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

Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.staffords.com
  • Phone: (231) 526-6201
  • 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 (231) 526-6201
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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........."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing food and a beautiful restaurant. Complaints: didn't get enough food for how much I paid "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Thank you to the happy, efficient, friendly staff for a memorable dining experience. We WILL return"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Great service and food! Wonderful atmosphere and beautiful restaurant. Support local. Stafford's is always a great choice!"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "My wife and I dined in the Pointer Room to celebrate a special occasion and kick off our trip up north. We really enjoyed our dinners - we both had the planked whitefish - which came in huge portions and was well seasoned, but mild. I'd never had potatoes prepared the way they do it, but I loved them. Our salads were also very good, as was the complimentary freshly baked bread. We got their just after sunset, which is unfortunate since this room sits right on the water with pretty views during daylight hours. There is also a nice bar that is separate from this dining room, which is cozy and has really comfortable bar chairs. Try the Awesome Coffee for a night cap. Highly recommend this place, and we hope to dine here again."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Rob Graves created the most delicious vegan dish I have ever eaten. Thank you for being creative. The dish was beautiful in presentation and taste. Mary Beth was a great waitress. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and cares about service. We are always delighted when we visit the Pointer Room. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We ate here for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. The grounds were beautiful. We were seated immediately. We were seated near the window and thoroughly enjoyed the view. The service was great. But most of all, the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "The Pier did an impeccable job on its food, service, and atmosphere. We were once again pleased that we chose The Pier."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "The Pier did an impeccable job as always! It has become our favorite up north restaurant."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "The Pier staff does an outstanding job! The food is awesome, the staff is the best. I recommend you try it!"
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Our server was charming and made our visit very enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "This is a great place and a real surprise that the wine list was not over the top for some really decent wines. Everyone had something different and we all loved our food choices. Can't wait to go back next year."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner inside on our anniversary. Fun dinner outside a couple days later. The setting is just beautiful. As with all of Stafford's properties - food was fresh, well prepared, & well presented. Typical Stafford's service - Excellent! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "We took a group of friends and they have not stopped commenting on how great the food and service was in The Pointer Room. We had a window table and our same great waiter - Ric."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "We enjoy the Michigan scenery while driving from our home in indiana and the short drive from Petoskey to Harbor Springs is very scenic. A few years ago we happened to find the restaurant on our journey. The entire dining experience has been very good on each visit and thus we return annually on our way to Mackinac Island."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "The Pier Restaurant is a great restaurant and I would recommend that you dine there. The menu is great with something for everyone. The staff is great."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "The food and service at the Pointer Room is simply the best. We appreciate the fact that there is a variety that changes for vegans. Ric is a great waiter!"
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "Simply the best. The lake perch is my favorite followed by the white fish. But everything we have had at the Pier is excellent. Combine the great food with excellent service and a fabulous view of the marina and bay and that's what to expect at the Pier. We come from Arizona to savor this wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "My wife made reservations for dinner to celebrate my birthday. The view of the harbor and the quiet atmosphere was only the beginning. The waitstaff was very friendly and professional. Then came the food. The seafood chowder was AMAZING! The steak was done to perfection. The scallops were the low point of the meal, receiving only 4 1/2 stars out of 5. My wife's prime rib was top quality and melt in your mouth tender. We topped off this perfect meal with the Saunders hot fudge cream puff, which we shared. We will definitely be back. Jerry Haines"
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "We lived in Michigan over 30 years ago and really looked forward to a really excellent Great Lakes seafood dinner. Staffords ranks with the best fish houses we remember from years ago. The whitefish was large and expertly prepared. The lake perch were also excellent. Add to this a view of one of the most beautiful harbors on the Great Lakes and you have a very memorable evening. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/7/2013