Our Story

“The Listers', with help from the Hearthstone Chefs, have raised the 'soup and sandwich' meal to an art form” – The Chicago Sun Times

Originally founded by Franklin and Gina Lister in 1975, the Hearthstone has become a West Michigan dining destination offering inspired European bistro classics, contemporary cuisine, warm hospitality and unparalleled service. The tradition continues today with new owner Ben Soyars.

Ben Soyars's passion for craft and commitment to excellence is embodied by the restaurant's talented and decorated culinary team. They are committed to using fresh ingredients, locally sourced and creatively interpreted. Specialties include bistro classics such as Steak Frites, Mussels and Croque Monsieur as well as contemporary American favorites including Berskshire Tomahawk Porkchop, Macaroni and Cheese, Hamburgers and Almond / Brioche Crumbed Great Lakes Perch. The restaurant is also renown for it's creative salads, sandwiches and daily made from scratch soup features including our award winning Gratinéed French Onion and Wisconsin Cheddar with Popcorn. Housemade Créme Brûlée, Croissant Bread Pudding with seasonal fruit and Peanut Butter Mascarpone Mousse Pie are also offered.

As approachable as the food, the wines have been handpicked by our Sommelier to offer our guests easy, reasonably priced drinkable wines from California, Michigan and Europe, either by the glass or by the bottle. The Hearthstone also features classic Belgian ales as well as local and regional craft beers, signature cocktails & Aperitif.

The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting with the romantic ambiance of a traditional Bistro. In the warmer months, outdoor dining is available in our lush, European inspired garden terrace. Private Dining is also available in Suite 24, a warm, intimate space that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The Hearthstone's Banquet and Catering Department offers corporate catering services as well as full service Banquets.

Over the past four decades our commitment to hospitality has extended beyond the walls of the restaurant and into the West Michigan community. We continue to support, participate and partner with the arts, cultural, charitable and educational organizations that enhance the quality of life in our lakeshore community.

True to the genuine nature of the Classic Bistro, the Hearthstone celebrates quality, simplicity and authenticity. It is our goal to make the Hearthstone much more than just a place to eat, but rather a gathering place where you and your friends and family can slow down, enjoy a delicious meal and reconnect. Bon Appetit!