1852 Grill Room

4.6
726 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
When it comes to Mackinac Island dining, 1852 Grill Room is a standout, offering a refined dining experience in a casually sophisticated atmosphere. A live pianist sets the ambiance of an enchanting evening highlighted by brilliant harbor views from the elegant dining room or waterfront terrace patio. Discover exceptional culinary craftsmanship starring chophouse favorites, locally sourced fresh fish, and gourmet desserts. Add a reservation at 1852 Grill Room for a positively memorable evening out.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 726 people are saying
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JoanneS
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, food and service were great. And we loved the pianist — he was very talented.

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vipDavidG
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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lulupics
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful. Each course was flavorful and presentation was nicely done.

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vipWineguy
Chicago
167 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Patio is closed but otherwise great!

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RobertW
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the 1852 Grill Room many times. Obviously, it is a favorite. The food has always been excellent and the staff is always very welcoming and pleasant. On this visit I thought the food was particularly good. I think the menu is a bit pricey but, again, I keep going back so I am willing to pay a little bit more. Very happy and would highly recommend.

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vipAmona
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it took a couple of minutes to be acknowledged upon our entry, we were greeted and seated at a spot with a lovely view out to the water. Service was excellent and our dishes were delicious

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vipDavidT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at 1852 Grill Room and we will definitely be back. The restaurant ambiance is comfortable and calming with a great view of the harbor and an excellent classical/easy listening background pop mix by the live pianist. Our server Fred did an excellent job taking care of us from the moment we arrived. His efficient and friendly service coupled with perfect wine selections helped make our evening a memorable one. Menu selections were great with lots of unique items to choose from. The moules marinières, shaved seared tuna and Dover sole are fantastic fish selections. The fillet mignon was one of the best I ever tasted, amazingly tender and flavorable. This restaurant is very popular so make sure you have a reservation and ask for a window table when you book.

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JohnP
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Last year my wife and I had the best dinner of our lives. This year we ordered the exact same entrees. My wifes med-rare prime rib was well done, and my fish was bland.

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Blouise
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table in front of the window! Everything was terrific. Erica was great server.

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DianaT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Service was great and efficient. Piano music was spectacular!

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BertieMW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was just wonderful, and the excellent piano player in the background was the perfect icing on the cake!

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BobB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very thoughtful, polite, patient, He had great recommendations for drinks and cuisine, well informed, Our food order came out perfectly executed, What a great experience, Thank You

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viptimothy
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent on all levels. bar service from Max, was social and accomodating, and our server Rachel was incredibly prompt, informative, and personable! also, due to change in ferry schedule, they graciously moved our reservation so we could eat there, and still get off the island!

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IslandFun
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wounderful listening to a live Piano being played and the overall ambiance truly complimented the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
77 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great service, great food. Wife and I shared a sashimi tuna appetizer, then the prime rib. Thank goodness we shared, could not have eaten a full serving! Grasshopper frozen drink finished the evening. Wonderful water view, walking distance from downtown Mackinac Island.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Fred made several excellent suggestions for both food and wine.

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vipCynthia
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner with service by Eric’s delightful and the ambiance wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The venue is absolutely beautiful. Service was outstanding. We did not know that the breakfast was $30.00 per person (no children’s menu) so we paid $150.00 for breakfast that was just ok. It was your standard breakfast, a waffle, omelet, eggs Benedict, pancakes ect ect.
You choose one main dish, one side and two drinks (coffee, orange juice, milk, soda ect) for $30.00.
When we booked this restaurant it did not say it was a $30.00 breakfast and no children’s menu.
We would
Have never paid $150.00 for just an ok breakfasts. But the atmosphere is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

My family of 6 had breakfast here. We had 3 bagels with lox and 3 waffle for the kids. Everything tasted good which is why I have the 2 star. The side for the lox was ridiculously little. It was about a quarter of a boiled egg chopped, 2 thin slices of cucumbers, some capers and less than a teaspoon of chopped tomatoes. It’s $30 a plate so we paid $200 and left hungry. The service was slow. Not worth it.

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Darlened
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service extremely professional and every course very timely

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LoriR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and professional service. Loved the skilled pianist.

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vipBelle
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing: from our initial greeting by Tim, the GM, to Rachel, our wonderfully knowledgeable the wine & food was fabulous.

Looking forward to our return visit in 2 weeks hopefully.

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Weekender
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view from our front room table. Lovely piano music, great food, cocktails and service. My only complaint is I asked for my shrimp cocktail and clam chowder to be served with my husband's entree as I did not order an entree too. Other than that tiny mishap it was a perfect experience.

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vipTrixirR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at 1853 Grill House was perfect. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was delightful on the outdoor patio. Fred our server was awesome and made us feel like we were his only table of the evening. He definitely added to our wonderful experience. Will go back there every time we are back on the island.

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Generro74
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

We were very excited for dinner here based on recommendations but it did not live up to the hype.

The host was dressed in a polo for a formal dining room and honestly rude. We were not greeted for over 10 mins at our table or offered water. Never offered Bread with dinner.

No one explained the two menus as there was a seasonal. The tables around us, one was drunk and loud. Kind of ruins the night.

When the food was delivered the server auctioned it off. And he was wearing ear buds. When they cleared the plates, they cleared from the wrong side and it was awkward.

As the sun set the sky was beautiful and no one opened the blinds to see. You go there for the view.

The filet was fatty and fliers are usually not fatty.

Erica was great but you could tell she had a big section and could properly give her tables the attention they deserved. She tried and kept a smile on her face.

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foodiegirl
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked reservations for 6 pm with a patio table because the view here is magnificent, overlooking the beautiful harbor of Mackinac Island. We were seated immediately upon arrival and Fred offered menu suggestions that were spot on. We started with the special appetizer of grilled shrimp, watermelon and burrata and it was delicious. My husband had the Walleye and I enjoyed the Halibut, both entrees were well presented and creative. We paired with wine and had creme brûlée for dessert and they added a candle for my husbands birthday. While the food was excellent, and the service above reproach, we enjoyed the company of the other diners at the adjacent tables on the patio, it was a very social evening in Mackinac and one we won’t forget. Thank you, Fred for the fine service. Don’t hesitate to book dinner here. We will be back.

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fred was the best. Had a great time on the patio talking with other guests great food great night

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Donna
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live pianist was the high light of the evening!! Great food, service and ambiance—truly a wonderful evening❤️

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conh
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting overlooking the harbor.

JJ
JoJo
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was our awesome waiter! Delicious food & perfect wine pairing. A lovely evening.

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AdrienneV
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fred was an outstanding waiter. We sat outside, which was beautiful and our food was outstanding. I highly recommend the lobster risotto.
Prices are just higher in general on the island, but that’s normal.

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vipLovetoeat
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of menu options. Able to accommodate dietary requirements with no problem and no reduction in quality or taste. Really enjoyed the restaurant the view and the food

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BDSmiley
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I shared the Tomahawk for two and it was absolutely delicious! Staff was friendly. Ambience and live piano player made it quite an experience. I highly recommend for that special evening out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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GaryK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service. Great view as well. I would recommend this place as one of the nicer spots on the island.

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ReeRee
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best view! Celebrated 10 years anniversary. Great food and service.

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KierenB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming, courteous, professional staff. Excellent variety of options on menu. Everything we had was so tasty! We had the Scottish salmon, classic wedge salad, cheese potato soup, mudslide, coffee for two, and a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Would definitely recommend and will return for more!

KB
KathrynB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unpopular opinion--better than grand hotel dining room. Small dining with awesome service!

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JennaH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The piano music was lovely - the food was good for the most part!

JM
vipJMFD
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait person was very professional and very friendly. Enjoyed talking to him. He gave us some good recommendations on what drinks and food to order. I did have lobster risotto which was a little salty and my husband's salad was a little too garlicky which we feel takes away from the taste of the cuisine.. however they were very good and I would get them again. The lobster risotto did have many pieces of large lobster.

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1852 Grill Room is rated 4.6 stars by 726 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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