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Marco New American Bistro Restaurant

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884 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2326
+1 616-942-9100
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank-you Wayne (who we met at the Chop House) for referring us to this new gem. We called and got last minute reservations for Valentine's Day for two and I couldn't have wished for a better experience. Michael our waiter was engaging, fun, energetic and made the evening special. We got to talk with an amazing local couple who has... More 

Thank Mike W
Towson, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The four of us went (two couples) and had a nice time. Two of us ordered the risotto which was not done right - but everything else was good and so we didn't say anything. When the owner/manager came to our table at the end and asked us about the meal, we said the place was nice but the risotto... More 

Thank CommunityCuisine
Hull, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to eat at a non chain. So we decided to try this location. The service was good. But the food was mixed. The squab souped was liked by my wife, the Caesar was OK, the pizza fell short and my schnitzel was good. The Spetzle was AMAZING. Overall an expensive dinner for so so experience.

Thank Edelan
Cypress, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

I was here a year ago and completely forgot about the restaurant. We were looking for somewhere for dinner and found this on TripAdvisor. As soon as we pulled up, I remembered that we enjoyed a meal here before and was looking forward to dining here. As soon as we stepped in, the same lady was there to greet us... More 

Thank Norman M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

We love Marco! The food is always fantastic, the monthly dinner for two is such a wonderful deal with amazingly delicious options (this month the rainbow trout was incredible!), the ambiance is cozy with everything being clean and tidy, and the servers are the best. And, we love that it's not a chain - but family owned and operated!

Thank DawnandMichael1984
Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Based on the terrific reviews and web search on Marco American Bistro, two of us extended a trip to Ludington into Grand Rapids for a birthday dinner for my companion. Because we had taken the ferry, we knew we would be arriving at Marco after 9:30. We called ahead, and the restaurant said they would still seat and serve us!... More 

Thank AquatenniiaT
Wayland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

I'd highly recommend Marco's. A friend recently told me it was one of his favorite GR restaurants, and he was certainly spot on! (Thanks Mario!) We were greeted warmly when we entered, placed at a nice window table, and assigned to a waiter named Jim. Jim was a great guy....laid back, attentive, and just plain comfortable. Without his encouragement, I... More 

Thank Skipper4888
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We are regulars at Marco and keep coming back. It's Grand Rapids best kept secret, an excellent place to enjoy dinner after a long week. The food is always great and the service as well. The specials menu changes up and offers creative options. My favorites are the halibut with mushroom ravioli and the salmon, my hubby loves the walleye... More 

Thank Nancy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

I don't always review local restaurants that I visit with some frequency but the good ones deserve attention and none more so than Marco. The cozy atmosphere, attentive service, excellent drinks create a nice vibe. The food is always great from the meltingly tender crab cakes (with delectable sweet potato hash) to the filet with a wonderful sauce and gratin.... More 

Thank Scott H
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

"The Marco experience combines fresh food, imaginatively prepared, with experienced and well-trained servers. I especially appreciate the fact that there is no loud music to interfere with conversation. And I like the visual impressions of the decor. I have come to Marco with people of college age, and people in their 80's. All have enjoyed themselves."

Thank PhyllisVA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
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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