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Clara's on the River

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

Clara's has be operating in Battle Creek for many years. It has good basic foods, drinks, and deserts. It is a convenient location, downtown Battle Creek. Sometimes very busy and a quick call to check is advised. Also, they have several rooms for special parties-small and cozy to very large. Also, a large and extensive menu.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Super authenic decor in an actual train station. Enjoy desserts too. There is something for everyones taste.

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1 Thank Lane287
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you want to get away from the chain restaurants, try this place out. Beautiful old building with a large menu of well prepared foods. The fajitas are excellent, as are the soups. Really nice dinner stop if you're downtown for an event or a holiday walk through the Christmas lights.

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1 Thank Erik M
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a group of 8 to Clara's for lunch and there wasn't a single person that enjoyed their meal. Menu is too long and they don't do anything well. We had a mix from pizza, sandwich, calzone. Do not recommend.

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Thank Kelley F
Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank IllinoisRich
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Brookville, Ohio, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Kathy G
Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

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....

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kalamazoo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

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 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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19 reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
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
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?