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Plank's Tavern, Saint Joseph, MI

Plank's Tavern

4.6
4.6
972 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Join us in a place where everyone is welcomed!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (269) 408-9108

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elton Mann

  • Catering

    Please contact us directly.

  • Private party contact

    Anthony Orlando: (269) 408-9103

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Joseph

  • Cross street

    M-63

  • Parking details

    Free hotel parking lot at The Inn at Harbor Shores.

  • Entertainment

    Live music - call to verify dates & times

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 972 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for scenic views

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  1. FC

    FamilygalChicago

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Spa mother-daughter getaway concluding with a very nice dinner at Plank’s. Plank’s is DEFINITELY the place to be in St Joes in January, it was hopping! Noise level high. A fellow local spa guest mentioned it was the best restaurant in town. Apparently it was the first day of a new menu so service was a bit slower than usual, but the food was tasty. We enjoyed oysters, caesar salad, sliders w skinny fries, Gouda Mac n cheese, asparagus and a caramel brownie sundae. Our faves were the sliders, fries and Gouda Mac. Delish! Asparagus was a bit too greasy and slightly overcooked. However, overall we were very satisfied, full (!) and would certainly return if back in the area.
  2. ML

    MaryL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food was great and so was service. Highly recommend
  3. LT

    LaTonyaG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Tom, was excellent, very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious. Highly recommend! This was a first time visit for my friends. They enjoyed everything so much.
  4. DM

    DMSF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Day brunch
  5. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We sat at our table for 20 minutes before our waitress took our drink order. The manger did comp an appetizer which was nice. Overall not a good visit.
  7. D

    Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Christmas Eve
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at sushi Wednesday! The food and service was great!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dinner was for my bachelorette party! My ladies and I throughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! I was sincerely congratulated by the staff and when my sister accidentally left her phone at the restaurant, they were willing to hold it until we could make it back, even though the restaurant had already closed. We had a wonderful time celebrating my second to last day of being a single woman! Thank you for making this celebration extra special!!
  10. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, great service and good food. Just a tad bit long waiting for order to come.
  11. W

    Wino

    Grand Rapids

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was 🔥🔥🔥. Best around hands down!

    Plank's TavernResponded on December 14, 2022Thank you for the review! We love the feedback and appreciate your business!

  12. EK

    EileenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 3 girlfriends and I enjoyed dinner at Plank's on Friday, Dec 2nd. We loved the fun Christmas music and decor and Tom was a wonderful server!

    Plank's TavernResponded on December 14, 2022Thank you for your 5 star review! We will share your feedback with our amazing team! Happy Holidays.

  13. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I've been to Plank's several times and had great experiences. This experience was not even close to the same experiences as in the past. The cocktails weren't as described/ordered. While the mussel app had fabulous taste, they weren't cleaned thoroughly enough and were extremely gritty. The Autumn Salad tasted like fish and the "candied squash" didn't taste candied at all, and was uncooked and/or extremely hard. The added chicken didn't accompany the salad, was brought separately and eaten separately. The manager was kind and did replace the salad, but it tasted exactly the same, so either the same salad was sent back or there is a serious flaw with the dish. When we addressed it with the waitress (who was also very kind) after the second salad was provided, she indicated that several people from a large party in the adjoining dining room had also ordered the salad. When asked if they ate the salad, she did not respond. And while the Ceasar Salad was definitely edible, it just did not taste like the traditional salad/dressing, and the menu did not indicate otherwise. While I've recommended Plank's to many people in the past, I'm not sure that I can in the future.

    Plank's TavernResponded on December 14, 2022Lisa B- I am glad you have been a frequent guest of ours and it sounds like you have had many great experiences. It's very unfortunate that one time can skew your perception on a business. We are a small business and the only restaurant in town that is open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner all year. Of course we could of had an off day and we apologize you were not happy. I would advise rethinking your decision to not recommend us after one negative interaction/experience. Happy Holidays!

  14. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good variety on the menu. Food was tasty. Staff was friendly. Overall, we did not wait long periods between our courses but did not feel rush either.
  15. MF

    MargaretF

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love planks! Food is always good love the water view. Service is excellent!
  16. P

    Pebeus

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at Plank's and it was a winner! We wanted to go early for our anniversary dinner so I reserved a table at 1730. They also honored my request to be near the fireplace. Plank's had an early 3 course dinner and a wine special. We both loved the sesame seared tuna - outstanding value. The service was also excellent and Isabella is a keeper! Will go again

    Plank's TavernResponded on December 14, 2022Pebeus- Thank you for the amazing feedback! We will share this review with Isabella! Can't wait to see you again!

  17. RK

    ReneeK

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food again! 2 weekends in a row. The hostess was very considerate and let us sit right in front of the fire place as I asked when we arrived.
  18. RK

    ReneeK

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal at Plank’s! We are Ted ek
  19. FS

    FoodandSettingAdmirerer

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual an amazing meal! Met halfway between states. Great service and delicious food! So accommodating for our visit.
  20. H

    Hanftsan

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love this place! Been here many times. Never disappoints.
  21. D

    David

    Detroit

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience. Hannah (our server) was phenomenal!
  22. W

    Wino

    Grand Rapids

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a good dinner! We had sushi as a special for an app and decided for the Trout for dinner and a nice juicy steak! The Brussels as a side were phenomenal too. Overall a great experience and Tom was a fantastic server, very well spoken.
  23. JS

    JimS

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Sushi night was well presented but had a grocery store taste. No real flavor bombs. I was hoping for some fresh tuna or salmon cuts brought in since it is a Wednesday special.
  24. A

    Allie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service for our party of six. Always enjoy Plank's!
  25. CW

    CristaW

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Oysters were outstanding. Pork chop special very good.
  26. KF

    KerriF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have only been to this restaurant twice since we are from out of town (Goshen Indiana) but the food and the service have been excellent! They were very busy on Saturday morning with some big groups of people but our food was served within 10 minutes of ordering. We will come back again!
  27. MA

    MAB64

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal, and liked the relatively casual environment.
  28. JT

    JeffT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Definitely recommend! Would be nice if there was a sign at the entrance of the inn/hotel. Was a tad bit confusing when entering.
  29. DJ

    DanielJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Mission accomplished. We needed a semi-quiet place for our dinner meeting. We were placed in a corner table which was ideal. The food and wine were good. Bri (our server) was fabulous. She always is.
  30. SN

    SherryN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Plank's never disappoints. We went there for brunch after the season ended. From the food to the service to the atmosphere, everything was lovely. Everything was perfectly cooked and the server never let our water glasses go unfilled. She was friendly and attentive. We tend to avoid Plank's during the season but love it October to April!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    It was very loud, otherwise was great!
  32. GH

    GretelH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent, the view was excellent, our server was very nice. It was pretty expensive, $20 for a pretzel is a lot but overall a nice experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. I love this place for the quality and the ambience. Perfect place for a lunch on the harbor.
  34. TP

    TammyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch spot, nice menu and great service! The view was nice, too chilly to sit outside but we will definitely in the future.
  35. L

    Lynn

    Fort Lauderdale

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Ate outdoors, good service, good food!
  36. SP

    SueP

    Houston

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visiting this restaurant. We had brunch. Food, service & ambiance were wonderful. We sat on the patio and had a nice view of the water. Only complaint was that the hash browns were a bit greasy. Otherwise everything else was great. Would return if ever in St Joseph's again.
  37. HD

    HalleD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We reserved this place for our anniversary because we saw the amazing reviews. We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and were seated immediately. The inside of the restaurant had about half of the tables filled which wasn’t busy at all. The menus were a QR code on the table that you scan with your phone. This takes you to the website which has multiple menus and you just have to guess which one is right. We chose what we wanted from the menu but still had not been seen by a server it took 10+ minutes for another server to ask if anyone had been with us. We waited another 5 minutes without being seen. At this point we had enough and decided to leave. I wish we had gotten the chance to try the food.
  38. SB

    StephenB

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Anniversary dinner. Food was really good. Our server wasn’t great. Tables around us seemed to have better servers.
  39. K

    Kathleen

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food, Great Service, We would eat here agai!
  40. W

    Wino

    Grand Rapids

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night on the patio. Had the swordfish feature and it was outstanding. Tuna poke and burrata were also very flavorful.

FAQs

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

Plank's Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 972 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Plank's Tavern

800 Whitwam Drive, Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    M-63

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Joseph

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free hotel parking lot at The Inn at Harbor Shores.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elton Mann

  • Entertainment

    Live music - call to verify dates & times

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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