Plank's Tavern

4.5
689 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. 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 689 people are saying
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BekP
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful inside the restaurant and a fabulous view. Wonderful wait-staff too!

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JulieW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our part of 4 had an excellent experience. The service was exceptional. Our server provided specific details about the entrees which were very helpful in making choices for dinner. The Sea Trout was incredible with the spinach and the rice. Cocktails and desserts were top notch. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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vipPhyl
Indiana
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a 7:30 reservation fortunately our booth had a high back which provided a barrier but it was difficult to carry on a conversation. One person in our party ordered the Fish Tacos which were very hot/spicy; she had to send them back & ask for the peppers & sauce not to be put on them. Again, our waiter was very good with understanding & accommodating her request.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We were celebrating Mother’s Day early and wanted a restaurant with outdoor seating due to the pandemic. Even though it was a slightly chilly day, we were seated at a nice table with a heater and a view of the river. Food was fantastic. I would recommend the rainbow trout. My brother had the Kung pao cauliflower and said it was delicious. Also recommend the big pretzel. It was a very enjoyable meal. Staff was very accommodating to all of our questions and needs.

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Engstima
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall Plank’s is always a nice time. Drinks are priced well and very tasty. Food is generally very good. On this visit, however, my husband and I both ordered a Benedict and the eggs were essentially hard boiled. That was fairly disappointing. We also waited quite a while for our server to return after we had finished our meals. It was a Monday morning, so we were one of 3-4 tables there. We will definitely return again.

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vipRobertK
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely setting along the waterfront of the St Joe River. For brunch had a delicious omelette that had the perfect amount of ingredients and cheese. The hash browns that came with it had nice crispy edges and were not greasy or oily. Beautiful spot that I’d return to.

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BJer
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We made a reservation for outdoors. Upon arrival, we were told that OpenTable reservations simply indicate a preference, and that they do not actually save a table for you. Fortunately, a party left and we were able to get seated outside after a short wait. After being seated, almost 15 minutes went by before a server greeted us. This restaurant’s saving grace is that the food is actually really good and the views of the bay are incredible. It’s a little pricey, but that’s somewhat to be expected for the location.

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KatieT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu was lacking a theme. Food was excellent but menu was all over the place.

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vipHunter
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, good food and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cauliflower was delish!

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
86 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal again. We just love it here. Food is consistently good and staff friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious meal!!!!!!!!! Super easy to book a brunch reservation. Food was phenomenal. Unfortunately out server never took away dirty dishes so if I can recommend anything to this restaurant it would be to have bus boys! Nobody likes to sit in front of dirty dishes & then receive the $120 check.

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SarahG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful girlfriend lunch! We sat outside and it was so great!!! Food and drinks were wonderful!
We will for sure be back to stay at the hotel!

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Triviagoose
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased the restaurant was not very full. Food and service were great!!

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DianeO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decor could be improved. Waitress was not too attentive. Food was very good and it was a very relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely come again.

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Jennie
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I absolutely loved Planks. Eating outside was amazing. The food was spectacular. Everyone at our table was so happy! My only complaint is to let your customers know that you added gratuity to the bill as you give it to them. I ended up giving a 40% tip because I was not aware. I couldn't ask for it back because... who does that. However, I thought that was very shady. Most places you need six people on a tab to add gratuity. It was just my boyfriend and I on our ticket. I will be extra careful in the future...

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PattyK
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Made reservations for outside and when we arrived was told it was first come first serve. 2 minute's after we were seated inside, 2 outdoor tables available. No one offered the tables to us after I expressed that we wanted outside. Waitress was not very attentive with refilling drinks or checking if we needed anything. It was late afternoon so no morning rush or anything to interfere with keeping up with tables. It's been a year since we ate there,don't think we will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were there for Easter brunch. We had been there for brunch several times before and we loved it. The brunch menu was not at all what we had experienced in the past and were disappointed with the food. Half of my meal was cold and it was an egg dish. We love it there but will not be back for brunch. I hope the lunch and dinner menus have not changed. The waitstaff should know what the menu items are when asked too.

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AlisonC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was subpar and service was not good. The pancakes and bacon were the only thing that was good. Every other dish was dry or overcooked

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
86 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came back for Sushi & Jazz night on Thursday’s. The band jazz band is such a nice elegant touch for this hotel and the sushi was very fresh and generous portions. A must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for Sunday Brunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Used the App to reserve the table, food and service was great. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends.

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vipVickieK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Halibut special - delicious! They also have a nice wine list to complement
any dish.

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Tomer
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here, recommend by a close relative. Service was okay and the food was outstanding.

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vipCookkie
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had six of us. Great place. Food was good and the service was amazing. We felt so welcome. I highly recommend and we will be going back.

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MelissaF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Plank's! One of our go-to places for dine in or carry out.

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vipHugh
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a treat. We appreciated Shelby’s attentiveness as a server, thanks to her for another great experience! Pork ribeye was just a little overdone, medium with more pink would have been nice. Thanks for the “split an entree” (extra sides) option for the small upcharge! We enjoy Plank’s every time.

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Tracy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though I cannot recall our Server's name, I will say that his recommendations of Oysters (Starter), Lobster Mac & Ribs (Entrees) were DELICIOUS and GREAT choices! We cannot wait to return!

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vipcindiana
Indiana
111 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good to be out, fish/chips very good & plentiful, wine’s a little pricey but the view is great, even in winter

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vipWino
Grand Rapids
86 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Sushi night and it was amazing! We also ordered 2 dozen oysters; all was so fresh and delicious. Drinks from Patrick were very good. A true gem that understands quality food and drinks. A must try!!

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Bibi
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We sat near the fireplace in a cozy nook. The special of beef rigatoni was really well done. The menu however was a bit limited and there was no sides offered with the meal. Since the server didn't ask if we wanted a salad or bread I wasn't aware of that. She also didn't suggest an appetizer. She seemed a little less than enthusiastic to be working. I also tried the wine special but wasn't impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immediately sat at our table, the waitresses (wish I can remember her name) was great! Between the amazing service, food, and drinks, I look forward to the next time my husband and I are in the area so we can stop again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I hope they bring back the avocado toast with salmon in their brunch menu as they do serve it the best locally. I’m sure it’s not just me who’s asking for it. I’m happy their chicken is still a house favorite.

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KristenM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a private room on Valentine’s Day! Such a wonderful experience and excellent food!!

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DianeR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Extremely slow service. Burgers were ordered medium rare and they were well done. Eggs Benedict was barely warm and the Canadian bacon was overcooked.

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SarahH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Planks has great service and good food. They're one of the better restaurants in the area. Dani (the bar manager) is AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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HaroldH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was slower than expected.

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CassandraM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress provided excellent service! The food surpassed all expectations and will be returning and recommending to all family and friends!

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ribs were excellent. Should serve the warm towel mid meal or towards the end instead of before the entre even arrives.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat on the heated patio and it was surprisingly comfortable for a 30 degree January night! The staff was fantastic, very friendly and accommodating. Food and cocktails were really good. We will definitely eat here again.

FAQs

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

Plank's Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 689 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.