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Butch's

44 E 8th St, Ste 50, Holland, MI 49423-3529
616-396-8227
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Ranked #14 of 192 restaurants in Holland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $30
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
East Lansing, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Extremely good meal, good service, extensive selection of wine by the glass. Lively even on a Monday night in March. Started out meeting with a colleague, felt very comfortable when she left and I sat by myself in the bar area. Yes, a little on the pricier side, but absolutely worth it.

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Holland, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We went to Butch's for my birthday and were not disappointed. The food was very good, the service was attentive, and we always enjoy their large wine selection. The atmosphere is relaxing and quiet enough for pleasant conversation. We really enjoyed our evening. We have been to Butch's many times. It is a bit pricey, but the food, service, and... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We go to Butch's and sit in the back or outside when we visit in the summers and up front for special occasions. We have used their private rooms for parties 3 times, too, and that is always well run and really fun! Their steak and fun drinks are my favorite.

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

Dear JillV288, Thank you for your great review! We can't wait for your next visit! Warm regards, Butch More

Holland, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have had many great meals at Butch's over the years. Recent experiences have been outstanding. The new chef and new menu are consistently great. I appreciate the level of service from all of the staff (veterans who will recognize you, and the "rookies" who are well trained). A particular delight is the ability to "shop" the wine offerings and... More

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

Dear Roger G, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We certainly appreciate your loyal patronage and are happy to hear you are enjoying the latest culinary offerings! We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Butch TerHaar Owner More

Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised on our first visit a couple months ago so we thought we would try Butch's again. The consistency didn't continue this time, however. We were seated at a wobbly table by the street windows by the hostess and when our server failed to show up for 5 minutes, we moved ourselves to an adjacent table, which... More

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

Dear MichiganSammie, Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent experience (although I would love to hear what you enjoyed during your first visit, too!) ☺ However, I understand from reading your other reviews that you typically only like to provide feedback when you feel serious improvements can be made (e.g., 11 reviews on TripAdvisor with with... More

Holland, Michigan, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My all time favorite restaurant and I live in Holland. My only suggestion would be to bring back the fish tacos - love them!

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

Dear 3luannet, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! The fish tacos were/are great! Have you tried the new lobster roll? Cheers, Butch TerHaar Owner More

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Nice pit stop for lunch, the butch burger was good...abit salty for me. The soup selection was tasty but abit salty. Good wait staff, yes should fix the wobbly tables else it was a nice lunch.

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

Dear DanChoo, Thank you for your valuable feedback – I will be sure to share your comments with our staff. Happy New Year, Butch TerHaar Owner More

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The first flurries of the season are always magical, that is of course if you enjoy the season. We arrived at Butch's just minutes before the steady drizzle turned to flurries and were greeter by a smiling hostess who immediately seated us in the informal section of the restaurant need a window providing the perfect backdrop to see the flurries.... More

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

Dear Patricia W, Thank you for taking the time to contribute such a thoughtful review! I am so happy to hear that you were able to weather the snow in our pub with our locally-sourced spinach salad and a warm bowl of soup! We look forward to welcoming you again very soon. Warm Regards + Happy New Year, Butch TerHaar... More

Holland, Michigan
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

When reading the reviews for Butch's, I couldn't figure out why they varied so much between solid 5's and 2's. When we finally had a date night without the kids, we decided to give Butch's a try. Our table was wobbly, the host brought a shim. If you know you have a problem, fix it before you seat customers. The... More

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

Dear LA, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at my restaurant. I am very sorry to hear that you were left disappointed on your special night out. Regarding your table having a wobble, unfortunately, with some of the historic buildings in downtown Holland, we find that the preserved wood floors are sometimes uneven in spots.... More

Michigan, North Dakota
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Frankly, I was a little surprised by some reviews of this place. We ate here in a recent Tuesday night and the place was packed…for good reason. I enjoyed the special that night, chicken empanadas and had a pumpkin bisque soup as an appetizer. The bisque was delicious and the marshmallow that melted in it as I started my soup... More

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

Dear Salleng56, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent dinner with us. The chicken empanadas have been such a hit with our guests that our chef has decided to add them to the menu! We hope to welcome you and your guests again in the near future. We are constantly evolving the menu, so... More

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