San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

Tapas Restaurant, Paella Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
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  • 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)
    Elise P.
    "Queso de cabra, calamaritos fritos, torta de chocolate con trufas, and sangria..."(2 Tips)
129 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, 2016
    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?
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • Jen F.
    Jen FoxJanuary 28, 2016
    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.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RufferFebruary 26
    One of my favorite restaurants of all time. Great date place, sit at the bar and watch the chefs prepare dishes! Waitstaff is always quick and very friendly. Try the Bistec con Pimienta!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Danni
    DanniDecember 22, 2016
    Marisco Paella was tasty. I ordered house bread to accompany the Paella. Great service and great food!
  • 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!
  • Katy
    KatyMay 16, 2016
    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.
  • Beth L.
    Beth LegateDecember 23, 2016
    Wow, everything was SO GOOD. We just moved from Chicago and honestly, this was on par with some of the best dining experiences that we have had!
  • Andre B.
    Andre BeaumontJune 26, 2015
    Great French toast. You have to love a place that the kids can draw on the tablecloth.
  • 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.
  • Adrian H.
    Adrian HannahJune 3, 2016
    All the tapas is top notch. There are a variety of wines that you can order by the glass.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Brynn
    BrynnAugust 21, 2012
    Gluten free? This place is GREAT! They have a separate gluten free menu & the gluten free bread is AMAZING!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.November 3, 2013
    The secret is in the sauce! Great tapas with unique tasty sauces like cumin aioli..
  • 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.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeMarch 15
    Great Meatballs and Crab - beer selection was great. Service = excellent. Happy Hour 2-6
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 18, 2016
    can't go wrong with the fresh baked gluten free bread and tres leches for dessert
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Joslyn M.
    Joslyn McJune 20, 2014
    Fantastic tapas place. The croquettes are a must, as well as the spicy shrimp.
  • Matthew H.
    Great food. The tapas style is however a unique one, so don't expect a traditional plate.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • Katy
    KatyJanuary 20
    Been here 5+ times
    The spicy shrimp are awesome and the chicken and chorizo is delicious!
  • Evvia M.
    Evvia MarshallOctober 4, 2015
    Gambas Al Ajillo is an amazing dish!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Brandy F.
    Brandy FieldsAugust 16, 2011
    This is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to! Amazing food and dedicated staff.
  • Mo S.
    Mo StoAugust 3, 2011
    Fritos de azul remain one of my most favorite tapas of all time. They are the tasty business!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • T W.
    T WMarch 20
    Everything! You can't go wrong!
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SpencerAugust 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is great. For real...everything!
  • Nene J.
    Nene J. PhillipsJuly 27, 2011
    This is the best place downtown! Try the Orange Sunrise! Totally yummy!
  • Lynn
    LynnFebruary 15, 2014
    Try the Rum chocolate cakes, amazing🍰
  • Paul B.
    Paul BodnarOctober 7, 2014
    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 .
  • ikach
    ikachJanuary 10, 2016
    All the dishes we ordered were incredibly awesome!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MillerMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The special the offer has been expired for more than 6 months.
  • nesa l.
    nesa lFebruary 14, 2012
    Great food, great prices, great service. The french toast is amazing.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah ShirkeySeptember 22, 2012
    They have a separate gluten free menu and gluten free bread. The bread is $1, but pretty good.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SchrotFebruary 17, 2012
    The cafe side has the best walls in town.
  • Geoff M.
    Geoff MaloneJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have not tried the new pork belly biscuits & gravy, they are a must!!
  • Holly K.
    Holly KozMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome breakfast. Try the Guatemalan French Press coffee.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SchulteOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grand Valley students get a discount with your I.D. Ask your server.
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel ScheerSeptember 15, 2010
    The breakfast quesadilla is great, and service wonderful. Love this place.
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin OuvryFebruary 12, 2012
    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
  • Ronald V.
    Ronald VanSurksumJanuary 17, 2013
    In the deli the tan & black Reuben is awesome!
  • Kevin
    KevinOctober 1, 2009
    Go here. Eat. Do not be shy. Drink some sangria. Get a delicious dessert.
  • Tilly S.
    Tilly ShamesOctober 1, 2010
    Scallops off the fall menu. Tdf. Best food during my artfair visit.
  • Nancy k.
    Nancy kSeptember 15, 2012
    Eat under the michigan tree during art prize and vote for it too! 52166 :)
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BalfanySeptember 29, 2016
    Everrrrything, including the blueberry roobios tea!
  • JD H.
    JD HageJuly 6, 2010
    The scallops and pork belly skewers are awesome! San Chez still rocks!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PeñaFebruary 13, 2013
    ♥ the Queso de Cabra, try it!!
  • Eat Local West Michigan
    Eat Local West MichiganSeptember 19, 2011
    Be sure to try their Art of the Cocktail entry!
  • Kara M.
    Kara MeyersApril 1, 2012
    Seta rellena grande is amazing! (with ham)
  • Simone S.
    Simone StanfordApril 14, 2015
    Everything is absolutely delicious!
  • Brent H.
    Brent HartFebruary 17, 2011
    First time and our waitress has been awesome.. Thanks for the suggestions Fiona..!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HoodAugust 26, 2012
    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.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WithunAugust 10, 2014
    Great daily lunch special!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WaltmanMarch 20, 2010
    YUM! The blue cheese fritters are amazing and i loved the white sangria.
  • Gabriel P.
    Gabriel PenaApril 4, 2012
    Best Muffins Everrr! So good!
  • John W.
    John WheelerMarch 25, 2015
    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.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeJune 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast brunch is great!
  • H C.
    H CNovember 12, 2011
    Ask for Max, he's very hospitable
  • Robert L.
    Robert Lawson ✈February 1, 2011
    The Beef Tenderloin tapas was a favorite at our table.
  • Nichole M.
    Nichole MishlerJune 1, 2013
    Love the breakfast empanadas!
  • Rose
    RoseDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Atun en escabeche. And order the 43 amigos!
  • Sara B.
    Sara BassSeptember 9, 2011
    The white sangria rocked my socks off
  • Shavon
    ShavonApril 24, 2015
    Get the goat cheese!
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BirdSeptember 8, 2014
  • sherry f.
    sherry fillinghamJanuary 25, 2015
    Great food!! Loved it.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KaleyDecember 4, 2011
    ask for their vegan menu!
  • Lynda S.
    Lynda SturdavantFebruary 12, 2010
    I would totally recommend San Chez it's unique and delish!
  • Del D.
    Del DeHartAugust 20, 2011
    A "meals we have loved" top 5!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiSeptember 4, 2015
    So many gluten free options
  • Christy S.
    Christy SharpApril 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    New key lime flan on the menu. Super yummy.
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RobinsonFebruary 18, 2011
    Ask for Jess! She's awesome!
  • Jaime M.
    Jaime MykeloffJanuary 21, 2012
    Fabulous! It's not just the's the experience!
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VanderMeerFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the peppered pork hash, avoid the bloody mary hash.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BordewykApril 30, 2010
    Tweet ahead seating available to avoid long waits on the weekend.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KamyszekOctober 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Patatas Bravas are amazing!!!!
  • Seth
    SethFebruary 26, 2012
    Be proactive. The host didn't even greet us or take our name. We left.
  • Mierendorf C.
    Mierendorf CPA'sJune 22, 2011
    Great place to eat downtown!
  • Mary K.
    Mary KronkowskiMarch 31, 2010
    The Tarta de Chocolate Tres Leche = one happy tummy!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FosterDecember 1, 2010
    Hoping to take my employees here for our Christmas dinner
  • R.J. Q.
    R.J. QuiambaoMarch 8, 2012
    cinnamon roll omg
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CanfieldApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best breakfast.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MontagueJune 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    New features and chef one bites available!
  • Alan W.
    Alan WiederholdApril 27, 2012
    Miss that place
  • Copper K.
    Copper KingApril 16, 2010
    Great Food, Awesome atmospher
  • Josh D.
    Josh DepenbrokJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great empanadas, sangria and mojitos. Read more
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SchultzMay 20, 2012
    Try the queso de cabra!!!
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YoderFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy Groundhog Day!
  • Stephen J.
    Stephen JacobiJune 24, 2012
    Get a Mojito!
  • Marnie V.
    Marnie Vander WeideJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    tweet-ahead @scbhost Tues-Sat and get on the wait list.
  • Laura E.
    Laura EckerApril 3, 2010
    Free tapa when you check in with Foursquare!!
  • Douglas D.
    Douglas DavisFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the mantis!!!!!
  • Jason S.
    Jason StewartOctober 27, 2011
    Brett is a hot bar tender
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas HectJune 14, 2011
    BOGO breakfast via foursquare.
  • Kelli G.
    Kelli GreerJuly 17, 2013
    My drink had a fruit fly in it. Grossed out.
  • Jackie I.
    Jackie IselerApril 21, 2011
    Manuscript writing break
  • Cameren C.
    Cameren CroelApril 13, 2010
    Attend the San Chez/Celebration! North Swarm Event on Friday, April 16, 2010 Read more
  • Douglas D.
    Douglas DavisApril 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Dethrone me as mayor and I'll buy yur dinner!!!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MullenJanuary 30, 2010
    Tuna Escabeche!
  • Drew S.
    Drew StoppelsJanuary 26, 2010
    needing to get back to it!
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