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.
One of the best restaurants in Michigan! Always excellent when up north
The food and view are worth every penny! Glad we went here for our anniversary.
Fabulous from start to finish. Wonderful view and exceptional service-thank you Logan! I started with buratta salad which was simply delicious. My husband started with foie gras which he enjoyed. I had Wagyu steak-classic preparation-for my entree; loved it! My husband liked his lobster tail very much. Fantastic bottle of Malbec, exact name escapes me. Finished with blueberry lemon ricotta cake which was satisfying and light. Quite expensive but totally worth the splurge.
Timely and friendly service. Pleasant ambiance.
The Salmon from New Zealand was the best I have ever tasted !
The Drive up was wonderful. We got to see another part of the area and sunset. The Boat House is so open and airy. service is wonderful, dinners and salads are great ! Appetizers were just ok . The patio is super small and we could not get on it but the sunroom was excellent to watch the sunset . Worth the drive!
Great food, service and view. Probably our favorite spot in Traverse City
Amazing sunset views and food dishes!
The restaurant was well sectioned off for social distancing. They had dividers to keep the tables separate which created a more intimate feel. The waters views were beautiful. We started off with wine (bowers harbor Pinot Grigio) and an old fashioned which we both enjoyed. The bread and salads (boathouse) that came with our dining experience was a 4 out of 10. Then we had the surf and turf (5 oz wagyu filet and 7 oz lobster tail with scalloped potato’s and asparagus). We gave this 7/10 as we love a good steak and this was one was just OK the lobster brought up the total score as it was well cooked and flavorful. The $200.87 bill seemed over priced for the relatively bland flavor profile we experienced. I will say Will our server was very professional and the right amount of personal.
Beautiful presentation of very bland food. Great views and service !
Beautiful venue overlooking the marina with amazing cuisine & drinks. Waiter was clean, attentive, & personable
UPDATE: We are having a real problem understanding why the Boathouse restaurant did NOT contact us after experiencing a COVID-19 occurrence on August 2nd when the Boathouse had our full reservation information from Open Table for our wedding anniversary. The fact we found out about this virus exposure over a week later via the local news station is unacceptable. The Boathouse should have made an effort to conduct some TRACE followup based on having our Open Table reservation contact info. ORIGINAL REVIEW: We annotated in our OpenTable reservation we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The Boathouse staff made no mention of our anniversary nor offered anything to celebrate.
Boathouse's name couldn't be more fitting, it is situated right next to a small harbor with a handful of boats. Both are tucked away in the bay's beautiful mission peninsula. The restaurant itself was charming on the inside as it was on the outside. The service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. My wife absolutely loved the lobster, some of the best of her life, she said. The drinks were strong and delicious. Only complaint was that we had to wait around quite a bit for our reserved table; the hostess did not communicate effectively, was quite awkward and quiet.
Loved our dinner at Boathouse! Food was great, service was great and the view was fantastic!
Wonderful staff and an incredible meal, great location!
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.
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.
Beautiful views, excellent service and food. The ultimate dining experience!
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.
Boathouse is always a must when we’re up North...always a 10/10 experience from the service to the food!
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.
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!
Surf and turf for 2 is AMAZING! Great staff and great atmosphere.
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!!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience. Food was delicious. Our waiter was very helpful. We will definitely come back
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!
Amazing food and service with a fun waterfront patio view...
Not far from Traverse City in wine country.
Well worth the drive!!!
Lovely view, we appreciated the partitions between the tables.
Our meal was tasty and especially liked the blueberry ice cream!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food, service was outstanding , clean, they did follow the Covid 19 guidelines. Recommendations were on point.
Amazing view, food, and wine!
Wait staff and hostess staff Need to have their face coverings cover their nose also!!!!
Setting was beautiful at sunset. Server was amazing and knowledgeable. Definitely a perfect place to celebrate.
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.
Excellent Morel soup & lobster tail. However wife’s halibut was overcooked.
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!
Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 223-4030.
Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 543 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.