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San Chez a Tapas Bistro

38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2644
(616) 774-8272
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Ranked #20 of 805 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Commerce
Transit: The Metro system of Grand Rapids called "The Rapid" has 6 lines that stop directly in front of 38 West Commerce. They are 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15.
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Wilmette, Illinois
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We love tapas and San Chez did not disappoint. We loved the variety on the menu and the service was very good. You probably should make a reservation because this is a popular restaurant.

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We luckily weren't starving when we arrived. Food is tasty but pricey and portions are a bit lean, even for tapas. Our $80 "snack" was a bit outrageous, although the hot spinach salad was delish as was the couscous. Great atmosphere with lots of happy folks here. Bar is a bit noisy. Don't arrive hungry but come for the ambience.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the place I ask to go for my birthday every year!!!! Great atmosphere, great food, and great drinks!!! San chez is truly an amazing and magical experience for dinner.

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Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We never miss an opportunity to eat here even though we live two hours away. The scallops with pork belly and the blue cheese fritters are two of the best dishes that we have eaten anywhere in the world! The servers are always friendly and fun and the food never disappoints. The atmosphere is casual and the open kitchen provides... More 

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GRand Rapids MI
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63 reviews 63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I am very disappointed in San Chez, it has become overpriced and underwhelming. I felt that since I have always loved San chez that I would give it a few more tries. The final straw was Jan 21 2015, we stopped in at 1:20 to catch a quick lunch and was never greeted or spoke to and every one saw... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Came here with some work colleagues and was overall very impressed. The service was attentive and frequent to start with. We ordered the cheese, chorizo and sausage plate which overall was good but the chorizo missed that smokey paprika flavor that you get from real chorizo. That said everything else was excellent and very taste. My friend ordered a steak... More 

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Marshall, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Tantalize your tastebuds with a meal at San Chez. Everything is a taste treat. Spicy shrimp-Wow! Pepper butter with bread-mmmmm. Salad with pulled pork---a complete meal in itself with so many flavors. Scallops and Pork Belly----Very, very, very, very, very good. Good luck trying to only try a few dishes! You'll be happy you spent your time here! Service is... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I went to San Chez a several times when they first opened 20 plus years ago. I liked it then. We then moved away from Grand Rapids and after many years moved back and this was my first time thing in maybe 15 years so I was wondering if it was still as good. It was better. Nothing else like... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was overall a fun experience? The food was excellent and the service though a bit slow was great too.

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Belleville, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Early New Years Eve get together with family/couples at this Gem! Reasonably priced and adequate wine list, A menu/selections that will knock your socks off. From a cheese and meat appetizer, to an oxtail plate, onto the wild caught crayfish serving; Wonderful! The accompanying breads are warm and delicious, the service outstanding, the location in a bustling downtown, and the... More 

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Additional Information about San Chez a Tapas Bistro

Address: 38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2644
Phone Number: (616) 774-8272
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Spanish

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