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Clara's on the River

44 North McCamly, Battle Creek, MI 49017
269-963-0966
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Ranked #11 of 136 restaurants in Battle Creek
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
McHenry, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We were in Battle Creek for the Balloon & Air Show last weekend. I had read the reviews for Clara's and this place did not disappoint. We sat outside for lunch on the very nice patio overlooking the river. The patio is shaded with trees and plants quite nice. The wine was resonably priced and the lunch was very tasty.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

First time in a Battle Creek Michigan and had a great time at this location for dinner. Very generous amount of food. Good prices.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

we went as a large group and the staff was great. Food was very good as well. the kids had a private room. Prices were reasonable

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Trinidad, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Claras on the River is usually a great place to eat but we didn't have a good experience this time. It was very short staffed on a Friday night. Not good. It won't keep us from coming back though because as I said....it's usually a nice place to eat.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Great place for a large group. We had trouble finding a place that could accommodate 16 at the last minute. It was crowded but is a very large restaurant on the river downtown. Several of us had the pork chops. They were very good and filled us up. Great service and very fast for a group this size.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Great atmosphere and service. The prep time (especially at lunch) is way to slow. The food is no better than heated up frozen GFS or SYSCO fare. Menu huge, but no menu item is worth coming back for. In short, decor is awesome, food isn't worth the price or the experience. I really hope restaurant impossible makes a visit!

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Had the occasion to have lunch at the highly recommended Clara's. I am not sure why this place receives such admiration from the locals, perhaps a lack of decent food establishments in Battle Creek. Who knows? While the restaraunt enjoys a history of being in a decent location as well as an old depot, it is overcrowded with "junk", as... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a great old place on a river walk, occupying an old train station. The menu was a bit too long, but the food was quite good.

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central michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We always get together with our dear long time friends for our Birthdays. We always try to find a different restaurant every year for each of our four Birthdays. Saturday, being a beautiful summer day, we decided on Clara's for their outdoor patio. What a pleasant surprise, their garden patio was the best ever. The seating area is nested among... More

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Novi, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The location is wonderful and unique, with both inside and outside seating on the river. Beware mosquitoes if you eat outside at dusk or after, although the staff offered to move us inside immediately if we were uncomfortable. The rest of the menu looked great, although the dessert I had (some sort of chocolate pudding cake) was average.and a bit... More

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