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Clara's on the River


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Nine Layer Dip
refried and black beans, montery jack and cheddar cheese, guacamole, black olives, seasoned sour cream, more cheese, chives, tomatoes and parsley, served with tortilla chips and salsa
Fried Mushrooms
button mushrooms lightly battered and fried, served with horseradish sauce
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
two large roasted portobello mushrooms are stuffed with warm spinach, artichoke heart, crabmeat, sauteed onions and cream cheese, then topped with melted monterey jack and parmesan cheese
Rib Fingers
six tender slow cooked pork ribs covered with our special bbq sauce and served with french fries
Shrimp Cocktail
eight large steamed shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon
Cup $3.99
Bowl. $4.99
French Onion Soup
sauteed onions simmered in a rich homemade broth, topped with croutons, swiss cheese and parmesan cheese.
Cup $3.99
Bowl. $4.99
Broccoli Cheese Soup
broccoli, cheddar cheese in a thick creamy soup.
Cup $3.99
Bowl $4.99
Black Bean Soup
jamaican style spicy bean soup, topped with a hint of sour cream.
Cup $3.99
Bowl $4.99
Soup Of The Day
each day we prepare a different soup. please ask your server for our special
Crisp, Cold Greens And Vegetables Served In Large Portions. Salad Dressings Include: Raspberry Vinaigrette, Ranch, French, Thousand Island, Parmesan Peppercorn, Bleu Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette, And Creamy Bacon Dressing. Fat Free Dressings Are: Italian, French, Thousand Island, Honey Dijon And Ranch. All Salads Are Served With A Fresh-baked Multi-grain Roll And Butter.
Clara's House Salad
a favorite around here! tossed greens with diced pepperoni, provolone, croutons and red onion. served with your choice of dressing
Ful $9.99
Small $7.99
Spinach Salad
a bowl of fresh spinach greens, sunflower nuts, provolone cheese, bacon bits, fresh mushrooms, eggs, croutons and creamy bacon dressing
Full $9.99
Small $7.99
Clara's Chef Salad
a mound of tossed greens topped with crumbled bacon, turkey, ham, cheddar, provolone, black olives, croutons, egg and tomato. served with your choice of dressing
Full $9.99
Small $8.29
Fried Chicken Salad
southern fried chicken strips and bacon pieces on top of tossed greens, cheddar cheese, diced egg and diced tomato with a sweet honey mustard ranch dressing
Full $9.99
Small $8.29
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
grilled chicken breast atop crisp lettuce tossed with a spicy ranch dressing. topped with red peppers, corn, black beans, pico de gallo, crisp corn tortilla strips and cheddar cheese
Full $9.99
Small $7.99
Cobb Salad
a san francisco salad with bands of crumbled bacon, diced chicken breast, cheddar cheese, diced boiled egg, black olives, tomato, diced avocado and crumbled bleu cheese. served with your choice of dressing
Chicken Fajita Quesadilla
fajita-style grilled chicken, grilled green peppers and onions and melted jack and cheddar cheese in a grilled tortilla shell. topped with diced tomatoes and black olives. served with sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos and salsa.
Spinach And Crab Quesadilla
crabmeat, spinach, artichoke hearts, sauteed onions, monterey jack and creamed cheeses are grilled in a flour tortilla and topped with diced tomato and black olives. sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos, and salsa are on the side.
Combo Fried Appetizer
jumbo onion rings and, bacon and cheese potato skins and fried mozzarella sticks. ... served with sour cream and marinara sauce
Mozzarella Stuffed Bread Sticks
a basket of four of our delicious cheesy breadsticks with marinara sauce for dipping
Full $9.99
Small $8.29
Extra Sour Cream Or Salsa $0.59
Nachos Grande
a mountain of tortilla chips, cheese, lettuce, tomato and your choice of one of the styles listed below. guacamole, jalapeno peppers, salsa, and sour cream are served on the side
We Are Proud To Offer This Fine Selection Of Tantalizing Treats, Prepared Using Only Premium Ingredients. Whole Cakes, Cheesecakes And Pies Are Available For Take-home.
Gourmet Turtle Cheesecake
a generous wedge of new york style cheesecake resting on a thick layer of fudge, covered with a caramel sauce, garnished with chopped pecans and placed on a graham cracker butter crust
Mile High Chocolate Mousse Pie
dark chocolate crumb crust filled with homemade velvety chocolate mousse, crunchy chocolate wafer chunks, and bittersweet milk chocolate bits. then we decorate the top with whipped cream, and chocolate syrup
Chicago Style Cheesecake
creamy cheesecake rests on top of a butter shortbread cookie crust, topped with strawberries in syrup
Brownie Buster
a moist, hot brownie, covered with french vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup
Clara's Colossal Carrot Cake
classic carrot cake, covered in a cream cheese confection, creating copious cravings and causing the constant clamor of consummate connoisseurs crossing cleveland to corpus christi
$10 - $15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
American, Bar
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews brunch calzone salad steak sandwiches burrito chicken seafood potatoes train station huge menu railroad depot outside seating great setting breakfast buffet downtown battle creek many choices
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food was good but don't really care if I go back. Has a large menu, drinks were good. Nothing really stood out for me though.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Bradbrandi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big menu, cool old surroundings with old pictures etc, nice patio in the warmer months and walking outside around christmas.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bathartx46x
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Clara's for dinner the past Saturday. The service was great - attentive but not over bearing. Quick, but not rushed. We enjoyed drinks, entrees and deserts and felt the prices were very reasonable. The filet was great, and the mustard glazed salmon...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Beavis007
Reviewed January 9, 2019

Went with friends for a Sunday lunch. Their breakfast buffet was still on and looked pretty good, but our party was there for lunch. The menu is very large and offers a lot of selections: appetizers; seafood; entrees; burgers; tex-mex and more. We all enjoyed...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Barry F
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Ate here early afternoon on a Saturday for the first time. Easy and ample parking. Very cool history and decor, with multiple rooms. The place was about a quarter filled, so not busy at all outside of a group party the far end of the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank egraetze
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Went for Sunday brunch this morning. Best part of the brunch is the made to order eggs. Not just omelets, but scrambled, sunny side up...whatever you ask for. The dessert selection is also very good. Other items included potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuit...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Gayle N
Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

Clara’s has the largest menu of any restaurant I have ever visited. There is definitely something for everyone. They have good kids meals too. Slightly average food, but it’s worth visiting.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MistyH169
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Clara's has never given us a bad meal or poor service. The location is very, very nice - along the Kalamazoo River in the heart of downtown. Park-like atmosphere outside and former train-station vibe inside.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Sue E
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

This place had a nice setting and a huge selection. Coffee was great and comfort food was good. Interesting decor with historical items. Efficient and courteous service.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank DeschutesSMC
Reviewed October 30, 2018

It's a great restaurant in an old train station in downtown Battle Creek. Besides the cool old building, it has a great menu, fabulous food, and excellent service. Don't forget dessert, then walk it off in the Linear Park right next to the restaurant that...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Drew48160
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Connie P
November 6, 2018|
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Response from 12NancyG | Reviewed this property |
Suggest calling them rather than relying on other customers.
August 29, 2017|
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Response from kimberlytU6294BA | Reviewed this property |
The back of the restaurant faces the Battle Creek River and has a huge outdoor seating area right along the river bank. Beautiful tall, mature trees and lots of flowers there too. They will take reservations, but walk ins... More
August 2, 2016|
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Response from JuliaH2098 | Reviewed this property |
You have to call and make reservations.
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