Plank's Tavern

4.5
393 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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L
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Salad was good; wine list could be improved. Chicken bowl was ok and the bbq ribs need work. They were fatty and swimming in sauce to conceal that.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, tasty drink, amazing food. We sat outside on the water and it was beautiful.

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f
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant couldn't have been better. Great ambiance, views, food. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely, relaxed setting - delicious food. We had a table near the water and it was a pretty view.

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M
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Would recommend for casual dining only , not for a special occasion. Too open, too noisy not intimate

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. Our server was not very personable though. He went MIA the last 15 minutes of our meal when we were trying to track him down to get the check. This was surprising because we’ve always had great experiences prior to this one.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Plank's Tavern was very busy the night we attended and the service was a bit slow, but we were compensated with a free dessert. Overall, it's a very nice environment and a great location.

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PI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and it was a great experience.

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JT
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We arrived and told the host that we had reservations for dinner. We were seated in the bar area and not the dining room. It was filled with young people, families that were extremely loud. Really not conducive to a dining experience. About ten minutes after we were seated the wait staff came by and asked if we were the couple that made a reservation. I stated we had. They were going to classify us as a NO SHOW! The service was very good but the food was average. We had fish and chips and I must say I have had better fish and chips at restaurant one-third the price of this tavern. I most likely will not go back as it is extremely expensive for the quality offered.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch buffet was amazing! I love this place!

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many different food choices on the menu that were appealing. The food and drinks were delicious. It was so nice sitting by the fireplace on a windy cold night. Would definitely recommend to others and plan to return myself

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. We had the scallops and risotto, ribeye, and the filet special. All were exceptional prepared. The charcuterie board was amazing.

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding the manager Paul was welcoming and the host was nice and Greeting too late

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband had the chef’s special which was held over from Valentine’s Day - it was a pork chop. There was a huge portion which was gristle and fat and inedible. He said something to the waitress who didn’t seem too concerned. All of our other visits have been great — first negative experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Valentines day

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited food choices for a pricey brunch Buffett. View was nice. Service was above average.

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w
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Very creative menu and well executed. Awesome Bloody Mary. Small issue with overflow seating in the lobby. Entry doors kept blowing in frigid air from outside. We asked for a table change and we’re lead into the main dining room which had plenty of open tables. On days like yesterday the should fill the main first. All ended well, though. We will definitely be back!

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, cozy warm fire, nice view. Service is always prompt.

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W
Grand Rapids
68 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the area, hands down!

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Sunday brunch in our area. Always a treat.

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MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Alway been very pleased with the food and service. Great in the summer looking out on the water. In the winter we love to sit by the fire.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went and stayed in st joe for a weekend getaway with my wife and the food I ate at Planks will have me coming back to have dinner again! Had the calamari and muscles as the appetizer and they were phenomenal. My wife had the fried chicken and I had the ribeye special. Both were cooked perfectly and the ribeye was as soft as butter a very good cut! Great beer selection and very cozy atmosphere.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and so was the service. I love how the greeter always makes you feel special and the warm atmosphere is amazing. Elegant dining at a casual level, I have dined here often and am never disappointed. Thank you Planks!

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SM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! Have been here for Sunday breakfast and now for dinner. Love the menu... lots of unusual items. Ambience is great! Outdoor eating in the summer. We had great service. Definitely would recommend this restaurant!!

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The short ribs were amazing and service was outstanding. It wasn’t super busy since it was later in the evening but for some reason the 3 tables of people were all next to each other - a little space would have been nice.

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d
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. I had the gobbler and Meyer lemon salad. Gobbler was a nice balance of sweet, spicy, and salty. The Meyer lemon salad was also good, but it's quite lemony.. you need to be a lemon fan to really enjoy it! Service was friendly and accommodating. Winter time forces you to have to eat inside, but I'd imagine it would be much nicer to

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HB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very nice. Great service, and food was well prepared and tasty. Was disappointed that they had run out of ribs, but plan B was very good. I will definitely be going back.

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g
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent Christmas Eve here. Everyone had a very nice dinner from burgers to fish to steak. Waitress was perfect for the occasion.

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W
Grand Rapids
68 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all the way! Food took a while to get but you could tell it was hand crafted to perfection! Nothing better if you are a foodie!

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LJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

very good and the coffee was nice. Id recommend especially for a sunday.

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but expensive. Too expensive for what it is. There was no bread offered. Salads were extra. It had very good food but it was really over priced. With just a few extra touches the experience could justify the price.

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NK
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Planks was a out of town meeting spot for friends. Very nice view with great food and great service. The meat and cheese board appetizer was fabulous, a must have!

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s
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food excellent nice table by fire. Can't wait to sit outside in spring. Better than expected for hotel restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A++ experience, food, both entre and deserts fantastic! Special occasion, dinning in front of the fire place with the view of the water. Very nice.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was terrific - love the view too

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J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Met up with some old friends and we all enjoyed our lunch in a pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good and glad we chose your restaurant as we had a nice experience.

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JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. Jaime our server was wonderful. She was attentive and professional. The crab appetizer was fantastic and our steaks were cooked perfect. And to top it off the deserts were heavenly.

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W
Grand Rapids
68 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! We always love dining here; food never disappoints and service is always friendly. Two thumbs up.

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited to celebrate our parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. Everything was wonderful.

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