East Lansing Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in East Lansing

April 15, 2018 Diedre Savory

East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 in 2000. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.
Things to do in East Lansing

1. Swagath Indian Cuisine

1060 Trowbridge Rd, Suite 3, East Lansing, MI 48823-5248 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 517-336-0700
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Swagath Indian Cuisine

Authentic Indian Cuisine

Reviewed By Howard F - Uppsala, Sweden

When we went to this attractive place for dinner, the patrons were a large Indian family (which usually inspires confidence in the food) and a lot of university students (which often indicates low price). The food was good, the quantity enormous, and the prices low. When I visit Lansing again, I'll be back to Swagath.

2. Maru Sushi & Grill

5100 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864-1195 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 517-349-7500
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Maru Sushi & Grill

Located on the corner of Marsh Road, Maru Okemos features a full sushi bar, cozy seating in a hip ambience to match the modern Japanese dishes.

Reviewed By 207alba9 - Michigan

I went for lunch recently.with friends during a workshop break. The presentation is jaw dropping beautiful and at a table of 10, there was not a single complaint. People reached across offered, shared, and tasted different dishes. I had Mahato rolls and it was beautiful and delicious, I was afraid the pico de gallo would be too spicy, so the server suggested it could come on the side. It did. It wasn't spicy. The server answered all questions and brought extra chopsticks, forks, ginger, etc The decor is on the sleek, clean lines look. In summer the outdoor area is a pleasant spot to eat. While the portions were large (or enough for two) the prices were around $15 for the rice rolls.

3. Crunchy's

254 W Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4212 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 517-351-2506
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Crunchy's

Reviewed By MeanderingMike1 - Chicago

A number of local beers on tap. Good sandwich and salad selection. Grilled blackened chicken was great. Wife had a southwest salad which was very good. Pub atmosphere. Can get very crowded ( tons of people coming in after sate basketball finals and big waiting line). We thought it was well worth the visit.

4. HopCat

300 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823-4327 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 517-816-4300
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

HopCat

Reviewed By William M - Sterling heights, Mi, United States

This is the 3rd visit to this HopCat location. The poorly managed location is living off blind adoration of its excellent beer selection. The vestibule was swamped with water. The waiting area has a had couch in it with no-legs for at least 6 months, and it was also dirty. The hostess mismanaged my table lead-time by 36 minutes. So much for their fancy I-Pad program intended to seat guests.... Recommendation- go somewhere else until they hang a signout side that says -retrained by Detroit location or better still (but painful) the UM HopCat Manager is now in charge.

5. Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

1224 Turner St, Lansing, MI 48906-4383 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 517-580-4400
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 405 reviews

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

Reviewed By Adam N

Stopped in for our first visit and were not disappointed. I had the half order of nachos and smoked chicken wings. Both were fantastic. My gf had the pulled pork sandwich and loved it. I also enjoyed my 40oz PBR that was appropriately served in a brown paper bag. We were also surprised at how reasonable the prices were. Can’t wait to go here again and try the ribs!

6. State Room

219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824-4551 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 38 +1 517-432-5049
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

State Room

The State Room Restaurant is one of the premier restaurants in Greater Lansing featuring casual-upscale American cuisine, 500 bottle wine list, Michigan craft beers and a sophisticated lounge.

Reviewed By scubaDave52 - Lansing, Michigan

We ate at the State room for a recent birthday. Choosing an entree is difficult because they all sound good. Some restaurants are mostly variations on the same theme with a couple of exceptions. The state room has interesting and great tasting variety. I haven't had a bad meal there. Service was efficient and friendly, although the previous time we were there about 6 months ago the server was not good-several errors. A couple of things to keep in mind. Thursdays, bottles of wine are 1/2 off and for birthdays the celebrant gets their entree free.

7. Soup Spoon Cafe

1419 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912-2106 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 16 +1 517-316-2377
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 577 reviews

Soup Spoon Cafe

Reviewed By Chipperhigh2 - Okemos, Michigan

Meet a friend for lunch at the Soup Spoon Cafe. Plenty of parking next to restaurant. It was busy, but service was good and the wait for food was very good also. We both ordered the special - Cafe Tenderloin Stroganof. It was excellent. Nice waitress and interior of restaurant was OK also. Will be back to try other dishes.

8. Sansu

4750 S Hagadorn Rd, Ste 100, East Lansing, MI 48823-5377 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 517-333-1933
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Sansu

Reviewed By Wolfgang B

Sansu has great sushi and excellent bento boxes. We also love the side salad and miso soup. It is our favorite Japanese restaurant in the Lansing area. Interesting fact: The "tatami room" is not taxing on the knees.

9. Lansing Brewing Company

518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing, MI 48912-1295 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 +1 517-371-2600
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Lansing Brewing Company

The Lansing Brewing Company serves as a living testament to the hard-working men and women who built our great city. We embrace our city's roots while heralding in a new beer-loving generation just in time for Lansing's rebirth. Visit our tap room for a craft brewed pint and indulge in one of our fresh gastro pub inspired dishes.

Reviewed By Dana O - Naperville, Illinois, USA

I wasn't hugely impressed with the pizza, the poutine or the beer. All of it was about average and there are quite a few other unique breweries in town.

10. Pizza House

4790 S Hagadorn Rd, Ste 116, East Lansing, MI 48823-6810 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 517-336-0033
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 188 reviews

Pizza House

Reviewed By Cadbanker - Fremont, Michigan

Met before the MSU-ND basketball game. Good service and great sports bar atmosphere. The sampler plate of appetizers is huge, but everything was heavily breaded and fried. It was so much that we never got around to ordering a pizza. Timely service, also.

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