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“Delicious pizza crust!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big O' Cafe

Big O' Cafe
80 Ottawa Ave NW, Ste 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-6206
616-451-1887
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Ranked #51 of 799 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Cuisines: Pizza
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Wisconsin
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Delicious pizza crust!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The hotel desk clerks recommended Big O as the best local pizza in town, and they were right! Though the restaurant is small, the menu is large, and the choice of specialty pizzas has something to please everyone. There is also the option to "Build Your Own Pizza" with a variety of toppings. Pizzas come in 12" and 16" sizes only. We had the Chicken Pesto Pizza and the Deluxe Pizza (just about everything on it!), and both came piping hot from the oven with a crispy crust. There are also entrees, sandwiches and appetizers. Located a short 2 blocks walk from the Courtyard, JW Marriott and Amway Plaza hotels. Friendly servers and quick service.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Jenison, MI
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We just tried this place before going to the Bues on the Mall in downtown Grand Rapids on a Wednesday evening. Walked in and were seated right away. The smells that greeted us upon entering made us hungry for pizza and we had intended to just have a quick sandwich. VERY happy we tried the pizza - it was great! We ordered some garlic knots as an appetizer as our mouths were watering and enjoyed those as a starter with marinara and ranch dipping sauces. We were already stuffed before we finished the pizza, but my husband loves Bananas Foster so we tried an order of that as well. Also wonderful (but no, they do not fix it tableside) and big enough to share with the four of us. Best of all, Jimmy Stagger as playing Blues! We LOVE Jimmy and loved his show before heading off for more Blues down the block. We will definately be back and I highly recommend this place for delicious pizza!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Looking forward to going again.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We ate at this cafe about 2 months ago and whle my dinner was average that night, the three other membes of my group loved their meals. And we were envious of the pizza's being delivered out of the kitchen. They looked wonderful. Over the weekend, we went back to the restaurant and ordered Richard's Big Sky Pizza Pie. The crust was yummy and it was loaded with meat...the shredded pork on top was too much but the pizza was good. I can't wait to go back. The side salad was full of veggies and a perfect starter.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Sinatra would hang here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My wife & I thought this looked like a great little spot, hidden below street level. We were blown away once we walked in the door and saw the fantastic atmosphere of the exposed rafters, Sinatra's mug shot hung on the wall, and red & white checkered tablecloths. There is a swanky little bar to make sure that you can dine with your favorite drinks. As warming as the decor is at Big O', it's the food that will make sure you visit again. The pizza and garlic knots are incredible and the staff there are all super kind. If you want to go to a loud bar that is trying to be a night club with music so loud that you might as well not talk, then try someplace else. Big O' welcomes you with a truly authentic style that will allow you to spend an evening with your friends, family or that special someone in a fantastically chill environment with incredible food!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ada, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“"fun--yummy pizza"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is such a fun place to eat. Great pizza's too. Close to the Art Museum and City Flats hotel is just around the corner.

Visited January 2013
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