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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
  • "Our realtor in Petoskey recc Staffords to us & we were mostly* pleased with our visit there for dinner. The two entrees--which included whitefish & an evening special "Taco plate"--were fresh-prepared and excellent, and the service was relaxed-but-outstanding. Since the ambiance was memorable, w. prices quite reasonable, my wife & I can see why the "haves" And have-nots of the Harbor-Springs/Petoskey region consider this establishment to be something special. *w. the only downside--apart from being there at the wrong time, and season, to enjoy the restaurant views of Little Traverse Bay--resulted from one rather loud [free-spending, drinking & bragging] diner at a distant table. I guess clueless/classless behavior knows no class boundaries..."
    Dined on 11/11/2014
  • "Quiet, understated elegance, and food that is simply delicious. Our server (Saturday, November 8) (ashamed to have forgotten her name),was attentive, helpful and generally a delight."
    Dined on 11/8/2014
  • "We are always delighted by the great food, great service, and the great environment every time we dine at the Pointer Room. I especially am very thankful for the AWESOME vegan meals! Thank you!"
    Dined on 10/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Our meal was very good. Food was pipping hot out of the kitchen and tasted delicious."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "When we are in Harbor Springs this is always where we go on our last night of vacation. Never disappoints. Service outstanding."
    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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Kevin out did himself with the SPECTACULAR vegan dish he created for me!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Scallops, fried brussel sprouts, admirals platter and dover sole, wonderful meal, excellent service, great ambience, will return"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food and service was great as always! Thank you Britt for making us wonderful vegan food!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    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
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