Plank's Tavern

4.3
469 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. It's about our American food and drink, the abundance of our agriculture, the beauty of our land and water and our spirit of community and hospitality. The 76 seats in the main dining room are complimented with an additional 88 waterside seats on Plank’s covered porch.

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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent drinks and food. Our server was happy to suggest meals and beverages to these first timers.

l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great patio, even in the rain. However, our dinners were just ok. Not bad, but just ok, and over-priced. Service was kind of slow, although friendly. Everything was almost great, but just not quite. Fun atmosphere, great physical space, and we will be back. Hope the food is worth the price.

W
Grand Rapids
72 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party dined at Torch & Tapas this evening, another outdoor venue next to Plank’s! It was outstanding! Food flavors and service were the best in the area. Give it a try.

t
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service and space. Dined outside overlooking the water. Very pleasant.

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The service was fast and the waitress was pleasant. I will definitely return.

j
Oklahoma City
52 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was walking in from parking lot at exactly my reservation time when Planks sent me a reminder that they had my table ready and waiting. Hostess attempted to seat us between two large parties in the loudest, busiest part of restaurant when the other side of the restaurant was sparsely seated and clearly quieter for a party of 2. I had to ask to be seated in less populated area. Took 10 minutes to be greeted by waitress. Her next trip she brought 1 glass of ice water. We insisted on ordering since had been waiting for 10 minutes. Took 50 minutes from seating to arrival of first course, salad and fruit. Took 65 minutes from seating to arrival of our entrees (eggs benedict for both). The hash browns were 90 % room temp with minimal browining, not hot at all. Eggs Benedict consisted of soggy English muffin, thick ham, well prepared poached egg and some kind of sauce that definitely was not classic Hollandaise, had some sort of chili pepper in it, and it was room temperature. As for the ambiance, there is none. Loud, obnoxious, pop music, floors are dirty. Not impressed in any way. Won't be back. Felt sorry for waitress, wasn't her fault.

JM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely cannot beat the atmosphere and the beauty of the lake. Sit outside if weather permits. Gorgeous and relaxing.

PJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu sounds great and offers nice variety but the actually ingredients and overall taste is poor. Very small portions for the price and I’m from Chicago. Huge miss

R
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good once it came! Restaurant was empty..waited over 15 min before someone even came to table, then the food took over 45 min for 1 meal

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent as our dinner was well portioned for the value and delicious in flavor. Hannah was outstanding with her service and made up for the hostess mixup with our reservation. I would recommend this restaurant.

LA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Beautiful view over the water, Delicious meal, great service. We will be returning soon!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Hostess was unfriendly, food sounded better on the menu.... service fine and pleasant setting.
So-so American faire.....

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Planks is one of our favorite restaurants in town. We enjoy outside seating as it overlooks the water. The food is consistently delicious and the servers are always friendly. We would go more often if it didn't take so long for food to arrive after ordering.

k
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only downfall to this place is that it is so good that is hard for locals to enjoy. If you can plan ahead and get a reservation on the weekends, that is the best route for the local community to actually enjoy the food and atmosphere.

GO
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Very accommodating on menu substitutions, for vegan and other needs! Service above and beyond!

RF
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was very poor. Took forever to be waited on and to get our food and we finally went to the hostess stand to pay our bill. This was our first and will be our last visit.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food! Will definitely be back next time we are in town!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, and nice outdoor patio seating. Our waitress was amazing and so friendly.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Generous portions. Service was a bit slow and aloof, but overall Planks was a wonderful dinner.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, it was a great date night. Didn't feel rushed as it's rare to get away from baby and have a date night these days. Loves the stuffed mushrooms and wonderful cocktails!

LG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good food, but we were seated for an hour until we received our food (we arrived shortly after 8pm). Server was friendly but didn't visit our table to check on us very often. Seating outside is great, food is great, service/kitchen efficiency could be better.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is very friendly. Food always delicious. Always a pleasure to dine at the Plank

KS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was excellent and our server was very attentive and GREAT :-) Sabrina was very friendly as well

W
Grand Rapids
73 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful night on the harbor. We recommend the Torch & Tapas area. Food and drinks were amazing and service was very good. The place was packed but we didn’t have any issues.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Slow service but great food every time

SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful presentation on the food. Good drink selection. Attentive service.

h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had reservations for days. We were seated fairly promptly but told it would be 45 minutes once we ordered. We weren’t happy because it was already 8 at night but we thanked the waiter for letting us know. It ended up taking over an hour and a half for our food. Even our soup never came. We asked to speak to the manager. We felt bad for the waiter because it really wasn’t his fault. It took another 10 minutes to speak to someone and it was a shift supervisor. He gave us 25% off our bill, but it basically ate up our entire evening because everything was closed by the time we got out. On top of it the restaurant was pretty empty by the time we placed our order so I don’t really understand what was going on in the kitchen. It really put a damper on our evening.

WJ
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers and entrees. We were celebrating a birthday and they provided us with 3 free desserts. Manager and staff were friendly and each course arrived timely.

c
Indiana
108 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came to watch “rock the boat”, a fun event, food was good, fish & chips plentiful, beer was cold, service so-so but a busy evening

MD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Sabrina, is what made this an outstanding dining experience! She was well versed in every item on the menu and accommodated our needs so we could also enjoy the Whirlpool boat race that evening. Never have I had such great service anywhere else in town. As locals, we have experienced every restaurant in our Twin City area, and it was Sabrina who will keep us coming back! We have recommended Plank's to all our local and out of town guests...and have told them to ask for Sabrina!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was ok. The menu was limited.
The service was very slow.

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting, the food and the service were awesome. What more can you ask?

JR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, service was slow always had to ask for drink refills. Overall express was good.

SM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful evening, excellent food and our server, Hannah, was the best - attentive but not too attentive. We ended up inside as the music outside would have been to loud for us to have conversations. That was the only negative of the entire evening. We asked Hannah for recommendations and she was spot on and we loved our choices.

NK
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd visit to Planks and we have always had great food and could not have been happier with the service. This was our first time eating on the patio a great view. Looking forward to going again soon. Glad we live close by to enjoy this gem.

F
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife ordered trout and it was very dry, overdone. Ordered a beer and had to ask a second server where it was. Food seemed to take awhile to arrive. Meal quality was inconsistent.

MS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good, service was really slow. It took over an hour to get our food, and it wasn’t crowded.

M
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, we had a table outside on the patio over looking the water.

KJ
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast buffet was delicious. We enjoyed sitting on the veranda, and we had exceptional service!

AM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A perfect summer evening of dining on the outside patio. The food was very good but our server was excellent. She made the meal a wonderful memory.

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