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Founders Brewing Co.

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235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
+1 616-776-1195
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Lansing, Michigan
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here a ton of times and finally writing a review. I've never been disappointed, although sometimes it's just too busy. All of their beers are delicious and their food is great too. Highly recommend this place!

Thank Nate D
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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286 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and some brews. The place is huge! Lots of staff who are easily recognizable. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Place is clean and casual. We sat at the bar and the bartender clued us in on upcoming events. He gave me a sour, not on menu, to try. Never tried one before. It was legit. Food... More 

Thank Shari W
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff is very knowledgeable and suggested great sandwiches and beers! Get the Glutton sand which it was amazing and HUGE! We will definitely go back to refill the growler we got next time we are in Grand Rapids!!

Thank Kimberly L
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beer and food were excellent. The lack of a host/hostess brought my rating down two stars. We were trying to have dinner and go to a Saturday Griffins hockey game. We literally had to stalk peoples tables waiting for people to leave. It was really weird, awkward and I felt bad standing over people while they were trying to finish... More 

Thank Leslie F
Wyoming, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beer, decent menu, and tons of local atmosphere. The only drawback is the limited amount of parking available for the establishment.

Thank Sarah D
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, let me say I have been going to Founders since it was at the other location, which I found charming. This place is cool, but impersonal. When it's the least bit busy, I find it is difficult to get waited on...and no one is overly friendly. I also do not like waiting in a cattle line to order food.... More 

Thank Pj S
Chris D, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Hi Pj S, You made mention of waiting in line to order food and I just wanted to inform you of a new system that we have going on. You may now order from your server regardless of the time of day. After 3:00 PM you just place your food order with a server and they will ask you for... More 

Deerfield, Illinois
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All the bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. The beers are very good and they have a great variety based on your taste pallet. Taters available so you aren't stuck with one flavor if you want to try multiple brews. Don't be deceived by the "deli meat" food selection they have a lot of different options that aren't all sandwiches.... More 

Thank Monika K
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here multiple times through the years. Founders is what you'd expect. Excellent craft beer with a crazy large tap list!

Thank jmacsyodaddy
Grand Rapids
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great lunch. No tables were available so manager suggested they encourage shared seating. Found a table and joined a nice family. Had a great Reuben and highly recommend the crab dip. Was not fond of the potato salad. Busy place but great food.

Thank Efren K
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Founders on our first Grand Rapids beer tour. We enjoyed the 2 of the beer fliers and appetizers. The fish appetizer with the crunchy bread was OMG, so so so good. If I wasn't so full on the heaviness of the beer I would have ordered a second one

Thank mrsgfive

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$12
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-776-1195
Overlooking the brewing facilities, our Taproom allows customers a look into where the beer magic happens. It’s a great testing ground for us, and on any particular day you will find numerous products on draft available only at Founders. The unique offering of specialty beers, the laid back atmosphere, and thrice-weekly live music has helped to make our Taproom a staple in the Grand Rapids community and a destination for travelers.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?