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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
  • "The food and dining experience here never fail to impress us. Specials each night are typically the best choice and offer interesting variety with fresh and mostly local ingredients, which are especially tantalizing in August when the area produces outstanding fruits and vegetables. The wine cellar is our preferred seating location although it has one drawback: one, unisex bathroom, which often has a line or at least a wait. And the door to it is virtually in the dining area, so not particularly appealing. Otherwise, this is our favorite restaurant in the area and one to which we return again and again."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Cool ambiance - but too loud for comfortable conversation - request wine room or outdoors and I imagine it would be MUCH quieter. Disappointed that we had an 8pm seating and they were already out of 1 of the 2 fish specials. Interesting salad options, however, a Very small menu."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Was a relaxing and cozy atmosphere. Not enough entrees to pick from and very pricey- there needs to be a wider range of food available with $$$ to match. Will only come back for lunch or a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The menu changes but we always find something creative, special and delicious. This time it was the cowboy steak, cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner during one of our frequent vacations in Petoskey and Chandler's didn't disappoint. Paul did his usual great job of recommending a terrific wine to complement our two meals: halibut for my wife and I killed a 24 oz Cowboy (it was like butter). We'll be back in October!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Chandler's is by far the best restaurant in the area and never fails to please. We brought a friend who lives in Chicago who was equally pleased. Our server was a joy and extremely efficient. All in all, as always, a memorable experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Chandlers is a very small, quaint restaurant. Food is excellent as well as the wait staff."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We dined at Chandlers for our 10th anniversary. After ordering four different bottles of wine, all of which were out, we finally settled for a bottle they had and ordered our meal. My husband ordered the daily special: perch. After ten minutes, we were informed that the perch still hadn't arrived from Charlevoix. We were given the option to wait or order something else. Since Charlevoix is relatively close, we decided to wait. An HOUR later we were told that the fish still hadn't arrived and the truck was "missing". During that time, no one offered any kind of complimentary appetizer or additional bread. My husband ordered the chicken, and neither meal (I had filet) was anything special, especially for the price. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This small gem was an amazing experience. A definite must!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "For the first time I was disappointed in this restaurant. It was just average, you get only your meal and bread for a expensive price, the table was extremely small shoved up against the wall, the kitchen staff was VERY loud cooking and throwing pans and pots around and the waiter actually forget to charge us for the bottle of wine(we did tell him!) I won't be going back anytime soon. Too bad."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Because the drinks and the food were so incredible, we had a fantastic evening."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Have eaten at Chandler's since they opened. Food always excellent, but primary dining area very noisy when full. Two nights ago they ran out of both fish entrees by 9:00 PM which required us to eat an excellent beef filet. Problem was that we had ordered, opened and begun to drink wine chosen in anticipation of fish entrees. During this busy summer season with a nearby outstanding fish market, (John Cross in Charlevoix), Chandler's should be prepared and suffer the occasional unsold fish to be used for something else the following day."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in northern Michigan. Intimate ambience. Friendly service. Menu changes with the fresh food available. Excellent chefs."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Once again, a glorious dinner at Chandlers for my birthday! Started with the Foie Gras app, Caesar Salad, and the Red Fish special. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is creative and memorable. The staff always go out of their way to make sure that we have a relaxing evening - they are personable, attentive, and always professional. Chandlers is my favorite place for a special occasion in Northern Michigan, without peer."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "During our recent week in Petoskey we dined twice at Chandlers, first night to kick off our vacation and last night to end on very high note. We love their fish, the halibut is the best I've had anywhere, and it seems to always be a menu item!! The wine selection is very good and in a comfortable mid price range. The place is always full and the atmosphere festive. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've been going to Chandlers for a number of years when we get to the area and it never disappoints! One of our favorite restaurants ever! Paul is our fav server. Just a great spot!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We make a trip to Petosky every year and one of our favorite restaurants is Chandler's. We love to sit outside and listen to the live music, sip on wine and eat fantastic food. It's quaint and romantic and the staff goes above and beyond to take care of you. This is a must if you are in town and want up scale dining."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, incredibly fresh and perfect portions! Our new favorite dining spot in the area!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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 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
  • "My husband and I eat here for almost every meal when we are in Petoskey for our annual weekend visit. The wine list is outstanding, the wait staff is knowledgeable and well trained, and the ever changing menu from farm to table keeps us coming back. The flavors are interesting, never overpowering, and a foodie must! The great part about Chandlers is that you can have a casual lunch, hang out at the small bar, or have a special dinner. It suits all occasions. Keep in mind this place is very small and dinner reservations are a must during the summer season."
    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