1852 Grill Room

4.6
537 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 537 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyC
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit on the expensive side but it was a perfect meal for the 2 of us.

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vipRustyandrocko1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, pretty decor, good wine and wonderful service from Rachel. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here and Rachel was kind enough to order us a taxi and timed it to perfection so it was ready and waiting when we left. The mussels and French onion soup were on point! This has been our favorite restaurant so far on the island.

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Lisa
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! The manager, Tim, suggested a perfect bottle of wine to pair with my filet. And my server, Lily could not have been more delightful and attentive.

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alexr
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room is lovely, the wait staff very attentive and the food well prepared.

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ChristianK
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, staff, drinks and of course, food! We have been there the past 5 years in a row and they have yet to disappoint. They also have the best piano player on the island that plays fun, upbeat music. Make reservations for dinner as it seems to fill up quick. This year we ordered the filet mignon and lobster risotto (special not on the menu) for entrees; both were very tasty and came out in a timely manner. For dessert we had the peanut butter pie and flourless chocolate torte; both were amazing and I wish I had them both in front of me right now. Our server Josh delivered great service per usual.

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vipKingCavalier
Detroit
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside table. 1852 has an excellent menu and we enjoyed our choices of trout and whitefish. The trout portion was amazing and the chopped salad that was split was quite generous as well. Our server Lily was excellent ... very attentive and helpful. This is one of the best restaurants on the island by far.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere but didn’t do anything to celebrate this special occasion.

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TerriH
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We've come here several times over the last few years. I was not impressed this go around. Our waiter wasn't very knowledgeable regarding the wine list. The menu had changed since pre- covid which I get but no more bread basket like before had to pay $10 for the bread board... which was just o.k. definitely not worth $10.

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KLLitt
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for breakfast and supper. Lee was our waiter for breakfast. Outstanding young man! We had a small breakfast consisting of a bagel and bacon, both of which were good. The coffee was wonderful.
Supper was lovely; very good food! Pricey, but worth it!

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rdiag
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

マキノー島で1番のディナーだと思います。注文したフードもドリンクも全て美味しかったです。ピアノの生演奏も素晴らしかったです。

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FineDiner
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perhaps we've been spoiled while working and travelling all over the world, but our high expectations for the top fine dining restaurants on Mackinac Island were not met. Our first of 3 dinners was at 1852. The setting and the service were top notch, and the menu certainly offered promise, but my wife and I were underwhelmed by the execution. My roasted beet salad starter disappointed relative to many others I've had, and my wife is certain that the risotto supporting her lobster truffle dish was prepared well in advance and had turned to mush. She was happy with her shrimp cocktail starter, and I with my Chilean Sea Bass main, but neither rose to "wow" level. The cheesecake for dessert had the texture of previously frozen.

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vipRandyM
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1852 is alway a great meal.The Lemon drop martini was amazing. We had the Rib eye and it was very good. The view looking at at the water is very nice. The service is always very good. The dessert are fantastic.

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KyleB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best food that we have had on the island. 100% going back again.

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PhillipM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Over priced.
Quality of food was sub par
Service was mediocre.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ordered the Tomahawk steak for 2. We ordered it medium and it came out to us closer to medium rare. Flavor was great. Wait staff was very informative and the piano player playing in the back ground was very good and relaxing. Me and my wife had our wedding reception here and would definitely recommend this as a must stop if on the island.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the breakfast!

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JohnG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great views! I would highly recommend the 1852 Grill!

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The piano player was fantastic. The view was beautiful. The service was very good : Friendly and professional. Lovely room. We will definitely come back and bring friends.

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MarkS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had.

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TinaL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We were looking forward to eating here, but when we got there, nobody greeted us while we were waiting for the hostess to seat us. There was a man behind the desk who was just standing there and didn't even bother to make eye contact. When we did get seated, the table was set for 3 people, pushed against a wall. Our reservation was clearly for 4 people. There was another table with more space next to us that needed to be cleared, and I asked if we can wait for that table. The hostess said that she'll need to ask and come back to us. Then, the man who was behind the desk comes over and said that all of the tables have been plotted out for the evening and there's nothing he can do. I decided to let it go and sit in our original table that was in a small, awkward corner. However, while we were there, we saw a couple getting seated at a large table that was originally seated for 6 and then another couple getting seated at the table that I had asked for. Btw, both couples appeared white and my family and I are people of color (just stating a fact). The only good thing about our experience was our server. The food was decent, but we have had better.

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TaraH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pecan crusted rainbow trout is amazing! Best fish I’ve ever eaten! The place is beautiful and service is great!

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ArickaJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was beautiful with amazing views of the lake. The hostess was less than welcoming but the servers Josh and Charlie were very pleasant and made our anniversary celebration very enjoyable. The shrimp bisque lacked shrimp and the French onion soup was bland. However, the dinner was exquisite from presentation to taste. The surf and turf with side of asparagus was prepared perfectly medium rare and the chef accommodated my request and prepared a vegetarian fettuccine that was splendid and I ordered a side of whipped potatoes they were almost too pretty to eat but so creamy and light. The desserts were worth the extra calories seasonal blueberry cheesecake with delicious graham cracker crust and homemade apple pie with side of cinnamon ice cream. Also, the pianist played softly entertaining the guests with beautiful music.

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vipKevinJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was early in the season but the experience wasn't great. Our waitress was good but seemed overwhelmed. The experience was rushed and the food came out super fast which made us feel like we were being hurried along. The check was brought without even asking if we wanted dessert. Hopefully a better experience later in the season.

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JeffB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

It was disappointing. We were looking at the couple opposite of us, rather than each other. The ambiance really missed the mark. The food was a bit bland. Definitely not worth the price tag.

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GregE
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for a date night. Or couples trip. Food was good

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. It was our wedding reception and we received two bottles of sparkling wine which we very much appreciate it. Our overall experience was excellent

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sister and bartender were marvelous! We adore employees who will banter with us and give great recommendations. Outstanding staff!

The meal was also absolutely superb. We shall return!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with the most amazing service! The fish was so fresh and perfectly done. The night couldn’t have been any more special. The piano player was so talented, we had fun recognizing the songs!

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OpenTable Diner
Western KY
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Fabulous piano player. Overall wonderful evening!

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vipwbdbaj
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From planked whitefish to crab/spinach soup and profiteroles for dessert we loved every bite. Breakfast is elegant as well love love love

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! They made my birthday so special!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined here for our anniversary. Lovely ambience and prompt and friendly service stand out.

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BetsyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved dining at the 1852. Not a single complaint!

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MaryM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in a lovely elegant setting. Pianist played throughout our meal on a Saturday evening in May making for great ambience. The roasted beet salad was incredible and big enough to share. I had pecan encrusted trout which was delicious. Enjoyed our after dinner drinks on the porch overlooking the harbor. Highly recommend!

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ThomasM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pianist was a great touch to our dining experience. The best food on the Island! Whitefish and Duck entrees we’re phenomenal! Oh and the bread board was mmm good. Hats off to the chef and the whole 1852 grill room staff!

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KamilD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice and tasty dinner. We make sure to visit everytime we're on the island.

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JanelleW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Meals were mixed up, drinks and water slow to refill.

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vipGeorgeT56
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Server was very inattentive and not at table.

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GarryB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. I had the halibut and the wife had the steak Diane. Both were from the nightly specials so not on regular menu. They were both outstanding. A bit pricey but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasant staff, enjoyable meal. I did ask that they finish cooking my filet so that it was a warm pink in the middle, after that it was fantastic. The bernaise sauce was awful that accompanied the steak. The potatoes were a little bland and the asparagus was like warm. Again, the steak was very good once cooked to the medium rare that I had requested and I did enjoy the clam chowder. My wife said the prime rib was excellent and also thought her asparagus was on the cold side. She enjoyed her French onion soup which was “thick” with onions. My old fashioned took a fair amount of time to be made but was very smooth. Apple pie at the end was accompanied by cinnamon ice cream and we both enjoyed it. We had also told them we were visiting for our honeymoon and they comped the dessert which was very sweet (pun intended).

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1852 Grill Room is rated 4.6 stars by 537 OpenTable diners.

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