema.
One Trick Pony RWGR dish

Try one of One Trick Pony's RWGR appetizers, like the Pork Taquitos: Slowly braised pork shoulder rolled in corn tortillas and fried, served with cotija cheese, pico di gallo, and an avocado lime cilantro crema.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


One Trick Pony 

One Trick Pony has been in business for two decades, located next to its sister restaurant, The Cottage Bar, the oldest operating bar and restaurant in the Heartside area. Known for its food and drinks, and weekly live music performances, One Trick Pony is truly a Grand Rapids tradition. 

This year, One Trick Pony is offering three courses for $30, and guests can select one dish per course. 

Course One

  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Pork Taquitos
  • Crab Salad
  • Green Bean Salad

Course Two

  • One Trick Pizza
  • Grilled Portabella Sandwich
  • Ravioli
  • Chicken Roulade

Course Three

  • Creme Brulee
  • Brownies
  • Palazzolo Gelato 
  • Cheesecake
Don't miss out on Rush Creek's Blueberry-Peach Salad with baby spinach, arugula, blueberries, toasted pepitas, feta crumble, and roasted peach vinaigrette

Don't miss out on Rush Creek's Blueberry-Peach Salad with baby spinach, arugula, blueberries, toasted pepitas, feta crumble, and roasted peach vinaigrette

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Rush Creek Bistro

Rush Creek Bistro offers beautiful views in addition to its food. Relax on the large patio surrounded by trees, or enjoy your meal inside and enjoy the restaurant’s casual dining atmosphere and high-quality food. 

The RWGR menu includes three courses for $25. Many of the dishes can be modified to be gluten-free, nut-free, or vegetarian. 

Course One

  • Blueberry-Peach Salad
  • Celeriac, Apple and Fennel Soup
  • Tenderloin Tartare

Course Two

  • Seared Halibut
  • Flat Iron Steak
  • Brown Butter Gnocchi

Course Three

  • Peanut Butter Brownie
  • Chocolate Mocha Torte
  • Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cheesecake
  • Raspberry Peach Ice Cream Cake
A dessert course can be added on or substituted for any course at Rockwell Republic during RWGR.

A dessert course can be added on or substituted for any course at Rockwell Republic during RWGR.

Photo Credit: Rockwell Republic, featuring dessert from their 2018 RWGR menu


Rockwell Republic

Rockwell Republic boasts a unique space with two levels, a screened-in patio, and an outdoor beer garden, making it a great place to relax year-round, but especially during Restaurant Week. 

This year, Rockwell Republic is offering three courses for $30 or five courses for $42, with the option to add a dessert or substitute it for any course. Guests can choose one item from each course. 

Course One

  • Spicy Chicken Cheese Rangoons
  • Smoked Whitefish Dip

Course Two

  • Elote Crab Soup
  • Apple Crunch Salad

Course Three

  • Red Pork and Shrimp Ramen
  • BBQ Short Rib Sandwich
  • Miller Chicken Risotto
  • Panko Crusted Walleye
The Green Well's menu highlights farm to fork options for RWGR, including the Whole Roasted Cauliflower with tofu fried rice, kimchi, sweet glaze, and sesame.
The Green Well RWGR dish

The Green Well's menu highlights farm to fork options for RWGR, including the Whole Roasted Cauliflower with tofu fried rice, kimchi, sweet glaze, and sesame.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


The Green Well 

Not only has The Green Well been serving delicious meals to the Uptown neighborhood since 2007, but its environmental practices are what put the “green” in its name. 

The Green Well is LEED-certified, supports sustainable farming, produces clean energy through its rooftop solar panels, uses energy-efficient equipment, and also recycles and composts more than 90 percent of its waste. 

For $35, guests can enjoy three courses at The Green Well during RWGR, including an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Course One

  • Tempura Fried Dilly Beans
  • Heirloom Tomato & Melon Salad
  • Loaded Focaccia 

Course Two 

  • Chicken Sausage and Farmers Cheese Ravioli
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower
  • Smoked Short Ribs 

Course Three

  • Banana Cake
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Rice Pudding 
  • Turtle (a warm brownie cake with caramel and ganache)

There are just a few days left to enjoy these unique and tasty menus before the end of Restaurant Week GR on August 18.

Visit the Restaurant Week GR page for all participating restaurants and a list of menus.

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