If you are looking to plan a romantic evening, the most popular option is dining out. Whether you are looking for a dimly (but tastefully) lit restaurant or a restaurant with a scenic view, there is a romantic restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan that will make for a perfect date. While the dining scene in Grand Rapids, Michigan occasionally seems dominated by hip restaurants and cookie-cutter chain restaurants, there are a number of restaurants that are perfect for a romantic evening.
Of course, what qualifies as a “romantic evening” will vary from couple to couple, but the following restaurants would be consistent with most couple’s criteria. They are restaurants with a great atmosphere where you can have a conversation over great food with impeccable service. Moreover, with excellent locations, they can be the start to a romantic evening that includes other destinations in the surrounding area.
The top three restaurants for a romantic evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan are:
The 1913 Room (187 Monroe Ave NW / Grand Rapids, MI / 49503 / Phone: 616-774-2000) – When one thinks of fine dining in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the first restaurants to come to mind is The 1913 Room. It is well known for its magnificent food and the restaurant has won numerous awards over the years, including being awarded a “Five Diamond” rating by AAA. With this reputation, it is no surprise that The 1913 Room is among the most romantic restaurants in Grand Rapids. If you are looking to impress, look no further than The 1913 Room. The opulent decorations-based on Louis XIV-combined with amazing food and service, make this the perfect restaurant for a romantic evening. It is quiet enough for a conversation and the experience is beyond memorable. Between the food, atmosphere, and service, you will feel like royalty. The frequently changing menu offers French-inspired classic cuisine. The 1913 Room is fairly expensive (expect to pay between $35-$50 per dinner), but it is worth every penny. Moreover, The 1913 Room is located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in the heart of downtown, making it a great place to start a romantic evening that could continue on to a symphony performance at the DeVos Center or a play at the Civic Theatre.
Tre Cugini (100 Monroe Ctr NW / Grand Rapids, MI / 49503 / Phone: 616-235-9339) – Like The 1913 Room, Tre Cugini is another restaurant located in downtown Grand Rapids that is perfect for a romantic evening. Whether you are just planning to dine out or are dining before moving on to another destination, dining at Tre Cugini is a great experience. The restaurant features a classic décor that makes for a romantic atmosphere; complete with piano music-and on occasion-accordion music (performed by musicians that wander the restaurant playing tasteful music). All of the seating is great, but on warm days, it is a joy to sit at the outdoor seating. The staff is attentive and always willing to help diners navigate the restaurant’s classic Italian menu. Entrées range in price from around $18 into the $40 range. The restaurant also includes an extensive wine list. To ensure a memorable romantic evening, it’s always best to go with your server’s recommendation, as you will be sure to get a great meal.
Rose’s On Reeds Lake (550 Lakeside Dr SE / Grand Rapids, MI / 49506 / Phone: 616-458-1122) – When I think of restaurants for a romantic evening, I tend to think of atmosphere. It is the atmosphere that creates a truly memorable dining experience, and Rose’s On Reeds Lake has a great atmosphere. While not as formal as the other restaurants for a romantic evening profiled in this guide, Rose’s is a great choice for a romantic evening due to their lakeside location. The restaurant offers a beautiful view of Reeds Lake from the restaurant’s outdoor seating. Beyond the great atmosphere, the menu is inspired by Mediterranean, Italian, and Causal American cuisine. Popular offerings include the restaurant’s wood fired pizzas and the “Signature” dishes (including Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts and Potato-Flake Horseradish Crusted Walleye). Moreover, following your meal at Rose’s, East Grand Rapids is the perfect location for an after dinner stroll. The restaurant is very affordable, with most entrées priced under $20.