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Marco New American Bistro Restaurant

884 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2326
+1 616-942-9100
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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884 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2326
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

If you want a quiet place to dine with good food this is a great choice. Went as a group of 5 and we all liked our meals and drinks. I got the walleye and it was very good, the fries were good and my...More

2  Thank GrannyTammy01
Mark M, Owner at Marco New American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to make us aware of your dining experience. We greatly appreciate your feedback and business. We hope to see and serve you again soon! P.S. Our Caesar dressing is a traditional version which includes an anchovy paste....More

Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

I really look forward to coming to this location that is absolutely a joy to come to ,a place that gets everything right from the small details to the environment to the attitude of the staff. This was the very first time I had meal...More

Thank Anne J
Mark M, Owner at Marco New American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Hello Anne! Thank you for taking the time to make us aware of your experience. Please know that we always want our guests to leave happy! I'm sorry the dish was not up to our normal high standards - we would have happily replaced your...More

Reviewed August 15, 2017

Marco's food is consistently good. Real food, homemade, done well. The interior is in terrible need of renovation, just super dated; it's got a senior citizen following so go a little later than early bird to miss the crowd. Believe it or not, it has...More

1  Thank Emily H
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere with tables arranged at good distances, fairly elegant, inviting. Service friendly and competent. Menu divided into Small, Medium and Large dishes...a small and a medium probably equalled a large. The salads were good, calamari OK, lobster roll was terrific. The menu offers enough...More

1  Thank Karen P
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We have been here many times- it's always been good The owner is here to make sure it's being done right The burger is the best in town Reserve if possible on weekends Ask about the Diner for Two

1  Thank Ralph H
Reviewed June 27, 2017

Stopped in for Lunch ...not really sure what he rave is about but hera they have great pizzas - which i did not order. The Southwest Salad was anything but Special - rather soggy with a wild combination of random flavors. the Steak on top...More

Thank Ingrid R
Reviewed June 25, 2017

The walleye is amazing. My husband had halibut cheeks. We are tourists from New England and have never had such wonderful tasting seafood ;done with careful and beautiful preparation.Great service and we were made to feel very special. We were staying in Kentwood near Cascade...More

Thank Betsey O
Mark M, Owner at Marco New American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Hello Betsey! Wanted to thank you for the kind review. We do hope if you're in the Grand Rapids area again you'll stop in to visit. Best wishes and take care!

Reviewed June 25, 2017

We love Marco's. The food is consistently great and the service and friendliness of the staff is excellent. The menu is unique and there is something to suit every taste.

1  Thank Paula H
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

This is the second time we've eaten here in a couple months and it is consistently good. Great service, awesome menu choices and nice wine list. We had beet salads from the Tuesday Tapas menu and they were really fresh and tasty. Then we had...More

Thank Hope S
Mark M, Owner at Marco New American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Hello Hope! Not sure how I missed this but wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your kind words and value your business. Looking forward to seeing and serving you again soon! Thank you!

Reviewed May 25, 2017

There are hundreds of restaurants within 15 minutes of our house--every type, every ethnicity. Marco's is the one we always choose to have a casual dining experience, not just to go "out-to-eat", and we go to there for every special occasion. (Become a member of...More

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Yes we do have a children's menu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2326
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-942-9100
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Since 2002, award-winning Marco Bistro has been the neighborhood bistro in Grand Rapids. Chef Mark McNamara and his staff prepare a seasonal menu featuring regional American and European cuisine, all hand made, using the finest ingredients, sourced locally when available. Complemented by gracious service, a full bar, engaging wine list and a quaint, comfortable atmosphere, there is nothing else quite like it in Grand Rapids. "Marco excels in everything fine dining is about: attentive service, an exceptional and singular menu, a solid selection of wines and beers and a relaxed-but-not-noisy atmosphere that caters as much to diners inclined to dress up as well as those in the mood to wear jeans." - Grand Rapids Press, May 2005 "Marco Bistro is a hidden gem in Grand Rapids... It fills a much-needed void: food done very well. Chef Mark McNamara can cook, and he could be the most underrated chef in Grand Rapids. One thing I have learned from all my travels is to listen to what the locals have to say - whether it is in Bangkok, Mumbai, San Francisco or Cascade. My nearby friends are 100 percent correct that they have a gem in Marco New American Bistro. Count me in as a new fan." - George Aquino, Grand Rapids Press, September 2011 2010 & 2008 Award of Excellence, New American Dining - Grand Rapids Magazine Marco Bistro has been consecutively honored with the "Highest Level Award in Upscale Dining" from the Best Independent Restaurants association.
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