Where to Eat in Grand Rapids: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.
Things to do in Grand Rapids

1. Forest Lake Restaurant

1201 NW 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2207 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 218-326-3423
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Forest Lake Restaurant

Reviewed By Susan R - West Saint Paul, Minnesota

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this establishment on October 14th. As a newcomer, I was impressed with the view and the food. Delivery was very quick and delicious. Thank you

2. Janicke Bakery

209 NW 1st Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2702 Takeout American Breakfast +1 218-326-3073
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Janicke Bakery

Reviewed By Bill S

This place holds a special place in my heart. Since I was a small child I have been eating their amazing rasberry filled jelly doughnuts! I love them! They are the best I've found! And the prices are very good too!

3. Caribou Coffee

2020 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-4288 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 218-326-0542
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By John G - Afton, Minnesota

Popped in to get a couple of Joes one Saturday morning and also the next day before leaving town. Service was quick and servers pleasant. The place was full of folks enjoying the lounges and tables for chatting doing computers, etc. Definitely was a socials center for the locals.

4. 17th Street Grill at Timberlake Lodge

144 SE 17th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-4278 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 218-326-2600
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

17th Street Grill at Timberlake Lodge

Dining at the 17th Street Grill at the Timberlake Lodge™ is a true feast for the senses. Our Chefs prepare gourmet cuisine with style and skill unique in the Grand Rapids area. The 17th Street Grill offers the “best deal in town” for a quality lunch at a reasonable price. Stop in and enjoy a tasty and affordable lunch from our Lunch Menu. For a memorable dining experience try the 17th Street Grill’s extensive dinner menu. We offer steaks grilled to perfection, fantastic seafood selections, and much more. The 17th Street Grill offers an extensive drink menu that includes; a generous wine list, domestic and imported beers as well as all of your favorite spirits. Don’t forget to try our signature cocktail, the Timbertini.Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. Sit back, relax and allow our staff to not only meet, but exceed your expectations of quality dining in Grand Rapids.

Reviewed By jes22 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The restaurant is located in the Timberlake Hotel, but it exceeds the typical hotel restaurant. The atmosphere is a little dark, no windows and the bar is located a short distance away. However, the service and food were very good. Their wine list included a...MoreDear jes22, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience with us! We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the meal and service, and we would love to have you again in the future!

5. Dairy Queen

1940 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-4289 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch +1 218-326-3366
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Reviewed By Dixkitty - Dickinson, North Dakota

Typical dairy queen menu delivered by extra friendly and happy employees. Very busy place.. however we have learned the hard way to not go to the places that are not busy.

6. Air Espresso

305 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2852 +1 218-326-8226
Excellent
89%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By woodsfolk - Bovey, Minnesota

This little restaurant has a fairly limited menu, but everything is delicious and homemade. The breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese and bacon or sausage on a croissant or English muffin is second to none. There are daily lunch specials along with salads, sandwiches and quiche. Pies and cakes are made daily and are a perfect ending to lunch. After lunch, pie and coffee are served until late afternoon. Don't be put off by the exterior (a closed service station) - the food inside is worth your stopping.

7. Brewed Awakenings

24 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2720 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 218-327-1088
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Brewed Awakenings

Reviewed By bethannender - Max, Minnesota

I'd go here just for the gelato! I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for inexpensive ice cream (just over 4$ for a cup or cone) but they have a great selection of flavors, always including at least one dairy-free option, and it's delicious! They have a full lunch/breakfast menu with something for everyone, including wonderful sandwiches (love the Italian cream cheese panini) and a full menu of coffee shop style drinks, a case of house made baked goods (highly recommend the tiramisu and nut bars)---and even lasagna. They use great ingredients, organic and locally sourced when possible, and I appreciate the fact that I'm eating healthy when I go here. The decor is bright and eclectic, with some fun broken China mosaics throughout the place, and it's located conveniently right on Highway 2 (there's parking around the back of the building!). Altogether, if you're looking for a non-chain restaurant that serves unique, healthy, local food for breakfast, lunch or a coffee/snack break, this is by far the best place in town to get it.

8. Pasties Plus

1405 NW 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2211 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 218-398-2994
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Pasties Plus

Pasties Plus makes one thing pasties which is a meat pie only found in mining communities. The pasties are excellent, best I've found in Minnesota.

Reviewed By Heather H

We stopped by because of their high rating on Trip Advisor. Small location but there was a table there you could dine in. While we waited for our order to come out fresh, we enjoyed talking with the staff and they where very knowledgeable about pasties and where they originally came from, etc. Most people stop in and pick up half bakes to take home and finish baking. They also had frozen ones to buy.

9. Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant

802 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-3935 Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 218-326-8551
Excellent
50%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant

Homemade sauce with secret spices. Dough that's made fresh every morning. Specialty meats and real mozzarella cheese. The sounds of crisp crust being cut into perfectly sized squares. That's what you'll find in the kitchen at Sammy's Pizza in Grand Rapids. Our menu features award-winning pizzas, pastas, hot appetizers, wings, sub sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. We also offer a daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

Reviewed By Leigh H - Saint Michael

Pizza buffet wasn't available when we visited. We ordered pizza because we heard so much good but it turned out very average. Actually we didn't like the crust. Seating is a little tight but we had a good booth so no problem. Server was nice but busy. Food was served in typical time and atmosphere was o.k..

10. Dottie's Hometown Cafe

324 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2853 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 218-327-1400
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Dottie's Hometown Cafe

Reviewed By 349Charles25 - Alexandria, Virginia

There is a reason Dottie's parking lot is always packed - it's local favorite! But arrive early since Dottie's closes about 3pm expect on special fish fry days. Dottie's cooks know what there are doing; even humble toast is raised to a high level and served with friendly good humor and cheer.

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