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For more than 25 years, Butch TerHaar has strived to create a place where people can celebrate the marriage of food and drink. Today, Butch's is one of fewer than 800 restaurants worldwide (and one of 10 in Michigan) to hold Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. Building on our exceptional wine and beer offerings, our menu is expressly designed to enhance the experience of enjoying food and drink together.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Contemporary, Gastropub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has become our "go to" for a special meal when we are in Holland. The food options are just right for a fine dining establishment, offering fish, chicken and steak. The service is very attentive and I enjoyed the ambience of sitting at the...window, looking out on downtown Holland.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 5, 2023

My girlfriends and I had a terrible experience at Butch Downstairs SpeakEasy in Holland, MI, this weekend. This restaurant profiles patrons and has established a process to deter people of color. On our initial visit on Friday, 11/3, the receptionist stated that the bar was...“understaffed” and not taking guests. We did not think twice. We all agreed we would try again the following evening. Saturday, 11/4, arrived, and one of our group members called 3 minutes before arriving at the restaurant and asked if they were open, for how long, and if they were taking walk-ins. We were told emphatically yes and to make our way over. When we arrived 3 minutes later, we received the same notice that they were “understaffed” and not open. This type of blatant profiling is disgusting and unfortunate. I am doing my public service so that other people of color are not faced with the same ignorance and bigotry when attempting to patronize Butch Downstairs SpeakEasy. At this point, we had no desire to support this establishment and enjoyed Obstacle, a delightful, well-managed, knowledgeable, and pleasantly staffed SpeakEasy. Regardless of your cultural persuasion, if you are looking to invest and condone practices of profiling and ignorance, Butch is your kind of establishment, and if not, pick a different dining experience. Do better, Holland, MI.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Bruce TerHaar, Owner at Butch's Dry Dock, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2024

Dear cherylbM2643EP, We are deeply sorry to hear about the experience you and your girlfriends had at Butch’s and our Ondergrond Speakeasy. Please accept our sincere apologies for the confusion and discomfort you felt during your visit. At Butch's, we pride ourselves on creating an...More

Reviewed November 3, 2023

I had been told about this place by my colleague and it did not disappoint. The staff are brilliant and wish I had got the gentleman name that was so lovely to us . Best food I had eaten in a long time will come...again and again thank you for having usMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed August 11, 2023

We came here on our anniversary hoping for a romantic night out with delicious food but the appetizers were very ho-hum so we decided to skip dinner and head elsewhere.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed August 7, 2023

Delicious food options....truly enjoyed the scallops and shrimp pasta. Butch actually came around and greeted our party and wished my sister a happy birthday. He offered to put in a phone call for us to hangout at a bar...just that extra service was a bonus.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 3, 2023

The server, Erin, was great. The menu was better than the food. My Chili fish was plain and had a few bones in it. The rice with it was excruciatingly bland--I doubt it was even cooked with a sprinkling of salt. The asparagus was huge--I...prefer the small tender shoots--and wasn't a salad, as advertised. There were a total of two peanut halves in the dish. My partner had the shrimp spaghetti and wasn't impressed. It was served with two small slices of baguette--not near enough to sop up the thin sauce. Can't recommend this place.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2023 via mobile

We started off badly when they lost, then later found, our reservation. The martini was odd: something was off somehow. The sourdough bread was great, as was my kale salad. But the grilled chicken I added to it was cold and dry. I expected a...marinated, hot off the grill, breast half. The sole vegetarian entree was not really very tasty. I don’t think there were shy California whites on the wine list by the glass, despite their Wine Spectator awards. Service was fine. It was not the special evening I expected.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 1, 2023

Everything about it is excellent! The seating next to the window, the incredibly friendly, professional staff and incredibly delicious food!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 13, 2023 via mobile

I worked in Holland for 4 days a week from 2010 to 2016 and ate at Butch’s frequently during that time. We were in Holland over the weekend and decided to dine at Butch’s since it was one of our favorites. I had a Jungle...Bird cocktail which was great. We were dining with another couple and we ordered two plates of scallops which were excellent. In the past, they used to have a scallops entree but now it is only available as an appetizer. I had the grilled hanger steak and my wife had the shrimp spaghetti, both were really good. I had the hanger steak years ago and it’s just as great as it was before. We were really happy that Butch’s remains a great place for dinner in Holland. The staff are still very friendly and all have pleasant personalities. I highly recommend this place if you are in Holland. Make a reservation a few days early or you may be waiting for a table. There is plenty of street parking available.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 14, 2023 via mobile

We recently dined at Butch’s with a large family group that included 2 toddlers. The atmosphere, and service were exemplary. The food was so-so. Our server was prompt, cheerful and professional. She was extremely understanding of the toddlers in our group. My Tanqueray martini was...sublime, as was the butternut squash soup with ginger. In fact, it was the highlight of the meal. My entrée was kind of a disappointment. My husband’s Caesar salad wasn’t very tasty, it was bland. My Parmesan breaded chicken was over cooked & dry. The dish just barely met the description of being accompanied by artichoke hearts & lemon. The description sounded so delicious, so I was disappointed to see a couple of limp, canned artichoke hearts & a sad lemon slice. I would have only given a 3 rating, but the service, martini & soup brought it up to a 4. It is quite pricey.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 30, 2023

My wife and I ordered a dinner salad that was supposed to contain, among other items, honey crisp apple. The salad was very small and contained no apple but instead mandarin orange slices that tasted like they came out of a can from the grocery...store. My wife added chicken to her salad and it was dry and tasteless. The price was in no way consistent with the either the quantity or quality of the salad. I would never eat there again. I never paid so much for so little at a restaurant. I need to add that the server did her job well and was attentive to our needs.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed February 5, 2023

Butch’s is an institution in Holland. The food is always terrific and they have an outstanding wine selection. He servers are pleasant and knowledgeable.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

The service was great but food was very average and not worth the price. This was very disappointing to us because this used be such a great place.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022

Steak served cold. Worst experience ever. Been to many steak houses, Bowdies , Ruth Chris, with great service. Will never return to Butches. Don’t go you will be disappointed!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022 via mobile

Pros: Attentive service Ambiance Quality of the food & drinks Requested & received vegetable substitution Cons: 40 minute wait for food (6pm on a Tuesday, not many people when we arrived). Value: complementary bread & butter during the long wait would have been nice. Customary...to receive a small dessert at the end of a celebratory dinner.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Missy Y
February 15, 2020|
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The food is great as well as the service, definitely a very nice night out
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Hello, We do have many gluten free options on our menu. We cater to people with Celiac disease often, so, if you are looking for a restaurant with those types of options we are the right place!
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Yes, Butch's Dry Dock offers takeout services.

Butch's Dry Dock is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5