Chandler's a Restaurant

4.7
588 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Chandler’s opened it’s doors in December of 1999 behind the historical Symons General Store building. It’s a cozy place with only 50 seats in the main dining room & 10 seats at the bar. When real estate is too tough to find - it’s standing room only! For a change of scenery, guests can enjoy dining in the wine cellar where they are surrounded by the 4,000 bottle collection that serves both the restaurant and Symons General Store. In the warmer months, guests can choose to dine outside, on Chandler’s brick courtyard.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-11:00PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00AM-11:00PM

Lunch: Daily 11:00AM-4:00PM
Dinner: Daily Starting at 4:00PM
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday only 8:00AM-4:00PM
Happier Hour: Daily 4:00PM-6:00PM
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Phone number
(231) 347-2981
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Tommy Kaszubowski
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Catering
Whatever you are celebrating, we are honored to be a part of your affair. We happily cater events of all sizes and bring our core values as a caterer - food quality, presentation and outstanding service - no matter the location.

Whether it’s catering an intimate dinner party at your home, celebrating new beginnings with a wedding reception or baby shower or getting down to business with corporate events large and small, we are ready to bring our spectacular cuisine and service to your next event and look forward to collaborating with you!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Street & Howard Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS A PHENOMENAL DINING EXPERIENCE! A PETOSKEY CLASSIC.

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JR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Best in Petoskey. Great food and service . Great environment

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PE
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress! Excellent food. Great experience as usual.

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DL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Waiter was mar

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GO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Chandler's was fantastic - highly recommended. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the crab cakes as an appetizer. My wife even asked for (and received!) the recipe for the tartar sauce. The halibut and filet were perfectly done. The service was exceptional - very friendly and available, but not intrusive.

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OT
Detroit
47 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had really high expectations for Chandlers, however we dined on sunday night so we had to have dinner in the bar dining room which is very small. When they are busy on the weekends they seat in the building next door however on at least Sunday we got sat in the bar dining room which is loud and the tables are on top of each other. Since its small, the staff runs dirty glasseare through the dining room which is a huge no no! We ended up having a few apps and left b/c we were not impressed. Our sushi was worse than the local super market options. Our server however was fantastic so kuddo's to him, however just lackluster! I'lll leave it at that.

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l
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seating is too tight. Room is too hot, always has been. Food is good. The bar is low in these parts, so I'm grateful for Chandlers. Menu could be changed more often-needs freshening. Can this kitchen be challenged?

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BW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, staff, and food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, prompt service. Ryan was great. The diners next to us were obnoxiously loud, but what can you do about that? Will definitely return.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Chandler’s. We always try to get in if in Petoskey area.

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WF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

You don't get enough food for the price.The butter salad was delicious but very small for $14. Ordered the filet medium and came out rare. When I asked the waiter to have it cooked a little longer he held it up to eye level and analyzed it, and proceeded to tell me it was medium. I had to inform him it was not to my liking. Came back cooked correctly and tender but no taste, no flavor. Used the delicious balsalmic on the table to give it something. You get 1 potato cut in half and maybe 2 brussel sprouts. If I went back I would order something different. For a $$ restaurant Fleming's is much better

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k
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all awesome. We were fortunate to have Britney serving us this evening.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great food, this is my second visit to this restaurant. I wasn’t as impressed this time, my meal was very well done I had to pick it apart to eat. The staff was quite busy didn’t bother complaining as I was starving.

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MM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate in the wine cellar. Food was fantastic. Wine value is very good. Service was excellent with great attention to detail and responsiveness. Will go back again and again.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Michigan. I have always received great service and delicious food.

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JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A return visit this past week. Chandler’s is our new favorite cozy spot!

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CA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservations were perfect, professional wait staff and great dinner!

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OT
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went to Chandler's for our anniversary again and were able to get seating in the normally more quiet wine cellar. But there were several parties going on that night and they were having a good time. Service was very good, wine and food were excellent.

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LT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a great dining experience. Food was delicious, service was friendly, and atmosphere was very comfortable. Our bill was nearly $300 with tip but we did both order fillet, a bottle of wine, and dessert. I would go back again for speciaL occasions.

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OB
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined on a Friday night in early October. The restaurant was surprisingly business for a gloomy, gray fall day. We were seated in the wine cellar room, which is fairly cozy with only 8 to 12 tables. The room was fairly quiet, although the noise level rose when a large party were seated, the small area seemed to contain the conversations with the space. . Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We had the squash bisque and a butter lettuce salad with smoked blue cheese dressing to start. Both were very good. Entree were the duck breast and the pork shank oso bucco. Both were excellent and very large portions. We had just enough room for the apple crisp and a cream brulee for dessert. the apple crisp with vanilla ice cream was especially good. Definitely glad we had a reservation, even for an "off-season" time. Would like to return in the summer to try the weekend brunch and the outdoor patio.

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LB
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Our first visit. Our waiter Paul was fantastic so courteous and attentive. Food was top notch. I had the filet and my husband had the white fish. I believe menu changes daily but everything I saw other diners enjoying looked amazing.
Dessert was great and the wine list was very broad. We were very pleased! Meal was pricey but we felt it was worth it. Reservations are a must as they have very few tables. We will return next time we are In Petosky!

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a
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Great bar, food and service. Highly recommend.

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d
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all time favorite dinner places. Every time we are in Petoskey we eat there.

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BP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch place! Everything was so delicious!! We had a group of 9 people and waiter was so great, and attentive every meal that came out was absolutely amazing!

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C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a very noisy restaurant. I feel the food was mediocre and overpriced. I did hear if you sit in the cellar it’s much quieter. We were not offered to sit there. Food was just OK as the ambience.

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NR
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, especially with our favorite waiter Paul. Fun and cozy atmosphere!

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first were seated in the bar area; it was ear hurting loud. We asked for a different table so they moved us to the wine cellar, which was very quiet and nice. Our waiter was great too! We will be back and we will ask to be seated in the same area. Also, many thanks to the nice waitress who through her quick thinking saved our experience with this restaurant!

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and beautifully prepared! Atmosphere- fantastic!

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TJ
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

Been here a dozen times and always had great food. The bar side was so incredibly loud it was tough to have a romantic evening.


Our waitress was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable but had way too many tables, and service was sub par.

If you want a quiet dinner, don’t sit on bar side.

I still would recommend this place, the chef and menu are worth dealing with the other issues

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TS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed!! Have been a Chandler's diner for decade or more. We were in town and came for my adult daughter's birthday, and the food was disappointing. The roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts that surrounded my salmon were not done. The Brussels sprouts were raw. It sounded so yummy on the menu, and the reality was less than meh. Tons of sautéed, not roasted, red peppers and a lackluster sauce. I am not the greatest cook, but I could have made something better at home and not paid $38 for it. :(
My fellow diners had similar reviews, except for the halibut on pea and parmesan risotto. That was the only standout dish. Appetizers were not special either.
I don't know if it was because it was a Sunday night? But the menu and the prices aren't different on Sunday night so.... the food should be of equal quality.

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RS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The atmosphere was non existent and it was to loud.

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HS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Petoskey for the first time in a few years. We returned to Chandler’s because we remembered a delicious meal from our last visit to the area. It did not disappoint. We had the halibut with mushroom risotto and both really enjoyed it.

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G
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, terrific. Great steak and Osso Bucco for dinner. Michael was very helpful with our order. Good to request him!

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B
Cincinnati
183 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were seated in the “wine cellar” portion of the restaurant. On one hand it was nice visually. Unfortunately the acoustics were atrocious. There were a couple of loud parties on the other end of the room which we could hear like they were sitting at our table.

The food was ok. The halibut was excellent but I found the Parmesan risotto to be pretty tasteless. The whitefish was all right, nothing note-worthy.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional food. Great wait staff. No hostess seems odd even if it is the end of the summer rush.

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M
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is always changing and the food is always great. The cocktails are wonderful. One of my favorite places in Petoskey.

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RH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

There were 7 of us and we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly they seated us although we did have a reservation. The wine cellar atmosphere was fabulous and the fgoid was MARVELOUS. Everything about our experience was outstanding except for the personality of our waiter. He was a good waiter, just zero personality.

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MS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. I had the tacos which were dry and had little flavor at all. My husband had the sushi and steak but said it was nothing special. We waited 20 minutes for 4 non alcoholic drinks. They were accommodating to kids-making my picky 4 yr old buttered noodles. We wouldn’t return.

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FF
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food. Unique location. Service was ok.

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MB
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch with great service. We sat on their little patio, which was perfect for a summer afternoon. Definitely recommend their tuna bowl!

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