I have called downtown Grand Rapids home for the last 3 years; living right downtown and being single I eat out at least 6 days a week. Leo's is my go to restaurant of choice 3-4 times a week for many reasons.
1. The food is awesome; the seafood is fresh and well prepared. The shrimp are almost like mini lobster tails they are so big and the lobster \ shrimp cakes are to die for (always ordered on my "first dates" as they never fail to impress). They have a couple steak selections on the menu and when I get a craving for beef prepared outside of my condo I go here and not to one of the overpriced "steakhouses" in town; the filet is superb. One of the seldom promoted but incredible lunch selections is their hamburger; it is second to none and I strongly recommend cheese, bacon and grilled mushrooms. Even though this is NOT on the dinner menu the kitchen has prepared it for me at night on numerous occasions (tell them Mike sent you and they will understand).
2. The decor is upscale & relaxing in appearance yet this blue jean and sport shirt guy is always welcome.
3. The prices are definitely not upscale compared to many of the other fine dining places downtown.
4. The wine list is superb and the martinis are very good; if you want a beer pub though you best go elsewhere downtown. They do have a few beers on draft and bottled beer though this is not my forte'.
5. They have catered to my special requests since day one and eating out as much as I do I can be pretty demanding at times; special requests have never been an issue here for me since 2008.
6. The staff from front to back is second to none and that is saying a lot in this city full of incredible restaurants.
So.... If you are headed downtown for a great dinner do not hesitate to put Leo's on your list; you might even run into me sitting at the bar rail. I am a fan of Leo's (and many other dining places downtown) so if you are headed there give me a shout; I will be happy to meet you there as an unofficial "ambassador" of this great city!
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