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Tavern on the Square

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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100 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4115
+1 616-456-7673
15:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Thu 15:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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Rockford, Michigan
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We were looking for a restaurant before the Griffins game. HopCat was packed. As was Peppinos. Tavern was empty...should have taken that as a sign. The menu is very small. Basic bar food. The server couldn't answer basic questions about the menu (are the lettuce wraps really just three wraps?). We ordered burgers and chicken tacos. After a ridiculous wait... More 

Thank sunshinegang35
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is a great location to meet for drinks-with a fun vibe!! However, the food is very average, as was our waitress.

Thank SpencerFab
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The menu is varied, though largely bar food. We had spring roll appetizer and pretzels with dipping sauce. Both were very good. The bar is adequate though somewhat unsophisticated. They specialize in brew and, I'm told do it well. A vodka gimlet was a challenge. Atmosphere is "Michigan Sports Bar " which is generally a good thing. Our server was... More 

Thank Welshman42256
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

The bouncers at Tavern openly discriminated against people of color. They are disrespectful, the food isn't great, the floor is sticky...I will not patronize this place again for any reason.

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Just stopped in for a drink while waiting for our reservation time down the road. Izzy was very pleasant, brought over a list of drafts for the day. We (3) ordered beer and looked over the menu. It seemed pretty limited, but we were planning to eat elsewhere anyway. The grapefruit beer was very refreshing and not sweet. I liked... More 

Thank DDPerks
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Got the guacamole which was made in house. Good flavor. Also got the brisket tacos. Had a little heat and a ton of flavor. Good experience.

Thank Derrick R
Hazelwood, Missouri
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121 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Visiting town for the first time and saw this place after parking for the evening's Griffins hockey game at Van Andel Arena. Place was busy, but we got seated very quickly. Drinks, ordering and food all came quickly and efficiently, which was appreciated given that we were 90 minutes from the puck dropping. The menu had some interesting choices on... More 

Thank JrBill
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Great happy hour, cheap drinks, good bar food, ok service other than our bill was wrong three times! Id go only for happy hour

Thank Eric R
Gregory, Michigan
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Awesome happy hour deals! The staff was friendly and the bar is in a good location. Good food options for snacking or dinner or whatever time it happens to be when you wander in! The $2 rum drink for happy hour is a great way to start!

Thank Leah M
Hudsonville, Michigan
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128 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

I actually had a decent time sitting outside for drinks with a friend and would have been happy to elaborate more on my visit until I just received my credit card bill in the mail to find that my server decided to choose her own tip rather than the one given. This has now clouded my opinion and overall experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4115
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-456-7673
"An attractive, upscale bar and grill in downtown Grand Rapids".

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