Text: R. Collins
Located on the Grand River, with the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s whimsical 1928 Spillman Carousel room just across the water, the JW Marriott’s signature restaurant and destination lounge, Margaux, is a contemporary French bistro experience carrying inspired French cuisine in an upscale setting, with additional outdoor dining in fair weather.
Formerly the hotel’s six.one.six restaurant, Margaux is a farm-to-fork dining concept directly linked to one of Grand Rapids’ newer stay spots, with nut-free and vegan dish options, and a fresh, stylishly designed atmosphere complete with warm wood, custom lighting, and modern decor. Margaux is also committed to the concept of buying local—some ingredients come from its own garden—yet its wine selection, hand crafted cocktails, and culinary influences traverse the globe. Its name pays homage to the Margaux wine appellation in southern France, and the French countryside also helped inspire the interiors.
“Refined, warm and welcoming, Margaux is meant to appeal to the discerning diner who appreciates thoughtful cuisine in an unpretentious setting,” said Elle Wadel, the general manager of Margaux, in a press release from opening day. Approximately five months later, the comment still rings true.
On the menu, prices range from $3.00 oysters and $5.00 olive assortments on the appetizers side to red wine braised Short Rib Provençale in the entrees, with a caviar dish and chilled or hearth oven roasted seafood tower capping the “luxe” offerings, courtesy of Chef de Cuisine Caprice Mikel. While in the area, take some time to meander along the riverfront, or head upstairs to take in one-of-a-kind views of the city scape from the stylish jdek outdoor patio and bar.