Blue Cheese Fritters of San Chez Bistro

It’s been 24 years since San Chez introduced Spanish tapas to West Michigan. Since then, its reputation for Spanish cuisine served in a lively atmosphere has made it a dining destination. Plus, San Chez has a long-standing commitment to the community, local suppliers, and sustainability. San Chez Bistro and Cafe—Locally grown for twenty four years. Right where it’s always been, on the corner of Fulton and Commerce, downtown GR.

Cindy Schneider of San Chez Bistro, Grand Rapids, MIWhen San Chez opened in 1992, we'd only known the world-wide web for a little over a year and the extent of cooking programs on TV were PBS offerings like Frugal Gourmet. Try to imagine your life without NetFlix, smartphones, iPads or Amazon.com. Change is exponential in every industry. In the restaurant business we walk the fine line of delivering food the old-fashioned way-local, fresh, delicious and with excellent service-while honoring the realities of today, such as increased concern over food safety, special dietary needs, a fluttering economy and sophisticated diners who want a delicious experience, not just a meal.


While other restaurants are willing to sit back on their laurels, San Chez is proud to keep its traditions and continue to innovate, experiment and grow along with our customer base. In the coming months, you can look forward to a tasty catalog filled with new dining opportunities, classes, recipes and tips for the home entertainer. We want to share all we've learned with you so you can experience our great food and hospitality in your own homes. Welcome and Salud! Here's to another great year of dining together.

Cindy Schneider, President & Owner

Your Stomach Will Thank You

What if you love the idea of tapas, but are lactose-intolerant or allergic to gluten? What if you have a dining San Chez Bistro, Grand Rapids, MIcompanion who is vegan? For some time now, we've been on the cutting edge of catering to diners' dietary needs. For example, we have separate menus for every major allergy recognized by the FDA. They include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and capsicum intolerance. If you have a severe allergy, a manager will oversee the making of your dish to ensure there is no contamination.

For those who want to eat healthier, we offer the freshest ingredients possible. Much of our seafood is flown in directly from the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii. We don't pay for anything until we've inspected it for freshness. At San Chez, we grind and cure many of our own sausages, leaving out all the chemical preservatives and additives. Traditionally, Spanish beans and rice are made with lard, but we've modified the recipe to be delicious and healthy. So if someone in your party would rather not eat meat (or any animal products) at all, our staff can point you to several plant-based selections that we prepare with great care. You've got to try our vegan pesto!

It goes without saying that our number one rule is to be safe and sanitary. We are proud of our 100% rating from the health department.

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Committed to Working Together

San Chez Fun Facts:

  • 800,000 kilowatts of wind energy used since purchased in 2009
  • 6,000 cubic yards of waste composted in 7 years
  • 2,000 yards of waste recycled in 13 years
  • Employees have worked 2.5 million hours
  • $500,000 donated to various charities
  • 4,800 million total tapas served
  • 2.6 million dine-in guests

Items Sold:

  • 557,000 shrimp
  • 20,000 pounds of goat cheese
  • 51,840 tostones
  • 686,400 eggs
  • 113,000 fritters
  • 138,720 empanadas
  • 43,920 paellas
  • 70,560 trufas
  • 17,520 flan