Top Restaurants for Business Travelers in Grand Rapids


Beer and food are two things Grand Rapids knows well. It's a city that is host to numerous restaurants, and breweries that serve great food, with many more of both on the way. It's not called Beer City for nothing. But when you have to swing through Grand Rapids for business purposes it can be tricky to pick the best place to eat. This place is host to many chain eateries, but if you want some divine Grand Rapids cuisine you'll want to pick one of the many more local options.

Another benefit of this big city is the fact that they offer up many restaurants that cater to special diets, whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, have a food allergy, or need to be gluten free. With so many options you can't go wrong grabbing a bite to eat while you're in town. Here are five restaurants you really should check out while you're in town.

Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Bella Vita is a much talked about dining place in Grand Rapids that offers a magnificent farm-to-plate dining experience. People love the Mediterranean food options as much as the love the fact that this restaurant does a lot to be green, including recycling everything they use. Not only do they take reservations, but they also offer private dining, making them great for business meetings and more.

Marie Catrib's

Marie Catrib's is an excellent dining experience and they make all of their foods from scratch each day. They also offer gluten free and vegan options, which include some very delicious desserts that you'll find it hard to say no to. You might find that an item on the menu becomes unavailable, because it was popular, but there's always something just as awesome to try waiting for you to order it.

Stella's Lounge

If you don't mind a bit of a wait to get your meal, and you have the time for it on your busy business trip, Stella's is an excellent dining choice. While they don't have a lot of options for gluten free folks, they still have a great menu and great food. It's an excellent place to both dine and get a drink at.

The Electric Cheetah

Want delicious, natural, organic meals, made from scratch? Electric Cheetah is definitely a place you'll want to check out. Like all of the best of the best in Grand Rapids, you're going to pay for quality food, but at least you know it will be delicious. If you delight in knowing your are eating fresh food, this is your new favorite restaurant.

San Chez Bistro

San Chez offers European and Mediterranean cuisine, and is a delightful atmosphere. They offer many great food options and also have an allergens menu. It's a pricey place to eat, but well worth the bill. It's also a popular place for business folks of all kinds.

Yvonne Stegall is a Michigan-based freelance writer, currently located in Grand Rapids. She loves music, nightlife, healthy food, and the hustle of city life. Learn more about Yvonne at her website and follow her on Facebook.