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1852 Grill Room

4.5
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457 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located inside Island House Hotel, 1852 Grill Room features a first-class menu served in a relaxed setting highlighted by stunning Mackinac Island views. Choose to dine on the terrace patio or inside the dining room with its stunning décor and floor-to-ceiling windows. Live pianist, sunset hues over the water, and a flavorful dinner menu make for a perfectly romantic evening out. Online reservations are highly recommended.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 457 people are saying
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4.4
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BruceM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a fantastic meal at the 1852 Grill Room. The food was great and staff friendly and enjoyable to talk to. We ate on the porch and the view of the grounds and harbor is outstanding. We would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was lovely but overpriced.

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Nina
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, food and service was great. We loved our dinner. We had a window table - what a view!

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vipKingCavalier
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tried 1852 Grille Room again as they offered outside dining. Was a very nice night and food and service were good. My wife enjoyed the trout and I had the whitefish which was also good. Their bread was changed ... missing some of our favorites but probably due to season end. But a good dinner. Nice option on the island.

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Pearl6
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best walleye I have ever had!

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GregoryA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the greeting when we arrived. Our server was very good and kept us laughing. The food was Amazing as we had the steak for two! Wonderful service, great atmosphere and the pianist was great as well! We enjoyed our evening at the restaurant and will come back the next time we visit the island!

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MikeK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we expected and more. Food was outstanding as was the serbice. We will be back.

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vipFoodie
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. I had the filet Oscar and my husband had the prime rib. Both were coked perfectly and were delicious. We would definitely go back!

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TeriM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal, the cocktails were excellent & dessert scrumptious!

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KennethK
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not so much the restaurants fault, it was our 5th wedding anniversary and I asked for a window table to see the beautiful view of the bay. They sat us at a good table but not by the window. There were two window tables available (both were tables for 2) Another couple came in after us and they sat them right at the window seat. I thought it was first come first served, apparently not! After the couple was seated the gentleman decided to lower the blinds and obstructed our view of the bay completely. Again not the restaurants fault but I would have gladly switched tables and sat by the window and left the blinds alone so the entire restaurant could enjoy the view. Why were we first to arrive and not given one of the two choice tables by the window? I won’t be back for just that reason.

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SusannC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food; some of, if not The best we’ve ever had ! Great service ! Wonderful setting !

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DonZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a special event, albeit, a bit pricy.

The food and service were excellent.

If you are fortunate enough, try and get a table with a view of the harbor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jewel was an amazing server and the place is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal on the patio celebrating our anniversary. Will absolutely be back !!

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LisaH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you plan to celebrate a special occasion, the 1852 Grill Room is an excellent option on Mackinac Island. We were delighted with the service (hope you are lucky enough to get Jeffrey as your waiter)--just the right amount of care, concern and humor. A shout out to all the staff there -- it's not easy working with a mask on, but everyone was very professional and made us feel very welcome. The menu offered several options for fish -- and our table ordered 3 of those (whitefish, trout and walleye). Each was delicious, with unique plating and sides. The entree portions were a little large and the wine list seemed a bit limited (these were only minor). The salads were easy to share. Lovely, enchanting piano music was live in the background. For the icing on the celebration, a hot fudge sundae, with 1 candle and the pianist playing Happy Birthday, was delivered to my 85-year-old mother! A memorable evening--one we will always cherish.

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AmyE
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice with the piano player. Our server was very good. The duck and the whitefish were very good. The risotta did not have much flavor and was not as creamy as it should have been.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the 1852 Grill Room! Service is excellent. Food is delicious.

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LeeW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic table outdoor

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd time to Mackinac Island-first time dining at the 1852. Wonderful experience from our attentive server to our delicious food and that amazing view! Barbecue shrimp appetizer was mouth watering. Steak medallions and lump crab were a wonderful pairing. The French onion soup and signature white fish did not disappoint. One of the most beautiful views of the island while dining. Have added the 1852 grill to our list of favorites ❤️

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MarshaV
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite MI restaurant

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vipluv2skianddrinkwine
Grand Rapids
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our first overnight stay on the island and after researching restaurants this promised to be a great place. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and qualified. The view is what makes the ambiance which is great at certain tables. The Tiffany lights are beautiful but the restaurant needs something more. We had both the great table and the view so our ambiance was good, but overall it’s not so impressive. Would highly recommend for the food and staff! Which isn’t it the food that we come for?

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vipNicmcg
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 11th anniversary at 1852 Grill Room and I couldn't have asked for a better night. The staff was in on a surprise my husband planned to have roses waiting on the table. Live piano music was playing softly throughout. The meal was perfect - enough to be full but not too much. Perfect steak. Whitefish was delicious. For dessert we split the pumpkin cheesecake - well worth the calories! Beautiful experience for a magical night

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DarrylN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. I asked the hostess for a seat by the window since it was our anniversary. She was able to accommodate us. It was the best seat in the house.
The food and service (Kayla) were amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipKtowner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room with nice atmosphere. Best meal we had on the island. Mushroom risotto was the best we ever had. Loved the piano player.

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Foodie
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Lovely dining room and my husband and I had great expectations. Be careful if you have food sensitivities/allergies. I explicitly told the waiter the foods I could not eat. He said he talked to the chef and red flagged what I was allergic to. Before I took a bite of my fish, he confirmed he talked to the chef and everything was "good to go". First bite and I knew he was wrong. Flagged waiter down; he asked chef. Came back and said yes, fish did have allergens in food and he was sorry. Brought me another piece of fish (nervous this time around). The fish was so thin, and dry and tough - was basically inedible and I sent it back. Spoke to the hostess and she said she "took my dinner off the bill." I told her basically I had had nothing to eat and had to sit by my husband while he ate and said it seemed fitting that they would also take his dinner off the bill which they did. But it was a horrible evening experience and a bad start to my vacation on the island. Very disappointed that this $$$ restaurant doesn't take good allergies seriously. They were lucky I know my allergies and only took one bite. Otherwise they would have had to deal with a much bigger problem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience! Everything we ordered was delicious, the service was quick and the bartender was a hoot. I highly recommend eating here while you're on the island!

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vipOkay
Detroit
82 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It's a nice restaurant with good food, but nothing that makes you want to come back again and again. That said, I have yet to find a restaurant like that on Mackinac Island. Could be we were away from the big windows with a great view...could be what we had was mediocre...there were uncooked squares of what looked like store bought American cheese within my undercooked au gratin potatoes.
Good steak,
Dover sole had no presentation, just a warning to be careful of the bones.
I mean, nice enough, but not worth the money or effort, really.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best seats next to a window. There was a pianist playing soft dinner music in the background. The staff was friendly and efficient. Seemed every little detail was well attended to! The presentation of the food was so beautiful and everything was cooked perfectly. Tender but not soggy asparagus and flakey delicious whitefish. Colourful carrots and delicious desserts! The waitress was very helpful with making sure my food allergies were observed. What a wonderful evening!

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vipDhoff
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great service highly suggest having reservations. The bib wedge salad is large enough to share, loved the fresh crispy bacon & garden cherry tomatoes.The steak tartare, the best we’ve ever ate and the pecan crusted rainbow trout, a large portion of soft flaky fish, so crispy on the outside was amazing. For dessert, we shared the strawberry shortcake, would not recommend. The lemon biscuit is very good, it was dry, the dessert some sort of drizzle or liquid.

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Grill Room was elegant and had a beautiful view of the harbor. The piano player was a nice touch and the general atmosphere was quiet and intimate. It was a lovely place to celebrate a honeymoon.

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a phenomenal dining experience. This is by far the best food we’ve had in Michigan in the several years we’ve lived here. The Burrata was insanely good. The service was excellent. Their handling of COVID precautions was so reassuring, by far the best I have seen. We can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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LaurieV
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the butternut squash soup and baked French onion soup to start. Both fantastic!! The butter shaped as a rose was beautiful. I had the shrimp scampi and my husband had the walleye and both were superb. Great food and great experience.

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PatrickL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, friendly staff, the specials were delicious as was the rest of the meal.

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

This is the 4th time I’ve been, 2/3 times I’ve been ignored by the server. Not going to give them a 5th chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband had the Prime Rib which was delicious and he would definitely order it again. The Mushroom Risotto that I ordered was good, but next time I’d make another choice. Our server, Jeffrey, was very friendly and did a great job.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Could eat there every day.

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JMS49757
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

My wife and I were dining at 1852 to celebrate her 30th Birthday this past Saturday. The live piano music and view of the bay was wonderful. The food was pretty good. The service was sub-par. Took quite some time for our server to finally make it to our table, once he did, he was far less than attentative. We tried to order a second round of drinks mid way through dinner, the server took the order, and never brought them to us. After inquiring about getting the order of drinks he said "oh yes" then the next thing he brought to the table was our bill.
Charlie from Indianapolis may have just been having an off evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We had breakfast, the food was mediocre, service, mediocre and the price was outrageous. Don’t waste your time or money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food- love going here for dinner when we are on the island. I forget how big the portions are- it’s hard to save room for dessert but always worth it! The views are also spectacular. Recommend reservations as it is a popular dinner spot.

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