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Founders Brewing Co.

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$$ - $$$
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235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
+1 616-776-1195
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate and drank on the outdoor patio. It was a cool day, but the wind was blocked by the building and it was quite comfortable. Our server was great. He recommended some beers for the ladies as requested. He was spot on. We ordered food after the drinks. The wait was reasonable based on the number of people on... More 

Thank 725chuck
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great beer... service was so poor. In Grand Rapids, we first walked to Hopcat Brewery for a beer and then down to Founders for (hopefully) some dinner. So the place is nice, huge, and well-appointed with several indoor and outdoor spots for food, drink, and fun. We had a super nice tap jockey for the beer flights we ordered. It... More 

Thank DanaSanderson
Hudsonville, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't even like beer but have enjoyed coming here with friends. Food was good. I liked the raspberry type beer. I would recommend it to my friends staff is always friendly.

Thank Kathryn N
Superior, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came in with co-workers for some beer and chow. Everyone seemed to like their choices. The service was spotty, but maybe we just don't get it - since they definitely have an unusual way of taking orders, payments, and everything else. Different, but we all liked it.

Thank Barry D
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food and beer are both really good. It is the service that is weird. You have to stand in line at a window to order and then go to pick it up when it is done. I would much rather have a waitress or waiter.

Thank timnawrocki
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

They have beer. Big. Loud. Affordable. Not first-date friendly, but perfect for celebrating your 3rd marriage with your college buddies. Accommodates large parties with ease. Not my style, but, hey, I like beer so sacrifices must be made sometimes. Food is unmemorable, but filling.

Thank Alex A
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love to eat and drink at Founders when we visit GR. Beer good as usual and had a fantastic sandwich called the Glutton. The only negative about the place is everyone else loves it to and it can be hard to find a seat.

Thank dexter5
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to Founders for dinner after Artprize. Their beers are a local and even national favorite, although not my favorite of our local craft brews. The array of different types is wide enough to please nearly anyone, with solid quality and good flavors. Their menu is sandwiches on the upscale side and some good appetizers. My pork and slaw... More 

Thank inkthumb
Stevensville, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived in town for a concert and walked to Founders to find out the 13th Annual Harvest Fest was happening. Great atmosphere as always, there were 4 live bands and lots of people. Beer was outstanding and we highly recommend to anyone looking for a good time.

Thank Ron W
Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very fun place with indoor and outdoor seating. Beer menu is extensive and you have the opportunity to taste brews that aren't on the market for purchase. We were there mid afternoon and it had a great mix of friend groups and young families. great gift shop too!

Thank PookieBoston

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $12
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-776-1195
Overlooking the brewing facilities, our Taproom allows customers a look into where the beer magic happens. It’s a great testing ground for us, and on any particular day you will find numerous products on draft available only at Founders. The unique offering of specialty beers, the laid back atmosphere, and thrice-weekly live music has helped to make our Taproom a staple in the Grand Rapids community and a destination for travelers.

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