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Peanut Barrel Restaurant

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American, Bar, Pub
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521 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4404
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been regulars there for many years, getting to know the people who work there well. Love the people watching on Grand River, and the Olive Burger is my fave burger.

Thank Eyeskreemer
Milford, Michigan
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286 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed lunch at the Peanut Barrel when visiting our daughter in East Lansing on a Sunday afternoon. It was highly recommended. The chili is the best I have ever had. Amazing. The all around food quality was great. The fries and chicken salad were wonderful. The hamburger was just okay for me. It is 1/3lb, so smaller than some of... More 

Thank JVM-Milford-MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its kind okay type of restaurant . Being family locally owned i was hoping it be more warm. But it wasn't. Service is quick and food test good. Ambiance is decent. But missing wow factor. But beat part the food is cheap, may cause its school towns place. Well thats my thinking.

Thank Nagesh S
Cambridge, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here with a group of friends while we were in town for the Badgers/MSU football game. We came in on a Friday night, around 8pm, and the place was busy, but not so much that we couldn't get a table right away. Our waitress was friendly and very quick. She took our drink orders right away, got everything... More 

Thank Dean B
Royal Oak, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The setting is not great, its really loud and always packed so tight you cant move. But the burger is great and the long islands are good too!

Thank spartanchica
East Lansing, Michigan
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Burgers are good. Not much else to choose from. Good beer selection. Always good service. Nice patio to sit on if the weather permits

Thank MSUJason
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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429 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

I heard from lots of State grads how good this place was and it's the place to be. The menu is basically burgers, dogs, and sandwiches which is fine but based on the that, I feel the burger should have been better. It was good but good like any burger from any restaurant would be. Nothing special at all. The... More 

Thank Brian K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Nice place to get the college bar experience. Our hosts said it's been around for years - one of those places where the staff knows the regulars' names. We sat on the patio for dinner. Menu is not big, but the food was good for such an establishment. Olive burgers are highly recommended.

Thank dwg51357
Boston Ma.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

But I did. We sat on the patio on a warm day and had a few very cold beers. Great spot right across from MSU for some people watching or whatever. We didn't eat but the food reviews are good and it looked great from what we could see. The staff wasn't so friendly at the beginning but that's the... More 

Thank RichCBostonMa_
Victor, New York
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

We were told by a friend that The Peanut Barrel was a must when visiting East Lansing. We enjoyed our meal, we visited at dinner time on a weekday. It's a very unique place, full of history and memorabilia, and a fun atmosphere. Dining is inside or outside, we chose inside as the temperatures were quite high! The staff was... More 

Thank Kimmie075

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 521 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4404
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ingham County  >  East Lansing
  • Phone Number: 517-351-0608

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?