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
Open until 11:00 PM (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 372 votes

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    Jessica P.
    "♥ the Queso de Cabra, try it!!"(3 Tips)
    Tommy A.
    "Service is amazing and the sangria - the best"(12 Tips)
    Jen F.
    "... hearts) and the calamaritos fritos (squid, serrano ham & pork belly). No free..."(2 Tips)
    "gluten free bread is AMAZING!"(2 Tips)
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  • tapas
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • queso de cabra
  • trendy
  • calamaritos fritos
  • good for groups
  • seafood
  • romantic
  • healthy food
  • authentic
  • empanadas
  • desserts
  • fritters
  • cake
  • mojitos
  • pork belly
  • atun en escabeche
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rebecca N.
    Love this place. Great mojitos and sangria. Get the bleu cheese fritters. Am saddened that they removed the Consuelas des Asparagus dish though. The replacement recommended by the server was like Mexi Read more
    Rebecca Noricks · May 17, 2011
  • Mikinzie S.
    My fave! Don't bother w main dish, just get lotsa tapas: esp Fritos de Azul (fried blu chz) & Atun en Escabeche (seared ahi tuna). The Outer Banks Steamer is a warm, delish dessert drink (alcohol). Read more
    Mikinzie Stuart · January 17, 2010
  • 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 · January 28
  • Brian Z.
    Sangria, Ahi tuna, tea, and three different desserts, this is one of my favorite new restaurants, can't wait to go back! The service was great, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was exciting
    Brian Zerfas · September 27, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scott T.
    My FAVORITE restaurant. Monday thru Thursday ask them about their one bite tasters, you can taste a lot of different options on the menu for a good price. I never leave unsatisfied!
    Scott Trumbo · October 18, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Katy
    Great date night place if you're feeling fancy. Food here can get pricey and the drinks aren't the greatest, so split a few plates and grab drinks elsewhere.
    Katy · 1 week ago
  • Michael D. Yoder
    One of my favorite spots for breakfast and dinner. Love the quinoa and bean patties! Be sure to check in and take advantage of the BOGO special at breakfast!
    Michael D. Yoder · August 7, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leah H.
    Try the pato y caramelo de ternera on the fall feature menu it is a duck dish that is to die for!!! We ended up ordering multiple plates of it!
    Leah Harris · September 21, 2010
  • Tommy A.
    I have always loved this restaurant. One of the best examples of a local eatery with an eye on quality. Service is amazing and the sangria - the best
    Tommy Allen · January 16, 2010
  • 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
  • Douglas D.
    come on in and sit at the culinary bar on a friday or saturday and ask for a slamdance from the mantis. youll get a good show.
    Douglas Davis · April 2, 2010
  • Sarah V.
    The mixed sangria is the best I've had at a restaurant or bar! If you like spicy food, the gambas asadas al fuego. So so good.
    Sarah VanderLaan · September 4, 2011
  • BIGGBYjedi
    My wife and I had our first date here and it remains a special spot for us. Try the Bistec con's our fave!
    BIGGBYjedi · January 8, 2011
  • Charity D.
    Go to San Chez Bistro. Get a pitcher of mixed sangria, bleu cheese fritters, and a sampling of other great tapas! Delicious! Read more
    Charity Dishon-Fischer · March 11, 2010
  • Andre B.
    Great French toast. You have to love a place that the kids can draw on the tablecloth.
    Andre Beaumont · June 26, 2015
  • Jacob C.
    Try the spicy black bean quinoa cake breakfast wraps and a side of brûlée style oatmeal. Extremely filling, even for two.
    Jacob Canfield · April 29, 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
  • Brynn
    Gluten free? This place is GREAT! They have a separate gluten free menu & the gluten free bread is AMAZING!
    Brynn · August 21, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ben R.
    Delicious food. Great service. Eclectic atmosphere. Good for small or large groups.
    Ben Risinger · August 7, 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
  • 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
  • Katie L.
    Best restaurant ever!!! You can't go wrong with anything you order since everything is so good.
    Katie Laskowski · December 22, 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
  • Nathan G.
    Goat cheese and pollo and chorizo are my go to. Still feeling out the new menu.
    Nathan Gates · May 24, 2015
  • Brandy F.
    This is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to! Amazing food and dedicated staff.
    Brandy Fields · August 16, 2011
  • Mo S.
    Fritos de azul remain one of my most favorite tapas of all time. They are the tasty business!
    Mo Sto · August 3, 2011
  • Douglas M.
    The secret is in the sauce! Great tapas with unique tasty sauces like cumin aioli..
    Douglas M. · November 3, 2013
  • Elise P.
    Queso de cabra, calamaritos fritos, torta de chocolate con trufas, and sangria with cava are my favorites :)
    Elise Pawlowski · January 7, 2012
  • Joslyn M.
    Fantastic tapas place. The croquettes are a must, as well as the spicy shrimp.
    Joslyn Mc · June 20, 2014
  • Jeremy B.
    San Chez has the best mojitos in town. Try the Espresso Martini for an after dinner drink.
    Jeremy Bell · February 2, 2011
  • Kristin W.
    I've never had something I didn't like and the service is always superb.
    Kristin Weis · August 6, 2014
  • Kevin
    Go here. Eat. Do not be shy. Drink some sangria. Get a delicious dessert.
    Kevin · October 1, 2009
  • Kevin O.
    Called at 5:50 for a party of 8. Arrived at 6:15 and FINALLY got seated at 7:51. They said that's typical.....I think NOT
    Kevin Ouvry · February 12, 2012
  • Gabriel S.
    The breakfast quesadilla is great, and service wonderful. Love this place.
    Gabriel Scheer · September 15, 2010

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