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Clara's on the River

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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44 McCamly St N, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3550
+1 269-963-0966
11:00 - 23:00
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All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Looking for something unique in Battle Creek? Clara's will fit the bill! We were traveling through and stumbled on to this refurbished depot for lunch. It was a great value with a wide variety-16 pages of choices ! We enjoyed the Kellogg's memorabilia and history on the back of the menu. The service was knowledgeable and attentive.

Thank klpp
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been found of Clara's since I was a teenager. I love the Sunday brunch in the quaint Lil restaurant by the river. It's a great place for friends to meetup and get reacquainted. It's nice for solo dining, especially in the summer when you can read a book on the patio. The food is delicious too.

2 Thank Leonica E
Battle Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clara's has a unique and lovely atmosphere in an old train station. It's menu is quite large and the food is very good! Nice outdoors entertainment in the summer months! Great brunches for Easter and Mother's day!

3 Thank kbetsy19
Muskegon, United States
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It may not be fair to rate a restaurant based on a dinner for 9 people, but Clara's was well aware a 300-plus attendee convention was in town. We had prior experience with the Clara's in Lansing and it's many-paged menu. What surprised us was the rather mediocre preparation of each of the items we ordered. We will give it... More 

Thank Phil S
Alto, Michigan
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100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The building is so unusual-it's an old train depot. The location on the river is amazing. So pretty. The outdoor seating is really nice-such a pretty view and spread out so the tables aren't terribly close. The food is pretty average, in my opinion-it could be from any chain restaurant. There are vegetarian choices that are good, but nothing too... More 

Thank delaneyd
Battle Creek, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Good food, neat atmosphere. I would visit here again. We have been here for lunch, dinner and have also attended a couple of Christmas parties held here. The staff is great.

2 Thank Terri D
Battle Creek, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great meeting place for anything from a business lunch to a formal gathering! Clara's is located in Downtown BC along the river. Summertime seating in the fountain garden with live music on weekends. Year round it provides a wide variety of dishes from pizza to steaks. The warm surrounding is in the old train station that has original features, stained... More 

2 Thank Jeany4797
Battle Creek, Michigan
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Always has the best Sunday Brunch in Battle Creek. Regular menu is large with many selections. Voted recently as the number one restaurant in Battle Creek area.

2 Thank Bbarea
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This could have been such an amazing place! But after too many attempts to give them "one more chance," we're done with Clara's. The wait for food to arrive is ridiculously long! The food is only okay. The dining rooms need a good cleaning! The idea to take an old train station and turn it into a restaurant was brilliant.... More 

Thank fruitveggiegirl
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108 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here several times, but this was a first visit for my wife. She had a cup cheese broccoli soup and a turkey croissant. I had an olive burger. Both meals were acceptable but not outstanding. Our server was friendly but not very skilled at her job. I was struck by the changes in the facility since my last... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 McCamly St N, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3550
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Calhoun County  >  Battle Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 269-963-0966

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?