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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
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 their rewards program, and you get $20 off anytime during that month). I LOVE how... More 

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Thank Sussssy
Michigan
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93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The menu is unique and tasty. But we waited 20+ minutes for our lunch to arrive and the place was only 1/2 full.

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Thank screenname000
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

We when on a Thursday night and did not make a reservation so we had to sit in the bar. We had a hard time understanding the menu it was Not set up like most. We liked their salads and the entrées were good. We will try this place again!

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Thank susan W
Lowell, Michigan, United States
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017

There are literally hundred's of restaurant choices within a couple square miles of Marco's. But when we want to take someone out for a special evening Marco's never disappoints. And so it was again last night when the chair of my board was in town with her husband. I needed a restaurant I was sure would please, and chose Marco's.... More 

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Thank Bayboater9
Grand Rapids, MI
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178 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

We have never had a bad meal at this establishment. Fine food, gracious service and a homey atmosphere. I only ask that they consider adding vegetable sides as an option.

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Thank J&S
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017

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 

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Thank Mike W
Mark M, Owner at Marco New American Bistro, responded to this review

Mike- Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your dining experience at Marco. We so appreciate the kind words and thank Wayne for suggesting us! We look forward to seeing and serving you again soon. Thanks again and best wishes! More 

Towson, MD
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

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Thank CommunityCuisine
Hull, Massachusetts
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1,123 reviews
670 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
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.

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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349 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Norman M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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