In the heart of the city’s hotel district, The Chop House Grand Rapids and its dessert and cigar bar, La Dolce Vita, steadfastly remain a downtown destination for celebrating special occasions in luxury and style. The Chop House, which is located across from the Amway Grand Plaza hotel and the DeVos Performance Hall, was inspired by plush hotel restaurants of the 1940s, with a dining room dressed in elegant accents like marble and ornate gas lamps. The menu is equally as refined, with premium midwestern USDA prime beef selections, high-grade sea fare, and extensive liquor and wine selections creating pairings to remember in each section of the menu.
In the appetizers, seared beef tenderloin tips paired with horseradish cream and brioche toast foreshadows nine steak selections in the entrees, and the table-pleasing seafood platter—filled with shrimp, fresh lobster meat, oysters, tuna tartare, and jumbo lump blue crab—introduces hearty sea fare entrees like the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass and Pan Seared Diver Scallops. The menu’s greener interlude includes, fresh classic salads like the Caesar and Wedge, with protein-packed additions like the Kale and Quinoa Salad or the Chop House Chopped Salad and its grilled tenderloin and roasted potato medley dressed in a cabernet demi glacé. The Chop House also offers a bonus for the most universal celebration of all: birthdays. The restaurant’s Birthday Meal Deal can knock up to 50 percent off food items from the final bill, but don’t forget a generous tip—or to utilize the deal on the actual day.
After dinner, head down to La Dolce Vita to enjoy fresh gourmet desserts like strawberry shortcake or peanut butter bars hand made by The Chop House’s pastry chef; or nestle into the wine cellar to enjoy vintage ports, signature martinis, and fine cognacs, or premium hand-rolled cigars from a diverse onsite collection. For those looking to enjoy something savory at The Chop House before the sun goes down, happy hour offers “wine of the day” pours and signature cocktails like The Chop House Manhattan or martini and the Roasted Almond—a rich blend of vodka, Kahlua, Amaretto, and cream—for $5 each.
Visit thechophousegrandrapids.com to reserve your table.
Photography courtesy: The Chop House Grand Rapids