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“Pretty Pricey” 3 of 5 stars
Review of San Chez a Tapas Bistro

San Chez a Tapas Bistro
38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2644
(616) 774-8272
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Ranked #19 of 799 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
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.
Hudsonville, Michigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Pretty Pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Holy cow, talk about overwhelming but YUUUUMMMMMMY! 1st time I went here, I was overwhelmed by the selections but totally loved the food. My co-workers brought me. The 2nd visit was exactly as the first but I brought a bunch of people who had never been. They were overwhelmed and...the serving staff recommended that everyone in the group order 2 items. That was ridiculous. Too expensive to order 2 and unnecessary. The volume of the place, again, was super loud again. Maybe it's because both visits, we had to sit on the upper floor. The food, all of it was really good. I would go back only if we could sit on the lower level.

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Tapas that blow your mind!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you love tapas, local/seasonal food, and mostly knowledgeable severs, this is the place for you! Their sangria is a must and pair tapas with the help of your server!

We moved and I miss this place's goat cheese dishes and croquetas like there's no tomorrow! Things can get a little noisy and cramped, and sometimes tapas here are a tad over priced, but overall, it's excellent!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“One of a kind for the Grand Rapids Area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have always enjoyed this place. On our recent visit, I again saw how they continue to improve and evolve their menu rather than leave the same ol' same ol' on it. Service was okay, the atmosphere is good, friendly staff... Parking is a bit of a pain..

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ft Pierce
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Flaming coffee is awesome!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

we have tried many of the tapa plates and all were excellent....however the flaming coffee drink is not only delicious....but fun to watch it being made. definitely a favorite restaurant for a girls outing in grand rapids and the staff is always fun and helpful too

  • Visited May 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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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“I found this restaurant subpar”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

I am from Boston and NYC so I'm used to some restaurant surprises.

However, having to find out you only get a skimpy portion of Jamon? The restaurants in downtown GR to be surprisingly pricey, but this was a surprise.

Plus, I was charged 20+% for a service fee for a table of four.

I'm not going back

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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