Not only had I never been to Sandy Point Beach House, I hadn’t even heard about it until 4 months ago. I first became aware of them when I saw a photo of their lobster mac and cheese in the EatGR Facebook group.
Sandy Point Beach House, which is located at 7175 Lakeshore Dr, West Olive, MI 49460, is between Holland and Grand Haven in an unassuming building just off from Pigeon Lake. They describe themselves as a modern Chicago loft space meets lake shore cottage, which seems like a fairly accurate description of what they are.
Executive Chef Cory Holleman mans the helm in the kitchen at the beach house which can seat in the neighborhood of 250 people. SPBH features an extensive outside patio that includes bocce ball, and a foldaway bar. This is perfect location for summertime beachgoers to wind down and grab dinner and a drink after a long day of frolicking on one of our many Michigan beaches.
Despite their popularity as a seasonal restaurant for beach goers, the beach house continues operation through the winter months serving a full lunch and dinner menu as well as several signature cocktails, They also feature live music and entertainment every Thursday evening. Their lunch menu runs in the $10-$15 range with several sandwich offerings and some smaller sized versions of dinner menu items, and their dinner entrees range from $20 to $30 The restaurant is also kid friendly and offers a children’s menu.
As pleased as I was with everything that Chef Holleman put in front of me, I was most excited about their 48 day dry aged prime cut steak. I am fanatic about finding local steak options that compete as well or better with national chains, and this definitely qualifies. The steak alone merits a trip out there, but they certainly have several options for those who are less obsessed with steak than I am.
Sandy Point Beach House is just a short hop from downtown Grand Rapids and certainly offers a quality of food that I think the typical foodie would appreciate. I am hopeful that if you haven’t already discovered this little gem, that you take a drive out there sometime soon and give it a try.