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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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Boston Ma.
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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Victor, New York
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
East Lansing, Michigan
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stop there periodically to remember my days of a college bar scene. This bar is directly across Michigan State University campus (on Grand River Ave.) in an upscale setting of stores. One of the treats is the very popular patio where you can do the people watching as students and others walk by on the wide sidewalk. In afternoon... More 

Thank roadglideman
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was outstanding, Slawpy & Boarder Burgers, and hotdogs were great tasting. The server seemed like we were a bother from the moment we arrived, we interrupted her texting. We asked about our food status and she said no idea on how much longer, never checked on us to see if our food was ok or not. Luckily it was.... More 

Thank Bela A
Traverse City, Michigan
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322 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a recommendation to eat here while visiting MSU--it is close to campus, very busy (always a good sign of a good restaurant)--but food was just 'ok'. We all tried something different--burgers were very good but the buns were dry. Great service though--loved our wait staff!

Thank diamondbabydoll
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I rated Peanut Barrel excellent, not because it is fine dining... it is very casual. Burgers and Beer. Their burgers are wonderful and if you are lucky enough to sit outside, they taste even better! Locals flock to Peanut Barrel once the students leave for the summer!

Thank Susan W
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

If you are not paying attention, you might drive right past it. Its dark, mysterious even - unless you are on the front patio - however they have some killer burgers. The olive burger is the favorite for my mother, myself I like the Chicken 'Shroom with Cheddar on Rye. This is an East Lansing Favorite.

Thank David M
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

What a wonderful setting for lunch on a warm Spring day. My humble opinion of the Peanut Barrel is love it for what it is...a great place, with a great location with food that is lovingly prepared. I have personally watched folks preparing the burgers at the Peanut Barrel hand craft the hamburger patties. They are not frozen...they are fresh.... More 

Thank Cuda19
Haslett, Michigan
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173 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

The food is very good. The parking is very bad. Good place for students. Reasonably clean. Price are a little high.

Thank 515any
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

Has not changed in the 25 years I have visited this place except you now cannot throw the peanut shells on the floor and they do charge you for the peanuts. Reliable enough hamburger joint in downtown EL.

Thank Staying_sane

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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?