Brewery Vivant

Brewery, French Restaurant, and Beer Garden$$$$
East Hills, Grand Rapids
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  • Brennan M.
    "duck nachos & root beer float with house made vanilla bean ice cream"(15 Tips)
    Jesse H.
    "I love the beer... Triomphe is my favorite/go to beer."(6 Tips)
    John L.
    "If the Big Red Coq is on tap, you must partake!"(5 Tips)
    Darryl W.
    "Duck confit nachos were great, loved the Undertaker beer."(4 Tips)
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  • David R.
    David RichardsOctober 8, 2017
    Mmmmmm...BEER
  • Charles S.
    Charles ScatesOctober 7, 2017
    Food and beer are awesome! Love the atmosphere aswell.
    Upvoted Nov 10, 2017
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WaggonerSeptember 12, 2017
    Beautiful brewery featuring church architecture and a strong selection of craft beers. Several different seating areas available and an outdoor patio.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BradleyAugust 3, 2017
    Duck confit nachos are rich, but phenomenal and unique.
  • Timothy P.
    Timothy PutmanFebruary 24, 2017
    Great beers, great atmosphere, a little more upscale food choices than your typical brewery. Different seating choices...bar, booths, long shareable tables. Everything has a woody, ski-lodge feel.
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrJanuary 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Poutine. Diff gravies most very night. Great specials. Food rocks. Beer is damn good. Belgian.
  • Danni
    DanniJanuary 1, 2017
    This is absolutely spectacular Belgian-style microbrewery. Don't miss their poutine to accompany your beer!
  • Thomas D.
    Thomas DuebnerDecember 31, 2016
    Unique atmosphere, cozy, great burgers, great beer.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FisherOctober 2, 2016
    Ben is awesome! Tip your bartenders!!! Super knowledgeable!!
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirSeptember 19, 2016
    they have bone marrow and all the big fat beers!
  • Paul R.
    Paul RetherfordSeptember 17, 2016
    Great beer and food. A bit pricey, but a cool spot.
  • Danni
    DanniSeptember 1, 2016
    Loved duck nachos here. Freshly fried nachos with brie cream sauce tastes rich and delicious!
  • Nitesh K.
    Nitesh KumarAugust 17, 2016
    Triomphe is the go to one.Actual Belgian monastery like place.
  • Brennan M.
    Brennan MarieJune 25, 2016
    incase you're not in the mood for beer, the duck nachos & root beer float with house made vanilla bean ice cream is amazing!
  • Richard B.
    Richard BellenbaumJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer and great food with a great vibe.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJune 2, 2016
    Absolutely fantastic! Brought my Belgian sister-in-law here. The food and beers were simply amazing. Holds its own against any institution in Europe and America! Trust the staff's recommendations!
  • Tabitha B.
    Tabitha Boyce ©May 23, 2016
    The Duck Nachos are amazing!
  • Brenda C.
    Brenda CaulfieldMay 14, 2016
    Fussy Dutchman beer was surprising and delicious! Amazing waffle
  • Jordan
    JordanMay 5, 2016
    The bar is inside of an old church and has a very cozy feel to it. The rotating list of beers is Belgian and French focused.
  • Evelyn S.
    Evelyn Samayoa-TothApril 1, 2016
    Mon night bring your own Stein/ any size & get it filled for $5 Rocks!!!
  • Lolo ❤.
    This place is quickly becoming my fav. It's a must! Try the Sticky Love, they used 40 lbs of carmel to make it.
  • Darryl W.
    Darryl WancourMarch 13, 2016
    Duck confit nachos were great, loved the Undertaker beer.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RichMarch 5, 2016
    Best beer in East Town. Try the duck nachos!
  • JR M.
    JR MullerMarch 4, 2016
    Awesome Beers and Amazing Food!
  • ikach
    ikachJanuary 29, 2016
    Yup...so this is the Washbasin everyone's been talking about. Meh
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RoachDecember 31, 2015
    Pretzels and Cheese Dip. Yum.
  • Wes K.
    Wes KelleyNovember 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer and frites
  • the Lala
    the LalaNovember 13, 2015
    If you’re looking for the ultimate ambiance, this is it. Set in a former chapel, you’ll never encounter anything like it. The brewery is masked by old masonry with a bell tower to go along with it. Read more
  • Matt R.
    Matt RichNovember 6, 2015
    Duck nachos. Big Red Coq
  • Andy R.
    Andy RitterOctober 31, 2015
    Craft beer has always been good. Appetizers - olives, beer cheese. Poutine was good.
  • Joel W.
    Joel WescottOctober 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Belgian style beers in a Belgian style Abbey. Big Red Coq is fun to say and drink.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RichOctober 6, 2015
    Duck nachos are fantastic but always share with friends they are very rich
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioSeptember 14, 2015
    Phenomenal beer and a cool atmosphere. The brewery is a converted church. Great Belgian-style ales.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeAugust 18, 2015
    If you want something sweet, get the chocolate plate!
  • Roberto S.
    Excellent beer and delicious Rissotto. Warm and fast service.
  • Forrest
    ForrestJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the truffle fries with your burger, you snob.
  • John W.
    John WheelerJuly 4, 2015
    Best burger I've ever had... Better than Stella's. Add Blue Cheese to your burger, you won't be sorry.
  • John L.
    John LemanJuly 3, 2015
    Consistently high quality beers. I have never been disappointed.
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WeisJune 12, 2015
    If you like a darker beer, the undertaker is a solid choice.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LynnMarch 31, 2015
    Not sure what to order? Start with the Farm Hand! It's a light French style ale that tastes great.
  • Ross R.
    Ross RobertsonMarch 31, 2015
    The duck nachos are fantastic! Firkin beer is a must!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MilliganMarch 19, 2015
    Amazing barrel program
  • Elliott K.
    Elliott KrolewiczMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great beer! Monday nights are stein night, bring in your stein and they'll fill it for $5
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaFebruary 27, 2015
    The interior is quite different from what you'd expect of a brewery! Twice now it's been so busy that there is hardly space to stand around and drink. Go a little earlier in the evening to avoid that.
  • Jen F.
    Jen FoxFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta love the farm to table menu, the amazingly consistent beer selection and the occasional special releases.
  • Knick B.
    Knick BanasJanuary 10, 2015
    Great beer, cheap growlers, super nice waitstaff, warm environment and of course, the awesome sink in the bathroom!
  • Dan M.
    Dan McMillanJanuary 8, 2015
    Amazing beers, be sure to try the duck fries
  • Todd S.
    Todd StewartDecember 4, 2014
    One of my favorite breweries in Grand Rapids. All the beers are in the Belgian style and all I have tried are wonderful. Have had cheese plates / charcuterie boards and they were great.
  • chris c.
    chris collinsNovember 28, 2014
    I'm not usually a fan of dark, heavy beers, but this place was wonderful. Stopped in on a weekend "brewery tewery" with friends & I wasn't sure what to expect, but the staff and beer was top notch.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultNovember 9, 2014
    If you are looking for a Belgian brew, run to this establishment.
  • Lizbeth L.
    Lizbeth LochNovember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything I've ordered has been delicious. Menu regularly changes with the seasons. Duck nachos are always a good choice 👌
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WarrenOctober 17, 2014
    Dinner with the family
  • Chad C.
    Chad CurryOctober 12, 2014
    I had the Pastrami and it was very fine. The pastrami was so tender and the fries are seasoned very well. The burgers were great too.
  • Chad C.
    Chad CurryOctober 11, 2014
    Getting The Cheetah. 14.2%ABV with a limit of two. Should be a good night. :)
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitOctober 10, 2014
    This place has awesome beer and great atmosphere.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BloombergOctober 10, 2014
    One of my top places in GR
  • Andre B.
    Andre BeaumontOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like darker beer give the Undertaker a try.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RiedyOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Cheetah is an AMAZING powerhouse of a beer! 14.2 percent so be aware. Top 3 beers I've EVER tasted!
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SmithSeptember 13, 2014
    Great beers!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WeltonSeptember 9, 2014
    Lots of good Belgian beers. Monday nights are stein night: bring your own stein and they'll fill it!
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny Jester HeeterAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food & brews
  • Manas P.
    Manas PradhanAugust 24, 2014
    Try the pork belly corndogs. You're welcome.
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny Jester HeeterAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great fries!!
  • Chaz K.
    Chaz KleinhuizenAugust 11, 2014
    A lot of really good beers. The menu has lots of interesting items and the staff seems knowledgeable
  • John M.
    John McDanielAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Their beer!
  • Shavon
    ShavonAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The truffle fries are the bomb.com.
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SmithAugust 6, 2014
    Loved the prosciutto wrapped Camembert appetizer! Nice staff who know their Belgian food!
  • Paty C.
    Paty Castro de ZavalaJune 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great undertaker!
  • Carolina R R.
    Carolina R RiethMay 24, 2014
    Food was not good. Everything was so greasy!! Never ate pretzels so greasy in my entire life
  • Rachael W.
    Rachael WilsonMay 20, 2014
    Absolutely love this place! Duck nachos are a must. Phenomenal beer!
  • Darby S.
    Darby SchaafMay 19, 2014
    Great beers, particularly if you like offerings that are sour/tart. Grab an order of the garlic & parsley fries if you want a snack... they come out really quickly.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RussellApril 21, 2014
    Duck nachos.
  • Stellaa D.
    Stellaa DuhartMarch 29, 2014
    Nice variety of cheese
  • Mark B.
    Mark BoumanMarch 16, 2014
    Just quality tasting beer.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BieleckiMarch 14, 2014
    Best steak under 20$ resides here... Best steak in GR is next door at Grove
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MillerFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere and great beer. Don't correct the French on the menu. I've been told the mistakes are intentional...
  • Ray S.
    Ray ScholtensFebruary 11, 2014
    Check out the wood aged feature!
  • Megan P.
    Megan PajtasJanuary 19, 2014
    Bring a blanket.
  • Rebekah
    RebekahJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best brewery in town!
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SmigelskiNovember 12, 2013
    Take the tour ! It was worth the fee and fun!!
  • Kim B.
    Kim BaiersOctober 26, 2013
    Tour is interesting and sample beers are great.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CrockerSeptember 28, 2013
    Sgt. Peppercorn!! Good stuff.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyAugust 19, 2013
    Once you try the beer cheese + pretzels with say, a nice pint of Triomphe, you will find any means necessary to repeat.
  • Rudy Z.
    Rudy ZungJuly 30, 2013
    Beautiful building, and good food. And yes, interesting bathroom sink, at least it was in the men's room.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LewisJuly 28, 2013
    Amazing beer, amazing space, and amazing music. What more do you want?
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyJuly 8, 2013
    The Beer Cheese/Pretzel Sticks appetizer is a pretty spectacular pairing with those brews.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SzumowskiJuly 3, 2013
    Helter Spelter. 'Nuff said.
  • Robin
    RobinJune 13, 2013
    Helter spelter.- New for the season Gotta have it. Light with great flavor.
  • Aaron V.
    Aaron VinceMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vivant's menu is always changing, and eternally delicious. Get some pâté or poutine for a fresh change on beer + apps! Also, their server Aaron is pretty awesome ;)
  • Josh S.
    Josh SeidenMay 21, 2013
    The trout is fantastic. The sink? Get over it.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaMay 19, 2013
    They were all out if pretzels and our food order somehow got lost, but they rewarded us with free beer so it's all good! Food was amazing and worth the wait!
  • Renae R.
    Renae RyskampMay 11, 2013
    Great beer, of course AND vegan banana ice cream ;)
  • Josh R.
    Josh RiedyApril 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Start with the Huberus. Don't finish with one.
  • saintshane
    saintshaneApril 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Recycle Crap. My City Points. Print Coupon. Free Brewery Tour. Bet.
  • Izzy B.
    Izzy BaileyMarch 31, 2013
    Try the beer
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DelaneyMarch 22, 2013
    The service wasn't very good. Friendly enough but slow. Amazing frites, esp. the garlic! Whatta burger!!! Good duck nachos too, but they were practically vegetarian...
  • Greg C.
    Greg CallaghanJanuary 26, 2013
    Great atmosphere! Great beer! GR is great and BV makes it better
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GarterDecember 30, 2012
    Here with the haus fan
  • Stuart
    StuartDecember 19, 2012
    Bring some buddies, get the flight, and sample some of the best beers you'll ever have. Also, the frites are delicious.
  • Melissa
    MelissaNovember 27, 2012
    Awesome service and great beer :)
  • Jason P.
    Jason PittmanNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Start with the Triomphe.
  • Matt S.
    Matt StacksNovember 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be a ding dong.
  • Kera N.
    Kera NoeNovember 4, 2012
    Their pumpkin brewski is definitely one of the better ones ive had. Id check it out before its gone
  • Alex B.
    Alex BeatonSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I love Brewery Vivant sooooo much! They treat both their staff and patrons like family and are a true pillar in the community. Read more
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LeighAugust 30, 2012
    Raspberry cider is good!
  • Anders T.
    Anders TheisteAugust 30, 2012
    Phenomenal service and atmosphere. The drinks are divine and the food is indescribable. Just stold my heart for favorite dinner destination in GR. Best burger in the state.
  • Jill P.
    Jill PelakAugust 21, 2012
    Great atmosphere good beer!
  • Matthew V.
    Matthew Van DykAugust 18, 2012
    Click here to read the Urbanspoon reviews for Brewery Vivant Read more
  • Curtis W.
    Curtis WildeJune 22, 2012
    Duck nachos, honestly I can't say enough how good these are!
  • Josh P.
    Josh PenningtonJune 10, 2012
    The waiters are all ninjas. Stuff just appear and disappear when you look away for even a second.
  • Tara C.
    Tara CertaJune 9, 2012
    If you don't leave the bathroom with a smile you didn't wash your hands.
  • Jake S.
    Jake StilsonJune 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The food and beer are so spectacular, they make the architecturally interesting sink seem insignificant.
  • James L.
    James LanningMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The hard Apple Cider is surprisingly good.
  • George H.
    George HotellingMay 26, 2012
    One of the best brewery tours I've been on, tastings make it worth the $5
  • Kylee K.
    Kylee KoningMay 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I come here for the hand wash basin
  • Christina W.
    Fun playing corn hole outside
  • Katie L.
    Katie LeighMay 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    First Cornhole champs in the house! Whoo hoo! :)
  • Dana N.
    Dana NicholsonApril 14, 2012
    Duck Nachos are amazing!!!
  • Abby J.
    Abby JoyApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Food is pricey, but worth it. Beer is amazing - try the Kludde, Oatmeal Stout, or the Zaison if on tap! Never had a problem with the service, very friendly and knowledgable!
  • Russ U.
    Russ UMarch 29, 2012
    French farmhouse is a must!
  • LMarieA
    LMarieAMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good, but not like they use to be a few months ago. Also, the Raspberry Cider is almost like a wine beer. Not as good as past years batch. Tripel and Farmhand still a favorite. All in all, good beer!
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HorenburgMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The staff here are really cool! I love the beer... Triomphe is my favorite/go to beer.
  • Joseph
    JosephMarch 3, 2012
    Sunday's in the summer, drink outdoors and play some cornhole/bags.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DragtFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab the east hills organic while it lasts! It's tasty.
  • Tommy A.
    Tommy AllenFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vivant proudly supports equality. Love this neighborhood business
  • Mandy W.
    Mandy WarholFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the BEST burgers you will EVER have the privilege of eating!!!
  • Katy
    KatyJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Duck nachos, always.
  • Tony F.
    Love the Farm Hand
  • Dïck 🇺🇸
    Dïck 🇺🇸January 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Like IPAs? Enjoy the Triomphe Belgian IPA. I sure do!
  • Drew D.
    Drew DavisJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Feeling the Hubris.
  • Katie G.
    Katie GregoryDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try em all! Especially the ciders.
  • Becky G.
    Becky GoudswaardNovember 18, 2011
    The Big Red Coq is great....per my husband since I don't drink beer.
  • Benjamin M.
    Benjamin MNovember 16, 2011
    Watch out... They like to close early without warning, and then be a bit D-ish about it. But the beer is good-except for farmhand
  • Kellysue H.
    Kellysue HornsbyOctober 29, 2011
    very pricy
  • Tommy A.
    Tommy AllenOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good Brews and an amazing sink that rocks the imagination.
  • Peggy O.
    Peggy OttOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Brunei is incredible! And be sure to check out the bathroom.
  • amy
    amyOctober 12, 2011
    This place looks like a medieval castle inside! Awesome service and good drinks. :)
  • Rob B.
    Rob BroganOctober 3, 2011
    I tried a couple of top-notch beers. Careful though, they're stronger than you might expect.. Read more
  • Sue G.
    Sue GOctober 2, 2011
    All the beers are great, but really liked the Big Red Coq.
  • John L.
    John LooseOctober 1, 2011
    Best brewery in Grand Rapids. If the Big Red Coq is on tap, you must partake!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RiedySeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Duck nachos are crazy delicious!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuffSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak Frites -> medium rare -> house butter. God bless America.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HinkleSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer!
  • Tim S.
    Tim SyfertSeptember 3, 2011
    Boo! Zaison is gone for the season!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GeorgeAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just great Belgian Brews.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RiedyAugust 27, 2011
    Chalk up one more person who had their mind blown by the anti-sinks. Triomphe IPA is delicious as well.
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FradenburgAugust 20, 2011
    Service sucked! Good beer weird food and expensive food.
  • Kevin
    KevinAugust 17, 2011
    Unfortunately, the new double chocolate stout is not good. I really wanted it to be; but it is not. :-(
  • Kasey B.
    Kasey BieleckiJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    3rd time here and great service every time.
  • Jaren N.
    Jaren NashJuly 23, 2011
    Blueberry-apple cider-fab!
  • Jaren N.
    Jaren NashJuly 23, 2011
    Blueberry cider...fab!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RiedyJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Solitude is a solid and delicious ale. 5 stars for sure.
  • Awesome Mitten
    Awesome MittenJuly 13, 2011
    They donate 10% of their profits to community organizations! And they are dedicated to environmental sustainability! AND its FANTASTIC! Read more
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PeckJune 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer and a menu to compliment it. Try the watermelon-speck salad.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CurtisJune 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the burger. Please.
  • Alysse S.
    Alysse ShoemakerMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer, very rude service.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BartoJanuary 27, 2011
    Went to wash my hands in the bathroom. My mind was blown.
  • Lyndsie P.
    Lyndsie PostJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Belgian Wit is delicious and not a mainstay. If it's on tap, try it!
  • Caleb W.
    Caleb WilliamsJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are in for dinner you can't go wrong with the Cider braised pork.
  • Jenne H.
    Jenne Hammerlund 👖January 11, 2011
    curried oysters. do it!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BreymeyerJanuary 6, 2011
    good beer... decent food... nice atmosphere... ok experience
  • Caleb W.
    Caleb WilliamsJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    All of their brews are delicious. Try the Vivant Brune
  • Mark G.
    Mark GrevengoedDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the sink (or lack thereof) in the restroom!
  • John F.
    John FossittDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Opening Day!!
  • Audrey M.
    Audrey MeadsAugust 15, 2014
    Two words. Duck nachos.
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