Contemporary French Bistro Opens at JW Marriott Grand Rapids


PRESS RELEASE — JW Marriott Grand Rapids announces today the opening of Margaux, a contemporary French bistro. Formerly, the refreshed downtown restaurant introduces an approachable, yet authentic dining experience inspired by the red wine regions in the South of France.

Chef de Cuisine Caprice Mikel’s curated menu melds traditional French cuisine with a modern approach: escargot à la bourguignonne, steak frites café de Paris, croque-monsieur and baba au rhum. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the Margaux wine appellation that encompasses the village and neighboring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Sourssans, and Cantenac, the most southern region of Medoc’s wine appellation, and will feature an expansive wine selection from the regions. 

“Refined, warm and welcoming, Margaux is meant to appeal to the discerning diner who appreciates thoughtful cuisine in an unpretentious setting,” said Elle Wadel, general manager, Margaux. “Chef Mikel is passionate about utilizing locally sourced ingredients and poised to deliver flavor profiles aligned with the classic French experience that’s also contextual to the agricultural diversity of Michigan.”

The restaurant’s recent interior renovations feature modern lounge-style furnishings, tableware and stone cladding interiors reminiscent of the French countryside. Aptly named “Bordeaux,” Margaux’s private dining room is enclosed by floor to ceiling fluted glass and accompanied by a sheer for more intimate events. The space can accommodate up to 18 guests, is semi-soundproof and features one television for presentations.

“As a trend leader in Grand Rapids’ culinary scene, JW Marriott Grand Rapids welcomes the bold, new concept Margaux brings to our hotel,” said Becky Oldani, director of food and beverage, JW Marriott Grand Rapids. “We are excited to reintroduce our restaurant space – one locals and travelers know and love – with refreshed interiors as memorable as the cuisine.”   

Margaux is located on the first floor of the JW Marriott Grand Rapids and will be open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Formerly known as Mixology, the bar adjacent to Margaux will be renamed to Lounge and feature the hotel’s signature breakfast buffet and a la carte menu. For more information on the JW Marriott Grand Rapids and Margaux, please visit