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Eat Well and Enjoy Yourself!

Los Angeles, New York, and Miami may have the reputation, but Grand Rapids has it all—fun daytime activities and a vibrant nightlife set near a beautiful stretch of water—without the pretentiousness or cost of noisier, more crowded cities. Beer lovers, art aficionados, and culture seekers of all stripes converge on Grand Rapids, making it the perfect place to celebrate a new look from the Bengtson Center.

Our team put together a list of restaurants and area attractions to help you plan your stay. You'll have plenty to do before and after your procedure or treatment, but the best thing about Grand Rapids is how you can move at your own pace. Lie low and recuperate with a gourmet meal in your room or hit the town once you've had a chance to rest and recover.

  • Call the Bengtson Center at 616.588.8880 for more details or help with planning.



  • Bistro Bella Vita

  • Local farmers provide the fresh ingredients that go into each Mediterranean dish here.
    44 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids • (616) 222-4600

  • Osteria Rossa

  • Italian-inspired recipes include produce and more sourced from the area.
    16 Monroe Center NE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids • (616) 988-9350


  • Maru Sushi

  • These talented chefs aim to use organic vegetables and wild-caught fish.
    927 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids • (616) 458-1900

  • Ju Sushi

  • Go beyond sushi to find Japanese entrees in an upscale lounge atmosphere.
    1144 E Paris Ave. SE, Suite 9, Grand Rapids • (616) 575-5858

American Cuisine

  • The Chop House

  • USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, and wine combine for a delicious experience.
    190 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids • (616) 451-6131

  • Bonefish Grille

  • A celebration of seafood, Bonefish also offers decadent Sunday brunches.
    1100 E Paris, Grand Rapids • (616) 949-7861

  • Ruth's Chris Steak House

  • Hand-selected beef seared to perfection is the hallmark of this popular establishment.
    187 Monroe Ave. NW, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids • (616) 776-6426


  • Sanchez Bistro

  • Enjoy tapas with a Mediterranean focus in an artsy atmosphere.
    38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids • (616) 774-8272

  • Luna

  • The Midwest meets Latin America with an eye for flavor and sustainability.
    64 Ionia Ave SW, suite 100, Grand Rapids • (616) 288-6340

Microbrewers Specialty

Grand Rapids is the microbrewing capital of the United States!

  • Founders Brewing

  • Sample specialty brews in a taproom with a laid-back vibe.
    235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids • (616) 776-1195

  • HopCat

  • The mantra here is “great beer,” which drives everything they do.
    25 Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids • (616) 451-4677

  • Perrin

  • The focus at Perrin is quality and consistency, with food that complements the beers.
    5910 Comstock Park Drive, Comstock Park • (616) 551-1957

  • Brewery Vivante

  • Vivante draws from the Belgian tradition in a space with an Old World aesthetic.
    925 Cherry St., Grand Rapids • (616) 719.1604

Farm to Table Dining

  • The Grove

  • Get a seasonal spin on local, sustainable, responsibly sourced cuisine.
    919 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids • (616) 454-1000

  • The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

  • Comfort food from around the world finds a home with a casual atmosphere.
    187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids • (616) 776-3230

  • Greenwell

  • The high-quality, eclectic menu is as green and locally sourced as possible.
    924 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids • (616) 808-3566

Wine and Cheese

  • The Reserve

  • Find an emphasis on the relationship between wine and food and the story they tell.
    201 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids • (616) 855-9463


Art Prize

Each fall, downtown Grand Rapids fills to the brim with artists, art lovers, and—of course—art itself, crowding buildings and streets. With 400,000 annual attendees, this is literally the most-attended art event in the world and a must-see for fans of beauty, aesthetics, and thought-provoking conversations.

Frederik Meijer Gardens

An outdoor horticulture and sculpture garden, this venue changes with the seasons to reveal stunning and surprising interactions between nature and art. Guests are welcome to explore the 158 acres of beauty at their leisure.
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids • 1-888-957-1580

Grand Rapids Art Museum

This venue focuses on art, design, and creativity, housing an ever-changing collection of paintings, prints, installations, and more, as well as frequent concerts.
101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids • (616) 831-1000

Grand Rapids Symphony

Since 1930, the world-class Grand Rapids Symphony has provided live music to audiences large and small, currently performing in one form or another more than 400 times a year. Material ranges from classical to pop.
300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, Grand Rapids • (616)-454-9451, Ext. 4

VanAndel Arena

From sports events to live concerts and other forms of entertainment, there’s always something to see at VanAndel Arena. Visit the site to see a full list of upcoming events.
130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids • (616) 742-6600

Looking for more? Check out Experience Grand Rapids for an in-depth look at everything this hidden gem of a city has to offer.

  • We're here to help! Contact us at the Bengtson Center in Grand Rapids with any questions you may have about the doctor, the practice, the city, or something we can do to make your visit more comfortable. Call 616.588.8880.
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