Graydon's Crossing

Graydon's CrossingGraydon's Crossing
Graydon's CrossingGraydon's Crossing
Bar, Eatery

1223 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505-4903
United States

(616) 726-8260 | map
graydonscrossing.com

Notes: Every Thursday at 5pm, a new cask is tapped.
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.32
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
35
pDev:
9.03%
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Reviews by GRPunk:
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GRPunk from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to Graydon's Crossing for an early dinner on Friday night on one of these really warm fall evenings and enjoyed the second floor deck.

The atmosphere seemed really nice. I didn't get the full effect of the bar and inside dining areas as I chose the enjoy the great weather on the upper deck. The lower deck area was nicely sheilded from the road and parking lot by a high fence and the upper deck was situated to minimize any street noise. From what I did see of the inside, it was tastefully decorated with a lot of wood finish.

The quality of the actual building, food, and beer was top notch. Everything was very clean, including the taste of the beer. I didn't get any "off" flavors from unclean tap lines.

Service was good. We were seated and had our drink orders taken quickly. Our server gave honest food recommendations and seemed, at least, familiar with the tap and bottled beer offerings.

Selection was great. As was the theme of the restaurant, they had a great selection of English, Irish, and Scottish beers as well as many local and regional favorites, many national microbrews (a bunch of European Imports were also thrown in for good measure). They also had what seemed to be an extensive wine and mixed drink list.

The food was also English, Irish, and Scottish as well as many Indian items. Some customers across from us were questioning the inclusion of Indian food on the menu, but it made sense to me. There were many appetizer options and it's my understanding that the seasonal menu changes quite regularly.

As for value, it wasn't the cheapest place in the world, but still a good value. Our entrees were under $15 each and I was still very impressed with the quality of the food.

Overall- This will be a new favorite of mine. I was able to have a spicy curry dish, while my wife played it a little safer with a pork entree. I was also able to try a Sam's Imperial Pilsner, while she enjoyed a New Holland pumpkin beer on tap. It wasn't too busy for an early dinner and I didn't have to break the bank while still ordering appetizers, entrees, and multiple quality brews.

Oct 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

May 16, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Very good beer bar with 40 or so taps of exceptional beer. Awesome Michigan craft beers, some English classics (it’s a British soccer bar), and a few around the country crafts- I had a Jai Alai for the first time in a couple years. Plus, they had Founders KBS AND CBS on tap, because, you know, you have to have both. Food was pretty good. European style burger and fries with aioli mayonnaise was good. Good brunch menu with tons of mixed drinks and wine too. Great place to watch a soccer game.

Jan 26, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 14, 2018
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Oct 05, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

May 09, 2017
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Bethaz83 from Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jun 05, 2016
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Billydoughnuts from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 02, 2016
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jmiah22 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Aug 27, 2015
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MSEGUIN from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Mar 05, 2015
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EricTKole from Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Oct 14, 2014
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Kave_Drenz

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

Sep 09, 2014
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snansel from Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 06, 2014
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JakeEngland from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 13, 2014
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BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jun 10, 2014
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beertasterb from Michigan

3/5  rDev -30.6%

May 19, 2014
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LiberateTeExInferis from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 18, 2013
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GRBLUE12 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 01, 2013
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todd-roy from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Oct 26, 2013
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MSandahl23 from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Oct 09, 2013
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sneakymagician from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer list is a bound book. If you can't find something you like, you don't like beer. I love the Hideout Smuggler's Hazelnut Stout.

The food is great! The celery taste actually pops in the au jus. I had a burger there, recently, and I'll definitely order it again. Normally some cheeses don't go well with beer, but the blend of tastes in the burger went well with the stout.

I've been there several times and parking is always easy to find, beside the building. It never seems to be busy, which I find odd. It's a nice, subdued place to eat and have a few beers. Unlike most places, you can actually converse here, without having to raise your voice.

I'll be back again, soon.

UPDATE: Been having the Drunken Cow Burger, lately - highly recommended! Parking is much harder to come by, unless you park on the street.

Nov 14, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Wednesday night and the place was almost empty. Atmosphere would likely be even better on a busier night.

Still a good experience. Overall a good beer bar that was somewhat upscale. Service was good and was friendly.

Tap list was very good and had a good variety of breweries and styles, including a lot of Michigan locals and out of state beers. Taps included Founders, DFH, Dark Horse and others. Good bottle list too.

Did not have any food to comment on the food.

Prices were also reasonable on both pints and pitchers.

Aug 10, 2012
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Final stop on a recent trip to Grand Rapids with nicktbm and our better halves.

Atmosphere: classic and pristine British pub, long wooden bar, numerous comfy booths, tap handles loom over the restaurant area, chalkboard shows all draught and cask offerings, hilarious posters in the washrooms, table-side lamps add a unique touch.

Service: staff seemed a bit withdrawn on this lazy Sunday afternoon but our waitress did a commendable job of describing the beers and everything arrived in reasonable time. She also gave us plenty of privacy in between drinks.

Selection: had an Arcadia Whitsun Wheat Ale with Hibiscus on cask and a North Peak Diabolical IPA out of the bottle. Both beers were in top form and my girlfriend enjoyed her pint of Delirium Tremens. Other standouts were Avery 18th Anniversary Ale, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Ommegang Belgian Saison, and Lagunitas IPA on tap. Very well-rounded menu.

Food: remarkable fare that exceeded our expectations. Ordered the House Salad, Chicken Tikka Masala, Bangalore Quesadilla, and Mackinaw Island Fudge, all of which were phenomenal. Each dish had an immaculate presentation and the free papadum was a nice surprise. They really nail the "England meets India" theme.

Overall: Graydon's is an archetype British pub that I will gladly revisit on future trips to the city. The attention to detail - from the pairing suggestions to the food descriptions to the style classifications on the beer list - is second to none. I highly recommend this bar.

Dec 27, 2011
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Flux from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really nice British/Indian infusion pub. I've been here a couple times before.

Atmosphere is pretty casual and laid back. I've been at both the bar and at the tables and have had great service. Although i've heard they went downhill after the fire, I haven't had much of a problem...

The selection is great! They have quite a bit of beers both on tap and in bottles. Servers actually know a thing or two about the beer on tap and keep up on updating their menu of what's available. They also have some really interesting blends where they combine beer and meads into interesting concoctions.

Food is pretty good! I'm glad they are making an effort to construct a well rounded menu based upon British and Indian cuisine and not just typical "bar food" fare.

This is a place to go to for both food and beer!

Oct 01, 2011
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brew4health from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere is good, very English pub-like with lots of warm dark wood. They have tables and booths and of course a large bar. This was a refreshing change after going to a local brewery with an atmosphere much like a high school cafeteria.

The beer selection is very good. They have 48 beers on tap from all over the country and some imports. Regional beers are well represented. Most beers are served in pint glasses with the "big beers" offered in 12 ounce tulips or brandy snifters. Prices are reasonable, mostly $4 to $5 per glass with some as high as $8 when I visited (2/26/11). I particularly appreciate the fact that they have many obscure and hard-to-find beers. The bartender was very attentive. The staff is knowledgeable about the beers as are most of the patrons. All are happy to discuss beers and recommend their favorites. Beer samples are available on a sliding scale price which varies from $2 to $3 per sample. In addition, they have a large selection of bottled beer on hand.

I did not eat dinner there but found the appetizers adequate.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will stop there whenever I am in the neighborhood.

Mar 03, 2011
Graydon's Crossing in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 35 ratings