Where to Eat in Portland: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Portland is a city in Ionia County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,883 at the 2010 census. The city is situated in the south central portion of Portland Township and is known as the "City of Two Rivers" since it is the confluence of the Grand River and the Looking Glass River. Portland is home to Portland Public Schools and Portland Saint Patrick Catholic School and has been a Main Street Community since 2003.
Things to do in Portland

143 Kent St, Portland, MI 48875-1456 Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 517-526-9060
Excellent
54%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

The Gallery Brewery

The Gallery Brewery is a small Michigan microbrewery with an emphasis on artistry . . . in our beer, our food, the gallery on our walls, and the live music every weekend. We sell only the small-batch artisan beers we brew on-site, and we offer a small but eclectic menu. We are a perfect stop, just off I-96, between Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Reviewed By meghansmom - Michigan

We've stopped here twice now on our way across the state. I always check trip advisor for new places with good food. I can't speak to the beer choices, although we've enjoyed ours based on servers' suggestions, but we've loved the food. The soup selections have been delicious- fish chowder to die for! I loved the french dip sandwich last time, too. We enjoy browsing the collection of art and have always had excellent service. We'll be back and suggest you try it, too!

2. Chocolate Moose

116 E Bridge St, Portland, MI 48875-1435 Seating +1 517-647-5633
Excellent
93%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Ashima S - Grand Rapids, MI

This place was great. We stopped on the way home from a trip to the east side of Michigan and were blown away. First, the sheer number of favors. Then, the taste! All were superb and home made.

I tried their German chocolate which was a lovely light ice cream with pecans and coconut blended throughout. Hubby got the chocolate moose, which was a chocolate lovers delight (and no nuts!!)

We savored every bite at this gem of a ice cream parlor. Can't wait to visit again.

3. Biggby Coffee

1462 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1632 +1 517-647-4861
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Carrie W - Mulliken, Michigan, United States

I love everything at Biggby Coffee, the food they have is a small selection, but it's a coffee shop so you can't expect a large spread. The flavors of the coffee are awesome. If they don't have what you are imagining on the menu they will make it for you, just tell them! Hot, Iced or Frozen drinks plus smoothies. Can't go wrong!

4. Red Tomato

149 Bristie St, Portland, MI 48875-1675 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 517-647-4139
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Red Tomato

Reviewed By Harveleah - Michigan

The outside of the Red Tomato is underwhelming, to say the least. I'm not sure if I was travelling through town, if I would stop there or not, based on looks. But, the food is very good, the prices are the lowest in town, and the service is always fast and friendly.

5. Olivera's Restaurant

1417 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1631 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Italian, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 517-994-6111
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Olivera's Restaurant

Reviewed By Nomadic_Thoughts - Okemos, Michigan

Olivera's is a place to go to with friends and families and have a good time. There is ample space between tables that you don't feel squeezed in like other restaurants. To top it off, the meal options is good and the servers are very attentive. There are TV monitors around the place to watch what's going on in sports.

6. Wagon Wheel American Grill

7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-7701 Outdoor Seating, Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pizza, Barbecue Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 25 +1 517-647-4989
Excellent
46%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Wagon Wheel American Grill

Great Family atmosphere, or place to enjoy a game of bowling while watching your favorite sporting event with your friends and family. Our banquet rooms are great for meetings and events for family and friends. Conveniently located 35 miles from Grand Rapids and 20 miles from Lansing.

Reviewed By DWbiker - Grandville, MI

Here's the situation. We were there in a separate room for a special occasion. The place is a bowling alley and a casual sit-down restaurant. Even though this is Wagon Wheel AMERICAN Grill, we had fajitas in a buffet line. The food was quite good. However, this was not a fast food restaurant like Taco Bell. Why the flimsy plastic-ware and thin styrofoam plates? They detracted from this special occasion. One person by our table had the food fall off the styrofoam plate.

7. China Star

1433 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1631 Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 517-647-8888
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Mike M - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

I would rather have good Chinese food than a mediocre Chinese buffet. This was very good Chinese food served buffet style, and anything but mediocre. This is not the largest buffet, but definitely one of the best I have tried. Everything was fresh and delicious. Chinese buffets often have bland food that tends to be dried out and lifeless. The beef dish they were serving was tender, not over cooked, and very tasty. The shrimp dish they served had larger than average shrimp for a buffet with fresh and well prepared vegetables. The sauces in the dishes I sampled were wonderful and more complex than other Chinese buffets. In my opinion, Chinese buffet equates to cheap low quality food. I felt that the food I tasted here rivaled a more formal more expensive Chinese dining experience. Judging by all of the 5 star reviews, I'm sure my second meal here will be as good as the first.
GOOD JOB NEW China BUFFET

8. Portland Party Store

607 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1405 Pizza +1 517-647-2400
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Portland Party Store

Reviewed By Dewitt_traveler - Dewitt

We stopped by at noon and enjoyed excellent slices of pizza from a good selection of choices. We finished with delicious doughnuts which they make fresh each morning. The staff was friendly and efficient. We will be back the next time we ride the riverwalk.

9. Fabiano's River House

104 W Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1100 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch +1 517-647-4400
Excellent
35%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 18 reviews

Fabiano's River House

Reviewed By Lora C - Cleveland, Ohio

We were traveling back to Ohio from Grand Rapids and always like to find local establishments. Wonderful pub and grill on the point of two rivers. Would be a great place to sit outside during warmer weather. Our server "Mary" was great and had good suggestions for us. She went our of her way to make sure we had coffee and ice to go as she knew we were on the road.

10. Frosty Boy

120 W Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875-1100 +1 517-647-4465
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Countryjules

Frosty Boy has an extensive selection of flurries, sundaes. A lot of them are strange concoctions that actually work well together. I have never had any of their food but have had ice cream there often. Service isn't always cheery or overly friendly but efficient enough.

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