Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room
Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room

Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.staffords.com/
  • Phone: 2315266201x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Britt Beaumont
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Walker 2315266201x
  • Entertainment: Piano on Fridays and Saturdays in the Pointer Dining room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay at State
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room
A tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs, Stafford's Pier Restaurant offers true waterfront dining, quite literally, as the Pier Restaurant was built on original pilings over the harbor.

The Pier's Pointer Room overlooks the historic yacht basin while offering visitors a superb choice of fine cuisine. The more casual Chart Room provides a relaxed environment with a traditional menu. A local meeting spot, the Wheelhouse Lounge is open daily for cocktails with a complete menu. Dudley's Deck is without question the most famous outdoor dining spot in northern Michigan and the place to be each and every Fourth of July.

Along with spectacular views, the Pier notes an impressive culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Britt Beaumont.

The Pier is always the center of action in Harbor Springs all year long. And especially when summertime hits, there is probably no more popular nightspot in town.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.2
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (34)romantic (19)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (13)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (7)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A spot of our own
    Ajoy2bVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We visited Harbor Springs for the fall foliage. The weather was great & the food was exceptional. Our server, Korey was personable; made good recommendations and made us feel like we were the only ones there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thoughtful Staff
    aapotts
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lovely ambiance with terrific views of the pier out giant windows. I noted in our online reservation that our party was celebrating birthdays and both the hostess and server (without reminder) wished us Happy Birthdays and brought a special treat after dinner. Very thoughtful. Food was delicious. Hope to return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Steve
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Stanford's Pier is always great. The food and drink are wonderful and the view and staff fantastic! It was very noisy this time and that was disappointing. Very large tour group present. But we will be back often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our meal was very good. Food was pipping hot out of the kitchen and tasted delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly awesome!
    Kristine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Pointer Room is truly awesome! Kevin goes out of his way to create the best vegan dishes. I really appreciate the special treatment and the great service that we get each and every time we dine at The Pointer Room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A yearly date night
    suzie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When we are in Harbor Springs this is always where we go on our last night of vacation. Never disappoints. Service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Short Getaway
    TimeTogether
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner, the atmosphere and service at Stafford's Pier. We asked for a window seat and had a wonderful view of the harbor. It was our first visit and would certainly dine there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SPECTACULAR!!!
    Kristine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Kevin out did himself with the SPECTACULAR vegan dish he created for me!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always!
    Kristine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Thank you to all at the Pointer Room for making our evening so very wonderful! The food was wonderful as always and we always enjoy all of the wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    Neuby
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had Canadian Walleye and Planked Whitefish. We have never been disappointed in over 35 years. I even received 2 cherries in my Manhattan! We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary there on the 15th. Our waitress Ali was very accommodating and friendly. We are also in the frequent diners program.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible Date Night
    DateNight
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I recently had a "Daddy/Daughter Date Night" with my 4-year-old and I have to say the staff was amazing! I wasn't expecting anything other than a quiet night, but everyone went over and above to make my daughter feel very special. The meals were incredible, as were all the little things that added the warmth to our occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great Pointe!!!
    Ajoy2bVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Staying in Harbor Springs for 2 weeks with 3 grandchildren we found Staffords to be the finest restaurant in HS. It is casual but has a fine dining atmosphere which we look for when dining. The food is consistently great. The service staff personable and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    NMGal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Scallops, fried brussel sprouts, admirals platter and dover sole, wonderful meal, excellent service, great ambience, will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A+ service and wonderful view
    Rhoda
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was just ok. Some rolls were very stale and the food was uninteresting. The staff, however, from the manager to the host to the staff was kind, accommodating, friendly and professional in every way. We were a large party that included children and we could not have been treated better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timeless favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    As summer people in Harbor Springs, we have dined at the Pier year after year. It offers spectacular views of the harbor, refined and gracious dining, an attentive wait staff and a varied and tasty menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    Kristine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and service was great as always! Thank you Britt for making us wonderful vegan food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    golfer
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was one of the best meals I've had in years. The petite steak and plank whitefish was fantastic-definely a go back to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stafford's Inn Pier Resturant
    JSS1962
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Was there on July 4th, what a view! Service was fantastic ! Salad wedge one of the freshest I have had in years. Ask for coffee with dessert they bring a little tray of add on's with coffee. Such a neat place. Already made reservations for one more time while on vacation here in Harbor Springs
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TucsontasterVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    You couldn't find a more beautiful dining room than the Pointer Room at Stafford's Pier Restaurant. Views of the harbor are all around and when we were there last Thursday evening we enjoyed watching the activity on the third deck of a huge yacht. The Pier has the best whitefish we've ever had - year after year. My favorite is the recipe (not on the menu) with capers and lemon sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 99 reviews are from the Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room reviews archive.
  • A beautiful place
    RandeVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    as this is the very beginning of the season, with new employees, there are always a few "glitches" to work out, but we love this dining venue. As a great added surprise, we found a newly added appetizer(fried brussel sprouts), so delicious we asked to complement the chef. That alone will bring us to dine at the Pier more often! My husband had the famous perch dinner and it never disappoints! I ordered king crab legs which were delicious, but the first time mistakenly came out as crab cakes.Management is superb and we felt specially treated. You cannot miss this restaurant if you're in this area, as it is truly a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Slow Preparation
    FunVacation
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed our experience and food, but it took a very long time to get our food after we ordered. The waitress and manager both expressed that they were sorry we had to wait so long, but they didn't offer any kind of discount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Staffords!
    Kristine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We always dine at The Pointer Room when we are in Harbor Springs. The food is outstanding! The service is wonderful! Best of all we have gotten to know several of the staff and they take the time to stop and say hello - making us feel even more welcome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bigger cuts
    Prime
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    ordered Prime Rib and Rib eye. Prime Rib had been around for awhile, ordered it medium rare came out medium and a very thin cut of meat had gravy on it?? The menu said it was a 12oz,but look like a 8oz. Not much flavor. Bake potato was just okay. The Rib eye steak was also very thin cut for a steak and price. The wife said the taste was good. For the prices we paid the cut of meat should have been better. The drinks we're nice and wet and the boats hanging on the celling were nice and the table was nice and the chairs were nice and this is far too many word to type for a review....never again.........................................................................................................will I write a review for open table.........
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great view
    Lakegirl
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Amazing food and a beautiful restaurant. Complaints: didn't get enough food for how much I paid
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for an anniv. dinner
    dko2444
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. The service was excellent, as was the food with the exception of the Crab Claw Cocktail that was difficult to eat and not worth the work to get the meat out of the claw. They did take $12.00 off the final bill. We were treated to a champagne split and ordered another one later in the meal. We will go back whenever we visit Harbor Springs, and will definitely try them elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The waitress seemed disorganized and had problems keeping the order straight. The table next to us also had problems. Many nice tables by the window available but we were placed at a side table. Haven't been there in many years and probably won't be back for many more.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Kristine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Stafford's always does an excellent job! Each time we visit The Pointer Room we are extremely pleased with the food and service. The Pointer Room is truly the best. Thank you Rob for all of the wonderful vegan dishes you have prepared for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet meal.
    Detroitmama
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Nice quiet meal with a great view. Service was excellent. Food was average. Easy to get (open table) reservation the time of year we were there (early May.)
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Harbor Springs classic
    Susan
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Ruth our server was very friendly and attentive without being overwhelming. As far as the great lakes, the broiled whitefish cannot be beat. Very quiet evening, midweek. In the summer/warmer months? Make a reservation or you will wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner, wonderful wine
    avocate08
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We ate here after a cold, rainy day of looking at property. Quiet ambiance, excellent food and service, and the Staffird's own Carneros red was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone really out did themselves!
    Kristine
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have to thank everyone at The Pier for such a wonderful evening! The service was awesome. The food was spectacular and I have Rob to thank for that. He always creates the most awesome vegan dishes. The risotto dish I had should be on the menu. I am positive that even 'meat eaters' would find this dish amazing. I hope that Stafford's keeps Rob happy as I would not want anyone to steal him away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always!
    Kristine
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The Pointer Room was awesome as always! Rob created a wonderful vegan appetizer and entree, Andrea was a wonderful server, and David made sure we were well taken care of throughout our evening. Thank you! We look forward to many more wonderful evenings at The Pier.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Anniversary
    HappyWeddingAnniversary
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I took her parents here for their 43rd anniversary and it was perfect. It was a non-holiday Saturday in February so pretty quiet already but the service and food did not fail to impress and go beyond the expected. We sat by the window as requested earlier in an email and got to see a stunning, pink and purple wintery sunset over the bay. The pianist, amazing calamari, breaded and fried just right with a mild but tasty sauce, perch, surf and turf and the Commander's Platter were all great. My mother-in-law accidentally spilled half of her hummer at one point and the waitress got her another full one. Afterwards, we went to the fun bar and sat by the fire for more conversation and one last cocktail. Everything was impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always - excellent all around
    Kristine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dined at The Pier on Valentine's Day and the food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. We enjoy dining at The Pier and I truly appreciate Rob making me a wonderful vegan meal. The Pier is truly the best restaurant in Harbor Springs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always top notch!
    Kristine
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The Pointer Room is absolutely the best restaurant in Harbor Springs. The staff is wonderful. The food is out of this world! Most of all Rob always creates a fantastic vegan dish for me. I always look forward to our next time at The Pointer Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stafford's Pier is a delightful
    Vicky
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Stafford's Pier is a delightful place for lunch and dinner. Spectacular view, amazing ambiance and the service was fantastic. The food was excellent. The cherry bibb salad was the best salad I have ever eaten! The plank and perch dinner was excellent. I would substitute the duchess potatoes for something else. Overall excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    NMGal
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Thank you to the happy, efficient, friendly staff for a memorable dining experience. We WILL return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food! Wonderful
    Ewin
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Great service and food! Wonderful atmosphere and beautiful restaurant. Support local. Stafford's is always a great choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our hotel was in Petosky and
    jennland2001
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Our hotel was in Petosky and we drove to Harbor Springs for dinner here. Cute, quaint little town. We were seated right away and a waitress was at our table to take a drink order. I had the 1/2 whitefish 1/2 perch dinner and they went off menu and prepared my whitefish specially for me since I did not want it cooked on a plank. It was delicious. My husband ordered the petite filet and whitefish and his was good also. The rolls were heavenly. The dessert was "okay". We ordered the hot fudge/carmel/peanut cream puff. The puff was obviously pre-made a frozen. They typically are soft heavenly pastries and this one was hard as a rock. Other than the dessert, this place was a great gem on the water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 year anniversary
    msweet
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My wife and I went here for our 10 year anniversary. The host was very energetic and had a table all set for us when we arrived. As soon as we sat down, the manager offered us a more intimate table closer to the widows which over look the bay. As the wait staff passed us, they all congratulated us on our anniversary. It seemed they all knew who we were and why we were there! When we sat at out new table our waitress brought us a bottle of complementary champagne and the chef sent out a sampling of the antipasto salad. The wait staff worked as a great team, helping to take care of each others table and we never had to wait for any of our needs. The food was excellent and we will be visiting the Pointer Room on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.