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WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek

4.5
4.5
247 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Dear valued guests,
Waco kitchen is currently undergoing a transfer of legal ownership. During this transition, we have been advised to suspend alcohol sales until receiving confirmation that all requirements have been fulfilled.
We understand that this may impact your decision to dine with us and we apologize for any inconvenience that may arise.
We are continuing to offer our complete food and non-alcoholic menu but unfortunately, we cannot serve wine, beer, or spirits.
We look forward to a quick resolution and are excited to provide our full list of offerings as soon as possible.

Home of the WACO Taco - Expect a brilliant fusion of American & European cuisine freshly prepared by internationally-trained chefs each and every time you choose WACO Kitchen.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (269) 520-1200
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 247 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambience

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Innovative

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for scenic views

247 Reviews
  1. GregS

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I don’t know what happened to this place but they no longer have a liquor license and there was no mention of that on their website or on their social media where they show photos of their cocktails. When I asked what happened the person claimed they “got a new CEO and the license is being transferred to him”. Regardless the quality of the food and service has gone downhill and the place, which used to need a reservation on the weekend, was completely dead. Then they had an issue with my payment after I left the restaurant and called me to try and pay again—my bank showed the payment so this was an issue on their side, not mine. Overall a terrible experience and a restaurant that was once a favorite is a place I’ll never return to. I’ll be surprised if they’re still in business in six months.

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  2. PeteS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food here is always great. They have many menu items which are 'different' which makes dining here a welcome experience!

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  3. Sarah

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great portions. We loved the flavorful and nutritious options.

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  4. Pawrappa

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The chicken piccata was not good. I like this dish. I make at home and I order when I go out to eat. I have eaten it all over the country. The version I had last week was terrible. No sauce. Noodles had a ton of capers, not bad thing but no other real depth of flavor. No hint of garlic or lemon. The chicken was dry and bland. Big disappointment. Certainly not worth $22. Maybe google a recipe?

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  5. Pawrappa

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, cool setting. Menu is updated seasonally, so there is always something new to try.

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  6. SandraH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like it here. We were sad that we couldn’t have a drink. But the food was very very good and very generous portions. We will be back.

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  7. JamesN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    WACO is our "go to" and this visit was consistent with those we made in 2023. Service was prompt, but the restaurant was not busy on a cold Sat night at 6:30P. My Lobster Mac was delicious with plenty of lobster. My wife enjoyed the Harvest Curry with chicken. She also had the chocolate cake which was tasty! They are in a tough situation with a liquor license issue and it was ironic that the video loop was playing many scenes from the winery in South America. We were in no hurry and probably would have had a drink or glass of wine. I hope they resolve this before our next visit.

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  8. MarylynneD

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They did not receive a 5-star rating due to their inability to sell alcohol. It was not disclosed to us until we were already seated and we observed that other customers seated after us were informed of the same issue. This was attributed to an issue involving their liquor license. Despite this, the service was exceptional and the food was fantastic. However, it would have been even more enjoyable if we could have had a glass of wine, considering it was our anniversary.

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  9. SuzanneB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was plentiful and yummy! I would come back!

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  10. josephR

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had very good service, food was timely, with an excellent presentation. Ambience is quite nice.

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  11. Jerry

    Chicago

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely among the top on airport restaurants in the country. My wife and I flew in for a different and delicious lunch which we enjoyed while looking at our airplane parked below. Unusual menu with high quality ingredients and lovely presentations. Highly recommended

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Good quality food at good prices.

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  13. Stephy

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a girls night before Christmas with three friends and it took as long to get a drink as it did our dinner. Waitress was hardly around and the place wasn’t even half full. We were then quickly given our bill. Again, nobody was waiting for a table. Disappointing as we would have gladly had a couple more drinks had she been a little more prompt and attentive. Food was OK. We had steak fajita flatbread and a rice bowl. More bread and rice that toppings. Again a bit disappointing for your usual quality.

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  14. StephenL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Only problem is making a reservation thru Opentable which does not offer enough time options and you can’t explain that you may need a ten minute range due to traffic, etc. I prefer calling a restaurant and having a human being understand that 6:00 may be 6:00-6:15.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Regular customers but this was the second time food was just okay. Ordered a shrimp avocado bowl that came with onions, peppers and avocado, topped with provolone cheese. I got a bowl with rice with a glob of cheese sauce, jalapeños and no avocado. Don’t think you swap jalapeños for peppers without being specific. I don’t enjoy spicey food so this wasn’t edible for me. No bread service at all like before.

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  16. Cindy

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and good service. We love to go there

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  17. tnasser

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Flew from Indy to BTL just to have lunch. Nice atmosphere, clean, good service and food. I'll be back.

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  18. ripley

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an interesting concept. I was skeptical being that it was at the airport but the view was very cool, got to see a couple planes take off and the fall colors were spectacular. Food was good and cocktails were great. Even though the ceiling is high the noise level was surprisingly low.

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  19. thebigpunn

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and unique dining experience! Looking forward to enjoying again soon.

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  20. PamC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely experience all around! This was our first time flying into Battle Creek and eating at the Waco Kitchen. The food was very good. The floor to ceiling windows overlooking the runway and ramp were fantastic as were the windows looking into the Waco factory. So nice to see a good restaurant on the field for general aviation and the public! We can’t wait to go back!!

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  21. DavidF

    Grand Rapids

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a neat experience! And the food and service was top notch! Will definitely be back!

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  22. NancyB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon was very good. Love the setting. Just wish that they would prepare a little better for those of us that make a reservation. They always act surprised when we walk in (on time) and have to scramble to get us a table.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, beautiful views, and friendly service!

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  24. JillR

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Several entrees were a bit spicy, but the Charcuterie Board appetizer was outstanding!!

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  25. Gkad

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience was wonderful! Fun to see the planes in an beautifully designed hanger. Food was delicious having had the lobster bisque, tacos, chicken pot pie at our table all were very satisfied. I will return as much as I can.

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  26. JoeM

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A lot of menu items were out. Out of bread, out of rice, out of shrimp, out of atacado. Service was not good, slow. We have usually had good experience at Waco but not last night.

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  27. SusanW

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a perfect place to celebrate my birthday. We had never been, and we fully enjoyed it and will be back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly and accommodating service. We had an early, mid week dinner which made for a quiet meal, as there were not many other patrons dining. This was our first visit, and we’re already planning a second.

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  29. JackieM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and reasonably priced. We really enjoyed seeing the planes in the hanger. Definitely will be back!

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  30. JamesN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistent tasty food and well-trained service. The pace was just right on this quiet night.

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  31. RichB

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were wonderful. A little tricky to find for the first time but not hard.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food and service! Great view of airport. Very loud! Poor acoustics.

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  33. SteveM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual WACO Kitchen is a great place to bring our out of towners. The menu is unique and the food is outstanding. Also everybody loves the biplanes and workshops that are neat as a pin.

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  34. Dman

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waco is a great place to eat in Battle Creek. The prices are reasonable, the food quality impeccable, and the atmosphere wonderful (beautiful place to watch a sunset). I highly recommend checking out Waco for a delicious meal and great service.

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  35. ronC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When looking for a fantastic meal in Battle Creek Be sure to check out WACO Kitchen. The menu has something to please most anyone. You can't beat the added entertainment of watching the planes out the windows right next to your table. Reservation on line make it easy to insure you get in when you want. Food choices for adults and children with sandwiches and complete meals plus drinks. We'll be back again.

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  36. KathyK

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were on a small Flight-themed trip and this was perfect! After visiting the Air Zoo we cam to Waco Kitchen for dinner where we were treated to a very cool view of small planes landing. The real surprise was how amazing the food was! This was some of the best food I have ever had! After a very tough decision from an amazing menu we had the Smoked Fish dip and Saffron Mussels for starters and we were blown away already. Our meals were the Ribeye and Captain's Cavatappi Which were also incredible. The service was also great, and the ambiance was very comfortable

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  37. TimH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent food and service. Patio was 3/4 full and so loud we could hardly have a conversation.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our service and dinner. Had requested a table to see out, but landed up in a booth by the kitchen entrance.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waco is always great—from service and taste of food to the amazing views of the airport. A little pricy but definitely worth it in my opinion. Love that they change their menu often, there is always something new I want to try!

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  40. RussM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual a great meal. My guest had the short rib tacos and loved them. I had the refuel bowl with sausage. It was excellent too. Great ambience and views. A unique dining experience.

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FAQs

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (269) 520-1200.

WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek is rated 4.5 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for WACO Kitchen - Battle Creek

15955 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Springfield
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access
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