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“The Sunday Brunch has really fallen”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Charley's Crab

Charley's Crab
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Ranked #84 of 925 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fulton
Zeeland, Michigan
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Sunday Brunch has really fallen”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

In years past, Charley's Crab has had the best Sunday Brunch in GR. But, our most recent experience was shockingly bad. The food was dried out and not very fresh. The Prime Rib was rare to the point of being raw and the server for the prime rib was rude and impatient. The plates at the buffet were soaking wet...not damp...puddled with water. To top it off, the buffet no longer includes ANY drinks whatsoever...not even pop/tea/coffee. I can understand if they wanted to eliminate expensive juices, but the price is still the same...and no pop/coffee/tea???

The one good thing about our experience was our wonderful waiter. He went out of his way to accomodate our son with a milk allergy.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Average Thanksgiving Meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

My parents, brother, and myself, had Thanksgiving Brunch at this restaurant. I had the pleasure of speaking to Chef Eric a few days prior, as my dad and brother are diabetic, and I wanted to make sure that there was enough food that they could eat. Eric took 15 minutes out of his busy schedule, to let me know everything that was being served. My dad and brother had plenty to eat. A few issues that happened: Since my parents use walkers, and can't walk long distances, I requested that we be seated as close to the ramp as possible, as if they walk long distances, they become out of breath. This request was not met, as we were seated towards the far back of the restaurant. Requested a server that we know, and that was not met either, although his tables were right behind ours. He kept checking on us, but our server, didn't come back too often to clear plates or offer more coffee. There was no signage on the cold salad area or the dessert buffet, so if you have any dietary concerns, you have to search for someone to ask. The biggest concern was that the chafing dish lids were always kept open, so by the time we got back to our table, the hot food was cold. The food that we had tasted good. The cooks must have gotten salt happy, as the dressing was unable to be eaten, as it was so salty.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Robin T
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Spring Lake, Michigan
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Wonderful food and great atmosphere. We choose this as a place to go when we have special occasions - only because it is a far drive from home. Their Sunday buffet is the best around by far!

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Rhonda L
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Grand Rapids, MI
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We ate two of their autumn specials. They were both excellent and we had a great view of the Grand River. Excellent service also.

Visited November 2012
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1 Thank mamabair
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Holland, Michigan
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very eye popping view from just about anywhere in the resturant. The river runs right along side. Relaxing and the food is great. Happy hour is just that. Not you average crab shack. Walking distance from the center of Grand Rapids. Great parking also.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank HeresToUs
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