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1420 Knollview Drive, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307
231 591 2206
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing with delicious food!!!

The Rock was amazing! The food was very delicious. It's very family friendly with lots of food choices. The choices are from Traditional Pizza to a Mongolian Grill. There is a waffle maker, Icee machine, and ice cream bar which my children loved! Even though it is mainly based for college students... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bjjanisz
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Morley, Michigan
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Morley, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Rock was amazing! The food was very delicious. It's very family friendly with lots of food choices. The choices are from Traditional Pizza to a Mongolian Grill. There is a waffle maker, Icee machine, and ice cream bar which my children loved! Even though it is mainly based for college students, people from all ages can go. Over all... More 

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Thank Bjjanisz
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son works for Ferris and had some free passes for the family to eat at The Rock. It is buffet style, but there are SEVERAL buffet stations with different foods to choose from. Desserts are included. The restaurant is on the college campus but the community dines there as well. It is very kid friendly, the food is really... More 

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Thank Lilac41059
Big Rapids, United States
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The food here is good and all you can eat not bad priced many different foods to choose from plenty of room for seating and has a Mongolian bar too

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Thank Larry P
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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583 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Keeping in mind it's a cafeteria run by students, the food is decent and the choices plentiful. The real selling point is the value. It's all you can eat for short money. We went as a hockey team and it was the perfect setting to satisfy hungry and picky boys.

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1 Thank EDELAN
Lawton, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

nice place to eat for reasonable price and nice environment. Great idea to see the culinary students be able to get great experience with great food. Very nice customer service. Nice selection for everyone.

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Thank 17dian77
Big Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We just found The Rock by reading tripadvisor. The food is fresh and plentiful with a great variety. As a family, it is a perfect place because everyone likes something different. We all liked the stir fry station where you pick you own veggies, sauces and meats. The salad bar has many fresh selections. There is a special entre each... More 

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Thank GrandmaOzark
Midland, Michigan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My husband and I met our daughter and son-in-law in Big Rapids for lunch. We have different tastes in food and The Rock provided many choices. Food was freshly prepared and the staff was friendly. The students are lucky to have this on campus for their meal plan.

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1 Thank Jayne H
Michigan
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The food at the Rock is generally well-prepared and very good. The salad bar is great! Must disagree with one reviewer who said that Big Rapids residents (non-students) are not welcomed by the students. Our experience has been quite the contrary. We go for lunch occasionally, and really enjoy it.

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Thank OniBO
Byron Center, Michigan
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178 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

For $10 you have EVERYTHING. it's as close to a vegas buffet you can get. it's on the college campus of ferris and a trick to find, but a lot choices in food. seating is very full, so go at an off-hour. parking right there and free. they have several stations-comfort food, snack food, stir fry station, desserts, salads, sandwiches... More 

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1 Thank emptywallet
Rockford, Michigan
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Was introduced to this place while working in the Big Rapids area over the summer. People were raving about it and I couldn't get past the idea of "how good could it be, it's a college cafeteria!" But I was in for a surprise, lots of variety and it was great! The first time we came was during a weekday... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1420 Knollview Drive, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Mecosta County  >  Big Rapids
  • Phone Number: 231 591 2206

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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