San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

Tapas Restaurant, Paella Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot · Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids
38 Fulton St E (at Commerce Ave SW), Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 367 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Tommy A.
    "Service is amazing and the sangria - the best"(12 Tips)
    Mary K.
    "The Tarta de Chocolate Tres Leche = one happy tummy!"(2 Tips)
    "gluten free bread is AMAZING!"(2 Tips)
    Charity D.
    "... of mixed sangria, bleu cheese fritters, and a sampling of other great tapas! ..."(2 Tips)
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  • tapas
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • tarta de chocolate
  • trendy
  • good for groups
  • seafood
  • healthy food
  • authentic
  • empanadas
  • romantic
  • desserts
  • fritters
  • cake
  • mojitos
  • pork belly
  • atun en escabeche
  • wine
  • Jen F.

    Loved the Michigan mule-perfect ginger spiciness. My fave plates were the alcachofas (grilled artichoke hearts) and the calamaritos fritos (squid, serrano ham & pork belly). No free bread.

    Jen Fox · 1 week ago
  • ikach

    All the dishes we ordered were incredibly awesome!

    ikach · January 10
  • Evvia M.

    Gambas Al Ajillo is an amazing dish!

    Evvia Marshall · October 4, 2015
  • Sarah J.

    So many gluten free options

    Sarah Joshi · September 4, 2015
  • Andre B.

    Great French toast. You have to love a place that the kids can draw on the tablecloth.

    Andre Beaumont · June 26, 2015
  • Alex L.

    Breakfast brunch is great!

    Alex Lee · June 24, 2015
  • Nathan G.

    Management Tip: Staff a day shift bar tender to make drinks and pull espresso, don't make floor staff do it.

    Nathan Gates · June 1, 2015
  • Nathan G.

    Goat cheese and pollo and chorizo are my go to. Still feeling out the new menu.

    Nathan Gates · May 24, 2015
  • Shavon

    Get the goat cheese!

    Shavon · April 24, 2015
  • Simone S.

    Everything is absolutely delicious!

    Simone Stanford · April 14, 2015
  • John W.

    Overrated... The food is really good, but you will spend a ton of money for very little food. Glad we went once, but never again.

    John Wheeler · March 25, 2015
  • sherry f.

    Great food!! Loved it.

    sherry fillingham · January 25, 2015
  • Paul B.

    Watched them cater a wedding. I was not impressed by the one server who was wearing shorts and high top tennis shoes no socks or footies seen. Also not impressed by another server skipping .

    Paul Bodnar · October 7, 2014
  • Maureen S.

    The sangria was light and refreshing. Service was great and the small plates kept us from over-endulging...too much! Perfect place for sharing and sampling. Try everything!

    Maureen Soules · September 20, 2014
  • James R.

    As long as this restaurant has been open it has been my favorite place for a quality night on the town. The menu changes but the great tasting Tapas are always a treat!

    James Rider · September 14, 2014
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    Alyssa Bird · September 8, 2014
  • Wade C.

    Way overpriced! The food was good but it was $65 for lunch for just two people and we did not leave full. Also the iced tea is garbage and they charge $2.50 for a fountain drink. Won't be coming back!

    Wade Carter · August 19, 2014
  • Paul W.

    Great daily lunch special!

    Paul Withun · August 10, 2014
  • Ben R.

    Delicious food. Great service. Eclectic atmosphere. Good for small or large groups.

    Ben Risinger · August 7, 2014
  • Kristin W.

    I've never had something I didn't like and the service is always superb.

    Kristin Weis · August 6, 2014
  • Alejandro G.

    By far, the BEST tapa de bistec de lomo (beef) I've ever had. I live in Chicago, and could easily come back on a weekend just to eat here. Amazing cuisine!

    Alejandro Garro · July 11, 2014
  • Joslyn M.

    Fantastic tapas place. The croquettes are a must, as well as the spicy shrimp.

    Joslyn Mc · June 20, 2014
  • Brian K.

    We always make our way to San Chez whenever in my home town. Recall when it was the new place on the block. Recommend Seared Tuna, Bleu Fritters, Empanadas, and the black bean Quinoa cakes Try it all!

    Brian Kozminski · April 6, 2014
  • David M.

    Heard through the grape vine that you can get some cash off of a meal by using the #bofo app. I NEED to try this.

    David Miller · February 17, 2014
  • Lynn

    Try the Rum chocolate cakes, amazing🍰

    Lynn · February 15, 2014
  • Jim W.

    UICA Membership gets you 10% off the bill. And UICA is the best theatre in downtown GR.

    Jim Winslow Di Piazza · November 26, 2013
  • Gregg P.

    The free pastry special can be a muffin or the pecan roll...I recommend the pecan roll for the value and the fact that it is downright amazing!

    Gregg Pullano · November 17, 2013
  • Douglas M.

    The secret is in the sauce! Great tapas with unique tasty sauces like cumin aioli..

    Douglas M. · November 3, 2013
  • Kim M.

    The breakfast is awesome! And do yourself a favor and get a seat at one of Abby's tables. She is very personable and was helpful to us out-of-towners.

    Kim Marks · October 15, 2013
  • laurie h.

    Best tapas place I have EVER been hands down! Found this gem while in town on business and recommended my coworkers to try. We now fight over whose going to GR just so we can eat there again!!

    laurie hickey · August 2, 2013
  • Kelli G.

    My drink had a fruit fly in it. Grossed out.

    Kelli Greer · July 17, 2013
  • Chloë A.

    Besides the fact that the food is absolutely delicious, San Chez also has an amazing staff that will answer any of your questions. And they sell their chorizo for about $13 a lb. What's not to love?

    Chloë Aalsburg · June 20, 2013
  • Nichole M.

    Love the breakfast empanadas!

    Nichole Mishler · June 1, 2013
  • Anthony M.

    The special the offer has been expired for more than 6 months.

    Anthony Miller · May 3, 2013
  • Jaime B.

    The tarta de chocolate al whiskey (whiskey soaked cake, caramel gelato, brownie, and white chocolate mousse) is delicious! Tapas are amazing as well. Highly recommend!

    Jaime Baumgart · April 13, 2013
  • Brian S.

    I travel quite a bit for work, and this is my favorite place in all the places I've been to eat! Incredible service and food! I look forward to my trips to Grand Rapids just so I can eat here.

    Brian Sherman · April 10, 2013
  • Bobby C.

    I had a great time with my girlfriend for valentines day. The paella is awesome, but it's a lot of food. Consider it a good meal for two hungry people.

    Bobby Christie · February 15, 2013
  • Jessica P.

    ♥ the Queso de Cabra, try it!!

    Jessica Peña · February 13, 2013
  • Ronald V.

    In the deli the tan & black Reuben is awesome!

    Ronald VanSurksum · January 17, 2013
  • Arthur K.

    No doubt the Sangria is d' best! But what isn't in the menu? Now I know why we like coming back to this place! Especially on special occasions!

    Arthur Kosiba · January 6, 2013
  • Katie L.

    Best restaurant ever!!! You can't go wrong with anything you order since everything is so good.

    Katie Laskowski · December 22, 2012
  • Michael K.

    Try the grilled shrimp with banana sauce If you're feel adventurous. The combination is crazy, but it tastes crazy good!

    Michael Kohlenberger · November 18, 2012
  • Sarah S.

    They have a separate gluten free menu and gluten free bread. The bread is $1, but pretty good.

    Sarah Shirkey · September 22, 2012
  • Nancy k.

    Eat under the michigan tree during art prize and vote for it too! 52166 :)

    Nancy k · September 15, 2012
  • Andrew H.

    Horrible service. Host does not follow the wait list when seating. Managers were completely absent. Food was decent but way overpriced. Took over an hour for two people to eat lunch and leave.

    Andrew Hood · August 26, 2012
  • Brynn

    Gluten free? This place is GREAT! They have a separate gluten free menu & the gluten free bread is AMAZING!

    Brynn · August 21, 2012
  • Joe S.

    This is a Foodcircles restaurant! Check in with the free FoodCircles app and you'll provide a meal for a child in need

    Joe Sonheim · August 17, 2012
  • Jeff V.

    Utterly amazing mojito. Yes, amazing. I'll have to find another word to use when I visit the moon. Oh well.

    Jeff Ventura · July 7, 2012
  • Stephen J.

    Get a Mojito!

    Stephen Jacobi · June 24, 2012
  • Katherine S.

    Try the queso de cabra!!!

    Katherine Schultz · May 20, 2012

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