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Principle Food & Drink

Welcome to Kalamazoo's favorite downtown dining and drinking hot spot! Located on the historic central downtown Kalamazoo Mall, Principle Food & Drink features craft cocktails and scratch made locally sourced cuisine in a casual yet elegant vintage atmosphere. The Principle kitchen presents an array of 'medium' plates designed to share, comprised primarily of ingredients sourced within 50 miles of Kalamazoo. Guests are delighted as fresh ingredients and high quality spirits are skillfully melded to create memorable craft cocktails at the friendly Principle bar. Expect a lively, convivial experience at Principle Food & Drink. Cheers!
US$12 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose the restaurant randomly as a stop before seeing a movie. It is a friendly, lively place. The drink selections are creative in thought and presentation. I had the Washington, and recommend it. We ordered the filet, special fish (mahi-mahi) and broccoli. Each dish...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 58glennk
Reviewed 15 December 2018

It is kind of dark where you can't read the menu and the acoustics aren't the greatest but the food was simply amazing. I had the sockeye salmon with a pomegrante sauce, pickled squash and crunchy black rice that was so tasty, a delight to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lisa T
Reviewed 15 November 2018

There were six of us for dinner and we all enjoyed EVERYTHING we ate. Portions are on the smaller side, but the price is not - but still well worth it!!! Leave room for dessert, and don't be in a hurry! My sister in law...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank momtomitchell
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I dined here with a birthday party full of people, make a reservation for yourself; you'll be satisfied. Lots of large groups, and they offer to split checks. #WINNING. Principle is easily the best meal I had Kalamazoo, MI. The cocktails themselves are so unique,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AnnH1483
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Food came really beautiful looking. As far as hotness or taste, it was a mixed bag. Nothing we had was anything but good at the least, but based upon the inventive presentation, we'd hoped for more. It is so close to being a great restaurant,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Three for dinner One - order of scallops- good flavor, reasonable portion. Two - orders of grilled flat iron steak. Good flavor, nice grilled vegetable accompanied, steak was done as ordered. But, poor quality cut, tough and chewy. Great cocktails Recommend all but the steak,...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Caribn1
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Avocado toast was just delicious. Vegan jambalaya was soooo good. Husband liked the scallops. Ali, our server, was top notch. I had one of their very creative, mixed drinks and thoroughly enjoyed it. Had a really nice dinner. Would definitely go back there again.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Karen M
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The staff are very well-training and pour a great cocktail. They are known for interesting twists on old classics, like martinis and old-fashioneds. The small plates are fresh and unique.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Denise K
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We were amazed at the creative menu options and enjoyed the presentation. The wait staff was attentive and responsive to questions. The serving sizes were small and left room for desert. Prices were moderate and we will return.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank rlbennink
Reviewed 4 June 2018

One of the best restaurants in Kzoo for delicious vegan food! Waitresses are very friendly and attentive. Moderately priced.

Date of visit: June 2018
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