5-on-5: Classic Grand Rapids Restaurants

5-on-5 is our highly-subjective series of lists released on the 5th day of every month. Our goal is to have fun sharing some of our favorites in various categories. From fish to French fries, pizza to pasties, follow our foodie lists for monthly recommendations across Michigan.

When it comes to the booming restaurant scene in and around Grand Rapids, there’s always something new and exciting to check out. While it’s fun to explore the latest hot spot, sometimes you just need to stick with a bonafide classic. Here are five restaurants that have been staples on the Grand Rapids dining scene for decades.

Mr. Burger

Mr. Burger Grand Rapids Michigan

Mr. Burger opened in 1967 on Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids. Its popularity grew, leading to five additional locations throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. It’s always a favorite spot of ours to grab a legendary Olive Burger or a Mr. Triple.


Built in 1901, Rose’s is nestled on beautiful Reeds Lake. The restaurant is a staple in the East Grand Rapids community, serving dishes ranging from seasonal delights, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and fresh fish. On a sunny summer’s day, the view from their outdoor dining deck is remarkable.

Beltline Bar

Beltline Bar Grand Rapids

The Beltline Bar opened on 28th Street in 1953. In 2015, they served their 5 millionth burrito. If you’re visiting the Beltline Bar for the first time, their famous Wet Burrito is the only way to go.

Cottage Bar & Restaurant

The Cottage Bar & Restaurant has been pleasing patrons in downtown Grand Rapids since 1927. In fact, it’s the oldest continually operating bar and restaurant in the city. For one of the best burgers around, order the Cottage Burger, featuring green olives, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and hickory mayonnaise.


Yesterdog Grand Rapids

Yesterdog has been an East Grand Rapids institution and a dog-lover’s destination since 1976. The place is loaded with character and charm that you won’t find anywhere else. Since first bite in the 1990s, we’ve been in love with their Cheddar Dogs.

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