Plank's Tavern

4.4
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619 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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What 619 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.4
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JJ00
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were seated outside and had no wait due to our reservation. It was beautiful out and we got our drinks quickly. The food took 1 and 1/2 hours though. My food was room temperature when it got to me and tasted just okay, which the price was high for what it was. The staff “compensated” our long wait time by giving us our bread for free (a $5 value). We were visiting from out of state and am sad we used up a whole night for slow service and expensive, mediocre food.

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DanD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pro: Great ambience (lake view, lighting, noise level). Main entrees where great.

Cons: Took around 45 minutes to get our entrees after ordering them. The Mexican corn on the cob was waterlogged and nobody asked how was everything. Took awhile to get appetizer plates after appetizers came out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service terrible, food great

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jeffc
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Tables spaced nicely for Covid. Waiter pleasant and prompt and the food and drinks wonderful. We done here often and will return again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was great but overall service should be elevated!

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vipDani
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were looking forward to sitting outside to eat while overlooking the water and we were disappointed this did not happen after we requested outdoor seating 1 week before the reservation date. The hostess was rude and said there was no outdoor seating at that time and she would not even allow us to wait for outdoor seating. Then the waiter was not friendly and didn’t even introduce himself to us and my salad was oozing salad dressing so much it was sliding out of my mouth as I ate it and all I could taste was salad dressing. At this point, I was ready to leave but we had drove such a long way to spend the day in st Joseph and eat outside. The waiter brought my 4 yo son a cup of water not in a kids cup like the other waitress did for the table next to us. Very disappointed with this whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our brunch was delicious! The outdoor patio is lovely, though the chairs were not super comfortable. Overall, we had a nice time. My only complaints would be that the tables need to be spaced apart more to comply with social distancing, and our waiter absolutely ignored my need for a drink refill. He actually filled my husbands coffee twice while my iced tea glass sat empty.

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JessicaE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately, we had a rough first experience at Plank’s. After being seated, we waited anout 30 minutes without being greeted. I went to ask the host if a server could come by and get our drink and appetizer orders. After finally being seen by our server, we immediately put in drink orders and also ordered the Breads and Spreads appetizer (which turned out to be the best thing we ate all night). Those took a decent amount of time, but not terrible. After placing our order for our meals (Fish & Chips, Scallops, and a Black Bean Burger), we waited about 45+ minutes for our food to arrive. The food was just okay... nothing to rave about. We decided that although the service was slow, we’d stay and order dessert. We ordered Ice Cream with a Bourbon topping from Journeyman and a slice of the cake. We waited over 30 minutes... for ice cream and pre-made cake. While we were waiting for our dessert, we noticed the table next to us had been waiting a LONG time for their food also. After awhile, the back of the house manager came out to let them know the kitchen was out of their food. Keep in mind, it had been probably 45+ minutes since they placed their order... and they were JUST informed that the kitchen didn’t have their food. I’m not one to write a negative review based off of one experience, so I’m going to keep an open mind and hope for a better trip if we choose to visit again.

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FridayM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had great food and great service, unique and local ingredients. Would recommend to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience3

Had a reservation. Hostess had no clue ab it!!Was out anniversary-notated under our reservation, again hostess had no clue!!
Best thing ab this experience was the kind waitress who was very engaging and efficient.

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SteveK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, although no need to smother corn with cheese! Everything else was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view of the water and the general ambiance is very pretty! We enjoyed our brunch on a perfect fall day. The waiter was professional, but there were a few slip ups in the service such as room temperature coffee and no sauce serviced on the shrimp and grits. The waiter corrected the issues and it did not detract from our enjoyment. The food we ordered was shrimp and grits and eggs benedict. The portions were large and good, but not amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Celebrating a birthday . The food was fantastic, ambiance was great. Our server was a little bit overwhelmed but we managed. We wrapped up our brunch had a couple more drinks near the water. My young sons picked up the tab as a birthday gift for, which I might add was very happy. One thing I will say is the manager approached me towards the end asking me if why I didn’t leave the serving a bigger tip! How dreadful of him! Our bill was over $200. Mind you I said my two very young sons treated me and paid the bill. Now this manger put my sons in an embarrassing position. How disgusting of this manger and appalling of this establishment. Never have I ever been anywhere where I had such an awful experience. I told my sons they did nothing wrong. Never again will I dine at this place. How rude after having had such a fantastic brunch. This manager should be retrained in hospitality and customer service.

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KarenC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We made a reservation at 4:15 for dinner - early. When we arrived there were several open tables like 4 tops, 2 tops etc. The hostess insisted that we sit next to the wall and not near the railing - yet there were lots of open spaces. I explained we reserved early so we could sit near the sun. She wouldn't budge at all. Disappointing when you reserve in advance.

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
78 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb from the food and service. We did have a wait but never in a rush and the place was very busy once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and an awesome view of the harbor

JP
JeffP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. We will definitely go back. It was worth the 2 hour drive.

MR
vipMichaelR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Heidi was amazon!!!

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vipBoBes
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Place is great and food was good. Service was disjointed...food took a while and took forever for drinks to come out. It was a comedy of errors with the service and a few of the wait staff but nice outdoor area with heat lamps!!

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TimT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor experience. The tables inside were a bit close together for my taste and not all customers chose to abide by the mask policy. The food was very good and the service was good as well.

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Disappointing
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Wings were exceptional, but rest of food just meh, especially for the price. Our table was often ignored after initial greeting. I guess you’re paying for the view? Probably won’t go back with so many other good options in the area.

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vipJamesV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with family Friday evening. Food and service was great.

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vipShannonK
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and food was excellent! I would go back tomorrow if we lived in state.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, and enjoyable atmosphere!
First timers, definitely will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a good experience

KS
KellyS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, drinks, view, and service!! We will definitely be back when we are in town again.

JD
vipJenniferD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, but Anthony was the real gem to our dining experience. He showed professionalism and hospitality. We really enjoyed our meal here and would visit again

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ShawnaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Plank’s! I had the chicken and waffles and it was to die for. 😍
He had the steak and eggs! They were very busy, so food and drinks came out a little slower than normal.. Bit everything was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much! Love the food. Love the ambience. Love everything about it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Great area and ambiance! Not very good food... shrimp tacos were dry and bland. Good salad though!

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
79 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite in St. Joe. Food and drinks are to die for and service is great; food does take a bit longer because they are always busy. To me that is a good thing cause quality food takes time and we are never in a hurry! A must try!

KR
KarenR
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating area. Nice menu selection. Great drinks!

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vipSusanS
Detroit
61 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a Sunday morning Brunch. We chose to eat outside, very relaxing! Food w good but a bit cold by the time it came out to us. Server was very pleasant and attentive. She could have bit a bit more knowledgeable about their cocktail availability. But overall, very nice outing!

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Indymonkey
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

So much potential with the location but mediocre at best. Service was good though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Requested outdoor seating when reservation was booked. Table for 4 was outdoors which was beautiful! Food, service and ambiance were all what we hoped for! We are from Chicago and will definitely visit this location again! Thank you for a memorable dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere, especially if you eat outside. Food was decent

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was very good, but the shrimp tacos were not. We’ve had those 3 or 4 times before and they were wonderful. This time they had no flavor and didn’t seem like the shrimp were grilled right. The toppings didn’t feel fresh either this time.

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JoyceS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service seemed a bit slow. Took a bit to get our drinks. Food was good

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vipmidwesterner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

it was ok. perhaps the server wasnew and not yet rained. food had decent taste. presentation was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the patio and it was a lovely summer evening.

FAQs

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 619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.