Plank's Tavern

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563 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Plank's Tavern on the Water is on one of the oldest harbors in the Great lakes.
Its approachable modern menu, home-style seating, and waterfront location takes inspiration from the place it's in, the people who live here, and the past it comes from. We offer indoor and outdoor seating, outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved through Open Table, although every effort will be made to accommodate your seating preferences. Per the State of Michigan's guidelines, masks are required for all guests when walking through the restaurant until you are seated at your table.

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place to get together. Active but not too loud. Great food and not overly formal

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Worst restaurant experience in my life. Had major potential, but customer service took a hard nose dive from the very beginning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. They followed all of the Covid rules and made the experience enjoable

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Georgiegirl
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The shrimp and grits was amazing.
They did a great job with social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Just OK. Service was great but food and drinks were not as we had hoped. Food was not as warm as it should have been and my frozen drink was barely cold. I never complain about a meal but this was an exception.

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vipSandyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Waitress was nice but not good

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vipLauraO
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always delicious. Consistentcy is key and Planks is spot on!

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ElizabethK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for my son's 9th bday. Shawn was our server and was amazing. We sat on the patio, mask use is being enforced, we felt very safe and comfortable. Will def be back! Thanks, Planks, and Shawn for making sure my son's bday dinner was fun and memorable!

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MCVAL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ribs were excellent. The NY strip needed some seasoning. My husband NEVER asks for A1 sauce and he did there. Service was good. Would have liked to sit outside but there wasn’t a table available. Prices were too high for the food.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Sitting outside on the patio was very nice. The food was good and fairly priced. The service was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and the server was awesome.

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NicholasA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The atmosphere on the patio was very pleasant. The service was pretty good. We only had drink and dessert there. The chocolate cake was just chocolate cake. Tasted like cosco cake. Other tables’ food looked wonderful though. I would like to come back to try the dinner menu.

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vipMichaelT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outdoor setting near the water with a live guitarist playing at the pool made for a great evening. The New York Strip was the best I've had in St. Joe. Food was delicious with good service. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The table next to us had at least 8 people which were talking very loud. It was disturbing

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had a 7:45 reservation and didn’t have our food served until after 9:15. We had an order of the wings which were especially chewy. The burger however was great.

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vipBentonHarborBennie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lazy lunch out on the patio with my wife and a few cocktails. 10/10 would repeat

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We celebrated my husband’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Says water view. It is but not a good one. Food is overpriced. Service was very good.

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Jules724
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I would not go back to this restaurant. The "water view" wasn't that great (gravel and construction across the way), could not see the sunset and the expensive New York strip steak was full of fat and had very little flavor. Had to request salt and pepper for a $38 steak! What?! Also, they plated the steak on TOP of the wedge potatoes which made them soggy and unappealing. This was supposed to be the best meal of our vacation and it was actually the worst. The only positive was our waitress, she was great!

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Christina
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No complaints. Food was good. Staff was great. We enjoy eating here after a day of boating.

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JennyG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation for our anniversary. We were in town celebrating, and had never been here before. It's not that we had a horrible experience, but it was definitely lackluster. Our waiter was just ok, definitely below the level of service I would expect at this price point for a restaurant. No recognition of our anniversary, besides having mentioned it when I made the reservation. Not that I expected much, but even a "happy anniversary" would have been a nice touch. We started with the Caprese salad, which was the star of the whole meal! That fig jam really complimented the other flavors nicely and brought the taste level to new heights! I had the shrimp tacos and my husband ordered the keto chicken wraps. The tacos were bland. They only had small, flavorless salad shrimp and a pineapple salsa on top. All you could taste was the pineapple - not very appetizing. Larger, grilled shrimp with some type of seasoning, ANY seasoning at all, a little slaw and a nice sauce, like a lime cilantro crema would have made this dish so much better! My husband's lettuce wraps were just ok. The chicken had a curry flavor, which was good in theory, but it needed more sweetness and/or a different spice combination to really bring out the flavor. It definitely missed the mark. They also really scrimped on the toppings. Overall, I feel like we were fooled by the higher prices on the menu, when searching for a good anniversary dinner, as the service and food simply did not measure up.

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trish
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day to sit outside. Great service and delicious food. The Ahi tacos were very tasty! Felt very comfortable dining on the veranda amid all the covid restrictions.

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Triviagoose
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was very careful about my gluten-free dining needs. He was cheerful and attentive behind his mask! Great meal and service.

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Jeme
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was my second time dining at planks and I had reservations for five and specified out door seating during covid but they only had a table inside available for us. We had reservations at 8 and we didn’t get our food until after 9pm. Not sure what the issue was. They didn’t offer bread we had to ask and that was probably brought out after 25 min. Terrible service but food tasted the same as last time

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The trout was fantastic. The seared ahi tacos were a big disappointment. Wait staff was very good.

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TodT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect locations with stellar views
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vipLesaV
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great atmosphere

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vipnikangel
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated birthdays here on the 4th. The whitefish was delicious as were the steaks other diners had. Be sure to try the pretzel and charcuterie. Ask for Tom our waiter who was outstanding! Thanks for a great time!

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1234
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Lackluster service and poor food for the price being charged. There are better rests at St Joseph

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AshleyD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Server was nowhere to be found half the time we still tipped but tipped the random server we found while searching for our server. The food was amazing but we shouldn’t have to search the whole place and still not find server

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vipBubba8
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, did a great job considering the current circumstances.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Even though we had a reservation, they told us they didn't have a table.

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MikeS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot right on the water and excellent food offerings. Hard to find a place like this in the area and we will be headed back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Planks is one of the only restaurants in the area with waterside dining and it is certainly the best! Their charcuterie board is ever changing and always amazing and they have a great beer and wine selection.

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Shari
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff of Plank's is handling the stress and re-opening requirements so well....at least from what we experienced. Had a patio seat, great view of the water, beautiful sunny day, delicious food....love it there.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a cocktail and appetizer at the outside bar while waiting for our table on the patio. It was a pleasant evening and enjoyed being outside. Our server was fantastic, recommending his fav items on the menu. The food was beautifully plated and delicious. Great experience!

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TimothyM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plank’s was Simply Amazing. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and great service

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RachelB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, lake was a great view and server was fantastic.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The ribs tasted like they were microwaved to be reheated. The citrus sangria had no flavor.

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Plank's Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (269) 408-9108.

Plank's Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

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