New Hotel Mertens

New Hotel Mertens is a French restaurant that just opened in downtown GR, located on Oaks Street. As their name implies, Hotel Mertens was once a hotel that opened back in 1914, and closed in 1960 when the neighborhood started to decline. Now, it has been re-opened as a modern French restaurant. I love the history and beautiful revitalization they have achieved!


This dish was nice, not really my thing though. However, Nathan found it to be delightful. (That was indeed the adjective he used for it.)


A classic French dish, I’m glad I finally got to try it. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! I like meat as a side, never the main component of a dish, but the Coq Au Vin was lovely, very tasty. There were young potatoes and mushrooms served with the tender, wine braised chicken. The sauce was fantastic.


We had a great chocolate torte for dessert that was thankfully not too rich. The garnishes were fun additions to the dish.


I have always loved the Sloe Gin Fizz. The one I ordered here was a little sweeter than what I typically like, but not bad.