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Reviewed December 1, 2022

This is one of our favorite restaurants. They have excellent breakfast and amazing service.! We will be back.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022 via mobile

I don't know why I waited so long to try this place! Now that I have tried it I am excited to go back and try more items on the menu! Our first experience was great! The service was amazing, everyone was welcoming and treated...us like valued Customers. The food was delicious! My food and I ordered tasted so fresh and I tried some of my husband's food and it tasted so fresh and delicious. This place is cash only, FYI.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022

We heard this was a top rated spot to eat!! I was Not impressed at all!! Atmosphere was Blah!! Wasn’t greeted at the door!! Sign said seat yourself!! Ordered the Omelette which was bland! Then when we went to pay we were informed they only...take cash or check!! ( Shady at Best) Whose Carrying cash?? Oh there is an ATM in back or 2 banks across the street!! 🤔🤦‍♀️ Will never go back!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2021 via mobile

It’s been about two years since we ate at the original Real Food on Eastern and it was excellent. Vanessa, our server, explained that the corned beef hash is made in house and they will prepare it to your liking. So I opted without onions...and however they create it was exceptional. The corned beef had a sweetness that Vanessa thinks maybe from the brine glazing. My partner had a Feta omelette that was loaded with cheese and veggies. As a note they do not take credit or debit cards, only cash or local checks.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2021 via mobile

We had a 15-20 minute wait but well worth it. So many options to pick from. No gluten free bread or wrap options but they have vegan and dairy free options.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 19, 2021 via mobile

Most of us expect generally the same thing from the breakfast place, but expect something fantastic at real food café. Everything was solid fresh, the bacon is crispy, and the cinnamon pancakes were pure evil delicious. Get out of Grand Rapids and come on over...here. You won’t be disappointed. Not one bit.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 12, 2021 via mobile

Very fresh and clean neighborhood diner with large portions , a nice pancake batter, thick but moist pancakes, Tuesday special ( available everyday) was about right portions. Kids loved the huge chocolate pancakes. Too bad no mugs or shirts for sale. Cash only.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 7, 2021

Impossible to say enough good things about this place. First time visit today, will return again and again. Service, price, food, clean, all leaps and bounds above all places in Grand Rapids.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

My husband and I traveled in from Texas and we’re looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast. We read previous reviews and decided this would be a spot for us. We ordered the veggie skillet hash and another veggie skillet hash with avocado and corn...beef added, without cheese. This meal might be the best breakfast meal I’ve had in my entire life! The flavors complimented one another amazingly well. The price was right and the service was exceptional!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 15, 2021 via mobile

This place has some of the best breakfast I have ever had. The portions were large and the staff was incredibly friendly! We went out first morning in town and it was so good that we went back the next morning. Between the two days,...we had the breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, farmer’s omelette, and Philly steak skillet. Every one of those items was great. We also tried their cinnamon roll and it was killer. Though we never had anything off of the lunch menu, it also looked great. I will definitely be going again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 13, 2021

The service was very good and professional. Server was attentive and helpful but did not push us to fill out information the restaurant wanted to collect but is an invasion of privacy if not unconstitutional to collect. Make a reservation and be advised that you'll...have to wait outside to be seated. The food was good as well- I had French toast and wife had an omelet. Portions were plentiful and came with all the trimmings. There were three large and thick slices to my French toast order so I did not go away hungry as one often can after some of the more skimpy French toast offerings I've experienced. Wife's omelet was large too. Very well-done on their part.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed July 31, 2020

Stopped by on a recent visit to Grand Rapids. Food was quite good with generous portions and friendly staff. Remember however, cash only.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

I have eaten here several times over the last few years. It consistently serves well-prepared food at fair prices. The staff is friendly. I would eat here at least once per week if I lived closer.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

We were visiting from out of town and wanted to try a non-chain restaurant for breakfast. We noticed the high ratings of Real Food Cafe on Tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. The large selelction of food was great, and the bakery display...showed off their enormous cinamon rolls. Their food choices were unique and made it difficult to decide what we wanted to eat (everything looked so good!). The food was AMAZING! I had the Irish Omelet and my sister had the Nutela French Toast. I would definetly make the trip back to eat there again. My only complaint is that the retaurant is CASH ONLY. They do provide an ATM in the location but it is still an inconvenience.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 28, 2020

The food is proportionate , simple, well prepared, and pleasing to your taste buds. This is a great place to work on your manuscript, new book, or big school paper.

Date of visit: September 2019
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There is limited on-street parking but shopping center lots nearby.
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The prices are midrange - breakfasts run around $6-9 each and the portions are large enough that my husband and I split a meal.
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REAL FOOD CAFE EASTERN AVE, Grand Rapids - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Real Food Cafe Eastern Ave offers takeout services.

Real Food Cafe Eastern Ave is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4