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44 North McCamly, Battle Creek, MI 49017
269-963-0966
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cool looking location food a bit disappointing

We stopped at Clara's on the River based on the good reviews here on Tripadvisor. It is a very cool old historic building in a beautiful setting in downtown Battle Creek. The menu was pretty extensive and had some interesting sounding sandwiches. We ordered sandwiches and appetizers. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Philosophyguru
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Dover, Delaware
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Dover, Delaware
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We stopped at Clara's on the River based on the good reviews here on Tripadvisor. It is a very cool old historic building in a beautiful setting in downtown Battle Creek. The menu was pretty extensive and had some interesting sounding sandwiches. We ordered sandwiches and appetizers. The interesting sounding sandwiches tasted like pretty typical bar and grill food, did... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The portions are decent for price. My favorite dish is the Marsala Bella pasta. It's hit or miss. Sometimes really good, sometimes dry. The French onion soup is amazing, and the house salad is awesome. Sometimes it's hard to know who to tip because so many different people bring you stuff. It can be very noisy in there and if... More 

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Michigan
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A group of us went there last May after a family death and expected better. It had been quite a while since our last vist and as we remembered it was very good, This time something was lacking in quality and taste. Sad but true...

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a very unique place that appears to have been a train depot at one point. The service was good and there was a lot to choose from on the menu.

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Mexico City, Mexico
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a great place for a big group, because everybody can get what it wants, from a salad, to a pasta, soup or steak. Portions are pretty big, so you can also share appetizers and an entré.

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Delton, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A large party of us came there for a retirement luncheon. The dining set-up and service was excellent. We were amazed at quickly our orders were taken and the food arrived. Our water glasses were always kept full. I had their Burrito Grande (with the chipotle chicken) and it was huge. The portions of guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

I love this place in the summer. Eating outside in our beautiful downtown near the river is the best and the food is good too!

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Traverse City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

If you are looking for a place to eat in downtown Battle Creek, look no further! The menu is very extensive. We were only going to have an evening "snack" and ended up eating a large meal. Food was very good, deserts were FANTASTIC! A view of the Christmas lights were an added benefit. A great way to end a... More 

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Flushing, Michigan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We stopped in for drinks at the bar, while getting our evening planned. The staff was friendly and efficient, however they need an office or something. One server moved from the small bar as she was counting out her money for the day. The tables in the bar area were also taken up with staff counting tips and settling their... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

My BFF go there on our birthdays and when we want to celebrate something. This we were celebrating us both bring cancer free. Our server was so good to us we never had to ask she was always right there. We'll keep on going and going. Food is always hot and right when it comes out. Clean Restraunt. Nice place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 North McCamly, Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Calhoun County  >  Battle Creek
  • Phone Number: 269-963-0966

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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