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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 #10 of 786 restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
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
  • Any
English first
Detroit, Michigan
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131 reviews 131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Stopped in to San Chez for breakfast on a Sunday morning on a whim. It did not disappoint. Although we did not try it, the bloody mary and mimosa bars were an attractive option. We did however, eat breakfast. It was very good, and reasonably priced - 2 entrees and coffee for about $20. I particularly enjoyed the rustic bread... More

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Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were in town for a concert and walked downtown for a late breakfast. The place we were heading to ended up being closed for renovations. So we stumbled upon the San Chez Cafe which is next to the Bistro. It turned out to be a great find, everything fresh and prepared and presented well. The food and coffee was... More

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Riverside, CA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Our group walked here from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. We ordered several dishes. Loved the mushrooms and the steak. Our server was so-so. She seemed insincere (you know how you can tell when someone's smiles are fake?). We were ready to order three more items at the end, but the server vanished for a very long time. Probably on... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had not been to San Chez in ages when my wife suggested a visit. Frankly, San Chez has been downtown for so long that one could take it for granted. Upon eating there again, I was reminded of how excellent it can be and was that evening. The lesson is not to forget old friends, gastronomically speaking.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place to take friends and a good idea to grab reservations if the area has some events lined up. A bit on the pricier side, but worth a few extra dollars for some memories. Experiment and try new foods, flavors and drinks! Will return again. Enjoy!

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Michigan, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I love San Chez! I've never had a bad meal and their service is always excellent. The dishes are amazing, always fresh and flavorful! I love the focus on local foods and hope they continue to try to source local.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time we have eaten here and the food is good but not great. It is tapas or small plate dining so you share your small plates with others in your group. We enjoy trying new foods and everything we tried was good, but nothing really stood out as I must have that again. There are many... More

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We went to celebrate our anniversary and had amazing food... The crawfish was outstanding and the fire roasted shrimp with banana cream sauce was incredible. The plantains were delicious as was the wilted spinach salad. Great service and atmosphere as well. My only complaint is that for $8.00 a glass for house red wine, the amount you get is quite... More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews 119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is fun. The service is crisp and helpful. The food is creative- Trucha Ahumada is a cheese and artichoke tapenade that is amazing. The Feijoada- this is a soup and incredible- do not leave without tasting this. Lamb ribs and Wild Caught Crawfish WOW, WOW, WOW. The prices are so reasonable I could not believe it after we... More

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Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The best tapas restaurant that we have been to in the U.S.!! All of the dishes that we have had have been great. Save room for the flourless chocolate torte, it is amazing! Great service and wonderful gluten free choices and great gf bread!! We have been for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night and it is great for all... More

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