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

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Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 60
    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
Loud but good restaurant.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Shannon G
,
Battle Creek, Michigan
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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
1 review
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Dover, Delaware
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
109 reviews 109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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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, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
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?