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Friesian Gastro Pub, Grand Rapids, MI

Friesian Gastro Pub

4.6
4.6
497 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
After sitting vacant for a few years, we renovated the former “Lord’s Chapel” building just down the hill from Michigan Street’s Medical Mile corridor into The Friesian Gastro Pub. In addition to having a full bar, we serve up comfort food with an eclectic twist.

The Friesian accommodates seating for over 80 people inside (including our unique centrally-located bar), and when the weather warms up we will open our 20-person back patio and 50-person rooftop deck – a first for Michigan Street!

The Friesian is co-owned and operated by local restaurant industry veteran Craig Jones, along with co-owners Zan Lamkin and Phil Rienstra. All three owners live in Grand Rapids and are excited to bring a gastro pub with a fun atmosphere and great menu to the Midtown Neighborhood.

We intend to change the menu regularly with some globally-inspired selections, but not stray too far from what you’d expect in a neighborhood gastro pub. So you’ll have to keep coming back to see what’s new.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Global, International, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (616) 825-3001
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Different areas of the restaurant available for large parties. Booking via events@friesiangr.com
  • Neighbourhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Cross Street
    Eastern & Michigan
  • Parking Details
    other than street parking, we share a large parking lot off of Eastern Ave. just north of Michigan St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 497 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

497 Reviews
  1. ChrisC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, made great recommendations for both food & drinks.

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  2. Ronnie

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this restaurant. We always love the food at the Fresian! There are great GF options for me! (I could actually have an appetizer and dessert here.) Our server was awesome also! Can’t wait to go back!

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  3. Jennifer

    Grand Rapids

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not many places have innovative menu options for those desiring vegan and GF. We had a great diner with everyone able to enjoy their choice.

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  4. sdgfhsrththnsdn

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food. Good service. Nice staff. Limited street parking.

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  5. JoshM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Friesian Gastro Pub was a cool restaurant that had great-tasting food and friendly service. It was a little on the pricy side for just two people, but it didn't lack for quality or taste. Our server was very friendly and personable, and we'll definitely be back next time we're in Grand Rapids.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails and food always delicious! We had the vegan nacho tray, Mediterranean Plate, and Spaghetti Pesto.

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  7. Customer

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I would recommend the Friesen Gastro Pub. We were greeted and seated almost immediately. The server was knowledgeable about the cocktail menu as well as all entrees. The chicken pesto risotto and carrot cake were exceptional. Prefer a hard copy menu rather than viewing from a smartphone, but their copier was not working to print a menu.

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  8. DawnL

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Half of our party ordered the salmon entrée with couscous, tomato, and goat cheese. It was excellent!!! Also really enjoyed the golden beat and arugula salad. Waitress was kind, knowledgeable, and attentive. Great experience and will be returning for lunch someday, they have a Brie BLT I want to try! 

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  9. EmilyD

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and wine. The food was ok. My burger was a bit dry, which is weird to say because it has about 2 different sauces on it. But i will be back to try something else.

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  10. SashW

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING Drinks and food!! Would definitely go again!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit to Fresian. The food and service were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the Bahn mi and the kimchee fried rice. We will be back. Parking is the only challenge.

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  12. JohannaC

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent experience at The Friesian. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was great and we enjoyed the wine as well. Lovely evening!

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  13. KathleenL

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Hostess accommodated a table change request. Food was pricey for what it was and service was slow.

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  14. StuartB

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    You have to write a review? Screw that. Good service doe

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first time eating at Friesian. The server was excellent and the Cioppino was absolutely delicious!

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  16. Mario

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Great menu and unique items and test. Very good and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Erin was amazing! When we got there, we had a table in the back, picnic table. We had two people in late 70’s with us who always get cold and need a back on chairs. Erinn worked to move us inside. She also assisted me in making needed modifications to a drink that was ordered. Erin had to Celiac guests at this table. She brought out extra items when we needed them. I can’t say enough about her helpfulness, kindness and willingness to go out of her way to help us. Thanks Erin!

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  18. LisaA

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu had just had some added additions and everything was amazing. Service and price point was spot on. We will return again

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our favorite places to dine. Always great service and exceptional food.

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  20. TimothyS

    Grand Rapids

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding and the food was delicious!!!! Portions are very large…next time we probably will split an entree.

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  21. LindsayK

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat on covered heated patio. Great for a large group. Good food. Good service.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great! Food was wonderful. Went there for brunch and had the chicken and waffles which were to die for. Not to noisy and staff was attentive

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  23. RickS

    Indiana

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The very eclectic menu came through with something delicious for everyone’s palette. The service was excellent. I’ll definitely go back…

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time here. The food was delicious with generous servings. I had the salmon and the cold cucumber pasta salad bed underneath it was so flavorful, I would give anything to get the recipe. The service was just slightly slow but nothing crazy- seemed like there was only 1 waitress for the restaurant which isn't unreasonable for a Tuesday night. My 9 year old wasn't crazy about the vegan mac and cheese but adults thought it was tasty. They have a nice selection of mocktails for adults and kids. Will go back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have amazing vegan options for appetizers, Entrees, and dessert!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was great! Personable with good service. The food was delicious with generous servings, especially the wonton bowl. Only negative was the crust on the tasty BLT was so crispy, it killed the roof of my mouth! Will be back!

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  27. JohnG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service and food quality. Beet salad was superb ! The parking is very difficult and the noise from the loud music inhibited conversation. However our waitress was superb and the overall food and value for money was excellent

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  28. Axal

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff, delicious food, hightop was very nice. Happy to have discovered this restaurant while taking a local out for a business casual dinner. Great discovery and will be back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Mac was an excellent and knowledgeable server. The calamari and Brussels sprouts appetizers were so delish. The mains, spaghetti and the wonton soup were also excellent. We will be back.

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  30. KCSki

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding! Service also really great. We will be back!

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  31. Kelly

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleasantly surprised by The Fresian! Food was excellent- great flavor. The server gave her recommendations on entrees and drinks, and they were spot- on. We loved the Kimchee fried rice and wonton soup. Also, get the truffle fries with the fondue sauce and bang bang brussels- you won't be disappointed! We will definitely return!

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  32. SherylK

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, and if you're fortunate enough to get Erin as your server, you will thoroughly enjoy your dining experience!

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  33. JenniferR

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciated all the menu options for GF and DF! The food was really good and the service was awesome! We’ll definitely be back!

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  34. Funkster

    Grand Rapids

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Yesterday was a lunch and dinner combined at @thefriesiangr I started with smoked wings in a sesame ginger sauce. These were amazing. Super delicious and a little spicy. Dinner was Tuscan salmon. It was good but needed more seasoning following the wings. A nice rye old fashioned was had. #easternkilledistillery The decor for Halloween was on point. It is a great place for some food and a drink.

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  35. HeatherL

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks, atmosphere and service. We will be back soon!

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  36. DeborahC

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, not great. Both my Breakfast Burrito and my husband’s breakfast sausage needed seasoning. Quite bland without adding salt. The Harissa dip was far to spicy for me, but the creamy salsa dip saved my Burrito. Adding salt and dipping every bite in the sauce made it quite good. The French Press Coffee was better than any restaurant coffee other than Cracker Barrel, but we love bold, strong coffee, and it was still too weak for our taste, even though we let it brew for five minutes. Hubby’s bacon had great flavor, but was limp and soggy. Had it been fried to crispness, it would have been amazing. His eggs, while he asked for soft scrambled, had quite a few crispies in it, which he hates. Better than Red Geranium, but not as good as San Chez. Service was great, food was better than most, but not superb, as the menu seemed to promise. The possibility for great is there, they just haven’t quite arrived yet.

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  37. LesleyB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent highly recommend! Great place if you have allergies. We will be going back

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Try the blueberry lavender lemonade! And run for that plate of vegan nachos - way too much for one person. Share with others! 😊

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  39. Leslie

    Grand Rapids

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our food when we dine here! We continue to return and are always pleased.

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  40. Joel

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We didn’t know who our waiter was for the first ten minutes of being seated. The tables around us had a waiter. We saw her three times total.

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Friesian Gastro Pub is rated 4.6 stars by 497 OpenTable diners.

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720 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Eastern & Michigan
  • Neighbourhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Global, International, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    other than street parking, we share a large parking lot off of Eastern Ave. just north of Michigan St.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (616) 825-3001
  • Private party facilities
    Different areas of the restaurant available for large parties. Booking via events@friesiangr.com
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