Boathouse Restaurant

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530 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipKelseyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Beautiful presentation of very bland food. Great views and service !

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dwightstrayer
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and an incredible meal, great location!

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MickK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Appetizers where great. The Halibut was a bit overdone. The crab and sauce on the whitefish were a bit more than needed to appreciate the entree. White French wine list was appreciated. Somewhat expensive.

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DonP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've traveled and dined all over the country and many places throughout the world. We ordered the Chateaubriand dinner for 2 and were overwhelmed with the quality of the meal. The morels, creamed spinach and potatoes were outstanding. The meat was pure perfection! The service was perfect as well, not pushy but always available. If we'd waited for a patio table the ambiance would have been even better, but we didn't want to wait and decided to seat inside instead. It was quiet enough to enjoy intimate conversation but not tomb quiet by any means. Parking was abundant and not cramped.

We rate the Boathouse at 10/10. We will definitely return the next time we are in Traverse City.

Don P

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, excellent service and food. The ultimate dining experience!

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vipMarybeth
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Jerry’s bday and Darius, from Grand Blanc, was spot on and the best professional!! He was funny, kind, and generous. You all gave us the best seat in the house and for that we will be forever grateful. You made his birthday one to remember. Thank you! Food was awesome, of course! The experience was excellent.

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vipJonK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boathouse is always a must when we’re up North...always a 10/10 experience from the service to the food!

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was just Awesome. We were on our Honeymoon and the dinner was fabulous. We ordered oysters and shrimp cocktail. The shrimp was my favorite. Then we ordered dinner for 2. Lobster and filet mignon, absolutely wonderful. We would definitely come back to Boathouse. C.Dillon.

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vipFleabee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself is beautiful...we sat outdoors on their covered patio with beautiful water views! The food was exceptional....everything we had was flavorful and delicious! Wanted us wanting more! The service was spot on! It was my husbands bday dinner and they had a nice bday card for him on the table along with little box of chocolate! Such a sweet gesture that was much appreciated! Can’t say enough good things about Boathouse! Love it!

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JessicaH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surf and turf for 2 is AMAZING! Great staff and great atmosphere.

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KaitlynM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the Boathouse! Our server was so polite and went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was awesome!!

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience. Food was delicious. Our waiter was very helpful. We will definitely come back

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GabriellM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do not know where to begin! I treated a very special someone to dinner at Boathouse and we both have yet to stop talking about it! The atmosphere is so pleasant, especially around sunset. The service was impeccable. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and interactive, which we appreciated. Everyone really made it a point to make you feel welcome and taken care of. The food was absolutely outstanding! Started with a dozen of half shell Atlantic Oysters, wanted seconds but we digressed. The halibut plate was one of the best things I have ever eaten and I eat often! I could not tell you how much this place is worth your time! Please go, and enjoy!

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vip01seafoodlover
Phoenix
157 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service with a fun waterfront patio view...
Not far from Traverse City in wine country.
Well worth the drive!!!

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AnthonyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely view, we appreciated the partitions between the tables.
Our meal was tasty and especially liked the blueberry ice cream!

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golfrzy
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing Birthday dinner at The Boathouse. The waiter was very helpful with suggestions and super service. The sunset added to the fantastic evening.

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JamesP
Grand Rapids
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner on the veranda was perfect on a beautiful late afternoon. Service was attentive and dishes from the kitchen were delicious. Standouts were Prince Edward Island oysters on the half shell and the asparagus tempura.

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jackd
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Frankly, the food was decent but severely overpriced. And, our waiter was excellent, but it was very disheartening to see a number of the staff not wearing masks correctly.

We have late reservations and it appeared that the staff was not overly enthusiastic by that point in the evening. Will not be on our list to return there in the future.

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JLHP
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood restaurant in traverse city! Little pricy but worth it if you are a lobster tail was to die for and the largest I've ever seen. We have been here before and had to come back for our anniversary dinner. They even had a little card and chocolate to help us celebrate. Also great craft cocktails. Fit for foodies.

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vipSONJAK
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was outstanding , clean, they did follow the Covid 19 guidelines. Recommendations were on point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, food, and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff and hostess staff Need to have their face coverings cover their nose also!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting was beautiful at sunset. Server was amazing and knowledgeable. Definitely a perfect place to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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BillH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove 500+ miles to eat here, and we were not disappointed. The food is amazing, with selections not typically seen elsewhere. Worth the drive.

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vipJohn
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Excellent Morel soup & lobster tail. However wife’s halibut was overcooked.

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Merry
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely well worth it ....such a memorable dining experience! We celebrated my son’s HS graduation in TC because we couldn’t take our original trip. He agreed Darrius was one of our best servers ever! The surf & turf was amazing. Not many things in life are perfect, however, our dining experience really was. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience! Had a wonderful dinner while watching the sunset.

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RobD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend dining at the Boathouse. Great Food, Great views, awesome experience.

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Sandy
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. Table was perfect. View was awesome. Service was very friendly and jovial. There were partitions between tables which was very pleasant. Food was really good even though it was a bit pricy. I really do wish people in tables around you would refrain from loud abusive language that kind of killed the atmosphere but that isn’t anything the restaurant can do or at least they did not address. Drinking to much often makes people stupid.

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autumng
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, view are all fantastic!!! One of my fave places in Northern MI.

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kathyl
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our first time at the Boathouse and we will be back. The drinks were interesting and well made. The service and the food were perfect and the outside table with a view of the harbor was amazing. We especially appreciated the extra efforts to provide a quality meal and experience during this time and your adherence to safety protocols.
Thank you!

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AntonD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the experience also our waitress was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Decide to go here for our anniversary and we don’t regret it. We had a nice outdoor table, amazing food, and service. The only thing I would change was how quiet it was on the outdoor deck.

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JasonR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and would return again in a heartbeat. Value concern is very minor in all honesty. I thought oysters and cocktails were a little pricy but I would have easily paid more for my elk chop meal, top 5 I’ve probably had in my life TBH. Will be talked about for a long time. The view and the expected level of service did not disappoint. It doesn’t get much better than this in the state of Michigan.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good. Beautiful view.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best menu in Northern Michigan. We cancelled a reservation at another establishment to eat at the Boathouse twice during our stay.

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JackieR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing- as always.

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chrisK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. The card and chocolate we received when we sat down was very nice. The service was outstanding and the food was superb as always. Even on a rainy blustery day, it was an awesome experience.

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MTA42174
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place with a great view. Excellent service and food.

FAQs

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

Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 530 OpenTable diners.

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