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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1805 Reviews
$50 and over
European
The cuisine of the Boathouse, created with distinctive flair is refined and contemporary, with an underlying element that echoes the classical French tradition of Escoffier.

The Boathouse experience begins with a drive along the shores of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay and its sparkling blue waters.

When you dine with us, you get the best of both worlds: We are both locavores and connoisseurs of what the rest of the world has to offer, so you get the freshest, finest ingredients from near and far. Owner Doug Kosch adheres to the "farm to table" concept.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    European
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (231) 223-4030
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Samuel Plamondon
  • Neighborhood
    Traverse City
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,805 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for scenic views

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Most Booked

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for scenic views

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

1,805 Reviews
  1. chrism

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Brian was fantastic in making sure our evening out was perfect. Still one of our favorite places in Traverse City!

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  2. Fran

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time at the Boathouse. Celebrating my birthday there was a treat! The staff were kind and helpful. Food was excellent. Didn’t feel rushed. Would highly recommend it to everyone. The Boathouse is on the pricier side but worth it.

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  3. MrsT

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite dinner per usual! My favorite restaurant week annual dinner. Wedge salad, surf and turf, lobster was exceptional, carrot cake was out of this world.

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  4. EdCEd

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat on the patio for restaurant week on Thursday evening. The heat was very inconsistent. The service was great. Both of our lobsters were very salty. Of course, the sunset was beautiful.

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  5. Lintonmc

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for restaurant week and the surf and turf was amazing. One of our favorite restaurants for restaurant week.

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  6. DyanA

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was amazing and my diet restrictions were honored with no hesitation. Was so good!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the restaurant week menu and price. We both had the surf and turf. It was really really good. To accompany that we chose the Boathouse salad with the fresh mozzarella and that was good too. Personally I’d choose a different dessert next time. We both had carrot cake but I felt there was too much frosting and not enough cake.

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  8. DebraK

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, an amazing view of West Bay. The lobster and filet cooked to perfection.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner! It was restaurant week in Traverse City so we were able to enjoy a great dinner for a reasonable price. The steak, pork shank and trout done to perfection

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  10. PamR

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first visit to the Boathouse. The entire staff was wonderful and the food was exceptional.

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  11. ScottR

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb, and well presented. The wine list is extensive, and includes many moderately-priced good quality wines. Owner Doug Kosch is often in the house greeting guests. His staff is well-trained and attentive to the guests.

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  12. chrism

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great night out. Our favourite place for catching up with our friends and enjoying a great meal with outstanding wine.

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  13. Molly

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best gems in grand traverse county. Feels like I’m eating top chef food at home.

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  14. Charlotte

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, beverages and service were outstanding. It was the first Boathouse experience for my partner and they said it was the best food they have ever had. Thank you for participating in restaurant week and posting a menu as early as you did as well as allowing reservations at the same time. It is super helpful for planning ahead.

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  15. KathyR

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered surf and turf. Soup was good but was Luke warm. Steak was very good and good temperature. Couscous was good. Lobster tail was not up to par and not warm.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came during restaurant week. The food was fantastic. Tim was an awesome server.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always. We had a great table, lovely service and high quality food.

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  18. KelliK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations during Restaurant week. Beautiful view of the Bay. Food and service were excellent!

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  19. maps

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boathouse is always our number one restaurant to celebrate special occasions. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The food is consistently delicious and presentation perfect. It is also the restaurant that offers the most for the buck during restaurant week. We look forward to coming back soon. Franc and Mary Ann Krebs Ps. Service staff is always great and efficient.

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  20. Jules

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was great, food was overall good with exception of the risotto being crunchy and under cooked. Good experience

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience! The food was absolutely amazing, truly top notch! Service was excellent!

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  22. RobertN

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Boathouse is the best restaurant my wife and I have experienced in Traverse City Area.

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  23. GregG

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences my wife and I have had in a very long time. Food, drinks, and wait staff were remarkable. My new go to spot when I`m in the area! Two thumbs up!!

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  24. Candace

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I ordered the Surf and Turf dinner for two. The filets and lobster tails were cooked to perfection. We also ordered Greek salad which was very fresh and delicious. The Apple Caramel cream puff filled with cooked cinnamon apple slices and vanilla ice cream was the perfect finish because it was not a heavy dessert. To support our vineyards in the area I enjoyed a glass of Blackstar Farms Chardonnay which does not have the citrus notes of some Chardonnays. We’ve already made our reservation for Restaurant Week!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all way around . Thank you very much. Morel bisque is unique

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall an awesome experience. They never disappoint!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience. Great food and atmosphere!!

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  28. MannyK

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mary was outstanding! It was my birthday and she made everything very special and personal. We enjoyed everything from our food to our cocktails. We will definitely be back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Professional wait staff. Good wine list. Great views.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal, great service! We will definitely be back for all of our big celebrations.

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  31. TimD

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting for Valentine's Day dinner, would repeat...

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  32. JillB

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxing atmosphere. Our food was amazing as always, especially the winter salad! Our server was very attentive and friendly. Always love 💗 dining at the Boathouse

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  33. HappyEater

    New Orleans

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Walter provided his usual excellent service. The food was outstanding with a four of us ordering different items. I had the elk ribs juniper smoked. Superior.

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  34. JohnR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent as usual. My husband loved his scallops as always. The other two of us enjoyed the walleye. It was good but honestly not one of the top dishes I’ve had there, the filets were far superior on our last visit. Nothing wrong with the walleye but the prep was just average.

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  35. Marcus

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Ben was delightful. We really enjoyed our meals and the views and fire crackling made our experience that more warm.

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  36. SonjaF

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing!! The staff, ambience, and view were awesome! We will definitely be back!

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  37. JimT

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for an excellent dinner, attentive, polite and friendly service in a quiet and inviting atmosphere. Celebrated a special birthday with a dinner, drinks and dessert. Mary (server) was engaging and professional throughout our visit. Will continue to visit.

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  38. BillB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply incredible. App to dessert, each exquisite Pricey to be sure. But worth every dollar Attentive but not intrusive wait staff Food cooked to perfection Want more accolades, I am out of adjectives!

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  39. JohnP

    Northern MI

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. The food was excellent. The service was great.

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  40. curioustoo

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversay at Boathouse. The service was excellent and the food delicious. It was a slower time when we arrived and the server sat us at the best window seat in the restaurant. We had a great time!

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FAQs

Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 223-4030.

Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1805 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 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boathouse Restaurant

14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Traverse City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Samuel Plamondon
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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