San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

Tapas Restaurant, Paella Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
  • Jessica P.
    "♥ the Queso de Cabra, try it!!"(3 Tips)
    "fresh baked gluten free bread and tres leches for dessert"(3 Tips)
    Sarah V.
    "The mixed sangria is the best I've had at a restaurant or bar!"(12 Tips)
    Jen F.
    "... hearts) and the calamaritos fritos (squid, serrano ham & pork belly). No free..."(2 Tips)
123 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • lively
  • breakfast food
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  • Brian K.
    Brian KozminskiApril 6, 2014
    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!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DAugust 15
    We had an amazing meal here. Everything was delicious and service was amazing. The scallop/pork belly dish was our favorite. Lots of charm and reasonable prices.
  • Jaime B.
    Jaime BaumgartApril 13, 2013
    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!
  • Chloë A.
    Chloë AalsburgJune 20, 2013
    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?
  • laurie h.
    laurie hickeyAugust 2, 2013
    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!!
  • Gregg P.
    Gregg PullanoNovember 17, 2013
    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!
  • Jen F.
    Jen FoxJanuary 28
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • James R.
    James RiderSeptember 14, 2014
    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!
  • Maureen S.
    Maureen SoulesSeptember 20, 2014
    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!
  • Rebecca N.
    Rebecca NoricksMay 17, 2011
    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
  • Alejandro G.
    Alejandro GarroJuly 11, 2014
    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!
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShermanApril 10, 2013
    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.
  • Scott T.
    Scott TrumboOctober 18, 2011
    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!
  • Kim M.
    Kim MarksOctober 15, 2013
    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.
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby ChristieFebruary 15, 2013
    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.
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZerfasSeptember 27, 2010
    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
  • Michael D. Yoder
    Michael D. YoderAugust 7, 2011
    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!
  • Andre B.
    Andre BeaumontJune 26, 2015
    Great French toast. You have to love a place that the kids can draw on the tablecloth.
  • Katy
    KatyMay 16
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Arthur K.
    Arthur KosibaJanuary 6, 2013
    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!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RisingerAugust 7, 2014
    Delicious food. Great service. Eclectic atmosphere. Good for small or large groups.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VanderLaanSeptember 4, 2011
    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.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CanfieldApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the spicy black bean quinoa cake breakfast wraps and a side of brûlée style oatmeal. Extremely filling, even for two.
  • Brynn
    BrynnAugust 21, 2012
    Gluten free? This place is GREAT! They have a separate gluten free menu & the gluten free bread is AMAZING!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KohlenbergerNovember 18, 2012
    Try the grilled shrimp with banana sauce If you're feel adventurous. The combination is crazy, but it tastes crazy good!
  • Adrian H.
    All the tapas is top notch. There are a variety of wines that you can order by the glass.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HarrisSeptember 21, 2010
    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!
  • Mikinzie S.
    Mikinzie StuartJanuary 17, 2010
    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
  • David M.
    David MillerFebruary 17, 2014
    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.
  • BIGGBYjedi
    BIGGBYjediJanuary 8, 2011
    My wife and I had our first date here and it remains a special spot for us. Try the Bistec con's our fave!
  • Katie L.
    Katie LaskowskiDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best restaurant ever!!! You can't go wrong with anything you order since everything is so good.
  • Jim W.
    Jim Winslow Di PiazzaNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    UICA Membership gets you 10% off the bill. And UICA is the best theatre in downtown GR.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 18
    can't go wrong with the fresh baked gluten free bread and tres leches for dessert
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GatesMay 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Goat cheese and pollo and chorizo are my go to. Still feeling out the new menu.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SonheimAugust 17, 2012
    This is a Foodcircles restaurant! Check in with the free FoodCircles app and you'll provide a meal for a child in need
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.November 3, 2013
    The secret is in the sauce! Great tapas with unique tasty sauces like cumin aioli..
  • Elise P.
    Elise PawlowskiJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Queso de cabra, calamaritos fritos, torta de chocolate con trufas, and sangria with cava are my favorites :)
  • Joslyn M.
    Joslyn McJune 20, 2014
    Fantastic tapas place. The croquettes are a must, as well as the spicy shrimp.
  • Wade C.
    Wade CarterAugust 19, 2014
    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!
  • Tommy A.
    Tommy AllenJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Brandy F.
    Brandy FieldsAugust 16, 2011
    This is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to! Amazing food and dedicated staff.
  • Evvia M.
    Evvia MarshallOctober 4, 2015
    Gambas Al Ajillo is an amazing dish!
  • Jeff V.
    Jeff VenturaJuly 7, 2012
    Utterly amazing mojito. Yes, amazing. I'll have to find another word to use when I visit the moon. Oh well.
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GatesJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Management Tip: Staff a day shift bar tender to make drinks and pull espresso, don't make floor staff do it.
  • Mo S.
    Mo StoAugust 3, 2011
    Fritos de azul remain one of my most favorite tapas of all time. They are the tasty business!
  • Douglas D.
    Douglas DavisApril 2, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WeisAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I've never had something I didn't like and the service is always superb.
  • Charity D.
    Charity Dishon-FischerMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to San Chez Bistro. Get a pitcher of mixed sangria, bleu cheese fritters, and a sampling of other great tapas! Delicious! Read more
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BellFebruary 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    San Chez has the best mojitos in town. Try the Espresso Martini for an after dinner drink.
  • ikach
    ikachJanuary 10
    All the dishes we ordered were incredibly awesome!
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