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aliasrlm Jul 9, 2008 09:59 AM

Hello,

After many months lurking, I'm finally posting a question. Woohoo!

My boyfriend and I are thinking about heading over to Grand Rapids for a weekend (we're in Detroit) in the next few weeks for his birthday. We'll probably be staying at the JW Marriott and I'm in search of suggestions for a special occasion dinner within walking distance of the hotel. We prefer more of a contemporary scene than traditional, but as long as the food is good, we're happy. (No sushi, though.)

I was thinking about the tasting menu at six.one.six, but couldn't find any reviews on this site. Has anyone been?

The only restaurant I've been to in Grand Rapids is Bistro Bella Vita (which we liked), so we are open to your suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

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    Kelli2006 Jul 9, 2008 03:41 PM

    Yesterdog in Eastown is quite popular with my daughter who goes to college in Grand Rapids.

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      aliasrlm Jul 9, 2008 07:31 PM

      Thanks, but I'm looking for an upscale restaurant for a nice birthday dinner for my boyfriend. Although we love hot dogs, Yesterdog is not exactly what I had in mind for his special night.( I will keep it in mind, though, for a quick lunch.)

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      planojim Jul 10, 2008 06:03 AM

      I think Bloom would fit nicely into your plans.

      http://bloomgr.com/

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        RyanS Jul 10, 2008 06:19 AM

        I second planojim's Bloom recommendation.

        The 1913 Room is always a fine choice, or Cygnus (atop the Amway Grand Plaza) on the right night can offer a nice sunset view. But, Cygnus could always be where you have a cocktail and hopefully see the sunset, after dinner at Bloom or elsewhere.

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          Brentos Jul 10, 2008 01:03 PM

          Me and my girlfriend have been to six.one.six. in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids many times. In fact it is our favorite restaraunt. The menu changes about once every two weeks. Although it does have sushi...sorry aliasrlm...it is quite cool because it is rolled right in front of you. They have a portion of their kitchen in the middle of the restaraunt where flatbreads, sushi, salads, and deserts are made right in front of you. They also just opened the patio which overlooks the Grand River. Very nice. I hope I could be of some help.

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            aliasrlm Jul 16, 2008 11:41 AM

            Is the patio just for dining? Or could we grab a drink and sit outside there?

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              Brentos Jul 17, 2008 05:34 PM

              the patio is mostly for drinks and appetizers.

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                aliasrlm Jul 22, 2008 04:05 PM

                Fantastic. Thanks again!

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            porkypine Jul 16, 2008 03:42 PM

            San Chez has great tapas and is in a cool building. However, they don't take reservations so you are in for a long wait on a weekend. It would be worth it to me, but that's only because I know how good their food is.

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              porky pine Jun 19, 2009 03:46 PM

              That's funny we have very similar monikers! I was just checking this thread because I'm headed to GR in a month. I go to San Chez every time I'm in town. Is there anything new in Grand Rapids thats worth checking out while I'm there?

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              aliasrlm Jul 22, 2008 04:06 PM

              Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions! I really appreciate the help and advice.

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