Worth the trip!
The mushroom bisque is amazing! The service was excellent, and our server was very knowledgeable about the items on the menu. The desserts were excellent - the Sanders ice cream puff was beautiful and tasty, and the almond creme brulee was very good. It is definitely worth the 1+ hour drive for us!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
A good Place to eat in Charlevoix
Everyone at our table was happy. The Friday night prime rib was the reason two of us were there and it didn't disappoint. We eat there about once a month. Be sure to sign up for the birthday discount! The waitress was appropriately solicitous and knowledgeable. It can be noisy there, but this time was not very busy - it's a slow time of year.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Easter Brunch.
Just two of us for Easter Brunch. Had not been to the Inn before, as we are new to the area. The brunch was delicious. We will return.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic meal - Easter brunch
Fantastic meal - Easter brunch - at a ridiculously low price ($19.95). Not your standard brunch fare - the selection was large and diverse. The roasted turkey was divine, and I'm still thinking about the pulled pork and polenta. Excellent staff and service. Very attentive and helpful. I made last-minute reservations for Easter brunch and received a warm welcome. Highly recommended.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best fish I've ever had. I'm
Best fish I've ever had. I'm a notable
Chef . Please try the white fish
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was delicious and very
Food was delicious and very well presented. Excellent service. Booker Manhattan was outstanding. Very good wine list.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Anniversary Dinner
Set in a Victorian house, the presentation was beautiful, tables were adequately spaced and interior decor was very eye-appealing. The service was prompt and friendly. We had the early fixed price special and the food was well displayed and tasty. Salads were large and varied and the bread basket included very flavorful scones in addition to the hot and mouth-watering bread. For the entrees, the stuffed chicken was especially good. The dessert for two was big enough to feed four. Magnificent ending to a great meal.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
As we were not from this area, we got lucky and found this place on the web. My wife really enjoyed her whitefish while I wanted prime rib, it was sold out by 6:30 although it was a week night. My next choice was filet which was very enjoyable. We capped it off with the chocolate creme puff. Save room for this dessert.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service are impeccable! The bar is first class. Drinks are never watered down. You will not be sorry.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine dining in Charlevoix
We had a lovely dinner at Grey Gables. The salmon is especially delicious, but all the food was excellent, and the service was thoughtful and attentive. A great choice for a special dinner.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant! One
Love this restaurant! One of the best in northern Michigan! We have been going there for years and the consistency is amazing! We have recommended to a club in the area to model this restaurant!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner!!
From the gracious host Chuck, to our wonderful waitress Pam, to a great chef, as well as owner, Darren Romano this has to be one of the finest restaurants in Northern MI. I highly suggest reservations, especially in July and August, as they are very popular! Exceptional prime rib, as well as local fish and farm to table specialties.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in Charlevoix for a race. Found reviews online to be accurate, this was a great restaurant with an amazing menu. The food was superb. The wait staff were young, and learning, but overall very attentive.
I recommend the asparagus soup, it was divine! We immediately posted on FB after I got my asparagus soup that this was a place to go if you were in Charlevoix.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Up North Vacation
I choose The Grey Gables Inn for a romantic dinner for my husband's birthday. I noted this in my reservation and once we were seated the waitress greeted my husband with a friendly Happy Birthday and that his desert was on the house. Our entrees were excellent the Walleye and White Fish. I will visit again.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great option in Charlevoix
Grey Gables was our second restaurant of our stay at Charlevoix. We were pleasantly surprised of the food quality and menu diversity. Moreover, that they had a decent children's menu without sacrificing their main dinning menu. We had the hanger steak which was exceptional, the menu's salmon dish which my husband said it was very good, and we both had one of their daily specials: cream of asparagus soup, which from the presentation until the very last drop was delicious. We really enjoyed our dinner. We made reservations in open table and was seated at one of the best tables in the restaurant with two young kids! (That's never happened before.) If I would improve anything was the variety of the wine list and the lack of dessert wines.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten at most of the
We've eaten at most of the nicer restaurants in northern Michigan. This is one of the top two or three.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haven't been to the Grey Gables
Haven't been to the Grey Gables in years. Our meals were very good and our server was excellent.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband & I, along with our best friends, chose Gray Gables to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversaries. Wonderful (and helpful) service from our young waitress who had been employed at Gray Gables only a month. The (shrimp tempura)sushi we had for appetizers was great----but the stuffed whitefish was to die for! Altogether an enjoyable evening.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Northern Michigan Dining
Wonderful No. Michigan dining destination. Easy walk from downtown Charlevoix in addition to good street and lot parking. The food was outstanding and the menu made it a difficult choice for dinner. The setting is a charming old home which is a comfortable setting for dinner where you can enjoy your evening with friends and family. We didn't go into the bar area but it looked like live music. Good wine and beer selections.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant
Grey Gables is one of my favorite restaurants in northern Michigan. The 2 for $42 meal is such a great deal and the food is always delicious. We are going back this Thursday taking 10 of our friends.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a great place away from the hustle and bustle of town but not too far from town in a landmark area.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come here every year
I come to the Charlevoix area with my Dad (and leave my husband at home!) so we can spend some time together by the water. We traditionally spend our last evening in town at the Grey Gables Inn because we are never disappointed. Thank you for another great evening.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have reviewed before, as this is one of our favorite restaurants. Nothing can be greater than to know that each time you return to a favorite--it never disappoints!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
When we come to Charlevoix
When we come to Charlevoix by boat we make sure we go to Grey Gables Inn for dinner. We always have had an excellent meal. The front dinning area is so charming and intimate. Our server Peter was very professional. We ate early and they have a fantastic early bird special. The bar area is cozy with a piano player. For a great dinning experience this is the place.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy this restaurant.the
We always enjoy this restaurant.the food is great and the service very good. Everyone is very friendly.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grey Gables in Charlevoix
While visiting Charlevoix during the Venetian Festival, my wine and I went to the Grey Gables with friends. We hadn't dined there in eons but were pleasantly pleased by the menu and food quality. One of us had the white fish with crab topping, another the mussels, and the final two had the lobster and heirloom tomato risotto special.
The wine list is adequate and the service was good. All-in-all we had a nice evening in northern Michigan.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone in our party had a different type of food and very dish was outstanding. Would highly recommend.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute Victorian conversion
Slightly outside of the main charlevoix drag, this converted Victorian house provides a romantic ambience serving classic dishes with some modern flares.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 10 seated
We were a group of 10 seated at a round table. Service was quick but not overbearing. Wine list has many choices and many of the draft beers are from Michigan breweries. The stuffed whitefish was outstanding. The other guests had a variety of dishes and were very pleased. Only the mussels were disappointing. They were not cooked well, tough and had no taste Our group would return to Grey Gables.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday evening at Grey Gables
My son and his girl friend took my wife and I to the Grey Gables for my birthday dinner. We were quickly seated and the wait staff was right there.The staff was helpful without being intrusive. I (being tired of too many healthy fish dinners) order the barbecued back baby ribs which were meaty, cooked juat right with a good, strong sauce. Everyone else order one of the whitefish dishes. Locally caught and very fresh everyone was delighted with their meals. My son and his girl friend are Chicago residents and almost real foodies( in addition to being good cooks) they enjoyed their dinner and said the fish was as good as any they had had.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our dinner & we are
Loved our dinner & we are seniors so the early bird menue Is perfect! would like to see youe hanger steak on that menue.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine
My husband ans I discovered GreyGables this summer. We've been there three times, taking friends each time. A wonderful place to dine.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service doesn't match great food
This foodie gem suffers from amateur service. Everything we ordered was delicious: risotto, salads, lamb shank, fish, wine (house red especially good and extremely reasonable). But the server was a novice and no one explained to him that the table needs to be cleared once in a while. At one point a veteran server dashed to our table, interrupted our discourse with our server and barked at him "Those women over there? I watered 'em and answered ten questions. They're all yours." I wasn't sure whether he was being directed to stable the women or serve them. We were both horrified and hugely amused. This lead into a table discussion of our days as servers ourselves decades ago with many amusing and not-so-amusing memories being aired.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is outstanding!! Service is good on some nights. I had the filet minon seared to a juicy favorite with genorously whipped mashed potatoes with a pure parmesan crisp. And to top it off for dinner I got a homemade icecream puff with a hot fudge to surround it. YUM!!!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real bargain with a $42 dinner for 2 with salad, choice of 3-4 entrees, dessert and a full bottle of wine. Menu has lots of choices. The chocolate bread pudding using croissants is to die for.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tis is a lovely place for
Tis is a lovely place for dinner. I loved my walleye. My husband decided on 2 small plates which were not enough. Meh should have chosen 3, but when you go to a restaurant for the first time, the portion size is an unknown. Perhaps the waitperson should have told him. Then again, she doesn't know his appetite. I would definitely return the next time I'm in Charlevoix.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
We read all the reviews, then decided to try Grey Gables. It was after Labor Day, the place was not as frantic as it is during the summer ... maybe the reason for some of the not so glamorous reviews. Our experience was very positive, there were only a few other diners, so it was fairly quiet. The food and service were excellent ... we had whitefish and walleye, the latter came with a creole sauce that was outstanding. Cannot really fault anything ... we had hoped there was a view of the harbor (there isn't), the wine glasses should be a little more upmarket than the cheap ones we had and we felt a little rushed ... in and out in an hour, we would have appreciated more time to savor the ambiance.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and fine service
Good food and fine service the wine list could be improved to further compliment the fine food
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal from drinks to
Great meal from drinks to apps/salad/main course. Service was outstanding as always. Looking forward to coming back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food, but.....
When we pulled up to the resturant, I thought at first they were going for the "shabby-chic" look. Then I realized it just really needed some TLC! I also noticed the menus had been recycled many times because they were bent and had marks on them.
Thankfully we didn't let those cosmetic things scare us away because the food was excellent. Everything arrived at our table perfectly prepared. The Almond Creme Brûlée will make you weep it was so wonderful.
At the prices they charge, I just expected Grey Gables Inn to be a little more classy than it was.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best of the Best in Charlevoix
We have dined here several times. I have always had a pleasant experience. The management and staff are very courteous and more than accommodating. The General Manager, Bartenders, and Servers are welcoming. The Chefs and kitchen staff definitely know their way around a kitchen, providing the best. I would recommend to anyone.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grey Gables triumphs
Excellent service from our waiter Aaron. Attentive but not intrusive, Aaron suggested both wine choices
As well as entree selections. The food is well prepared and well presented, though the vegetables could have been
Warmer. Whitefish and prime rib were both delicious and the portions very generous.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very charming excellent
This is a very charming excellent restaurant! Food is always consistently very good & presented very nicely. Most of the staff are "right on top of it" and there to give you the best service (exception in the bar). One of my favorite restaurants in town!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite spot for locals
GG's is one of our favorite "special" places to dine. The staff is so friendly and make the experience special everytime we share a special occasion with friends or family. We are looking forward to their winter specials!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of four opted to dine in the cozy comfortable seating in the bar area. Great ambience. Food was fabulous with friendly, spot-on recommendations from our waiter. Avacado crab spring rolls were crisp and flavorful. Roasted beets, mushroom pizza, tomato mozzarella salad topped off by an amazing freshly baked chocolate cream puff made for a wonderful array of tastes. Nice array of small plate offerings.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM