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Chandler's a Restaurant

Chandler's a Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lakeandhoward.com
  • Phone: (231) 347-2981
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Tommy Kaszubowski
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Typically we offer a four course tasting menu in the wine cellar. The cellar seats up to 48 people. Stand up cocktail receptions accepted. We customize to suit you. Call or email for specifics as availability changes with the seasons.
  • Private Party Contact: Chandler Symons (231) 881-7606

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chandler's a Restaurant
Chandler’s opened it’s doors in December of 1999 behind the historical Symons General Store building. It’s a cozy place with only 50 seats in the main dining room & 10 seats at the bar. When real estate is too tough to find - it’s standing room only! For a change of scenery, guests can enjoy dining in the wine cellar where they are surrounded by the 4,000 bottle collection that serves both the restaurant and Symons General Store. In the warmer months, guests can choose to dine outside, on Chandler’s brick courtyard.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were stuffed in the back of the basement between two stacks of wine bottles. Service was Ok. Expected better seating and more fresh seafood on the menu."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After going to Chandlers for years, we will never go back. Almost every time we go and have reservations, we still get seated 30-60 minutes after our reserved time. The food is good (not great) for the price. We had dinner at two other restaurants in Petoskey, which were more reasonable and had equal, if not better, food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our 52 wedding anniversary at Chandlers. We love the place. The food is first rate and so is the service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Chandlers for the first time on the recommendation of a friend. We were surprised when we walked in the door as the dining area was small. We soon began to find out why: no mass production of food here. Hats off to the chef--the food was absolutely delicious!!!! Service was great. A bit noisy for a quiet conversation, but the food quality overrides the poor acoustics. Looking forward to a return visit the next time we are in Petoskey! Make sure you get a reservation as you will have a long wait if you don't."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We took my mom and step dad there for his birthday and there were 17 of us. We were seated in the wine cellar. Not only was it FREEZING cold, but much to my dismay, they did not seat us all together. Even more unfortunate, no one shared that with me when I made the reservation! So half of the guests weren't even able to converse with the guests of honor! I was livid! The food was good but not so good that I was OK with the more than $1000 price tag!!! Won't go back at those prices."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This place was recommended by a friend and the food and ambience was great. If you "want to be seen" and like the action, make sure to ask for the bar. If you are looking for something a little more quiet and romantic, they have a wine cellar room that has at least 5000 bottles of wine. The food was great, as well as the service. I would even recommend the cellar room for rehearsal dinners, or possible wedding/baby showers if not over 50 people. Cant wait to go back !!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed all of our appetizers and meals. A few more entree choices are needed. Wine list is extensive and priced appropriately. Service was the perfect balance of fun and professional. All staff members were gracious and genuine."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Consistent excellence in all courses without pretension"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Expected a lot more from this restaurant as it came highly recommended. The best part of the dinner were the hummer drinks. The spicy tuna was not what we expected. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was well prepared and creative. Wine superb. Great service. Sat outside."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Best all around restraunt in michigan can't beat it. It's gourmet, consistent and amazing. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was in town for business (I am a wine importer) and love having fantastic meals at unique spots around the world. Chandler's was charming and the food was fantastic! I won't come back to Northern Michigan without having at least one meal there! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Try the Berry Crisp! The hangar steak was amazing..... A great find!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "During our booking, I requested a quiet table to celebrate my son's birthday. They gave us a table practically in the kitchen. We were constantly bumped into by the waitstaff. It was so crowded and loud we couldn't even carry on a conversation. It was unfortunate because the food was very good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The filet, mushrooms and asparagus were very good. We will go to Chandler's again the next time we are in Petoskey MI."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was exquisite. Very romantic, candle lit dinner. Service was excellent. Dining room very chilly - turn up the heat."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience at Chandlers. Food was great along with service. Live guitar was incredible. Wine selection the best. Overall a pleasant comfortable evening. The filet was one of the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the staff as usual were wonderful. Great ambience EXCEPT we went on a cold night and they had a hard time keeping the wine cellar warm. Can't really blame them as it was so so cold out. Otherwise wonderful food and drinks!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been dining at Chandler's for many years. The food has never disappointed. The service borders on being "too efficient." It just isn't warm and fuzzy, but we received our drinks, salads, and meals in a very timely manner. The space inside is tight and cozy and we love their open-concept kitchen. They also offer dining across the courtyard in the wine cellar, which is a unique experience. The food is very good, fresh, and creative. I highly recommend the Awesome Coffee for dessert on a snowy, cold night. And sitting outside on a lovely summer day is quite nice."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Service was fantastic and prompt. Food was awesome. Cheese plate was perfect for our group of 7. We had fabulous filets, awesome salmon, terrific duck, great walleye. Lots of wine choices. Loved the ambience dining in the wine cellar!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Any trip to petosky always includes a dinner at chandlers, it's our favorite sat night stop. We love the food cocktails and the wine list, the staff are warm and welcoming and the service is always top notch. A bit noisy, but in a vibrant way, they often have music, with a musician that plays easy jazz or blues music."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere! Our third year in a row on NYE and we are anticipating a fourth! A little cold occasionally with the door opening in the single digit temperatures..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We've been to Chandler's three times now, the first on our 10 year anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better spot. A year and a half later, the same great food and service is still there. Thank you for making us want to come back!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner and can not wait to go back. Amazing food, incredible service and great ambience. We loved every part of it. AND we were able to make a reservation the same day on line. We'll be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food and service was excellent but not worth $300.00 for a family of 5."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Chandlers Restaurant served up amazing food, romantic ambience (we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary), and outstanding service. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Everything was Awesome. The wait staff the drinks the food the service Awesome!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Loved the food and service...only thing we would comment on is the portion sizes, particulary salads...not very big for the price! Drinks were great. The appetizer cheese platter was wonderful!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Liked this place a lot! Cozy. Great food. Good drinks"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "This place is much too noisy, we will not revisit in spite of the good food"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had a fantastic time. The food and experience was great. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I worked fine dining all through college and have always loved trying new places. Chandlers Wine Cellar is so intimate, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and the food is consistently amazing! Despite the 1 hour and 15 minute drive for us to go here, this is the only place we go now for any special occasion meal. It is a true treat and we are ecstatic we found it. The Calamari is a must have!! Best I've had anywhere and the ambiance and wine choices are phenomenal! Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We just spent our first weekend in the Charlevoix/Petoskey area and were thrilled to have found Chandler's. The ambience, food and service were terrific."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food was outstanding!! Wine list amazing! Service is always the best!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "What a gem! My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a delicious dinner at Chandler's. The food was delicious, the service outstanding, and the wine list, elaborate. Perfect little place for a cozy dinner for two. Be sure to make a reservation. Space is limited and it is a popular place!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "My husband and I ate at Chandler's a couple of weeks ago. We had gone up north for the weekend, wanted a place to have dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Chandler's fit the bill quite nicely. The atmosphere was cozy and warm, our waitperson (Paul) was knowledgable and attentive, the food and wine were delicious. We had the bibb lettuce and pear salads to start, followed by veal scallopini and the rabbit. all were excellent, as was the wine. we ended the meal with espresso and cannoli. The espresso was good but the cannoli was the only disappointment - the pastry seemed a bit stale. Overall, however, a very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "The food is always outstanding, the room is energetic and alive, the servers are very knowledgeable and friendly. It's the best restaurant in Petoskey for sure!!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Chandlers is a northern Michigan gem. The food is outstanding and service exceptional. Be sure to ask for David as your server! Food is perfectly prepared and presented Strong wine list with a good range of choices"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "We had lunch on the patio and two days later ate dinner inside. Both times the food was great, service outstanding and the ambiance perfect. No children in sight. It was a wonderful adult experience."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "We were visiting Petoskey and couldn't find any places with a lake view, so we went with Chandler's ... tucked away on Howard Street. The food was great, we had rack of lamb and tuna, both prepared and presented very well. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. The only issue was the ambiance .... the place was so loud that we couldn't even talk to eachother! Became even worse when the guitarist started playing. To add to the noise, there was a pungent smoke smell from the kitchen now and again ... like in the days when everyone smoked in restaurants, to the point it made our eyes water. That being said, we would probably go back on another (quieter?) night to give it a second chance ... just for the excellent food."
    Dined on 9/6/2013