small plates & martinis

Excellent food. We had the filet bites, catfish, marinara and goat cheese, and sweet and spicy shrimp. As soon as we were done we knew we would be coming back.

-Steve H.

On a hot June afternoon in 2006, at present day Taste, Joel, a Chef from Chicago, ordered a drink from a charming bartender, Heidi. This is where their love story began. As a couple they enjoy dining out, sampling a variety of appetizers rather than a full dinner each. It was this love of trying various menu items that bred the small plates concept for Taste.

It has been Joel’s lifelong dream to own and operate his own restaurant. That dream also became Heidi’s when they fell in love and married in April 2012. Tanner Michael and Keaton Edward completed their family in 2015 and 2017.

Chef Joel and his wife Heidi make dining there an experience to remember!

-Amy O.

Their love story continues where it all began, right here at Taste. Chef Joel and Heidi Gesiakowski are enthusiastic to be sharing their dream with you.

"2014 New Business of the Year Award"

-State of Michigan

"2013 Business Excellence Award"

-South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce



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"2014 Restaurant of the Year Award"

-State of Michigan

Found this restaurant to be equivalent to many of the big city restaurants. Was very pleased with the large assortment of small plates and the amount of food on them. 

-Ken R.

Amazing food and amazing service. What more could you ask for. Tried the pork shank and mashed potatoes, gyro rolls and mussels. Everything was delicious.


WZZM Channel 13 News of Grand Rapids

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