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Butch's

44 E 8th St, Ste 50, Holland, MI 49423-3529
616-396-8227
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Ranked #11 of 194 Restaurants in Holland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
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Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: For more than 25 years, Butch TerHaar has strived to create a place where people can celebrate the marriage of food and drink. Today, Butch's is one of fewer than 800 restaurants worldwide (and one of 10 in Michigan) to hold Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. Building on our exceptional wine and beer offerings, our menu is expressly designed to enhance the experience of enjoying food and drink together.
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English first
Grandville, Michigan
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Context: Business lunch with an out of state candidate for a professional role; we had seating by the window, which was a nice spot. Pros: Ordered Chicken Milanese and candidate ordered the Californian, the later I have had before. Cons: Service was a bit slow; candidate enjoyed her sandwich; the chicken in my dish was quite tough, close to being... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear travelreviewer3355, I am so sorry that of the many times you have frequented my restaurant, that this particular dining experience did not deliver at a level in which you are in the right to expect. As unfortunate as it is, I do believe that this experience was, as you said, an anomaly. However, I have shared your feedback with... More

Champaign, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thursday evening in Downtown Holland, MI is a very busy time. During the summer 8th Street is closed to traffic and sidewalk performers can be found up and down the street. As we wandered the street we stopped into Butch's to enquire about the need for a reservation. It was advised and we made one for later in the evening.... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear svenskjim, Thank you for your thoughtful review! I am so happy to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your recent dining experience. We hope to serve you again in the not-too-distant future. Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Excellent choice for dining in downtown Holland. We had a great table by the front windows. They had my favorite fish on their special menu. It was a fabulous presentation with Sturgeon medallions as the center piece. We had very attentive service throughout and would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting the area.

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear 10us42, Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to write a review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent experience at my restaurant. We look forward to serving you again! Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

Lake Orion, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

After all the reviews I had really high expectations. Our service was ridiculously slow (we waited over 20 mins for drinks and 40 mins for our salads to arrive), and the restaurant was not filled. We were seated in the bar area, and with all the wood furnishing, and loud groups, the level of noise made it difficult to have... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Laura, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write a review about your recent experience at my restaurant; I am very sorry to read that you were disappointed. I am, however, happy to hear that you did enjoy your meal and I welcome the opportunity to invite you and your husband back for what I'm... More

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The white tablecloths are the first hint that you are in for a sophisticated meal, not run of the mill fare. Make sure to peruse the cocktail menu and if you feel adventurous, order the Jalapeno Pineapple Rum drink that will shake up your taste buds and put your mouth on full alert. It is the most creative and bold... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Rosenmn, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write such a thoughtful review. As you pointed out, we certainly try to provide the best dining experience in West Michigan through inventive cocktails, great atmosphere, a delicious, locally-driven menu, and a fantastic wine selection. Of course, we can't always provide the perfect experience we strive to... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Butch's is an excellent restaurant in the heart of downtown Holland, MI. The menu is great, the food delicious, the wine list very good and the service excellent! Try to get a window seat and enjoy the vibrant city with a glass of your favorite wine!

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Betsy, Thank you for such a wonderful review! Wishing you a wonderful rest of your summer and we look forward to serving you again! Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

London
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130 reviews 130 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Really nice restaurant, great food, great location on the Main Street. Would definitely recommend and eat there again. Go down to the toilets and see the art work on the walks!

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear TravelingNicx, Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again! Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

We, as vegetarians, were disappointed that there was only one selection on the menu to our liking. We ordered the caponeta entree. When it came, there was only about 1 1/2 cups of finely diced eggplant mixture in the dish. There was no salad with the entree and bread was EXTRA! Our male friend ordered the crab salad and, he... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Nancy, I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your recent lunch experience, but I do appreciate your taking the time to provide such feedback. I would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a better experience should you wish to try my restaurant again. You can reach me at butch@butchs.net. Once again, thank you for... More

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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128 reviews 128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

During a quick visit to Holland we were lucky to find Butch's at lunch time. The hostess and servers were friendly and warm. The tables had real cloth table cloths and napkins. The view out to the street was beautiful through the ceiling to floor windows. Our lunches were delicious: a homemade sausage dish and a Rueben sandwich. Neither was... More

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Trailman, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent experience at my restaurant. I am happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our staple Rueben Sandwich and one of our newer dishes, the Homemade Sausage with Broccolini and Sauce Romesco. Please stop in again the next time you make it to West... More

Saugatuck, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The restaurant itself is kind of loud but the food and the service were excellent. I really enjoyed my scallop dish and the goat cheese appetizer was just lovely. I will go back to Butch's for sure.

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ButchTerHaar, Owner at Butch's, responded to this review

Dear Katja, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write a review about your recent experience at my restaurant. The scallops and goat's cheese app are also two of my favorites. Please return soon to see what the chef has in store for the fall menu! Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

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