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Clara's on the River

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44 McCamly St N, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3550
+1 269-963-0966
11:00 - 22:00
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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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Liked to decor. They have keeped the interior all the old wood. The breakfast buffet was very nicely done with a variety on it. Would recommend it to out of towners very nicely done.

1 Thank Greg E
Region of Waterloo, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed with the history of the restaurant and all the decor throughout...so interesting! This place was less than half a mile from our hotel. The hostess was really friendly and accommodating. She visited us during our meal to check on us. The food was very good. You can get a light meal (like quiche) to a full dinner... More 

1 Thank Judy M
Battle Creek, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved all of the historic photos and relics on the walls, really, everywhere you looked! Sign at the bar says something about "Rule R" or something like that, about how if you drink too much you could be booted off the train. Since this restaurant is an old train depot, it was pretty fitting! The menu is huge, and had... More 

1 Thank kimberlytU6294BA
Battle Creek, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clara's has great sandwiches and meals. They have a very good Sunday brunch. Something for all tastes. Even the children. Great waitresses and atmosphere. Little pricey.

1 Thank klr49015
Shelby Township, Michigan
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and generous portions. We stopped in for lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant is in an ld train station depot located on a riverbank in downtown Battle Creek, MI. My spouse ordered the Seafood Croissant which was huge and stuffed with a seafood mixture. It came with french fries and she said it was "Awesome". I had the... More 

2 Thank Adjuster29
Washington state
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only thing missing here are tracks outside, or the sounds of steam and a whistle as the train approaches! It's a wonderful adaptation of an historic depot. We dined here twice on a recent visit to the city. No matter the selection, time of day, or day of the week, we found the service is excellent and professional, the... More 

1 Thank CalRuss
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98 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this restaurant. Great food selection, neat old train depot building... Lots of food choices. Different size portions. Their deserts were great but pricey. Meals were fair priced. Love their ice cream drinks. I have eaten here before and will go back when in town again.

1 Thank seetheusainaford
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered steak, both my husband and my steaks tasted like fish, tried using A1 steak sauce to cover taste didn't help. Didn't eat the steak.

Thank April H
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416 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the train doesn't go past this historic train station (tracks through Battle Creek were consolidated in the 1980's when Conrail began using Grand Trunk Western tracks), it still retains its historic appearance. The food is very good here and the service was excellent. The atmosphere alone makes this restaurant superb. Only wish they had an old passenger car you... More 

Thank CaseyJones6325
Battle Creek, Michigan
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The restored train station is vintage and unique in its atmosphere. The food is also very tasty - I recommend any of their chicken - they have great flavor!

2 Thank Lori C

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?