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Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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131 Albert Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4315
+1 517-333-4040
11:00 - 02:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Love this place. Not for the food... that sucks, but for the lively atmosphere, house brewed beers and commonly seen live night music. They keep a seasonally alternating mix of brews on tap. Nothing too exotic, light lagers and less alcoholic dark beers but still a great value when you can share a microbrew for $9 a pitcher or $3... More 

Thank Michal F
Beverly Hills, Michigan
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188 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

When I had attended MSU in the early 2000's this was one of the main hot spots to go! They had a large menu with fresh good food. I stopped in while attending MSU homecoming to find the building very run down. I was shocked at the broken tiles and the bathrooms were a disaster! The menu is a fraction... More 

Thank Clark W
East Lansing, Michigan
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Service is the worst, especially when they are even remotely busy. Food is average bar food at best. Prices are fair. You know it is bad when you ask a friend where he wants to go to lunch in East Lansing and he says "Anywhere but Harpers"

Thank MSUJason
Dallas, Texas, United States
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We wanted to have lunch at MSU (before going to the Dairy Store) and wanted a college experience. Harper's would be better suited for a game day or night adventure, not when school isn't in session. It looks like it'd be a blast. We had lunch (and Spartan beer on tap). It was good brew pub kind of food. Unfortunately... More 

Thank Liz K
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Wow, for a Sunday afternoon with only 2 other tables occupied, the service was incredibly slow. It took an hour to get our food! Not good with hungry kids in tow. This place is probably better for the student crowd, not family dining. Pizza was good, but be prepared for a long wait.

Thank Traveler428
East Lansing, Michigan
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96 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We visited during the East Lansing Jazz Festival and requested a table in the shade. Such was provided. Our server took some time before she arrived, but when she did we ordered a Spartan Wheat and an Irish Red. Both were quite quenching and tasty! Our intent was to have a few drinks while listening to the music, but we... More 

Thank carlborch
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113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We decided to have lunch at Harper's during the East Lansing Art Festival, which turned into dinner because of the LONG wait times. The restaurant was busy, but not full. We did not have to wait to get a table. We were seated at a table in the bar which turned out to be the main route for the wait... More 

Thank MaryKayOwosso
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Basically, this is a college bar and the food and service reflect that. The family and I went for dinner on a Sunday evening. First, had to wait 1 hour for the appetizers to show up.. When they did, only two of them were there and they were both cold.. Finally, when the entrèes arrived, we were THEN notified that... More 

Thank AliBoy94
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115 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

If you go there be warned. If you are over 23 years old you WILL be the oldest person in there. Food was okay. Service was really bad. Servers are obviously hired for looks not skill. Lots of tight tight skirts but no ability to wait on guests.

Thank imatravelor
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

I recently went here with some friends from school. When we arrived it was pretty empty so we were able to get a table inside without an issue. Our waiter came over immediately to take food and drink orders. He was very helpful and very friendly. When our food arrived it was very delicious and their Spartan wheat beer was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Albert Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4315
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ingham County  >  East Lansing
  • Phone Number: +1 517-333-4040

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