Chandler's a Restaurant
Chandler's a Restaurant

Chandler's a Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.symonsgeneralstore.com/
  • Phone: 2313472981x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:00AM-9:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM-11:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM-11:00PM
    Sunday: 8:00AM-9:00PM

    Lunch: Daily 11:00AM-4:00PM
    Dinner: Daily Starting at 4:00PM
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday only 8:00AM-4:00PM
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, 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 2318817606x
  • Entertainment: We feature live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8:00PM year-round and everyday of the week in the summertime.

    Weather permitting, the musicians will perform outdoors on the patio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street & Howard Street
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Chandler's a Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (50)special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, cozy atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The restaurant is small and cozy and unassuming. But the food and the service is excellent! Everything from appetizers to dessert were delicious. Extensive wine list. The night we went, we were also treated to some great live music, which added to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was wonderful and our waitress, Andrea was top notch! Very attentive and friendly. Thank you for helping us celebrate 25 years!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Limited Selection
    LTO1996
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We went on a Monday for our anniversary hoping to get Salmon or Halibut based on other reviews. We were told that they don't get their fish supply until Tuesday. They Grouper as a special and Yellow Fin Tuna as an appetizer. My wife ordered the Grouper I had the Tuna turned into a meal size portion. The food was good so the night was saved. The price was too high for the fish and $6 bottled water was a shock. I will check out other places next time. I wasn't feeling the value!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Spot
    FeedMeWine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I loved this place--we had dinner late on a friday night and the wine cellar section of the restaurant (though packed) was still quiet and calm. Wine list was phenomenal, and the food was delicious. Get the braised pork--best I've had out in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm Up at Chandler's
    Drbtansha
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Chandler's help warm up an otherwise wet and cold weekend Up North. We celebrated our anniversary at Chandler's again this year. We love it. Great service. Unbelievable food and wine. Small place so the ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner in the Wine Cellar
    stj123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I made a reservation in the wine cellar. We had a nice lunch on the previous day and were told the wine cellar was closed. We arrived for our reservation the next day and were greeted by an older dark haired very rude waitress and she said they were setting the table for us in the wine cellar as we requested and it was a special seating for us alone. She also said that she was completely full for the night in the dining area. The wine cellar was a completely unacceptable and we were sorry we didn't walk out and go elsewhere. At the end of our meal the dark haired waitress lied to us and said (when I told her how unacceptable it was), that she wasn't full in the main dining area and could have seated us there. That is the end of the story.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience All Around
    StellabeeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating a wedding anniversary in Northern Michigan and planned a dinner at Chandlers. We were delighted to find the atmosphere still vibrant even for our late reservation- the place was still busy and the live music was great. The service was outstanding as was the food. We ordered an ahi tuna appetizer from the daily specials menu with roasted pineapple, cucumber and lotus- a perfect combination of flavors. For dinner we ordered the steak filet and the duck breast; both were delicious and cooked perfectly. The extensive wine list made my husband happy and I enjoyed a mojito. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Anniversary Dinner
    Excellent1yrAnnivDinner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had a great 1 year anniversary experience at Chandler's. The food and wine were excellent and the atmosphere romantic. I definitely recommend this restaurant when in the Petoskey area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    ReinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We ate in the wine cellar area and the food and service were excellent. Two negatives where the constant banging of the door leading from the outside was very annoying (need to install a soft closing door closer) and each time the door opened a cold draft of air entered the room...(need to add additional heaters to combat this and make an air curtain). In the meanwhile if you dine in the cellar make sure you are as far from the outside door as possible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    PetoskeyFan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Every year I go to Chandler's for my birthday and I am never disappointed. The filet is cooked perfectly and has a unique sauce that makes it even more flavorful. The service is great and they have one of the best wine lists in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in Petoskey
    bayagent
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We chose Chandlers because of so many people saying it is the bet in Petoskey. We're on vacation in northern Michigan. Chandler's is noisy the prices high for the portions received The wine and service was great. Whitecaps is much better in all respects.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another memorable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although our request to be seated in the wine cellar (where we always dine here) could not be granted due to a special party in that space, and we were initially very disappointed to be seated in the much noisier, more crowded and TV-decorated main dining room, our server, Diane, saved the day for us. She was excellent -- cheerful, witty, efficient. And the manager did all he could to mitigate our disappointment. As always, the food was outstanding -- fresh ingredients expertly prepared and plated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fabulous
    50inspired
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food and fantastic wine list. Server was attentive but allowed us to socialize with minimum interruption. Our table was right near the door, which wasn't fabulous but everything else made up for it by the end of the evening. I would highly recommend. We sat inside but they have a lovely courtyard with live local entertainment. Seemed to have a very good late night crowd. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great experience
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Revisited Chandler's ... hoping for the same experience as our first visit, we were not disappointed. Everything, from the greeting at the front desk to the time we departed, was perfect. A great wine list, the staff seem to know their wines and had a good recommendation. The food was outstanding ... we had whitefish and duck, both perfectly prepared. While initially very busy, the staff were attentive and engaging. On our first visit, the small dining area and the proximity of the cooking area made for a haze from the food being prepared on the grill ... much less an issue this time, almost not noticeable. A great out of the way, cosy establishment ... we'll be back. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner65
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy atmosphere- pricey
    7292
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    AOKAnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu changes but we always find something creative, special and delicious. This time it was the cowboy steak, cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Bhawks13VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perenial Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Dineout
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Chandlers is a very small, quaint restaurant. Food is excellent as well as the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    FoodieFam
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Vibe
    Sara
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This small gem was an amazing experience. A definite must!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Tuna
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A surprise
    likefood
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Because the drinks and the food were so incredible, we had a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small quibble
    DedalusVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    SunnyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in northern Michigan. Intimate ambience. Friendly service. Menu changes with the fresh food available. Excellent chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsmcVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a memorable
    LNSdiner1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Chandlers!
    Fools4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food, incredibly fresh and perfect portions! Our new favorite dining spot in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again
    janjaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Place
    Boatini
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Chandlers
    dawntreader
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We celebrated our 52 wedding anniversary at Chandlers. We love the place. The food is first rate and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!!
    Foodiedentist
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 158 reviews are from the Chandler's a Restaurant reviews archive.
  • VERY expensive/not good for groups
    Maureen
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    LoveANightOut
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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 !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pickledhen
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.