Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012 returns within a brand new timeframe – August 15 through 25 – to capture the local West Michigan harvest. Participating restaurants are excited to be able to showcase their 3-course dinners at $25 per person – or at several of the participating establishments, 2 dinners (3-courses each) for $25, all with an emphasis on farm-to-table food preparation.  After all, August is the season for the freshest farm produce, fruits and meats raised and grown locally.


Over sixty restaurants have signed on for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids with eight 1st time restaurants also jumping aboard to take part in the event this year.

Other new happenings during Restaurant Week include more restaurants offering wine and beer pairings from Trinchero Family Estate wines, Black Star Farms and L.Mawby, as well as, Founders Brewing Company all who are sponsors of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012.

There will also be a new mini-event for Restaurant Week called the “Grand Cocktail 2012” contest in partnership with Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, one the Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012 partners. All participating restaurants in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will be eligible to enter up to two cocktail entries into the contest using Barcardi Oakheart Spiced Rum (released in 2011) – and – Grey Goose Cherry Noir (a brand new release) spirits products being offered on the market this summer. The cocktail contest will kick off early at participating restaurants in order to allow the public to taste the cocktails eligible for a “People’s Choice Award” within each spirits category and to vote for their favorite on the website.

All in all, this is a great chance to profile Grand Rapids’ wonderful culinary talent and the vitality of summer in our cool local neighborhoods, suburbs and in Downtown. Celebrating in Grand Rapids through the “Art of Dining Out” is the best way to cap off a great summer.

Need more excuses?  Here are some reasons to enjoy Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012:

The Art of Dining out is  “all about discovery”. “Getting out into the restaurant community to discover new places to dine is fun whether you do it with friends, family or co-workers. This is a great time to discover new settings and ambiance, new food; new wine, beer and spirits pairings within a known price point – 3 courses for $25 – and at some restaurants – 3-courses at 2-for-$25. (Beverage selections are an additional cost, but still affordable.)

The Fresh farm focus will be more evident during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012 due to the new timeframe which is the peak of the summer harvest season.

$1 from every Restaurant Week meal sold gets donated to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC – teaching culinary excellence to new chefs who will grow culinary excellence within our community.  The first two years of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids resulted in nearly $40,000 of scholarship funds being distributed to this program.

Restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012 include:

Amore Trattoria Italiana, Bar Divani, Blue Water Grill, Bistro Bella Vita, Bobby J’s*, Bonefish Grill*, Brann’s on Leonard, Brewery Vivant, Charley’s Crab, CitySen Lounge at CityFlats Hotel, Cygnus 27, Fire Rock Grille, Flat River Grill, Grand Woods Lounge, Grove, HopCat, Honey Creek Inn, Houlihan’s*, Louis Benton Steakhouse, Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, Mangiamo!, Marco New American Bistro, Marn E. Walkers*, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, Olive’s Restaurant & Bar, One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom, Ottawa Tavern, Pearl Street Grill, Peppino’s Downtown, Pietro’s Italian Restaurant, Radix Tavern*, Red Jet Café, Reserve GR, Rockwell Republic, Rose’s, Rush Creek Bistro, San Chez Bistro & Café, Shiraz Grille Persian & Mediterranean Cuisine,, Schnitz Ada Grill, SpeakEZ*, Spinnaker Restaurant, Stella’s Lounge, Sundance Grill & Bar, The BOB: Monkey Bar, JBar, Gilly’s, Bobarino’s, Tavern on the Square, Timbers Inn, The Acorn Grille, The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, The Bulls Head Tavern, The Green Well, The Walker Roadhouse*, Trillium Haven*, Watermark Grille, The Landing Restaurant at Radisson Riverfront Hotel, The Melting Pot, The Viceroy, Tre Cugini, Z’s Bar & Restaurant.

*1st time restaurants to Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Bon Appetit!