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Clara's on the River

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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44 McCamly St N, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3550
+1 269-963-0966
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If this is the second-rated restaurant in Battle Creek, then there must be really bad restaurants here. They can't cook a steak to the proper temperature. I ordered a New York Strip medium well expecting a little pink. I got a steak that was rare on one half of the steak and medium on the other half. It's too bad... More 

Thank IllinoisRich
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lunch at Clara's on the river is excellent. Their hamburgers are one of the best in town with excellent and drinks and hospitality from staff. There is not a long wait for setting or food and the food is good and reasonably priced.

Thank Lindsayrc101
Brookville, Ohio, United States
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Clearly for the expensive side of life. Over the years of visiting Battle Creek, I heard of Clara's. Finally went there with a friend. The place is filled with memories and memorabilia from the past traveliers of yester year and Tiffany lighting above your heads. The old train station has a Large Menu with tiffany prices. The food was good... More 

Thank Kathy G
Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Clara's in Battle Creek several times on my visits to BC and have always enjoyed the service, atmosphere and food....

1 Thank jagintc
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not been to this restaurant in several years. I recently returned and ordered the lake perch basket. The perch, which is usually a mild fish, was very "fishy." It was obviously frozen breaded perch filets and they did nothing whatsoever to make them more appealing. I am not exaggerating when I say they were horrible. Fish sticks in... More 

Thank s t
Battle Creek, Michigan
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We do frequent Clara's for both business and with family and friends. It's at a unique train stop location and is decorated beautifully in the winter months. Recommend asking for table by the massive fireplace if possible! :) The menu is very large. I can't think of anything necessarily 'bad' that we have had, but not really anything 'fabulous' that... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Looking for something unique in Battle Creek? Clara's will fit the bill! We were traveling through and stumbled on to this refurbished depot for lunch. It was a great value with a wide variety-16 pages of choices ! We enjoyed the Kellogg's memorabilia and history on the back of the menu. The service was knowledgeable and attentive.

1 Thank klpp
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

I've been found of Clara's since I was a teenager. I love the Sunday brunch in the quaint Lil restaurant by the river. It's a great place for friends to meetup and get reacquainted. It's nice for solo dining, especially in the summer when you can read a book on the patio. The food is delicious too.

2 Thank Leonica E
Battle Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Clara's has a unique and lovely atmosphere in an old train station. It's menu is quite large and the food is very good! Nice outdoors entertainment in the summer months! Great brunches for Easter and Mother's day!

3 Thank kbetsy19
Muskegon, United States
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

It may not be fair to rate a restaurant based on a dinner for 9 people, but Clara's was well aware a 300-plus attendee convention was in town. We had prior experience with the Clara's in Lansing and it's many-paged menu. What surprised us was the rather mediocre preparation of each of the items we ordered. We will give it... More 

Thank Phil S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 McCamly St N, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3550
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Calhoun County  >  Battle Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 269-963-0966

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