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Clara's on the River

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Clara's, my Favorite place in Downtown BC

This is one of my favorite places to go to when I get into downtown Battle Creek. Good food, reasonable prices. Service can be spotty at times, when they are busy (weekends, good weather, events at Kellogg Center) the service improves. Food is genuine American Fare. I had the New York steak... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Marrman
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Sammamish
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Sammamish
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite places to go to when I get into downtown Battle Creek. Good food, reasonable prices. Service can be spotty at times, when they are busy (weekends, good weather, events at Kellogg Center) the service improves. Food is genuine American Fare. I had the New York steak which was cooked perfectly. For dessert I suggest... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and I had business in Battle Creek and chose to have dinner at Clara's. We had been a few times before and would recommend sitting outside in nice weather. Our waitress took a long time to get to us, and luckily another waitress helped us often. My perch basket was very good, with lightly battered perch and hot... More 

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Avilla, Indiana
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Clara's on the river is a refurbished train station turned restaurant. The service was excellent, and the food was really good. My wife had a spicy pasta dish of some sort (She couldn't remember the name) while I opted for the Honey mustard glazed salmon. It was cooked perfectly, and the glaze gave it a slightly sweet flavor, which was... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Staff was right there and ready to help! Food was very good and served in a timely way. Frequent checks on food & drink from server - not pushy.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I have always been impressed by the huge menu. It is a small book. The food is suburb. The building that houses this restaurant is an old passenger rail station tastefully done next to a river. You can also eat your meal outside.

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Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We celebrated my Mother's 85th birthday on Sunday. There were at least 30 family members to help celebrate. They put us in our own room which was great as we didn't have to worry about noise bothering other patrons. And the great grandchildren were good at being noisy!! Brunch was simple but very good. Selection could have been greater but... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Normally have a great experience at Clara's, excellent food, decent prices, and nice staff. This visit was far from that. Our group of 6 was seated next to friends at another table. Our friends at the other table were served quickly. We had water brought to our table and that was it. No waitress came back to our table to... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Love their steaks, BBQ chicken pizza, shrimp cocktail (huge shrimp), Chicken fajita anything is great. Welcoming hostess and attentive wait personnel and manager. Broad menu selection is great when you're not really sure what you're hungry for. Also WONDERFUL live outdoor MUSIC Wed-Fri nights by Terry Lower and Edye Evans Hyde June, July and August.

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Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have been to Clara's plenty of times through the years and am always pleased with the service and ambience of the renovated train station in Downtown Battle Creek. The menu offers a HUGE variety and since I have found that I love their Fried Chicken Salad, that is what I usually stick to (ask to substitute your roll for... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Their food is good, but for the price it is not worth it. The atmosphere is nice, being a renovated train station.

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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: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?