Surviving and thriving

The Top 10 Restaurants of 2021 have persevered thanks to innovation, flexibility and great food.
Alpaca bowl, tostado and margarita from Donkey Taqueria Photo by Stacy Feyer-Salo

Editor’s note: This is an introduction to a 10-part series on the top 10 Grand Rapids restaurants for 2021.

For restaurants, the past year was tumultuous. They were forced to change their entire business model during the course of a week when the stay-at-home order was first put into place last March, then asked to reopen with capacity restrictions that lasted for months, and later forced to close again to indoor dining.

Grand Rapids Magazine wants to acknowledge all the restaurants in Grand Rapids that managed to keep their doors open through the past year; just doing that was quite a feat and worthy of recognition. But, these 10 restaurants particularly stood out for their innovation, flexibility and maintaining the quality and experience we’ve come to expect from them.

Grand Rapids Magazine is proud to present the Top 10 Restaurants of 2021 with its dining awards. Click the links below to find features on each restaurant.

Donkey Taqueria

Amore Trattoria Italiana


Mertens Prime

Field & Fire Café

Bistro Bella Vita

The Mitten Brewing Co.

Noco Provisions

Terra GR


This story can be found in the March 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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