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Plank's Tavern, Saint Joseph, MI

Plank's Tavern

4.6
4.6
1104 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. although every effort will be made to accommodate your seating preferences.

Join us in a place where everyone is welcomed!

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 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

What 1,104 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 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

1,104 Reviews
  1. KarenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you. Food was excellent. Thank you for having vegan options.

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  2. VickiS

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent place to meet up with friends. The vegetarian options were outstanding!

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  3. Acorn

    Grand Rapids

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Service was wonderful. The Bread and candle butter great. The Shrimp was cooked well, the filet a little under done, but good. The scallops and shrimp were great. Cheesecake very creamy.

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  4. Wino

    Grand Rapids

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience as always! Our go to place for all occasions!

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  5. JudyC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptionally imaginative and delicious. Wait staff Abbie was friendly, helpful, tborough and thoughtful. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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  6. JacquelynG

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hannah was absolutely AMAZING! She made my birthday so special! And the food was to die for! 100/10 would recommend! Plank’s will definitely be a frequent stop for me!

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  7. AnnaV

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice ambience and very clean. A little bit loud and the prices are outrageous for what you get. We paid $16 for an egg breakfast. The waiter was very helpful and the food was nice and hot and good and we had a six person group. I just felt the prices were really outrageous.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful table, a bit disappointed with the buffet, not a lot of fresh fruit, just mediocre hot table.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service. A little loud in the tavern area, but manageable. Ambiance was very nice.

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  10. MichelleG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate my brother's birthday. From start to finish this place is a class act. Service from checking in to Tom our waiter was well done. Food as always is tasty with an ever evolving menu. Glasses were never empty. Highly recommended.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and our server Adam was excellent, would recommend!!

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  12. JenBaron

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    1.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve dined at Planks before and had a very good experience, so I am sad to write this, but the Sunday brunch on New Year’s Day was really bad. We were hungry so when we saw the spread for the buffet we thought it was a wise choice. But we were so wrong. We were excited for the omelette station until both our omelettes were burned. I was super excited for the biscuits and gravy but the gravy was like water. The bacon was SO greasy and thin it stuck together in sheets and broke apart the minute you picked it up. The salad bar items tasted as if they’d been out all day. The potatoes were ok but lacked flavor. I also tried the shrimp and muscles on the lunch side of the buffet and with one bite I didn’t trust it and didn’t finish. Just ONE thing was good and that was the cinnamon bun. That was outstanding. It came with a healthy dollop of cream cheese frosting that spread beautifully so you could get a little in every bite. Thank goodness for that because it was about all that was edible. We should have just ordered off the menu. Lesson learned: the buffet is a total waste of money and a huge disappointment. Oh! And how could I forget? Also, the worst coffee I’ve ever had. It is basically coffee flavored water. Bless the waitress, she brewed a fresh pot and claimed she added extra coffee, didn’t make a difference. She suggested the coffee shop off the lobby it at that point we felt we wasted enough money. Again, sorry to have to write such a bad review, Planks is usually quite good but brunch is clearly not their thing.
    Plank's TavernResponded on January 10, 2024
    Jen- Thank you for choosing to dine with us. I am thrilled to hear you have had very good experiences dining with us in the past, hopefully you wrote us a positive review for those :)/ I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy our New Years Day buffet, most people raved about it and we did over 230 guests that day. You can always ask for a new omelet if it was overcooked to your liking. At any rate, we hope you choose to visit us again in the future. We do source our coffee locally from a roasting facility in Saugatuck and our guests love the coffee. Please allow us a chance to change your mind about our Sunday Brunch, we offer it daily from 9-3pm. I hope you have a great 2024 and please visit us again soon!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience and service is very good. We went for appetizers, drinks, and dessert on NYE. We made the reservation through Open Table for 730pm and staff was overbooked with people. We were seated and immediately I noticed the floor was slimy under the table and an old cloth napkin was on the floor. Initially the waiter seemed flustered, but he warmed up and did a good job for the end of the night serving. The charcuterie board was different. Maybe too fancy. 1/8 a slice of a loaf bread to share by tearing apart and salami that was stringy and “gamy” in smell and taste. Super hard cheeses, that had good flavor, but took a lot to cut from the cut wedges it was served in. I would not get that again. The espresso martini was served in a small dessert style glass, but was good. The desserts were delicious and served beautifully. No coffee offered with dessert-weird.

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  14. DaisyP

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wish they would sell the Michigan carvings for special memory times like a birthday!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for Christmas Eve dinner and they were very busy but service and our server were great. This is not our 1st time here on Xmas Eve and we would definitely come back. The chocolate spoon cake was over the top good!

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  16. JoyceH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The calamari for an appetizer was the best I have ever had.

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  17. FredH

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a Christmas Eve meal , I would have expected the menu might have reflected that with some traditional options

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  18. PaigeL

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service! Beautiful ambiance. You can pull your boat up in the summertime.

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  19. AnaL

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there. Loved it! Great food, great service, great ambiance. Cozy and perfect for our meeting with friends. Looking forward to going back in the summer to enjoy the outside patio on the water!

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  20. LC22

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hannah our waitress was amazing and the food was phenomenal! I got the filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked medium rare and cut like butter. Thank you for also making my friends 30th birthday so special with the dessert! Also the butter candle and bread plate was amazing!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were pretty good although the price was high, as expected. I guess what bothers me the most about the experience is that I reserved a table for 4 in the Dining Room because it's to be a QUIET celebration. The Host seated us in the bar area which was noisy. I reserved it online thru OpenTable more than a week ago and received confirmation and reminders. I'm still ticked off about it. Never again.

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  22. DanielA

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything about the experience was fine, there would be many alternatives that are better for the money spent.

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  23. Wino

    Grand Rapids

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening with friends and family! The fireplace area is the perfect spot for a nice meal. Great menu and holiday decor

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  24. JanS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was great as was the service. Loved sitting by the fireplace

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and fabulous service. Portions are appropriate. Ambiance is very nice. Trout was very good and cooked to flaky perfection.

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  26. CherylS

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom, our server was great. He was friendly and prompt. The food came out quickly and was amazing. Really enjoyed our dining experience.

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  27. TerryV

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Top line menu with interesting pairings of entrees and sides. Excellent service!

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  28. DaniB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was just ok. IMO if you are going to put those price points on the meals, they should be worthy of a clean plate or something to look forward to finishing later. My son and I both had the steaks. The sauce on his butchers cut made for a greasy finish as well as the amount of oil on the au gratin potatoes. My steak was the wrong temp. My husband had the fish and chips and he said the fries were the best part of the meal. Our other two guests really enjoyed their meals. Overall, the service was great, the ambiance was fine, it just wasn't worth the price we paid.

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  29. Wino

    Grand Rapids

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great featured items on certain nights. Always a go to when in the area!

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  30. BGuest

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for breakfast - hash browns and eggs were cold by the time we received our order at the table.

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  31. Nanfuture

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of six 80 year olds, who only meet about twice a year. We wanted to converse as well as eat. We experienced a delicious meal and were seated at a round table in a quieter side of the restaurant. Waitress was wonderful and the entrees were very good, perhaps a bit too large for us, but we were offered togo containers . We will be back in the spring.

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  32. Rick

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was awesome but service from the kitchen was slow. Dining room was filled and there was a large high school homecoming group seated at least 15 minutes before us which could have impacted the kitchen’s performance.

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  33. Lynn

    Fort Lauderdale

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service were both very good. Awnings or strategically placed umbrellas would help to block the early evening sun. The special lemon drop drink was tasty but very small.

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  34. EdwinP

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was terrible. It was also cold by the time we got silverware to eat it.

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  35. TammyH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere Fantastic food Great service Definite 5 out of 5

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  36. SoCyD

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a birthday dinner and the food was absolutely amazing although a little pricey.

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  37. Wino

    Grand Rapids

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal ; new brunch menu and drink menu was very nice too.

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  38. Prairiequeen

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed my brunch yesterday. The menu is nicely varied between brunch and lunch. I had eggs with hash browns, which were the best I ever had. Delicate and golden brown. My friend had chicken and waffles. She said the chicken was nice and moist. Our server was nice and very accommodating. All in all a nice way to spend the morning. Will be back.

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  39. ZoniaC

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My husband and I had reservations that I made a week and a half in advance. We got there and were seated immediately. It wasn't too busy inside, but a wedding party was in the bar area. After waiting for 30min for someone to come take our order, we gave up a left.

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  40. BusyTraveller

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a great dining experience! Our waitress was training someone and it seemed that neither was sure who was supposed to actually take care of us.

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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 1104 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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