Eating a hearty steak makes a man more kingly than wearing a crown or banishing the dog to a small island in the South Atlantic. Get the royal treatment with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $60 worth of fine dining and drinks at Louis Benton Steakhouse, located downtown. Louis Benton is closed on Sundays.
Succulent USDA-prime steaks, savory seafood, an expansive libation list, and elegant décor reside within Louis Benton Steakhouse's dashing, locally owned fine-dining domicile. Highlights from its corral of high-quality signature steaks include cuts of top sirloin ($24) and queen filet mignon ($29), each trimmed to perfection and expertly dusted with signature spices and steak butter. Reward your tongue's years of loyalty with the lobster bisque, a tasty crustacean-laced cream infused with truffle essence ($7). Continue sea faring with fresh sea-meat catches such as the horseradish-crusted salmon, a sizzling up-swimmer paired with artichoke, cannellini-bean ragout, and port wine ($25).
Stomachs stuffed with solid edibles can sample from an array of refreshing liquids, sure to rouse even the droopiest southern belle from a case of the vapors. Choose from the cosmopolitan collection of bottled beers that bedecks the steakhouse bar, request a glass from the massive list of wine options, or try other signature libations such as the Trudy Tini, which mixes UV Blue Vodka with sweet and sour and a splash of Sprite ($8.50).
Set in the former office building that once featured the Grand Rapids Weather Ball, Louis Benton Steakhouse is now furnished with elegant interior meteorology, such as a stately fireplace, candlelit tables dressed in linen, lovely tapestries, and rich mahogany wood. The restaurant also offers free valet parking after 5 p.m., and reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are highly recommended but not required.
Louis Benton Steakhouse was named Best Steak in Grand Rapids by Sneaky Sunday. It was also mentioned as a favorite in the Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll in 2010 by Grand Rapids magazine. OpenTable reviewers give it a 3.8-star average, and TripAdvisors give it an average rating of 3.5 owl-eyes.
Low lighting casts the private enclaves and brick fireplace in a warm glow at Louis Benton’s dining room. The restaurant is led by general manager Richard Kozlowski and new executive chef, as well as West Michigan native, Noah VanDoorne, who serves up Midwest cuisine with a French flair. VanDoorne is well-versed in international flourishes such as saffron fumet, citrus beurre blanc, and tiny edible berets, yet pays homage to his roots by sourcing ingredients from local farms for his newly upgraded menu. Some of those ingredients debut on USDA Prime aged steaks, which has earned the spotlight in Grand Rapids Magazine Restaurant Guide and were lauded by the Grand Rapids Press as a “nirvana-like experience."